The Hindu says: “If God wished to hide, God would chose man to hide in.” That is the last place man would look for God.
The trouble with the masses of humanity today is that they are trying to become something that is already right within. We are seeking and searching everywhere outside ourselves for God, attending countless lectures, meetings, groups; reading innumerable books; looking to teachers and personalities and leaders, when all the time God is right within. If mankind will let go of the trying and accept that they are, they will soon be perfectly aware of the Reality.
Jesus told us so many times that there is no one any different from another, that each is a God- being, with all the potential attributes and qualifications.
We have set Jesus aside for so long, thinking that He was in a different category than ourselves. He is no different. He never claimed to be. He goes about assisting mankind all of the time. He is no mythical character any more than we are mythical characters and in no way did He ever claim to be able to perform a miracle. They were not miracles, they were merely the fulfillment of natural law. That has been proved today. They were natural occurrences that must and will transpire for anyone if we fulfill the law.
Each one of us is capable of mastering every one of the so-called difficulties we are working under and, the moment we let go of them, they cease to exist. That may seem incredible to many but it is an absolute fact. We bring these things upon ourselves by our own transverse thoughts.
Supposing those thoughts, those words, never belonged to us, that we had never heard of them, that they had no existence in our vocabulary or our world. We know of four different languages today where there is not a negative word in the language, there is not a word in the past tense, or a word in the future tense. All is here and now, accomplished. If we could realize and accept that, we would soon rise out of our negative conditions. It is the name that we give a thing and the feeling with which we release it. Negative words, feelings, conditions have absolutely no power except what we individually give to them. The moment we cease feeding our energy into them, they no longer have life, and thus they cease to exist.
We have proved conclusively today that because of the word “God” registered in the Bible, that book has maintained as it has. It has the greatest sale of any book in the world today. Now if that word will maintain a book, an inanimate thing, what will it do through our use of it through our own body form? It is not necessary to go around repeating the word “God, God.” Just send that word forth once with definite, sincere meaning and qualified with what that expression is intended to bring about and you will never have to repeat it. Why? Because you are right in that very sound track of vibration that sets up every response to your statement. That is the reason the Bible is maintained and we carry on with just that one word with its emphasis. Then the important thing is not to negate it but hold positively to the fulfillment of our statement.
Now certain individuals in India will go around with their hands up in the air saying, “Om mani padme Om.” In a little while the hand grows there and they can’t bring it down. It would be just the same if we ran around saying, “God, God,” all the time. We can think the word and know definitely that it is ours; we are that very thing we wish to express and we don’t need to repeat it over and over at all. We simply are that.
It has been said that man’s greatest mistake is in trying to become God instead of simply being. He has been looking for something that is right within himself. We don’t try to become, we must simply be it; we are it, and we claim it definitely. If you don’t really believe that, you try it some time, for say two weeks. I would suggest you say it once, and know it, and then go on and be it. It is yours. It is yours to command.
Heaven is the everywhere present harmony within the individual, right where you are. You have the free will, through your own thought and feeling, to make it hades if you want to and you don’t have much trouble doing it but, if you will spend the time you expend in attempting to bring hades in creating and bringing heaven right here and now, you will have the manifestation of it.
Know God within, always. There is the greatest blessing for humanity. See the other fellow the same as you see yourself—the Christ in every face. This is our greatest privilege. Not only that,
it is the greatest training for us just to see the Christ in every person we see or know. It takes only a moment to realize that in every company you are in and you will find it is a marvelous thing. Soon you will come to realize and accept the Christ within each and every one. We are all the same, in His likeness, always.
Referring again to negative words, thoughts and feelings, we know of 2500 people today who are associated together, who have traveled on every known means of conveyance and over thousands and thousands of miles and they have never had an accident. Most of these people are right here in America where the association had its inception. It was started by four people.
Your are in control of the storms; you are in control of the atmospheric conditions, every one of you. You are in control of every natural element. It doesn’t matter what it is, you are master of it, and it is for you to become master of it. Instead of that, we let it get us down, as we say, and we become subordinate to the condition, or situation, or circumstance. There is not one person in this room who, if he would step forth, could not master every situation that arises, simply by knowing that he is the master.
Animals are very sensitive to these things. They respond when you give them thoughts of kindness. They even recognize when you send out thoughts of kindness to others. The dog recognizes feelings immediately.
