If I were to start telling you everything that is happening in my life... It reminds me of a story which I don't remember. It ends, "How terrible! How wonderful! How terrible! How wonderful! How terrible! How wonderful! How terrible! How wonderful!" So it is, either and both. And this is what is going on, so that I'm totally bored with the news; I'm totally bored even with detective stories. So, to be sanctimonious and nice, which I have no intention of being, I'm not bored with the scriptures.
The amount of things that happen in my life. The telephone ringing. I received three long distance telephone calls one week from different parts of the country summoning me to a 'Holy Man's Jamboree.' Then the next night I visited a group of Jewish Mystics and the first man I see comes up to me and says, "Are you going to the Holy Man's Jamboree?" Now this is something new. When people who are connected with Chinese Buddhism, all kinds of Hindus, and so forth, all summon me to a Holy Man's Jamboree... and now I go to a place of Jewish Mystics, and they summon me there.
And more people coming. You know, Emerson said: "If a man build a better mousetrap or write a better book, though he move to the wilderness the world will beat a path to his door." Well, I got up and lived in the midst of the woods and at least 200 strangers came to visit me there. And then I came down to San Francisco where I am accessible by the telephone and the doorbell, and the same process continues now that I'm not living in the midst of the woods.
Now, while man is yelping at me, don't think that God is silent. I've had some discussions with some Jewish people that could be with you as well. The difference between you and me is very simple--you all have pipelines to God, but I have one from him. It's very interesting because last night a very devout Jew came to me to try to prove (imagine this at a Jewish meeting; it couldn't have happened years ago) that the Lutherans have just as good a pipeline to God as the synagogue has. Now, that's wonderful. Imagine that. When that happens you know something is going on in the Universe. I didn't hear whether the Lutherans had a better pipelinefrom God, or any at all, but to God.
And those of you who are strangers to me, I want to tell you, and it can shock you or not: I very seldom pray. And the reason is, the prayers are answered. This makes me very, very serious. It's all right to say, "Ask and ye shall receive," but when it happens--ask and you receive--you become very cautious. You know, during the whole war I never asked God to punish Hitler, but I saw how he did it. Actually, it is so farcically comic that people don't want to believe it, and maybe I didn't have the right vision. What I'll do is tell you a story. Hitler died and went to the next world. And there he was very, very miserable; very miserable. And he used to go around moping and looking down. And finally he met one of his field marshals: "Heil Marshall." "Heil Fuehrer! How are you?" asked the Marshall. "Oh, I'm so miserable," Hitler answered. "But don't you have everything you want?" the Marshall wanted to know. "I have absolutely everything I want," Hitler said. "And you're not happy?" "No, I'm not happy." "Have you met any of the people here?" asked the Marshall. "What do I care about people; when I want something they give it to me; what do I care about them," Hitler said. The Marshall followed the line of questions, "Well, have you ever looked around?" "Why should I look around," Hitler answered. "Well, will you just for once look around!" So Hitler looks up and sees a sign "Rosenbaum and Cohen" and another "Levinsky and Co.," and then "Goldstein Corporated." "What does this mean?" Hitler asked. "Don't you know, you're in the Heaven of the Jews!" the Marshall informed the astonished Fuehrer. "WHAT!" "You are in the Heaven of the Jews." "I want to get out!" "You can't, and neither can I," the Marshall sadly informed him. "Why not?" "Because you'll never get out of this Heaven of the Jews until you stop thinking of them entirely," the Marshall replied. "But you know I can't do that," Hitler said. "Neither can I; so we're stuck."
So God didn't punish them, they punished themselves. And as long as they think that way, they receive what they think. But it was interesting because the Rabbi last night, in explaining Heaven and Hell, gave practically the same theme, although not in the form of a vision.
