Gustave Le Bon
"The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim." [Gustave Le Bon]
Manly Palmer Hall
“Though the modern world may know a million secrets, the ancient world knew one - and that was greater than the million; for the million secrets breed death, disaster, sorrow, selfishness, lust, and avarice, but the one secret confers life, light, and truth.” [Manly Palmer Hall]
"Those who believe they can learn anything without the assistance of God, will fall into idolatry, superstition and error. They may obtain great names in the world, and be admired by the ignorant, but their intellect is repulsed from the Light and will end in darkness. The art of deceiving and disputing, sophisticating, perverting and misrepresenting truths may be learned in schools; but the power to recognize and follow the Truth cannot be conferred by academical degrees; it comes only from God." [Paracelsus: 'De Fundamento Sapientiae']
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self evident." [Arthur Schopenhauer]
Duality is the law of witness-bearing, and the confirmation of truth; - "If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of Me." - John v. 31, 32. "At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death." - Deut. xvii, 6. "He that despised Moses' law died without mercy at the mouth of two or three witnesses." - Heb x. 28. "The dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass." - Gen.xli. 32. [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 42]
In getting the length of a string, in inches or otherwise, to produce the scale of music, any number may be fixed on for the unit; or for the vibrations of the root note any number may be fixed on for the unit; but in the fractions which show the proportions of the notes of the scale, there is no coming and going here; this belongs to the invariables; there is just one way of it. Whatever is not sense here is nonsense. It is here we are to look for the truth. The numbers which express the quantities and the numbers which express the motions are always related as being of the same kind. The fractions bring their characters with them, and we know by this where they come from. 1/4 of a string gives a note 2 octaves above the whole string, no matter what may be its length; 2 has exactly the same character as 1; 2/4 gives the note which is 1 octave above the whole string; but in the case of 3/4 here is a new ingredient, 3; 3/4 of a string gives a note which is a fifth below the [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 75]
When Leonhard Euler, the distinguished mathematician of the eighteenth century, wrote his essay on a New Theory of Music, Fuss remarks - "It has no great success, as it contained too much geometry for musicians, and too much music for geometers." There was a reason which Fuss was not seemingly able to observe, namely, that while it had hold of some very precious musical truth it also put forth some error, and error is always a hindrance to true progress. Euler did good service, however. In his letters to a German Princess on his theory of music he showed the true use of the mathematical primes 2, 3, and 5, but debarred the use of 7, saying, "Were we to introduce the number 7, the tones of an octave would be increased." It was wise in the great mathematician to hold his hand from adding other notes. It is always dangerous to offer strange fire on the altar. He very clearly set forth that while 2 has an unlimited use in producing Octaves, 3 must be limited to its use 3 times in producing Fifths. This was right, for in producing a fourth Fifth it is not a Fifth for the scale. But Euler erred in attempting to generate the semitonic scale of 12 notes by the use of the power of 5 a second time on the original materials. It produces F# right enough; for D27 by 5 gives 135, which is the number for F#. D27 is the note by which F# is produced, because D is right for this process in its unaltered condition. But when Euler proceeds further to use the prime 5 on the middles, A, E, and B, and F#, in their original and unaltered state, he quite errs, and produces all the sharpened notes too low. C# for the key of D is not got by applying 5 to A40, as it is in its birthplace; A40 has already been altered for the key of G by a comma, and is A40 1/2 before it is used for producing its third; it is A40 1/2 that, multiplied by 5, gives C#202 1/2, not C200, as Euler makes C#. Things are in the same condition with E before G# is wanted for the key of A. G# is found by 5 applied to E; not E in its original and unaltered state, E30; but as already raised a comma for the key of D, E30 3/8; so G# is not 300, as Euler has it, but 303 3/4. Euler next, by the same erroneous methods, proceeds to generate D# from B45, its birthplace number; but before D# is wanted for the key of E, B has been raised a comma, and is no longer B45, but B45 9/16, and this multiplied by 5 gives D#227 13/16, not D225, as Euler gives it. The last semitone which he generates to complete his 12 semitones is B♭; that is A#, properly speaking, for this series, and he generates it from F#135; but this already altered note, before A# is wanted for the key of B, has been again raised a comma [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 107]
I enter upon the subject with the deepest sense of my own inability to do justice in any measure to the grandeur of the topic; but I trust that my remarks may prove suggestive to others of far higher truths. They are the result of the leisure hours of nearly fifty years, during which the conviction has ever deepened, that "philosophy of the natural kind does but push man's ignorance farther back," and that, in the concluding words of Sir John Lubbock's inaugural address to the British Association at York in 1881, "the great lesson which Science teaches is, how little we yet know, and how much we have still to learn." [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Introduction2 - Harmonies, page 10]
