Magnetism is something that can be wasted, that can be
lost, and that can be made powerless. When a person consciously
exerts the magnetism he has it becomes powerless. The very
power with which one exerts the magnetism makes it powerless.
Magnetism can be wasted if one does not have the strength
and control to sustain it. Many possess great magnetism
in some form or other, but without knowing it they lose
some of it every moment of the day. As one needs a safe
for keeping one's treasures, so one must know the key to
the control of magnetism of whatever kind.
Magnetism can be lost in two ways. A person who has some
magnetism, without his noticing it may be robbed by another
who does this either consciously or unconsciously. How can
a man know when he robs another unconsciously of his magnetism?
It is very easy to know. When he sees that people do not
want to listen to him, when he realizes that people do not
want to be with him for long but feel like running away
from him, then he must know that he robs them unconsciously
of their magnetism; that is why they run away. And magnetism
may also be lost by lack of regularity in life, by lack
of conscientiousness, and by not knowing how to keep magnetism
intact. By being conscious of one's magnetism one develops
it, but by using magnetism consciously one loses it. And
by being unconscious of one's magnetism one retains its
charm, but it develops slowly.
Magnetism is a life substance, a living spirit. It has
its own particular science. The more one knows of this science,
the more one will be able to value it, to maintain it, and
to utilize it to the best purpose. Action develops magnetism,
but repose controls it; that is why very active people always
develop their magnetism, but without being able to hold
it. With one hand they take magnetism, with the other hand
they give it out, and there is nothing left. It is like
earning money from one side, spending it on the other, and
always being without.
A continual effort is necessary to control magnetism,
and it can be controlled by a certain amount of reserve.
But there are two things to consider. By too much reserve
one will also close the doors to the development of magnetism,
just as too much work will exhaust a man while working moderately
will develop his muscular system. So it is with magnetism:
when we use it continually it is soon exhausted, but when
it is used no more than is needed in order to cultivate
it and control it then it remains in proper proportion.
The magnetism of the word is cultivated by speech, but
it is controlled by silence. A talkative person may be interesting
for some time, but afterwards he loses his magnetism. He
has given it out by talking. Magnetism is also lost by speaking
too low, or with too much emphasis, or with too high a pitch
of voice. Magnetism is lost by every unnatural expression.
When a cowherd calls his cows in a high-pitched voice, as
is done in India, this is natural for him. He loses no magnetism,
on the contrary he develops magnetism because it is natural
for him to do so. But if a lawyer goes into a field and
calls a cow in that same pitch he certainly loses magnetism,
and the cow will not come either.
A speaker is handicapped when he has to speak very loudly,
for a speaker can speak best in his natural tone. It is
most unfortunate if he has to speak in a larger hall than
he is accustomed to, for if an unnatural tone is produced
he will himself be disturbed by it so that he cannot create
the effect he desires. No doubt when he has been speaking
for many years to large audiences he may develop his voice,
and then it would become natural to him, but if not, it
takes away all his inspiration and power.
A thoughtful person develops magnetism by thinking, but
when he is over-anxious to tell everyone about his thought
he loses it. There are people who before they have even
thought of a thing are too eager to speak about it, and
thus instead of producing magnetic power they spoil and
destroy it. Magnetism of feeling is also very powerful.
Its power is so great that words cannot express it; but
too much expression of sentiment lets it escape. One is
attracted to a kind person, but one runs away from a person
who is always shedding tears.
Spiritual magnetism is the most valuable magnetism there
is, for it is the magnetism of the soul. But as soon as
one begins to show one's lantern, however beautifully it
burns, the oil will begin to give out and then the lantern
will become dim. It is a human tendency that a little spiritual
stimulus gives man such an inclination to show it that as
soon as he gives an extensive expression to his spiritual
awakening in the form of words or acts he loses magnetism,
for the magnetism had not yet been prepared. It was not
ready. It is as if a piece of coal before turning into a
diamond already began to shine out. It would then remain
as it was and could never become a diamond. The mystery
is that magnetism is developed by use and controlled by
reserve. One must know the right balance between how to
develop it and how to preserve it.
It is not true that only a few people have magnetism.
In point of fact, everyone has some kind of magnetism. It
is not true that there are people who do not develop their
magnetism. The very fact that one is alive means that one
develops it. But it is true that not everyone can control
magnetism, and not everyone does control it. The loss of
magnetism is more disadvantageous than the loss of wealth,
for there is no earthly treasure to be compared with magnetism.
By Bayat, the initiation which a teacher gives
to his pupil, a magnetism is given: the soul of the pupil
is charged with a new battery. And if the pupil knows how
to maintain it, how to keep it without wasting it, it will
be like yeast, which never spoils and which lives for thousands
of years. All the practices which are given by the teacher
to guide his pupil on the spiritual path produce their particular
magnetism. There is no occupation, there is no interest
in the world which has so much to do with magnetism as treading
the spiritual path. The power with which one progresses
on the spiritual path is the power of magnetism, and the
speed with which one advances depends upon the power of
Spiritual magnetism is the best and the most dependable
magnetism. Its character is healing and very powerful. This
magnetism appears with the unfoldment of the soul. This
means that the soul which is covered by many veils is uncovered
through the meditative process, and then the soul begins
to shine out as a flame does through the lantern, which
spreads its light and radiates its heat so that everyone
around can feel it.
In the same way a spiritual personality begins to radiate
the original light of the soul, thereby giving light and
life. When Jesus Christ bade us to drink his blood and eat
his flesh, he meant that the spiritual magnetism which is
given by spiritual personalities in the form of blessing,
in the form of prayer, by their presence, in their atmosphere,
should be our sustenance, should be the food for our soul.
The spiritual path is a living path, because the magnetism
of the spiritual path is living.