Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov (Mihail Ivanov) (January 31, 1900 – December 25, 1986) was a Bulgarian philosopher, pedagogue, alchemist, mystic, magus and astrologer. A leading 20th-century teacher of Western Esotericism in Europe, he was a disciple of the universal spiritual Master Peter Deunov (Beinsa Douno), the founder of the Universal White Brotherhood.
In the foreword to Omraam’s biography, The Mystery of Light, Dr. Larry Dossey wrote, “One of the most striking qualities of Aivanhov’s teaching is the simplicity and clarity that shines through at every moment. His unadorned, uncluttered words are a refreshing contrast to the hopelessly obscure obfuscations that pass today for ‘spiritual’ teachings. What a joy to rediscover that authentic wisdom need not be opaque and impenetrable.”
Many of his methods of attaining physical and spiritual health involved the use of sunlight, either for sunbathing or sungazing, and he named his system Solar Yoga, aka Surya Yoga. There also exist in India and elsewhere a number of other systems also bearing one or both of these names as well. He freely acknowledged that the roots of many of his solar practices lay in ancient traditions he had learned from surviving masters from the Caucasian mountains and perhaps even Tibet and India.
“Through my teaching,” he said, “I want to impart to you some essential notions of the human being: how he is designed, his relationships with nature, the exchanges he must make with the universe if he is to drink from the springs of divine life.”
Mikhail Ivanov was born in Srpci (then in the Manastir Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire), a village in Bitola Municipality in the present-day Republic of Macedonia, to a Bulgarian family. His father, Ivan Dimitrov was a merchant and his mother, Dolya was a religious woman, who dedicated her son to God since his very early childhood. Like most Bulgarians who lived and who were the predominant ethnic element in the region of Macedonia during that time, the family of Mikhail Ivanov was forced to leave his home, being persecuted by the Greek army after the end of the Balkan War. Finally, the family found shelter and settled in Varna, Bulgaria. At the age of 17, after a childhood full of deprivation, he met Master Peter Deunov (1864 – 1944), the founder of the Universal White Brotherhood in the city of Varna, Bulgaria. In 1937 Deunov entrusted him with bringing his teaching to France. During the next 49 years, up to his death, he developed the teaching of the Universal White Brotherhood, giving more than 5000 lectures.
He taught mainly in France, and he created the spiritual centers Bonfin in Fréjus, France and Izgrev, Sofia in his native Bulgaria, but also traveled a great deal, in Switzerland (spiritual center Videlinata), Canada, the US, the UK and Scandinavia. His works which include 44 pocketbooks and 32 complete works are based on his lectures, which were recorded first in shorthand and since 1960 on audio and video tape. They are published & distributed by Prosveta-Canada.
In 1959, he travelled to India, where he met the saint, Neem Karoli Baba, who gave him the name Omraam. Thereafter he was known as Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov.
He died on 25 December 1986 in Fréjus, France.
Aivanhov’s philosophy teaches that everybody, regardless of race, religion, social position, intellectual ability or material means, is able to take part in the realization of a new period of brotherhood and peace on earth. This happens through the individual’s personal transformation: growth in perfection and in harmony with the divine world. Whatever the topic, he invariably focuses on how one can better conduct life on earth. Aivanhov taught that to achieve a better life, one must have a high ideal: “… if you have a High Ideal, such as the bringing of the Kingdom of God on earth, you obtain everything you wished for, you taste plenitude.”
Aïvanhov teaches the ancient principles of initiatic science. He describes the cosmic laws governing both the universe and the human being, the macrocosm and microcosm, and the exchanges that constantly take place between them. This knowledge has taken different forms throughout the centuries. It is the “perennial wisdom” expressed through various religions, each adapted to the spirit of a particular time, people, and level of spiritual evolution. Aivanhov’s teaching incorporates aspects of Esoteric Christianity that relate to finding the “Kingdom of God on earth” within the individual. One of the essential truths of initiatic science, according to Aivanhov, is that (in the higher world) all things are linked. Thus committing oneself to the Kingdom of God on earth makes it realizable: “The real science is to form within ourselves, in the depths of our being, this Body that Initiates call the Body of Glory, the Body of Light, the Body of Christ.”
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Excerpts from his writings:
“Strive each day to make your life purer, richer, and more luminous. You will subtly and imperceptibly lead all of creation heavenward.”