I'm not going to try to teach this Gospel, or Epistle rather, to the Corinthians in the form of a syllogism. Al-Ghazzali, who is one of the great writers of Sufism, says, "Sufism is based on experiences and not on premises." And we are going to take this Scripture in the same way. We are going to take it as if Paul was talking about his experiences. He was only partially logical. And this because he was speaking to the Greeks. If St. Paul had been speaking to the Jews, he wouldn't have had to be logical; if he were speaking to the Hindus, he wouldn't have to be logical. But with the Greeks he had to be logical, because this was the only way he could communicate with them. Basically, he was speaking of his own experiences and explaining from that point of view. So we're not going to introduce this from the beginning; we're going into the middle and then back to the beginning, to show you how legitimate your work is.
I'm not trying to convince you, because I think a number of you have already had enough spiritual experiences to know that God is real, that the essence of your being is Light and Wisdom. The others may as well take this on faith, although they will get it sooner or later in reality.
The next thing I'm going to assume is that for practical purposes the scripture is holy, without saying it is all revelation or part revelation. Oh, yes, you can argue about this word or that word, but what are we trying to do? We've had so much analysis. And what does it mean? I just heard the other day from the last psychiatrist I met -- You know where he is now? See how smart you are. Somebody tell me where that psychiatrist is now? "In the happy house," a brother answers. Yeah! Right! Exactly! They all analyze, and the finer their analysis, the greater the skill and the craft.... of what? The most important psychiatrist on the Pacific coast is gone now and I've met two of his secretaries, and most people are more sane than those secretaries. What are they trying to do? Analysis, analysis, analysis, analysis. Suppose you had to cut a chop for lunch, so you cut it, and cut it, and cut it, and cut it, and cut it and cut it. And that's all you did--cutting it--you'd never get to eat it at all. And there's a lot of that going on that way today. And, if you don't get something by analysis, you try further analysis.
Now I'm going to start out with an interpretation of the Lord's prayer: Our Father, Who are inShemayim (which means the world of Universal sound), Hallowed be Thy Shem (which not only means Name, but each sound, each thing that you get from God is Hallowed). The whole mystical Judaism is based on meditating on this phrase (Shem...), although the Christian religion doesn't realize this. I'm not going to argue here for or against particular religions. Quite obviously, I can't restrict myself to Judaism because I'm accepting that St. Paul knew what he was talking about. Oh, there have been a lot of critics, but I'm going to assume St. Paul knew what he was talking about.
And I'm going in this time in the middle. You can do this writing a detective story and I'm doing it here. I'm going to Chapter 14 of Corinthians, and I'm using the Bible student's translation, because I think it's far better than the accepted one.
"Ardently pursue LOVE, and earnestly desire SPIRITUAL gifts that you may prophesy."
Now we're going to assume here, until it's proven otherwise, that man has a constitution of mind, heart, and body--that love belongs to the heart, that thought and emotions belong to the mind, and that food and action belong to the body. And this comes out later when we consider the three bodies as present by St. Paul, but as unfortunately mistranslated by ignorant people who did not have the experiences of Paul. In the Order here you are placed under disciplines that lead you more or less in the direction of, let's say, Pauline experiences. I've known some who have had experiences greater than Paul's, some less, but on the whole, rather comparable.
So in your study here you are going through these experiences, and these experiences will take you to the Light, and to the same Love and the same Wisdom. You will no longer be left in this field of comparative analysis which doesn't solve anything. And it is then when you live in the spiritual life--with the life of heart, the life of love, and the life of consideration. This doesn't mean both at that level and other levels you are omitting anything. But I am beginning with this emphasis because Paul begins with this emphasis.
You know Mohammed wrote the Quran, the sacred book of the Moslems. Whether he got it from God or not doesn't make any difference for our purposes, and every Sura begins "Bismillah er-Rahman, er-Rahim"--"In the Name of Allah, Who is Mercy and Compassion." Then after you say that you can throw mercy and compassion out the door and you must never refer to them again or people won't like it. Yet, if you read the works of Mohammed, these things are all he was ever talking about.