ALTHOUGH I am confident that the foundation on which I have been building is firm, and will never fail, I also feel that there are probably errors in raising the superstructure. "Truthful deductions must ultimately harmonise; like light, they will shine by their own effulgence." "If, however, we determine that we will not receive any truth against which objections can be raised, we shall remain in a state of universal scepticism, for against truths of every description objections have been and may be suggested." Appearances are often contrary to facts— "the straight stick looks crooked in the tide." And the question has always to be decided, whether the objections neutralise the positive evidences in favour of the truth of any assertion. [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, General Remarks on Harmonies of Tones and Colours, page 12]
There is much paradox, and the scheme differs so much from any hitherto published on the subject, that I am aware that, if any link can be found to be wanting in the chain, the defect will immediately be seized upon. I believe, however, that it will be found to admit of clear demonstration. Anyone who has studied the subject knows the difficulties that arise on all sides. In the problem before us, we have to reduce large fields of thought to certain elementary truths. In my endeavour to do this, I have been entirely dependent upon the discovery of the laws of Nature, as my ear is not musical enough to assist me in the matter. "All mysteries are either truths concealing deeper truths, or errors concealing deeper errors," and thus, as the mysteries unfold, truth or error will show itself in a gradually clearer light. The great mystery of music lies in its infinite resources; it teems with subtle elements and strange analogies. A musical note may be compared to a machine: we touch the spring and set the machine in motion, but the complex machinery exists beforehand, quite independent of our will; the motive power is not of our creation, and the laws on which its operation depends are superior to our control. The complex work of harmony is governed by the laws which are originated by the Creator; every note performs what He has willed, and in tracing these laws let us not be indifferent about their Author, but ever bear in mind that the source or fountain of the life and activity of harmonies arises from the Power who created the machine, and who knows how it will act. Let us also remember that we understand this machine but partially, and govern it but imperfectly, as indeed the finite can only, in a small measure, grasp the Infinite; and in any [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, The Method of Development or Creation of Harmonies1, page 15]
IN tracing the origin of a harmony, or family of sounds, all divisions must come out of the one, or unit. Two powers are at work—cohesion and separation; a truth continually dwelt upon by the Greek philosophers. In the diagram, the note C may be considered as central, or as placed with four tones below and two above itself. [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Diagram II - The Twelve Keynotes1, page 23]
Dear students of Life, and beloved ones, I give warm embrace to your spirit and body. My message today is one of comfort to each. It is my desire that you find much warmth in the words here, as a result of a sympathetic resonance between your Soul and the Truth here presented. [Jesus, Good Heart]
The only Truth is Love. It has many faces, and sometimes it is confusing when one attempts to discern Love and its expressions in one’s life. Such confusion can be dispelled through the power of the Good Heart. Your Heart is naturally good. The energy which surrounds you, swirling in response to your outlook, emotions, actions, thoughts, dreams and illusions, filters the Love that comes from you and that which comes to you. Your quest for Truth must begin with the Beauty of the Self. That is the Good Heart. The Good Heart is one that sees itself as a Center to and from which blessings flow in abundance. If this picture is desired, the heart will open to accommodate its full power of Love, bringing peace to the Self and others. We stand by to assist your unfolding, and the clarification of your beauty and Light. [Jesus, Good Heart]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"I was lifted into another dimension of conscious perception, which enabled me to see the TRUTH concerning life and existence. I saw, lucidly and clearly, what was real and what was false in man's thinking." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 11]
"As I was about to do this, it came to me forcibly that I was trying to 'prove' my time of enlightenment was real. If I required such proof, then I was in a state of doubt and I would probably kill myself, besides I had been shown that in every eventuality I could lift my thoughts up to the 'FATHER-CREATIVE CONSCIOUSNESS' and ask for a solution to every problem. How quickly I forgot the Truth!" [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 20]
"Those who deny this Truth will be denied access to the Celestial Kingdoms until they have increased their spiritual perception, and prayerfully changed their attitudes. Only when their vision is lifted above the earthly human perception of 'male and female' - and beyond their earthly desires and ego drive - to the Reality out of which they have drawn their 'being', will they escape the wheel of re-incarnation and find entrance to the ultimate Joy and Glory." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 4, page 17]
"There is nothing that electromagnetism has brought into visible being which the human mind can deem to be lacking purpose or meaning.