“If you see to it each day that your conduct is impeccable, the following day will be completely clear, and you will be free to carry out your plans, always vigilant that you leave no loose ends. In this way, each new day will find you free and well disposed.”
“The day I acquired the habit of consciously pronouncing the words “thank you”, I felt I had gained possession of a magic wand capable of transforming everything.”
“Whatever your trials, remind yourself that you are a spirit and are capable of changing your destiny.”
“In asking love for help, you have opened a spring within you, and now you can leave love to do its purifying work.”
“Do not direct all your energies towards seeking pleasure but rather towards a sublime ideal. Your energies will then serve you and contribute to the realisation of your goal or ideal.”
“No situation will really improve if mentalities do not improve. People have to leave the region of their lower appetites for changes to become true improvements.”
“I know that when human beings have learned to control and master matter,
thanks to the work of their five senses, they will soar upwards again and start to develop their spiritual senses.”
“All of you, therefore, who want to make progress on the path of evolution, should limit and reduce the sensations you receive through your five senses and start to look within yourselves.”
“Light is a living spirit the most sublime lesson that the sun gives us is his love for all creatures.”
“Someone will say, ‘I love’… Yes, they love, of course, but do they ask themselves about the nature of their love? Do they give a thought to the fact that there are two kinds of love: the self-serving kind and the disinterested kind? Disinterested love does not expect anything from others, it does not fret, it does not cling to them, and it does not trouble them. It is a gushing spring, which gives ceaselessly.”
“Do not be concerned with other people’s weaknesses, and do not lecture them, but try to live with them in such a way that you are an example of impersonality, patience and love. You will emanate such power that, even without saying anything, you will influence those around you and bring them the greatest blessings.”
“Only a belief in the life of the soul and spirit, and therefore of the divine world, the origin of all that exists, can show us the true magnitude of beings and things and awaken our sensitivity to the energy currents moving through them.”
“If you want to communicate with nature, the very least you can do is to accept the idea that she is alive and intelligent. Most human beings behave as though nature were dead, and the result is that their own inner life vibrates less powerfully and with less intensity and their God-given faculties of perception and sensation are gradually paralysed.”
“It is your love that will save you, and love can be expressed in all the seemingly unimportant gestures you make every day. So make the effort to always find something new to do, in the knowledge that each little gesture you make with diligence, sincerity and love is like a creature of light that is always with you.”
“Most human beings believe that happiness lies in being loved. Of course, they agree to love a little, but they believe that the main thing is to be loved. This is easy to prove: why do they suffer when they learn that the person they love does not give back that love, or does not give back as much as they wish? They wait for the outside world to give them love. If it does not come, or if it is taken away, they feel deprived: they do not believe in their own power, in their own force of love, they need love to come from outside of themselves. In reality, to find peace and joy, you must not wait for love to come from other people anymore, but decide to rely on your love: because inside of you lies the source of love, and this source is inexhaustible.”
Body of Glory
“Even if an initiate is ill or dying, even if he is dead, his body of glory is still there, alive and radiant, and still able to touch creatures at a distance in order to instruct, advise, and console them and give them his blessing. Only the body of glory is immortal, because the elements that have gone into its construction are of incorruptible material and they do not disintegrate. This is why before leaving his disciples, Jesus said to them: ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
The ideal every true disciple seeks to attain is to build, in the depths of his physical body, the body that is known as the body of glory, the body of immortality, the body of Christ, which is the true body of resurrection. How did Jesus become the Christ? Long, long ago I asked him that question and he said: ‘I have left a mark on earth, and that mark is indelible because I succeeded in building my body of glory. I loved God, I wanted to resemble him, and a multitude of beings and forces came to my assistance. I worked with only my thoughts and my love, but I was not alone; I called upon all the creatures of the celestial hierarchies and they came to replace the matter of my body with luminous and divine particles. They sanctified everything within me. My ideal was to resemble my heavenly Father, and I became like him. Now you must do as I did.’
