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  1. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva THE EDUCATIONAL POWER OF SUFFERING Year 4, Lecture 3 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On November 2, 1924, Sunday Sofia Love begets the good! The good brings us Life, Light and Freedom! Contemplation. Essays on the following topics were read: “What is the relationship between psychology, logic and ethics?” Topic No.2: “The first distinguishing characteristic of thought”. I will ask you a few questions related to the topic that you wrote on for today. Did grammar come first, followed by speech? Did logic appear first, followed by the first reasoning? Did morals come first, followed by the relationships of the human soul? Grammar did not exist in itself before the human spirit which created speech. It is the human spirit that created this grammar. Each speech needs to be expressed in one way or another; the words need to follow a certain order, just like all objects in the world need to be in a certain relationship or juxtaposition to each other. There are two types of grammar in the world: one of them is a type of grammar in which speech is free to express itself through whatever words it wants to which are freely arranged. The other type is the grammar of the law where words follow a strict order like soldiers following each other in a specified sequence. However this order is not the same for all people. In the Bulgarian language the verb usually comes first, although there are cases when it comes last in the sentence. In contrast, in the German language, after composing a long sentence you need to place the verb at the very end of it. I am asking you: why has the Bulgarian grammar placed the verb in the beginning, and the German one has placed it in the end? Of course there are exceptions there too. You would say: this is an inherent characteristic of the language. What do you think, why is it an inherent characteristic of one language to place the verb in the beginning, and of another one – to put it in the end? (- Because in one case people act first and then think, and in the other case they think first before they act.) It follows that Bulgarians act first and think second, whereas Germans do the opposite. Do you all agree with this? (- In fact, Germans act more than Bulgarians.) However Germans used to be people of philosophy and only later on, following the lead of the British, took this direction and gave up on philosophy. Maybe in the future their grammar will change again. Make note of something else as well: in the English grammar there is a tendency, a pursuit of abbreviation of words, whereas Germans tend to expand words. I am asking you: why does this difference exist between the English and the Germans given the fact that they belong to the same race? These are all questions we can ask ourselves but we cannot find the answers today. There are other questions too. Do you know which word appeared first in human speech? Has anyone here read anything about this? (- According to science conjunctions or mimetic sounds appeared first.) Yes, and scientific research now shows that when a person starts to become ill, he loses his nouns first. This shows that they are of a more recent origin. Next he loses his adjectives, then the verbs and he is only left with conjunctions. And when the person starts to get well again, the words come back in the same sequence. When a person can’t use nouns, he uses verbs, e.g. instead of using the word ‘axe’ he says: ‘the thing that cuts’, etc. Indeed, man’s first form of speech was monosyllabic; later it became two-syllabic. What was the first syllable that was pronounced? It is similar to the first word; the whole meaning of life was contained in it. You have all studied triangles in geometry. You know that all triangles that exist in geometry as well as those that haven’t been drawn yet contain an idea, a strictly determined original idea. Similarly all existing curves in the world, whatever their nature, have an inherent meaning. Everything has meaning in sacred living geometry. By the deviation of the angles of any line one can judge about the intelligent action that has taken place. Let’s say that one being makes a deviation of 1˚, another one – of 2˚, and a third one makes a deviation of 3˚ - what conclusions can we draw about the movement of these beings? Here is some analogous food for thought: if you throw an object very fast, what will happen to it at this speed if it encounters resistance from the environment it moves in? More than anything it is the degrees that will determine the power with which it moves. The higher the degrees, the higher the strength and the speed; the deviation will depend on the environment the object moves in. When the power weakens, the deviation will disappear too. However, the force that throws the object into space needs to have a certain idea too. If we throw an object in space and it doesn’t encounter any resistance, what will the path be? ( - In physics, the law of inertia defines the cases when a body moves evenly in a straight line.) Yes, they are right, but that is the case in the Divine world only. That is the only place of complete harmony and no resistance. Now, you are young, if I asked you to, would you be able to write on the following topic: “What is one of the main distinguishing characteristics of a young person?” What distinguishes a young person? (- A young person has a lot of enthusiasm for the realization of ideas and everything in life that contains light, whereas an old person says to himself: “These things are unachievable in this lifetime.” Here is another question: What makes a young person young? (- Aspiration.) It is not aspiration. A young person’s aspiration is like that of a grenade. However this grenade contains explosives. Thus a young person has energies in him which make him young whereas an old person has used up these energies and is now called ‘old’. However a young person can grow old within 24 hours too. If we hypnotize a young person and suggest the idea to him that he is old, then he can grow old. In the same way if we subject an old person to deep, level 5 hypnosis, and suggest the idea to him that he is young, he can become younger too. In the new psychology you need to beware of the following: if you don’t understand the laws in nature and go through the deep experiences and moral concussions that you will go through, they can make you age prematurely and deprive you of the energy of your youth. When an old person experiences a certain joy in the right way, he gets rejuvenated and gains new energies. Here is the second situation: both the young and the old person think, but here is where the difference lies. Let’s say that there is an apple tree in front of me, a 10-year-old, well-developed tree with fruit, and I am holding an apple seed in my hand. I am asking, is the seed bigger than the apple tree? No, it isn’t, but the seed contains a certain meaning, an idea. A young person is a seed that needs to develop. He hasn’t expressed himself in his life yet. An old person’s thought has already found expression and realization in life; his energies have been used up and have become kinetic, because, according to the law of reincarnation, if he has used up his energy and this is what has made him old, then I am asking, after he transitions into the other world, how does he get born again, where do these energies come from? However old age is something external to the human soul, it is not something inherent. All young people feel that they are young and it is only their body that has aged. It is not natural for the soul to grow old, these are secondary states. They have been imposed on people through suggestion. For thousands of years people have been suggesting to themselves that they are old and are growing older, that everyone else will grow old too, and after you pass the age of 45, 50, 60, the thoughts of thousands of generations enter your mind and say to you: “You are already old.” You respond: “Ok, whatever you say.” Otherwise you need to be a genius to fight these thoughts successfully. But then you will resemble a certain Turkish imam. They gave him a child for christening the orthodox way because there were no other priests, they had run away. He took the child, submerged it in the water and said: “Let this christening happen as your priest does it.” He took the child out of the water, then submerged it again. He repeated the usual words of the priest: “Let it be so.” He did the same once more and christened the child. The law of suggestion has such a strong power that many prophets in the world and many virtues are supported by suggestion. Their stimulus comes from suggestion. Sometimes a person says to himself: “I will commit a crime” and feels that he carries something inside himself. However this is a suggestion of some lower forces. The opposite is true as well: sometimes a person wants to do good to someone and this is a suggestion too – either from some good people or good beings – higher forces. What does education consist of? Of always suggesting the good, supporting the suggestions of the positive forces and maintaining one’s connection with them. As students in this occult school you will have to fight some inherited thoughts which you can and have to overcome. Of course it is difficult to fight them but everyone can help himself if he understands the law. There is a lot of scientific data on this. In geometry, for example, vice has certain characteristics. However, given your current state, if I show you one of the lines of vice, you will keep thinking about it and it will stick to you like a tick. For example, it has happened to you that while talking to someone he would make a grimace with his mouth, move his upper lip out and to one side and his lower lip in and to the other side and thus a curve would form. However a great danger lies in judging a person’s character by this positive data (to a descending degree). You have no right to make a statement about anyone. You can only define a person’s character geometrically and mathematically. People have data on their faces which is constant. I would determine a person’s character by the size of his eye, his nose, the thickness, length and size of his mouth, the length of his ears, the width and height of his forehead, and then I will take his chin into consideration. These are the main features. Now, if we take a big ear as an example, it embodies both positive and negative traits. It has been noticed that people with big ears are generous whereas people with small ears are stingy, but at the same time people with big ears like living an opulent life. Here a positive and a negative trait are found together. These are probabilities, mathematical variations; however a law can be derived through a number of observations. There is a certain interrelation between the ear and the head. A well-shaped ear needs to be as big as the nose and well-shaped eye-brows need to be almost as long as the nose. Then the forehead needs to measure 1/3 of the face, the nose – 1/3 and the chin another 1/3. These are the measures of a regular-shaped face. This regularity depends not only on your aspirations but also on the mindful connection between your thoughts and your feelings. We are now talking about the right thought. Can anyone tell me what the distinguishing characteristic of a right thought is? Does the right thought have such distinguishing characteristics that define it in any given case as right? And finally, can you express a right thought with just any word you choose to? The original human language was figurative. When you pronounce a word, an image comes to your mind. Let’s take the word ‘river’ – you have a living image in your mind’s eye. Eastern languages used to be figurative, the idea stands out clearly. If we look at modern words we see that there are words that create no image. If you say: “I am hungry”, “I am thirsty”, “I am sick”, these words always create images in our minds. They are strong words. And then the words you find in a language that create images, these are the strong words, whereas the other words are all secondary. In order to understand their inner meaning we interpret them; one day they will acquire images too. They stand a chance. Here is a word without an image – what does the word ‘chance’ mean? There is a possibility of me getting a job - that is a chance; the words that have images are the sensible ones. The word ‘sing’ creates an image, so does the word ‘cry’. We need to strive towards creating a figurative language in which each word has a living image, because when each word has or acquires an image, then the language becomes clear and comprehensible to us. There is an animalistic or objective language which is materialistic and only serves to fulfill needs. That is the language of the wolf. It only needs the sheep in order to eat it. Then there is the language of humans, of people, which is figurative and snappy, it already reveals some idea. It encompasses life, light and man’s freedom. There is a third language, a language of ideas which belongs to angels; it is a figurative language too. It encompasses Love, Wisdom and Truth. Now we often talk about the good life. A good life, but in what way? The concept of good is undefined for you. What is a good person? By a ‘good person’ Bulgarians mean a person who can examine you, i.e. who can help you, feed you and serve you in a given situation. By a ‘bad person’ they mean a person who doesn’t do you a favour when necessary, someone who doesn’t examine you. What makes a right thought? Imagine that I meet you somewhere and ask you: “Tell me a right thought, I need it.” Imagine that someone passes you by and tells you: “Listen, my friend, I need your advice on something. I have taken this stick and I am thinking of beating someone up but I will do as you say – should I beat him up or not?” If you tell him to beat the person up because his self-esteem had been wounded and this would prevent the person from talking like that in the future, you would be expressing a thought which isn’t right. That is because some other time he will beat your friend up. Therefore you would be sharing a thought that has negative consequences. You should tell him the following: “Why do you need to beat him? Let him be, things will figure themselves out, you have more important work to do now.” Thus you would be giving him a sober thought. I will ask you another question: should we cause suffering to people or not? (- You have said that we should neither increase nor decrease people’s suffering.) (- Let those who know how to cause suffering do that, but it shouldn’t be done by everyone.) Now make note of the fact that there is an area on earth that encompasses almost all the people of the white race and where suffering is enhanced because of their nervous system. Suffering is a great privilege. Beings who suffer are looked upon with great benevolence by nature. It isn’t benevolent towards people who don’t suffer. Joy is just a consequence of suffering. Joy is the fruit of suffering and a person who hasn’t suffered cannot have the fruit of joy either. We are now talking about sensible suffering because there is non-sensible suffering as well. Sensible suffering in nature is a privilege. This is a law; you should know it and enjoy this privilege that comes from the invisible world. If you learn to experience joy in this way – not by getting drunk, breaking your head somewhere and suffering from that – this isn’t suffering. When you suffer internally, morally, when you lose your wealth, your social status, and you suffer in the name of an idea – that is a privilege. And according to the law this suffering will bring you joy. You need to put this to the test. When you are suffering in this way consider it a privilege from nature. Nature or God always express their benevolence towards you through suffering. The first act of God, his first manifestation, when he limits himself and suffers internally, he experiences a type of suffering that you are unable to imagine. He knows, however, that the fruit of this suffering will be for the benefit of humanity and he gives humanity this privilege believing in his wisdom that it is necessary. Therefore suffering, and I mean sensible suffering, is at the core of life. There are those of you who after entering the school started undergoing such sensible suffering and you are saying to yourselves: “This is not for me.” Well, what is good for you then? There is no easier work for a human than suffering. You make no expenses when you suffer. You don’t need to rent a separate room for it. It says: “I am a noble person, I will live inside your home and you will make no expenses for me, I am very modest.” In addition, this internal moral suffering brings depth to the human soul and broadens the mind. That is because when a person suffers, he has to think. This suffering doesn’t paralyze him; it gives him an incentive to think. (- Well, should we cause suffering to others?) Do not cause them suffering and do not deprive them of their suffering. If you deprive them of their suffering you will cause them suffering, because you will be removing their natural suffering which is necessary for them, and you will be causing them additional unnatural suffering. I do not accept indifference to other people’s suffering. If you have such suffering and I visit your home, I will not in the least mention your suffering; it is something sacred and I will not touch it. We will talk about something else. In spiritual suffering there is always a connection, some continuity, whereas in physical suffering this connection is missing. For example, when you are sick you say to yourself: “If only I could get well again I would be grateful to God!” However, when the illness passes, you forget about God, thus there I is no spiritual connection. There are so many drunkards who get beaten and who suffer from their own heads and still they forget and continue drinking. They need to be beaten for a long time before they learn a small lesson. This is not suffering; it is an animalistic state, whereas suffering is something sensible which belongs to the Divine world. I will now ask you another question: should we ever abuse the trust of a friend? And if you happen to do so, what would be the right remedy to restore it? (- It is obvious that we shouldn’t.) Not only you shouldn’t but you should consider this trust sacred. The trust I am talking about is when a friend of yours opens his soul to you and believes that in any case you would treat him the same way that he would treat you. Therefore not only you shouldn’t do this but you should consider his trust in you sacred. This is a rule, you should write it down. It applies to all of you. Everyone has both a physical personality and a spiritual one. Each of you contains a Divine person who always says the truth and always strives for the truth. Somebody would say: “There is nothing divine in me”, but he suffers and that which experiences moral suffering in him is Divine; as for the external world - you have nothing to worry about. All of you need to support the Divine essence that is developing inside you. Now, coming back to it again – what is the remedy to restore trust? Let’s say that a friend of yours has placed his full trust in you and you have abused it. In order to restore his trust you will now trust him completely and let him dispose of you the way you dispose of yourself. That is your remedy. Since he gave you his complete trust without asking for yours, now you will go back the same way and in order to restore his trust you will trust him and let him dispose of you, that is the remedy. You should only beware not to get into the situation of a German professor who was doing psychological observations and experiments in taking people’s astral twins out of their bodies. He often used to do such experiments with a student of his. One day the professor decided to do the following experiment: he took out his twin and placed it in the body of the student and let the student’s twin come into his body. After doing this experiment however, the student’s twin got stuck in the professor’s body and couldn’t get out. The professor couldn’t help the student either from inside the young body. Of course he managed to disconnect after a lot of effort but he had to go through a lot of suffering. I am comparing now the new morals and the old ones to the student inside the professor’s body and the professor inside the student’s body. This is one of the dangerous experiments. This is where people are getting confused now. It is more or less ok for the old professor to get into the young student’s body but for the young student to get into the old body of the professor – that is hard. There are certain old ideas in nature and when a person reaches a certain age they appear, stand out in his mind and his face already gets old. When Jews reach a certain age, they all start to resemble their race – their typical nose, the eyes; everything starts to follow a pattern with features that are strictly defined for them. Can anyone of you define the word ‘trust’? When do you trust? Imagine that you are being chased, you are on the shore; there is a person with a boat there – will you stop and examine who he is before placing your trust in him? No, you will get on the boat and say to yourself: “Let it be God’s will!” and you will consider yourself secure in his boat. Therefore you are forced to have trust sometimes. You get on the boat not knowing what might happen; it is up to him – he may hand you over to the person who is chasing you. However in some cases one can fully trust another person. Generally speaking, in cases where someone fully trusts another person right away, with very few exceptions he doesn’t get deceived. The soul has the quality of intuitively understanding that each person has positive traits and if you place your full trust in someone it is very rare that he would abuse you. However, exceptions are rare only when you place your trust in someone fully and right away; if you trust after long contemplations and reasoning, exceptions are more common. Imagine for example that someone is chasing you, you enter a house and you trust these people fully right away because there is no other way out, and so it happens that they help you. In that case it is your trust in them that makes them help. There is trust in animals too and if one believes in them, they too abide by the law of trust. A priest told me once about one of his cats. It was a model of trust. He had full trust in it that it wouldn’t do any mischief in his absence. Whenever he went to work in the morning the cat would come to the door to say goodbye and wouldn’t touch anything before his return, unless he allowed it to. It realized that someone trusts it and it didn’t’ touch anything – it didn’t want to abuse the trust it was given. This is a strong trait. Everyone has such goodness in him. Everyone has a positive trait. You shouldn’t think that goodness is something that you need to acquire now. No, it is inherent in you, what is needed for its manifestation is some time only, i.e. some favourable conditions. It is up to you to create these conditions. Let us do an exercise with the hands. Love begets the good! The good brings us Life, Light and Freedom!