We had over 1100 dogs in Alaska for our mail routes there. We had the mail routes up there for a long time. We used over 1100 dogs, before the planes came in and, do you know, every one of our men came to the point where they never used a whip. Those dogs were just as tractable as could be, just as long as the men did not disturb or upset them.
I made nine trips with dogs over that trail, a distance of 1800 miles. Twice I never changed a dog and still those dogs came through in very wonderful shape. Everybody asked how I did it. I just let the dogs alone, urged them on , told them that they were all right, going ahead doing fine, and so on. The other men began doing that and it made a great difference. If you do not fear an animal or mistreat it but praise it and encourage it, it will respond wonderfully.
The moment we use a negative word we are taking energy from our body to keep it going; we hypnotize ourselves into believing that is a fact and that hypnotic influence is what carries us right on to repeat it again and again. Now, if we no longer permit ourselves to become hypnotized by those negative thoughts and refuse ever to repeat them again or even to think them, they disappear from our worlds completely.
If we would let go of old age, lack of eyesight, and imperfections in the body, these negative conditions would not register in the physical form. Our body is being renewed all the time and that is really the resurrection. That resurrection takes place every nine months throughout all of humanity. We put the imprint upon those body cells ourselves by our own thoughts, our own feelings, our own speech. We are our own betrayers. We betray the Christ with the simple word “can’t” every time we use the word. Every time we use a negative word we betray the Christ within ourselves. Let us, therefore, extol the Christ, bless the body for its service, give praise and thanks for our countless blessings, and be the living manifestation of the Law every moment!
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q. How do the Hindus look upon Jesus as compared with Buddha?
A. They say that Buddha was the Way to Enlightenment but that the Christ is Enlightenment.
Q. Why does it seem to be so difficult to hold the mind to an ideal?
A. We have not the definite training which those in the East have had. There, even the children have it. They are shown that when one ideal is projected they are to keep that ideal until they have its full accomplishment. The training in the Western world is somewhat different. We are allowed to let every thought come running through, scattering our forces. If you have an ideal and fully believe in it, keep it entirely to yourself, not mentioning it to another until it is completely consolidated into form. Always keep the mind clear for that one thing which you MUST accomplish—not that which you WILL. That keeps the mind clear. The moment we allow another thought to come in we become “dual minded.” By expressing energy toward that one ideal we become single minded. Nor would we get into a rut or become “one track” minded, for we would not need to dwell on that ideal for more than an instant if we directed every force toward it and did not scatter our forces. From then on we simply give thanks that it is accomplished and that it is here and now.
Q. Are we to understand that you personally saw and even shook hands with Jesus?
A. Yes. And with many so-called Masters. Those people do not claim to be different from you or me. Even the coolies in India recognize Him as Jesus of Nazareth. There is nothing mysterious about it. The pictures show Him as an ordinary man with a great light about Him. There is nothing vague about any of these people. There is a very definite determination about them—they are vivid characters.
Q. How is it that the ordinary coolie in India sees Jesus?
A. The coolie has accepted it and lives with it, whereas we live in a condition in which we do not accept or believe that He exists. Now I have no psychic sight whatever. If we deal wholly in principle, we cannot be misguided. Intuition is a factor and we must make it a knowing.
Q. Why has Jesus not appeared often in America?
A. He does not localized Himself and undoubtedly works here as much as in India.
Q. Did Jesus suffer physically on the cross?
A. No. One so highly illuminated could not suffer physically. If He had not wished to go through that experience He could have sent back the energy and it would have destroyed the people about to crucify Him. He showed the way.
Q. Did Jesus exist for a number of years on this earth after the crucifixion?
A. We know of no withdrawal from the body on his part. He lives today in that very body. That body is observable by anyone who comes in contact with it.
Q. Do you mean that an individual know as Jesus of Nazareth has appeared in this country?
A. Yes. Naturally, if we do not call Him by that name, He will not be here to us.
Q. Is it through some special consideration that you are able to give out the teaching of the Masters?
A. We are not privileged in any way over you yourself. When asked if there are Masters in the United States, They reply that there are over one hundred and fifty million masters here.
Q. Would Jesus appear here if we needed Him?
A. He is always where He is needed. When He said, “Lo, I Am with you always,” He meant just that.
Q. Does Christ mean the principle of life?
A. It means the God-principle flowing through the individual.