And when you start looking from that point of view and read the New Testament you see the dominant note is love. Whether you go to so-called "Johanian Gospels" or elsewhere, the dominant note is love. Now, someone has said, and I take it with a grain of salt, that the Roman Catholic religion was started by St. Peter, the Protestant religion by St. Paul, and the Orthodox religion by St. John. But, when we come a little closer, this is a nonsense division, because in the end they come back to the same type of emphasis. Naturally St. Peter, speaking to Jews, isn't going to write the same as St. Paul, speaking to the Greeks. But, then we go and make differences and distinctions and we miss the central theme. Christ said, and make no mistake about it, "God is Love."
Love doesn't mean emotion; it doesn't mean ignorance; it doesn't mean intellect; it means LOVE. And when you begin to work in this field of heart you begin to find that we're working in the world that God wishes us to be in, because that is the center of our own being:
"For He who is speaking in a foreign language, is not speaking to Men, but to God; for no one listens; but, by the Spirit he is speaking Mysterious things.
"He who is Prophesying, however, speaks to Men for edification and exhortation, and consolation."
Now, if we realize how much emphasis is put on the theme of prophesying in the early Christianity, and how much has been lost. . . . But prophesying doesn't mean predicting, it means just this: When your Heart is open, you receive from God and speak to men. That is prophesying, whether you're predicting or not.
I've made a lot of predictions; they were all correct. But I shut the book. Because I would then be known and all the mystery-mongers and all kinds of people would come and ask: "What's going to happen the day after tomorrow?" "Which horse is going to win the race?" "Which stock market thing should I support?" But that is not what is meant by prophesying. Yes, that comes in the same Greek word 'prophetian'--which means you speak for the heavens. It doesn't necessarily mean predicting; it might mean anything. And you speak from a Spiritual or Cosmic point of view rather than from an individual point of view.
I'm disturbed by the complete ignorance among the Jewish people of the Book of Malachi, which was supposed to be the last book they ever received from God in the Old Testament. It's absolutely dead today. And the themes are very simple -- that if the children of Edom and the children of Israel didn't get together, God would come to the earth and smite it with a curse; and that if man would turn aside from his selfish oppressive actions to God, then God would turn to him. And they seem to prefer the curse. I mean this and no sarcasm. But this is a thing we can all be working for to receive the blessing, and we receive when the Spiritual side of our life is open. And this involves two things: the love side and the intuitive side, which can be spread and become inspiration or even, God willing, revelation.
All of this makes me very queezy about taking any of the commentaries on St. Paul that criticize. Not that he is necessarily perfect or imperfect, but by looking at this as a model we can grow into that stature. Of course, later we are supposed to grow into the stature of Christ, but I mean actually, not verbally. Let's take a man whom we can learn from and grow into his stature. And we have here the scriptures:
"I am willing, indeed, for you all to speak in different languages, but rather that you should prophesy; for greater is he who prophesies than he who speaks in different languages...."
Now here we have it and we have all the holy rollers and pentecostals and so on. And they're trapped. Not that there aren't such realities, but they're trapped because they like the phenomenal side of it rather than the development side of it.
"And now Brethren, if I should come to you speaking in various languages, what shall I profit you, unless I shall speak to you intelligibly, either by a 'revelation' or by a word of 'knowledge' or by a prophecy' or by a 'doctrine.' "
Looking up the Greek on that last word you'll see it means just a teaching:
"In like manner, inanimate things giving a sound, whether flute or harp, if they give no difference of sound, how will the tune on the flute or harp be known?
"For also, if a Trumpet should give an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?
"So even you by the tongue, if you do not give intelligible speech, how shall it be known what is spoken?"
And this is what Paul says and sometimes I get very, very uneasy with people who say they accept the Bible from cover to cover, and when you come down to it they always have an excuse for not accepting something. Anything Spiritual will be intelligible:
"It may be there are so many hinds of languages in the world and no one is unmeaning . . .
"If then I do not know the meaning of the language I shall be to the speaker a Barbarian and the speaker will be a Barbarian to me."
"So also you, since you are zealots for spiritual gifts, seek them, that you may abound for the edification of the congregation."