Science ignores this most basic and vital level of creation. Without an answer to this question, as to why everything which has been brought into visible manifestation by the activity of the twin energies of electromagnetism is invariably purposeful, successful and rational - nothing of any value in the search for your origins will be discovered.
Until science can probe and discover the 'Reality' of the 'space' in which electrical particles of 'visible being' are supported, science will forever remain behind locked doors of materialism. It will be barred to eternal Truth and universal wisdom and imprisoned within the bondage of reason alone - reason which is solely the product of the finite activity of brain cells.
It is to the true nature of the SPACE I intend to introduce you - but before proceeding to this, I must first bring many highly pertinent questions to your attention." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 5, page 8]
"It is a matter of extreme urgency that people world-wide should recognize that the TRUTH is you have been born to individualize and express the UNIVERSAL - the SOURCE of your BEING - in an evolutionary manner, eventually reaching peak INDIVIDUALIZED manifestation of your SOURCE of BEING - CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 9, page 7]
"A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." [Max Planck]
Dialogue on Awakening
"Have you felt truth in moments of joy? For if you have not, you have missed its meaning. Truth is not a feeling of what is right and what is wrong – these are but judgments made of man. Truth is in joy that releases you from fear. Truth is the presence of laughter as you feel the wind upon your face. Truth is every pure thought and feeling you have that reaches out to God and to your brother. You will not find it in words." [Dialogue on Awakening, fourth edition, page xxvi]
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident." [Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher, 1788-1860]
"A truth's initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn't the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn't flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic!" [Dresden James]
"Truth is often stranger than fiction because fiction is obliged to make sense." [Mark Twain]
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The main thing is to have a soul that loves the truth and harbours it where he finds it. And another thing: truth requires constant repetition, because error is being preached about us all the time, and not only by isolated individuals but by the masses. In the newspapers and encyclopedias, in schools and universities, everywhere error rides high and basks in the consciousness of having the majority on its side." [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]
"There is no path to truth, it must come to you. Truth can come to you only when your mind and heart are simple, clear, and there is love in your heart; not if your heart is filled with the things of the mind." [Krishnamurti]
Q - "What is truth?"
A - "That which makes aware of the Divine within each and every activity; that is of the mental, the material, the spiritual self - and is a growth in each and every soul... What is Truth? That which makes aware to the inmost self or the soul the Divine and its purposes with that soul." Cayce (262-81)
"There is only one Spirit—of Truth. There may be many divisions, as there may be many drops of water in the ocean yet they are all of the ocean." [Cayce 262-87]
"Truth is the unalterable, unchangeable law, ever. What is truth? Law! What is law? Love! What is love? God! What is God? Law and Love. These are as the cycle of truth itself... He is the same yesterday, today and forever - unalterable... I Am That I Am. That is true." Cayce (3574-2)
"As He has given, it will ever be found that Truth - whether in this or that schism or ism or cult - is of the One source. Are there not trees of oak, of ash, of pine? There are the needs of these for meeting this or that experience." [Cayce (254-87)]
"Arguments will seldom change the aspects or views of any. And truth itself needs no champion for it is of itself champion of champions... It is much easier to refrain from error - in speech or in activity - than to seek forgiveness for the word quickly spoken." [Cayce (1669-1)]
"...truth itself needs no champion, for it is of itself champion of champions - and needs no defense." [Cayce (1669-1)]
"It is needful for man to interpret his own experience 'The Lord thy God is One' (Mark 12:29). Each and every individual are attempting to give their interpretation, and you may be sure that each is just as sincere as the other. That they each have found something within the other is not evidence that either is wrong, or either is right. The answer is according to that each one is doing about that which answers to the first and the last command to man: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, thy mind, thy body: thy neighbor as thyself." Those who conform the nearer to that are correct. Yet, do any? Do you? Does your neighbor?" [Cayce (5142-1)] [See Allowing, Forgiveness]
