BY HIGHER spiritualism we do not mean that which is occupied
with occult, curious or magical phenomena. Such spiritualism
keeps man away from progress. Higher spiritualism is that
in which the soul is enkindled and illuminated.
The petals and leaves and thorns of the rose are all
different, and yet there is one rose; the spirit of the
rose is one, these parts are so many aspects of the rose.
In the same way all spirits are different, but are the outcome
of the one real Spirit. In reality there is only one Spirit
and it is only because of a sense of illusion that there
seem to be many spirits; every ray of the sun is accounted
as separate from every other.
The whole world is wonderful and we need hardly take
special steps to find wonders and miracles by going to seek
special phenomena. There is no end to the wonders around
us! Our life consists of so few days that, if we realized
the privilege of life and were thankful for its opportunities,
we should devote our time to attaining what every soul really
longs for, rather than taking interest in the curious and
the occult. After all, those phenomena do not differ from
the everyday phenomena we call natural. Human character,
human life, the breath we take, our states of pleasure and
displeasure, of like and dislike – what are they all but
phenomena? The craze for a particular phenomenon leads us
to overlook that the whole universe is activity. Christ
was not pleased when asked to show a miracle. He did not
summon the angels to satisfy the curiosity of his disciples.
It was spiritual illumination which was their real need.
However good an education may be, it does not follow
that the soul is kindled and, unless the soul is illuminated,
how can it illumine another soul? When two such souls should
meet it is as lighting a candle. But a match will not kindle
a piece of iron; it requires very much heat to do so. So
souls which are not awake are very difficult to illumine.
Persons may quarrel and fight over what they believe and
disbelieve, but were the soul kindled such fighting would
be found to be of no avail.
Forms will always be different; it is the real meaning
and essence which is unchanging. Seers are always united
in their thoughts because they perceive that the truth is
one, and the Spirit is one; other persons have only knowledge
of names and forms. When there is only one Spirit and one
life, how can there be two knowledges? The spirit of Buddha's
teaching, of Solomon's teaching, of Christ's teaching always
point to the same meaning, and yet how different their words
and how different their lives. Even of one person or of
one picture ten persons will have different ideas. This
world of variety, always changing as it is, cannot be the
basis of unanimity. Only when we come to a knowledge of
the One Being can we be led to higher spiritualism.
Those souls who have departed from this life in the absorption
of the vision of God, the Only Being, who have directed
their love towards humanity so as to draw humanity towards
heaven – all these are now not only in the vision of God,
but they are bestowing their blessing and bliss upon you.
All those blessed souls are linked to one another.
As from one taper every lamp in the world might be kindled,
so from the higher Spirit we call God we derive our life,
our light, the life eternal. He is the illumination of all
the saints; He is the friend and ideal of all. The light
which He directs through all the different spirits runs
in one current from the souls of the blessed to the souls
of the illuminated ones on earth. There can be no higher
spiritualism than this. Since the current is from the one
Spirit – even though it reaches us through many, or whether
it reaches us from a man, plant, animal, sun or moon, or
from whatever apparent source – why seek to differentiate
in our search instead of going at once to the source of
the current, to the unity rather than among the variety
which is illusion?
But only those who have reached a certain evolution can
realize the next step in this evolution. It is for us to
awake only those who are about to awake and allow to sleep
peacefully those who are yet fast asleep. They must not
be awakened before their sleep is over; they have not had
enough, they will feel inclined to awake some other time.
It would be like taking a child to a dangerous electric
machine. Not only would the child be hurt, but it would
spoil the sensitive mechanism of the machine, or it might
even destroy a whole factory. The attempt to reform the
whole world because one has found out one aspect of the
truth is to try and awaken great numbers of people who are
not ready to be awakened. Let them sleep on.
The ultimate end of the sleepers is the same. They cannot
go astray; in the journey through the world of changing
experiences they can still know they are going on well.
The heart will be enkindled and the torch will be given
by which to guide them along the higher paths, and some
day all will have found the higher spiritualism when they
enter into the joy of the Lord.