In preparing a thing, one not only puts one's magnetism into
it, but also the voice of one's soul is produced in the thing
one prepares. For instance, it is not difficult for an intuitive
person to feel in the food that comes before him the thoughts
of the cook. It is not only the grade of evolution of the cook
that is produced in it, but also what the cook was thinking
at that particular time. If the cook is irritated while cooking,
if he or she is grumbling or sighing, if he or she is miserable
and wretched – then all that is prepared in the food that comes
It is the knowledge of this fact that made the Hindus accept
a high-caste Brahmin as a cook. That person, whose evolution
was great, was taken as a cook. That person's life was pure,
their thoughts were elevated. It is not a custom of the past,
it is a custom even of today. The Brahmin who is sometimes the
Guru, the teacher of other castes, may also be the cook.
Besides this, in ancient times when human psychology was
keenly observed in all one did, every person, whatever his rank
or position in life, was equipped for cooking and preparing
dishes for himself and for his friends. A great mark of appreciation
and affection was shown by people who invited some relations
or friends to their house by placing before them dishes that
they themselves had prepared. It was not the dish, it was the
thought that was put into it.
Life these days seems to have taken away many considerations
of psychological character. There was a time when, whether in
the East or in the West, knitting or weaving clothes was known
to every little girl. To give to one's brother, sister, beloved
or relation some little thing made by one's own hand was a custom.
Now, a thing is easily bought at a shop, and no one knows who
made it or whether it was made grudgingly or without grumbling,
or how! Especially at this time when the working man is in revolt,
what the workman has put into the objects he has made for you
is open to question. In sewing for the person one loves, a thought
has gone naturally with every stitch that one has made. If it
is done with love and affection, then every stitch produces
a new thought and completes that living thought of love, thus
giving inwardly that great help that every soul is in need of.
Also, the wagons, carriages and ships that are used at the
risk of man's life, by whom are they made? Who knows what the
condition of the mind of the builders of the Titanic was. Was
there a peacemaker teaching them to keep a certain rhythm of
mind while making her? Everything that is made has a magical
influence upon it. If it is made with a thought quite contrary
to what is needed, then it only means dangers awaiting the ship,
the train, the wagon, the car. Often, without apparent cause,
you will find a boat in danger, something breaking without substantial
reason. This is because in its make-up, the thought of destruction
has been given. It is working through it; it is something more
living than the object, itself. So it is when a house is built.
The thoughts given to it by the one who was building it, or
by those who worked on it, all count. In short, we understand
by this that there is a thought attached to all things prepared
either by an individual or by a multitude, and that thought
must give results accordingly.
In all things there is God; but the object is the instrument,
and the person is life, itself. Into the object the person puts
life. When a certain thing is being made, it is at that time
that a life is put into it, which goes on and on as a breath
in a body. This also gives us a hint that, when we take flowers
to a patient and we have a healing thought with them, the flowers
convey the thought of healing. As the patient looks at the flowers,
he will receive from them the healing that was put there. Any
eatable or sweet, anything that we take to a friend with a thought
of love – its use must create a harmonious, happy result for
him. Therefore, every little thing given and taken in love,
with a harmonious and good thought, has a greater value than
the object, itself; for it is not the object, but what is behind
the object. Does this not teach us that it is not always doing
or preparing things in our everyday life that counts, but that
it is giving these things a life with a harmonious, constructive
thought so that our work may become a thousand times greater
in effect and real value?
This also teaches us that while doing a small thing we should
be accomplishing something very great, and doing it with this
attitude, with this idea at the back of it: that we are not
only making a thing, but we are making it living. Does this
not open before us a vast field of work that we could do easily
without much cost or effort? In its result, that work could
be of a much greater importance than anyone could think of or
imagine. Is it not, at the same time, a great blessing to be
able to do a thing of great importance without any outward pretense?
Even while writing a letter, a person sometimes puts in it
what words cannot explain – and yet the letter conveys it. There
may be one word written with a living thought behind it; that
word will have a greater effect than a thousand pages. Do we
not almost hear a letter speaking? It is not always what is
written in it; the letter brings the one who wrote it to us,
what mood he was in, his evolution, his pleasure, his displeasure,
his joy and his sorrow. The letter conveys more than what was
written in it.
Consider the great souls who have come on earth at different
times. Conditions opposed them, and they found difficulties
at every move in accomplishing what they wanted to. Yet they
have produced the voice, a living voice. That living voice continued
long after they had left; and in time, it spread throughout
the whole universe, accomplishing what they had once wished.
The effect of their one moment of thought took perhaps centuries
to build something, but it was something worthwhile, something
beyond man's comprehension.
If we could only understand what spirit is, we would esteem
the human being much more than we do now. We trust man so little,
we believe in man so little, we respect man so little, we esteem
the possibilities he has so little. If we only knew what was
at the back of every strong and weak soul, we should know that
there is every possibility, and we should never underestimate
anyone, or fail to respect people in spite of all they may lack.
We should recognize that it is the Creator who creates through
all the different forms. But it is one Creator; and all that
is built, prepared, made and composed is all made by that one
Being working through this world of variety.
Question: Does the life and influence put into things decrease
with the passing of time?
Answer: Its life is according to the intensity of the feeling.
A note resounds according to the intensity with which you strike
it. You may strike a note on the piano and it will continue
to resound for so long. If you strike it with less intensity,
it resounds for a shorter time. But it is, at the same time,
according to the strength with which you strike it and according
to the instrument on which you strike. There may be one instrument,
the string of which will continue to vibrate for a very long
time, and there may be another instrument whose string will
vibrate for not very long and then will quiet down. So it is
also according to the medium that you take in striking vibrations
that the effect is created.
Question: Is the thought attached to things a vibratory power?
Answer: It is a life power, but in order to define it I would
call it a vibratory power. From a mystical conception, vibrations
may be considered to have three aspects: audible, visible and
perceptible. Now the vibrations put into an object are neither
audible nor visible, they are only perceptible. Perceptible
to what? To the intuitive faculty of man. But it is not meant
by this that the one who lacks intuitive faculty does not perceive
it. He perceives it, too, but unconsciously.