Maitreya: That's a good question. Satsang
really means good company. But in another sense it means, company or
people who talk about God. We had a Satsang last night on, "Why
everything we do good is from God and whatever we don't do good is
not from God, it's from ego."
I said, because if you look at the word God, it's
G O D. And the word good is, G O O D. It just has one "O" more. So
whatever is good is God. But whatever is not good is not God.
Good company means the company who gather
together and talk about God. They want to know God. They want to
Some people call it discourse, or sermon, but we
found that the Sanskrit name for the same thing is Satsang. "Sat"
means truth. Like "Sat Chit Ananda," in Sanskrit means, truth,
consciousness and bliss. So Satsang means talking about the truth,
being connected with the Spirit.
Question: Could you tell us how the Temple
works in conjunction with the
Communities of Light?
Maitreya: Because we have new people in the
audience with us tonight, we have to go into more detail. How many
of the newcomers in the audience know about the
Temple and the Communities of Light? None?
Probably everyone noticed this Sign behind
me on the wall (The Greatest Sign). The whole teaching of
Maitreya, or the Eternal Divine Path, is based on that
Sign. I'm sure some of you noticed the symbol ()
in the middle. That probably disturbed you a little bit. A lot of
people think it looks like a swastika. They say, "Oh, no, that's a
swastika they have in that
Sign." That's why we call it the Lotustica, not swastika.
The swastika can be found in many cultures all
through the earth. American Indians had it. Africans had it. It is
there in Asia. Even in the Celtic teachings in Europe, if you look
at their teaching and their symbols, you'll see they have the same
shape of that sign.
Unfortunately Hitler misused it. It is just like
every power in the universe. Just like a knife in the hand of a
surgeon, or in the hand of a killer, the knife in itself really
doesn't have any good or bad in it. A very sharp knife in the hand
of a surgeon can be used to heal. Put it in the hand of a killer,
and it can be used to kill. So nothing is good or evil in itself. It
depends on how it is used.
That's true also about the Swastika. Actually you
will see, Hitler tilted the sign, it is not the straight sign, he
tilted the sign. The same power which can be used to heal, is used
If you can go beyond that little
misunderstanding, and you don't become too much concerned about that
sign, then you can see the other signs there. You can see the
the sign of Solomon (),
the cross (),
then the star and moon ()
which represents Islam, the nine-pointed star ()
which is the Baha'i teaching, and the last sign which is the Kingdom
of Heaven Within You (),
We can see that the first sign at the very bottom
actually represents two signs. One is the I-Ching in the middle (),
and the rest is the lotus and the Lotustica ()
in the center.
The I-Ching is representative of the Mystical
Paths on earth, any Mystical Path like, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mystical
Christianity, Cabbala in the Jewish religion, Sufism in Islam, or
any religion or study that relates to the Mystical understanding.
All of them really seek to realize the relationship between man and
God. The basis of every Mystical Path and every Mystical Teaching
is, "What is the place of man in the universe? What is the
relationship between man and God?" And because God is infinite, you
can look at Him from many different angles. That is why explaining
this relationship and God is never-ending, it is infinite.
If you're in a sphere and you look at the center,
you can see it from infinite different angles, and explain the
center from your point of view (where you are in any moment). It
depends on where you are standing in that sphere. When you look at
the center, you see that center differently from each angle.
That's why we see these mystical people have
different experiences with God. But with all of them, God is
indescribable. They are trying to describe something that is
When you have that experience with Him, you come
back and you say, "I can't describe It. That was wonderful. I felt
so wonderful. I felt the Universal Mind. He always knows everything.
He's Omnipotent. He's Omniscience, Omnipresent. But I can't explain
It." It's just an experience that you have to have yourself before
you can even think what God really is.
That is a personal experience. Knowing God is a
personal experience. It has nothing to do with your religion. It has
nothing to do with dogma. You have to experience God. That's why
there are so many different explanations of God.
We have Hinduism. The goal of the Hindu is to
become one with God, become a drop in the ocean. The explanation is,
"Each of us are like a drop of water, as an individual. When you
realize God, you just put that drop in the ocean, the drop becomes
the ocean itself."
The Cabbalah tries to explain it as the Tree of
Life. You go from one level to another level, and you eventually
reach the ultimate destination which is to become one with God.
