The Sign Posts.
The inhabitants of
a certain country have always been travellers who journey towards a
distant city. The roads are many, and numbers lose their way and perish.
By orders of the
King, a broad and easy road was therefore constructed, sign posts erected, an army of
official guides trained to instruct and prevent wayfarers lagging or
going astray. Originally these guides understood their work, and to
avoid unnecessary delay, taught the energetic shorter routes; but as
time passed on knowledge of the more difficult paths was gradually lost.
In order to keep
the road easy, so that the weakest might progress, the road makes wide
detours, often going many miles in quite the wrong direction to avoid some obstacle,
for the country is rugged and difficult.
The sign posts
belonging to this easy road are all painted the same colour called “
orthodox,” the people being taught to look to these and the official
guides for directions, a very good plan for the sickly and feeble, but
irksome to the more robust, who find the easy gradients and windings
tedious and progress towards the goal extremely slow, since the official
guides no longer possess information about short cuts for the energetic.
A few years ago
some of the travellers, hearing of the existence of an old road which is
more direct, but for that reason more difficult, investigated for
themselves, and finding how rapidly they got on, returned to tell their
friends and to put up sign posts for this quicker route.
A few of the
official guides welcomed this rediscovery and gladly passed it on to the
others, saying: Why spend all your lives travelling, when by this direct
path, that may be entered from any point of the easy road we have all
trodden, you can by strong endeavour quickly reach the Golden City?
The majority of
the officials, however, refuse to investigate the new route, and continue to do all in
their power to prevent others doing so, disparaging the hopeful reports
and giving out that “ the easy road is the only route,” and that these
new ways must be avoided, for the following reasons:
First, and most
important - they say - the “ sign posts” are not lettered
with our alphabet! Secondly, although we must admit that personally
we do not know
anything of the people who erected them, we assure you that they are deceivers and of evil
CHAPTER I - The Dawn of Truth
After Darkness comes the Dawn - then
Daybreak - and the glory of the Rising Sun.
For many centuries
Europe has been in spiritual darkness, but there are signs of a spiritual dawn now being
perceived by people in all parts of the world; for though the majority
may shut their intelligence to these signs, and refuse to see them, this
does not prevent the light increasing.
The sailor knows
that in the dim and uncertain light of dawn mistakes are possible, that
too great reliance must not be placed on what is seen. Still the
navigator does not refuse the assistance of the dawn; on the contrary,
he hails it with gratitude, putting all his attention into making the
most use of it for the safety of his vessel. In addition to what he can
see for himself, he listens to the reports of others, and before acting
applies every test suggested by his knowledge, experience and common
We should have a
poor opinion of the captain of a ship who, on receiving reports, said: “
No, I see nothing, your imagination is running away with you, it is
absurd to pretend to see things which I do not see myself,” and who paid
no attention to the warning, or who on the other hand, when an
unexpected light was reported, immediately jumped to the conclusion that
it indicated danger and altered course to avoid what a little
investigation would have shown to be the glimmer of a friendly lighthouse warning him that he is
out of his reckoning.
Yet this attitude
of mind is similar to that of those who refuse to listen to the
experiences of others, or to consider the new light that is being shed
on things spiritual.
For ages in Europe
it has been said that it is impossible to know from whence comes the
Spirit of Man - whither it goes - what it is - or anything practical
about its existence before birth or after earth life. We find many of
the spiritual teachers still saying, “ These things are unknown. They are not intended to
be known. It is impious to try to find out.” To would-be questioners they
reply: Do not ask questions. Do not think for yourselves. Do not reason.
Be content to believe that at birth your Soul was created, and that at
death, after judgment, you will either be rewarded in Heaven or punished in
Hell, for all eternity, according
as in this life
you have believed, or not believed, the simple faith we teach. As to the
untold millions who have lived or are now living in other parts of the
world without this knowledge, they are lost souls. Only you who live in
this favoured part of the world, and attend to our teaching, are the
elect of the Creator.”
spiritual pilots, as well as to other men, come the reports of the Dawn.
Science, through specially trained scientists, working with her physical
methods of investigation, reports that in certain particular experiments
she finds forces acting for which she cannot account, unless Spirit is
the agent that produces the phenomena.
Many leaders of
the Church, seeing the approach of the Dawn of Truth, now express their
belief in a conscious and active life after the death change. “ Man is
the same five minutes after death as he was before so far as his
character is concerned” (Bishop of London).
Research, through specialists in such matters, reports cases, as well
authenticated as is possible by human evidence, of the acts of ghosts or
the spirits of dead people.
Spiritualism, through special sensitives and seers, report to the
careful inquirer of the continued life of Man, or rather of the Spirit
of Man, after the change called death, and give from the socalled dead
teaching concerning how to live and prepare for the wider life that
begins at death. They also furnish cases of
direct communication between the living and those who have passed over
to the next life.