Because it is not by the languages, but by reaching spiritual heights, that you can bring comfort to others. I think some of you know this already. I was at a short meeting the other night. I don't like to go to meetings. In the first place, I don't see human beings there. I see a congregation of lights I have known before they lit up. It's really remarkable, really remarkable. And you can't do business that way. I mean, you want to praise God, this is a reality, but at the same time we have to do things in this world:
"Wherefore, let the speaker in a foreign language pray that he may interpret."
"For if I pray in a foreign language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is without fruit."
And you've got to have this balance. I think this is a very important thing. I think St. Paul was primarily a sane man. If anything it was as Nietzche said, "Human, human, all to human.'' And those who think they know differently, well, all right.
"Otherwise, if thou shouldst bless in the spirit, how shall he who fills the place of the private person say the 'Amen' to thy thanksgiving? since he knows not what thou art saying."
And I know places where people do that. If you have ever been to some Negro churches they want to say Amen all the time, but what are they saying 'Amen' to? We should be very careful, very careful.
"For thou, indeed, givest thanks well, but the other is not edified."
The one who thanks is edified, but the others in the audience don't necessarily gain from that.
"I give thanks to God, speaking in different languages more than all of you."
Because St. Paul knew more languages than all of them; he'd been all over the Roman Empire in his lifetime.
"Yet, in a Congregation I would rather speak five words through my understanding, so that I might also instruct others, than ten thousand words in a foreign language."
"Brethren, become not little children in thought; but in thought become fully mature."
This is very interesting, because this is not done where it should be done.
"In the law it has been written, 'With other languages and with the lips of others I will speak to this people; and so will they listen to me,' says the Lord.
"So that the languages are for a sign, not to the believers, but to the unbelievers; the prophesying, however, is not for the unbelievers, but for the believers.
"If therefore the whole congregation should come into one place, and all should speak in foreign languages, and there should come in illiterate persons or unbelievers, will they not say that you are insane?
"But if all should prophesy, and any unbelieving or illiterate person should enter, he is convinced by all, he is examined by all."
Now in this sense many of you have already become prophets, because you've been able to speak and reach the hearts of others, and you are doing this, and it is so obvious to me and so practical. If you kept a record of everybody here and all over the country now reaching more people; this is better than any argument for or against, because it is a sound fact of what is happening.
I'm sorry. I jumped at the beginning. We're going back now to Corinthians, Chapter 13, because this is the one I wanted to discuss first.
"If I should speak in the languages of men and of angels, but have not Love, I have become sounding Brass or a noisy cymbal."
Now we are faced in these United States with two types of things that have to be overcome. One is unbelief and the second is the Christian Church which welcomes Herod and Caiphas, and kicks out Moses. And when you have to go to a Christian Church and dress like Herod and Caiphas, what are you doing? What are you doing? What is Christ? As soon as you verbalize it you are on dangerous grounds. If you say Christ is God, then remember the highest form of God is Silence. And the next form -- still silence -- comes in vision or in heart-inspiration.
"And if I have Prophecy and know all Secrets and all Knowledge, and if I have all Faith, so as to remove Mountains, but have not Love, I am nothing."
And I'm telling you that I'm frightened! When the President of the United States dares to call in any man under the name of any religion and sends arms to Palestine, where is God? I reached the point where I'm not going to go to Palestine for martyrdom and you can laugh! Why? Because if I told you I was willing to go to Palestine and be martyred by either side I think a lot of you would go with me. I think a lot of you would want to and don't think that this is impossible. The last week, I was twice offered money to go there -- what do you think of that? And I have two crusades I see in the back of my mind. I'm scared of each of them and I won't go without you. One is a peace procession that is a real peace procession... and not a rightist or leftist or wrongist or conservative or liberal or pro-Russian or an anti-Russian or a pro-Chinese or anti-Chinese or a pro-Tierra del Fuegian or an anti-Eskimo. But a real peace procession where the demonstrators demonstrate peace. I mean just that. I'm afraid if we start it, we're going to succeed. We'll have all the newspapers against us; we'll have the Birch people, the Communists, the Wall Street Journal all embracing each other to oppose us. But I think the time will come when we'll be very effective.