Mystical Christianity explains God in many
different ways according to the Saint who had the same experience.
But all of these people who experience God have one thing in common,
they have an attraction that comes through them. Their whole life
evolves around God. That's the most important thing for them.
Everything else falls away. Religion, race, language, anything that
separates man from man, no longer exists for them, because they see
that they are all from God.
If all of us are from God, then where is the
separation? I can't separate myself from a black, or a yellow, or a
white, or a Chinese, or a Spanish, or an American, or any person
from another nation. There is no separation left, because you are
from God. When you are from God there is no separation. All those
prejudices fall apart.
That's why you see Mother Theresa travels all
over the world. At least she used to. She gives blessings to
everyone. It doesn't matter where they are, she goes to them,
because she had an experience with God. When you have an experience,
everything else falls away.
So you can see that the Mystical Paths ()
all relate to that part of the human, the relationship between man
and God. You can see that the I-Ching really covers all the Mystical
Paths on earth.
Then we come across the Old Testament. We
see, now God sends Scriptures to a Prophet. The Prophets come to the
scene, and they start bringing Scriptures to humanity.
What does the Old Testament talk about?
Old Testament is about God trying to choose a people for
Himself (the twelve tribes of Israel) who accept Him as their God.
They accept Him as their King. They accept His Laws as their own
Laws. They accept Him as the focus of their tribe and become One
The whole Old Testament shows us the
creation of the communities that are based on God. So the second
sign, or the sign of Solomon (),
relates to the communities, the communities based on God. That's why
we call them the
Communities of Light. The Communities of Light are the
communities which bring God to the community. Those communities
Communities of Light.
Now, how can we create such communities? In the
Communities of Light, the only way we can really be a
community that is based on God and will hold together is, if there
is some compromise, some sacrifice from everyone in the community.
As we studied in the wedding ceremony, when you
learn how to sacrifice for one another in the bond of marriage, then
you can also learn how to sacrifice in the communities, and adjust
and expand your learning to the universe. But if you cannot
sacrifice in the bond of marriage, you cannot sacrifice in the
So in the third sign (),
which is the sign of Christianity, we can see the whole theme of the
New Testament is, Christ went all the way to the cross for
his ideal, for something that he brought to humanity. So sacrifice
really is the message he brings to humanity. Without sacrifice, it's
impossible to create a
Community of Light.
Of course, he had other reasons to come. If you
read our main book,
The Holiest Of The Holies (THOTH), The Last
Testament you will see it explains very clearly why Christ
was prophesied to come, why each of these religions had been sent by
God one after another, and how they compliment one another, to
The Greatest Sign to us.
Each of them is as important as the other one.
Each of them is necessary in
The Greatest Sign. They are a part of the greater truth. So
the whole becomes greater than the parts. Each religion is brought
together in this whole and it unifies them all together.
Therefore, what is the second step in creating
Communities of Light? Not only do we have to create these
communities, we also have to not be self-centered, just like Christ
wasn't self-centered. He came here and said, "This is my mission.
God told me that you have to love one another as I love you, that
you have to become communities that sacrifice for one another. You
have to forgo your egos to bring about these communities." Of
course, he was crucified for what he preached because there was a
lot of opposition to what he said.
As we know, it was prophesied that he would be
crucified. That crucifixion has another meaning. That was the end of
killing all the lambs and the rituals the Jews were doing. The Grace
was released to humanity. It was no longer necessary to do all those
sacrifices to receive The Grace. Christ died instead.
How are we going to gain our salvation? Our
salvation is by Grace, it's not by sacrificing animals, or by our
work, etc. Grace is our salvation. There are, of course, other
things related to the coming of any Messiah or Christ, and that was
also a part of Christ's coming.
So to create such a community, sacrifice or not
being self-centered, is necessary. But when we sacrifice, still we
might become attached to the result of our action.
We sacrifice a lot and nothing happens. So we
become very discouraged and we say, "I'm putting so much effort to
guide people to come to the
Communities of Light and create the Communities of Light,
and no one is responding, or very few are responding." So we become
discouraged and say, "Oh, it's not working, it's no good."
