A time is coming in the present age when both spiritual and
material people are realizing the power of the word. For instance,
Coueism (autosuggestion) is talked about among spiritual and
material people and they are beginning to see what a word can
do. But when one goes a step further one will find that a sacred
word has a greater importance and a greater phenomenon. Everyone
who discovers some new idea feels at the time that he is the
discoverer of it, but when we look back we find in the history
of the world that it had been known already. Thus we come to
realize and believe in the saying of Solomon that there is nothing
new under the sun.
A great Persian poet has said that the repetition of the
sacred name will not add sacredness to the Sacred, but it will
make your own soul sacred. Those who understand from a psychological
point of view the value of autosuggestion and the value of repetition,
and how this works upon their body and their mind, are beginning
to understand the elementary aspect of it. But before them is
a large world of sound and mystery which is still closed, because
they do not know that by repeating one word or one thing this
may bring about a particular result – but it may do harm to
The secret of language is that in all different languages
that we find today in the world there seems to be a central
one that can be traced as the mother language of them all. No
doubt it is difficult to distinguish that language as such or
such, but the relation that exists between one language and
another shows that the human race had only one to begin with.
Many linguists have said that it was Sanskrit. There are others
who say that before Sanskrit there was another language.
Historians will have different opinions, but metaphysics
teaches us that there was a language that was the one language
of the human race, then many others came from it. An historian
cannot be an historian if he does not give a name to a certain
language as being the first; for a metaphysician this does not
matter. He only understands, he knows for certain that there
was one language. He does not mind if he does not know its name.
When we come to that language we understand that it was much
more natural than the languages we know today, which are most
complicated. Take for instance the language of birds and animals.
These languages are not made from grammar, they are not mechanical;
they are natural expressions of their real sentiments, of their
real needs. It is by that natural expression that other animals
of the same kind understand the warning they give to move, the
warning they give to protect themselves, to leave their places;
the warning of death or danger, or of a change of climate, of
storm or rain coming. They have a certain way of expressing
affection, passion, wrath, anger, and yet it is not a mechanical
language, it is a natural expression, a natural language.
The primitive language of mankind was a language of feeling,
of natural expression, just like the primitive figures. If we
trace back thousands of years we shall find that the name of
every object was written in a sort of picture which suggested
that object. Now that thousands of years have passed, those
figures and forms have changed, and the words of primitive language
have changed. Yet the one who can see into life can trace back
at least some forms and some sounds and words that come from
the origin of the human race.
The outcome of the language which was the original language
of humanity, was that every word, every sound that was expressed
not only conveyed a meaning to the mind of the person who said
it. It also created a sensation in the person who heard it,
a sensation of a particular expression, of a particular feeling
or sentiment. As the ancient people cultivated this domain of
science they began to understand that sound, which is called
voice, is the main principle in man's life.
It is the voice of man which shows whether a person is hard
or tender, willful or weak-willed. Every characteristic of man
can be perceived through his voice. The grade of the person's
evolution, his tendency and his condition at that moment can
be realized by his voice. This shows that, before the face,
the expression or the movement, the word can convey a feeling
or a condition. It shows that the real being of man, the central
point of his life is to be found in the breath, for voice is
only an expression of breath. When this voice is expressed outwardly,
it is in the form of words.
This expression has a kind of reaction inwardly which has
an effect upon a person's body, upon his mind, upon his soul.
There are certain parts in the human body, which may be considered
as factors of intuitive senses, and when by voice, by word,
by breath these parts are brought into action, brought to life,
man begins to experience a fuller life. If that person is an
artist, a musician, a writer, a creative genius, whatever he
is, by cultivating all the natural faculties which are within
him he can express his art or his science to the full.
It is by taking this secret into consideration that the ancient
people developed the science which they called yoga. By the
repetition of certain vowels, of certain words and of a particular
way of breathing they touched within themselves those centers
which are connected with intuitive faculties. This is not only
a story of the past. The schools of the Sufis, whose origin
is the ancient school of Egypt where Abraham was initiated,
still exist and there are words you use, which have that power.
