1959 Manchester Closed Class
Tape 278 -2
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 1 of 5
I’m sure you know that, to me, this class has been a beautiful one. The depth of consciousness of the students has really brought forth the depth of the message. And it is going to be necessary for you, in order to receive the greatest benefit from it, to study these tapes as seriously, and as often as possible.
When the Master taught, there were very few capable of reading and writing, and very few notes were made of what he said. It was thirty years after the crucifixion before the first of the Gospels was written. For thirty years they had no written message of the Master, except a few little notes that some of the disciples had.
Of course, it is no wonder that the Gospels, themselves, are not in agreement with each other on all points. In fact, they differ on many points, and they have been translated from Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, one language to another, and finally into English. It’s no wonder that there are discrepancies there.
We have an illustration of that in our modern-day translating. There are no metaphysical works translated into German correctly. None whatsoever. And the reason is that the German language has no word for “mind,” and mind is the most important word in the metaphysical world. And the correct understanding of the meaning of mind is important. And here’s a language that doesn’t even have the word, and it has no other word that would take its place. Therefore, each translator selects some word that they think comes close to describing what mind means in English, and the result is that none of them really do.
You can see what a tremendous disadvantage you would be under if you had no understanding of the word “mind.” All of your metaphysical books would be difficult for you without that one word.
Today we don’t have that difficulty. Today nobody has to trust to their memory. We don’t even have to trust to a stenographer because the actual words are taken down, sentences, paragraphs. The message is taken down complete, full at the very moment that it is spoken, so that there isn’t a single word missing, and the inflection of the voice carries its meaning. Then, in transcribing into print, there is little or no reason for any mistake as long as we’re in the English language.
Now, when the Master gave a message the multitudes had to take it home and think about it. But actually, they had to get home and prepare an evening meal, or the fishermen had to get out on their boats, and so you can realize how difficult it must have been really to absorb the message of the Master. Today no one has to rely on their memory. You can go home; you can take the books; you can find ways to make the recordings available and so have the message exactly as it is, and the reason this is important is this. A message, well, a principle, is of no value at all as a principle. It is only of value as you know the principle and live with it and live by it. It is your own ability to grasp its meaning, put it into practice that makes the principle of value to you.
It doesn’t differ from the principle of automobiling or airplaning. These, too, are principles, but you can’t do anything with those principles until somebody hooks them up into machines, and so with these principles. You wouldn’t go to a metaphysical practitioner unless you knew that that practitioner knew the principles, had learned to apply them, and had attained some proficiency in the application of these principles. Well, it is exactly the same with you. You cannot apply these principles in your home, in your community, in your nation, in the world at large unless first of all you know them, and then, secondly, attain some measure of proficiency in the application of the principles.
Now, the most important principle revealed in the message of The Infinite Way is the most difficult for you to put into practice, and it is particularly difficult for those who have some metaphysical background. If anything, it is more difficult for them, and yet it is the most important principle of our message, and the one that produces the greatest fruitage, the greatest healings, the greatest rejuvenated lives.
That principle is impersonalization. When . . . well, we’ll just start in our home, and we have a member of the family – everyone has – who is not living up to the highest standards of humanhood, much more of spiritual identity; some member of the family who is unruly, disobedient, untruthful, untrustworthy, unfaithful, or some member of the family who is not up to the standard of health, physically or mentally or morally. And it is your function to bring about a change in that situation. It is your household. You should certainly permit nothing to enter your household that defileth or maketh a lie – that is, if you know how to exclude it, eliminate it; nor would you tolerate an evil within your family circle, if you knew how to heal it, overcome it, change it; nor would you tolerate a sick person in your household if you knew how to make them well.
Then each of us has a responsibility in our own home. We are not necessarily responsible that everybody in our home be pure, or that everyone in our home conform to our standards of life since one of the benefits of living in free countries is that each one is an individual and has the right to live their own lives. But, this is only true up to a certain point. We have liberty but we don’t have license, and there are things that we have no right to tolerate in our home – if we know how to prevent its being there or to eliminate it after it is there.
And so the question comes: “How can I change the atmosphere of my home? How can I improve it?” Or even if it is humanly good: “How can I lift it above human goodness into the demonstration of spiritual harmony, spiritual health, spiritual purity, spiritual abundance?”
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