Rejoice, all ye who seek Truth!
Be glad and not sorrowful all ye who love Truth!
For your sorrows shall pass away as the mists of the morning;
Your doubts shall be as the darkness that is not,
And as a dream of the night shall your afflictions be.
The disciple cried, and lo! the Master heard;
The disciple was ready, and lo! the Master was at hand;
The disciple sought, and behold! the Master revealed.
Of Seeking and Finding
Disciple:—Where is knowledge?
Where is Truth?
Where is Peace?
I am sorrowful, and find no comfort in men;
I have gone astray, and find no surety in the teachings of men;
Yea, even in myself I find no Truth, and no remedy for my doubt and sorrow.
I have striven in the pride of my heart;
I have contended with men for my opinions;
I have mistaken evil for good, and have called ignorance knowledge;
And now I am alone, and there is none to hear me;
And if I cry, there is none to hear my voice.
Master:—Nay, I am with thee, and I hear thy voice.
Disciple:—Who art thou that assure me?
Master:—I am the Spirit of Truth.
Disciple:—O Master! O Spirit of Truth!
Why didst thou not come to me before?
Why didst thou leave me so long desolate?
Master:—Thou wert not desolate till now.
Pride was thy companion, and pride satisfied thee.
Where pride is, there I cannot come,
And he who listens to its flatteries cannot hear My voice.
Self-glory blinded thee, so that my Form thou could'st not see;
Self-exultation deafened thee, and when I called thou didst not hear;
Self-seeking led thee astray, and my way was hidden from thee;
But now, having put away pride, thou hast both seen and heard.
Ask, and I will answer:
Seek, and thou shalt find.
Disciple—Comfort me, O Master! for I am weary;
Strengthen me, for I am weak;
Teach me, for I am lacking in knowledge.
Master:—He who deserts self and takes refuge in me, is never deserted;
My Word is his comfort,
My Law his strength,
And my commands his instruction and knowledge.
Disciple:—Speak thy Word, and I will listen;
Reveal thy Law, and I will walk therein;
Command thou me, and I, thy servant, will obey;
For thou are the Master whom I so long sought;
And having found thee, let me not depart from thee.
Master:—He who follows self, abandons me; But he who abandons self, lo! he is with me always.
Disciple:—Hitherto I have clung to self;
I have followed after vain and empty desires;
And, caught in the toils of self-delusion, I have not known thy presence;
But now, O, Master! I have found thee;
And having found thee, let me remain with thee;
Let me be thy child, obeying thy voice;
Let me be thy pupil, receiving thy instruction;
Let me become thy disciple, and follow wheresoever thou dost lead.
Master:—Thy humility, O disciple! hath made thee mine.
Thou hast entered the gateway leading to my Kingdom,
Even to the kingdom of a righteous life.
Henceforth thou wilt follow Truth and not self;
Striving, thou hast entered;
Searching, thou hast revealed;
Seeking thou hast found;
Ask whatsoever thou wilt, and I will not withhold instruction.
(To be continued)