There are many ancient places where one finds stones engraved
and woods carved with some artistic designs. Sometimes there
are letters engraved on the rock of a mountain, or on a stone;
letters which today no one can read. Yet one endowed with the
gift of intuition can read them from the vibrations, from the
atmosphere, from the feeling that comes from them. Outwardly
they are engravings; inwardly they are a continual record, a
talking record that is always expressing what is written upon
it. No traveler with intuitive faculties open will deny the
fact that in the lands of ancient traditions he will have seen
numerous places that, so to speak, sing aloud the legend of
One sees the same in the atmosphere of the trees in the forests
and in the gardens. This also expresses the past – the impressions
that have been given to them by those who sat under them. Often
people have superstitions about a tree being haunted, and this
one finds much more in the East. Actually, a vibration has been
created, consciously or unconsciously, by someone who has lived
there who has taken shelter under the tree and pondered upon
a certain thought, upon a certain feeling that the tree has
taken on and that the tree is expressing. Perhaps the person
has forgotten about it, but the tree is still repeating the
thought that has been given to it, for the tree can express
the voice that was put into it more clearly than a rock.
In tropical countries where in ancient times people used
to travel on foot through the forests and woods and take shelter
under a certain tree, all that they thought and felt has been
taken up by the tree. Those with intuitive faculties open have
heard it more clearly than if they had heard it from a living
One finds the same thing among the animals, the pet animals
who live and partake of thought and feeling through their contact
with people. There especially exists a superstition about horses.
Those who know horses are very particular in buying one that
has good vibrations, apart from considering its health and breed.
Often, a horse of a very good breed and perfectly sound may
prove to be unlucky. The reason is that the disappointment of
someone who has been riding upon this horse has been left there,
recorded upon the heart of the horse. Perhaps the condition
of the person has changed, but that which the horse has kept
is still continuing.
I myself was once very impressed in Nepal by seeing a horse
and an elephant who were kept only for the Maharaja of Nepal
to ride on. It seemed as if those two animals were conscious
of their rider. One could see from their dignity that they knew
they belonged to the Maharaja. In every movement of the horse,
in the look that the elephant gave, one would feel the presence
of a Maharaja. Not only that, but all that belonged to the Maharaja,
as pain or pleasure, as life and experience, all seemed to have
been recorded upon the horse and the elephant. The most surprising
thing was that the elephant was not larger than other elephants,
but was even smaller, and most often it is the size that gives
dignity to the elephant. Nor was the horse any larger than other
horses, but the size did not count. It was the spirit in those
animals, a life that one could see, expressing the feeling they
possessed in their heart.
This wakens us again to another field of thought, and that
is what association can create in us – the association of a
sad person or of a happy one, of a foolish or a wise person,
the association of a noble-minded person or one who is low.
The associate partakes of the one he associates with and vibrates
what he partakes of. You can almost hear it spoken in the atmosphere
of that person, in his expression, in his thought, speech and
actions. A person, however happy, will have a line of melody
of wretchedness if he has associated with someone who is miserable.
It continues, it sings its song separate from the whole symphony.
It has its peculiar tone, one can always distinguish it. A wise
person who has associated with a foolish one has kept a line;
it is quite a different melody, it is in a different key, it
has a different pitch from his original song. In a person who
has associated with someone who is noble minded, someone of
high quality, in spite of all his shortcomings one will see
a line marked, distinctly audible to the hearts who listen.
It is not a thing of little importance to consider association.
It is of great importance; and from a psychological point of
view; it makes all the difference. For a wise person is not
always positive against a foolish person, nor is a good person
always positive against a wicked one. The one who is positive
cannot always be positive; he has his times when he must be
negative for a change. Therefore, association certainly brings
to one that which is received by the contact, and there is a
great wisdom in the saying that a person is known by his associates.
In the East, much thought has been given to this, especially
from a spiritual point of view. For those who seek after spiritual
truth, association with friends on the same path is more precious
than anything in the world. Everything else comes after. Association
is held as the first and most important thing.
Question: How can we overcome the disagreeable vibrations
of people in our immediate surroundings with whom we daily have
Answer: By being positive. It is true that one cannot always
be positive. At such times, one may retire from one's associates.
However, as one evolves, so one's contact becomes more powerful
than the influence of the other person. Therefore, the other
person receives more benefit from you, while the harm you receive
is less. If by receiving a little harm you are able to do more
good for the other person, it is just as well. It is only a
matter of self-discipline, and love can conquer all things.
In every person, however wicked, there is a good string somewhere,
and you must know where to find it. If one always thought about
it, one could always touch the best point of the other person
and overlook the other points. Nevertheless, it is a struggle!
Question: How can we protect ourselves from association with
a wicked person?
Answer: In order to answer this, we must go into the law
of harmony. A person harmonizes with his like, and he harmonizes
with his opposite. A wise person may harmonize with a thoughtful
person, and he may harmonize with a foolish person. The half
wise is a greater trouble for him than the foolish one because
the half wisdom makes a barrier. The foolish person is open,
so a harmony can be established at once. The wisdom of another
wise person makes him closer, and there is a kind of response
between the two, so there is harmony. It is not surprising that
one often finds two persons becoming most harmonious or great
friends in whose evolution there is so vast a difference that
one cannot understand how it can be possible.
However, as said before, association must have an effect.
However thoughtful and wise a person may be, there can come
a cloud upon his thought and wisdom through association. Perhaps
that cloud may be dispersed after a time, but it can cover the
light of the sun. The cloud is much smaller compared to the
sun, but often it can cover the whole sun from our sight. The
influence of a wicked person may cover the light of a good and
wise person, and this may remain until the clouds have dispersed.