...do not be afraid of giving self in a service - if the ideal is correct. If it is for selfish motives, for aggrandizement, for obtaining a hold to be used in an underhand manner, beware. If it is that the glory of truth may be made manifest, spend it all - whether self, mind, body, or the worldly means - whether in labor or in the coin of the realm." [Cayce 1957-1]
"The difference between a truth based on an opinion and on wisdom is this. Wisdom backs itself up by science; opinion gives no proof but someone's opinion. Here is the difference. Man who is under the wisdom of opinion has no idea on what his opinion are based. All controversy springs from this error." [Quimby]
Truth is the death or sting of opinions. Science of God is eternal life in this wisdom. This is the science whose light lighteth the dark dens of disease and leads the sick from their hiding places into that wisdom that will guide them through this world of opinions and land them safe on the shores of Eternal Truth. [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby]
This is written to show you how you stand in regard to this truth and how I stand in regard to you. This applies to all persons seeking after the truth. I will liken it unto a treasure in the wilderness of which you have heard and go in search of. You stand in your search with no guides but what you have seen and enjoyed. You hear of men embarking in the enterprise, but not having found it shortly return to their own opinion. You listen to their story and learn as far as they are concerned they have never seen one who has entered that land of light, where disease never comes. They all after a short time return and live and die in their own belief. This makes you feel gloomy; then one comes along saying, I have felt the warm atmosphere of the place; it invigorates me and I felt as buoyant as though I had been in the air. This gives you courage and you pray that you may be guided by this light that you see now and then dimly and so you travel on, sometimes in the dark, guided by a power that you cannot see, sometimes by the light of Wisdom and then you take courage.
Now in the darkness of the night, you hear the cries of the sick who are tormented and you halt, not knowing what to do. Then some unknown hand reaches out and in a whispering voice says, Fear not, pass forward; then come the groans of the dying and you tremble. At last the voice of the sick dies away and the light of Wisdom springs up and you see the prize you are seeking for in the darkness. So you tread lighter and lighter till you become so buoyant that you feel as though you did not weigh anything. Now you are standing in this place between opinion and Wisdom and looking at everything as you see it, but not knowing the names of things you meet. You hesitate, but you have gone so far that you cannot get back, yet not far enough to feel sure that it is the land of the living. So you are surveying the land and reasoning about it. At last, shadows will appear before your eyes and your senses will be brought into play. The shadows will take form, then life will enter. Voices like the rushing winds will salute your ears, and you will look and individuals will arise of flesh and blood. Then you will know that you have passed from death unto life; your belief is lost in sight, you will not doubt. Your grief will be turned into joy and you will see that all your misery is in opinions. And as you grow, you will see the error of the world's opinions.
I will now tell you where I am and how I am leading you along. You are in the old world or testament. I am in the new world or testament, not P. P. Quimby but this truth. It is the light that lighteth everyone that cometh into this world and to make you understand it, it takes upon itself flesh and blood. So when it speaks, it speaks not as man speaks, but it speaks the truth, not opinions. The natural man is opinion, not wisdom; the scientific man is not flesh and blood but wisdom. And where wisdom is recognized by the natural man, then the natural man is not far from the kingdom of heaven. To gain the kingdom of heaven is to gain Science. There are many kinds of science, but they are all from one great wisdom. And science is the name of that particular application of wisdom to a particular phenomenon. For instance, chemistry is the name of a wisdom reduced to practice and the practice is called science. Now man looks upon chemistry as something separate and apart from him as much as religion, while chemistry is one of the elements of his own existence, for it contains no matter. So it is with mathematics and all the sciences that ever have been developed. Man is just as large as he is wise in Science, so science is that solid that will break in pieces all opinions. There is one development of wisdom that has never been acknowledged by the natural man and when that is acknowledged, the natural man then becomes subject to a higher power. This is the Science of Wisdom whose fruits are health and happiness. This is the foundation of all other sciences. It is the rock of wisdom and man is made of it. Opinion is its servant and when the servant becomes the master, then the wicked reign and the people mourn.
