Bring to mind what we already know

What I want to do is to explain to you, as simply as possible, the great truths on which human beings can base their existence and thanks to which they can improve their lives and their relations with nature and the beings of the Divine world. And I have promised myself to explain things in very clear, simple language, illustrated with plenty of examples and comparisons, even though I know that this may mean that I shall not be taken seriously: I shall be seen as a lecturer who regales his listeners with childish ideas and stories and never quotes any of the recognized authorities.

My way of teaching you is not that of a Master, for you are sons and daughters of God, and this means that all science and all knowledge are already in your possession. But by talking together of these things, we bring to the surface all that we already knew, long, long ago, when we first came from the bosom of the eternal Lord. This is what we shall try to do when we are together.

A Story
Now, let me tell you a little story to illustrate this point. There was once a very brilliant scholar who had hired a man to take him out to sea in his rowing boat.

He asked the boatman, ‘My good man, do you know anything about astronomy?’ ‘No.’ replied the boatman. ‘What a pity,’ said the scholar; ‘You are missing so much; a quarter of your life is wasted. But, perhaps you know something about physics?’ ‘Not a thing, Your Excellency!’ said the boatman. ‘Oh, my poor man, two quarters of your life are lost!’ lamented the scholar; ‘But perhaps you know a lot of chemistry?’ ‘What’s that?’ said the boatman; ‘Never heard of it!’ ‘What ignorance,’ lamented the scholar; ‘Three quarters of your life gone to waste!’
Conclusion of this story will be posted tomorrow…

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Complete Works, Vol 1, The Second Birth, Love, Wisdom, Truth
Chapter 2, Ask and it will be given to you…


  1. Kay 02/08/2016 at 10:53 - Reply

    I don’t know the story, but happy to join like-minded people here – and what if the boatman is happy and aware of soulish things? Even beyond the scholar, who seems preoccupied with making others feel less-than….perhaps nature teaches and fills the heart of the boatman – if he allows it to do so.

    • JohnU 02/08/2016 at 15:05 - Reply

      Welcome to our group dear Kay, and hopefully you will enjoy our company on the journey, as well as the Master’s stories.

      You will have to wait until tomorrow to know the answers to your questions about the boatman. All will be revealed 🙂

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