Being blind and unable to hear
[brackets for comments……Marsha]
We are studying parables to become acquainted with the means of thinking by parables, or by parallels, to become acquainted with an ancient language of the teaching. The Teaching has always been taught in parables, parallels and stories, some long, some short. There is a very definite reason for this because as you go along, you will find that you have need of parables because these little stories aid the way of seeing. About everything in the world is a parable; everything in the man-made world is a parable of the real world.
The picture of man, which you have drawn, labeled and used consistently is a parable in
itself. It is a parable of a person born on earth and what happens to him in developing a "self"--that I goes to sleep, then there is casting of spells. I is in a deep deep trance- sleep-and finally awakens. This is a parable.
Now this week you are to do a parable. You can write it, draw it, or in whatever way you want to do it. You can use animals speaking, you can use machines having their own ideas or by whatever means. A parable is always a story somewhat current in its application to the people one speaks with. You will use parables in many conversations. The picture of man is a parable that you can show to any one any place-when you show it to him, you have made a parable. It may or may not be understood. It all depends on the ability of the person to question the purpose of living.
Our discussion today starts with an excerpt from Matthew 13, Verse 10, "And the students came up and said to Him: Why do you speak to them in parables and He answered, for to you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is
not given. For to him who has, it shall be given, and he shall have abundance. For him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables because seeing, they do not see. Hearing, they do not hear.
Neither do they understand." And then was fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah who says, "Hearing, you will hear but not understand. Seeing, you will see but not perceive. For the hearts of these people have been hardened. With their ears they have been hard
of hearing. Their eyes, they have closed lest at any time they see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their minds and be transformed that I heal them."
Now, let's go through that a little bit. The Teacher was asked why he spoke in parables-- why he didn't just tell them very plainly. He said that to the student it was given to know
the mysteries, symbols, or the meaning of the parables. In other words, a parable is a mystery, a symbol for something else. It doesn't mean something hidden, lost, or all kinds of unusual exotic things. It merely means that a parable is a symbol or a parallel of something else; and he taught them what all these symbols meant. But to the many people it was not given because they apparently didn't have one certain something--a very essential something. This something is the ability to question the purpose of living! As long as one is certain within self that the whole purpose of living is to be non-disturbed, to gain pleasure and comfort, to escape pain, to gain attention, to avoid being ignored or rejected, to gain approval and escape disapproval, to gain control over other people and thus a sense of importance, to avoid being unable to control thus escaping the sense of inferiority.
Now as long as a person does not have the ability to question that, the teaching is not given to them. But he said, "To a man who has the ability to question mammon (the conditioned purpose of living), it shall be given and he shall have an abundance." In other words, he will be given the TEACHING, the opportunity to experiment with it, to experience the opening of many many doors to him in the meaning of the parables and stories of the Old Testament, and many stories that were made up as we go along - as you are going to do this week.
So he who has the ability to question the purpose of living shall be given, but he who doesn't have that ability, even what little understanding he has of some of the ideas of the teaching, shall be taken away. It doesn't have any meaning to him. It falls by the wayside.
He followed this discussion immediately with the parable of the sower - that a person who heard this parable and did not have the ability to question the purpose of living, would immediately find that "that story doesn't mean anything - so what!" Who needs a little story about some guy who went out to sow; and something happened to his seed?
Everybody knows that! So he would not see that it had relationship to him--that what was being sown to him was the Teaching. Many people can see the little parable of the picture
of man, but they don't see that it applies to them. They say, "That's all right, I've read Freud, Adler and I've even read the Primal Scream. I've been to sensitivity meetings, and I don't need all that--I already know all that." So, of course, he gets nothing from it.
What little he had, just hearing it, is taken away from him.
This is why we speak to them in parables, because we find out whether they have questioned the purpose of living or not. There is no intention to keep everything secret. It is available to everyone and always has been. If we give them a parable and they
see no value in it; then of course, we know that they do not see. They see a lamp, a post, a car coming down the road--they see you as a person on the outside but they do not see you as a real living being. They see you as a body and refer to you as somebody. So they think of everything as literal or the body. They see, but they do not perceive. They hear what you have to say in your parable but do not really hear it as it relates to the inner state, nor see that it refers to them in any way. The parable refers to the human being and his inner aspects, but they have really not conceived that there is an inner aspect of man so this is the reason for using parables.
The Great Teacher told them why he was doing it and this fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah. Isaiah lived 600 or more years before the time of the Great Teacher. He had it to say also, "That hearing, you will hear." Yes, you will hear words and you will relate them to your frame of reference, which is entirely that of the world, ideals, self-improvement, signs and demonstration and blaming. Anti-love, if you please. "You will see, but not perceive for the hearts of these people have been hardened." What is it hardened by? Vanity - having a beautiful picture of self as having everything one really needs [with regard to the inner comprehension] - only lacking in the ability to control other people. If you'll just tell "me" how to do that, then "I" can have everything "I" really need because this is the only thing "I" really don't know. So their hearts have been hardened and their ears have been hard of hearing. They can only hear the literal - they cannot hear the inner meaning of anything. Their eyes have been closed or blinded. What by?
They are looking to see that the only thing that has value is "what ought to be". Any of us that are only seeing the value of "what ought to be," it can be said that we are blind. So obviously there is no need to show us beautiful sights or anything that is worthwhile. There is no reason to tell us about information that if we applied it and used it, we might have our eyes opened and the ears opened. Only if we have that one essential can we begin to hear the parable. When I has questioned the value of mammon's world (non-disturbance as being the purpose of living) then this is the essential aspect. Very few people even know that they have this purpose of seeking non-disturbance much less having observed it. It is essential that they can question this urge to be non-disturbed before they can be admitted to the understanding of the parables and the stories--in other words, to understand the symbols and to read the book of "self". Then one is given the keys and all these keys are very very useful. We can't read the book until we have the keys!