  2. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva NATURE AND GEOMETRY Year 4, Lecture 2 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On October 26, 1924, Sunday Sofia Contemplation. What is the most important thing about eating? What is the most important thing in food? Why do people need to eat? ( - In order to gain physical strength.) If that is so then machines gain additional strength when they are filled with oil. Why does a machine need strength? ( - In order to do some work.) Does the machine itself need this work? ( - No, it doesn’t.) A person who gains strength and doesn’t know how to use this strength is similar to a machine. Therefore each thought, act or word of yours, each feeling and each action in which consciousness does not participate is a mechanical process. Can this machine become bigger? Can it become stronger? No, it can’t. It remains as big and strong as it naturally is. Therefore in life a person is strong only when his consciousness is actively involved in manifesting his strength. Being intelligent and sensible is another manifestation of strength. There needs to be a manifestation of strength. Strength is only necessary for the intelligent forms of human self-expression. And this is necessary for your development because if you don’t impose certain maxims and norms on yourself which are true in nature, in a short amount of time you will lose the meaning of life and will go through all the suffering that ordinary people go through. As disciples you will be subjected to a lot of trials. You cannot avoid this law of changes. If you want to lead an ordinary life, it won’t be any different to the life of animals. Do you think this donkey has no consciousness? It does, its consciousness is in the process of awakening too. And if you probe deeply into this donkey’s eyes you will see that great sorrow is hidden inside them. The donkey is sad, however nobody enters his sadness. The donkey notices this and says to itself: “I am finally on my own, I will carry my burden. What is the point of saying anything to these people who don’t understand me?” Now you will develop an understanding of Living Nature and all the beings that live on earth which is different to the understanding that people have today. All these beings are conscious and are suffering but they are at different levels. They are all souls that have fallen behind, souls in stagnation. For example marsupials are souls which have fallen behind in their development, and so are birds. All existing animals are souls which are lagging behind. There will be human souls which are lagging behind too. They will be lagging behind souls from the white race just like similar souls from the black race exist. Someone from the black race who has fallen behind will find it very difficult to enter the white race. It is very difficult to transition from one race to another. Special gaps and border lines have been created in nature for such souls. I would like all of you to develop a more complete understanding of nature. Those of you who are into natural sciences, do you know which elements in the soil make plants grow bigger? Which elements stimulate growth according to modern science? ( - Potassium, sodium, nitrogen.) If there are less of these elements, what will growth be like? ( - It will be lower.) Ok, what is the reason why some soils contain more of these elements while others contain less of them? ( - There are soils of different origin.) If you create an agricultural field where a forest stands now, will the soil be more fertile, what do you think? How is this humus formed? It is formed by the twigs and leaves of this living matter. Therefore all these elements have been taken from the leaves and given to the soil; they have been stored in the soil by the plants themselves. The soil merely plays the role of a cellar or a basement but if taken separately each root, twig or leaf absorbs a certain amount of energy from the Sun through the air and transfers it to the soil. Only the surplus is stored in the soil. Plants develop more normally, they are unable to become overweight the way people do, and always leave their surplus down in the soil. Thus I arrive at the following law: if you don’t work in the right way you will not be able to absorb the elements which are necessary for the spiritual world. As a result in the future your growth, your development will be abnormal. For example, sometimes your thought process doesn’t function properly. Why? If the elements that stimulate your mind aren’t there, how are you supposed to work? Imagine that you want to read. – Well, you don’t have any light. You want to write. – Well, you don’t have any paper or ink. You want to work but your fingers aren’t there, etc. In other words, some elements are missing. You need to know that life is closely connected both with the forces of nature and with your organs. To some extent you are able to prepare half of the elements necessary for your proper development and the other half comes from Mindful Nature itself. Whenever I say that we need to live sensibly I mean that we need to follow the laws that exist in nature and then they will grants us the materials that are necessary for life. Have you noticed sometimes that when you live a natural life then this phosphorous energy gathers inside you and your face gains a different expression? Some other time some of you have too much iron of a negative nature – kinetic rather than potential iron, slag, which you cannot use in life. This iron gives a different colour to your face. That is why this year you will first learn filtration. This is because without filtration, as you are now, you wouldn’t be allowed in the school of Nature. You need purification because the intelligent forces that you need to come into contact with are pure and if you are impure they will trigger a strong reaction in your brain which will lead to discomfort, illness and pessimism. It is the same in the human world, everyone gets ill there – actors and artists alike. Whether you are in the Occult School or not, if you don’t follow the way of nature, the same will happen to you. Visible nature is God revealing himself to us. He is benevolent but very precise – he doesn’t pardon or forgive mistakes that haven’t been corrected. You may fill up a whole barrel with tears, still he will say to you: “You need to correct your mistake.” Some people say a mistake can be washed off by tears. No, it gets washed but it doesn’t go away. Therefore the first thing you need now is filtration, purification, in order to acquire those elements that are necessary to build a powerful character, to manifest a bright mind and to create a noble heart. There is no other way. This is the right way of development. A lot of people are currently experiencing states which are abnormal. Some of you are having psychological fever; some of you have a weak stomach or a cold; others have weak nerves and are unable to withstand things. What are nerves made of? ( - Mainly phosphorus which gives them their sensitivity.) What distinguishes white from gray matter in the brain? ( - Gray matter contains cells whereas white matter is made up of nerve filaments.) Now, the first thing you need to do is to achieve the right mental disposition. What you call mental disposition is sometimes just a mood. Each one of you needs to try and achieve a proper mental disposition. It is created by appropriate thoughts. I am saying that in order to create the right mood or disposition, you need work. In other words, you create disposition through work, and work is something noble, it facilitates the building of disposition. Now, there is something inside man that resists. It is hereditary. Millions of years ago when humans were going through the marsupial phase, all these animals were fruitarian. Nature was very rich back then. Pears and other fruit kept falling from the trees, the animals just sat there eating and became very lazy. This is what man experienced back then and now as human he remembers that and says to himself: “I could still live the way I lived in the past.” Turks have a similar saying now: “If it is my luck, it will come to my feet.” Well, this is an understanding that belongs to the past; it is how it was back then, but now, given the current conditions, humans need to work and to do so intelligently. Therefore they need to overcome those negative habits that they acquired in the past. All of you have such habits. These habits are animalistic. For example, sometimes you flare up, you want to get revenge on someone, or you say to yourself: “I feel like grabbing him and tearing him into pieces.” That is the disposition of a bear, a wolf or a lion and awakens now in you by habit. However you are neither a wolf, nor a bear, nor a tiger; you are now human. Therefore the animalistic impulse is embedded in your organism and given a small nudge will manifest itself. You have both the bear and the tiger inside you in miniature. However, if you give space to this microscopic bear, it can become very big – so big that it can take control over you and just one look at it will make you crouch before it and obey it. Sometime you say: “It is impossible to live without anger.” However, these are animalistic states of a non-intelligent life, a life without continuity. Therefore, you should be able to tell the difference: there is an animalistic state in man and when it pops up, you should try to use its energy. It isn’t harmful but once these energies have piled up, they become the ground on which man lives. These animalistic states, or this animalistic soil, constitute the ground in which all social feelings have been planted. They grow on that ground. Personal feelings have been planted inside social feelings and moral feelings have been planted on top of the personal ones. Thus they help each other. Someone would say: “Why should I carry animalistic traits?” Of course you do. What is so bad about the beautiful plant that has been placed in the soil? People may feel disgusted by the soil but when the beautiful fruit ripens they pick it and use this finer material. Therefore you should first study the law of the plants, these are the social feelings. The law of the animals represents personal feelings and the human himself represents moral feelings. Generally speaking, social feelings are represented by conscious plants which draw and transform the energy of the animal kingdom. There are also plants which are of a higher evolutionary rank than animals but they are in the other world. On earth animals are of a higher evolutionary rank than plants but plants in the spiritual world are of a higher rank than plants on earth. And then the link which exists in this internal law is as follows: one always needs to rely on what has been bestowed upon him, i.e. his nature. When I use the term “human nature” I include the Divine which is in him, God. Here is a question: If you have written 10 volumes on different scientific topics and you make the effort to read these books all over again, will they make you smarter? Let’s say you have written in different scientific fields: physics, astronomy, natural science etc., if you read what you have written will you acquire anything new? What do you think? Or lets’ say a potter who has made thousands of pots and has made 10 different types of them, no matter how flawlessly he makes them, still, will they contain what a pot can hold inside? – No. That is why people on earth complement each other. If we take all these writers, they complement each other. When you read the writings of a certain author, he introduces a new idea to you because he looks into the topic from a different angle. Some other time he will introduce a different thought. That is why people read different authorities – because they gain strength and fill the gaps in their knowledge and because each person who writes brings something new to the same topic. That is why, given this great freedom you have, you should study living nature in ways that are embedded inside you; this will create harmony. Aren’t we trying to achieve harmony and an atmosphere of softness? Sometimes it happens that a person can play an instrument and understand music very well but he can’t sing correctly. He may even correct other people’s mistakes but he can’t produce the right tone with his own larynx. Then we will say that such is the constitution of his larynx and his will cannot force him to produce the right tone with it. The opposite happens too: some people sing very well but can’t play. There are also those who can write very well and express themselves superbly in written form but if you ask them to give a speech they falter. What is the reason for this? They say that because some of the centers are better developed, they draw all the energy in, while the other centers remain less developed and this leads to such defects in self-expression. It is the same in music, it is necessary to have very well developed centers. That is because a musician can be just a performer or could be a musical creator, a composer. However in order for him to create something new he needs to have a lot of qualities: he needs to have imagination and in order to create this imagination the upper part of his forehead needs to be developed. There can be no musical creativity in a head like this one here. This forehead belongs to a Chinese head. The top part of the forehead needs to be developed. Therefore, a broadening of the mind needs to happen in order for imagination to exist. The more the mind broadens, the stronger the imagination becomes. You may imagine anything. There is nothing wrong with that. Imagination can contain no sin. You may think that you are a king ruling over everything. You may think you are an angel abiding in the space above. There is nothing wrong about that. It is a journey. Journeying when you have nothing to do is no crime. What about the actor who gets paid to come to the stage, he wears his crown and thinks he is a king, I am asking you: is he a king? You will at least do this without getting paid and you will play the role to yourself, what about him? He gets paid and he performs for others, not for himself. It will be more shameful for him to think that he is a king. Therefore, imagination is necessary. You are free in it. Of course imagination also has its laws and limits which you are allowed to reach but not exceed. Thus imagination has its sphere of operation, its limits. You may think that you will become very knowledgeable, that you are very powerful, beautiful, rich… and finally imagine that you use all this for the benefit of humanity. Let’s say that you are very poor and you haven’t eaten for three days. You enter your house and you think you have a beautiful home, you are a king who invents rules, releases prisoners and distributes bread to the poor… and all of this happens in your mind. You would say that these are illusions, wouldn’t you? However if these illusions are created with good intentions and are beneficial to your soul, they will be realized one day. And if you are able to think like this and maintain this state of mind after you haven’t eaten for 3 days, this means that you have quite a strong will, something can become of you. Sometimes it is good to test your character like this, to put your endurance under a trial. For example, imagine that you are poor: your shoes are torn, so is your dress; you haven’t eaten for three days. You go out in the street and see a well-dressed lady: her dress has ribbons on it, her hat and shoes are new. At that moment you should feel happy for her, you should enjoy the fact that she has beautiful clothes, not feel a pang in your heart instead. This leads to an expansion of the heart, it shows character. All of you need this quality. That is because there can be no progress where envy exists. Competition is good but envy is a hindrance. You need competition in order to progress. How do you call these shapes in geometry? (- Rhombuses.) They represent movement on the physical plane. These are two physical beings which have a common point D. These beings ascend and descend using the lines. Can these beings have other common points? Yes, the can. If we extend A and A1 upwards and B and B1 downwards, they will have three common points. This figure represents one possible viewing angle of the tesseract. In a broader sense the tesseract is an extended or an expanded cube. It is not necessary for all of you to move in the same direction. Let’s assume that you are starting to develop a certain idea. You are in the centre D, you are in the process of development there and you form a small circle around yourself. However, if you start following the path of your development in the direction of A, A1, B or B1, you will make a circle around the globe, whereas if you stay in D the whole time you will understand the world from one side only. Thus every idea that lives inside a person can survive and develop in many ways only under certain conditions, whereas if it stays within its own circle it can remain as potential only. When saying this, of course, I have your current level of development in mind. I don’t want you to take on more work than you are able to manage because there are certain ideas that not all of you can adopt. Not everyone’s mind is ready and all ideas need to come sequentially. However you need to become at least partially familiar with some of these ideas and apply them. Certain things are necessary for you – for example the feeling of generosity. One needs to be generous both in his mind and in his heart. There are people who are generous in their heart but miserly in their mind; others have a broad mind and a narrow heart. Why do you call this shape a rhombus? What does rhombus mean? It is a Greek word. For next time please look up the meaning of this word in Greek. The elements that mathematicians have put in geometry were taken from living nature. At the same time these are lines and shapes that exist within man as well. This is what living geometry is comprised of. The lines on a human face are drawn geometrically, they represent geometric data and we work on this data. These lines enable us to determine each person’s level of development. What are the lines that make up his face? Are the curves single- or double-centered? There are indeed lines with a dual focus. Such a person looks at things from two points of view. He doesn’t have a single centre and sees things sometimes in one way, sometimes in a different way. That is what the state of his mind is like. He says: “I used to think this way but now I think differently.” And so he keeps changing every day, moving from one extreme to the other and you can never find him in one place; it is as if he is standing on transitory ground. People need a broad understanding of things. You need to learn to listen without criticizing each other. You should first learn how to determine if a thought is correct or not without attaching anything personal to it. What does it mean to attach something personal to a thought? We can assume that the person we are listening to has a certain tendency. This is harmful to us, we are harming ourselves. All we need to do is to determine whether the thought is correct or not. That is all! We need to determine also which aspects of the person’s thought are correct and which aren’t. We can also determine about ourselves in which respects we are right and in which respects we aren’t. Let’s assume something else now – that the lines start to stray from the right path. What conclusion will you make then? Imagine that A is a living being and has a specified path AC. However, with each movement this being makes a certain deviation: AC, Ah, Ah1, Ah2, Ah3… What does this mean? It will change the side of the rhombus. One of the sides will be extended and we will say that there were external reasons which influenced this being and made it change its path. You will notice such lines of deviation on the human face. Furthermore, human eyes are not symmetric. If you look more closely you will notice that one of the eyes is bigger than the other. Each change that occurs on your face has its reasons. For example, if you strengthen your compassion, if it becomes a guiding stimulus in you, the vertices of this rhombus will merge and form a regular curve O. This drawing represents the human face. The two rhombuses are the right and left side of the face. Thus in this case the top part of the face grows into O. The same happens when the imagination is developed. If you develop your sensitivity, your nose will change – its lower part will become wider. If you become very stingy your nose will become narrow. When the feelings are well developed the respiratory system becomes more active and the nose develops. When the feelings aren’t well developed, on the other hand, the respiratory system is less active and the nose flattens. All people with narrow chests have narrow nostrils as well. Some people’s noses are a straight line – English people call it a snub nose. Other people’s noses can be curved (a), hooked downwards (b) or upwards (c). These are all just examples of a deviation of the energies in the human organism. For example, at some point somebody developed an excessive interest in other people’s business and this made his nose turn upwards. This habit comes from the animals. When man was still an animal he used to go around and sniff at everything and all of this energy that gathered in the nose lifted it upwards. This is what has happened to people who are very curious. When you have something to say to such a person he will go around you for days on end and will keep asking you questions. Once you tell him what he wants he will think he has learnt a lot. There is the other extreme too – people who are overly open – and they have a curved nose. Pessimists have a nose which is hooked downwards. You need to know the following: all the energies that express themselves as a certain quality in a person also have an influence on certain parts of the face and always leave their imprint on them. If this energy is harmonious it will generate a harmonious facial feature; if it is disharmonious it will draw a disharmonious line on your face. You cannot avoid this. And once this energy leaves an imprint on your face, this change will be reflected in your brain as well. This line will stimulate certain forces and certain elements will be attracted which are sometime useful for your development but sometimes they are highly disharmonious and bring poison into your life. Thus all lines – both sensible and non-sensible ones – follow certain geometric forms. All harmonious forces of the good follow the most flawless lines in geometry. The lines of evil belong to the disharmonious lines in geometry. That is why you should first of all strive towards having harmonious thoughts, feelings and actions. You will go in and say to yourself: “My thinking needs to be straight!” What does this mean? The straight line is the smallest unit that can be used to measure anything. Then you will say the following: My thinking needs to be straight! My feelings need to be straight! My actions need to be straight! You should always say this to yourself. I need to be straight and all my manifestations need to be straight! Negative traits should remain something foreign to you, something that has simply been inherited, something atavistic. There are a lot of defects of the past which repeat themselves periodically. You are not acquiring them now. You are on earth at the end of your evolutionary process and you need to rectify all the forms in which you have made mistakes. What is ahead of you is a great task of creating your character and learning to think straight. You shouldn’t believe that you can think whatever you want. No, one shouldn’t think in whatever way he wants to. You need to think in ways you don’t want to! That is the right thing for you given your current development: to think in ways you don’t want to think! You say to yourself: “I don’t want to study, I don’t enjoy it.” However, you need to learn your lesson. Then, namely, you will be acting according to what is right – you will be studying without wanting to. Some other time you don’t want to do something good whereas you should do it. Then you will do it without wanting to. Therefore, whenever we do what we don’t want to do, we are on the right path. Now, where is the contradiction in this thought? Doing what you don’t want to – this means that there is a being in you that doesn’t want something and a higher being that wants to impose that something on the lower being. Then you will reject the request of the lower being and will impose on it what it doesn’t want while following all the rules of the art of friendship. Contemplation. You will have a new greeting. I will say to you: “Love begets the Good.” You will respond as follows: “The Good brings us life, light and freedom.” You will use the words “us” in general but when you use this formula for yourself you should say: “The Good brings me life, light and freedom.” We mean the Divine good, the Divine blessing.
