How would you suggest someone go about delving into themselves to
discover the answers to their visions or to the revelation that they're
Maitreya: You can,
for instance, look at the Scriptures in the Christian church or in Islam
or in Hinduism. Some people receive this urge or this calling to become
a preacher, to become a Brother, or a Father, or a Guru, etc. They are
being called and they know they have to put that call in the frame of
that great religion. When they do that they become good preachers. They
become great Gurus or spiritual teachers, and they not only prosper
themselves but they make that religion prosper with them and spread it
Then you will see other people who
have the calling but don't relate themselves to any religion or any
other group. When it happens like that, we see that a lot of good ideas
come in but there's no focus in these ideas which really bring about
that power of the Spirit behind them, because they don't have any
central focus to focus on. Usually these ideas become a kind of fashion.
However, after awhile, six months, two years, three years, etc, that
idea fizzles away and people are not that much interested in that
fashionable idea any longer, or they are not as powerful or widespread
as they used to be.
But religions of the world, like
everything else, become stalled, become rigid. There always has to be a
revolutionary idea to cleanse that situation to the original one. Just
like Christianity reached a point when Saint Francis of Assisi suddenly
came, and he preached the simplicity and the original idea of
Christianity. So it becomes a purifying force behind that religion or
But we will see in every culture or
every part of the earth there is a unifying glue, like Christians.
Although there are a vast amount of different ideas in Christendom, the
very word Christianity glues so many people together. Or we have
Hinduism, although in Hinduism you probably have more ideas or
approaches to God than any other religion, but in India, a great
percentage of that population call themselves Hindu. And that makes a
glue that connects these people together.
So it doesn't matter where we go,
we'll see we need a thread to unify these groups, or peoples, or
different ideas under a greater umbrella. But that greater umbrella is
no longer enough. They each cover a small part of the earth. We need a
greater glue, something even these gluing forces can relate themselves
to, as a greater truth.
And in that essence when you have a
calling, so your calling also has to be related to the greater truth.
For example, you are called only to distribute a special kind of book or
a spiritual magazine, etc, and then you limit yourself to that doing. So
you are not receiving the highest calling for which you've been called.
Or if you separate yourself because you feel that your calling is
different than where you are at right now and go to the smaller calling,
still you wouldn't utilize all your potential.
So in a sense, when a Moslem receives
a calling he feels he has to follow Muhammad's word. If a Christian
receives a calling, he or she feels they have to follow Christ's words,
Esa's words. And when a Hindu has a calling, he/she receives this
calling to teach the Hindu religion and probably become a Guru, etc.
But now we have a greater Truth on
earth. And this greater Truth covers all of these religions and ideas
that have been coming to humanity for the last twelve thousand years. So
to me it doesn't matter what your calling is, if you go for anything
less than spreading the Eternal Divine Path, The Greatest Sign
and unification of the religions and the whole of humanity, you are
not following your full potential.
If you had a calling to do God's
Will, the first step is to realize that It is the Highest. If you
haven't realized this is the Highest, then you have a problem. You have
to go through some other steps if you are not yet ready to answer your
calling. You have to take that first step, that this is the Highest. Why
is it the Highest?
First of all, the teaching makes
sense. The teaching unifies all the religions of the world. The teaching
is fulfilling the prophecies of the coming of the unifying teaching to
humanity. Second, the person who brought it on earth fulfills the
prophecies on earth as to the coming of this new teaching. And if you
want to bring the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth, the way of doing it has
Now after all these things have been
told, you have seen it, you have accepted it, and you have had an
experience and still you are resisting it, then it is really your
problem. It is not the Message's problem. It is not the Mission's
problem. An individual problem can be many, many things.
