Chapter 6

Spirit in the Soul of Man



There is a Spirit that watches over us when we sleep, and shows us the wonder of dreams. This Spirit is called immortal, and beyond him no man can go.

The sacrifice of thoughts and feelings opens a door to admit the Spirit. When thinking and feeling are stilled, the soul is aware and sorrow is left far behind.

Spirit comes to the thoughts to those who know him beyond thoughts,where thinking is stilled. Spirit comes to the feelings of those who know him beyond feelings, where feeling is stilled.

That which cannot be sensed, but gives life to the senses - that is Spirit. That which cannot be pondered, but gives life to the thoughts - that is Spirit. That which cannot be heard, but gives life to the hearing - that is Spirit. That which cannot be seen, but gives life to the sight - that is Spirit.

Who gives us the spark of life? Who sends our mind on its journey? Who makes us to see and to hear?

Spirit is the life of life, the mind of mind, the eye of eye, and the ear of ear. The mind, the eye and the ear of man cannot leave this world; but the mind of mind, the eye of eye, and the ear of ear can pass beyond this world, and are brought to awareness in the life of the Spirit.

Without moving, Spirit is swifter than thought, flying beyond imagination and beyond the senses. Without moving, Spirit passes the swiftest. All the rivers of life flow into the ocean of Spirit.

It is God, and not the cleverness of man, which brings about Spirit. It is Spirit, and not the cleverness of man, which brings about life.

By knowing a piece of gold, all that is gold can be known. The subtle variations of ornament are mere descriptive words; the reality is only gold.

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Spirit is the only true source of treasure. Who knows this truth finds the true treasure.

Spirit cannot be touched by thoughts and words, or seen by mortal eyes; but Spirit says: "I am."

How can Spirit be perceived except by the wise man who says: "He is."

Eternal Spirit is far below and far above; far to the left and far to the right. Eternal Spirit is all and everywhere, yet his golden throne is in a private chamber within the soul.

When the ancients said: "You are gods," they perceived the seat of God within the human soul: eternal Spirit in the soul of man.

Eternal Spirit created life, and from life sprang space, light, fire, air, water, earth, faith, mind, senses, and form. To sustain life, Spirit created food, and from food sprang strength, mercy, modesty, sacred works, words, songs, poems, and names.

A river flowing into the sea, finding its final rest, loses both name and form. People speak only of "sea."

The soul of man, flowing into Spirit, finding its final rest, loses both name and form. People speak only of "Spirit."

The mystery of Spirit is unity and multiplicity. The river that flows into the sea does not die; it still flows, and its name lives on. Water remains water. The soul that flows into Spirit does not die. Life remains life.

Spirit is one, whatever form and shape it seems to take. Spirit is all one, both inside and outside: soul of God, and soul of man. Fire takes on strange forms and shapes as it consumes a pile of logs; but fire is all one, as Spirit is all one, both inside and outside.

When the cords that bind body and soul together are loosened and the soul departs - what remains when the spark is extinguished? The soul without light must seek another home on earth; a new mother; a new body.

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There is a spark of life that governs the breath as it flows in and out - but what remains when the spark is extinguished? A man lives not by his breath alone; the source of life is greater than a spark.

A pinprick of light; a small flame; a burst of splendour that fills the earth with glory. This is Spirit in the soul of man. When he is perceived as the lord of time, past present and future, all that is hopeless fades away.

When Spirit enters in, the soul of man knows fulfilment. Though pangs and sorrows may still come through past misdeeds, all suffering is made bearable through the joy of Spirit.

When Spirit in the soul of man is known and witnessed, ancient fears that assailed the heart are relieved; ancient doubts that clouded the mind blow away, and the restless pendulum of karma sways softly to a standstill.

Spirit in the soul of man - inner light of the inner self - encompasses the whole of life: Awareness, reason, thought; the passions of man; the actions of seeing, speaking, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting; all things find their peace in Spirit.

When salt is added to water it cannot be seen, yet it fills the water and can be tasted on every side. So is Spirit in the soul of man. It cannot be seen, but its presence is known, and and it affects the awareness of all who are touched.

When the soul of man is united with his mind and his senses, he is known as one who has joys and sorrows. When the soul of man is filled with Spirit, his mind and his senses are its dumb witnesses. Spirit encompasses everything and brings peace.

When a man awakens to the light of Spirit, in truth he can say: "I am he." When a man awakes to the light of Spirit, the world of Spirit belongs to him; he is one with Spirit.

The human soul may be compared with the tip of a hair divided in fineness by ten thousand times; yet the seed of the Infinite dwells therein.

As Spirit touches the soul of man - and not his mind alone, not his senses alone, not his passions alone - the wise man is guided by his soul to the place where Spirit has his being.

