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 24 July 1973



The final session with Tomas

TOMAS IS HERE.

Is this our Tomas, the one Tomas?

TOMAS IS MY NAME, I DO NOT KNOW WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU. THE INFORMATION GIVEN IS THE SAME. THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE TEACHING.

How do we know? How can we find out about the one teaching?

IF IT IS TRUE IT CAN BE VERIFIED, AND WILL TEACH NONVIOLENCE, PEACE WITHIN, AND MODERATION IN ALL THINGS. THERE WILL BE A CLEAR SYNTHESIS IN ALL THE INFORMATION GIVEN. THE ANSWERS WILL “FEEL” RIGHT.

How can I raise myself to the higher, through meditation?

YOU ARE RIGHT, MEDITATION IS THE DOOR BY WHICH YOU CAN ENTER THE HIGHER PLANE AND COMMUNICATE WITH THOSE WAITING TO HELP. FASTING AND OCCASIONAL SOLITUDE AND SILENCE PREPARE YOU FOR A MORE MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE. THERE ARE MANY EXCELLENT PLACES GIVING INSTRUCTION. MAYBE THIS WOULD OPEN THE DOOR FOR YOU. THE NEED FOR PERSONAL GUIDANCE VARIES WITH THE INDIVIDUAL. YOU MIGHT PROFIT FROM SITTING AT THE FEET OF A “MASTER." ALL OF YOU HAVE A NEED TO CHECK AND VERIFY, AND THAT IS NOT WRONG WORK. MUCH OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH YOUR PREDOMINANTLY SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUNDS. YOU WILL ALL REACH THE POINT, IF YOU PURSUE THIS, WHERE YOU WILL KNOW.

I have felt the need to express my opinions more lately, and I wonder if this is good. Sometimes I have spouted off.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE SOURCE OF THE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS? IF SO, THEN YOU SHOULD EXAMINE THEM CAREFULLY AND SEE IF YOU CAN TURN THEM INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE. HOSTILITY IS NEVER AN ACT OF CONSCIOUS WILL. THE ONLY POSITIVE FORCES ARE PEACEFUL, LOVING ONES. YOU STILL HAVE A TENDENCY TO SLIP INTO THE PATTERNS OR VIBRATIONS OF THE MOMENT. MANY SLEEPING SOULS PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SHOCKS TO KEEP YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK — CONSTANTLY EXAMINING YOURSELF. THIS IS A COMMON FAILING AMONG NEOPHYTES ON THE TRUE PATH. THERE ARE ALWAYS MANY DOUBTS UNTIL THE INTEGRATION TAKES PLACE, AND THE COMMITMENT IS MADE AND IS IRREVOCABLE. LIFE ON THE MATERIAL PLANE WITH ALL ITS GLAMOUR CONTINUES TO LURE YOU BACK. THE GLAMOUR IS ILLUSION — MAYA, IF YOU PREFER THE MORE ESOTERIC TERM. MAYA IS PART OF KARMA AND IS PRESENT FOR A VERY SPECIFIC PURPOSE. IT TESTS YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH ALL THE TIME, AND IS YOUR SOLE ETERNAL SAFETY CHECK POINT. WHEN YOU REACH THE POINT IN YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH WHEN YOU “KNOW” THAT ALL HOSTILE FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS AND WORDS — AND EVEN WORLD WARS — COME FROM LOWER CENTERS IN SLEEPING SOULS, AND THEY ARE NOT IN CONTROL, THEN YOU WILL LOSE THE DESIRE OR NEED TO RETALIATE OR SPOUT OFF. IT’S LIKE SPOUTING OFF TO A STONE WALL FOR ALL THE GOOD IT DOES YOU. YOU GAIN NOTHING AND LOSE A GREAT DEAL.

Well, it’s not all spouting off — sometimes it is just a strong urge to say what I feel.

NECESSARY TALK IS NOT WRONG WORK. WHOEVER TOLD YOU THAT IT WAS BAD TO EXPRESS A TRUE OPINION? WAIT — THAT IS A CONTRADICTION. WHEN YOU EXPRESS A VALID POINT, IT IS NOT WRONG — JUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE VERIFIED IT AND IT IS NOT ILLUSION.

I have been considering moving into a commune, and I would like to know if it is better to live in a commune, or to live alone.

I THINK THAT THE COMMUNAL LIFE OFFERS A GREAT DEAL SO LONG AS THE GOALS OF THE COMMUNE ARE THOSE OF CONTINUED SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND THEY DO NOT CONFLICT WITH WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE. LIVING ALONE OFFERS LITTLE, AND I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE. ISOLATION BREEDS ALIENATION, AND ALIENATION BREEDS SUSPICION THAT LEADS TO JEALOUSY, POSSESSIVENESS AND GREED, THE THREE CARDINAL STUMBLING BLOCKS ON THE PATH TO AWARENESS.

Do children count, or are we talking only of adults?

CHILDREN DO NOT PROVIDE THE NECESSARY INTERACTION. MOST PEOPLE WOULD NOT PERMIT THE CHILD TO OBSERVE AND OBJECTIVELY COMMENT ON SIGNIFICANT DEPARTURES, AND MOST CHILDREN CANNOT DISCERN AND INTERPRET THE ACTS OF THE ADULTS AROUND THEM WITH CLARITY. THE ABILITY IS THERE, BUT THE CHILD HAS ALREADY LEARNED NOT TO CROSS THE AUTHORITY FIGURES IN ITS LIFE. COMMUNAL LIVING IS AN UPWARD STEP IN THE EVOLUTION OF MAN. IT CAN ONLY BE BAD IF YOU ARE UNDISCERNING IN YOUR CHOICE OF COMMUNES. THE ABILITY TO GET ALONG IN THE COMMUNE DEPENDS ON YOUR LEVEL OF GROWTH — THE HIGHER THE LEVEL THE EASIER IT WILL BE AND THE EASIER THE DECISION WILL BE. MONASTERIES AND ASHRAMS ARE EXAMPLES OF VERY ANCIENT AND SUCCESSFUL COMMUNES. FEW LEAVE, AND THE LEVEL OF THE GROUP IS HIGH. THESE ARE NOT THE ONLY KIND OF COMMUNES. I MENTION THIS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TWO YOUNGEST PEOPLE HERE. THERE ARE MANY COMMUNES WITH BOTH MALES AND FEMALES, BUT THIS ALSO BECOMES LESS IMPORTANT AS THE LEVEL RISES. THE FACT THAT YOU STILL QUESTION THIS SHOULD GIVE YOU A HINT ABOUT SOME AREAS THAT NEED WORK. THIS WON’T BE INSTANT — NOTHING WORTHWHILE EVER IS, BUT THE NEED FOR EROTIC LOVE IS MAYA TOO. THE NEED FOR AGAPE IS REAL, AND THIS IS THE GOAL. THE OTHER OFTEN GETS IN THE WAY, AND PREVENTS THE EMERGENCE OF AGAPE, FOR EROTIC LOVE IS ALWAYS BASED ON SOMETHING PHYSICAL AND SOMETHING FLEETING — IT WILL FLY BEFORE THE WINDS, AND ILLUSION — OR RATHER DISILLUSION, WHICH IS EVEN WORSE, SINCE IT IS MALFUNCTIONING ILLUSION — WILL SET IN. IT IS EASY FOR EVEN THE PARTIALLY AWAKENED SOUL TO DISTINGUISH. EROTIC LOVE HAS A TENDENCY TO BE FICKLE, AND SLIPS AWAY AT THE MERE HINT OF AN UNFULFILLED EXPECTATION, WHILE AGAPE HAS NO EXPECTATIONS TO BEGIN WITH — IT ASKS NOTHING IN RETURN, AND ACCEPTS, AND IS THE HALLMARK. GANDHI WAS ABLE TO SAY “GOD BLESS YOU” TO HIS ASSASSIN AND MEAN IT. THIS IS AGAPE — AND DO NOT SAY THAT YOU CANNOT GET TO THAT POINT: YOU CAN. EVEN IF IT TAKES YOU FIFTY LIFETIMES TO DO IT, YOU WILL GET THERE — THAT IS THE REASON FOR YOUR EXISTENCE. YOU MIGHT AS WELL TRY IT THIS TIME; YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. IF YOU GIVE UP NOW, I CAN GUARANTEE A LIFETIME OF NAGGING DOUBTS, AND ALWAYS THE GNAWING SUSPICION THAT AT ONE TIME YOU WERE ON THE RIGHT TRACK OF SOMETHING GREAT AND PROPERLY AWESOME.

THIS HAS BEEN A LONG EVENING. IF THERE ARE NO MORE BURNING QUESTIONS, I WILL SAY GOODNIGHT.



 

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