We talked long into the night about what I did and
what I had learned, and, when he was satisfied that
the journey was not in vain he said: "I am glad indeed
at your successful sojourn, but you know it is not the
Real. It is right that you should know the occult
Sciences, but you realise that Truth is greater than
all these things."
I said: "Yes, I do know that and it becomes clearer
each day to me," and then I asked: "What about the
hermits in the mountains, have they found the Truth?"
"No, my son," he replied, "you cannot find the Truth
in the mountain or by the sea, nor by eating carrots,
nor by concentrating on your umbilicus all day.
Neither will you find it by running away from the
world, because you are the world. There is no
isolation, that is created only in man's mind, it is
the great illusion. It is for this purpose that I have
brought you here to make you see the false, then you
will know what is the Real and the True. If you do not
understand the false yourself, I cannot make you
understand. You have been dabbling for years in the
occult, that is why I want you to know the Real and
the True thoroughly, so that you can be free."
"You will never understand, my son," he continued,
"through a belief by mere meditation or suggestions;
nor through the occult powers, nor in the future, nor
in the past, can it be found, for the past is a memory
and the future is hope mingled with fear. All these
are of the mind, and Truth is beyond mind."
"Well," I said, "how do we arrive at the Truth?"
He answered: "I can only tell you the ways you cannot
arrive at the Truth, and when you have found all the
ways by which you cannot arrive at the Truth, you will
find the Truth: then it will be yours, and not
another's which is but an imitation."
He added: "You will not find it by mere analysis, for
this is only digging up the past, and the Truth that
sets you free is not of the past. When you see that
the process of mere analysis is a false process you
will discard it; it will drop from you like all the
other false processes."
"What is in your mind," he continued, "is dead; it is
not a living thing, but on the other hand Truth is
that which is living from moment to moment. It must be
discovered, not merely believed in, not to be quoted
or formulated in the mind.
"To be alive, that is Truth; to know that you are Life
and living every moment of It, that is Truth. To know
this, your mind must be alert, aware, with your heart
full of Love, free from all that is false; that is
-- Dr. Murdo MacDonald-Bayne (and Geshi Rinpoche)