You know, after spouting like I'm doing, you know what I did this morning? I went home and I prepared okra for a dinner. Every time I lecture and put myself as superior to anybody, I go home and do a menial task, and I'm always sure God is much more with me in the menial task than when I'm up in the pulpit. And I find after a while that the light that shines off the pots and pans is as great as the light that you'll see anywhere else.
So the first theme is the theme that St. Paul gives: LOVE, and this means the heart and this means spirituality. Now, I'll have to tell you what my basic theme and basic purpose is. I want to emphasize the three bodies: the physical, the psychic and the spiritual, which the scriptures teach and religion doesn't. So you go away and read Indian philosophy or cosmic metaphysics, which teaches this in some far off land, and then say "isn't that wonderful!" Of course it is. But it's also in the scripture here. right here. And why has it been held back? Because when you are in the psychic or emotional state and you don't have what St. Paul calls "intelligence" you don't find the peace in yourself, and you get caught in this web of emotions.
And there are two types of Christians. And never the twain shall meet: those who accept "In the Beginning, God" and those who accept "I believe." Because those who accept "I believe" are putting themselves first and not God. It is as simple as that. You know the first personal pronoun 'I'? Where does it first come in the Old Testament? I haven't checked so carefully in the New Testament. Where does it come in? Who used it? You will probably answer "God." "Of course," but God did not say "I am that I am," which involves the Hebrew word onee, which does appear at the beginning of the ten commandments. The Hebrew is 'ayeh asher ayeh." And we have verbalized it into something quite different. And we have to get back away from our 'credos' and place God first. We can keep all the rest of our religion. You don't have to change anything; you'll find your way.
When you start in "I believe" then we've flopped. Then we have sectarianism; then we have creeds; then we have divisions; then we have Herod and Caiphas worshipping in the White House and Moses or Paul kept out. And we have to reverse this. We've got to find out what our constitution is. Then we're going to put the heart first; then we're going to put the psychic body next; then we put the physical.
And when we do this we're going to find out some things: that each part of this personality is very real, that everyone who has gone to a psychedelic has taken a real experience in a real world, which may be totally unimportant.
As I told them at the Psychedelic Conference some years back: "An hallucination is a weird experience 'you' have had and 'I' haven't had." I haven't heard one thing, not even from Leary, that isn't true, but totally inconsequential. Now Leary's religion is something like this: that ceiling there, that's the sky. You know we're in a crypt like the Greek Catholics. Yet we know there are heights above and above us, but these are obtained by LOVE. They aren't attained by will, they're not attained by dogma; they're not attained by anything except the awakening of our own hearts and the development of the spiritual side.
So I looked up the use of these terms and how many times they appear in the Bible. At first in the New Testament. Later I'll check in the Old Testament. But for our purposes the New Testament is much more valuable. How many times? What do they mean? So we're going to use this scripture as an adventure as I said before. Recently this whole psychedelic thing has blown up on us and we're going to find that everything is real in its place and some things are very inconsequential, even though you can get thrown in jail for them.
I'm going to stop at this point and take questions.
Q.-What does 'Ayeh asher ayeh' mean?
A.-Literally, it means what will be, will bring about what will be, but it has some other meanings. Actually, it comes out of the Egyptian mysteries and I'd be putting you into another field. But, if I did this I'd only be substituting one mystery for another. It can mean roughly, I am the God or Infinite that produces what is the Infinite. And you can't explain it, but you can realize it.
Now St. Paul said that the Jewish teaching was given to a people to an extent that they could realize it, but they did not realize it beyond the Light that was given to Moses. We accept the scriptures as correct, we don't go into that, which was a certain amount of Light. But there is a greater Light than that, not only the Light that shone in his face, but the Light of his whole being. Now, mystically, it is said that the face of Moses shone, but mystically the whole body of Christ shone. That's why, from my point of view, he had to be betrayed, because he was a body of Light. He didn't appear as a man except when he wished to so manifest. So, when the Roman soldiers came to look for him they couldn't find him. He was right there. He had just been to the city, but he was a pillar of Light. That happened to Mohammed later if we look at records. He was a pillar of Light.