  3. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva THE DISCIPLE’S NEW UNDERSTANDING Year 4, Lecture 1 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On October 19, 1924, Sunday Sofia A moment of contemplation. Topic I: “What is the connection between psychology, logic and ethics?” I will ask you the following question: What essential characteristic distinguishes humans from animals? – (“Humans have common sense”, “Humans can express what they think”, “Humans strive towards something”, “Humans are capable of loving God”, “Humans posses ethics, esthetics and logic”, “Humans have free will”, “According to philosophy humans have an innate need to explore, whereas in animals impressions alternate without getting systematically organized”). I will ask you another question: What is the difference between the positive and the negative polarity, between the male and the female principle? – (“Women embody the life of the heart, the principle of love, whereas men express the mental, the principle of wisdom. They differ in their passive and active nature respectively”). In esoteric science when we talk about the female principle we mean that there is passiveness on the outside and activeness on the inside. The male principle, on the other hand, is active on the outside and passive on the inside. They say that the woman is passive. If she is passive then how does she take hold of a man’s mind? How is she able to control him at all? If a child is smart enough to get you all tangled up, then it isn’t passive. I would like you to get a good grasp of some fundamental ideas. Each fundamental idea needs to be well differentiated so that you can apply it properly. If you say that you are passive, this means that you are active on the inside and passive on the outside. This leads to some contradictions. A person who is active on the outside will face disturbances and opposition from outside. Since he is internally passive he will remain intact on the inside. People who embody the passive principle will face internal disturbances. Therefore the mind deals primarily with external obstacles and the heart – with internal ones. The heart is passive externally and the mind is passive internally. The heart is active internally and the mind is active externally. Thus the two principles can be of mutual assistance. When the mind falls into a contradiction in its own activity, the heart, which is active on the inside, will come to its aid. The mind acts as an external support for the heart and the heart – as an internal support for the mind. You need to understand this law very well. When you fall into a disturbance of the mind, you need to look inward to find your serenity. And when you are faced with disturbances of the heart, you will find your serenity in the Divine Principle of the mind. This is because the heart always requires one principle that it can rely on. Once the heart loses its trust in that principle, it starts to become overly active and suspicious. Skepticism does not start in the mind, it starts in the heart. It originated from the woman, not from the man. When I say “woman” I mean that skepticism originated in the heart. Of course you shouldn’t associate the words “man” and “woman” with yourselves, you should only see them as principles that you can work with. The term “virgo” or “virgin” embodies the female principle in its purity. When we talk about the woman as a primordial principle, we use the term “deva” (Bulgarian for “virgo” or “virgin”) which means “divine”. And the word man, human or “manas” mean “son of wisdom”. It is an expression of Divine Light or Divine Wisdom. Therefore these two principles complement each other in people: one principle is active on the inside, the other one – on the outside. One principle is passive on the outside, the other one – on the inside. Now, the difference between humans and animals is based on how dense the matter is which they are made of. The matter which animals are made of is denser. Therefore less light penetrates their world. That is why their understanding of life and the surrounding world is less clear. It is not as clear as in humans. Occultists believe that animals live in the 13th sphere. This means that they will need to wait for a long time before they can ascend. There are no conditions for their ascension yet. I will ask you another question: Why has nature made precious stones grow inside the earth? Do you think that crystals possess any intelligence? How do we determine the level of intelligence of a certain being? We can judge a person’s intelligence by looking at his house, his windows, his room or the surrounding area. We could also determine a person’s level of intelligence by looking at an object or a statue that he or she has created. That is a form of generalization. Crystals that have grown inside the earth also possess a level of intelligence. They understand the laws of light and have learnt how to absorb it. Each crystal has absorbed the exact type of light that is necessary for its development. Occultists claim that crystals are born and ripen inside the earth just like fruit does. Crystals, however, are very selfish. They possess great pride and vanity. Because they are so proud, they have been buried deep inside matter, so that their haughtiness can be softened. And you can see how hard they are. They lack softness. You need to polish them for a long time before you can make them smooth. In that sense crystals embody the original reason for man’s fall. I would like one of you to describe the colours of the more important precious stones. Some of your ideas are related to crystals. You shouldn’t think that crystals can be found inside the earth only. Whatever is inside the earth exists inside you as well. You need to know this: everything that exists in nature can be found inside your body too. All the plants that live on the earth, as well as all the insects exist inside your body too. Sometimes a wolf plants itself in your mind’s way and spoils your mood; it eats some of your sheep and creates a whole catastrophe. You occupy yourself with the wolves in the physical world but you ignore the wolves inside you. Once a wolf eats a sheep in its lifetime, you will feel great pain inside your heart. You think about the other wolves but you don’t want to do anything about your own. Some other time a bear might eat one of the cows inside you, or a spider might grab hold of a fly you carry on the inside – all that needs to be examined. This is a valuable science. You need to start subjugating all the animals you carry inside you. These are symbols, ideas, currents of that Divine World which comes from many different directions. A human being is made up of many different forces that have been pieced together. These are small rivers which have shaped the human being. This is how I see it: the animals and the plants that exist on the earth constitute the human being broken down into its components. All of these components pieced together in a single body, together with a monad that leads them (*a monad – a simple, eternal, indivisible spiritual primordial element of existence; a unit) constitute the human being. Isn’t this Leibnitz’s idea as well? Thus, inside the human being there is a central monad as well as many other monads, which, however, do not all have the same level of development. These are beings which exhibit a great diversity in their levels of development. Savage predatory animals live in a form of matter which is extremely dense. This creates more friction and heat whose laws they haven’t learnt yet, and makes them exhibit their coarseness. I could make any one of you angry without the use of words. Imagine that I promise some good clothes to one of you and tell you that you will have them in two months’ time. You keep waiting, but Christmas comes and I still don’t give you the clothes. Immediately you fly into a rage. How dare I not keep my promise? How come? A promise is not something material. Why does it make you fire up? Therefore when somebody promises something to you, consider it not promised, so you can remain independent. Whether you will receive it or not should be all the same to you. You can express some joy only after you receive the clothes and put them on. Do not harbor the thought that somebody has promised some clothes to you. If you keep thinking about the promise you will cause harm to your soul. Let the person who made the promise think about it - it is his own idea which he needs to realize. Let him work on his idea himself. You can enjoy the fruit that it will bear. Do not keep asking him when the clothes will come. You shouldn’t be interested in the clothes at all. Here is another example of the same idea. Imagine that somebody tells you he loves you. It is the same thing. It means that he has promised something to you. He sends you a dress, a hat, some shoes and tells you: “I love you”. You take them and say to yourself: “Well, he loves me”. No, forget about that! This is his thought. Let it stay with him. If he loves you, it elevates him. That is all. You should be happy that this thought or feeling is working inside him. When somebody loves me I will appreciate him the way I appreciate the playing of a violinist. I will sit next to him, listen to him and appreciate the fact that he is playing for me. Thus while he is playing I can enjoy his music the way he enjoys my presence. The feeling he has for me could generate a new idea in my mind. I may not have the same technical ability in music but I may have a good musical understanding and I can benefit by listening. Now you can add this new understanding to your old outlook on life. Do some experiments with that understanding. The first experiment you should do this year is to control certain thoughts of yours which can irritate you. Let’s say you harbor a thought which can cause you a lot of harm and block your development for the next 10 years. Ok, why don’t you stop that thought? Stop it now so that you don’t have to suffer and cry afterwards. - “What are these thoughts?” I will dedicate some other time to discussing these specific thoughts which are a hindrance to us. Do you understand what I am talking about this evening? It is something very delicate. It is something powerful. It is an art form that you have to master. One of the greatest art forms in the world is the ability to control yourself whenever you need to. You shouldn’t think that it can happen in one go. It is like the violinist who is in the process of learning. He learns first position first, then second, third and then does exercise after exercise after exercise. Only after he goes through all the necessary exercises can he become a virtuoso. And then he will come in front of the audience and play something beautiful, not these ordinary exercises. A person trying to control himself – that is a form of exercise. Many times you won’t be able to complete these exercises successfully. Before playing a beautiful piece of music in front of the audience even the most eminent violinist will have to practice it for two or three hours and repeat the same passage over and over again, and you will still notice that not all the tones he produces are clear enough. Some tones are clear, others aren’t. He will also get tired many times before his tones become clear and audible. Sometimes his fingers get tired and he keeps moving them to and fro. Do you think that whenever you want to exercise self-control you will be able to master this art in one go? If you say to yourself: “I won’t get angry from now on”, will you be able to keep your word? If you say this to yourself, you will get angry four times before noon tomorrow, seven times on Tuesday and ten times on Wednesday. I was once observing a man who wanted to play the violin but tried to pull down the blinds first. He kept trying to pull them down but he still couldn’t. He got angry, pulled the blinds and threw them down on the floor but the window still remained visible. This man is not a simpleton, he is a well-educated man, yet why did he throw the blinds down? He is getting angry: how dare the blinds not obey his will! The blinds are saying: “It is all the same to us whether you get angry or not”. Indeed he sees that there are no reasons to get angry and finally hangs back the blinds. This anger can be avoided. The reason for this anger was the need for secrecy. He wanted to remain hidden in his room while playing and not be seen by anyone. If he hadn’t had the need for secrecy he wouldn’t have needed the blinds and would have avoided a case of getting angry. There is secrecy in nature too. It is a feeling which gives birth to ideas. One needs to remain secretive up to a point and hide certain feelings because the feelings which are necessary to reach perfection need to ripen in secret. Generally people who lack courage are more secretive, whereas brave people are less so. In your current situation you need to realize that all necessary conditions for your growth or happiness are to be found inside you. That is where they exist. Outside of the possibility that is hidden inside you there is also an external pole – that of Living Nature or God. Just like the Sun comes to the aid of some germs inside the earth to make them grow, in the same way Nature or God comes and helps everything inside the human soul grow. Our environment and the other beings around us also help to a certain extent – they could assist us with this or that. In some cases, however, they are unable to help us. For example, how many people in your life are able to help you? Their number is small. Of course in this case you need to beware of a contradiction that may arise in your soul: when you work on your self-development do not exclude people from your life. The law is as follows: all animals, plants, minerals and crystals which are inside you, as well as all the souls that exist in the world, are not only reflected in you but also have their representatives inside you. Each person, wherever he might be, has a living representative inside you. Do not try to meet this person on the outside but look for the small needle on the Vitosha mountain. You are bound to find this small person somewhere inside you and then you can converse with him. Then you will find yourselves in the following situation: one of Voltaire’s stories talks about a French expedition to the North Pole with a steam boat. At the same time an intelligent being decided to explore the Solar system and on its way to the Sun came down to Earth. It stepped inside our oceans and the water reached its knees. When it saw the steam boat it grabbed hold of it with its fingers and picked a Frenchman with a small pair of pincers. It came into contact with the Frenchman and in the course of the conversation became surprised that this small human being was so smart and was able to do such scientific experiments. This is what you should do as well. Pick this little being inside you with your pincers and talk to it. It is very smart. In this story Voltaire imparts an actual truth using humour. The first law is as follows: you should not renounce the existence of any person inside you. Sometimes you say about someone: “I don’t want to have anything to do with him”. No, you shouldn’t say that. Say the following to yourself: “I would like to know something about this person. I will find his friend who lives inside me in miniature and will ask him what he wants to talk about. This small being will tell me the truth as it is while the external person does not have the opportunity to do so”. The person on the outside cannot tell you the truth even if he wants to. At this point, the way people have been created has made it impossible for them to understand each other externally but they are able to understand each other internally. I haven’t met a single person so far who is able to tell the truth. There are very few people who are able to do that. All the rest just beat around the bush. In order to reveal a certain truth people normally keep going around the topic, they do not follow the Divine path of the straight line. One person in history who has conveyed the truth properly in his confession is Tolstoy. Another one is St. Augustine. There are some others too but these two are the major examples. All of you need purity of heart. When this purity comes you will be able to say the truth to yourselves, not to the external world. Tolstoy made a confession not to the world but to himself in order to achieve a piece of mind and restore the connection between God and his soul. Even though this confession became available to the whole world, it is to himself that he made it. Thus when we talk about confession I do not mean a confession in front of the people around us but rather a confession made to ourselves, our own soul, in order to restore our connection with God. In order for this connection to be restored everything needs to be exposed to the Divine light. Tell me, why shouldn’t you expose everything in front of God? If God has opened your eyes, he has endowed you with his trust and shown you Heaven and all the opportunities that he has created for you, all of life’s bounties that await you, all the care he takes of you, isn’t it worth having the same attitude to him that he has towards you? Why not? We should have the same relation to God that he has to us – nothing more, nothing less. He has a certain relation to us as God and we will have a relation to him as humans. My relationship to God will be as straight as my soul is able to define that. This is possible and this is what makes the world beautiful! When a person comes to that state he feels powerful. Before he comes to that point he is faint-hearted and fearful but once he decides to set his relationship to God straight, he becomes a hero, light penetrates his mind, calmness settles in his soul, he becomes elevated in his own eyes and says to himself: “Everything is possible”. This person has already seen through the Divine Light, he is facing it. For example, if you go to Germany, England or the USA where people are materialistic, if you look at someone and he is a German, he will say to you: “Why are you looking at me, mister? Why are you fixating your eyes on me?” If he is an Englishman, you will have to duel. You need to stay away from such people. Nowadays people are so materialistic that they are afraid lest somebody should penetrate their soul. What is there to penetrate into? They are afraid of you penetrating their pettiness and all their pettiness is not worth a pipe of tobacco. Let’s take the law of love. Love has a positive polarity and a negative polarity. The following question comes to mind: Why does a person need to love? – In order to express himself. Existence, life, cannot be expressed without love. There is no life without love. The first act of life is love. In order to show that you are alive you need to love. Thus the first step that love makes is a step towards a given object. You find an apple, you pick it up, you look at it, you love it. There is love in the negative polarity as well. The negative polarity in life always represents the sphere in which life can express itself. Therefore, in order for life to express itself, you need to have someone to love. First and foremost, a person loves himself. He doesn’t start with others but with himself, his body – he eats and drinks. After a time he allows for love to somebody outside of himself. Therefore, he can love one more person. At first he attracts everything to himself, he grows only. When he has reached a certain level of development and wealth, then he allows for the opportunity to love one person outside of himself. This act of allowing has been talked about everywhere in philosophy. This is when a person starts feeling divided. Why does a person start feeling divided? This is a question of philosophy. When you use the word “divide”, what meaning do you give to it? The female principle which was initially inside man, inside the human being, could not be controlled by man because this principle was active on the inside and passive on the outside, whereas the human, man, was passive on the inside and active on the outside. Since humans are double-sided in nature, the second (female) principle saw through the external phenomena. Its external passiveness turned into external activeness and its internal activeness into internal passiveness. As a result this second principle separated itself from man, left him and came out. That is the situation Adam found himself in. This principle that came out of man did not come back anymore. That is why to this day we can see the lack of harmony between men and women. There is never ending competition between them. People are right to say that love cannot exist between them. Love is not something external. First of all this principle needs to come back in, become passive on the outside and active on the inside and take its initial position. Now both men and women are active. That is why, given the current situation, no education or culture of any kind is possible. What I am saying now does not refer to you. You are just an embodiment of the principle whereas we are talking about the principle in general. What I am talking about you will find inside yourself. Then you might say: “I don’t need a man”. No, you will come to a contradiction. You have a heart and a mind, they are two different states and you cannot deny them. If your heart starts loving an external object it becomes active. The heart should never be interested in external things, only in internal affairs. A heart which is interested in external things has been corrupted. Similarly, a mind which is interested in the internal life is a twisted mind. You shouldn’t renounce either your heart or your mind but you need to steer them in the right direction so that each deals with its own affairs. Don’t take what I am saying to be the absolute truth. These are contemplations. You should take them, put them to the test and once you become convinced of their validity, you can work with them. Then we can write the following: we will denote the mind with the number 1 and the heart with the number 2. I would define these as follows: the mind is a plus on the outside and a minus on the inside, whereas the heart is a minus on the outside, i.e. it is passive, and a plus on the inside, i.e. it is active. You should remember the following: if your heart starts loving certain objects on the outside, you will definitely fall into some temptation. Why is that? Because you can’t control this object – that is the first thing. If your heart falls in love with somebody, he will want to be independent too, therefore you won’t be able to control him either. Whenever you fall in love with somebody you want to control him or her and that is impossible. Saying that you can keep somebody under your influence is meaningless. They say that the Sun has tremendous power and influence and is able to attract. Ok, take the following fact into consideration: a certain comet approaches the Sun, it keeps approaching, but then makes a powerful turn, moves away and goes into space. Here is a question: if the Sun has such a strong influence, why doesn’t it stop the comet or keep it close to itself, why does this comet drift away into space? This means that there is something else out there as well which keeps bodies moving. If a comet was moving towards space we might say that there were other reasons for it, the Sun was not the major factor involved. There are other centres that exert an invisible influence. And if in any given case we are approaching another person, this shows that he is having an influence on us, he is attracting us. We will come very close to that person, he might heat us up and share his idea with us but we will simultaneously start tracing a path of our own and get lost in space, i.e. we will not get lost but will continue the path that was predetermined for us by the Divine Powers. You may experience influences from different directions but you will always end up following your own path. Therefore we are free on our path. Each one of you is free. This should not scare you. Somebody says: “I am going to fall”. No, do not have any fear! No matter how close you come to the Sun, it will not keep you. After all, the closer you come to the Sun, the faster you will move. Then you will enter your own path again and you will be free. There are other forces that take care of your path. Therefore the path that was predetermined for you by this Divine law is something that no one can take away from you. When you approach a certain Sun or a planet – Jupiter, Saturn – they may dislocate you slightly but these are small perturbations only. In effect nobody can divert you from your own path. There has been no occasion in the whole cosmos whereby a solar system has diverted another solar system from its path. They may exert a certain influence on each other but that is love – they complement each other. Sometime a given system will exert an influence on another one, some other time the latter will influence the former. That is stability. Therefore the path you are following, the path which makes you grow, is predetermined and nobody can divert you from your orbit. However, in order to grow, you will have to experience different influences. Take the example of a planet that exerts an influence on the Sun just as the Sun does on the planet. That is necessary. Each being that moves has received an impulse from some higher being and follows a strictly defined path. On this path the being may approach or move away from many centres; it may even experience different influences by them but it cannot change direction. It has not received its impulse from the centres it meets on its path which is why it can’t stop there. Let’s come back to the previous thought. You should know that the prototype of everything is inside you, what you see on the outside is just the copy. Therefore you shouldn’t love external objects as your own. What you have is inside you. When you lose it on the outside you should say: I have the original, I will find it inside myself. On the outside you can only enjoy it. We are only assuming all this. These are assumptions, mathematical probabilities, but whether this is indeed so or not has not been proven to you yet. You should know that each thought that has been expressed is not lost but remains written inside the person. Let’s say that you love somebody. He only represents an opportunity for your love to be expressed. You should be thankful for that combination of things in the world which allows for your love to be expressed. For example, if there was no white canvass here, would the cinematographer have been able to imprint his images? Similarly you should be thankful that there is a living being that poses for you. It is passive. You will project your love onto him and it will talk to you about your love. When I love somebody I don’t know to what extent I love him. He will tell me how much I love him. Who do you mean? – The person inside, he will tell me how much I love him. That is because he exists simultaneously on the inside and on the outside. In this case, when you love somebody, you should be so calm and peaceful that it should be all the same to you whether he is with you or leaves for America. These connections stretch. Wherever he goes, be happy about that because he is simultaneously inside and outside of you. I will use the following example to demonstrate to you the difference between physical and spiritual love. If a mother loves her child physically, if it decides to go for a walk, she will keep it with her, she won’t let it go and will say: “You can’t go out, something bad may happen to you”. A mother who loves her child spiritually, on the other hand, will let it go, will prepare its backpack and will be happy all day that it has gone on an excursion. She won’t think that something may happen to it. Therein lies the difference. Physical love always expects some mischief and misfortune and they do occur whereas spiritual love brings good fortune and beauty. If we love someone physically we are able to attribute the worst qualities to him whereas if we love him or her spiritually we would only attribute the most beautiful, the best qualities to them. For example physical love would say: “something may happen to him”, “he may lie”. Yes, but you are only guessing and your guess may or may not come true. If you love physically it will happen but if you love spiritually misfortunes won’t occur; only what is positive will materialize. Spiritual love is the right kind of love because nothing can change it. It is of Divine nature. That is why Paul says: “Love never thinks evil thoughts, Love never falters”. And so it is indeed. I am asking you now to change your canvass, i.e. whatever images you have now, transfer them to another place because the new ideas cannot work on them. Bring new sheets! What I am telling you now should not be imprinted on your old sheets. You will take out new sheets and experiment with these things there. If you keep your old images and superimpose the new ones on them you will create a total mess. Let the images of your past remain but turn a new leaf and imprint your new ideas on it. Do your experiments on it. I am thinking of doing a microscopic experiment. It will be done by two disciples. The experiment is as follows: one disciple will stick a needle in the other one’s hand to a depth of 1cm. He will stick it well enough so that the other one feels the pain and then take it out. The other one will tell him: “Keep going!” The one who is getting stabbed will try to overcome the pain and forget about it. He needs to feel as if no needle is being stuck in his hand. He should allow no thought in his mind that anything has happened to him at all but should maintain his inner peace and calm like a fakir and think of this later as some little game that he had played. Not only should he forget about this experiment but when he remembers the incident he should be happy about the fact that a needle had been stuck in his hand to a depth of 1cm. This is a psychological experiment. Of course it will happen free willingly. We will choose two of you who are willing to do it. Not all of you will do this experiment. When sticking the needle you will be careful. We will try and see how the law works. Some blood will be spilled but the experiment has to be tried out. We will collect this blood on a very clean small piece of cloth; we will make a beautiful little box and put it there. Then we will note down the date of the experiment. This will be the first experiment on the great ideas. The class will preserve this box as something sacred. If the experiment turns out successful, we can use this blood to make other experiments too, and if it is unsuccessful then the blood won’t be as precious either. I will end the topic now and continue with it some other time. I would like to clarify some issues before we start working with the knowledge you have gained in life in greater depth. You know a lot of things in theory but you need deep proper understanding of things. You should now write down the following three rules that you need to apply: 1. When your heart starts cooling and becomes unable to embrace and incorporate other people’s freedom, extend the radius of your heart so that it includes people’s shortcomings. Continue the sacred journey of the heart towards the God of Love even throughout the greatest of misfortunes. 2. When your mind gets clouded so that you become unable to understand and accept certain truths, extend the radius of your mind. Keep the thought in your mind that everything needs to be as it is so that God of Eternity can express himself in the whole existing diversity. Find Him in everything. Continue the great journey of the mind towards Truth even throughout the biggest of contradictions. 3. When your will gets corrupted and turns into waywardness so that it stops doing good deeds, double the radius of your will. Accept free will as a gift of God and dedicate it to His service. Thus continue the powerful journey of the will so that Divine Grace can be revealed even throughout the biggest of evil. Only the bright path of Wisdom leads to Truth! It brings us constant joy!