It's just like Christ came and said,
"Come, it's the time of the marriage of the Lamb." And they said, "No, I
want to go to my field." The other ones said, "No, I have to pay my
mortgage on my house. I don't have time to come, my daughter is getting
married. My son is getting married. My grandson is being born. I don't
have time. I don't have money." You can bring many excuses. "I don't
feel what I want here. It's not providing for me." You can make up
infinite reasons not to accept the Message.
So it is not really the Mission's
problem in this case, but is the individual's discernment to make the
final decision and plunge in whole-heartedly. As God said, If you're not
plunging in whole-heartedly, what's going to happen to you? You're going
to be "spued out of My mouth." It's very clear, God doesn't want
lukewarms. If you are lukewarm then you haven't made the final decision.
If you make the final decision, then everything else is going to work
Mind is going to give you millions of
reasons not to do what you're supposed to do. And probably 99.99% of
those reasons are just our own creation. They are very reasonable. I'm
not saying they are not reasonable. If you talk about them, and you
think about them, and you bring them up, they are very reasonable.
Sometimes they even sound good. But that's not good, because really if
you are here and you are a part of this community, you don't have to
worry about anything. The only thing you have to be worried about is to
engage yourself with the community and become one. We will work
everything out together.
Then if it is your problem, it is our
problem. If it is our problem, it is your problem. We are One. There is
no separation. "Oh, oh that is my problem." No, no you don't have any
problem, your problem is the community's problem, because you are a part
of the community and we have to create, make and bring this community to
the place where we don't have any worries because we are One, and we
know we are always going to be taken care of if we stay as One. If I
can't have a job, someone else can have a job. If I can't go to buy the
groceries, someone else is going to go to do it. If I can't build this
part of the house, someone else is going to build it... So the concern
is always how to get this community off the ground and going.
If our concern is high enough and
connected to the highest possible in the Mission, which is The
Greatest Sign, which is the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth, which is the
unification of all the religions and oneness of humanity, then all the
other problems will seem so small. They will be gone. They're not there
any longer. Then we can dance together and do it together very well, and
not be concerned that, "Oh, I did that much, someone else did little."
Or, "What I did is so little, someone else is doing more than me, so
probably he or she receives more attention or more love and I'm not
going to receive any so I'd better do something about it." This is the
human mind thinking. It is all a matter of attitude.
You have to do your best in what you
can do. If you are doing all you can, no matter how little it is, you're
accepted. But it's more important that your heart be l00% here, not half
here and half not.
That is the essence of not really
going for the call. God says, "If you are lukewarm, I will spue you out
of my mouth." And He says, "Be zealous therefore." Why? Because He
knows, if you're zealous for God, as Christ said, "Do the Kingdom," the
rest will be added to you.
But the mind of the human comes in
and says, "No, no, I have to be this, I have to have this many
resources, I have to have this education, job, etc, and then I might be
accepted." That is not the question at all. The question is your heart,
is your heart really here or is it a calculative heart, do you have a
calculative mind? A calculative mind will not stay long in the
Communities of Light because in the
Communities of Light
we're not trying to be calculative, we're trying to be One in the
Body, be whatever we can, be what we have been created to be.
Of course, we understand it is hard
for the human mind not to be calculative. We don't expect everyone who
walks into the Mission right away to be l00% for the Mission
and not have that calculative mind that we have been brought up with,
especially the western mind. The western mind is so logical. It always
has been calculating all their lives. "How much money comes in and where
does it go? How much is the interest rate? If I put my money here how
much interest am I going to receive? If I work that many years I'm going
to be retired, etc." This kind of thinking is there all the time.
Probably that individual mind will merge into the community and the
community mind will become a collective calculative mind for the
betterment of humanity. See, even being calculative can be of three
It can become a very good community
with a good mind behind it, with every mind working to make a community
with better resources, better environment, a better place to live, to
become a shining light in the community around it. Also maybe in a lot
of people's mind it's very calculative, but really it's from the Spirit.
Good Spirit is a Light, it's a sun.
