“So that they will agree on essential truths”

“The whole world is now enmeshed in sensual desires, in racial selfishness and money worship. God is forsaken. True religion is abused; man seeks life and the priests usually give him a stone. God, therefore, must send his true prophet among men once again to establish true worship and to awaken people out of their materialistic stupor. I but follow in the line of those earlier prophets; this is my mission. God has given me a mandate.

“The prophets lay down certain rules and regulations to help the masses lead better lives and to incline them towards God. Gradually these rules become the tenets of an organized religion, but the idealistic spirit and motive force which prevail during the founder’s life-time, disappear gradually after his death. That is why organizations cannot bring spiritual truth nearer and why true religion is always a personal concern.

“Religious organizations become like archaeological departments trying to resuscitate the past. Therefore I shall not attempt to establish any new religion, cult or organization. But I shall rejuvenate the religious thought of all peoples, instill a higher understanding of life into them.

“Dogmas invented centuries after the founder’s death, frequently differ startlingly, but the fundamentals of all religions are really the same, because all issue from the same source — God. Therefore, when I appear publicly, I shall run down no existing religion, but then I shall not uphold any special one.

“I want to turn men’s minds away from sectarian differences, so that they will agree on essential truths. Remember though, that every prophet considers the times, the circumstances, and the prevailing mentality of the people before his public manifestation. He therefore preaches doctrines best understood and best suited to such conditions.

-The Awakener Magazine,, Vol. 10, no. 3, p. 23, 1965, ed. Filis Frederick

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