But these schools have not made of this sacred idea an ordinary
thought. They have not spread it among people who would take
it and abuse it, because if you give a sharp sword into the
hands of a child, the consequences will be fatal. A person who
has not yet risen above his angers and passions, who has not
yet risen above greed and above pride and conceit – if all the
power there is is given to him, how will he use it? It is therefore
that the schools first arranged that people might be taught
moral culture and the attitude they should have towards their
fellow men. For they believed, and they still believe, that
any power that is ever attained must be used for one purpose
only and that purpose is nearing God. If it is not used for
that purpose, if it is used for selfish ends, then it is just
as well that man remains without powers. Therefore, in the ancient
schools, which have tradition behind them and which are meant
to serve humanity, initiations must be taken.
What does initiation mean? Initiation means confidence on
the part of the teacher and trust on the part of the pupil.
Initiation is not given to the one who is curious, who comes
to examine the teacher, or who comes to find out if in this
particular culture, in this cult, there is truth or not. If
by any chance such a person received an initiation, he would
go through it all and come back by the same door that he had
entered without having found anything. For this treasure house,
which is so great a treasure, is a magic house; a house wherein
is every treasure, and yet the thief cannot find it. He will
go through the house, he will go all around it, he will not
see anything and he will go back with his hands empty. For truth
is the portion of the sincere one. It is the one who is hungry
who must be given food; it is the one who is thirsty who must
be given water. He who is not hungry, to him food will do no
good, and he who is not thirsty, water will not satisfy his
If a person wants to know these things in order to develop
magnetic power, to accomplish his way, to gain power, or a name,
or more things than he can get in his daily life, it is useless.
For the word, and especially the sacred word, is the key. As
it is said in the Bible that first was the word, so the last
key is also the word. It is the word, which was the beginning
of creation, and it is the word which opens the mystery of creation.
The different centers of intuition, of inspiration, of evolution
are touched by the sacred word.
If nowadays science has discovered how the wireless can reach
through space without any intermediary, one day the truth will
be discovered, which has been known to mystics for thousands
of years. This truth is that man himself is the instrument,
the receiver and the sender of that wireless which is above
all other ways of wireless. The wireless can explain to us many
of the possibilities which are otherwise difficult to comprehend,
for it explains to us that every word once spoken is not lost.
It is there and it can be caught. This supports what I have
brought today before you: that the sacred word has such power
that nothing, whether distance, space, air, or sea can keep
it back from entering and reaching the hearts that can catch
it. Only the difference is that the wireless is known to those
who communicate from one country to another country. But this
mystery of the word is known to those for whom communication
with the world is nothing. Their aim is the communication between
this world and the other world. For as the word was first and
was at the beginning, therefore at the beginning there was not
this word or that word. There was only one life, there was only
In reality there is one life and there is one existence.
What we call this world or that world is for our convenience.
It is our speculation. It is our way of distinguishing between
the different dimensions. What is a dimension in reality? A
dimension is rather a conception. There is only existence. It
is just the same with time. There is no such thing as time;
it is we who have a certain conception of it. But there is only
existence, there is an eternal continuity of life. In the same
way 'this world and that world' is only our conception of all
that which hides the other world from our material physical
eyes with which we have always been accustomed to look at life.
There is one existence, there is one life, eternal, everlasting.
In short, if by the wireless words can be transferred from one
place to another, this gives us the proof that, if there is
one existence and one life, then in this world or in that world,
here or in the hereafter, communication is possible for us.
It is possible only if man has tuned himself, has wound himself,
as it were, to that condition where he lives fully.
Since the world contains so much falsehood, every good thing
is imitated and every writing is falsified. And as there is
such a great desire in the mind of every person to do and to
know something about reality, it seems that many different institutions,
societies and groups wish to try and speak of things about which
they themselves do not know. We could count today hundreds of
institutions working in order to give belief in God by teaching
what they call spirit communication. By doing this they spoil
that sacred science and that great phenomenon which one realizes
by attaining to the kingdom of God.