January 25, 2016


Jan 25 2015God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  John 4:24

I the Father of this universe, the Mother, the Supporter, the Grandsire, the Holy One to be known, the Word of Power.  The Bhagavad-Gita

The Tao produced One; One produced Two; Two produced Three; Three produced All things.  The Tao Teh King. Part I

Our lesson tells us that God is the Father, the Mother, the Supporter, and Grandsire.  It tells us that from the Oneness of God proceeds the Law, the Essence and the Word.  Then it tells us that God is spirit.  Wonderful indeed is this conception of the union of all life, which Jesus proclaimed in the ecstasy of his illumination.  “I and the Father are one.”  Continue reading “January 25, 2016”

January 24, 2016



Jan 24 2015The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: … The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.  Psalm 19: 7, 9

For the Self-begotten One, the Father-Mind, perceiving His own Works, sowed into all Love’s Bond… so that all might continue loving on for endless time, and that these Weavings of the Father’s Light might never fail.  The Chaldaen Oracles

But love will the God of Mercy vouchsafe to those who believe and do the things that be right.  The Koran

“The Law of the Lord is perfect” and the Law of the Lord is Love.  We are made perfect in the Law when we enter into the communion of love with one another and with the invisible essence of Life.  Continue reading “January 24, 2016”

January 23, 2016


Jan 23 2015Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord should be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.  Isaiah 60:20

Who uses well his light, Reverting it its (source so) bright, Will from his body ward all blight.  The Tao Teh King

The virtuous and well-conducted man, your majesty, is like a medicine in destroying the poison of human corruption; is like a healing herb in quieting the disease of human corruption; is like water in removing dirt and defilement of human corruption; is like the magic jewel in giving all good fortune to men.  Buddhism in Translations Continue reading “January 23, 2016”

January 22, 2016


Jan 22 2015For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:  now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  I Corinthians 13:12

O ye people, earth-born folk, ye who have given yourselves to drunkenness and sleep and ignorance of God, be sober now, cease from your surfeit, cease to be glamoured by irrational sleep!  Thrice-Greatest Hermes

I ye knew God as He ought to be known, ye would walk on the seas, and the mountains would move at your call.  The Kashf Al-Mahjub

“For now we see through a glass, darkly;…”  How familiar this passage is to all of us, but what does it mean other than our vision is clouded by a material sense of things?  Continue reading “January 22, 2016”

January 21, 2016



For all Jan 21 2015flesh is as grass, and all glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth forever.  I Peter 1:24-25.

All products of Brahm, which is reality, are themselves real; and there is nothing different from it.  Whoever says that there is (anything different), is not free from illusion but is like a man talking in his sleep.  Raja Yoga Philosophy

The unreal hath no being; the real never ceaseth to be.  The Bhagavad-Gita

The Gita tells us that unreality has no existence, while Reality cannot cease to be.  Our lesson also states that all the effects of the Spirit are themselves real, and that there is nothing different from the Divine Spirit.  Continue reading “January 21, 2016”

January 20, 2016


Jan 20 2015Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.  Matthew 13:44

Success (in the attainment of objects) forsaketh the person whose heart is unsteady, or who hath no control over his mind, or who is a slave of his senses.  The Mahabharata

Without either hunger or thirst, beyond all grief (all) rejoice in the place of heaven.  Katha Upanishad

Who would not be successful in the true sense of the term?  For there is no success without happiness and a sense of certainty.  There is something eternal about success.  There is no grief in success, because one who is truly successful is no longer sad.  He knows the things of this world are but temporary.  His treasure is truly in heaven.  Jesus likened it unto a treasure hid in a field, and he said he would sell everything we have in order that we might purchase this field and uncover this hidden treasure.  This treasure, the Mahabharata tells us, cannot be found while the heart is unsteady, while one is slave to objective appearances, or while he lacks control over his thought world.  All of this means that success, even in our objective undertakings, depends, first of all, upon stability of mind, consistency of purpose and concentration of effort.  The kingdom of heaven is already hidden within us.  The field which contains this hidden treasure is our own soul.  The priceless Pearl is covered by the hardened shell of experience.  We must learn to see God at the center of our being.

Today I uncover the perfection within me.  In its fullness I reveal the indwelling kingdom.  I look out upon the world of my affairs, knowing that the Spirit within me makes my way both immediate and easy, for I know that “it is not I, but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

January 19, 2016


Jan 19 2015Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Philippians 2:3,4

Theirs was the fullness of heaven and earth; the more that they gave to others, the more they had. Kwang-Tze

One is the Sense that’s active through them – their passions for each other. ‘Tis Love Himself who worketh the one harmony of all. Thus, therefore, let us sing the praise of God. Thrice-Greatest Hermes

Jesus said, “Give and to you shall be given.” All the great scriptures have been announced this central and transcendent truth, realizing that every act carries with it a sequence, bringing the result of this action back to the self. This is what is meant by Karma, for Karma means the fruit of action. Emerson called it the Law of Compensation, and Jesus proclaimed the same law in his teaching that as we sow, so shall we reap. This is why Kwang-Tse tells us that the more we give to others the more we have. Whitman also refers to this when he says, “The gift is most of the giver and comes back most to him.” This all means the return of the self to itself. The great apostle did not tell us to forget the self, he merely told us to also remember everyone else. That is, we are to see ourselves each in the other and behold God in all. Hermes tells us that when we realize Love as the great harmony, we shall all sing the praise of God. Before we can do this we must perceive this harmony in each other and in everything. Thus, everything which seems separated is united at the root. “Over all, in all and through all,” the “sustaining Beauty” of the inevitable “seed of perfection” to which Browning referred as nestling at the center of our own being.

