From “In woods of God Realization” Granth –
(Lecture delivered at the Hermetic Brotherhood Hall, San Francisco, on December 24, 1902)
My Alter Egos, My Other Selves,
IN THE Books of Moses we read that God created the world. He saw his own handiwork and lo, it was beautiful and sublime. We read about it in the Book of Genesis, and so it is. You know that the attitude of mind, expressed by ―Thy Will be done, O Lord ―receives a much stronger expression from Vedanta. The Hindu puts it, ―My Will is being done. My Will is being done. When the wife identifies her will with her husband’s will, she can joyfully say ―My will is being done ―, and she need not pray, ―Thy will be done, for they are not two but one. She has had to make a great effort to make her will bend to the will of her lord, but when through repeated efforts the faithful wife has conquered the difference, she enjoys the doings of her husband as her own doings. So does a Vedantin enjoy everything in the world as of his own doing. To men of enlightenment
Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron-bars a cage.
Minds innocent and quiet take that for a hermitage.
On the other hand, ignorant people, not knowing their true Self, given to egotism and selfishness, make even their palaces and castles worse than gaols, graves, and hells. By their petty cares, low sordid desires, and imaginary fears and apprehensions they forge their own chains.
Vedanta shows you that your happiness is your own business; who are worldly desires to interfere? Realize the truth and you are free. Vedantic realization is hard to achieve, because the vast majority of people in Europe and America think that they have to change themselves into God, that they have to create the Godhead in them. According to Vedanta the self-evident truth is that you are already God, nothing else but God. Your Godhead is not to be effected, it is simply to be known and realized or felt. You have to put it into practice, you have to make use of it. Here is a man who has a vast treasure in his house, and has forgotten it. Here is another man who has no treasure in his house. They both begin to dig for treasure. The man who has the treasure but has forgotten it will, by digging, come across it, but the man who has no treasure buried in the house will find it not. The treasure is there; be stingy or miserly no more; bring it into use. You have not to put the treasure there, you have simply to use it. Your soul is not impure and sinful by nature, it has not fallen through the sin of one man, and does not depend upon the virtue of another man to save it.