  4. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva SUFFERING, PATIENCE, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE Year 5, Lecture 16 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On February 28, 1926, Sunday 19.00h, Sofia - Izgrev Always be faithful, true, pure and kind! Contemplation A summary on the freely chosen topic was read. An essay on the topic “Method of right thinking” was read. For next time I would like each of you to write a word – a noun, an adjective, a verb, whatever you like, and to put a number in front of it. Then we will order the words according to the numbers in front of them, starting from the number one, and we’ll see what we can make out of these words and numbers. What is the most important question for you now? What time is it? Answer: Eight o’clock. Which planet’s influence can be felt after eight o’clock? What do you make out of the signs you see on the blackboard? What does the angle mean? Answer: Each angle represents the space between two rays which come out from a common point. How many degrees is this angle? Answer: Approximately 30 degrees. Where does this angle come out from? Answer: From the centre of the circle. Each angle should be seen as a central angle which is in the process of self-determination. As it has been placed now, this angle represents the letter “Л”, which the word love (Bulgarian: „любов”) begins with. As a force Love takes up a certain amount of space and affects bodies as heat producing energy. The line above the circle represents the soil in which the Self is planted. The circle itself is the planted Self. The sign “б“ represents the direction in which the seed needs to grow. The last sign represents the cracking of the Self open. Therefore the signs shown in Figure 1 are nothing but the letters comprising the word “love”. The letters of this word represent symbolically the whole process of Love. A person can feel the power of Love only when this process takes place in his soul. When the seeds of Life are planted in the soil of the soul and absorb the heat and light producing energies that come from Love, they start cracking open, sprouting, growing, blossoming and bearing fruit. Seeds can develop properly only through Love’s impulse. Once a person goes through these processes, he starts thinking, contemplating. So, the cross symbolizes suffering, the anchor symbolizes thought, and Love symbolizes the rays of heat and light coming down from the Sun. Until one breaks up the word “Love” and understands the forces that lie hidden in it, he cannot understand its deep meaning and cannot apply it in his life. Love contains light, warmth, thought, conditions for growth, blossoming and bearing fruit. If someone understands Love’s elements and applies them, he understands Life properly as well. If he understands Life properly, he is free from suffering. A person who doesn’t understand Life is inevitably followed by suffering. If you can pronounce the word “Love” properly and feel its meaning, you will be able to apply it too. Each word holds certain power which needs to be used. If you can make use of the powers, the juices that words hold inside them, you have understood their meaning. If a certain word has started lacking salt, replace it with another one. Nowadays the word “love” has lost so much of its salt that instead of elevating people, it makes them feel ashamed. If that is the case, let them replace it with another one which hasn’t lost its salt yet. For example, you could replace the word “love” with the words “kindness” or “affection”. Write down the words “affection, life, knowledge”. Pronounce them a few times and see what influence they will have on you. When someone studies music or a science but it isn’t going well, he should write down the words “patience, mindfulness, thought, rightfulness, work, labour, persistence” and after pronouncing them a few times he can see which of these words will give him an impulse for work and help him overcome his hardships. What kind of powers does the word “persistence” hold? Fig.2 represents the elements that make up the word “persistence”. The glass shows that a person who persists is either hungry or thirsty. The glass symbolizes a mouth. When a child sees fruit in some garden, it enters without the permission of the guard and picks some fruit. If the guard chases him out of the garden, it will go around, look around to make sure no one sees him and will pick some fruit again. The child shows great persistence in this case. Animals are also persistent when they want to satisfy some desire of theirs, especially when they are hungry or thirsty. The circle after the glass symbolizes the throat which the food passes through after having been chewed in the mouth. After the circle comes the plate on which the chewed food is placed. This is the stomach which processes and digests the food. The sign “T” represents a key which opens the way for the food, i.e. it takes it to another closed circle – in the area of the intestines where its final processing takes place. From here nourishing juices spread throughout the body. This has been expressed with the sign “E”, the letter “E”, which is a sign of multiplication. Therefore, only those who persist make gains and reap fruit. So, no matter how devoid of meaning a certain word is, it still contains certain elements which can form a complex body. What does the dot represent? – Nothing. However, if it moves it will form a line. If the line moves it will form a surface. If the surface moves it will form a body – a cube. What conclusion can we draw from this? That the conscious movement of small values in life creates big, conscious values. Each word represents the result of something. Initially words were short, made up of one syllable only. With time, as the human organs and brain centers developed, words became longer and longer – with two syllables, three syllables, etc. Primitive man used only sounds. The more he developed mentally, the richer his speech became. When a person’s brain becomes ill, he loses first his ability to pronounce nouns, then – verbs and adjectives, and finally – conjunctions. When he starts to become well, his abilities are restored in the same order – he starts using conjunctions first, then – adjectives, verbs and finally – nouns. This shows that conjunctions are of oldest origin and nouns are youngest. In order to develop their speech humans have worked on themselves for thousands of years, they have persisted and made a number of efforts. Many people use the word persistence without understanding its deep meaning. Who can be called a persistent person? – A persistent person is someone who goes through obstacles, contradictions and hardships when working to realize a certain idea, yet always goes forward, never goes back. If you scold him 99 times about something that he is convinced he is right about, he will come for a hundredth time to talk to you about the same. Persisting one or two times in order to achieve something and then giving it up – that is no persistence at all. It is just an attempt to develop persistence. Persisting in something means achieving it. When a person develops his persistence, he needs to be able to distinguish it from haughtiness. A persistent person is smart; a haughty person, however, is stupid. Reason is part of persistence but is absent from haughtiness. Persistence makes a person conscientious, it forces him to consider each of his actions well and not be in a hurry. A haughty person isn’t conscientious, he is quick and wants to achieve everything in one go. In order to develop people’s persistence, the Invisible world subjects them to hardships and suffering. When one suffers and struggles, he starts thinking and developing persistence. When one hasn’t yet suffered and experienced struggle, he is impatient and inconsistent. The smallest pain scares him. If he gets a stomachache or a headache, he starts moving around the room, lying down and getting up from bed. If his pain doesn’t go away soon, he calls up doctors and his friends and starts complaining. If you haven’t gotten sick, do not be in a hurry to call up a doctor. Apply some method or another first, concentrate your thought on your pain and say to yourself a few times: “I will get well.” Sometimes you may say to yourself only ten times that you will get well and it will happen, other times you need to say it a thousand times to yourself. No matter how many times you say these words, do not get discouraged. Persist and you will achieve good results. Thus you can heal both yourselves and your friends. As disciples you should keep the following thought in your mind: illnesses play an educational role for humans. They temper the human organism and extend its lifespan. It has been noticed that people who have experienced sickness in childhood have tempered their organisms and made it more resistant to illness and suffering. If someone hasn’t been sick or hasn’t suffered in childhood, he will fall to the ground on the first occasion of illness or suffering – he can’t take it. In that sense suffering is a form of exercise for tempering the organism both physically and mentally. On the one hand suffering physically purifies the organism, on the other hand – it refreshes the person’s thought. Great thoughts are born and ripen only at the experience of suffering. The best and greatest works of scientists, philosophers, poets and writers were created during suffering. They worked during the most unfavourable conditions but overcame everything by persisting, working and thinking. Things of beauty and greatness are created during hardships in life. Such is the law. The bigger your hardships, the more Good they have in store for you. This doesn’t mean that one should create his own hardships. People often create their own hardships and suffering. – No, such suffering is unnecessary and should be avoided. What is patience and how does one acquire it? Patience is born out of suffering. Patience, on the other hand, creates conditions for life experience. Life experience brings knowledge. Therefore suffering, patience, experience and knowledge represent an uninterrupted chain. Someone says: “I am suffering a lot.” – Have you acquired patience?” – I haven’t acquired any.” – If you haven’t acquired patience you haven’t experienced suffering yet. What you call suffering is just temporary states of suffering. When a person faints, he loses consciousness. We call this interruption of consciousness. Each interruption of consciousness puts a person in abnormal states. Temporary suffering is something similar. In order for his consciousness not to get interrupted, one needs to study and work on himself. The experience of fear, of getting scared of something, often becomes a reason for interruption of consciousness. Such an interruption happens every time the twin leaves the body. In order for the twin to return to the body, a number of passes on the person’s spine need to be done. Falling asleep is another form of interruption of consciousness which happens due to a different reason – the pyramidal cells in the brain. When a person is fresh and rested the pyramidal cells in the brain are in a normal state: one next to the other, their tentacles touching. When too much lactic acid gathers in the brain, the pyramidal cells lose their initial state, as a result of which one feels tired and drowsy and falls asleep. In order not to fall into such a state, one needs to keep his consciousness awake and thus control the brain cells. If one cannot control the cells of his whole body, he gets sick and becomes sluggish and headstrong. Many illnesses are due namely to the individualization of some of the cells of the human organism. Therefore, when the cells of the human organism decide to live independently, away from the life of the whole, they group themselves in some areas of the organism where they form a body of their own. These shoots in the human organism are called tumours by scientists. They live at the expense of the whole organism and feed on its juices. If these newly created cells can be convinced through the power of thought that their place isn’t in the human organism, they will gradually start decreasing in number until they disappear completely. Use your thought in healing. Heal yourself, heal your fellow men. Thought is power which needs to be put to work. Whether it will be easier or harder for a person to heal someone depends on his thought. It doesn’t matter if it is easy or hard. What is important is that everyone has the conditions to apply his thought and work with it. Two people of faith and conviction went to a friend who suffered from a strong headache in order to heal him. They wanted to put their thought to work and thus help him. What happened in the end? Both came back sick: one of them had pain in the neck, the other one had back pain. This shows that the sick person’s thought was stronger than theirs and he influenced both of them. They took in his sickness and came back home ill. Therefore, when a person is healing somebody, he needs to keep his consciousness awake, to have a positive thought and not be afraid that he can get ill and take in the sick person’s condition. When a person heals someone he will inevitably feel the condition of the sick person but this is just a reflection of his illness, not a real one. There are organic illnesses in life but many human illnesses have come through suggestion. When one is aware of that, he should check where his illness has come from and when he finds out that it isn’t his own, he should free himself from it using suggestion again. Not only illnesses come through suggestion, but so do gloomy, negative thoughts and feelings, doubts and discouragement as well. The disciple’s consciousness needs to be awake; he should trace his thoughts and feelings in order to know where they come from, then put the foreign ones to the side and work with his own. Now let’s come back to patience, suffering, experience and knowledge. Suffering creates patience. Patience is a transitional state in the process of acquiring experience. Experiences are conditions for acquiring knowledge and knowledge is necessary for life. Suffering represents a disorganized world. Patience, on the other hand, represents the result of the processing of this disorganized matter and its baking in an oven which has been prepared in advance. When you study life’s and Nature’s phenomena, you notice a certain repetition. If a certain phenomenon happened 22 years ago, 22 two years later the same thing will repeat itself – this is the law of periodicity of phenomena. For example, if a person’s life starts well, it becomes gradually better and better until it reaches its peak – it is at its best. Then a descending commences which begins with suffering – bad, worse, the worst. When the deepest point of suffering is reached, an ascending movement starts again – good, better, the best. A mindful person goes through these periods without concussions, in complete harmony. Thus if 22 years ago someone started a friendship with a good person, 22 years later he will meet and become friends with another good person. If 22 years ago he experienced something very unpleasant, 22 years later he will experience something similar. Scientists call this recurrence of phenomena high and low tides in Nature. I will now give you a small task. I would like each of you to promise and write one letter a month to the brothers and sisters from the Special class in the smaller towns. They are going through difficult mental and emotional states and need your support. When they go through gloomy states they are in the position of poor people in need of help. Help the poor so you can receive help as well. Always be faithful, true, pure and kind!
