Lecture of the Master Beinsa Douno to the Youth Esoteric Class held on March 7, 1930, Sofia, Izgrev
As students of the Great School of Life you need to study music as it exists in Nature. When you make your way to the music of Nature, you will learn those natural, creative scales through which the world has been created. The conditions of all living beings change according to the scales of Nature, i.e. musically. As soon as the scale changes, the conditions change as well. Knowing this, you can influence your thoughts and feelings and uplift yourselves through music. Often people lose the basic tone of their life, and as a result, inner dissonance is created within their states. If you are nervous, indisposed, irritated, begin singing softly – aloud or mentally, until you change your state. Music and singing help with the development of one's talents. All great people and men of genius, who had endured grave sufferings and trials, were musical people. They had regular, high, well-developed foreheads.
As long as you do not begin thinking ideally, as long as you do not carry within yourselves the image of the ideal man, you can achieve nothing. Do not search for the ideal man outside of yourselves. Its image is innate within all people, but needs to be made manifest. If the ideal man is not within you, how do you know what is good and what is not, what is moral and what is immoral?
Which are the distinctive characteristics of the ideal man? Try to describe them not the way they are presented by poets and painters, but as you perceive them. If you shall give your opinion about the qualities of the ideal candle, you could do it right away. However, about the ideal man it will be difficult to do it. A good candle burns without smoke, it does not melt quickly or drip, it burns uninterruptedly and gives out a bright, clear and clean light. What qualities of the ideal candle are also qualities of the ideal man? The ideal man shines like a candle. The cause of shining lies in his ability to pay attention to everything without dwelling on the defects.
People's shortcomings cast a shadow on their consciousness and dim it. In Nature, shortcomings do not exist. They are in the human mind. If one could cast them out of his mind, one would become pure and bright. Therefore, if you desire to come close to the image of the ideal man, do not keep people's shortcomings in your mind and consciousness. The less you dwell on people's shortcomings, the closer you will be to the image of the ideal man. The more you pay attention to people's weaknesses, the further away you will be from the image of the ideal man. The more you burden your consciousness, the more you depart from the Path of the ideal man.
Imagine that you have two wires through which you let an electric current flow. The upper wire is made of metal, which is a good conductor of electricity and thus when highly heated up it shines. The second wire is less conductive to electricity. Therefore, it could be less heated up and could not light up; it will retain its dark color, which it had before heating. It indicates that brightness of the wire depends upon its ability to easily conduct the electric current. The lower wire, being weakly electro-conductive, remains dark.
The same is true about a good man and a bad one. A good person is one who is a good conductor of the energies of the higher worlds. The good man is white and bright. A bad man is a poor conductor of the energies of the higher worlds. Therefore, he is dark and non-glowing. Therefore, if someone says that he is bad, it indicates that he is not a good conductor of the energies coming from the Cosmos. What should one do in order to manifest the Good lodged within? One should replace the wire through which the energies flow so that the bad conductor would be transformed into a good one. Replacing the wire means to change your state from bad to good. You can try to change your states until you find such a wire, which will sound in harmony with a given scale of Nature. It means to find a wire, which will be a good conductor of Nature. The shining white wire represents the Divine Source within the human being, whereas the dull dark wire refers to its inferior nature. The inferior substance in humans needs refinement, development until the coarse manifestations – that is to say, the rough human states become refined.
People of today ask themselves why sufferings come. Very simple: suffering represents the fire by which humans are tested. How long will they be tested? Until they light up and become white. Why do we need to suffer? – So that you may become good conductors. The poorer conductor a person is, the greater Nature's desire is to make this person a good conductor. As soon as Nature directs a current toward this person, he lights up. Man suffers mainly for two reasons: when he refuses to yield the way for the powers of Nature to manifest, and when Nature does not give him what he desires. She puts what someone desires close to his mouth, and as soon as he opens his mouth to receive it, she immediately pulls it away. Nature's desire is not to make man suffer, but to make him happy. But he cannot be happy if he does not become a conductor of the energies in Nature.
What is happiness? From a scientific point of view, happiness is nothing else but elevation of the consciousness to a higher level through which people can depart from the old traditions and concepts of life. Not only people live in accordance with traditions, but animals do as well. For example, a wolf traditionally suffocates sheep. A sheep traditionally eats grass. From a scientific point of view, grazing is nothing other than mowing of grass. The sheep mows the grass and collects it in one place. One day, when the sheep will be transformed into a human being, how will it manifest its old habit? Man does not eat grass, but from time to time, he bends, picks a few blades and continues on his way. This is a remnant from the tradition of the sheep. Man sometimes picks flowers and smells them. This is a remnant of the desire of birds to clean their beaks in the flowers. They pick flowers to clean their beaks.
By observing and analyzing himself, man can understand the origin of certain actions and traditions of his. A person has desires through which traditions manifest. It sometimes takes years to overcome some of these desires. Some of the sufferings are natural; others – unnatural. Especially at present, some of the natural traditions have been transformed into unnatural and painful ones. It will take a long time before a wolf could give up its desire to suffocate sheep. Therefore remember: one can be happy only when one is a good conductor in all instances of one's life. If an instance arises in life, when one is not being a good conductor, one's happiness will disappear.