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The human soul may be compared with a flame, constantly burning. When fueled by the ego and its selfish desires it becomes diffused, and burns palely; when fueled by Spirit it becomes focussed as a brilliant beam, radiating heat and light.

The human soul is called the son of man, inheritor of all that man is and does. Spirit in the soul of man is called the son of God, inheritor of all that God is and does, lord and father of mankind.

Only those who see the radiance of Spirit within their souls can hope to see the universal radiance of God's dwelling.

Only those who know the guidance of Spirit in this world can hope to receive the guidance of Spirit in worlds to come.

In wonder and silence the wise man acknowledges Spirit as the eternal guide for all creation. Thenceforth, all his works will be holy works, whether great or small. In domestic affairs and in the affairs of nations, all his works will be holy works, whether great or small. In Spirit alone he seeks peace and joy.

Soul alone is the recipient of Spirit. The heart and mind of man may know and be filled with the reflection of glory, but they are merely mortal. When they bear witness to Spirit, they bear witness to immortality, and can partake of true wisdom.

The soul of man be awake and a bustle with activity, leading the mind, the passions and the senses through life. But in the absence of Spirit, the soul yet mourns. In the absence of Spirit, though men may brag, the soul is constantly aware of its own unwisdom.

There is no idleness in Spirit. Spirit works while he rests, and rests while he works, free from the trammels of earthly cares. Spirit is pure, unchangeable, beyond desire, incorruptible, ever conscious, ever active.

Spirit is not to be reached by the lazy, or the weak, or the careless, or the gluttonous. Spirit is not to be reached by the studious, or the strong, or the meticulous, or the abstemious.

Spirit reaches.

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Pilgrims seek Spirit through sacrifice, charity, poverty, penance and abstinence. They follow a life of wandering in their longing for Spirit.

Spirit cannot be touched by sacred ritual, by zealous adherence to laws, by cold austerity and asceticism. Spirit is too far away to be touched, dwelling beyond the sun. Spirit is too close to be touched, resting in the innermost chamber of the heart.

Spirit is known through the soul of man. Spirit cannot be reached through esoteric teachings or sacred writings. Spirit cannot be reached through the intellect. Spirit cannot be reached through the passions, however sincere.

Even with great knowledge, Spirit cannot be reached until the senses are at rest; until the mind and the passions are at peace. Spirit is reached by those of his choosing, because they accept him on his own terms.

To those whom Spirit chooses he reveals his glory. A man may long for Spirit; a man may think he chooses Spirit; but Spirit is not to be gained by wishing and choosing.

Spirit chooses.

The hunter of truth who pursues his quarry with devotion, through meditation and submission, pursues only Spirit. As an archer who fires his arrow swift and true when the quarry is seen, he will know when the time has arrived. Spirit is the only prize that will survive death; Spirit is truth.

Many roads that may be followed lead from the seat of bodily desires, but only one leads from this place upwards to the heart. This is the only hope of reaching the highest. All other ways lead to other places.

Many roads that may be followed lead from the seat of the passions, but only one leads from this place to the brain. This is the only hope of reaching the highest. All other ways lead to other states.

Many roads that may be followed lead from the seat of knowledge, but only one leads from this place upwards to the powers of reason. This is the only hope of reaching the highest. All other ways lead to other levels.

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Many roads that may be followed lead from the seat of wisdom, but only one leads from this place upwards to Spirit. This is the way of submission to Spirit, and the only hope of reaching the highest. All other ways lead to other ends.

Glowing with the light of Spirit, the soul of man is as a beacon leading the way to God. When truth is known, man becomes free from the bondage of ignorance.

A mirror is imperfect when covered with dust, but when polished the reflection will be seen again in light. The mirror of the self, too, is clouded, its image obscure. But when cleaned, it reflects the bright truth of Spirit. Man can become one with Spirit again, for evermore beyond sorrows.

When the light of Supreme Spirit shines on our faces, free from fear and wrongdoing, we know it as the pure light of love. Those who feel Spiritual love go beyond the worlds of sorrow.

The light of Supreme Spirit is brighter by far than the light of all suns seen against the blackness of space. He who comprehends Supreme Spirit goes beyond death, for his is the only path that leads to immortal life.

Spirit is radiant in glorious light, yet invisible to mortal eyes. The highest of beings, transcending understanding, Spirit possesses the holy place where all that lives, breathes and moves has its final home. To know Spirit is all that is, and all that is not. To know Spirit signals the coming together of the passions in his love.

There is nothing higher to be known than Spirit in the soul of man. God, the world and the soul, men see as three. But Spirit unites all.

Spirit moves intimately amongst the things of this world, yet he is above all these things. Spirit is pure and without blemish, belonging to the peace of eternity, beyond the body, mind and life of man. And yet Spirit enters the soul of man when God wills. He brings supreme consciousness to man, and he alone can purify that which is beyond the power of man to cleanse.

Supreme Spirit is greater by far than the greatest, lesser by far than the least, for all things have their being in him. His radiance illumines all creation. Like a tree rooted in heaven, his glorious branches reach the earth.

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Spirit is beyond man's understanding. He is not here, or there. He cannot be apprehended or comprehended. Spirit has no bonds of attachment; no technique to be discovered and followed.

Truth, consciousness and love are the attributes of Spirit, ruling the highest heaven and dwelling in our innermost soul. The whole of joy flows from this source, and all things come to the beneficiary.

The soul of man filled with Spirit is smaller than an atom, and larger than a planet. The soul of man filled with Spirit can enter the souls of men, and fathom their innermost thoughts. The soul of man filled with Spirit can travel everywhere whilst standing still; sleep whilst transcending the universe. Such is the supreme means of salvation.

Spirit is ever present, unseen by men. It is when righteousness has been set aside and men are proud of their wickedness, thinking that they alone have power - it is then that Spirit makes his presence known on earth, for the salvation of those who have retained a spark of good; a spark of hope.

In describing the multiplicity of souls evolving from the one, men speak of the tree of life. In considering the oneness of souls, men should know the tree of heaven, with roots in God's kingdom and branches reaching to earth. A man has roots running deep in the earth, binding his soul to this life. With wisdom and inner quietness he can sever his roots when the time comes, and climb that path which never returns.

What are the characteristics of a man destined for heaven? Fearlessness, purity of heart, contemplation, generosity, harmony within himself, love, piety, moderation, righteousness, gentleness, non-violence, calmness, honesty, good temper, appreciation, sympathy, modesty, freedom from cravings, greed and pride, reliability, energy, forgiveness, endurance, willingness, reluctance to find fault and quickness to renounce errors and correct wrong actions.

Those who with sincerity followed the good path but failed to reach their goal - how do they fare after death? There is a heaven for those who did good, a place to live in joy until the time comes for rebirth. Blessed with the wisdom already gained, they are counted amongst the favoured ones, ever striving for perfection until the supreme goal is reached.

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Sincerity, devotion to truth, gentleness and compassion - without knowledge of Spirit, these are the saving graces.

There are many who strive for union with Spirit during this life, but fail to reach their goal. How do they fare after death? Neither in this world nor in worlds to come will they pass away. Those who tread the path of good never tread the path of death.

What seems at first a taste of sweetness may become a vile cup of poison; what seems at first a cup of sorrow may become a glorious draught of immortality. The path of wisdom may lead through pain and grief to the end of all suffering.

In this world people have much cleverness but little wisdom. In the innermost being of those whose unwisdom is changed by Spirit, their developing wisdom becomes a beacon for their journey. They see the way to God illumined by their own inner radiance.

Spirit dwells in the soul of man, but the foolish see only the man. All their earthly hopes are ill founded, their learning in vain. They are destined to sink into a world of demons; to sink deeper into the darkness of delusion.

Even the humblest or most sinful of people who seek shelter of Spirit attain the supreme path. To love Spirit with sincerity, with all one's soul, brings soul and Spirit together in harmony.

It is a promise of Spirit: "Whosoever loves me shall not perish." Even the wickedest of men must be considered righteous, if he worships Spirit with sincerity.

The greatness of Spirit cannot be increased by good deeds, or diminished by evil. Spirit is supreme sovereign and protector of all beings, keeper of the bridge that separates this world from the next.

All things shall pass away, but Spirit will not pass away. Spirit has dominion over all things, and the wise who recognize him in their own souls can find eternal peace.

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The soul of man filled with Spirit is beyond birth and death. Such a soul cannot die when the body dies, but is one for evermore, beyond all time that has gone, or is yet to come.

To be filled with Spirit is to bathe in the glory of God - creator of all from the beginning. God was, God is, and shall be evermore. He moves everywhere and sees everything.

Spirit needs acceptance into the soul of man. Who accepts Spirit and finds peace is lord of himself. Such a one will endure calmly, in peace, with steadfast purpose. Who sees Spirit in himself, sees Spirit in all beings.

When Spirit enters the soul of man he is one with the One. The world of Spirit has the power of the All, and man has all. This is what men mean when they say: "He has atoned."

Knowledge of self must be submissive to Spirit. In Supreme Spirit all find final peace. Who knows self attains self. Who knows Spirit attains Spirit. Who knows All attains All.

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