  5. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva THE EXPRESSIVE FACE Year 5, Lecture 15 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On February 21, 1926, Sunday 19.00h, Sofia - Izgrev Always be faithful, true, pure and kind! Contemplation An essay on the topic: “Ten important questions” was read. The disciples’ essays on the topic: “What am I thinking of now?” and on the freely chosen topic were read. Figure 1 represents two trapeziums – one facing up and one which has been turned upside down. In the organic world each line – be it straight or curvy - has its meaning. The upper trapezium represents the head of a Chinese person. Chinese people’s foreheads have the shape of a trapezium. They have a highly developed objective mind. The upper curve represents the forehead of a European, a person belonging to the white race. When the upper base of a trapezium starts to get enlarged and grow upwards, this shows that the organism’s internal conditions are improving. When conditions improve, one gains more power to counteract hardships. The more the cheekbones in a given face stick out and the cheeks sink in, the weaker that person’s digestive system is. When the digestive system is weak, one falls easily into pessimistic moods. This is due to the fact that digestion doesn’t work properly. If the food doesn’t get digested well, the blood can’t get purified properly either. Then semi-organic deposits gather in the organism in the area of the joints. These anomalies in the organism lead to indisposition and one starts thinking the wrong way. In order not to fall into pessimistic moods, you need to use your willpower to improve your digestive system. Observe yourself in the mirror and work with your thought until you bring the muscles of your face to their proper condition. The facial muscles need to be flexible and to express the smallest changes in one’s internal life. If a person’s face doesn’t express the life of his soul, it is similar to a mask. This is an abnormal expression of the face. An expressive face can be calm externally, but at the same time express the person’s internal life. One needs to keep his consciousness awake each and every moment and to control the muscles of his face so they don’t get loose. All muscles have been created by intelligent powers. If one facial muscle only has atrophied, the person already deprives himself of the activity of one intelligent force in his organism. All muscles, nerves and arteries have been created by intelligent beings. Any disturbance or interruption in the functioning of these muscles, nerves and arteries leads to disharmony in life. Harmony in life is based on the proper functioning of each cell and each organ in the human organism. Now that you know this, don’t try to negate the significance of small things in life. Each thing that Mindful Nature has created is in its proper place and can’t be rejected. There are things we can do without, but there are also those we cannot do without. For example, one shouldn’t have a double chin or a weak stomach and the muscles of his face shouldn’t be sunken. Nature doesn’t like skeletons. It dresses even stones with moss and lichen. Therefore, whatever you are lacking you should try to acquire. Whatever Nature has endowed you with, you should try to keep. One of the tasks of the disciple is to work on his face, to make it expressive. The expressive face has features that never change. However, all muscles around these features are in constant movement. A face that everyone can read represents a well-written book. A gentleman went to a famous phrenologist and asked him to tell him something. The phrenologist touched his head in a few places and said: “I am sorry, sir, but I am unable to tell you anything.” – “Why?” – “The text on your head has very small fonts, it’s unreadable.” The human face and head represent books which Nature has written in with beautiful intelligible handwriting. When a person looks at somebody’s face or head, he should be able to read something that brings him joy, so that after reading it he can say: “I read a page from a great book and I am very pleased.” Rejoice when your face changes and when the muscles express the internal changes that happen in you. Each change in the face is an expression of life. The face is an expression of the human soul. A beautiful, expressive face gives an impulse for work, science, art, poetry, etc. A beautiful face excludes all pessimism. A person’s face can get distorted by suffering but only temporarily. When a person realizes that suffering comes for his own good, he gradually improves his face and brings it to the level of beauty he strives for. The narrower the lower part of the trapezium gets, the more agile the mind becomes. If the trapezium turns into a cone (Fig.2), it loses its balance. It can’t balance on its tip, on one point only. In order to sustain its balance this cone needs to move very fast, i.e. to be in constant movement. As soon as it stops moving, it falls on the ground and turns upside down. When it loses its balance it loses its power as well. So a face with the shape of a cone which is in position A, with its tip pointing down, shows a person with a good, agile mind. When the face comes into position B which is a cone with its tip pointing upwards, this shows an animalistic state. This cone represents nothing other than an animal with horns and hoops. If you want to write a letter to a friend and tell him that you are working and thinking well, you can express this symbolically with a cone whose tip points down. If you want to write to him that you aren’t doing mental work, that your mind is stagnant, you can draw a cone with its tip pointing upwards. Your friend will understand that you have fallen into an animalistic state. Such letters represent the language of Nature which people will use in the future. If contemporary people understood the symbols that Nature uses, they would be able to make detailed predictions based on the earth’s layers, the way they have been folded and layered, and they would be able to understand what kind of forces have worked on these layers – internal or external. The earth’s layers are letters from the earth’s distant past which scientists read and translate. In that sense real scientists are clairvoyants. By concentrating their mind on a given object they get to those absolute truths which an ordinary mind cannot penetrate. Work consciously on your face to make it more beautiful and expressive than what it is today. The smallest achievement in this task will be a reward for your labour, your efforts. This will become a gain that a person will carry with him. Only such gains are real. Any other gain that a person can’t take with him is temporary, unreal. Only what the Spirit and the soul carry with them is real. Can we achieve this? – You can achieve anything you like but not in one go. When you get some free time, work on your face. If temptations come and attack you from the inside or outside, give them some work to do – let them solve the problem with the cones. When you put them to work, they will gradually calm down until they disappear completely. There is a Bulgarian saying which goes like this: “Ask a lazy person to do some work and he will give you a good piece of advice.” I am saying: “Give some work to the devil so he doesn’t tempt you and disturb you.” An Englishman had two goats and a donkey. The goats spent their days in the mountain and came back home in the evenings where the monkey sat waiting to play with them. The moment it saw them, it started cleaning their fur from the thistles that got stuck in it. When it couldn’t find thistles on their fur, it started jumping on their backs, pulling them by their beards and ears in order to play with them. The goats screamed, pulled back but the monkey continued playing. Finally the master had to come and free the goats from the playful monkey. This is what the devil does to humans. When he can’t find thistles on their skin and there is nothing to clean, he jumps on their backs and starts pulling them and tormenting them. The reason devils torment people is that they have no work, nothing to busy themselves with. People have a twisted perception of the devil. He isn’t good but he isn’t as bad as they imagine him to be either. Because he has no work, he comes up with a thousand things to tempt people with and make them commit sins. Now, in order to free yourselves from temptations, from the negative influences in life, alongside your ordinary tasks you need to create special tasks for yourself, to strive towards some high ideal. Whatever conditions you may find yourself in, do not despair. Work on the realization of your internal goals. Each of you should buy a small mirror to look at yourself often, especially when you are indisposed. If you are indisposed, look at yourself once or twice and see how many minutes it will take you to change your face. When you look at yourself, examine the distinguishing characteristics of dissatisfaction, anger, jealousy, etc. Note down the changes that happen to your eyes, the colour of your face and lips, etc. Sometimes the face becomes pale, other times – red; sometimes the eyes grow dim, the look becomes gloomy, the lips get pale. Each change in the face is an expression of something. Sometime the face becomes long and the cheeks sink in. Why? – There are a number of reasons for this which need to be examined. Each living creature is subject to change. One needs to study these changes, to exercise his brain and keep it in constant movement. If you want to change your face and make it more expressive, you need to ask your brain for help. If you want to know what kind of changes have happened and continue happening in your brain, look at your face. You should study your face the way an astronomer studies the skies. I wish that each of you would be able to create a new type out of himself. Bulgarians need to transform their faces and make them beautiful, expressive, so they can become a model for the new human, the new type. An agile mind creates a flexible, agile face on which ideas leave their mark as if it were sensitive glass. The human face should be able to speak. It should be the master of the house. As the master of the house the face will take care of its well being and fix the smallest damages or disturbances in due time. The beauty that a person carries inside him should be expressed in his head, face, arms, legs, his whole body, and finally in his speech, which manifests in his thoughts, feelings and actions. Next come his soul and his Spirit as final expressions of the human beauty and greatness. When I speak of human beauty, I have not only the external but also the internal beauty in mind. Make it your goal to give a specific expression to your face. When you look at each other, you should see in the other person an image of compassion, mindfulness, nobility, erudition. Each of you should start building up some virtue in him which should be expressed in his face. Work hard with your thought in this direction and see what you can achieve. Do this experiment for seven days. Take 10-15 minutes each morning or evening to contemplate on the image you would like to create. Seven days times 15 minutes makes 105 minutes. It is interesting to see what you can achieve in that time. If you want to acquire the expression of a compassionate person, you need to think intensely on compassion. Imagine that you are visiting the home of a poor widow with a few small children. The mother runs around and works all day to earn money for her children’s daily bread. When you imagine the difficult situation that this widow is in, trace the feelings that awaken in you. Then look in the mirror to see the expression of your face. Afterwards imagine that you want to help this widow. You put your hand in your pocket but you find nothing there. You borrow some money and buy bread, cheese, tea, sugar, and you take all this to the poor widow. Observe yourself internally to see what joy and satisfaction you will feel. Look at yourself in the mirror again to see if joy has appeared in your face. After doing this experiment mentally, do it in real life as well. This is the only way to develop compassion. Therefore, as disciples you need to work with your thought, in order to develop all these feelings and abilities which can endow your face with expressiveness and beauty. Always be faithful, true, pure and kind!
  6. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva MICROSCOPIC ACTS OF GOOD WILL Year 5, Lecture 14 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On February 14, 1926, Sunday 19.00h, Sofia - Izgrev Always be faithful, true, pure and kind! Contemplation The disciples’ essays on the topic: “What am I thinking of now?” were read. For next time please write on a topic of your choice, as well as on the following topic: “A method of right thinking”. Contemporary people are afraid of suffering and try to avoid it. They don’t realize that a life without suffering and joy is the life of the small stones which make up the rock. What would have people learned if they had been gathered in one place just like the small stones in the rocks? – They wouldn’t have learned anything. They would have had only one thing – peace of mind. However a restful state is temporary – it cannot last long. So when people avoid suffering and only look for joy, they free willingly expose themselves to fire. Living in joy only is akin to being burnt alive. It is the same as exposing yourself to constant sunlight without a drop of water in your mouth. What would your situation be if you had to bask in the sun for years on end? You don’t need to bask in the sun for years in order to feel the need for water and shade. If you expose yourself to sunlight for one or two hours only, you will immediately start looking for water to quench your thirst. Therefore, when you are joyful, do not give up the tiny cloud from which a little rain will fall. In that sense, grief and suffering are nothing but a small cloud which brings moisture amidst the joys of life. This moisture brings refreshment in one’s joy. It is namely suffering that gives meaning to joy. With the absence of clouds in the sky the sun would dry out and melt all living things. If there were only clouds and mist, they could destroy life too. Suffering and joy are two extremes in life which alternate appropriately. In the same way that a hot day gets replaced by a cloudy, rainy one, joy also gets replaced by sorrow. A person who is familiar with the law of transformation of states can easily replace a negative state of mind with a positive one. I will now suggest to you one way you could act when you have fallen into a negative state of mind, i.e. when you have become indisposed. Imagine that you haven’t eaten for three days and you are poor, you have no money to buy bread. You look at your clothes, your shoes, and you wonder where you could find money to buy clothes and shoes which are in a good condition, so you could get rid of yours which are all worn-out. Here is what you should do. Sit down somewhere and start imagining that you are a king, with a mantle and a crown on, and you rule over thousands of people. Your wish is their command. Tens of male and female servants run around you, serve you, bring you luscious, tasty meals. Wherever you look you see houses and gardens and everything is at your disposal. Once you distract yourself from the situation in your daily life and you start thinking about something else, you will come out of your negative state of mind. If you don’t succeed in changing your mental state in one go, you will at least start laughing when you see yourself transition from a totally poor person to a king. The gloomy negative states that you go through are not your own and you need to free yourself from them. When a desperate, disheartened person walks in the streets, he leaves his gloomy thoughts and mental states on the road. If a person happens to pass through the same road he will take these gloomy thoughts in as uninvited guests and will think that they are his own. Just like a strong person can attack a weak person and beat him up, in the same way a strong thought can attack a person, impose itself on him and cause perturbation in him. Therefore, when you come upon gloomy thoughts or mental states, start imagining that you are a king and have all royal rights and privileges. Indeed, each person is a king of his own. At least once in the past he must have been a king, but he has forgotten that. If he hasn’t been a king in real life, at least on the stage as an actor he must have played the role of a king. If one can’t transform his state in this way, he should start praying, reading or working on something. When the Invisible world creates special work for someone, it aims to harness his energy, to divert his attention from the negative states he has come upon and thus help him. As disciples, along with your ordinary tasks and obligations, you are being prepared for some special work. For example, one of you is an office worker, he writes and re-writes the same things for days on end; someone else is a teacher and is busy all day applying educational rules. If a person’s life always follows the same pattern, what will he gain at the end of it? - Nothing special. That is why, in order to justify his coming to earth, each person, and especially the disciple, needs to take in the new ideas and apply them in his ordinary business. That is the only way to find meaning in one’s life and to bring real, pure joy to it. The disciple’s task is to bring the extraordinary, the Divine alongside his daily pursuits. Ordinary thoughts and feelings do not leave deep traces in one’s life. However extraordinary thoughts and feelings leave traces in one’s soul. They elevate a person and lead him to a great higher world. They add to the stability of his character. Now that you know this, do not miss any opportunity to do microscopic acts of good will and to bring small, microscopic Divine impulses to realization. Do not justify yourself with lack of time. Doing a small act of good will becomes an art when you are very busy with work, not when you are free. Once it is done in this way, this act of good will becomes a building stone for the base of one’s future building. I meet a desperate tormented person who is thinking of committing suicide. I approach him and quietly whisper in his ear that he should take a walk to the Vitosha mountain. He looks at me, doesn’t say anything but stands up and starts heading towards the mountain. I meet him in the evening again, but now he is joyful, full of encouragement and renewed life force. What has happened to him? On his way he has seen stones, plants, animals, springs which have led him to some unusual thoughts. These thoughts have brought something new in him: they have taught him a lesson which has freed him from desperation. That is why, if the thought of going to Vitosha comes to your mind, do not contemplate much. Turn inwards to find out where this thought comes from and go. This walk will bring you something new by all means. Hardship and suffering in life come with the only purpose of forcing humans to leave the ordinary conditions of life and enter the extraordinary, to get to know the beauty and greatness of Nature, to understand the meaning of Life. One needs to arm himself against the hardships of life in order to manage them in the best possible way. Who is to blame for the hardships that humans come upon? – No one other than themselves. If someone starts walking on the mountain barefoot and hurts his feet on the sharp stones, is Nature to blame for this or he himself? If that is the case, one needs to arm himself against the sharp stones so as not to get hurt by them. It is in the stones’ nature to inevitably hurt people’s bare feet. Since they knew that they were going to face hardships in life, all animals – fish, birds, marsupials took precautions to guard themselves against those hardships. For example, in order not to hurt his feet, the horse has created hoops for himself. According to the same law, humans also need to develop their abilities in order to help themselves. Expressing oneself doesn’t yet mean revealing one’s negative traits. People’s negative traits represent a downward slope, a descending path. When it comes to the negative side of humans, this isn’t anything new. Animals have negative traits too. If you put an animal under limitation, it will get disheartened too. No great talent is needed in order to get disheartened. No great talent is needed in order to become doubtful or angry either. However, manifesting the Good in oneself requires an effort. If a person faces discouragement, doubt or some other negative feeling, he needs to counteract it with the Good and thus stop his descent down the slope. This requires an effort of the human Spirit. Making an effort doesn’t mean tearing the rope of limitation in one go. No, one needs to tear the rope gradually, thread by thread. The important thing is to be persistent and to exercise one’s will. Under the current conditions one cannot achieve everything at once. With the eyes humans have today they cannot see everything. In order to be able to see everything, one needs a special organ. Then he will be able to see not only what happens in front of him, but what happens behind him also. He will see through fences too. However, only truly cultured and noble people can see in this way because they wouldn’t misuse the information they receive. If ordinary people developed clairvoyance, they would make a number of mistakes and commit a number of crimes. Thus Nature knows what kind of abilities should be given to each person. For as long as a person hasn’t yet developed his higher feelings, Nature cannot endow him with extraordinary gifts and abilities. It has given him a lot of work, a lot of preoccupations, in order for him not to get bored. Once a person has come to Earth, he needs to think and study. He needs to dedicate 10-15 minutes each evening or morning to contemplation and finding answers to questions such as why he has come to Earth, what is the purpose of life, etc. One draws energy from Nature through his thought. Thus he paves his way even through the most impenetrable places and connects with the great and powerful in Nature. If you can’t find an answer to a given question immediately, do not get discouraged. You should persist for a day, two, three or more until you connect with the thought of higher beings who will help you right away. There is a law of cooperation and mutual aid in Nature. According to this law, when a thought reaches a person, the more minds it passes through without its impulse, power and purity getting compromised, the greater and the more rightful it is. This thought is Divine. Only pure and noble souls are able to perceive Divine thoughts without diminishing their purity and power. Only such souls are able to bring such thoughts to realization. The greater the number of such souls on the Earth, the higher the level of people’s culture will be. If ordinary, mediocre people do perceive a Divine thought, they distort it and as a result it loses its natural rhythm. Thoughts need to be rhythmical. Without rhythm things remain ordinary, flat. This doesn’t mean that an ordinary person can’t become extraordinary. Everyone can develop his gifts and abilities. One needs to make an effort – that is all. Everyone needs to work on himself in order to develop what Nature has endowed him with. A person can become aware of his own power only when he works consciously on himself. Then he comes upon a number of temptations, a number of internal hardships. That is the only way to test the power of one’s character. It is easy when people carry you with their hands, but it is hard to walk on your own. For as long as one is on Earth, he needs to rely on his legs alone, not on any vehicles such as cars, carriages, trains or steam boats. Sometimes vehicles can come to a person’s aid – that is a different matter. However, internally one needs to rely on his legs only. When he decides to go somewhere, he will get up immediately and make his wish come true. If he decides to rely on a train or a steam boat, he needs to wait for the stipulated hour according to their timetable. If he decides to rely on a car or a carriage, he still needs to wait for some time until they put the horses to the cart. Not only this, but a number of times one has had to deal with surprises or accidents. In some places accidents have happened with trains, in others – with steam boats or somewhere else – with cars. So many people have suffered from cars turning upside down or falling into precipices! Therefore, do not look for the easy way. It is especially necessary for a disciple to lead a Spartan way of life and not to fear the hardships in life. When a person ends up in a forest, he shouldn’t look for any conveniences other than those that the forest offers to him. In this case he needs to follow the example of birds. In the same way that birds make their nests out of moss, leaves and twigs, a person can also gather moss, leaves and bushes and make himself a bed for the night. Contemporary people are dissatisfied with the conditions they live in and if they don’t have a soft comfortable bed they complain that they have slept on bare planks. There is nothing wrong with planks. If a person sleeps on a wooden bed it is preferable to have a bed made of pine wood. Pine trees endow people with spirituality. If a disciple makes some mistake, he should sleep for a few nights on a bed made of pine wood. Once he corrects his mistake, he can change his bed. Even if one hasn’t made a mistake, it is good to sleep on pine wood from time to time. Those who look for conveniences in life make eiderdowns and feather mattresses for themselves in order to feel soft and warm. Others make their bed covers and mattresses out of wool. Eider and wool are for those who like to please themselves. The disciple needs to take life seriously. He needs to always keep his consciousness awake and make no mistakes. When he does make a mistake, he needs to apply some method to correct his mistake. In such a case it is good to sleep for a few nights on pine wood without a pillow, to connect with the pine and acquire some of its qualities. When he connects with the pine he will understand its life and the conditions under which it has lived and developed. Pine trees give an impulse to people for growing upwards. At the same time the pine tree softens a person’s character. The pine tree is a great idealist, whereas the oak tree is a materialist. When you sleep on pine wood you get tempered. It is good to be Spartan in some ways and gentle in others. Too much frailness gets punished by Nature. It distorts the human character. Many people confuse frailness with softness. – No, there is a big difference between frailness and softness. Softness is a quality of the human Spirit. Let us now dwell on some of the ten questions you wrote. Why has man separated himself from God? – Because his head has become thick. Uniformity leads to dissatisfaction. People are dissatisfied when they aren’t honoured. Everybody wants to be respected and honoured. This is a natural desire, but it needs to be justified. Each person can and should be honoured for the Divine in him. Therefore in order to be honoured one needs to give expression to the Divine in him. Generally, in order to develop any feeling or ability you need to be in the right environment, among people who have already developed these feelings and abilities. If you want to become compassionate, you should make friends with compassionate people. If you want to develop your brain centre for mathematics, go to some renowned mathematician who can enlighten your mind, so you can get an impulse for work. By working hard and with love on mathematics, you will gradually develop your respective brain centre. What should be done so that people start loving each other? – The world is full of love, but it has sunk deep into people’s hearts and it needs to be taken out with a drill. There is love not only in people’s hearts but everywhere in Nature too. The air is full of love but you need to know how to take it out from there. What is the organ of love in the human body? Answer: The heart. That is what people think but do people really love with the heart? It has been noticed that when a person starts feeling love, his heart gets agitated, his stomach gets upset and his brain refuses to think. The hotter a person’s love is the more his bodily organs get upset and refuse to function properly. It is known at the same time that love brings no harm to people. Which is the organ of love then? You have no right to burden your heart with unnecessary work, unnecessary desires. The heart’s task is not to love and to wish for this or that. Its work lies in blood circulation. If you overburden it with excessive work you will get it upset, and once it gets upset the same will happen to the stomach and the brain as well. This overall disorder in the organism will force all cells to go on a general strike and give up working. Whatever task a person undertakes, it needs to be in agreement with all the cells of his organism. If all cells give their permission for their master to love somebody, only then is he allowed to express his love. Violence of any kind against the cells is not allowed. They are conscious and are able to make a judgment as to which love should be allowed to express itself and which one shouldn’t. What contemporary people call love is nothing but temporary pleasure not unlike drinking alcohol. Today someone gets drunk, tomorrow you see him sober. Real love entails a manifestation of the whole human being who understands the language and laws of Living Nature and communicates with it. The man of Love is a man of conscious sacrifice. He is brave and determined and never gets discouraged. He expands all the time. If you a see a person getting narrower, more limited in his mind or heart, he has no Love. If you see a stooped person who can barely move and doesn’t like walking, this person has no Love either. A loving person is quick, agile, smart, and considerate in all his actions. Love is the right environment for the soul to live in. If it comes to its natural environment – Love, the soul develops properly which leads to the proper development of the mind, heart and will as well. All of humanity’s efforts and aspiration boil down to this namely – finding its natural living environment and working there. Many people have already found their initial natural conditions for development and have started working; others are about to find them and to start working properly. You should know one thing: sooner or later all people will arrive at their natural conditions for development and will start working consciously. As disciples you need to put your attention on your tiny, microscopic acts of self-expression, you should observe yourself, control yourself, see how you act. Great gentleness is required of all of you in all your actions – from the smallest to the biggest ones. You need to look into each other, help each other, participate in each other’s trials. Some people are completely indifferent to the suffering of their fellow men. They pass them by as if they can’t see them. If you aren’t compassionate towards people, compassion towards animals or plants is completely out of the question. Someone passes by some children and sees that they are playing with a bird and tormenting it. He stops in front of them, looks at them, smiles and moves on. He says to himself: “It’s just a bird!” So, if it’s a bird, it can be tormented. – No, an empathetic, compassionate person will stop in front of the children, give them some money for the bird, put it in his pocket and set it free in a short while. Therefore the hardships and suffering that a person goes through are nothing but a prison, a cell in which naughty children have placed him in order to torment him. There is no person in the world who has never fallen into a trap placed in his path by unconscious beings. After he cries and suffers for a long time, conscious higher beings from the Invisible world come down to set him free. Once the person is free, he forgets to give thanks for the freedom that these beings have given back to him. He thinks that he has freed himself. For as long as he is the trap, the person feels disheartened and desperate, he wants to commit suicide but once he is out of the trap he forgets everything and says that it isn’t worth despairing. He shouldn’t forget that some conscious being has paid a price to set him free. People end up in such traps many times until they finally learn their lesson, and when they see such traps in the future, they run from afar. The world is full of conscious beings who help people and free them from the slavery and the limitations they have come upon. They help those who help their fellow men too. Do Good and do not be afraid. Start with the microscopic acts of good will and move towards bigger ones. Do not be afraid of wasting your time. A microscopic act of good will requires less than a minute. By working in this way you will gradually prepare yourself for taking in the New and for acquiring the New Life. The New penetrates science, religion, art, music, poetry and literature – Life in its entirety. Strive towards the New Life which gives meaning to everything. Exercises 1. Hands up, palms facing forward, thumbs wrapped around each other. The hands separate and the arms make a wide semicircle backwards, arms fully straight. We bring the arms forward, kneel and make a scooping movement with the arms. Next we stand up, bring the hands in front of the chest, palms facing down and fingers of both hands against each other. 2. Everyone stands up, arms down. The right leg and right arm open up to the side (first the leg, then the arm). Our thought and attention concentrate first on the leg and move from there to the arm. The same exercise is done with the left leg and left arm. 3. Strong rhythmic movement of the arms in a circle: we raise the arms first, then bring them back (the body straightens fully), arms come down accompanied by kneeling, then scooping and standing up. The same exercise is repeated many times simultaneously by everyone, at a slower or faster tempo but always rhythmically. Always be faithful, true, pure and kind!
