I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
"I an the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
"And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" John 11:25
In the above words and in the whole of the llth Chapter of John is plainly pictured a mighty truth. We would that we could convey to all who read the absolute verity of Christ's statement in the above lines and that He says these very words constantly to every true disciple.
"I an the resurrection. I am the lfe. He that liveth and bleieveth in me shall never die."
Conceive if you can that this life that is in you- that is living you, is very Christ, Himself. You know that it is not your life, that you cannot control it; but instead you have to obey it, for it always has its way with you, makes of you and does with you what it wills. You have not yet learned that it is a loving life, for most of the past you have spent in opposing it, in rebelling against it, and in trying to thwart its purpose for you. But where have you gotten and what have you accomplished? For all that you did was only that which life had do in order first to teach you that you of yourself can do nothing, and then that you might gradually come to realize that this life had benevolent intentions for you and was actually inciting you to such rebellion and opposition, in order to build for itself a strong, capable personality and an intelligent brain mind which later it could use to fulfill its real purpose-the one it created you for in the first place.
It has now brought you to your present stage of consciousness. With our help you are beginning to recognize it as a really wonderful life, for you are learning that the only harmony, the only happiness that comes to you is when you co-operate with it and accept it for what it is-the only true, wise, powerful, helpful part of you-and acknowledge it as the Master-aye, as the blessed Christ within.
Thus does He, the I AM of every man, the Life that lives him, teach man's brain mind to come to Him. He brings to that mind everything it thinks it wants, lets it want everything it can see, lets it try to get all of it for self, lets it grow strong in wanting and struggling and getting. Then when strong enough He takes all away and allows it to suffer and thus burn away the selfishness acquired in such struggles, leaving only the strength and other soul qualities gained for the purpose He intended them to be used. Then follows the teaching of the mind to know the difference between His will and self's desires-between His voice and the voice of self when they each speak. So in time the brain mind-the disciple-learns through striving and failure and suffering to know that He, the Christ within, is the resurrection and the life and that just as he believes this and lives in that consciousness he knows that death does not exist and has no reality for him.
By this time most of you who read actually know that there is a Path, one on which some of you have been traveling for some time, while most are just setting out upon it. We have tried to point out much of what you may expect to meet upon this Path and to explain the meaning and the why of that through which you have been passing. But in order that you may have other authority than ours, we cannot do better than quote the words of that great disciple, H. P. Blavatsky, who brought to the Western world the first definite explanation of the meaning and purpose of "The Path."
"There is a road, steep and thorny, beset with perils of every kind - but yet a road; and it leads to the Heart of the Universe. I can tell you how to find Those who will show you the secret gateway that leads inwards only, and closes behind the neophyte for evermore. There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer. There is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass though. There is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount. For those who win onwards, there is reward past all telling the power to bless and save humanity. For those who fail there are other lives in which success may come."
From this you may learn that this road we are traveling to the Kingdom is not for weaklings, for those who doubt if they can accomplish it or who are unwilling to do the necessary work; nor is it for those to whom the reaching of the goal has not become the supreme desire and purpose of their lives.
We have started inwards toward a country traveled consciously by but few, but which we hope all will learn to know and become thoroughly acquainted with in a general way before we have traveled very far therein. We mean the country of the mind, and in the previous chapter we pointed out what was the necessary equipment to help you pass through it intelligently, quickly and easily. To prepare you for this journey we have repeatedly sought to show that those who did not strive faithfully and determinedly to discipline and control their mental faculties would find themselves shortly dropping out, because of not being able to keep pace with their better equipped comrades. All this is said, and so often repeated, not to discourage anyone, but with the hope that it will inspire all aspirants not to let anything in their own natures or in the conditions surrounding them prevent their continuing the journey,- for their souls intend that they accompany us, the proof being that their hearts sanctioned it when responding to the call of "Seek Ye First The Kingdom"