The Mortal Self:
I absolutely Love the Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East books. I gain inspiration with every paragraph I read. It lifts me in to a higher attunement to Divine concepts and principles.
Attuning to the Divine within and rising above the mortal self is a concept I feel helps us immensely here on Earth as we walk on the path of Truth Seeking.
In Volume 1 of the series of books called the Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East by Baird T. Spalding I was inspired by concepts on pages 12 and 13 and I quote:
Page 12 paragraph 1:
“We later found that the Masters are able to communicate with each other instantly by thought transference or, as they call it, a force much more subtle than either electricity or wireless.”
Page 12 – excerpts from paragraph 2:
(this is Baird T. Spalding narrating here) “After Master Emil parted two jackals that were fighting over the body of a smaller animal when he approached them they stopped fighting and put their heads in his outstretched hands in perfect trust, then they resumed their meal in quiet.
He then said to me, (this is Master Emil speaking here) “This is not the mortal self, the self you see, that is able to do these things. It is a truer, deeper self. It is what you know as God, God within me, God the Omnipotent One working through me, that does these things. Of myself, the mortal self, I can do nothing.
It is only when I get rid of the outer entirely and let the actual, the I AM, speak and work and let the great Love of God come forth that I can do these things that you have seen. When you let the Love of God pour through you to all things, nothing fears you and no harm can befall you.”
(this is Baird T. Spalding narrating here) “I could not understand all his teachings and I could not accept them fully, nor was I able, with all I saw while in the East, to fully accept at the time. It required years of meditation to bring me the realization of the deep spiritual meaning of these people’s lives.
Their work is accomplished without ostentation and in perfect childlike simplicity. They know the power of love to protect them and they cultivate it until all nature is in love with them and befriends them. Thousands of the common people are killed annually by serpents and wild animals, yet these Masters have so brought forth the power of love in the wildest jungles, and sometimes lay their bodies down before a village to protect it from the ravages of wild animals, and no harm befalls the village or themselves.
When occasion requires they walk on water, go through fire, travel in the invisible, and do many other things that we have been accustomed to look upon as miracles performed only by one upposed in some way to possess supernatural powers.
There is a striking resemblance between the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth and those of these Masters as exemplified in their daily life. It has been thought impossible for man to derive his daily supply directly from the Universal, to overcome death and to perform the various so-called miracles that Jesus performed while on earth.
The Masters prove that all these are their daily life. They supply everything needed for their daily wants directly from the Universal, including food, clothing and money. They have so far
overcome death that many of them now living are over five hundred years of age, as was conclusively proved by their records.”
When I meditate and ponder the idea of my own mortal self, the pondering inspires me to attain greater heights. I think about the concept of the immortal self. After all, we have been guided in these books to have a greater awareness and to know or realize we can rise above our limited or mortal self and reach enlightenment if we practice service to God by serving others. I believe this is just one step in the right direction.