…Back in the dim, dark days of long ago, when man’s being, as it is said, was of a prehistoric nature, according to science. And he discovered the element of fire and took it within his house, there to give him comfort on the long dark evenings and to protect him from the elements of the animal world. It became a sacred symbol in his life. ..throughout this grand glorious creation of God, our Solar System, whether you be on Earth, Venus, or Mars, there’s a pattern of creation. There are certain very few dynamic and infallible laws. These laws branch out through what we might call the Tree of Life, and are the motivating forms and actually form the path on which men travel.
Was man prehistoric? Or was his body prehistoric? Or was it that just outwardly he did not have the realization of the infallibility of God’s mighty works? Let us go back now to our statement. That he took the fire within his own home–his cave, his hutch…his house.
Here man is following a form. The form of taking the fire within, looking within for the fire.
All through the Holy Bible and the works of many great orders, we find that parallel statement of the fire of the Holy Spirit within. And so even today, man looks within and invites the fire of the Holy Spirit when he is searching his temple for the great Self, the God within. And what does this fire do? What is its purpose? What is its likeness and its character?
In the first place, let us go back to Moses’ experience on Mt. Sinai, where he was spoken to by the voice. You call it what you will. You think of it from where you will, but that he was distinctly told not to get too close to the fire, for it would destroy him. Out of these vast, far-reaching laws of God -creation, we find the repeated mention of the Holy Spirit. Yes?
Student: Well, on this burning bush. I always wanted to know whether this is kind of symbolic of, you know, within.. this is going on within, or is it actually literal?
Father Paul: Oh, yes. That’s why he says “don’t get too close, you are walking on sacred ground. And you prostrate yourself before it when it comes. And that’s all there is to it. You begin to recognize your impurity when you get to that stage. And if it wants to save you, it’ll say, “Don’t get too close or you’ll get burnt.” And you’d better listen.
In fact, all the churches and religions of earth, regardless of their creed or dogmatic teaching, whether you be Catholic, Jewish, or Brahmin, or Christian, all things are built on the great Trinity, a great and fundamental teaching that you have been led to believe was too complex and too holy for you to understand. That only those who entered the holy of holies and who wore the priestly robes could possibly conceive of the ponderous teaching. It was a mystery. And I am sorry to say as I look back, that it looks like an almost determined secreting of the basic foundation of universal truth on the part of many teachers.
It is quite true what the Master said, “Do not cast your pearls before swine.” But surely the multitude of millions are not all swine on earth, God’s earth. Let us explode one more of the great barriers that the money-getting teachers and the gold-grubbing priests have used to cover up their inhibitions and perpetuate darkness, ignorance and blasphemy in the face of our illustrious Christ. And this one is “That when they are ready, they will find the truth.” Another is “When they are ready, the Master will come.” And the teacher will come, and God will come, and we’ll all come.
Now, I ask you as an intelligent being, at least as intelligent as you have been permitted to be, by all the dogmatic school teachings. Doesn’t it sound pretty childish to say that a person will seek greater truth in the masses, when it has been covered up, blanketed, blocked up, and secreted away to some private vault of the church? I say unto you priests and you ministers, examine yourselves, for I think you have blasphemed against the Almighty.
Let us go back again to the fact which we related to the bringing of the fire within. For truly this prehistoric man was searching for the eternal flame and light within himself. He was searching for the Holy Spirit within. So let us compare this with today. Scientists in these past two decades have been searching within the materialized structure of their sciences, searching, searching, searching. Into that microcosmic world of power and force and attraction. They have built instruments through which they might multiply the size and proportion of these worlds. Those instruments which would measure the millionth part of a volt. Those instruments which would show the movement of power from the cause to the effect, from the positive to the negative. Ah, yes. Yes, the law of cause and effect exists in our science the same as it exists in our Bible.
For in the microcosmic world, man has discovered the ever-evolving, I should say, involving worlds upon worlds upon worlds, through which the same fundamental principles, through which the same fundamental laws still funtion. Likewise, throughout all God’s universe, throughout all God’s creation, throughout all God’s being, these same principles, these same laws, these same functions of beauty exist. So our scientists, too, have been searching within this world. And our astronomers, our spacemen, are going out in the great macrocosm, sacrificing lie…their own…willingly for the exploration of God’s universe, trying to find these things they do not know, trying to discover the greatness of God’s creation. Let me ask you one simple question. would you take your life in your hands and know that perhaps, if you went to church, you would lose it? Now I ask you this question. These men of science, these astronauts, within them burns the eternal flame for which they are willing to put their lives upon the block for the purpose of discovering new vistas, new knowledge, for new sources of supply. I think we should look with a great profundity of acceptance upon these people who are willing to sacrifice all–families, children, time–with a discipline which would be far more right and stringent than any of us have every gone through.
And I ask you again. Would you undergo this discipline to find the God within yourself? I think I am ashamed to answer this question myself. But I think perhaps it might be in the negative. I have called this chapter Man the Seeker…but I believe it might be called God Revealing
That’s it. That’s the end. Over and out.