What follows is taken from
Volume 3 of "Life and Teaching of the Masters
of the Far East" written by Baird T. Spaulding.
The books are full of similar, enlightening passages.
It's some of the most interesting and inspirational
material I've ever read. These are the words of Jesus
"In first taking up this work (of seeking perfection)
and perceiving the truths or the fundamental scientific
facts underlying all life and the way of attaining
thereto, you take the first step, and the exhilaration
and enlightenment are so far beyond anything you have
hitherto experienced that you decide to go on in the
work. Then doubts, fears, and discouragements are
allowed to creep in and your on-going seems to be
retarded. You struggle first one way, then another,
and you seem to be losing ground. The struggle seems
to be too great for human beings to accomplish and
you begin to look at the failures all about you."
"You say God's children are dying on every hand and
none within your generation has accomplished the ideal
of everlasting and eternal life, peace, harmony and
perfection which I idealize. You say that accomplishment
must come after death; so you let go and find for
a time that it is much easier to drift on and on with
the human tide on the downward trend."
"Again, the race (or human)
consciousness has had another setback; another who
had a great spiritual enlightenment and understanding
and could have succeeded, has failed and the race
consciousness has another binding hold upon humanity.
Generation after generation gives it a still greater
and tenacious grip. Is it any wonder that human nature
becomes weak and frail; and each in turn follows on
and on, in the same eternal treadmill, the blind following
the blind, on and on into eternal oblivion; and into
the great vortex, where not only the body is forced
into dissolution and decay, but the soul is ground
between the never-relenting millstones of human perception
"If you would realize, as
I did and as so many have done, that it is far easier
to work out your own problem in one earthly experience
than it is to go on and on and accumulate a race consciousness
of good and evil that soon becomes an encrusted shell;
that has been added to, layer by layer, upon an encrustation
by each succeeding experience, until it takes superhuman
force and sledge-hammer blows to break the shell and
release your true self."
"Until you do break the shell
and release your true self, you will continue to be
ground in the same vortex. You can work until you
have released yourself sufficiently to get a glimpse
of the horizon's "grander view." Here again you cease
to struggle, your mental vision is cleared, but your
body is still encased in the shell. Realize that the
newborn chick , when its head is free from its shell,
must still go on with the struggle. It must be entirely
free from its old shell or environment before it can
grow into the new, which it has sensed and perceived
as soon as it has broken a hole through the shell
once encasing the egg from which it grew."
"You fail utterly to see that
I, as a boy working at the carpenter's bench with
my father, perceived that there was a higher life
for the God-born so-called human being that to be
born into a human existence for a short time and,
during that short existence, be ground between the
millstones of man-made laws, superstitions, and conventions
and thus struggle on through that existence for perhaps
three score years and ten, then pass on to a heaven
and a glorious reward of harps and psalm singing that
could have no logical existence except in the gullible
minds of those preyed upon by the priesthood of my
"You fail utterly to see that,
after this great awakening or realization within myself,
it took long days and nights of struggle in seclusion
and silence, all alone, right within myself and with
myself. Then, when the self was conquered, it took
the far greater and more bitter experiences of personal
contact with those I loved dearly and to whom I wished
to show the light that I had perceived; knowing it
was the light that burns so brightly, lighting the
path of every child of God that is created or that
comes into the world."
"You fail utterly to see the
great temptation that beset me to go on and be the
carpenter I might have been and thence live the sort
span of life allotted to man by hierarchy and orthodoxy;
instead of taking up a life which perception had only
given me a glimpse of, thus allowing me to see through
the murk and mire of superstition, discord, and disbelief."
"You fail utterly to follow
the bodily anguish, the ignominious insults that were
heaped upon me by my own kin alone, aside from those
to whom I strove to show the light I had perceived.
You failed to see that this took a will stronger than
my own, which sustained me through these trials. How
little you can know of the trials and struggles, temptations,
and defeats that beset me. How, at times, I struggled
on and on with clenched fists and set teeth, seeing
and knowing that the light was there although there
seemed to be but one last flickering ray and, at times,
it seemed that that last ray had gone out and a shadow
was cast in its place. Even then, something within
me was ever strong and dominant, that back of the
shadow, the light was as bright as ever. I went on
and cast aside the shadow and found the light burning
even brighter because of the temporary dimming. Even
when the shadow proved to be the cross and I could
see beyond; the final awakening of a triumphant morn
that passed beyond the understanding of mortal man,
still immersed in fear, doubts and superstitions.
It was the very urge of this perception that sent
me on, determined to drink the cup to the fullest
draft, that I might know by actual experience and
contact whereof I spoke; that man by the free will
of God, coupled with his own free thought and pure
motive, could prove for himself alone that God is
divine; and that man, His true son, born in His image
and likeness, is as truly divine as the Father is
divine; and that this divinity is the true Christ
that every man sees and perceives, is in himself and
in all of God's children."
"This true Christ is the light
that lights every child that comes into the world.
It is the Christ of God our Father, in, through, and
by whom we all have everlasting life, light, love,
and true brotherhood-the true Fatherhood, the true
Sonship, of God and man."
"In the light of this true
understanding of Truth, you do not need a king, a
queen, a crown, a pope or a priest. You, in the true
perception, are the king, the queen, the pope, the
priest; and none but yourself and God stand alone.
You expand this true perception to take in the whole
Universe of form and shape and with your God-given
creative ability, you surround them with the perfection
that God sees and surrounds them with."
It's been six months since
I began this site, and the journey has helped me discover
many wonderful truths. Some of the most important
are contained in this series of books. They can be
read again and again for inspiration and understanding.
They further explain the doctrine that Jesus expounds
above. I plan to follow their teachings to develop
that Christ conciousness that dwells within myself,
and each one of us, in order to accomplish what Jesus
says is possible for us all. May God bless each of
us on our journey.