And so the capacity of the human race to appreciate Light had grown from the time of Moses to the time of Paul. And that's what he's trying to bring you to. He talks about the spiritual things, because that is the realm of pure Light. And if you go and study, you'll see this, too. He goes into the subject of Light and how it manifested among the first Christians and became a part of their life. And it's coming here. That's what I'd like to discuss next -- the relation of the first chapter of this first Epistle to the work of the Church of Man. And I think you're going to see some very solid relationships.
Q.-You said you saw two great crusades and you said one was a peace march to Washington. What was the second, did I not catch that?
A.-I didn't go into the second one; the second one would be to the Holy Land. I'm afraid to go into this. I told you when I pray to God He grants it to me so I'm very careful, very careful.
Q.-When Paul talks about speaking with the 'understanding' of the 'intelligence' would this be like 'Prajna' or 'Gnosis,' or what faculty is he speaking of?
A.-If I showed you the Hebrew in the Kabala it is as clear as can be, even clearer than the Indian teachings. You know a word like da appears in the Sephereth of the Kabala, just as hokma and bina. These things can be explained.
Whether we should use a Hebrew term or Sanskrit term or an English term, it comes to the same place. He used Greek terms here, which we have limited in our interpretation because, when the Bible was translated, you see, each translation of the Bible came to men more and more limited spiritually. The early Christians had a lot of these experiences, if we read the antinicene fathers, which means those who came before the time they set up dogmas, we have lots of men who experienced Light. Just the same as if you read the Buddhist scriptures, which we don't, the early Monks and nuns had lots of experiences of Light. And then in the history of all religions man begins putting interpretations in, and all kinds of things in. Now we're going the other way around; now we have a place where you have to have an experience of Light in order to stand up and become a priest. You can have all the intellectual intelligence you want; you can have all the ideas you want; you even can memorize the whole scriptures, but if you haven't got the Light, it won't do you any good in this place. It will in some other places.
Now, of course, when I get this way I don't know how much love I'm giving out. I might be trapping myself into becoming dogmatic or something. But each thing must be (I have to use this word even though it's a terrible word) semantically sound. When Paul used 'spiritual' he meant spiritual; when he used 'psychic' he meant psychic; when he used 'material' he meant material. And a lot of people came along who didn't have the wisdom and they translated the Bible or mistranslated it and they gave it out from the standpoint of their limitations, and any word means what somebody wants it to mean. This is the whole trouble: words come to mean what somebody wants them to mean. And yet when you go back to the original... because there's only two ways, from my point of view, to understand the Bible. The first is by assuming it is given to us verbally correct, and the second assumes that we have a Grace from God, some Light is given to our own person. Now, this is a limitation, of course, but this is my present stand.
Q.-What exactly is a Sufi?
A.-Well, it means one who has experienced God. That's putting it very brashly and broadly. And it means some body has testified to that, not that you've claimed it. You know, you have got today a lot of 'avatars' and 'sat-Gurus' and others making similar claims running around, testifying to themselves. Five hundred people testified to me before I dared to use this word. What do you think of that? I wouldn't dareby myself do it. Why some things have happened in other parts of the world that would make you blink. You know, the first time I went to a reception in Pakistan, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court gave way to me. Well, here, even the third street janitor wouldn't, but what do I care? It doesn't matter. Later on we'll begin to see there are different ways of evaluating people.
Now, my job is to see that this Scripture is taught right here and that you begin to use this as a means of Light, and to bring to view, not some doctrine of "come to Christ." I wouldn't dare say "come to Christ" unless Christ had come to me and told me to. Well, I can go more than that and say he has, but if he hadn't I wouldn't dare. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain. I wouldn't dare. Because I'll carry that past this world when I go into the next world. I'll be called up, "By what authority did you do this?" I've got my poetry; some of you have read my Christ poetry, some of you have read others. I wouldn't dare. It's like facing the whole universe and you've got to answer-- "every idle word you shall answer in the day of judgment,"--of course you will. I could just say God strike me down as I speak. It doesn't work that way.
