One of the aspects of personal magnetism is physical
magnetism, which has three kinds of attraction. One kind
comes because the mechanism of the body is working properly,
regularly, when the circulation of the blood is right and
when proper care is taken of the body; the next depends
on the attractiveness of the form and features with which
a person is born; and the third is caused by harmonious
movement. The person who lacks any of these three things
will naturally lack magnetism. As there is the blossoming
of the trees, so there is the time in a person's life when
he blossoms, a time which is called youth, when this magnetism
expresses itself in its fullness. It comes as a season and
it goes as a season.
The second aspect of magnetism is the magnetism of mind.
A person of thought and wit, one who is quick to grasp something
and apt in expressing his ideas to others, naturally has
magnetic power. This magnetism of thought can also be divided
into three kinds. One is thoughtfulness. A thoughtful person
may not perhaps speak one word, nor do anything, but the
very fact that he is thoughtful will attract others to him.
The next way in which the magnetism of mind manifests is
in the form of speech, of wit, of expression. Those who
are in the presence of a man who has a living mind are immediately
won by his magnetism. And the third kind of magnetism is
the power of perception and conception. There are people
to whom we at once feel attracted, to whom we feel close,
who understand us and what we say and mean. Such a person
need not speak or explain anything in order to show his
magnetic power. He may sit before us and listen to us, and
while we are talking to him we feel at one with him.
The third aspect of magnetism is the magnetism of heart.
It is more powerful than the magnetism of mind, for the
latter touches the surface whereas the magnetism of heart
touches the depths of a person. The heart can be best described
as a glowing fire if it is living, but when it is dead it
is like frozen snow. Magnetism of heart needs no expression,
for a person with a loving heart is indubitably magnetic.
Therefore, no one should profess to love, for love speaks
for itself. It needs no words. The fire does not cry out,
'I am burning!' The heat of the glow is felt without words.
The magnetism of the heart can also be divided into three
kinds. One is the heart that receives love. It has the magnetism
of the moon. The cooling effect of the moon is seen in the
beloved soul. Then there is the heart that loves, and this
has a more powerful magnetism, a magnetism which can be
likened to the sun, which is powerful and which shines.
And the third kind of love is greater, finer, and more subtle
than the two mentioned above: it is developed when the love
becomes a continually springing fountain, which rises as
a stream and falls as many drops. It is the love of souls
who cannot help but love, the love of souls who only know
love, not hate; the love of souls who are no longer the
possessors of love but who have become love itself. Their
magnetism spreads in a wider horizon and lasts longer than
one could ever imagine.
The fourth and highest aspect of magnetism is the magnetism
of the soul. The soul that is born again, the soul that
has begun to live, the soul that has opened its eyes to
the world, that soul not only attracts the wise and the
virtuous, but also those who are devoid of wisdom and who
lack virtue. The presence of souls who have awakened is
itself a magnetism. It draws people walking on the earth
and it draws souls that are not on the earth. It not only
draws the living beings, the lower creation, but also the
trees and plants are drawn to it. The atmosphere that an
awakened soul produces lives for centuries in this world,
unbroken and unpolluted. The sky takes care of it and preserves
it for generations, in order to experience and enjoy this
atmosphere produced by the illuminated souls. And the third
way in which the illuminated soul shows its magnetism is
in words and acts, so that every word becomes dynamic, in
Biblical terms a tongue of flame; and everything this soul
gives to the world remains, it lives and never dies.