Intelligence in its most dense form appears in things
and beings as radiance. From a mystical point of view it
would not be wrong to say that the freshness of the leaf,
the color of the flower, the brightness of the precious
stone, and the expression of man's countenance are the light
of intelligence in its dense form. No object can be visible
without radiance. Although we need the light of the sun
in order to make an object more visible to our sight, yet
every object is radiant in itself. It cannot exist; it cannot
be visible if it is not radiant. If we make a synthesis,
of all the things in the world, which we have separated
by analysis and called by various names, we could safely
and rightly say that all things and beings are made of light,
or that all things and beings are the manifestation of the
light of intelligence.
What about the sun, the moon and the stars? There is
intelligence in all of these. If the planet on which we
live had no intelligence it could not have intelligent beings
on it. For what is nature? Nature is the development of
the planet. The planet has developed into organic nature
and has culminated in human beings, intelligent beings,
and it still remains a planet.
No doubt that which exists as a capacity, is robbed of
its intelligence by what is conceived in it. For instance
the body is robbed of its intelligence by the mind, and
the mind is robbed of its intelligence by the soul. The
larger the power the more it absorbs. If the body is more
muscular, denser, it naturally absorbs the power of the
mind, and very often a person with a highly developed brain
is found to be not very spiritual, as his brain absorbs
the light of the soul. But in the same way it is natural
that the soul, which is intelligence in itself, should rob
the mind of its intelligence, and the mind in turn robs
the body of its extra physical strength if it is powerful.
It is natural, therefore for the intelligence of the planet
as a whole not to be manifest to view. If it can be seen,
it is in the intelligence of an individual, but the collective
working of many minds as one single idea, and the activity
of the whole world in a certain direction, are governed
by the intelligence of the planet. We speak of the mentality
of a particular person, the mentality of a nation, or the
mentality of a race, and so the intelligence of the whole
planet has an effect upon all those individuals living on
There is a certain characteristic peculiar to this planet,
for each planet has a certain degree of intelligence. For
instance, the fact that at this time and at this stage of
human civilization and evolution, when hardly one in a thousand
individuals wants to make war, such dreadful wars should
have taken place, is due to the influence of the planet
working through the minds of those who live on it. This
is the secret behind war and peace. They were not foolish
those who worshipped the sun and taught sun worship, they
were not ignorant. Those who recognized the sacredness of
fire and flame, for they saw the intelligence even in the
dense form. The sun is the source of the intelligence of
all the planets, but the real source of intelligence is
The highest form of intelligence is that which shows
itself in man. In man intelligence begins to show itself,
in a similar if not exactly the same form as that which
may be called the primitive intelligence, the intelligence
which existed as such even before manifestation.
In human intelligence we can distinguish three aspects,
perception, conception and assimilation. One is expressive,
one is receptive, and the third is all-powerful. Perception
can again be divided into three aspects, all that one perceives
through the medium of the five senses, all that one perceives
independently of the medium of the five senses, and all
that one feels and that one cannot interpret even to oneself
in an intelligible form.
Conception also has three aspects, all that one conceives
as an understanding, all that one conceives and develops,
and all that one conceives and maintains in the same way
that it was conceived.
Assimilation is the highest form of intelligence, more
powerful and perfect, for it is the power of intelligence
that assimilates things, and it is perfect because it assimilates.
If we put some dye, some color, in a bottle of water, that
color will stay, because the water in the bottle has no
power to assimilate it. But if we put the same dye into
the sea, the sea will sooner or later assimilate it. This
shows that assimilation is the greatest power of intelligence.
How can one speed up assimilation and make it more complete?
By meditation and concentration. Meditation and concentration
apart, one can do so by becoming thoughtful, considerate,
deep, responsive, sincere, and serious. To assimilate is
the most difficult thing there is. We can have many friends
in the world, but a friend whom we can really trust is hard
to find. And if during our life we have found one, we should
be most thankful to have one friend who can keep our secret.
Ordinary people apart, kings and emperors who have to deal
with thousands and millions of people have great difficulty
in finding one person whom they can trust completely, in
whom they have confidence, and they consider themselves
most fortunate if they do. And it is the power of assimilation,
which enables one to keep a secret and prove worthy of confidence.
The one who has the power of assimilation is the treasure
house of all those who confide in him. It is such a one
who arrives at the stage of the Master.