This is what Jesus told me, and if you too love this high ideal, it will attract angels to you who will work to purify and transform you until all the matter of your being is illuminated by the spirit. To become like his heavenly Father, Jesus also had to have this high ideal, but it was not he who replaced every cell, every particle of his body. No human being is capable of that. There are other entities who are capable of changing the structure of matter, and we only have to invite them in. That is our work; as for them, they take on the other part of the work. When the man has deposited a seed into the woman’s womb, it is not up to her to choose and organize the elements that will go to build the body of her child. How could she? There are billions of particles, and how could she arrange them correctly to form the limbs and the organs: the heart, the lungs, the brain, and so on? There are other entities who take charge of this, thousands and thousands of them. In the same way an initiate who is conscious that the seed of the body of Christ is within him sets certain processes in motion, directs them, and then all the powers of heaven and earth take charge of the rest. This too is what Jesus explained to me.
And now, ask Jesus this question: ‘Should we be listening to our master, to what he tells us, to what he teaches us? Should we follow him?’ His answer will be: ‘Your master is my servant, he has learned a great deal from me, and he is passing this on to you. If you follow him you will advance on the path of evolution much more rapidly.’
May light and peace be with you!”
”There is one Master in the world.
There is only one Master who brings real knowledge. He has many manifestations in life, but in essence he is one and the same. If man finds one of the moments of His manifestation, at the same time he will find himself.
It is a law – when you find the only Master, when you find God, you will find yourself as well. When you see God, you will see yourself. To see God and to see yourself – that is the most sacred moment in life. Man lives for that very moment.
Only God can be Master in the world. And when Christ tells His disciples: “One is your Father”, he means the Great, the Only Master.
The Master – this is the Father. God becomes a Father and enters into a certain relationship with us according to the law of Wisdom.
Therefore, by Master, in the universal sense of the word we mean the Great Divine Wisdom which brings true knowledge to the world, which introduces all new ideas, all new forms, all new feelings and impulses in life.
Therefore, only one is the Great Master in the world although His manifestations are many.
I have said to you and I say again: there is only one knowledge and only one light. But knowledge does not come from one place only and the light does not pass through only one window.
The paths of knowledge are countless, and the windows of light are innumerable. Everyone who has the mission to make Truth known to men, does not speak of himself. He speaks in the name of the One Master. That is why Christ says: “I came into the world not to do my will, but the will of Him who sent me.”
Every real Master, every person Divinely Annointed, is sent on a special mission to earth. According to human laws, which, after all, are a reflection of the laws of the spiritual world, a certain qualification is required of a person who wishes to become a teacher, and it is the same in the spiritual world. Only he who is enlightened and anointed by the Divine Spirit can be a Master. He who is not enlightened by the Divine Spirit does not have the right to teach others, because he will violate the Divine law.
Do not think that the Masters have not learned. They have studied in the schools of the physical, the spiritual and the divine worlds, and have received the revelations of the whole cosmos. They know the inmost laws of Nature, they understand the structure of the world, of man, of his path of evolution and of his great destiny. They understand the strictly defined relationship between man’s spirit and his soul, between his mind and his heart. And for this reason, they alone can direct man on his path of evolution.
You might ask: “How can we recognize a Master?”
The recognition of a Master is purely a spiritual process. The Master cannot appear in the physical world as a complete act. Neither can he come as an outer appearance in life. The Master appears as an inner, intelligent manifestation within the man. Therefore, recognition of the Master comes from within the soul of the pupil. Many people perceive certain thoughts through suggestion, and think that this is their Master speaking to them from within. However, there is a great difference between the inner voice of the Master and the suggestion. Suggestion is an act of coercion. The speech of the Master is an act of freedom. And therefore, when the Master speaks from within, the pupil is inspired.
But when the Master speaks from without, through the words of a certain language, his speech has certain definite qualities. The Master uses each word in its right place. He knows why he uses a certain word, and he knows exactly what influence will be derived from its sound.
The concept of a Master is strictly defined in Living Nature.
The Master is he in whom there is no coercion. He is strong, but he uses no coercion. The Master is he in whom there is no falsehood. His exalted wisdom excludes any lie.
The Master is he in whom there is no evil. His goodness eliminates every evil.
If there is coercion, falsehood and evil in a man, he is not a Master, he is a pupil.
This is the simplest characterization of Master and pupil. The presence of the Master is known by the fact that he gives life, light and freedom.
A Master is only he who lives and works by the laws of Love, Wisdom and Truth.
He who does not fully observe these laws is not a Master, he is still a pupil.
The love of the Master is proven; there is no need to test it.
The knowledge of the Master is proven; there is no need to test it.
The purity of the Master it proven; there is no need to test it.
A Master, in the fullest sense of the word, is a perfect men. In him there not a shadow of hesitation, wavering or doubt.