Or, when you do something good and things start
happening, you become egoistical and say, "Look, I'm doing all this.
I'm such a wonderful person, etc. I'm doing all these things in the
communities and I'm receiving much praise."
The ego either is inflated, or deflated. So our
life becomes like a roller coaster, up and down, up and down. That
is when submission or surrendering comes in. The next sign, the
meaning of Islam, is to be surrendered and submissive to God. Of
course, submission does not mean that I sit here, do nothing and
say, "OK, I'm submissive to God. God is going to do everything for
No, you do your best, whatever is necessary to be
done, but surrender the result to God. Say, "OK, I'll do the best I
can, now the result belongs to You." That is called surrendering.
If it happened and it was good, it was God. If it
didn't happen, or it wasn't good, "I did something wrong, I have to
be more discerning about my action and the way I did it," so you
learn your lesson. The next time you try to do it in a better way.
With this, you are never attached to the results of your actions.
In the Communities of Light, if everyone
goes to the Spirit and comes from the Spirit, all are going to
manifest great things in the Spirit because everything they do in
the Spirit is going to have great fruit.
So in surrendering you leave the result of your
actions to the Lord. In submission you let the Lord work through
you. You are not the doer, God is the doer. With surrendering and
submission your ego never becomes inflated, or never is deflated.
You become a steady, constant person.
Actually the depression that a lot of people feel
is related to being attached to the result of their actions. We want
to be successful. We try hard and it doesn't happen. Instead we
should look beyond the action, see the Spirit behind it, and say,
"OK, the Spirit is trying to tell me something. What I am doing is
not working, so maybe the Spirit wants me somewhere else. The Spirit
wants me to do something else. Spirit is trying to reveal something
to me here. What is it?"
When we become caught up in the appearances, to
our success, to the things we want to do, not to what God wants us
to do, then we do not see straight. That is when we become attached
to the result of what we want, and because it is not happening the
way we want, we become depressed. Look to the Spirit for answers,
But as we meditate more, and we become more into
Spirit, we realize what He wants us to do. So He becomes the doer
and we become the enjoyer. As long as we are the doer, God sits
there and watches, because as we said, He's Omnipresent and He's the
Witness Entity. He Witnesses everything and He Sees everything.
He looks at you and says, "You are working hard."
You say, "Yes, I'm going to do this. I'm going to be successful."
And He sits there and just laughs at you, "OK, go ahead. We will see
how long you're going to do it, how long you can try and fail." You
fail because you cannot see the whole picture. God (Spirit) succeeds
because He sees the whole picture.
But the moment you say, "No, no, God, Father, or
Mother, or Great Spirit," or whatever you want to call Him, Jehovah,
Allah, Krishna, whatever, "You are the Doer, I am the witness
entity. I'm just going to look at it to see what lies in store for
me. What do you want me to do in my life? I'm no longer the driver
of the chariot. I will sit back in the chariot and You drive the
chariot for me." He will take charge. Spirit becomes the doer.
Well, who is the witness entity, and who is the
worker? Now you become the witness entity, and you will see, a new
life starts forming around you. You will see the Spirit is working
without you even picking up one finger. It's going to happen by
itself because the Spirit is now working for you.
Of course, you act. You don't sit there and do
nothing. But all the time you know, it's not you who is the doer.
You are just the witness entity. You see things happen wonderfully.
That is submission. You are submissive to God.
See, the less of you is there, the more of God is
there. In dying you receive eternal life. As long as you are much
there, God is less there.
That's why you have to let that "I" go. The more
you let that "I" go, the more God is coming through you.
How would you know that? By reading the
Scriptures and listening to the Saints, and with understanding God's
Ways and how He Works. As long as you are thinking, "I am the doer,"
soon you will see and know you are so powerless. After awhile you
will be so depressed that you don't even want to get out of your bed
in the morning because such a depression is there.
We are so engrossed in the world, that the world
is the only reality we recognize. We are lost in Maya, instead of in
We think this is the truth. We see this chair, we
think this chair is truth. But that is not the truth, that's a
relative truth. It is not the Essence.
The Essence of this chair is God. The Essence of
this chair is Spirit. The Essence of this chair, really, if it
resolves to its original components, is the universal forces. The
chair is just made up of atoms.