So no matter where you put him or her, you can't hide the sun. You can
put it under the cloud for awhile but the cloud is going to be lifted
and the sun is going to shine sooner or later. Anyway it doesn't matter
where you put it. The sun doesn't have any choice. You can't say, sun
don't shine. It is its nature, it will shine.
So the question on how to really find
your calling is to plunge into your calling whole-heartedly, 100%. Then
you won't have any reservation which would cause you to become
depressed. If you were withholding, then you have two masters: One is
your calling, one is your calculative mind. Which one are you going to
follow? They don't go together. If you are going to follow two masters
you are going to be torn apart, like a bunch of horses pulling the
carriage in two different directions. What do you do? You have to tie
the feet of the horses so the carriage stays alright, then your Soul
doesn't become torn apart.
When we find someone who is in that
situation we have to pray for him or her. If he or she plunges into the
Mission whole-heartedly, or their
Mission, then they are our brothers. If they don't, then we
have to leave them to God and say, God thank-you for having this brother
with us, or this sister with us for awhile, I release him to You and You
do to them what pleases You. So even, if in the highest realization that
the person is not whole-heartedly with us, still we have to keep our
Compassion and Love for him, and pray for him that Thy Will be done.
Question: A few
nights ago I was doing a lot of talking and fussing during the night. I
was having these dreams. I used to have them a lot and only had them
twice since I've been here at the Mission. But these dreams are
of running from something.
In this dream I had a realization
that I was running from God. In talking about this it came out that part
of what it is, is that I'm afraid of my True Identity, which is being
Divine, because that brings with it, for me, a lot of, well I'm thinking
of the siddhis, the powers that can come along with it. I've always felt
that I didn't want to have those powers unless I knew that I could use
them in the right way. And, of course, I was told something that was
true which was, If you ideate that it's God doing it through you then
you don't have to worry about yourself misusing them. But still I
haven't come to the point where I'm completely comfortable with that.
Maitreya: Well, only
ideating that God is doing it through you, is not enough. Not only is
God doing it through you, you are doing it for the
Communities of Light, to bring the Kingdom Of Heaven On
You can ideate that God is doing
through me, just like that killer in New York. When they caught him and
they said, "Why did you do that?" He said, "God told me to do that."
That is following God from ignorance
or passion. And that is why God sends His Prophets and He sends The
Plan. So if it is according to The Plan,
and according to the teachings of God in the Scriptures, then it is
from God and He is doing it through you. Then you don't have to worry
about it because it is going to be good. It's done for God, and it's
according to God's Plan and according to God's Word. Whatever is done
for God is good.
Actually God sent Scriptures to us as
a yardstick so we can always measure our actions, thoughts, and manner
to see, are they according to God? Are we respectful to other people?
Are we doing this according to what He commanded us to do? If we don't
have these yardsticks, we don't have any measurement, we don't have
anything to measure our actions against.
Those powers (siddhis) also are not
bad. It might be possible that you have had some of those powers in some
other times and they were misused so that is why you are afraid of them
now. You have learned your lesson in previous lifetimes that those
powers are no good because when you gained them you didn't know how to
control them, and you misused the power. So instead of using them in a
right way to help the universe and not create any karma, it's possible
that karma has been created by the misusing of those powers. That's why
you received the realization that you don't want them anymore.
A lot of people want them and when
they receive them they misuse them. They hurt not only themselves, but a
lot of other people also. But eventually it's just like a boomerang.
It's just like you're sending something to the universe, and it's going
to come right back and hit you. You never can get away with it in the
universe because anything you do, physically, mentally and spiritually
which is not from God or good, is eventually going to hurt you. You
can't hurt anyone. You might think you are hurting other people but
actually you hurt yourself.