Only a Master can rightly be called a great and powerful man, because his life is reflected in the whole cosmos. And if the life and thought of a man are reflected in the whole cosmos, they are Divine.
Mastership implies a state of higher selfconsciousness. A purely spiritual process must take place between the Master and the pupil. Full consciousness is necessary of the task which they must fulfill. In this case there must be as complete an interchange between Master and pupil as there is between a mother and the child in her womb.
As the human spirit works in the mother’s womb in order to construct the body of the child, as it learns during this process, taking part in the work done by the spirit of the mother, thus must Master and pupil work together and with the help of the Divine Spirit construct the pupil’s spiritual body, his eternal dwelling.
Therefore, to be a Master means to give birth spiritually.
This is what is meant in the Bible when it is written that a man begot another man. The man must give birth, that is to say, he must be a good Master. And the first thing that a Master must do is unveil for the pupil the spiritual world, which he has not yet seen, as the mother, after bearing the child nine months in her womb, reveals to it the world that is new to it.
Therefore, it becomes plain what a delicate and responsible task it is to be a Master. That is why Christ turned to his disciples with the words: “Do not call yourselves masters.” If someone dares, of his own accord, to act as a master and spiritually maims some souls, he will be responsible before the Great Law. The Great Law is kind but also just. All those who impersonate masters are put into jail, and after they endure their punishment, then at last they will take the right path of their evolution. And do you know how many thousands of years are necessary for that?
The Great Law is kind but it is also just!
Shall I remind you of the case of Moses? He studied under the best masters in Egypt. He studied long and completed a certain school. And indeed, the miracles he performed before the Pharaoh reveal that he had some knowledge. But because of one offense – the killing of the Egyptian, something absolutely forbidden to a pupil of the White Brotherhood – he had to go into exile in the desert for forty years in order to atone for his sin. For one murder he had to study and atone for forty years. And only after that did he receive a new initiation.
Reminding you of the grave responsibility that an initiate has for even one mistake, I wish to turn your attention to the very grave responsibility taken by those who impersonate masters and maim the souls of men.
Herein lies the reason for Christ’s grave warning to his disciples: “Do not call yourselves masters!”
You may ask me how you might distinguish a real master from an imposter, a master of the White Brotherhood from one of the Black.
The master of the Black Brotherhood does not know the Truth and because of this he pays more attention to outward appearance. He dresses himself in the best of clothes, wears expensive jewelry and rings with diamonds.
He says to his pupils, “You will listen only to me; only in me will you find the truth.”
The Master of the White Brotherhood dresses modestly but always cleanly and neatly. He does not wear rings and jewelry. He tells his pupils, “Do not expect great things of me!” In order that the pupil may not be misled, he wants the pupil himself to test the purity of his Master, discover for himself the Master’s inner treasures, and see his inner and not his outer, brilliance. Moreover, the Master of the White Brotherhood never restricts his pupils – he gives them full freedom.
The Master of the White Brotherhood, the Master of Truth, conveys three things: freedom to the soul, light to the mind and purity to the heart. The false master brings slavery to the soul, darkness to the mind and corruption to the heart. In order that you may have a full conception of the Masters, I will tell you that there is still another category of Masters – The Great Masters of the Universal Brotherhood – who know the methods of both the white and the black brotherhoods, and regulate their activity.
The coming of a Master to the earth is a wise action of the whole of Living Nature. In order that a Great Master may manifest himself, all intelligent souls must gather in one place. Furthermore on the earth also the necessary conditions for his coming must be prepared.
In order to outline briefly the way in which these conditions are prepared, I will mention this:
Two men of genius must be born in order that a saint may be born – these words are used in the sense given to them by Living Nature. In order that a Great Master may appear – ten saints must be born.
It is plain, then, why the Master, who is a collective unit, reflects the life of the whole cosmos, and why his life is reflected in the whole cosmos.
The Master draws his knowledge and principles out of the great book of Life in which every little stone, every branch and flower, every plant and animal, every human being in short, every living form – represents written words.
When he takes a leaf from a tree and looks at it, he reads where and when and under what conditions that type of plant developed, what kind of men lived then, and what was then the condition of the solar system. He reads also many contemporary events to which that leaf was a witness.
Everything leaves a trace, a mark, on the leaf. The leaves of a tree chronicle everything that happens in its vicinity. They tell what kind of persons passed by, and what their thoughts, wishes, and deeds were.