We thought atoms consisted of only electrons,
protons, and neutrons. Now we can break the atom into quarks and
even smaller components. So even our knowledge of the atom no longer
Scientists don't really know how far the atom can
be broken. If we really break it down, we'll reach a place that the
scientists are looking for, the unified theory. They are pretty
close to it. They came to the four elements that are working in the
That is exactly what our teaching is. The whole
creation is created with four elements, consciousness and the three
forces. That is the essence of everything.
So this manifested universe, as our physical eyes
see it, is all deceiving, in a way. But we don't say it is an
illusion. Some people say, "This universe is an illusion." It's not
an illusion. It's truth, but it is a relative truth. It is not the
essence, the ultimate truth.
So if you become submissive to God, you are not
depressed any longer. You can't be depressed because you always give
thanks no matter what your situation is. Also you go from there and
continue to wherever you are supposed to go.
With this submission, then your ego becomes
completely dissolved more, and more. The less of you is going to be
there, the more of God is going to replace it.
Still, in this state, if we just start helping
other people around us, we might become attached to one part of the
earth. We say, "OK, I'll just help my neighbor. I'll just help my
city. I'll just help my country. I'll just help the earth." Even,
"I'll just help a little part of the universe."
That's not enough. We have to become a
universalist. That is the next step in
The Greatest Sign, that star that is the Baha'i teaching. The
very point of the Baha'i teaching is universalism. Their teaching is
that all religions basically are the same. They're from one God and
they say the same thing, which is true.
According to our teaching, not only are they
saying the same thing but each of them also have a distinct message
for humanity. With universalism you expand your mind. You become a
universalist. You are no longer limited by the different religions,
races, languages or anything else. You expand yourself out of any
narrowness of the mind.
What is the base of the problems that we have on
this earth? We separate one from another. Why? Because our views are
We keep saying, "This is my religion. This is
your religion. My religion is better than yours, so I can kill you
if I want to. This is my country. That is your country. So I can
attack you and destroy you."
Of course, we are learning our lessons right now.
We are experiencing the birth pains. Humanity is learning more and
more that there is one earth and one humanity. We have no choice.
God is not going to give us a choice in this period that is
accelerating very fast, that we realize that we are only one
humanity, only one earth and we have no choice but to come together.
We can destroy the earth and ourselves fifty
times with the atomic bomb that we have. I don't understand why we
want to destroy it fifty times [laughter]. If we destroy it once,
it's destroyed. Why do we want to do it fifty times over? [someone
said, insecurity] Insecurity, that's right. They're insecure because
they're afraid of one another. They do not know the Spirit which is
But if all come to this conclusion tonight that,
"This is one earth and one humanity in the Spirit of God," we're
going to have the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth tomorrow. But
unfortunately, they won't.
They had to go through World War II to come to
the conclusion that we need a United Nations. Even on the first day
of the United Nations some nations wanted more privileges than other
nations, and so the original ideal of the United Nations, to create
justice for all, which would lead to peace for all, was severed. But
at least they came to the conclusion that we need a place where we
can gather together and have these talks with one another.
If, however, they continue the way they are going
now, and they get themselves into another war, can you imagine the
destruction? We didn't have even 1/1000th of the destructive force
we have now, in World War II. We probably can't even imagine what we
can do to one another. This time they are going to reach the
conclusion that they have no choice but to come together.
Therefore the fifth seal is universalism. When
you go through these five steps in
The Greatest Sign, you really break all the narrowness of the
mind, any attachments, or anything that can bind you, because you
meditate, you do spiritual exercises, you realize yourself more.
Knowing Self means knowing God, doesn't it?
That's a very famous saying, "Know thyself to
know God." What is self? Self with a small "s" is the same as the
Self with the big "S." Both are the same thing.
In meditation you start knowing yourself. With
sacrificing and creating the
Communities of Light, you dissolve yourself in a great
endeavor to create the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth. With not being
self-centered, you let more of God in you. With submission, you
become a channel for God. With universalism, you destroy all
narrowness of the mind. Such a person will create the Kingdom Of
Heaven Within, which is the next step, the sixth seal.
