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17 DAYS OF SPIRITUAL WISDOM
It was a warm, sunny, cloudless August afternoon in the most elite part of Hollywood, California. The place? The Bel Air Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. The playground of the ‘smart’ people and the meeting place of who’s who in Society.
Amidst the palm-decked, lush gardens of this, the most elegant of resorts, strolled exquisitely groomed ladies and gentlemen who were gradually making their way into one of the beautifully-decorated reception rooms of this hotel, where there was to be a Celebrity meeting. Such an occasion was quite common at The Bel Air Hotel, where Celebrities are indeed specially catered for. The Celebrity Meeting at the Bel Air Hotel, is a weekly function where everyone from film stars to literary barons come to entertain, expound pet theories and perhaps even give morsels of information regarding their private lives. Indeed the beautiful, and unperturbed surroundings of The Bel Air Hotel is an ideal setting for such revelations of human mysteries.
But on this particular afternoon the Celebrity was by way of being rather an unusual guest, for he had not come along to expound theories but rather – FACTS. As for giving morsels of gossip about his private life – he had no private life of which to speak. Here was a rare jewel among men – a man on a Mission of TRUTH.
One by one the guests sauntered through the archways and pavilions of the charming Spanish architecture which was festooned with the most exotic of flowers, into the Celebrity room. Finally, our Celebrity rose, greeted his audience and commenced to give them the Space People’s Message. Throughout the brilliant exposition that followed, Truth after Truth was laid bare before the audience. The Facts of Re-incarnation, the Truth about the horrors of the H-bomb, the impending catastrophe on this Planet, the Law of Karma and its implications and a reminder of the Missions of such people as Krishna, Buddha and Jesus. Quite often, nods of agreement could be seen coming from the audience. This of course was to be expected. Any reaction to the contrary would have been amiss – to say the least, amidst such peaceful and eloquent surroundings.
Towards the end of the meeting, however, the charming hostess rose and as was her custom on all such occasions asked the most controversial of all questions:
“Mr. Celebrity, what in your opinion is – Success?”
“To give you my opinion of what is Success,” answered the Celebrity, without hesitation, “It will be necessary to tell you all a little story.”
“There was once a very rich and powerful King, who, with his son, lived in a great palace. As was the custom in Eastern countries, where this story takes place, the King bestowed all manner of worldly goods and riches upon his son. The finest silks, the most valuable jewels, a stable of thoroughbred horses, even the most beautiful women chosen from all the lands thereabouts were given freely by the King to his son. Even so, the son took little or no interest in these Worldly things. So that, the King, whose great dream it was that his son should rule the land as he had done, built for him a golden palace which was considered lavish even in those pompous days. The palace was well guarded, for the King forbade his son to travel, as was his wont, among the people. But one night, the guards fell asleep and the young man saddled his favourite horse and rode unnoticed from the palace into the night…
“For ten years he sat in silence. Sometimes, so weakened by his sojourn, he nearly died. But in some strange way, whenever starvation threatened to pluck the Life Force from his body, he was discovered by shepherds and cared for, even though they knew not who he was.
“It was some ten years later when he returned again to the palace gates. He came back, not to the lavish wealth of a whole Empire but in the rags of a beggar. For he had turned away from what the World had to offer, but had discovered the everlasting Jewel – Wisdom!
“His fame spread throughout the World. Not as a powerful King, as a great ruler, but as a wise man and today, thousands of years later, men revere this name, whenever it is mentioned.
“Who was this Great Being, who had forsaken an Empire to take up a begging bowl? No less a person than The LORD BUDDHA.
“That, ladies and gentlemen is my opinion of the strange intangibility of that which constitutes – – – – SUCCESS.”
At this closing remark, an agonising hush fell over the audience as the vast implications of this simple story sank deeply home.
Any security, built upon the foundations of material “success,” relished by some members of that audience was shattered.
Dear readers, need I tell you that the Celebrity on this occasion was George King?
This extract from an article by Keith Robertson in Cosmic Voice Issue No. 22 epitomises Dr. King’s direct, honest approach. Unlike a modern politician, he did not tailor his talk to suit the predilections of his audience – in fact the exact opposite. He chose a gathering which exuded luxury, pampered in the comforts of a hedonistic world, to demonstrate the limitations of materialistic success. As he said in a later talk on how to be really successful:
I think it’s a transient thing, this type of materialistic success, and it means nothing. It just fades like a bubble.