For a Master there is no inarticulate being in Nature – everything speaks to him in its own language.”
“How wrong we are to think that silence denotes emptiness, nothingness, the absence of all activity or creation. In reality, there is more than one kind of silence: the silence of death and the silence of a higher degree of life. It is this silence, that of the higher degree of life, that concerns us here and that we must try to understand. This is not the silence of inertia; on the contrary, it is the stillness that surrounds a work of great intensity that is taking place in a climate of perfect harmony. Nor is it emptiness or absence; on the contrary, it is fullness, a fullness comparable to that experienced by two human beings who love each other very deeply and share something that cannot be expressed in words or gestures. Silence is a quality of the inner life.
We all need silence. We particularly need the silence of nature, for that is where our roots lie: in nature.
Sometimes, when one is alone in a forest or up in the mountains, one feels as though one were being carried back into a distant past, into an era in which human beings were in communion with the forces and the spirits of nature. And if the call of a bird or the sound of a waterfall is heard, it is as though these very sounds were part of the silence: rather than destroying it, they emphasize and contribute to it. For, quite often, we are not even conscious of silence; we don’t notice it. It takes the sound of a twig snapping, a bird singing or a pebble falling to awaken us suddenly to an acute perception of the silence around us. Even the subdued roaring of the waves cannot destroy the profound silence of the oceans.
Silence is inhabited
Many people confuse silence with solitude. That is why they are afraid of silence: they are afraid of loneliness. The truth is, though, that silence is inhabited. If you want to ensure that you will never be poor and lonely, seek silence, for true silence is inhabited by countless beings. The Lord has populated the whole of creation; in the forests, lakes, and oceans, in the mountains and even in the depths of the earth dwell living beings. Even fire has its inhabitants. Yes, even the ether and the stars; everything is inhabited. Unfortunately, the noise of civilization, that is gradually invading every corner of the earth, and the increasingly materialistic and prosaic lives of most human beings have created conditions that are far from conducive to the presence amongst them of entities from the invisible world. On the contrary, these entities are forced to shun their company. Not that they have an aversion for human beings; but how can they stay in places that are constantly disturbed and desecrated by men’s lack of respect, by their crudeness and violence? Is there any wonder that these spirits are more and more inclined to withdraw into places that are inaccessible to men? I have already seen evidence of this for myself. In the Yosemite National Park in the United States, for instance, there are some 4000-year old trees. I have seen them and they are magnificent but they are no longer inhabited. The trees and this whole glorious region have been abandoned by their devas because all the tourists and holiday-makers bring in so much noise and turmoil. In almost every tree that grows there is a living creature but here, in this park, these gigantic trees are no longer inhabited. Just as human sages escape from the noise and agitation of unconscious human beings by going off and taking refuge in the solitude of the desert, a mountain or a cave, the luminous spirits of nature take refuge in places that human beings have not yet managed to spoil. Perhaps you are thinking, ‘They must be terrible weaklings if they can’t put up with a little noise!’ Well, you are free to think what you like.
In most mythological traditions, mountains are seen as the home of the gods. This can be understood symbolically, of course, but it is also a reality: the peaks of high mountains are antennae which put the earth in contact with Heaven. This is why they are the home of very pure and very powerful entities. When you climb a mountain, the higher you go the deeper the silence, and in this silence you discover the origin of all things, you become one with the First Cause, you are plunged into the ocean of divine light.
Nowadays, unfortunately, with the constant improvements in the means of transport, mountains have become fashionable resorts and more and more people flock to them for winter sports. They amuse themselves on the ski slopes all day and spend their evenings boasting about their skiing or climbing exploits. Instead of respecting the silence of the mountains and allowing it to influence them and lead them to the discovery of higher states of consciousness, they behave as they are accustomed to behaving everywhere else. With their bottles of wine, their hams, their cigarettes and their cacophonous music, their raucous shouts and jokes and arguments, how could any shreds of silence survive? As though there were not plenty of other places they could go to for their rowdy parties! No wonder the luminous inhabitants of these regions are driven away by such disruptive behaviour.
Nobody ever tells people that their lack of attention and respect destroys the atmosphere and distresses these invisible beings. In fact, if the commotion goes on for too long, they simply go away and find somewhere where they can enjoy true silence, somewhere that is virtually inaccessible to human beings. And this is a great pity for, when their ancient dwelling places are deserted, their mystery and their aura of sacredness is lost; the light and all the spiritual currents that impregnated them gradually fade and disappear.