The sixth seal is the Kingdom Of Heaven Within
you. We call such people Paravipras. They are those who have
realized themselves and are working to create the Communities of Light and bring the Kingdom Of Heaven On
As you notice, not only did we show a Path that
destroys any narrowness of the mind, frees you to dissolve your ego
to God and completely become a channel for Him, we also unified all
the major religions of the world in one teaching. The Mystical Paths
), the Children of Israel, or the twelve tribes (),
and the sixth seal (),
which is a teaching from India and also is the Kingdom Of Heaven
Within you. So with this teaching, not only does it show a Path, but
also it unifies all the religions of the world.
Now, who is going to unify the world? Do you
think the Hindus can do it? Can the Hindus make everyone on earth
Hindu? Can Jews do it, make everyone Jewish? Can Christians do it?
If you are a Buddhist, or a Hindu, you can come
and see that you fall in the first seal in
The Greatest Sign. You don't have to forgo your religion, but
you see it is a part of the greater truth.
If you are a Jew, you can come and see, "Oh yeah,
the Star of David is there." It explains the
Old Testament very well. It is a part of God's Plan to be a
part of a greater truth. So, "The only thing I have to do is expand
myself a little bit and see, what is the rest of the Plan of God."
If you are a Christian, it is the same thing. Of
course, there are dogmas in every religion. Dogmas mean a set of
beliefs. A set of beliefs can be the truth, or may not be the truth.
Usually these dogmas have some basic truth if you understand the
truth behind them. But if you don't expand yourself you might become
rigid to that one belief and separate yourself from the rest.
As we said, we cannot be separated anymore. We
have to unify. We have no choice. We have to unify into one humanity
and one earth, one world.
If the reason for those dogmas is understood
correctly, we can easily overcome. For instance, in the
Old Testament, God promised Abraham that each of his two
sons, Isaac and Ishmael, would receive a sceptre (which is the
spiritual kingship for a Prophet from God or Messiah), and a
birthright (which is the material blessing).
Now God said a Prophet is going to come from each
of their children (Isaac's and Ishmael's). We know that Christ came
from the children of Isaac, and Muhammad came from the children of
Ishmael. The Hebrews and Arabs actually are brothers. Did you know
that? Of course, they were from two different women, but from the
same father, Abraham. And from both, God promised He was going to
raise up a Prophet.
If we can understand that, then we can't say that
only Christ would come and after him no one else would come. See, in
understanding we open ourselves to the greater truth. That's why
it's so important to read
THOTH, to understand these prophecies and to see how
they are fulfilled. As we read more and more, we will open ourselves
to the truth, and let the dogmas go.
Of course, Christ is the only way, that's true.
Christ is the only way, but Christ has been here many, many times.
If you read the teaching of Krishna and compare it with the
New Testament, you will be amazed to see a lot of it is
strikingly similar to the words of Christ, or the
New Testament. It's just like taking it from one book and
writing it down in another one.
With this understanding, we can just break all
these barriers between ourselves, free ourselves from dogma and go
to the truth, go to that personal experience with God. When we have
that personal experience, all these things become very clear to us,
and we become amazed how the other people are still hanging onto
dogmas instead of seeing the truth.
So as we see, all the religions of the world are
Eternal Divine Path, the Path to salvation, is breaking all
the bondages humanity has.
Now we come to the reason I explained the whole
Temple will be built in the shape of The Greatest Sign.
The new audience had no idea of what we're talking about when we
talk about the
Temple. They had to have some idea of what The Greatest
Sign represents. Of course, this is just scratching the surface
really, about the teaching behind
The Greatest Sign.
I have explained The Greatest Sign
hundreds of times, probably thousands of times, for the last eleven
years. Every time I explain it, it is completely new, completely
different, and new information comes through and explains something
in completely different ways, wonderful new ways.
It's just like trying to explain God. You can't
explain God. God is unexplainable. If you even put
The Greatest Sign in front of you and just meditate on it,
you will realize things that you never knew. You will see the
relationship between the signs. You will see the realization that
strikes you, as a wonder.
So I just touched a little bit of The Greatest
Sign. But the point I wanted to make was, that a Path is given
where every religion in the world has its place. So it can unify
them all together as one, and the
Temple will be built in the shape of The Greatest Sign.