Then you can say "where's your Love?" You know I was down in New Mexico at the Lama Foundation and I had trouble with two men very close to me. They were making a film on the rise of the New Age in this country and the spiritual teachers having great impact in this respect, and they had begun to water things down too much. Well, each one of these men came to see me individually, and I bawled the hell out of him. And somebody said, "where's your compassion?... Now where's Saul?" In one case, I was facing this man and Saul came to me with five letters, and without saying a word, I opened each one of the letters and they substantiated everything I said. From other people. And I didn't even know it when I was seeing him. What do you think of that? Five letters and every one substantiated me on a certain point. And both men absolutely surrendered to me, 100 per cent, without my even asking them.
And what they thought was compassion was to be nice and kind and never say a bad word about them. In the end they both accepted it was compassion when I demanded absolute unconditional surrender. And they gave it to me and I haven't had any trouble from them since. Because, if you have God with you and start playing games in order to be popular, you're a politician, you're not a spiritual man. You couldn't dare do that, just to get more people. Now that's the traditional religion -- we gotta have more money and more members, notmore Light. When you have more Light, you can have more wisdom, more power, more love, more of everything beautiful.
We're going to come to that in a later chapter. It comes out of the same source. People who have the vision of Christ will have the qualities of Christ manifesting through them, notbeliefs. Now why in God's name some of these people that yell so much don't do a little healing, don't do a little pacifying, don't do a little curing of mental patients, and don't bring a little peace some place in the world. But, it'll come; it's going to come. I'm not worrying about it. I'm not worrying about the United States any more. I think there's enough spiritual people in the United States that it would surprise even America.
Well, I'll tell you what I've got to do now. I'm starting my first lesson in Christian mystical dancing.(1) I've done Hindu mystical dancing , and now we're going to do something else. But there's another reason for doing it, an emergency, to bring in a healing through dancing, and I mean that I'm faced with a problem, not just an idea of doing something marvelous. I think it will be done.
I know it says about Billy Graham that he's never danced. King David could dance and Jesus said, "I can pipe and ye can dance," but who cares about King David or Christ? Popular religion? This day is over; this day is absolutely over. I'm not telling you to get up and dance or not dance. The point is: the day when a person can get by with defying scriptures in the name of religion is gone. It is to bring a curse to them. But when they bring this curse to us, we're going to have to laugh. We're going to bring Light, not spending our time worrying about the others. I got enough people following me now that I wouldn't know what to do with more. I really wouldn't. It's not a question of humility or anything. I just simply don't know what to do. And I need help from God and/or man, or from God in the form of man, or so on. There's no room for doubting; it implies a question of adjusting self to a bigger life that's coming.
I just want to be able at least, in this reading, to bring this Gospel of St. Paul to you, and bring you some other suggestions. I have to confirm your faith. And it's better to have faith in the wrong things than no faith at all. Because we're a nation that has lost faith. We have lots of words: "A nation without vision will perish." But if you have a vision, then it's a hallucination. And a lot of people do have visions and those of my disciples that have visions, the visions all harmonize with each other. And I'm half scared of them because they're all showing expansion of the movements.
I just got a nice word out of the cosmos. This is the anti-flood! What do you think of that? The anti-flood: the opposite coming. And it is spreading and it is going to spread. Because I think God is looking for the best He can find and maybe you're the best He can find. So all right, He uses you. But my own belief, if you're the best He can find you're so much better than my generation, that I feel very good about it. I feel very good. If this gives you faith, fine. I don't mean necessarily with me. I mean faith in yourselves; faith in the mission you are going on.
And we're going on until we get the fact that St. Paul gave us something which has affected the world! And we're going to get rid of all doubts about it--by knowledge, by using wisdom, by love, and by light. And I'm not using these words as symbols, I'm using them as realities.
1. Introduction to Spiritual Dance and Walk, from the work of Murshid Samuel L. Lewis, 1972, Prophecy Pressworks, Novato, California.