–Dr. George King
The Lord Buddha demonstrated success because he lived the path he taught unconditionally. Typically Dr. King focused upon another great Cosmic Avatar rather than himself, because he too had already demonstrated real success by the time he gave this talk – through unconditional service. In the self-same month of August 1959, he climbed Mount Baldy, California, so that it could be charged by Mars Sector 6, making it forever a holy mountain. This was on top of his many other world-changing achievements since he had received the Command from the Master Aetherius on May 8th 1954 and commenced his mission for the Cosmic Masters.
Real success is not necessarily about making money; doing well in your career; having a great relationship or raising a family, because these things may not make the world a better place. Nor will your physical health and personal happiness (so often cited as the purpose of life) necessarily change the world.
Even the pursuit of your own enlightenment may not have a sufficient impact globally to really make a big difference. When the Lord Buddha taught this so brilliantly two and a half thousand years ago, it was the teaching to follow. But times have changed. The path of detachment through meditative practices has been replaced by the path of transmutation through spiritual service. Significantly one of the prominent instruments of that change is the Lord Buddha himself. For, just three years before Dr. King’s controversial talk at the Bel Air Hotel, the Lord Buddha returned to our Earth to take spiritual control of that mystic temple of light known as Shamballa, which is key to all spiritual expression upon this planet.
Real success means changing the world for the better, and the only thing that is guaranteed to achieve this is service to others. In a TV interview a few years ago, I was once asked whether people should serve in materialistic ways through aid and charitable works or in spiritual ways through healing, prayer and so forth. It was a very good question. The answer of course is that both are essential and they are interrelated because the lower energies are always a reflection of the higher ones. But fewer people are inclined towards spiritual service, so if you are and you follow a genuine teaching, I would recommend that you make this your priority.
The most advanced and effective path that I know of, though not the only one, is King Yoga. Although – in fact because – you practise it for the good of the world, it must be good for you too. That, after all, is the essence of Karma: you have sown so you must reap. Among other things, it can help you to enhance your focus, increase your confidence, energise yourself, improve your health, tap your intuition, gain inner peace and realise your true destiny. And these are only side benefits; the main one is that you will leave this physical world a better place than you found it. And that is real success!
About the author
Richard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society for Europe and a Bishop in The Aetherius Churches. He has devoted his life to the work of his Master and personal friend, Dr. George King (1919-1997), who founded the Society. He is also an international bestselling author of more than 10 books.
How to be really successful – a lecture by Dr. George King
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Success is not measured by material wealth – but by spiritual accomplishment. Be inspired by this refreshing and uplifting lecture which turns conventional values on their head, replacing them with a truly enlightened approach with service to others at its core. This lecture also includes instruction in two powerful mystical practices which are extremely valuable to any spiritual seeker.
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This is inspiring. I reckon that qualities of character, such as dedication, altruism, the positive character qualities are the important thing. Material success is transitory but such qualities are transcendent.
Thank you, Pat.
Thank you, Pat. More even than the qualities of character, it’s what we do for others that can make the world a better place. In a word: service.
Rohan Amick says,
Thanks for this wonderful text about his Eminence, and the Lord Buddha, and the story couldn’t be more true today. Service both Spiritual and helping others is the only way to go.
Thank you Richard for the latest blog on Real Success and our Master really demonstrated where our focus really should be and again his bravery , forthrightness and inner knowledge and truth was used to educate those who could get caught in the trap of materialism. It also reminds me of part of the statement of Mars Sector 6 one of the Cosmic Masters when this elevated being said about judging a man by results, his detachment ,his love for all and sacrifice not for himself or his family but for the whole world,your world etc. Our Master has given us the finest example / exponent of this. A jewel amongst jewels- Service to others and is so needed and is lasting and will bring true happiness and inner joy.
Thank you Paul – fantastic reminder of that instruction from Mars Sector 6.
Thankyou Richard for this brilliant story! I’d like to briefly add something about a pinnacle of success that’s very specific. Recently I came across the TM by the Master Aetherius given on 7 September 1963, [NL Oct-Nov 1963 p4-6] in which He very forcefully exhorted us (those who want to) to leave our personal comfort zones and do prayer circles for at least 30 mins every day to ensure the Absorption Factor got to 6.75 during the SP, for Operation World Healing. We were successful after being directed in no uncertain terms to do this. It may be the most forceful TM I’ve ever read; and Mars Sector 6 continued in a similar vein.