  7. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva REAL VALUES Year 5, Lecture 13 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On February 07, 1926, Sunday 19.00h, Sofia - Izgrev Always be faithful, true, pure and kind! Contemplation For next time please write on the following topic: “What am I thinking of now?” This “now” is always there: it has no beginning and no end. We are always in the present, it is always “now”. Contemporary people are afraid to share freely their opinion on different topics. Why? – Because they are afraid of making a bad impression. Maybe their thoughts are not in agreement with other people’s opinions or they have rather extreme opinions and ideas. If someone has shared a secret with them, again they are afraid to express an opinion in order not to reveal the secret. The human mind is a station through which letters and telegrams are transmitted from one person to another, from one country to another or even from the Earth to the Heavens and back. Therefore, if the human mind as a station has received some oral or written communication in the form of a letter or a telegram, it has no right to transmit what it has heard, it has no right to reveal other people’s secrets. A person has the right to share only that which relates to himself. Whatever doesn’t relate to him personally is a state secret or a secret of Nature. No one has the right to reveal Nature’s secrets. When somebody breaks this law, Nature hides the keys to its stations for him. What should a person talk about – what he has already done or what he is thinking of doing? There is a point in talking about what he has already done because he has already achieved a result or gained some experience. However there is no point in talking about what he is thinking of doing if he hasn’t done it yet. He doesn’t know if the opportunity will come to actually do what he is thinking of doing. There are three ways to reveal what a person has done: by saying exactly what happened as it happened, by exaggerating or by diminishing things. Each fact needs to be revealed exactly the way it happened. If you want to say something about your friend, you should reveal one of his main traits which distinguishes him from other people. You could talk about one of the main traits of his mind, his heart or his will. What can you say about his mind? If you say that he has a bright mind, this is a common trait. Even if you say that he is a poet, a musician or an artist, this is also general information. You need to reveal the characteristics of his poetry which distinguish him from any other poet. There are many poets, musicians and artists but the art of each of these people has some individual, specific characteristics. In the same way we could ask the question: what is the difference between a human and an animal? Animals have negative characteristics. Because they have lived in unfavourable conditions, animals have developed a number of negative traits: doubt, suspicion, fear, envy, jealousy, etc. These traits are present in all animals – from the smallest ones to humans. Therefore all negative traits in humans are there because of the time they spent in the animal kingdom. They are remnants of the animals. They represent the animal nature in humans. Not all feelings and actions of animals are an expression of weakness. For example fear, which is highly developed in animals, serves even in humans as a protective tool against the dangers in life. Who doesn’t run away when he sees a bear? Who doesn’t hide from Nature’s elements? However brave a person may be, he will surely flinch when faced with an unexpected event, some danger or Nature’s elements. Once upon a time there lived on Earth a man who didn’t know fear. He started a journey in order to discover fear and find out what people are afraid of. He travelled through seas and oceans, he battled the waves but didn’t experience any fear. He climbed mountain peaks and was attacked by wild beasts, but still didn’t experience any fear. He fought against the elements, he fought against illnesses and still didn’t get to know fear. One day he sat in a field to have breakfast. He opened his bag, took out his bread and a mouse jumped out of the bag together with the bread. He shuddered and dropped the bread out of his hand. After that he said: “I realized what fear is.” What does this example show? – That the reason for fear can be very small. A person can become scared of something small. He doesn’t need to encounter some large beast in order to get scared. A small mouse can cause fear in a person. Bulgarians express this idea through the following saying: “The small stone tipped the cart over.” When it comes to human psychological life, the same saying can be translated as follows: “The smallest negative thought is able to change a person’s disposition.” The small stone which tips the cart over could be a negative word, a negative thought or a negative feeling. However in reality the small stone can’t tip the cart over. I will now ask you the following: what is the most important question for today? Why did Mendeleev place gold in the first group of elements in his table? What was the characteristic according to which he placed it in the first group? Answer: According to its valence. What is the valence of gold? Answer: First and third valence. What is the difference between tin and lead? Answer: They belong to the same group but they differ in atomic structure. Tin is lighter than lead. Their difference in atomic weight gives them different physical characteristics. However from a chemical point of view the two metals have something in common which is why they have been placed in the same group of elements. If we compare gold to tin and lead, gold is considered a precious metal, whereas tin and lead are non-precious. Gold has become a precious metal owing to its long period of evolution. Because of the nobility and intelligence of its atoms, it is of a higher evolutionary rank compared to all non-precious metals. However there is a difference between the different atoms of gold as well. For example the gold atoms present in plants differ from those present in animals. The latter, on the other hand, are different from those present in the human organism. Therefore in the same way that different gold atoms have different levels of intelligence, depending on where they are, the atoms of other elements also differ in their levels of intelligence. The higher evolutionary rank a certain form has, the more intelligent are the atoms that it is made of. In order to reach a higher level of development, the atom needs to go through all four kingdoms: the kingdom of minerals, plants, animals and humans. Depending on which atoms of the elements enter the human organism and which kingdom they come from, they induce a number of harmonious or disharmonious states in it. The more stable the atoms of the elements which make up the human organism, the better the qualities that they endow the person’s character with. So each element brings positive and negative traits into the human organism. A conscious person, however, uses the positive traits, the positive influences of elements and closes himself for the negative ones. You will ask yourselves what negative influence gold could possibly have. Gold develops greed in people. If a person strives towards gold simply as a metal of high value, he becomes greedy. The idea enters his mind that one cannot live without money. If he internalizes this idea and makes it his flesh and blood, it will be hard for him to free himself from it. It is better for him to have more organic gold rather than external, material gold. If one doesn’t get addicted to gold, it is good to have at least one gold coin and transfer it from hand to hand in order to absorb some of the gold’s energy. Paper banknotes in whatever amounts cannot have the same effect as that of a gold coin. Paper money is dead. It doesn’t elevate a person, it makes him petty. When analyzing blood chemists have found a certain amount of organically connected metals, but they haven’t found any gold. This doesn’t mean that human blood contains no organic gold. It exists, but they haven’t been able to find it. Why? – Because gold influences the higher manifestations of human character. Therefore it exists in a special etheric, very fine state of matter which is hard to analyze. Gold contains a great amount of stored energy in a condensed form. A person who understands the laws of alchemy can dissolve this energy, thin it out and use the hidden power of the gold in his organism. Therefore it is right for people to love gold but they are unable to use its energies. For now people make use of gold insofar as they need it in their physical, material life. In order to make proper use of the energies of the elements which make up his organism, a person needs to work on himself, on his character. By working consciously on himself, he will change his understanding of things and will start living according to the laws of Living Mindful Nature. In this way he will free himself from the contradictions which the whole of humanity encounters. For as long as you encounter contradictions you cannot solve, you will always have a scraped skin. This shouldn’t frighten you. What is so frightening about somebody getting the skin of his hand scraped? If it gets scraped you will anoint it with some olive oil, bandage it and let it heal. When you let it heal in peace, the wound will get covered with a scab which will fall on its own without you picking at it. New healthy skin will appear under it. Therefore, if you want your wound to heal easily, let Nature work on it. It takes care of all violations of its laws. It is capable of correcting everything itself. For as long as a person keeps picking at his own wounds, i.e. at his shortcomings, he will always complicate matters and create a big ulcer out of his small wound. So if you see a wound in yourself, take a look at it, bandage it and say to yourself: “It will heal.” Don’t fight your shortcomings, but develop your positive qualities instead. Make use of them and set your faith on the powers of Mindful Nature. If you want to correct your shortcomings, give an impulse to the conscious life inside you. Your shortcomings are not only yours. They are shortcomings of the whole of humanity, which it has acquired in the space of thousands and millions of years, since the beginning of life. Since you know this, you shouldn’t be embarrassed about your shortcomings but simply work on correcting them. Now I would like you to draw a small circle and follow its course of movement. Let’s mark this circle with the letter A (fig.1). Without getting larger the circle A can move to the right in order to come to point B. From there it can move up towards point C. So in the physical world the circle can move from one place to another and change its direction. The movement of circle A represents a movement of thought. When changing its place, however, thought gets transformed as well. Which thoughts can be transformed: the good ones or the bad ones? Can a bad thought be transformed into a good one? A bad thought can be replaced by a good one, but it cannot be transformed into a good one. The same can be said about human negative feelings. Positive and negative feelings in humans are defined by the external stimuli in him. For example, if they put heated coal on somebody’s hand, he will experience pain which will invoke an unpleasant, painful feeling in him. If, however, they point a soft light beam to his eye, he will experience a pleasant joyful feeling. As you can see, the external stimulus awakens both pleasant and unpleasant feelings in a person but feelings and thoughts themselves can be neither good nor bad. When you remove the stimulus which provokes the unpleasant feelings, they also disappear with it. If a speck of dust enters someone’s eye it will cause him pain which in its turn will arouse an unpleasant, painful feeling in him. What does this show? – It shows that the speck of dust as a stimulus hasn’t ended up in the right place. It shouldn’t enter the human eye but go into space instead, among the water drops, and bring rain. The rain will be beneficial for the plants. One needs to be aware of the fact that the dust doesn’t enter one’s body by accident, he has attracted it himself. In the same way you attract your thoughts from space. You believe that some thoughts are good and others are bad. However thoughts which are bad for you are good and necessary to Nature. If it didn’t need them, it wouldn’t allow them to exist. It allows them to, therefore it believes that they contain elements which are necessary to life in its entirety. Imagine that one of you has a father who is a chemist; he has his own laboratory with different acids and poisonous substances and he has strictly forbidden you to touch any of the bottles containing the acids. One day you enter your father’s laboratory without his permission and start opening one bottle after another and trying their contents. Shortly after, you start complaining of an upset stomach. You go and ask your father why your tongue and mouth have been burnt and why your stomach is upset. You father realizes immediately that you have been to the laboratory and you have touched the acids. He says: “Since you have broken my rules you will bear the consequences of this violation.” When the son wants to enter his father’s laboratory, or to put it in a broader context – the laboratory of Living Nature, he needs to connect with it and together they can start studying its elements and laws. The same applies to human thoughts and feelings. When you come to a certain thought or a feeling, don’t be in a hurry to internalize them before examining first their qualities and the laws they are subjected to. What are the distinguishing characteristics of a good thought? – A good thought needs to move. Moreover its movement needs to be strictly determined – it needs to move around the Sun. In this case the Sun is a centre which the thought constantly moves around. In the same way that the Earth revolves constantly around its axis as well as around the Sun, a good thought also needs to maintain these two centers in its movement. The two centers are two poles which the thought moves between. For as long as a thought doesn’t move between two poles, it is there as pure potential only. Once it starts moving between two poles, it gets into a kinetic state, i.e. it starts manifesting. It isn’t only thoughts that have two states – a kinetic one and a potential one, but so do humans as well. For as long as he or she is awake, with a conscious mind, a person chronicles everything which is happening around him; once he falls asleep, he can’t chronicle anything. He doesn’t know what is happening around him or on the Earth. There are beings who chronicle everything that happens on Earth. However this requires a continuity of consciousness. A day will come when humans will also remain constantly aware. Then they will know what is being done anywhere anytime. At their current level of development humans are incapable of perceiving everything that happens on the Earth because they wouldn’t be able to handle that. That is why when a person passes through dangerous places, his consciousness darkens; once he crosses over the dangerous zone and comes out in a beautiful place, his consciousness brightens again. There are dark zones for each person’s consciousness which he inevitably has to go through. Everyone goes through a circle of consciousness every day by alternately going down to hell and ascending back to heaven and by alternately scooping something up and filling himself or pouring something out and emptying himself. He scoops up pure water from above and mud and slime from below. That is the only explanation why sometimes a human is as good as an angel, while at other times he is bad, angry, dissatisfied with himself and everybody else. He doesn’t believe anybody, doesn’t believe himself either. A person can be doubtful, he may not believe but only on a given occasion, not throughout his life. Someone doubts that he is able to learn his lesson. However this refers only to a given lesson, not to all lessons. Moreover, if he can’t learn it at a given moment, he will learn it at some other point in time. Everybody talks about real things but if you ask them which human wish is real, they can’t give an answer. Imagine that you are travelling on a hot summer day and you haven’t drunk any water for three days in a row. Your throat is dry, your legs are shaking from the thirst, you can barely move. However you meet someone and ask him if he knows where one can find water. At that moment you aren’t interested in anything but the water. Your thought of water and your need to drink some is the only real thing for you. The person you meet tells you that there is a pure spring half a kilometer away. You get happy immediately, your face lightens up and you start going faster. So only what one needs at a given moment is real from him. Once he gets to the real, a person develops a special opinion about things. There is no special opinion when it comes to real things, however. Once a person achieves the real which he has striven towards, then he starts making choices. If it is a mountain, then he starts choosing between this or that pathway, between sitting on this or that particular place. Therefore a person can have a special opinion only after he has satisfied a major need of his. So what are the most important elements that a person needs? – The most important and necessary elements for humans are water, air, fire and earth. Why do people remain dissatisfied even after having these elements? Remaining satisfied while your wishes haven’t been satisfied is an art. What would be better: to satisfy human wishes or not to satisfy them? How many wishes should be fulfilled out of every one hundred? Have you calculated how many of your wishes have been fulfilled out of every one hundred? For example, a child’s wish to grow up has come true but has it grown as much as it wanted to? Everybody has had the wish to become smart, beautiful, strong, but has their wish been realized the way they dreamed of it? Why can’t a person realize a wish the way he or she wants to? – Because he doesn’t have the appropriate organs for that. How can a person play the violin if he has only one finger on each hand? He can still play something, produce some noise, but not the way he would like to. When a person wants to achieve something great, he needs to have five fingers on each hand, not only one. Can a person who has one finger on each hand compete against somebody who has five? Such a competition is impossible. If a person decides to enter such a competition, he will inevitably fail and then say that he is very unfortunate in life, that Nature hasn’t gifted him the way it should have, etc. It isn’t Nature’s fault but that of the human who hasn’t worked on himself in order to develop all five fingers of the hand. The fingers of the hand represent human conscious powers that have manifested. People have had to work consciously on themselves for thousands and millions of years before their fingers and toes grew. One of the theories of contemporary scientists claims allegorically that the possibilities for development of the human soul are hidden in the different forms of life which have been displayed in show cases in the spiritual world. Before coming down to the Earth the soul walks around these showcases and chooses its own costume, i.e. a piece of clothing for its life according to its preference. There is an endless number of forms there, starting from the smallest and coming to the biggest ones. Once it puts on one of these forms, the soul immediately begins to feel restricted and starts kicking. It keeps kicking until it frees itself from the form it has put on. After it takes off the form, the soul returns to the invisible world, but now it is rich with experience. So the choice of clothing that the soul puts on determines what kind of person it will become. If he was dissatisfied with his clothing, the next time he comes to Earth the person will carefully think about what clothing he should put on. The same law applies to human thoughts and feelings. Whatever thought a person chooses as a basis for his life, that is what he will become. This thought exerts a certain influence on him. You can’t avoid the influence of your thoughts on you, nor their consequences. Therefore, when a person chooses a form, a piece of clothing to put on, it needs to be beautiful, ideological, because it contains the possibilities for the expression of his spirit and his mind, his soul and his heart. The more beautiful and ideological the human form, the more favourable the conditions for its development. As disciples you are required to live without doubts and hesitation. In order not to doubt, your consciousness needs to be awake and your thought needs to be sober. You will only be able to make use of life under these conditions. Now you aim to achieve something big, to become a well-regarded person, without realizing that Nature has in mind for you something better than what you are striving towards. What more could you wish for than to be able to take walks to the Sun, to Jupiter, Venus or some other planet? Nature has in store for each of you a free ticket for such a walk. When a person falls asleep, he receives a free ticket for a trip somewhere close. He travels through forests and mountains, seas and oceans, he meets people, joins schools, takes exams, etc. When he gets up in the morning he is either pleased or displeased with what he has seen in his sleep. How much more beautiful planetary trips are! Now I will recommend to you the law of Love as a method of working, of applying things. Through this law you can come into contact with all your advanced brothers from the invisible world and use their knowledge and experience. If you can’t do that, you should at least get in touch with your classmates from the country. Each of you should write to them at least two or three letters a month and share the main thoughts from the lectures and talks that you listen to here. For next time I would like everyone to write down ten important questions that occupy his mind at the moment. Always be faithful, true, pure and kind!