Both of these
teach the Fatherhood and Motherhood of God, the universal brotherhood of
humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour. They
offer explanations of many little-known laws of nature and our being,
and besides stating the qualities and characteristics necessary for
spiritual life, indicate how to obtain them.
As these schools
of thought search only for truth, they cannot be against or destructive
to religion, but reveal the spirit and life contained in the various
creeds, and throw illumination on the religions of the world. Through
clairvoyants and trained investigators they report, with full and
scientifically arranged details, facts concerning the life of the
spirit, the purpose and use of all the various conditions of human life;
as well as giving logical and convincing explanations to many puzzling
these reports meet with is curious; many simply refuse to listen,
others, without making any investigation, say “ It is of the Devil.” No
doubt the explanation for this is to be found in that queer trait in
human nature of objecting strongly to new ideas, merely because they are
new, many minds being so accustomed to run in grooves that when a new
fact is presented to them they are for a long time unable to consider it
When trains were
first invented one reads that people, well educated and very intelligent on other
subjects, said that to go in a train was to fly in the face of Providence; that we
were never intended to tear about the world in such a fashion, and that
the invention was of the Evil One.
The report of the
invention of the telephone was at first laughed at, for it seemed
incredible that an instrument could be made into which one could speak,
and the voice in some wonderful way be transmitted along a wire miles in
length and then be reproduced audibly at the distant end.
should not, therefore, be surprised to see the same attitude of mind towards new information of
progress in matters spiritual, and since so many of the orthodox leaders
of the Church, whose religious training should have made them specially
capable of dealing with these reports, refuse to consider, or even
listen; it is left to ordinary people to investigate the matter for
But one may say,
Why should ordinary people trouble about these questions, since at death
they will discover the facts? Three good reasons occur out of many.
1. It must be
remembered that in each our spiritual nature grows to the extent it is
cultivated by thought and attention; all who take the trouble to train
in this way will at death find themselves possessed of developed and
useful spiritual vehicles. But if during life our attention is
concentrated only on physical matters and spiritual affairs are
neglected, then the development of the higher vehicles is retarded,
incapacity and darkness
resulting for a while after the incident of death.
2. If in this
ordinary life it were known that at some future date a journey would
have to be undertaken to a distant country where one would have to live
quite cut off from the previous life, would it not be wise to make some
preparation by finding out as much as possible from books and travellers
about that distant country, and prepare one's mind by study for the sort of work one
would expect to find on arrival?
Is it not obvious
that the man who has taken this trouble will be in a much better
position than the foolish fellow who has made no preparation, but has
contented himself with saying, “ Oh, I shall find out all about it when
I get there” ?
3. There is in
the present day a world-wide belief that a great Teacher is very shortly
coming to the earth.
About 2,000 years
ago there was a similar expectation of the Messiah, and we read that the
orthodox Church of that day expected, in accordance with its
interpretation of the Scriptures, that He would come as a Great King,
who would establish a perfect kingdom and slay its enemies. To day the
Church expects the Second Coming of Christ and teaches that He will come
with power and great glory, and the Scriptures are taken to mean that
Christ will literally descend to Earth from the sky, surrounded with
angels, to establish a material kingdom on Earth, destroying all who
We now see that
the Church of 2,000 years ago misunderstood, and, owing to its
narrow-minded way of reading the Scriptures literally, missed the true
spiritual meaning, and could not recognize the Christ when He came as a
spiritual Teacher instead of the earthly King it expected; nor could it
accept the teaching He brought of a higher standard of life to that which it
had set up as sufficient for salvation.
If Christ should
now again come to the world not as a King surrounded by angels, but as a
spiritual Teacher, bringing revelations of a higher standard of life
than is taught by the Church of to-day, is there not danger that the Church will fail to
accept Him, and refuse to listen?
And is there not
also danger to ordinary people, if they have not thought about these questions and personally
studied what I have called the “ Reports of the Dawn,” that they, too,
may fail to acknowledge the Coming One?
It therefore seems
wise for each of us to consider these most important subjects, and to
make use of our brains and intelligence, remembering that on ordinary
matters one does not acquire knowledge worth having without effort and
study; also that until one has considerable knowledge, a too positive frame of
mind is unwise, for we are only in the Dawn of spiritual truth.
Clearly those who
so act, besides gaining the advantage of understanding life and losing all
fear of death, will be in a most favourable position to recognize the
Great Teacher should he come,
whilst those who
decline to take the trouble to consider these matters, may find themselves
in the position of one who, coming suddenly from darkness into sunlight,
is so dazzled by the light that for all practical purposes he remains