A close friend who has spent much time on the Arizona Indian reservations tells of a personal experience he had while attending an intertribal council meeting. He and the Indian chief walked silently together to the meeting place at a distant secluded area. They sat down in a circle while the other chiefs gradually assembled. After an hour of silence, my friend inquired of his host when the meeting would start. The reply was that it had started an hour before. As time went on, the pipe was passed around in ceremonial fashion. Then, of one accord, all got up and walked off in their various directions.
"What did this accomplish?" my friend asked in wonder.
"All has been decided," was the reply. Nearing the home village, an Indian ran out to meet the chief, exclaiming how happy he was with the success of the meeting!
In conclusion I am reminded of a few simple lines of the great English poet William Wordsworth, who had the sense of awe and wonder:
The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers, Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! The sea that bears her bosom to the moon; The winds that will be howling at all hours, And that are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers; For this, for everything we are out of tune; It moves us not.-Great God! I'd rather be A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
1. Donald H. Andrews, The Symphony of Life (Lees Summit, Mo.: Unity Books, 1966), p. 42.
2. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man (New York: Harper Torch Books, 1961), p. 64.
3. Pitrim A. Sorokin, The Ways and Power of Love (Chicago: Gateway Edition, Henry Regnery Co., 1954), p. 6.
4. John Dryden, "A Song for St. Cecelia's Day," Oxford Book of English Verse (Oxford; Clarendon Press, 1939 edition), p. 479.
5. Concerning the work of Tintoretto, art critic B. Berenson points out that his paintings give a great sense of power and immense energy. Tintoretto had that great mastery of light and shadow which enabled him to put into his pictures all the poetry there was in his soul. Bernhard Berenson, The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1906), pp. 52-53.
7. Shafica Karagulla, Breakthrough to Creativity (Los Angeles: DeVorss and Co., 1967).
8. For further discussion of the symbolism of the caduceus see Manly P. Hall, Man, Grand Symbol of the Mysteries (Los Angeles: Philosopher's Press, 1932), p. 305.
9. Gal. 2:20.
10. Bhaghavad Gita (London: Temple Classics, 1905).
11. Matt. 17:2.
12. Donald H. Andrews: notes taken at a lecture in Los Angeles, 1970.
13. Ervin Seale: notes taken at a lecture in Los Angeles, 1970.
14. George Adams and Olive Whicher, The Planet between the Sun
and Earth (Worcestershire, England: Goethean Science Foundation, 1952), p. 1.
15. J. Allen Boone, The Language of Silence (New York: Harper and Row, 1970).
16. William Wordsworth, "Sonnets," A Treasury of Great Poems (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1942), p. 650.
Special Note: For those individuals wishing further information about the chakras or yoga, I can recommend the following: Esoteric Healing by Alice Bailey; The Chakras by C. W. Leadbetter; Fundamentals of Yoga by Rammurti Mishra, M.D.; Man Made Clear for the Nuclear Age by Roland Hunt; and Scientific Yoga for the Man of Today by Sri Surath.