  8. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva SIMPLE PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS Year 5, Lecture 12 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On January 31, 1926, Sunday 19.00h, Sofia - Izgrev Always be faithful, true, pure and kind! Contemplation I will now ask you the following question: is there any correlation between sounds and human ideas? If there is one, what is it exactly? Imagine that the sounds of a violin reach your ears. Can you perceive these sounds without imagining that there is a conscious being behind the violin which produces them? There is no movement in Nature, however small it may be, which doesn’t contain some form of life. The word “живот” (Bulgarian for “life”) starts with the letter “ж”. In this letter the diagonals are the longest lines. The first limitation in life is the circle. It has four important points – the points at which two perpendicular diameters cross the circle. However, when the diameters move, the points move with them too. Therefore all points in a circle become important. The points in a circle are also points of life. Two of them are negative (magnetic), and the other two – positive (electric). This idea can be expressed geometrically with the letter “ж”. If point C in the diagram represents the centre of the Earth, and points A and B are bodies moving towards C, then the movement of these bodies towards C will be most difficult when they are closest to the centre C. It is here that they will be faced with the biggest obstacles, the greatest difficulties. Whatever they do they can’t penetrate the centre of the Earth. One can’t reach the centre of the Earth with his physical body, but it is possible to do it with one’s astral body. The same law applies to human psychological life as well. The closer one gets to the centre of the circle, the bigger the suffering one goes through. When faced with a difficulty, one closes himself in a circle. In order to manage this difficulty, one needs to come to the centre of the circle, to the most difficult conditions, and to start ascending from there. The most difficult part is getting to the centre. Once you reach it, ascending is easy. When going down towards the centre of the Earth, one needs to spread his wings and start descending gently, avoiding any concussions and injuries. You can only achieve this when you are fully conscious, fully self-aware, all the way keeping the connection between God and your soul intact. Only under these conditions can you overcome all difficulties and suffering and come out unharmed in the end. The first Christians knew these laws and maintained their connection with God through constant prayer. Scientists solve their problems in the same way. Instead of a prayer, they keep some higher idea in their minds. Each time they solve a problem, they start with this idea and then come back to it. There are three important principles when solving a problem: you work either with negative values, i.e. under the negative influences of Nature, or with positive values, i.e. under the positive influences of Nature, or by reconciling the positive and negative values, i.e. through equality. Wherever there is equality, intelligent forces work in all directions. When you work with positive and negative values in Mathematics, at some point you have to find a method of putting these values into an equation. Therefore solving a problem doesn’t involve only operating with the positive and negative signs in front of the values, but it requires their transformation also. For example, if you do the following addition: (a+b) + (a-b), the result will be 2a. If you do the subtraction (a+b) - (a-b), the result will be 2b. Imagine that “a” is an apple seed and “b” is the soil where you plant the apple seed. When the seed sprouts and grows into a plant, it absorbs some of the elements in the soil and becomes “a2 + b2”. If you add and subtract (a2 + b2) and (a2 - b2), the results will be again 2 a2 and 2 b2. Whatever explanation you give to these operations from the standpoint of physical mathematics, they can’t actually be explained. However psychological or spiritual mathematics can clarify these operations because it works with living forces which move in more than three dimensions. When the apple tree grows, the soil gradually loses its energetic potential. Once the soil’s energetic potential is depleted, the apple stops developing. It stops growing. When a person comes to Earth he needs physical, material conditions for development. Without such conditions his development ceases. I am giving you these examples in order to make you reflect on all arithmetic and algebraic operations, be it from the point of view of elementary or higher mathematics, to translate them properly in your minds and make use of them. If you don’t understand them, you may be faced in life with a problem of higher mathematics and experience a great contradiction. Coming to a contradiction is the same as entering a marsh, stepping on unstable ground. You could find yourself in such a position in science too. For example in mathematics you could come to a place outside of the physical world, where things become invisible and you still have to assume that they exist, i.e. they exist as something real. You say that there is no world other than the physical world. Why? Because you only know the world of three dimensions. In other words, nothing exists outside of these three dimensions for you. However nowadays in calculus they speak not only of a fourth dimension, but also of a fifth, a sixth, a seventh one. In order to understand these abstract issues, one needs to assume that there are many other possibilities in Nature that one is unaware of. You are only familiar with a few of these and based on that you draw your conclusions. You only know those manifestations in life which originate from the manifestations of the previous day. However there are many possibilities for the manifestations of human life. Today lays the foundations for what will come tomorrow. Is this possible? – Yes, it is. How can this be proven? - It can be proven mathematically. Let’s assume that “a” represents wheat which was first in the silo, then it was planted in the soil “b”. This will lead to a negative standpoint - an empty silo. After some time the wheat will grow, multiply, take some elements from the soil and turn into “b2”. Now we will have a positive process, i.e. something will be gained and added to the wheat. Can the new wheat which has grown in the field be contained in the same silo? - No, it can’t. It has grown significantly in quantity. Here we have processes of ascending. This shows that we work simultaneously with positive and negative values in life and this happens not only in a straight line, but also in other directions which need to be taken into consideration. There are ascending as well as descending positive and negative values. Therefore if positive values are in the process of descending, matter multiplies, but at the same time becomes impossible to organize. Internal rotting starts to take place. In order to stop the process of rotting, matter needs to be dried up. Increasing and decreasing, i.e. thinning and thickening of matter happen everywhere in Nature. When the soil hardens for example, it becomes very thick and unusable. In order for it to soften, rain is definitely needed. How can you express sun rays, rain and drought with mathematical values? When doing these calculations, you also need to take the weather into consideration. When you work with these values you need to make them homogeneous and then do a number of algebraic operations with them. When you work with algebra, you need to come to the point of bringing it inside you. Your body is the soil and your ideas are the seeds you plant in this soil. When you are faced with certain difficulties, this shows that the seeds are more than what the soil can accommodate and offer conditions for growth to. A person wishing to realize more ideas than what his conditions allow him to, doesn’t abide by Nature’s laws. According to the laws of Mindful Nature an idea can only develop at a particular time and place. Two ideas can’t develop at the same time. At any given moment you need to keep only one main idea in your mind. Once you have realized this idea, then you can put your attention on another one, but a certain amount of time needs to pass between the realizations of two different ideas. A person who breaks one of the laws of Mindful Nature will find himself facing great difficulties. Contemporary people are happy when things go well in their life. They need to know what they owe their happiness to and make sure that their success isn’t similar to that of wheat grains that have landed on rocky ground, between thistles or on the road. If their success is grounded in a rocky soil, it will soon collapse. If their success has grown between thistles, it will inevitably be strangled. And finally, if it is on the road, birds will devour it. Each idea which has been placed on the road, between thistles or on rocky ground can’t develop properly and can’t bear any fruit. Therefore, when a person comes to Earth he needs to examine the ways in which ideas fail, as well as the conditions which make ideas flourish. The soil on which thistles grow is good, but these thistles need to be removed first before the wheat is planted. Rocky soil is unfavourable for wheat but one can get good building stones from it. A conscious person who understands life will not plant wheat on rocky soil but will use this soil as a quarry and will thus create good conditions for himself. The road, on the other hand, on which people and cars move, is inappropriate for planting wheat. It is a means of communication. Contemporary people listen to talks on different topics and say in the end: “We aren’t interested in this today. This isn’t important for us”. These people are right. There is something which is important for the person in that case, but it is a question of whether it can contribute to his happiness in some way. Maybe what is important for a person today will bring him the biggest unhappiness tomorrow. Therefore one needs to understand the importance of things and to know what he or she should strive towards. This applies not only to other people, but to you as well. The disciple needs to think properly and understand the importance of both bigger and smaller things. A fisherman took his fishing rod, tied it to a cane on the river bank and threw it in the water. Then he left and went home to do some work. In the meantime, having seen the fishing rod from afar, a curious fish got interested in the swinging object in the water. It approached the rod and saw something unusual. It opened its mouth to try it but felt immediately that its mouth has gotten hooked on that unusual thing and couldn’t be released. It jumped up and down a few times but it couldn’t free itself. At the same time a passer-by saw the fish jumping up and down and asked: “What are you doing here?” – “I am doing a folk dance, but I don’t know how to free myself from it. Please help me!” The passer-by was a famous wise man. He put himself in its shoes and said: “Listen, you have taken up a task which isn’t right for you. You want to examine the length of the radii in a circle, but this is a difficult science, it isn’t appropriate for you yet. Come closer now”. The fish approached the bank, the wise man removed the hook from its mouth and said: “Go on, be free now! Go swim in the water again and tell your friends that it isn’t their time yet to study the length of the radii in a circle”. The fish started swimming lightly in the water and thanked the wise man for setting it free. Indeed the fish needs to thank this passer-by because if the fisherman had come earlier it would have found itself in a world it didn’t belong to. What conclusion can you draw from this example? It shows that there are a number of thoughts and wishes in a person whose time to be realized hasn’t arrived yet. Therefore a person shouldn’t be interested in those thoughts and wishes whose time to be realized hasn’t yet come. If he starts developing an interest in them, they will inevitably bring him pain and suffering. The fisherman will come and get him hooked on his rod. Then he will jump up and down in his mind in order to find a way of freeing himself from suffering. When a person has the right thoughts, at some point he will definitely meet the wise man who will free him from the rod. In this case the wise man is a person’s intuition which is the only thing that can help him free himself from the limitations of his ordinary thought. Until your intuition comes to your aid, you will be in the position of a scientist examining issues which he isn’t yet ready for. His intuition will ask him: “What are you doing here?” – “I am doing a folk dance, I am moving along the side of a circle in order to study its radii.” His intuition will answer: “You can’t examine this issue today. However one day when you reach a higher level of consciousness and become a master of your circumstances, then you will solve this issue.” This means: leave aside all thoughts and wishes which you aren’t ready for yet. When you become your own master, then you can start studying them. Now let’s come back to the formula: “a+b”. The letter “a” signifies the human mind, and “b” – the human heart. How can we express this formula verbally? We can say that the abilities of the mind and those of the heart are equal to the abilities of the will: a2 + b2 = c2. Therefore the powers of the mind and the heart flow into the will like tributaries. In other words, the powers of water (a) and those of the wind (b) create a result ©: a2 + b2 = c2. Water represents human feelings and air – human thought. The will manifests only under the influence of human thoughts and feelings. Will exists only wherever thoughts and feelings exist. Without thoughts and feelings the will doesn’t act. Each act of will is dictated by those thoughts and feelings which are operating at a given moment. That is why there is a saying: “A person is that which he thinks and feels”. If a person’s feelings are positive and ascending, they will have matching results. A person’s willpower depends on the power of his thoughts and wishes. The stronger the images created by a person’s thoughts and wishes are, the more active his will is. Tell someone that a given person is his enemy and step aside. This image will grow in him and give him power and a stimulus to fight his enemy, to oppose him. A strong image of something is enough to make a person always remain on the alert. Some people are afraid of snakes, others – of mice. Just try pronouncing the word snake or mouse in front of such people and you will find out just how active they are. Their will’s hidden activity will come to the surface and they can start running or hiding. Some excellent brave swimmers are afraid of leeches. When it comes to swimming, they are ready to swim in the water for kilometers in a row, but as soon as they see a leech they withdraw and go back. The sight of a leech terrifies them, even if it is in a bottle. A person needs to study himself in order to know which images paralyze his will and counteract them. He needs to use methods for regaining one’s balance. The snake’s image has a negative impact on some people. How can they release this fear? – By applying something positive in their will. In this case Love will save the day. It has been written in the scriptures:”Love excludes fear. Faith excludes superstition”. Therefore Love drives fear away from people and faith brings Light to their minds. In order to reach faith, one needs to study the pathways of Light. Nowadays people talk about everything: love, faith, brotherhood, equality, etc. However they haven’t yet paid enough attention to issues which are close to them and which their well-being depends on. For example, how have they solved the issue of nutrition? Do they know what food it is appropriate to eat on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, etc.? Do they know what kind of food they should eat in the morning, at lunch and at dinner? You would say that these are simple things which a person shouldn’t bother with. For you it is enough if a person ate something, it doesn’t matter what food he ate and when he did that. Or you would say that the more lavish his food is, the better it is for him. It isn’t so. The issue of nourishment is a mathematical problem which may be simple but it needs to be solved by all means. Until you solve this problem correctly, all your efforts to complete greater and more complicated tasks will remain unsuccessful. Once you solve the problem of nourishment, you will have to solve the problem of sleep. Do you know when you should go to bed and when you should get up? You would say that this depends on the circumstances. – No, external circumstances in life cannot change the laws of Mindful Nature. It has strictly determined for each person when he should go to bed and when he should get up. Therefore each person needs to find the time that was determined for him to do that. The hen, for example, goes to bed before sunset and gets up before sunrise. When a person has solved the problems of nourishment and sleep correctly, this means that he has achieved a certain amount of harmony between his thoughts and his feelings. Once he has achieved this toning, he is ready to solve all other problems correctly as well. He solves them quickly and without making mistakes while other people will need months or years to do that. They will use a lot of energy and achieve only microscopic results. Human thought needs to be fresh and lively. If it isn’t lively and doesn’t have the necessary Light, it cannot manage the contradictions in life. Nature knows no contradictions. It allows no discouragement. “But we are suffering. Doesn’t Nature see our tears, our hardships?” When Nature sees tears in your eyes, Nature says: “My children are clever. They have opened their springs to water their gardens.” When it sees that people’s tears stop flowing, Nature rejoices and says: “My children are clever because they have keys with which they open and close their springs, all according to their needs.” When it sees a person in despair who is planning to jump off a cliff, Nature says: “This child of mine has decided to fly before its time. One day it will learn its lesson.” Therefore you need to study the language of Nature. Come into contact with her and start thinking correctly. – “But we study a lot!” – It is not a question of studying a lot. You need to study little, but consciously. And whatever you learn, you need to apply it in life. Nowadays people study a lot but gain very little. They work a lot but use little. Nowadays people touch things but can’t see them. A person who has developed his clairvoyance works with seeing, not with touching. Thus he will free himself from the unnecessary matter which burdens his nervous system. However, for as long as one lives under unfavourable conditions in life, he needs a lot of things. If he studies a lot but gains little, this shows namely that his living conditions are unfavourable. A person who has toned himself can gain a lot by studying for three hours only, as long as it is done with love. This isn’t the case with everybody. If an ordinary pupil or student studies for three hours a day, he can’t succeed. This applies to conscious students who have come into contact with Living Nature and abide by its laws. Nature gives people time and energy and orders them to save energy and use more time instead. It doesn’t allow for her energy to be wasted. It disposes of energy in abundance, but doesn’t allow anyone to waste it. A person who breaks this law is doomed to suffering. This is the reason why it is recommended that disciples work consciously on themselves in order to harmonize their thoughts and feelings and come to a state of consciously using Nature’s energy. A person who saves energy, gains energy – he doesn’t age prematurely. Today everyone complains of premature ageing. Why? – Because they waste their energy. A conscious person is someone who remains lively and capable of working from youth to old age. A conscious person doesn’t get influenced by external circumstances. There may be storms, winds or rain – he knows that everything is in its place. Storms will come and go. Rains will flow and overflow. These are natural processes which need to fulfill their purpose. The disciple, however, needs to think correctly, feel correctly and act correctly. Always be faithful, true, pure and kind!