The Temple will have six entrances, each
sign as one entrance to the
Temple. That large Star of David in the center becomes the
corridors which connect every part of the
Temple together. Around the Temple, all those
triangles from the Star of David and those curved shapes, the twelve
sections made between the circle and the Star of David in the
center, are going to become libraries of the spiritual books. These
books will cover every religion of the world and every teaching that
is related to these great religions of the world which will be
So if you want to know about Christianity, about
Judaism, about Hinduism, about the Baha'i Faith, about Buddhism,
about Islam, about anything else, you can go and find any
information you want. But intellectual understanding is not enough.
You have to go beyond intellect.
That's why the center of the Temple where
the large Lotustica is, is going to be a place of meditation and
contemplation. No lectures will be given in the center. That's the
place where you can go, sit, meditate, and have a personal
relationship with God. There will be no intellectual endeavors
happening in the center. It's a place for a personal relationship
with God, where every person can go and meditate. There are no
preachers. There is no talking about anything, but it is between you
and God. You meditate on God and God meditates on you.
Actually meditation is when we listen to God.
Most humans don't listen to God, they pray to God, "Oh, give me
this. Oh, give me that. I need this. I need that."
When we pray, we talk to God. We are asking God.
If we always ask, He might get annoyed and say, "Listen to me for
awhile [laughing]." Then that's when we meditate. When we meditate,
we're listening to God. Now God has an opportunity to talk to us,
"Oh, this is a nice child here. He wants to listen to me."
He's actually going to become very surprised,
because no one wants to listen to Him, everyone wants something from
Him. That's a lonely place, isn't it? Everyone wants something from
But when we meditate, we open ourselves to Him.
He starts talking to us. He tells His story: Who He is, what He
wants, what He wants His universe to be, what He wants us to be, how
wonderful He is, how much He Loves us, etc.
Even if you have a glimpse of His love for you,
you never will be bothered with this world any longer. That Love,
how can you Love someone so much, with this wonderful unimaginable
Love? That is probably a million times greater than any Love you
have ever experienced on earth.
It's impossible to describe the Love He has for
us. And He's just waiting for all of us to return to Him and say,
"Yes, we are here. We want You. We want to listen. We don't want to
talk, we want to listen to You. We don't want to just talk and say
what we have to say. We want to hear what You have to say. We want
to learn from You and listen to You. We don't want to talk."
When we do that, then we meditate. Then He tells
us about His Love for us and the wonderful things that He wants for
us. But we have to stop talking. We have to stop asking Him all the
time. We have to give Him a chance to show Himself to us.
When we experience Him that will turn our life
around because we will see our attachments and desires, what little
things we want for ourselves, these desires we have, these
attachments. We can just go beyond those and be touched by Him.
So, religion, the real religion is an individual
experience or connection to God. Any other things are dogma. We are
individually here to connect ourselves to Him.
How is it done? With meditation. Of course, as is
above, so is below. If there is an
Eternal Divine Path in the ethereal level with God, we want
to present that to humanity too.
The Temple really is a kind of an external
manifestation of an internal truth. The manifested truth, as a
Temple, is also going to become an attraction which will
drive people to come, look at the
Temple, ask questions, go inside and meditate, read the
literature and become more familiar with our work. So it's a kind of
symbolic manifestation of our teaching that we'd like to build.
Humanity will say, "Oh the unification of all
religions is here. The way to create the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth
is here. We can do it. This is the
Temple, this is the manifestation of what we are trying to
build on earth." They will look at it and they will be attracted to
it. They might even just come as tourists. That's OK. They can come
and just look at the
Temple, and Spirit might give them an experience there. That
experience will lead them to become a part of the process of the
So that is why this Temple has to be
built, so we can manifest how all the religions of the world are
unified together, and how we can go beyond our narrow understanding
of God. As we expand ourselves, we become one with another.
We have no choice but to become one with another.
If we like it or not, that is the way the earth is heading. That is
the way humanity is headed. That is the Will of God. Our will might
not be the same as His right now, but we will see.
As we were talking, just last year if someone
would have said that Germany was going to become united, would you
believe that? It's so accelerated now. Everything is so accelerated.
So if we say the Kingdom might come in ten years,
or twenty years from now, would you believe it? Believe it or not,
it will come.