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THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON WAS PRIMARILY 2-PERSON EXERCISES WITH SILENT MEDITATION INTERSPERSED WITH THE PARTNER EXERCISES.
Everyday we have The Practice of Dying and we can be aware of it by our regrets. If at the end of the day we have the feeling ‘Gosh I didn’t say what I should have or didn’t do what I should have done.’ Those are regrets. And if you magnify that by the magnitude of death then you recognize that dying with an accumulation of those regrets can be very . . not good. I don’t know how to say it. It will hurt. You will feel it. Because death in one sense is very final. And what does it mean. ‘You don’t have the opportunity to do it anymore this way . . . that ship has sailed.
GATHEKA: The whole of manifestation in all its aspects is a record upon which the voice is reproduced; and that voice is a person’s thought.
TASAWWUF: We can read in literature about “Akashic Records.” We can also find in Buddhist studies about the Alaya. This is all the same teaching, but literature of itself is not the manifestation of teaching.
GATHEKA: There is no place in the world, neither desert, forest, mountain, nor house, town, nor city, where there is not some voice which, once engraved upon it, has continued ever since.
TASAWWUF: There was an American writer named O. Henry, who published some of his books under the title The Voice of the City. This had the same theme. There is no doubt that each city has its Voice. If one has lived in several cities, blindfolded he could distinguish them. Of course, this the way in which the blind do distinguish them.
There is a vast science of psychometry. Those with keen senses can see, read or otherwise distinguish. Many material scientists know about the history of trees from their rings—not only how the weather was every year, but a good deal more can be learned thereby. It is not only the rings that engrave history.
A Sufi once visited the imperial grounds of the Emperor of Japan. The Emperor has a private shrine there, and outside that shrine are very tall trees. The Americans so respected the deep devotional side of Japanese culture that they were careful not to bomb this shrine and the tree surrounding it. When the Sufi mystic came there, the trees almost commanded him to bow his head in prayer. As he prayed, the trees told him of their history. They were like guardian angels.
This is no doubt true of all things and places. As it is said in Salat, “Thy Light is in all forms, Thy Love in all beings.”
GATHEKA: No doubt every such voice has its limit: one voice may continue for thousands of years, another voice for several months, another for some days, another for some hours or moments. For everything that is created intentionally or unintentionally has a life; it has a birth and so it has a death; in fact it has a beginning and an end.
TASAWWUF: This subject is discussed in several places in the literature, in The Mind World and elsewhere. There are psychic people who see emanations or auras. Even the scientists, by the use of the ultra microscope and other instruments, are discovering much that has been unknown to the world. It is only that they have been using light rather than sound. Actually, they will learn much more of the nature of all forms of matter when they analyze the noises and sounds emanating from all forms. This may become a science analogous to chemistry.
GATHEKA: One can experience this by feeling the atmosphere of different places. Sitting upon rocks in the mountains one often feels the vibrations of one who has been sitting there before; sitting in a forest in a wilderness, one can feel what has been the history of that place.
TASAWWUF: If there were a virgin island, a new island rising from the sea, or an old island not visited by man, and one were like a Robinson Cruso coming there, he would find a clear atmosphere, and there would be a certain sort of sensitivity, almost like the atmosphere of a newborn infant. It would be like a blank slate, yet teeming with a sort of potential life. An event or animal would affect that slate. But after one had lived there, his own breath or the breaths of animals and human beings especially, would introduce the vibrations of earth, of water, of fire, of air, of thought. Then the atmosphere would be different, and the seer would not only be sensitive but could interpret such differences.
GATHEKA: It may be that there was a city, that there was a house there, that people lived there; and now it has turned into a wilderness. One begins to feel the history of the whole place; it communicates with one.
TASAWWUF: A Sufi talib once lived in a wilderness in the state of South Carolina. He found in the midst of the forest many trees planted in straight lines. Also, there was something odd about the leaf formation of these trees, indicating their age. The trees told him what had happened there when General William T. Sherman invaded that country, and when he spoke to the natives, they all confirmed what the trees had said.
Some attention has been paid to haunted houses. Not so much attention has been paid to the emanations and vibrations of all the materials which constitute buildings and places resulting from the creative hand of man. As humanity evolves, the subtle sciences will also develop.
GATHEKA: Every town has its particular voice. It is, so to speak, telling aloud who lived in the town, and how they lived, what was their life; it tells of their stage of evolution, it tells of their doings, it tells of the results produced by their actions.
TASAWWUF: We find today many anthropologists and linguisticians can tell where a person has been educated, not only the city and place of his childhood, but the school or schools where he began his education and first fixated his pronunciations. If this is already part of material science, how much more can be learned when the subtle side of life is developed; when we can read auras, respond to sensitivities and listen with the inner ear. For that reason both disciples and those advanced in TASAWWUF are trained in Kashf or Insight. There is no end to this training, although there are also deeper esoteric sciences, such as Murakkabah (concentration) and Mushahida (awe-full contemplation), wherein the whole being of man functions.