The Secret Truth
ALL begins from the Divine, from the Eternal, from the Infinite, all abides in it alone and by it alone, all ends or culminates in the divine Eternal and Infinite. This is the first postulate indispensable for our spiritual seeking — for on no other base can we found the highest knowledge and the highest life.
All time moves in the Eternal; all space is spread in the Infinite; all creatures and creations live by that in them which is Divine. This is patently true of an inner spiritual but also proves in the end to be true of this outer space and time. It is known to our inmost being that it lives because it is part of the Divine, but it is true also of the external and phenomenal creature compounded of ignorant Mind, blind life and subconscious Matter. A secret Self is the Alpha and Omega of this manifested existence; it is also the constant term, the omnipresent X into which all things resolve separately or together and which is their sum, their constituting material and their essence. All here is secretly the Divine, all is the Eternal, all is the Infinite.
But this secret truth of things is contradicted by the world's external appearances, it is denied by all the facts placed before us by our mind and senses, inconsistent with the sorrow and suffering of the world, incompatible with the imperfection of living beings and the unchangeable inconscience of things. What then pushes the mind to affirm it? what compels us to admit a seeing of things which is in conflict with our outer seeing and experience?
For on the surface of our consciousness and all around us there
is only the temporal and transient, only the confined and finite. What seems
largest to us finds its limit, what we assumed to be enduring comes to an end;
even this vast universe with its masses of worlds upon worlds which seemed to
stretch into infinity is convicted in the end of being only a boundless finite.
Man claiming to be a divine soul and an all-discovering intellect is brought
up short by Nature's rude proof of his ignorance and incompetence and exhibits
constantly in his thoughts the proneness to self-confident error and faultiness,
in his feelings and acts the pettiness, meanness and darkness or suddenly the
abysses of falsehood or foulness or cruelty of his nature. In the management
of this world the much that is undivine prevails easily over the little that
is divine or they are inextricably mixed together. The ideal fails in practice,
religion degenerates quickly into a militant sectarianism, fanaticism or formality,
the triumphant good turns into an organised evil. The Christian doctrine of
the fall, the Indian idea of the wandering of the Soul in a cosmic illusion
or the sceptic affirmation of an inconscient material Nature producing the freak
of consciousness seems often to be the kernel of the whole matter.