It may be asked if health and happiness is a science, how can it be put into practice for the benefit of man? I answer, Just as you put into practice any other branch of wisdom for man's good. All wisdom that has been reduced or developed is the growth of the scientific man. And as wisdom is developed, it is put into practice for the happiness of man. Opinions or beliefs are the natural man, and as he dies, the spiritual or scientific man takes his place. Just as the wilderness is the natural man and civilization clears away the trees and cultivates the soil, so the natural man is full of brutal and false ideas warring against himself. And science lies and sees the wicked do wickedly till their wickedness is destroyed by the weapons of their own make. As the wisdom is developed that sees through all the evils of the world of opinion and belief, it corrects the error and establishes the truth. This changes the natural man into a man of wisdom that will see that human misery is based on an opinion. Let a person just look at himself as the image of his maker and he will see that man is a complete image of the very God he ought to worship.
I will make the one living and true man: the father, the son and the Holy Ghost. The scientific or wisdom is the father; the idea man or matter the son, or flesh and blood; the explanation of the unity is the Holy Ghost or wisdom. These three make the one living and true man. The father or wisdom will reign through the son or matter by the word or Holy Ghost till all enemies are explained through the son. Then the son shall become subject to the father or science and wisdom shall reign all in all. In the days of old, this wisdom spake through the prophets. At last, it spake through science or a wiser medium, but it has never spoken to the sick in prison. But ancient and modern philosophy has looked for the true Messiah or Wisdom that shall open the prison doors, burst the bolts and bars, break the chains of superstition and set the captive free. When this comes, there shall be a time such as was never seen before, when the priests and doctors shall hide their faces from the people to keep from being ridiculed for their superstition and ignorance. They will be set down on a level with the old Salem witchcraft. Their power shall be taken away from them and they shall be turned out to eat the fruits of their own labor. Then to be religious is to show the world that you can correct some of the diseases that have been invented by these blind guides. As man knows himself, he learns that all he is, is his life, and his senses are in his life, that opinions are mind subject to his life. His life embraces all his faculties and his happiness is in knowing that he is no part of what is seen by the eye of opinion. The world is the shadow of wisdom's amusement. All that is seen by the natural man is mind reduced to a state called matter." Quimby, October 1861
"You cannot make an opinion about the truth. You can experience it, you can taste it, you can be it, but you cannot have an opinion about it, because the moment truth faces you, you are no more. The ego that used to make opinions simply disappears, just as when you bring light into a dark room the darkness disappears. In fact it was never there it was only the absence of light. The moment the light is present, how can the light and the darkness exist together?
"And your opinion is simply a barrier in finding the truth. You somehow have got the idea that fact and truth are synonymous; they are not. Sometimes the fiction is more true than the fact. Just look at the three hundred years' growth of science. Everything has changed. Aristotle's logic was a great discovery, accepted by all for almost thousand years. Now it is just garbage. Non-Aristotelian logic has taken its place; someday it will also be in the garbage.
"Man's truth - what he calls fact - has no validity. It is the blind man's idea of light. Why should I have any respect for it? And the most amazing part is: why are you disturbed? The psychology of it is very clear. When I don't pay any respect to the so-called facts, your knowledgeable mind gets disturbed. You want me to be infallible, you want me to be the greatest master in the world. Not that you are interested in me, your interest is in being the disciple of the greatest master in the world. Your desire is to belong to a master who is always respectful of facts.
"Remember, in many different contexts this will happen to you. I have said again and again, I am a fallible, ordinary man. And to be a disciple of a fallible, ordinary man is disturbing. But that simply shows your ego and its longing. You would like to make me a God, because then you become also God's disciple. Then there is a direct communication line between God and you.
"Forgive me, I am not God, and there is no one who is, no one who has ever been. It is your psychology that has created the prophets, the messiahs, the avatars. They fulfilled your desire. And naturally, it was good business: they became messiahs, and you became the special apostles of the messiah. Unless man drops this stupid psychology, it is very difficult to get rid of messiahs, prophets, great masters, because you are so insistent on being a great disciple. How can you be a great disciple if the master is fallible?
"I am trying in every way to destroy your psychology, which has dominated humanity for centuries. It has made you almost unintelligent, but the balloon of your ego goes on becoming bigger and bigger. You, your individuality, your consciousness, go on diminishing in the same proportion.
"What do you want? Should I say things which satisfy you? Or should I say things as they are, whether they satisfy you or hurt you? It is your responsibility, it is not my concern."
From the False to the Truth
Chapter title: All promise for tomorrow are lies