This had a huge impact on me as it appears to give a strategy we can use to manipulate world karma in very difficult situations so that the higher forces can act. I don’t think we used this strategy very much? And we needed motivating. The exact same strategy was employed so that Operation Sunbeam could start in 1966. [NL Sep-Oct 1966 p3,5, NL Nov 1966 p7] I believe that our obligation in this particular situation was actually reduced in the end? But the method remains the same. Today we can’t be exhorted to leave our comfort zones – but in view of the deterioration in world conditions, especially the US-Korean situation – I’m wondering if we should relook at these TMs (and there may be others) in case they contain a key…! They wanted volunteers – sounds like the Staff…
Hi Sandra, thank you for writing! It’s worth pointing out that work (especially on the Staff of The Aetherius Society) is as important as prayer. I believe the two NLs you’ve cited there are before the Staff system we have today was in place. Richard tells me the Master often kept people back from Pilgrimages and Services to work because working for a spiritual cause like this one is a potent karmic manipulation in itself – another way to raise the absorption factor. In “A Cosmic Message of Divine Opportunity”, Mars Sector 6 writes: “Please note, Terra, to work in a Spiritual way is good. To Pray in the right way is good. But to work in THAT way and Pray in THIS way is perfect! No matter how you Pray, or what Mantras you recite, decrees you chant or scream, these things alone will not avail you too much… If… you are willing to work as hard as you can in the best Spiritual cause you know and Pray as hard as you can in the best Spiritual way you know… then this year will be crowned with the golden crown of great success for you, and that can be guaranteed.” I think we can all take that on board – and take every opportunity we can to really commit ourselves to working for a spiritual cause too.
What a inspired reading, Thankyou, lam and all ways inspired by the BUDDHIST teaching l am myself a Buddhist SGI-UK.org – also it’s good to help others as l am a REIKI healer + Reflexology – the feeling of not only help others but helps my spiritual side too…! Food for the soul..
Thanks very much Darren, and also for the wonderful quote from Mars Sector 6. We should do business as usual like this! I’ll just clarify my meaning and then you may want to comment further. Our Master knew what activities would manipulate the most karma in any given situation, and is it reasonable to assume that many times this could be related to extending us, in other words, helping us leave our comfort zones? If so, we do not have his knowledge, but we may still be able to identify some activities like this.
I was also referring to acting in special situations (e.g. Syria and Korea), including a critical downtrend in world affairs for example. In my case, at present I do computer work, and I can’t really better what I do – to keep it short. But I find this isn’t the case with dynamic prayer, which takes ‘ultra’ energy! In other words we are making more effort than usual when we pray dynamically, such as in OPP and power circles, whereas pc work uses less effort, I like it, and it’s the easy way out for me. Plus dynamic prayer has the extra bonus of generating prayer energy – and would this even allow the Great White Brotherhood to release more?
Anyway, this is implying that in the time we have available, we could use dynamic prayer, for example for 30 mins each day, to increase our energy output. Naturally only for those who do not have deadlines. I heard a recent talk by Brian this week showing how significant TAS’ energy output is relative to that of the world, which may possibly give more substance to this idea. Conversely, we could stay on for an extra hour and expend more effort this way. The trouble with this is that many of us are elderly and this can affect our health substantially and be counter productive. You may have further comment to add on this ‘peak strategy’ suggestion, as it’s an unformed idea only, and I’m certainly not an expert in metaphysics.
Hi Sandra, thanks for responding.
This is my personal opinion but I think the simplest answer is that we should develop ourselves in all ways (including areas like computer work), so that we can be of greater and greater service to TAS and the Cosmic Plan. For example, if you feel limited in computer work, as you may have done in prayer before you knew how to pray in a dynamic fashion, then perhaps you could take more responsibility for your contribution to TAS in this area by taking a free online course to develop your skills so that we can better what we already do. I don’t know your situation or the dynamics of the branch there, so this is just an example, but I hope it makes sense. I think making the most of the time you have available to balance your physical service with spiritual service is a good model and it is up to everyone as individuals to know how far they can push themselves before their workload becomes detrimental to their long term commitment to service to and through TAS. I struggle with that daily myself but hope that in time I will find a balance that works for me and the work I have committed to. Many blessings in yours, Darren
What can you take with you when you leave this lifetime? Only “that which you have given”…..
Therein lies the measure of success.
Yes! Thank you, Marie Louise!
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