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Many indeed, attain a high degree of spirituality, and yet not have found the key of perfect liberation, 

although the goal may be not far off.

Many, very many, on earth to-day, are living so close to the borderland of the new birth that they catch 

fleeting glimpses of the longed-for freedom, but the full import of its meaning does not dawn. There is yet 

another veil, however thin, between them and the Light.

The Buddha spent seven years in an intense longing and desire to attain that liberation which brought him 

consciousness of godhood--deliverance from the sense of sin and sorrow that had oppressed him; immunity 
from the necessity for reincarnation.

Jesus became a Christ only after passing through the agonies of Gethsemane. A Christ is one who has found 
liberation; who has been born again in his individual consciousness into the inner areas of consciousness 

which are of the atman, and this attainment establishes his identity with The Absolute.

All oriental religions and philosophies teach that this state of consciousness, is possible to all men; therefore 

all men are gods in embryo.

But no philosophy or religion may promise the devotee the realization of this grace, nor yet can they deny its 

possible attainment to any.

Strangely enough, if we estimate men by externalities, we discover that there is no measure by which the 

supra-conscious man may be measured. The obscure and unlearned have been known to possess this 

wonderful power which dissolves the seeming, and leaves only the contemplation of the Real.

So also, men of great learning have experienced this rebirth; but it would seem that much cultivation of the 

intellectual qualities, unless accompanied by an humble and reverent spirit, frequently acts as a barrier to the 
realization of supra-consciousness.

In "Texts of Taoism," Kwang-Tse, one of the Illuminati, writes:

"He whose mind is thus grandly fixed, emits a heavenly light. In him who emits this heavenly light, men see 

the true man (i.e., the _atman_; the Self). When a man has cultivated himself to this point, thenceforth he 
remains constant in himself. When he is thus constant in himself, what is merely the human element will leave 

him, but Heaven will help him. Those whom Heaven helps, we call the sons of Heaven. Those who would, by 

learning, attain to this, seek for what they can not learn."

Thus it will be seen, that according to the reports offered us by this wise man, that which men call learning 

guarantees no power regarding that area of consciousness which brings Illumination--liberation from 
enchantment, of the senses--mukti.

Again, in the case of Jacob Boehme, the German mystic, although he left tomes of manuscript, it is asserted 
authoritatively, that he "possessed no learning" as that word is understood to mean accumulated knowledge.

In "The Spiritual Maxims" of Brother Lawrence, the Carmelite monk, we find this: 

"You must realize that you reach God through the heart, and not through the mind."

"Stupidity is closer to deliverance than intellect which innovates," is a phrase ascribed to a Mohammedan 

saint, and do not modern theologians report with enthusiasm, the unlettered condition of Jesus?

In the Orient, the would-be initiate shuts out the voice of the world, that he may know the heart of the world.

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