In our last lesson we gave you the Inner Teachings of the Yogi Philosophy, relating to the real nature of the Universe, and all that is therein contained. We trust that you have pondered well and carefully the statements contained in that lesson, for in them is to be found the essence of the highest Yogi teachings. While we have endeavored to present these high truths to you in the simplest possible form, yet unless your minds have been trained to grasp the thought, you may have trouble in fully assimilating the essence of the teachings. But, be not discouraged, for your mind will gradually unfold like the flower, and the Sun of Truth will reach into its inmost recesses.
Do not be troubled if your comprehension seems dull, or your progress slow, for all things will come to you in time. You cannot escape the Truth, nor can the Truth escape you. And it will not come to you one moment sooner than you are ready to receive it, nor will it be delayed one moment in its coming, when you are ready for it. Such is the Law, and none can escape it, nor alter it, nor modify it. All is Well, and All is Under the Law–nothing ever “happens.”
To many, the thought that the Universe and all that is therein contained, are simply “Thought Forms” in the Infinite Mind–Mental Creations of the Absolute, may seem startling, and a sense of unreality may pervade one. This is inevitable, but the reaction will come. To some who have grasped this mighty truth there has come a feeling that “All is Nothing,” which idea is embodied in their teachings and writings. But this is merely the Negative Phase of the Truth–there is a Positive Phase which comes as one advances.
The Negative Phase shows us that all that we have considered as real and permanent–the foundations of the Universe itself–is but a mental image in the mind of the Absolute, and therefore lacks the fundamental reality that we had previously associated with it. And realizing this, we are at first apt to feel that, indeed “all is nothing,” and to fall into a state of apathy, and lack of desire to play our part in the world. But, then, happily the reaction sets in, sooner or later, and we begin to see the Positive Phase of the Truth. This Positive Phase shows us that while all the forms, shapes, and phenomena of the Universe are but parts of a great show-world, still the essence of all must be Reality, itself, else there would not be even the “appearance” of a Universe. Before a thing can be a Mental Image, there must be a Mind to hold that Mental Image, and a BEING to possess that Mind. And, the very essence of that BEING must pervade and be immanent in every Image in that Mind. Just as You are really in your Mental Images, as well as they in You, so must the Absolute be in Its Mental Images, or Creations, or Thought Forms, as truly as they are in the Mind of the Absolute. Do you see this plainly? Think well over it–ponder it well–for in it lies the Truth.
And so, this Positive Phase of the Truth, is far from depressing–it is the most stimulating conception one can hold, if he but grasps it in its entirety and fulness. Even if it be true that all these shapes, and forms, and appearances, and phenomena, and personalities, be but illusion as compared to the inner Reality–what of it? Are you not then assured that the Spirit within Yourself is the Spirit of the Absolute–that the Reality within You is the Reality of the Absolute–that you ARE, because the Absolute IS, and cannot be otherwise? Does not the Peace, and Calm, and Security, and Bliss that comes to you with this Realization, far more than counterbalance the petty nothings that you have discarded? We think that there can be but one answer to this, when you have fully Realized the Truth.
What gives you the greatest Satisfaction and Content in Life? Let us see. Well, there is the Satisfaction of Immortality. The human mind instinctively craves this. Well, what that even the highest finite conceptions of Future Life have given you, can compare with the assurance of Actual Being, in and of the Absolute? What are your petty conceptions of “heavens,” “paradises,” “happy-hunting-grounds,” “divine regions of the blessed,” and the other ideas of the various religious sects, when compared with the conceptions of your Infinite and Eternal Existence in Spirit–your relation with The One–that conception of Infinite Wisdom, Being, and Bliss? When you grasp this truth, you will see that you are “in Eternity right Now,” and are Immortal even this moment, as you have always been.
Now, what we have said above is not intended to deny the “heaven-worlds,” or planes. On the contrary, you will find much in the teachings regarding these, which the Yogis enter into with much detail. But, we mean that back of all the “heavens” and “celestial planes,” there is a still higher state of being being–the “Absolute Being.” Even the “heavens,” and “heaven-worlds,” and regions of the Devas, or Archangels, are but relative states–there is a state higher than even these exalted relative states, and that is the State of the Conscious Unity and Identity with the One. When one enters into that State, he becomes more than Man–more than gods–he is then “in the bosom of the Father.”
And now, before proceeding to a consideration of the phenomenal manifestation of the Absolute–the evolving of the Universe in the Infinite Mind–we will again call your attention to the fact that underlies all the Universe of forms, shapes and appearances, and that is, as we stated in our last lesson:
All Manifestations and Emanations of the Absolute are Mental Creations of the Absolute–Thought-Forms held in the Infinite Mind–the Infinite Spirit in them–and they in the Infinite Spirit. And, the only Real Thing about Man is the Spirit involved in the Thought-Form–the rest is mere Personality, which changes and ceases to be. The Spirit in the Soul of Man, is the Soul of the Soul, which is never born; never changeth; never dieth–this is The Real Self of Man, in which, indeed, he is “One with the Father.”