In order to preserve one's happiness, one should know how to educate one's body as well as one's thoughts and feelings. This is the goal of modern education. What new methods do psychology and ethics offer for the education of man? One of the methods of the new ethics of education is the application of purity in a broad sense: cleanness of the human body, purity of the human mind and heart. One should maintain one's body cleanness by means of pure thoughts, perspiration, changing of clothes, combing of hair, etc.
After achieving body cleanness one begins to think about the purity of emotions and thoughts, feelings without selfishness. Pure feelings exclude any kind of self-interest. Nobility of the human feelings implies the presence of organic gold in the blood. Gold supports the state of health in the organism. The less gold found in one's blood the more is one exposed to suffering and diseases. Gold is a good conductor of heat and electricity. Therefore, organic gold in the human blood is a conductor of the energies of Nature. Knowing the power and value of gold, people seek for it; they want to be rich. Everyone wants to have a gold object as an adornment. If one cannot afford to wear gold jewelry, it would be good for this person to carry a gold coin in his pocket. The human love for gold is a natural aspiration imbedded within as an inner impulse for nobility. There is not anyone in the world who does not love gold.
And so, gold is a necessary element in man's education. However, it does not mean that one must spend his whole life acquiring gold. Once a person has acquired the necessary quantity of gold, he begins to search for other elements. The human organism needs different elements, not only gold. If the organism acquires only one element, the person will come to uniformity, which is detrimental. In general, one needs to guard oneself against monotony in life. Coming to monotony, even the rich person will give up his wealth. When one overeats, even the best food will generate a morbid condition. As a consequence, the stomach refuses to accept this food. Man needs a variety of food. In the future, in his self-education, man should take into consideration which elements to introduce into his body. He must know in what quantitative ratio these elements are to one another, so that not to take any of them in a greater quantity than necessary. When it comes to gold, you should know that every individual must have at his disposal a few grams of external and internal gold as an inviolable reserve. Those who want to be morally pure should have a certain amount of silver within themselves; silver purifies man. Without silver, one cannot be clean. Gold is a bearer of the vital energy in Nature, whereas silver purifies man of any impurities in his organism. Iron strengthens the human organism. In a case of anemia, doctors prescribe iron pills or drops. However, if someone instills more iron in his organism than necessary, he will become coarse.
Every element serves its purpose for the human organism only if it is used in a certain quantity. If it is imparted in a quantity greater than defined, it will cause harm. When a surplus of certain elements exists in the human organism, microbes and parasites appear to consume this surplus. As microbes and parasites consume the excesses in a man's physical body, in a similar way, some thoughts and feelings attack a man's mind and heart as parasites and provoke a certain withering. It means that some thoughts and feelings bring about emaciation in man, while others cause obesity.
Therefore, in order to be healthy and to develop normally, man needs to attain an inner balance among the powers of the matter from which the body is made and as well as between his thoughts and feelings. Music is one of the means for maintaining this balance. He who is familiar with the laws of the natural music can stop the destructive activity of parasites in his organism and improve his condition. As soon as you begin to sing, the parasites stop creating harm.
Orpheus- this wonderful singer, managed to tame the most ferocious beasts. He was a shepherd; and as there were wolves, bears and tigers where he grazed his flock, he constantly played his flute and sang in order to tame them. Because he was preaching the Teaching of Peace and Love, he refused to kill animals. Instead, he constantly sang and played music for days. Under the influence of his singing, the animals started to play and forgot to attack and harm his sheep. If Orpheus managed to tame the wild beasts with his songs, could you not also overcome the difficulties and unfavorable conditions in your life through music and songs?
You may say that it is easy to speak about these things, but difficult to apply them. It is easy to play, but one must play music in such a way as to tame the beasts he has within himself. You say that you cannot play and sing without making an effort, and in this way you build a barrier within yourselves. Every one can sing. If a frog that is not a singer starts singing when a snake is biting its foot, how much better singers and musicians can you become? If someone is sentenced to death, and in order to be remitted, he must sing or perform a good deed, would he not learn to sing and to do good deeds? Only at the thought that he will be remitted, he will become a singer, he will do good deeds. Nature imposes great punishments upon man, but very little is required of him in order to avoid them.
Many people think that in order to be absolved of their sins, they must do many good deeds or become prominent singers and musicians. This is in the human world. But in the Divine World, not much is required of man. It is sufficient for him to come across one of the Scales of Nature and to begin singing. True singing implies thought. When man thinks rightly, he can sing. Therefore, upon waking up in the morning, begin to sing – mentally or aloud, but without hesitation or doubt within yourselves. Never say that you cannot sing. Through singing, you enter into the foundation of Life. Life, in and of itself, is Music and Harmony. Man is sent off from Heaven with music and song; therefore, music is not foreign to his soul. He is immersed in music, and on this basis, he can sing and play music. He needs to step back, return to his initial state of music and song, of harmony and melody, and from there, to move forward.
Knowing this, keep within your mind the thought that Life is music and song. Within Life, all is good and harmonious.
Love of God brings the full Life.
Translated by Ernestina Staleva
Edited by Maria Braikova
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