So it is very possible that now you
know you can have those powers but you are resisting them because you
have learned your lessons. But if the concentration and the purity is
toward the creation of the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth, and to do the
Will of God and follow the Word of God, what are you afraid of? You
shouldn't be afraid at all because you are doing it for God and then no
matter how much power you have, it is going to be directed to God's
work. Of course, if still you misuse your power and try to dominate
people, or try to take over the situations and try to destroy things
that are good, you're going to create karma, it doesn't matter how
powerful you think you are.
That's why it is not recommended to
pray for powers or try to receive those powers, but if you are doing
God's Will and on the way to God and doing His Will you receive these
powers then it's OK. You didn't pray for them. You didn't really ask to
have those powers, then misuse them. You won't misuse them because you
are doing God's work.
We have to use everything God gives
us to do His Will or His Work and surrender the results to Him. Then
these powers are not something that are bad. So concentrating on God,
that He is the Doer and we are not, still can be three kinds, it can be
from ignorance, passion or knowledge. And concentrating that God is
doing it through us is from knowledge. When we are always measuring our
actions, our thoughts and our behavior toward that, we are the channels
to do God's Work.
Audience: Thank you
for that answer.
Question: I was just
going to ask a question about surrendering, about what surrendering
really means. You know they talk in India about surrendering to the
Master, surrendering to the Guru.
This probably has come from the teachings of the old, come from the
Rishis and Munies, and the people who are the great old realized Souls.
In our teaching surrendering and submission is done to God, Spirit,
Universe. The Guru was supposed to be a person who represented that
Spirit. If you completely become a pure channel for God, every word you
say is the Word of God.
We can see that in many cultures they
have a similar thing as a Guru. For instance, in Islam they call their
leaders Ayatollah. The very name Ayatollah means "The Word of God." Or
they have in the Jewish religion the Rabbi or Master. The Master is the
same thing as a Guru. Then you have Father and Son and Brother in
Christianity. Father is the person who is supposed to be in touch with
God. Everything that Father says is almost the Word of God. In the
higher level there is the Pope. At least it used to be like that, maybe
it's not anymore, but it used to be these people who were completely in
touch with God. So their words were taken to heart and were accepted and
followed, and almost to the letter.
And the reason for it was, not the
person himself was the being you surrendered to or were submissive to,
but the Spirit behind the person, that we recognized as the truth. And
if it's the Truth behind it so the Word is of the Truth from Spirit,
from God and if you recognize such a Spirit then you surrender and
submit to it.
As long as you haven't recognized
that Spirit in that person you should not, you will not do that because
still you don't know if the person is saying the Truth. But if such a
worthy person is found, then his Word is the Word of the Spirit and
surrendering to those Words is just like surrendering to the Spirit,
because there are a lot of people who have a hard time to be one with
the Spirit. Being one with their Spirit is not an easy task. A lot of
people say they are but you can, with a discerning eye or Spirit, see in
them that's not the truth.
It is said, The Master is like a
mirror and you see yourself in him and he reflects you back. A lot of
people are claiming to be like that but you don't see anything through
them to see yourself.
So it is, claiming and being are two
completely different things. Whatever is claimed, don't just take it at
face value but have a discerning Spirit. Test the Spirit.
After you realize and accept that
person's Spirit as the Truth, then you surrender and submit to It,
unless it was proven to you otherwise, unless it was proven that the
words he or she said were not from God. Still you can withdraw your
submission and surrendering anytime, and still be discerning to find the
Truth and Spirit of God. When you find It, then surrender and submit to
It, because that is going to help your meditation, your progress. Many
people meditate but they meditate in their own ego. But when the Word of
God comes through a realized person, that hits the Soul, it awakens the
Soul, it accelerates the Soul, it makes you realize the Soul much
So that is why the importance of a
spiritual teacher cannot be over-emphasized. And you need this kind of a
spiritual teacher so that humanity can be guided more and more toward
God and the Spirit. But if you know God 100% all the time, then again
surrender and submit to Him and then you are a teacher yourself. And
even if you are a teacher yourself, still come and help the Mission
to create the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth.