THE KEY TO ALL KNOWLEDGE:
Why Education Fails
is a difficult thing to hear, that is, to hear it clearly enough to act on it
in a right way. Many people come to my lectures and enjoy listening to my radio
program and nod their heads in agreement to every word without its once
entering those nodding heads to act on my teaching in a right way.
feast upon my knowledge second hand and my insights, in spite of the fact that
I am constantly warning them away from this practice. Unless you find the basic
Life essence for yourself as I have, nothing in your life can be meaningful;
nothing can be right. So if you are one of those nodding "amen-ers,"
please note well what I am about to say.
first truth we see is the truth of our failing. You cannot hope to know the
truth intimately until you have first seen your own miserable self so clearly
that you will be pained to repentance by the sight. You will see how you have
been sitting in the seat of judgment-like a king on his throne all puffed up.
You must first step down, allow the Light of Truth to expose you to yourself in
all your helplessness, and cry out to that Light for correction. Few people are
willing to suffer the pain of this necessary first step-this humiliation of the
ego that leads to salvation-but many are those who call themselves "truth
will see these people piously searching out the "truth" in Bible
verses, metaphysical writings of the present day and the distant past; and the
more they stuff themselves with this outer knowledge the hungrier they
become—alas, not for truth, but for ego-building knowledge. The direct
experience of truth would humiliate them and require something special of them,
and this would never do at all, for their search is aimed at finding words and
experiences that will glorify and justify themselves as they are. So their search
goes on and on.
gathered in this way is inferior to us and our need—but we imagine it shows us
in a good light. Seeking to "know" truth in this way also implies
that unless we stuff our minds with knowledge, we are without reason for
existence, without hope of betterment. But what we are actually doing is moving
from a zero point of no understanding to a point of great
misunderstanding-from a somewhat inert guilt to an active guilt.
Deep down we are seeking a smaller god than us who will serve us glory, one who
will love us as we are and "save" us from having to face our faults.
This is a way of denying the existence of a greater (forgiving) God than us,
substituting a more acceptable lesser one who loves us just the way we are. What
an ego relief it is to find a teacher or savior who loves us like this.
by keeping so busy looking for "truth" we circumvent the "unfoldment"
of understanding that could come about naturally.
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