I see God in everything, personified in all people, manifest in every event. The Spirit is not separated from the person or the event; It unites each to itself, vitalizing each with the energy of Its own being; creating each through Its own divine imagination. I, too, am an instrument of Its perfection, and today I recognize my union which is perfect and complete.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

January 18, 2016



It is the spimartin_luther_king_jr__by_rayebonesrit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

And where do name and form both cease, and turn to utter nothingness? And the answer is, “In consciousness invisible and infinite, of radiance bright.” Buddhism in Translations

All the objects in the world are of one and the same taste, are of one reality, have nothing to do with the modes of particularization, and are not of dualistic character. The Awakening of Faith

This lesson tells us that the objective world is quickened by the indwelling Spirit. The words of truth are life unto every form which they animate. All words which are spoken in a realization of the Divine Nature are words of truth, and all such words give life. ”It is the spirit that quickeneth.” Our lesson also tells us that all objects, that is, the entire objective universe, comes from One Substance. This Substance is differentiated, that is, manifest in many forms. It looks as though the cause were dual because the forms are all different, but our lesson clearly states that we must not fall under this delusion which is of a dualistic character, but, rather, penetrate the Unity back of all form. In our text from Buddhism, we have the idea that there is a place where both the objective name and form cease to exist as things in themselves. There is an invisible consciousness which radiates all forms. This does not mean a denial of the objective world, but, rather, an affirmation that is an effect projected from, by, and within a transcendent cause which has complete control over it.

I know that I understand how to speak the word of truth. I know that the invisible Power of the Spirit is with me. I know that my world is peopled with forms of light, with the Divine Radiance. I know that I am a perfect being, living under perfect conditions with other perfect beings in a perfect God.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

January 17, 2016


Jan 17 2015And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. I John 2:17

And the horde of evil passions cannot tarry there, even for a moment. Hymns of Mahayana Faith

All that is with you passeth away, but that which is with God abideth. The Koran

Neither the Will of God nor the Nature of God can change. Reality is the same ‘yesterday, today and forever.” That which was is, and that which is, will remain. Man’s nature is spiritual. The only thing about him that can change is that which ought not to be permanent. We are changeless beings living in a changing world. Thus all of our experiences are bound together on a thread of continuity which Lowell called “the thread of the All-Sustaining Beauty which runs through all and doth all unite.” It is wonderful to know that something permanent, substantial and eternal stands in the midst of our being, and, I believe, watches with joy the eternal change taking place. To the Spirit these changes are merely variations of experience. The Spirit is never caught, tied or bound. Ugliness may seem to exist for a brief moment but Beauty, like Truth, endures forever. All that is evil passes; as our Hymn of faith says, it cannot exist even for a moment when faced by the Divine Reality. Everything that we now experience objectively will change, as it ought to, “… but that which is with God (of good) abideth.”

I know that I live in a changeless Reality. I am not disturbed by the passage of time, the movement around me, nor the variations of experience through which I go. Something within me remains immovable and says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” This “I Am” which is God within me, is substantial, changeless and perfect.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

January 16 2016


Jan 16 2015Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  II Corinthians 3:17

There is an originating and all-comprehending (principle) in my words, and an authoritative law for the things (which I enforce).  The Texts of Taoism

My fifth name is All good things created by Mazda, the offsprings of the holy principle.  The Zend-Avesta

We all desire to experience liberty, and to know that the all-comprehensive Mind and Principle is in the very words we speak.  The Zend-Avesta tells us that all good things are created by Mazda (the principle of light).  Here we have a concept of liberty, of light and of freedom accompanying our words; a Divine Authority imparting a creativeness to our thought.  The creative power of Spirit is in our word in such degree as we become conscious of Spirit.  We know that words of love overcome thoughts of hate.  We know that peace will heal confusion, and that a sense of power will overcome the belief of weakness.  All our work should be built upon the supposition that good overcomes evil, not by combating, but by transcending it.  The noncombativeness of Spirit is the principle back of the law of nonresistance which Jesus so plainly taught.  The Spirit has no opposites; It is always joyous, perfect and free.  There is no difference in the essence between our spirit and the Spirit.  The spirit of man is the Spirit of God in man – the two are one.

The peace and the power of the Divine Presence is with me today.  Therefore, I walk calmly, knowing that I am enveloped in the Divine Presence.  I am fully conscious that my word liberates every bondage, whether it be in myself or in others. I know that my word is the law of good automatically executing itself, irresistibly proclaiming itself; inevitably fulfilling itself.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker