The Promulgation of Universal Peace
25 April 1912
Talk to Theosophical Society
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons
1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Notes by Joseph H. Hannen
The greatest power in the realm and range of human existence is
spirit--the divine breath which animates and pervades all things.
It is manifested throughout creation in different degrees or kingdoms.
In the vegetable kingdom it is the augmentative spirit or
power of growth, the animus of life and development in plants,
trees and organisms of the floral world. In this degree of its manifestation
spirit is unconscious of the powers which qualify the
kingdom of the animal. The distinctive virtue or plus of the animal
is sense perception; it sees, hears, smells, tastes and feels but is
incapable, in turn, of conscious ideation or reflection which
characterizes and differentiates the human kingdom. The animal
neither exercises nor apprehends this distinctive human power and
gift. From the visible it cannot draw conclusions regarding the invisible,
whereas the human mind from visible and known premises
attains knowledge of the unknown and invisible. For instance,
Christopher Columbus from information based upon known and
provable facts drew conclusions which led him unerringly across
the vast ocean to the unknown continent of America. Such power
of accomplishment is beyond the range of animal intelligence.
Therefore, this power is a distinctive attribute of the human spirit
and kingdom. The animal spirit cannot penetrate and discover the
mysteries of things. It is a captive of the senses. No amount of
teaching, for instance, would enable it to grasp the fact that the sun
is stationary, and the earth moves around it. Likewise, the human
spirit has its limitations. It cannot comprehend the phenomena of
the Kingdom transcending the human station, for it is a captive of
powers and life forces which have their operation upon its own
plane of existence, and it cannot go beyond that boundary.
There is, however, another Spirit, which may be termed the Divine,
to which Jesus Christ refers when He declares that man must
be born of its quickening and baptized with its living fire. Souls
deprived of that Spirit are accounted as dead, though they are possessed
of the human spirit. Jesus Christ has pronounced them dead
inasmuch as they have no portion of the Divine Spirit. He says,
"Let the dead bury their dead." In another instance He declares,
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit." By this He means that souls, though alive in
the human kingdom, are nevertheless dead if devoid of this particular
spirit of divine quickening. They have not partaken of the
divine life of the higher Kingdom, for the soul which partakes of
the power of the Divine Spirit is, verily, living.
This quickening spirit emanates spontaneously from the Sun of
Truth, from the reality of Divinity, and is not a revelation or a
manifestation. It is like the rays of the sun. The rays are emanations
from the sun. This does not mean that the sun has become divisible,
that a part of the sun has come out into space. This plant beside
me has risen from the seed; therefore, it is a manifestation and unfoldment
of the seed. The seed, as you can see, has unfolded in
manifestation, and the result is this plant. Every leaf of the plant is
a part of the seed. But the reality of Divinity is indivisible, and each
individual of humankind cannot be a part of it as is often claimed.
Nay, rather, the individual realities of mankind, when spiritually
born, are emanations from the reality of Divinity, just as the flame,
heat and light of the sun are the effulgence of the sun and not a part
of the sun itself. Therefore, a spirit has emanated from the reality
of Divinity, and its effulgences have become visible in human entities
or realities. This ray and this heat are permanent. There is no
cessation in the effulgence. As long as the sun exists, the heat and
light will exist, and inasmuch as eternality is a property of Divinity,
this emanation is everlasting. There is no cessation in its outpouring.
The more the world of humanity develops, the more the
effulgences or emanations of Divinity will become revealed, just as
the stone, when it becomes polished and pure as a mirror, will reflect
in fuller degree the glory and splendor of the sun.
The mission of the Prophets, the revelation of the Holy Books,
the manifestation of the heavenly Teachers and the purpose of divine
philosophy all center in the training of the human realities so
that they may become clear and pure as mirrors and reflect the light
and love of the Sun of Reality. Therefore, I hope that--whether
you be in the East or the West--you will strive with heart and soul
in order that day by day the world of humanity may become glorified,
more spiritual, more sanctified; and that the splendor of
the Sun of Reality may be revealed fully in human hearts as in a
mirror. This is worthy of the world of mankind. This is the true
evolution and progress of humanity. This is the supreme bestowal.
Otherwise, by simple development along material lines man is not
perfected. At most, the physical aspect of man, his natural or
material conditions, may become stabilized and improved, but he
will remain deprived of the spiritual or divine bestowal. He is then
like a body without a spirit, a lamp without the light, an eye without
the power of vision, an ear that hears no sound, a mind incapable
of perceiving, an intellect minus the power of reason.
Man has two powers; and his development, two aspects. One
power is connected with the material world, and by it he is capable
of material advancement. The other power is spiritual, and through
its development his inner, potential nature is awakened. These
powers are like two wings. Both must be developed, for flight is
impossible with one wing. Praise be to God! Material advancement
has been evident in the world, but there is need of spiritual
advancement in like proportion. We must strive unceasingly and
without rest to accomplish the development of the spiritual nature
in man, and endeavor with tireless energy to advance humanity
toward the nobility of its true and intended station. For the body of
man is accidental; it is of no importance. The time of its disintegration
will inevitably come. But the spirit of man is essential and,
therefore, eternal. It is a divine bounty. It is the effulgence of the
Sun of Reality and, therefore, of greater importance than the physical
I pray for you. You have come to visit me, and I am most grateful.
I shall ask confirmation and assistance for you from God, the
Generous, the Bestower, that you may be aided in serving the
world of humanity.