  9. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva VOWELS AND CONSONANTS Year 5, Lecture 11 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On January 24, 1926, 19.00h, Sofia Always be faithful, true, pure and kind! Contemplation A summary on the topic “The most useful plant” was read. The disciples’ essays on the topic “The strongest vowel and the softest consonant” were read. When you write your essays you need to be free and not feel disturbed by anything. Each essay is an exercise for the mind. In order to write something, one has to think. The letters that languages use are also used in mathematics to signify numbers. Why do the letters “x, y, z” signify unknown numbers? Answer: Mathematicians have decided to use the first letters of the alphabet to signify known numbers and the last ones – to signify unknown numbers. In my opinion “x” signifies an unknown number because it represents a circle which has been divided by its diameter into two equal parts, which for some unknown reason have turned upside down and have thus formed this letter. What is unknown is how exactly these two parts have turned upside down in order to form the letter “x”. We want to find out which force, which reason has divided the circle into two equal parts and in some unknown way has first turned these parts upside down and then united them into the letter “x”. The same reason, the same force works on the grain of wheat which has been planted in the ground and forces it to break open and sprout. When we come to the letter “y” we see a symbol which Egyptians used to signify a human being which has been turned upside down. We can’t explain to ourselves why the human being has turned upside down. In the future this letter needs to be turned back up to signify a human standing straight, with his head up. Plants are also in the position of the letter “y”. Their head still lies buried in the ground. The letter “z” on the other hand represents a circle transversely divided into two parts. Under the impact of some force these two parts have somehow turned and formed the letter “z” – a symbol of multiplication. Therefore each sign, each letter has a hidden idea behind it. In that sense letters represent ideas which have been expressed figuratively. As disciples you have nothing else to do but to study the ideas hidden in letters. Which letters did you define as the strongest vowels and the softest consonants? The letters “а, о, u” were noted as strong vowels and the letters “h, m, l, s” – as soft consonants. If you combine the letters “a, o” with the letter “h”, you will form the particles “ah, oh” which are common for all people - the English, the Germans, the French, the Bulgarians, the Turks, etc. How do you determine the softness of consonants? – By their way of pronunciation. The less resistance you feel when pronouncing a letter, the softer it is. When you combine the letter “m” with some vowels, you can form the following syllables: “ma, mo, mi, mu, am, om, im, um”. Do the vowels soften the “m” or does the “m” soften the vowels? Do vowels give their qualities to consonants or is it the other way round? When you pronounce consonants try to notice which organs take part in the process – the tongue, the palate or the lips. At the same time make note of the amount of pressure you feel when you pronounce the different consonants. When you pronounce the sound “m” you feel your lips being stopped. When you pronounce the sound “ah” you feel a constriction in the larynx, at the root of the tongue. When you pronounce the sound “l” the tongue stops at the palate. The letter “s” on the other hand represents the sound that snakes and geese use. When you hear this sound you become cautious. It is a sound that warns a person to beware of the gap he might fall into. Some animals use the sound “moo”. The cow moos. The letter “m” symbolizes something. It signifies matter as a substance. At the same time it signifies matter as pure potential. Therefore the word “mama” (Bulgarian for “mum”) which has been formed by combining two “ma” syllables represents the matter that humans have been made of. By the word “mama” we understand that which has given us shape and which is manifest in us. The syllable “ma” is repeated two times. The English like abbreviating words, that is why they often use the syllable “ma”. Now when you study the strength of vowels and the softness of consonants you can use them as a method of transforming your mental and emotional states. You can use different letters to transform different kinds of states. Imagine that you are a student who has failed his exam. How will you influence yourself – with vowels or with consonants? You will pronounce different vowels and consonants until your negative disposition is completely gone. Each negative condition, be it physical or mental, can be cured in one of two ways – either with a method which is similar to the reason that caused it or with a method which is contrary to it. For example you can cure frozen hands and feet with cold, not with heat. Burnt organs can be cured using heat. You anoint them with olive oil because it absorbs the heat and thus frees the organism of the excess heat which it took on with the burn. When the organism experiences a cold, it has absorbed a certain type of energy which isn’t in harmony with it. In order to transform this energy one needs external help. Transforming energies and mental states is easier said than done. What is the position of a student who has failed his PhD exam? He has worked, studied, written and at one point he is faced with a failure. When he comes back home he sits on a chair, lets his head sink and starts thinking: “What did the professor do to me? He buried me in the ground the way they bury plants during planting.” That is what a sinking head means. However he isn’t satisfied with this. He stands up from the chair, starts walking around nervously and converses with the professor in his mind: “Why did you fail me? Why did you bury me in the ground? This is unfair.” Then he sits down on the chair again, starts clenching his fists and threatening the professor. After reflecting for some time, he stands up from the chair again, starts walking around and says to himself: “Why am I imagining things? I can’t do anything to him, but I can start studying hard and working hard to correct my PhD thesis and then I will present it to the commission once again”. When he reaches this decision he lifts his head and starts walking around the room calmly. These are psychological states that every human goes through. When a person suffers, he sits down, stands up, moves. Without these movements he wouldn’t be able to handle such great psychological pressure. He sits down, thinks, wonders, threatens: “Hm, I’ll let him pay for that!” Then some bright idea enters his mind, he jumps up from the chair immediately and cries out joyfully: “Yes, this is how I will act in order to show that I am also noble in character!” When a number of internal processes happen in a person’s soul, he needs to express them through some symbols. If you observe such a person you will be able to see the storm happening inside him: it will alternately calm down and re-emerge until the issue is finally solved. It isn’t easy to handle one’s internal experiences. Knowing this, do not judge the person but try to help him in some way. Let’s come back to vowels and consonants as a method of transforming states. If you are indisposed or sad, start influencing yourselves first by using the vowels, then the consonants. If your state doesn’t change after pronouncing all vowels and consonants, start combining them into syllables. When doing this exercise, try to notice which vowels or consonants will lead to a change in your mental state. Do this exercise on yourselves or on some friend of yours and see what conclusion you will reach. Work with the letters ten evenings in a row for half an hour each evening, between 9.00 and 10.00pm. Observe carefully the influence that letters have on your psychological life. This is a science that can be applied in life. Everybody uses it, consciously or unconsciously. Consonants represent a closing of certain energies in humans, whereas vowels represent an opening of the way for these energies to come out and find an expression. Therefore one uses consonants as breaks in order not to let certain energies manifest. As a whole, letters can be used on different occasions in human life. A student starts writing an essay. He sits down, takes the pen in his hand but nothing comes to his mind. Instead of struggling to think, he should start alternately pronouncing vowels and consonants and combining them into syllables. Shortly after, a small bright thought will enter his mind. Thus he will understand that letters and syllables are tools that a skillful master can work with. People often use the syllable “oh”. What does this syllable show? – It shows that one has deviated from the right path that Nature has placed him into. He has come out of the natural cycle of his movement. At the same time the syllable “oh” shows the way one can return to the right path. In Mathematics the letter “x” represents the movement of a circle to infinity and back. Therefore, when a person gets lost somewhere in infinity, he doesn’t continue moving forward but goes back instead. This means that when a person makes a mistake, he goes back. In order to correct his mistake, one needs to put it twice through his mind: he needs to confess it to himself and to others also. In order to free himself from the anguish of making a mistake or committing a sin, one needs to confess it to his next of kin. This is what the law says. Any given mistake or pain can be healed when it comes out in the open. For example, somebody gets angry and cuts his finger in his rage. Everyone keeps asking him why his hand is bandaged. He can tell the truth or hide it. If he says the truth, his wound will be healed sooner. He will undergo great trials, but a lot of people will come to his aid too. Some will help him, others will moralize him and ask him why he had been so stupid and hadn’t restrained himself, etc. He will have to endure all this but in the end he will be free. If he doesn’t tell the truth few people will know about his mistake, but it will be difficult for his wound to heal, there will be nobody to help him. When correcting his mistakes one needs to be brave and determined. Correcting one’s mistakes shouldn’t be done for the people, but for the Great Principle that you serve. As disciples you are required to possess moral strength. You have to exhibit moral strength not only in some cases but in all cases. There can be at most ten exceptions to every one hundred occasions in life. The more mistakes a person makes, the less favourable his living conditions are. For example a hungry person has the biggest opportunities to make mistakes because he lives in a dense environment. Because of his wish to quench his hunger he makes a lot of mistakes. A person who is hungry for knowledge and is looking for some means to get hold of a book makes less mistakes because his environment is less dense. A moral person on the other hand makes the least amount of mistakes. The environment he lives in is even less dense. Therefore the denser the environment one lives in, the more the resistance and the counteraction that he experiences. Now you may ask the question: What does a person have to do in order to avoid hunger? - In order to avoid hunger one shouldn’t put a brake on one’s natural desires. It has been noticed that after some illnesses of the body a great hunger is experienced. During an illness a person is subjected to a strict diet by his doctors and his family members. When he starts to heal, hunger begins to manifest in him and he starts striving for food. Therefore the brakes that are placed in human life shouldn’t be too large. They need to be placed gradually, inconspicuously. This depends on a person’s level of awareness. The more conscious a person is, the more he abides by Nature’s laws. As long as he abides by its laws, he will be free from its brakes. However an ordinary person, who doesn’t live according to the laws of Mindful Nature, has ordinary experiences with ordinary results. An ordinary person wins as much as he loses. A conscious person always ends up with abundance. If you want to know how you have spent your day – as an ordinary or as a conscious person, each night before going to bed take ten to fifteen minutes to evaluate in your mind what you have done during that day. Remember where you have been, what you have said and done etc. After this evaluation, if you find that you have made a small gain, this shows that you have spent the day well, as a conscious person. However small the gain may be, it is precious. This is the only way to build a character. This is the only way for Nature to reveal its treasures to a person. It will open its treasure chests for him to take as much as he likes. Nature trusts only people who have moral strength. Whoever tries to penetrate its powers and secrets incognito will experience its whip on his back. If you want to gain Nature’s trust, you need to live differently, not the way you have lived in your past. When you enter the New Life, you will have barely noticeable, microscopic results, but that is exactly what you should be happy about. On earth you could be an ordinary person that nobody knows, and yet be known to everyone in the Heavens. That is why it has been said: “What is impossible for man is possible for God.” An exercise: Everyone stands up, arms to the side. The right arm makes a wide semi-circle at the front of the body, then the hand is placed on the left shoulder. The left arm comes forward and the right hand slides over the left arm starting from the shoulder all the way down to the wrist. During this movement the sound “aaa” is pronounced loudly. The right hand slides back up to the left shoulder. Then it moves horizontally in front of the chest and off to the side, then comes down. The same exercise is repeated with the left hand over the right arm while pronouncing the sound “aaa”. Other sounds can be pronounced in the same way: “a, i, m, l”. When doing this exercise observe the effect it will have on you. Always be faithful, true, pure and kind!
  10. Корекции на форматиране, превод на формулата и стандартните фрази.
  11. Беседата на български Translated by Victoria Koleva SUBTRACTION Year 5, Lecture 10 of the Youth Occult Class (Special Class) Given by the Master Beinsa Douno On January 17, 1926 – Sunday, 19.00h Sofia – Izgrev Always be faithful, true, pure and kind! Contemplation A summary on the topic “What birds think about” was read. The disciples’ essays on the topic “The most useful plant” were read. For next time please write on the following topic: “The strongest vowel and the softest consonant in the Bulgarian alphabet”. In order to write this essay you need to carefully consider each letter of the alphabet – without rationalizing it and philosophizing about it. Pronounce the letters calmly one after the other and observe the impact that the letters will have on you. The important thing for you is the impression that you will get from each letter, not what others will say. Now I would like ten people – five brothers and five sisters to come to the blackboard and write two numbers and a letter each. The first one will write an addition of two numbers, the second one – a subtraction, the third one – a multiplication and the fourth one – a division. The following equations comprised of numbers and letters were written: 5 + 3 = a 9 – 4 = O. 2 x 4 = K. 8 : 2 = Д. 9 + 2 = б. 10 – 2 = ж. 7 x 3 = П. 5 : 2 = Н. 4 + 4 = Л. 7 – 2 = В. This is a problem that you need to solve. Which number can be seen most frequently in this problem? - The number two. Next comes the number four and the remaining numbers can be seen only one or two times each. We notice also that the result of all these four equations is the number eight. What words can you make starting with the letters that were written on the blackboard? “Вода, лодка, кола, плава, кожа, болка, вложа, влакно, etc.” (English: “water, boat, car, sails, skin, pain, invest, fiber”). I would like each of you to try and make a sentence comprising words which start with the letters that were written on the blackboard. Have you observed the influence that different numbers have on humans? Each number has a meaning. For example the number 3 represents the law of multiplication. In the following mathematical operation: “5 + 3”, the number 3 is inside, which means that one has to grow and multiply from the inside, not from the outside, and this needs to happen through the process of addition. In the following subtraction: “9 – 4”, we have the number 4 which is a positive number. Therefore, when someone is faced with a karmic issue, he or she needs to act bravely and smartly and solve it immediately. The number 9 is a result. You will take out your money and start paying. You will do the subtraction of “9 – 4”, i.e. you will pay without delay. When multiplying 2 x 4, you have a passive number and a positive one. Both are Divine numbers. The number 8 is the number of infinity, of Eternity. That is why when you work for the Truth, do not expect immediate results. The results of Truth are in Eternity. Truth doesn’t occupy itself with trifles and material issues. The seeker of Truth needs to have a broad mind, he needs to have a lot of patience. Another way of looking at numbers is from an astrological point of view – seeing which planet is related to each number. For example the number four is connected with Jupiter, nine – with the Moon, five – with Mercury. Next look at the blossoms of fruit trees and observe how many leaves each blossom has. The blossoms of cherry, plum, apple and pear trees have five sepals and five petals each. Why do these blossoms have exactly five petals and not six? It is good to study astrology in order to know which planet relates to each fruit tree. Once you know this you will use fruit consciously. If you want to experience the positive influence of a planet, you should use fruit which is connected with that planet. Have you noticed for example what influence cherries have on you? – Cherries bring joy and happiness in humans. One needs to observe the influence that fruit has not only on his physical well-being but on his character as well in order to use it as a method of educating children. You shouldn’t consume the same fruit all the time but eat it only when you consciously want to experience its positive influence. I could give you a number of rules for this but a danger exists which doesn’t allow this to happen yet. The danger lies in your critical mind. The man of the west has a highly critical mind. If some methods and rules are given to him, he starts philosophizing and thus spoils everything. He works with experiments – he needs to do a large number of experiments and reach his own conclusions. Once he passes through dense matter, then he will start crawling from the bottom up, towards the high peak. Once he reaches the peak he will estimate how much energy he has spent and then make a conclusion as to whether it is worth spending so much energy to climb to the top or it is better to save energy and choose the path of least resistance. The man of the east is a master of descent. When it comes to going up, however, he goes into a dreamy state. For example Indians are at the foot of the Himalayas, yet they make no attempts to reach the peak. The English, however, have undertaken a number of expeditions to the Himalayas and continue doing so. Their attempts are justified. They follow the spirit of occult science which says: never express an opinion about something you haven’t tried yet. Once you have tried something, you have the right to philosophize about it. For as long as he has no results yet, one needs to remain silent the way the chicken remains silent inside the egg. Until the day of its hatching arrives, it remains silently tucked inside the egg. Once it comes out of the egg, the chicken has the right to express an opinion about the world. Therefore, for as long as one lives in unfavourable conditions in life, one needs to go inward and keep silent. Once he comes out of these unfavourable conditions, he can talk about what he has learnt. While it lies under the hen for 21 days the egg is not in unfavourable conditions. However if 21 days have passed and it hasn’t hatched yet, the conditions start to limit it. If an egg isn’t used in time, it starts to spoil. We can draw the following conclusion from all this: a specific time, a certain time period is needed for the realization of human thoughts and wishes. If this time period gets shortened or prolonged, the possibility of their realization is lost. That is why an egg shouldn’t be taken from the hen before it has remained with it for 21 days, nor should it remain there for longer than those 21 days. The same law applies to seeds and to fruit as well. This law applies to human inner psychic life as well. Each human thought or wish which is in harmony with Nature always brings a certain broadening, an inner lightness with it. When it isn’t in harmony with Nature, you feel an inner constriction and limitation. Now when you get some free time make observations on your handwriting and that of those around you in order to study human character. Observe the direction in which the letters end – upwards or downwards, to the left or to the right. At the same time you should study the four mathematical operations and their application in life. For example subtraction can be applied when we look for our faults and the faults of those around us. When it comes to your faults, you need to be completely fair and impartial, to weigh them on perfectly accurate scales and neither exaggerate nor diminish them. That is the only way to build a stable character and balance the forces in your organism. An exercise: Arrange in a circle and come close to each other. Straighten the arms and bring them back. Straighten the right leg and bring it forward. Kneel slowly down bringing the arms first forward to a horizontal position, then to the side and back again. Repeat this movement of the arms a few times rhythmically. Stand up, straighten the left leg and bring it forward. Kneel down bringing the arms first forward to a horizontal position, then to the side and back again. Stand up, bring the arms to the side, then place them in front of the chest. Fingers of the hands are against each other, palms face down. Make wide semi-circles bringing the arms forward, to the side and down. Always be faithful, true, pure and kind!
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