Let this be quite clear, therefore: if you are not in the right frame of mind when you go for a holiday in the mountains, the invisible creatures that inhabit them will guard against you by disappearing and you will receive nothing from them. When you go home you will be as indigent and as limited as ever. In fact, even your physical health will not really benefit from your stay, because your physical health depends to a great extent on your psychic state.
What is the use of going up into the mountains if you are no purer, no stronger, no nobler and no healthier when you come down? What is the use if you have not understood that the ascension of a physical mountain symbolizes the ascension of a spiritual mountain? To climb up and then to come down… To climb up is to free yourself, little by little, from all that burdens and restricts you until you attain silence, purity, light and immensity and can feel divine order flowing into you. I hardly need to explain in detail what it means to come down again; you all understand that: it is to come back to the noise of your thoughts and feelings, to your habitual inner state of turmoil, disorder and conflict. Yes, this is just one example of how to read the great Book of Nature by learning to interpret its various manifestations.
The blessing of the Nature Spirits
Wherever you go, whether it be up in the mountains, in the depths of a forest, by the shores of lakes or oceans, if you want to manifest yourselves as children of God who aspire to a subtler, more luminous life, you must be conscious of the presence of the etheric inhabitants of that place. Approach them with an attitude of respect and reverence; begin by greeting them, by expressing friendship and love for them and then ask them for their blessing. They will be so delighted with your attitude that, when they see you coming, they will prepare their gifts of peace, light and pure energy and pour them into your heart. You will feel yourself bathed in the love and delight of these spiritual beings and, when you come back into the valley or the town, you will bring all these treasures with you. And you will also bring back revelations and more open, vaster, broader ideas.
And then, of course, there is the joy you get from knowing that your attitude contributes to causing these celestial beings to stay in those regions or even to persuading others to come and dwell there. Yes, you must never forget that it is only in silence that you can prepare conditions conducive to the manifestation of divine entities. These entities need silence and they are always waiting for the rare occasions when human beings provide the conditions they need. Henceforth, therefore, learn to love this silence; try to surround yourself with an atmosphere of spiritual silence and harmony so as to prepare for the coming of powerful, luminous beings.”
“I am leading you to the sun so that you can take him as your model. He is the most perfect Master. The true education is that in order to warm others one has to be warm oneself ; in order to illuminate others one has to be luminous ; in order to vivify others one has to be vibrantly alive. A true Master must emanate the qualities he wants to teach others. He should be a contagious, stimulating, irresistible example !”
“I have known the mystical way:
The heart, feelings, sesnations, love.
I have known the spiritual way:
Study and knowledge.
I have also followed the way of concrete realization
Through work and exercise of the will.
I have tried these three ways one after the other,
and in each I have achieve results.
And yet, I do not want to follow one or the other:
I want all three.”
“When I meditated, I tried to perceive the universe as an immense symphony. One day I felt myself being transported very far into space, and suddenly I heard the entire universe singing. No human music can compare to what I heard… This music cannot be heard with the physical ears, only with the soul and spirit… This experience that I had so early in my life has remained sealed in my soul and has inspired me always to seek harmony everywhere.”
The idea of brotherhood, for which we are working, is still like a newborn child. I am talking to the entire universe about this child who wants to grow, to learn how to walk, to be educated. I know all its needs; my constant concern is to ensure it lives and grows. I have no other work, and I have to be so vigilant!’
“This idea of brotherhood, it is that and that alone which has the power to bring peace in the world. I came to be with you here to achieve an ideal of fraternal life which will serve as an example for the future… to bring a model of collective, fraternal life, where each individual will consciously accept a kind of magnificent servitude in order to reach another kind of freedom, which is truer, deeper, that of their higher self. This is the moment to experience something that humanity has not yet tried, something that will free them from their illusions, their isolation and powerlessness.”
“For this work that I envisage, I want human beings who are rich in their heart and soul. We should not be content with talking about love, peace and brotherhood. We must live them by learning to meet and exchange in places where society’s values are not so important. Come and support my work, give your energies to it, be examples of the fraternal spirit. You claim to love your country, but what are you doing so that everyone may live a fraternal life there? You do not know yet how contagious your example could become.”