The first thing that is essential is that we are capable of questioning the purpose of living. If one has that, one will be given, and one will have it in abundance. If one does not have that ability to question, one is given something but he sees no value in it. He doesn't see it as applying to self because "he thinks he knows what he needs to be non-disturbed." "He knows that the ideals ought to be brought into existence." So he will not receive any value and what little you gave him will be taken away. So you see the reason for writing your parable, to become acquainted with the language of parables, with being able to see
that everything one visibly sees also has an inner content, an inner meaning, that relates to the inner state of man. This is when one begins to receive an abundance.
We will take another little parable here: (Matthew 13, Verses 24-30) "Another parable He set before them saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the blades sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the weeds appeared as well. The servant of the householder came and said to him: 'Sir, did thou not sow good seed in thy field? How then does it have weeds?' He said to them: 'An enemy has done this,' The servant said to him: 'Will thou have us go and gather them up?' 'No,' He said, 'lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest-time I will say to the reapers: Gather up the weeds first and bind them in bundles to burn, but gather the wheat in my barn.'"
Now this is saying what the whole idea of the evolvement or the Transformation of man is like. It says that a man sowed good seed in his field. The man, of course, is X - the man who sowed an awareness clean and fresh. But is says, "while men sleep." In other words, the awareness went to sleep, and then what happened? An enemy, suggestions from mammon (mammon is all around every new born) came and sowed weeds in the field. The Weeds: that the purpose of living is to be non-disturbed - the weeds that complaining will get one's way; and therefore, the "so called" greatest value of being non-disturbed. The weeds of sticking up for rights, the weeds of pleasing, the weeds of believing and doing as one is told by authorities, the weeds of putting on a different front, and the weeds of blaming - many bands of weeds. And when the blades sprang up and brought forth fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The awareness began to accumulate some education, knowledge of how the world works. The fruit is - how to count, to read, etc., but the weeds came along, and all this conditioning began to act along with it. Sometimes it is making technology turn into something different that what it was intended--that instead of benefiting mankind, and allowing him to have more freedom and time-technology is used as weapons of war because of the conflicts within man.
So the weeds grew along with all that is worthwhile. Now with all this the "personalities" are growing, many that are worthwhile and many that are totally damaging, while I is sound sleep (while men sleep, it says).
Now the servants of the household, who are the various "teachers" around the world, said: "Shall we go and dig up those weeds now?" He said no, let them alone until the time of harvest. The time of harvest is when I begins to see the end of the world of mammon and I wakes up and begins to question the purpose of mammon--so the end of the world is at hand - the world meaning the four dual basic ideas that there are ideals, and there's self-improvement to gain the ideals. There are signs and wonders when one is about to gain them, and something to blame when one does not.
[This seems to happen when one identified with the manmade world sees everything falling apart. His necessity is increased because all he has worked for (that he thought would create a permanent state of happiness and contentment) hasn't been achieved………..Marsha]
So he said, wait until the harvest; that is, when I wakes up and begins to observe "self" Then he says, "Lest in gathering the weeds, you root up the wheat," - you might destroy everything if you begin to clear the mind of the person of every conditioning before he has this challenge himself--for within the manmade world there will become the questioning of the value of it? "Let both grow together until the harvest." The harvest will be when the human being begins to question and starts observing "self". That is the reaper. What is the first thing we do when we begin to self-observe, that is the action-we are observing the weeds! We are not looking for the wheat yet. We are looking for the weeds, the conditioning--that stuff that says the whole purpose of living is non-disturbance (all the work of mammon). As this is observed, it is bound into bundles and cast out as each one of us has observed when doing the work of self-observation. We have observed "self" in its conflict, in its account making, and in its struggle to achieve the "ideal". We have observed "self" in its thinking of the two different aspects as the ways to gain and escape disturbance. This is the reaper: I, the observer, the reaper. I observes and X binds them up in bundles and burns them - "then the wheat shall be gathered into the barn." All the things that one sees is valuable in the personality: the ability to count, to drive an automobile, too build a house, to write, to read--all of this is gathered into the barn. That is wheat. And now, the personality is being diminished - that field of the personality is being reaped. The weeds are bound in bundles and burned - all the conditioning. All the technology that one has learned to operate adequately in the world (the man-made world) is of some value and it is stored
in the barn. It is called wheat.
Now as we observe this little story in literal terms, it sounds like a little story of a farmer, doesn't it? That he has an enemy down the road who doesn't like him and came and threw stuff in his field. But no, we are talking about mammon, and mammon doesn't like X! He doesn't want the awareness to serve X. He wants the awareness to serve mammon. Mammon is a decision, a Pinocchio, who has great power. He has the ability to deceive, and his great ally is vanity and pride within one. Vanity paints a
beautiful picture of self, as a success, as very wonderful and having all the answers. It entices one by saying how well one has learned technology, but vanity never reminds one of the conflict and the struggle within, the illusions to struggle towards "ideals". Vanity just tells us of how wonderful and knowledgeable we think we are. Then, of course, pride defends that and that is what is called "hardening of the heart" - the whole business is turned into concrete. Vanity and pride are the hardening of the heart. Then one doesn't see and one doesn't hear. One has been caught in mammon's trap and nothing can be done about it until there is at least a faint questioning of the purpose of living. Then I is beginning to awake and when it awakes, it can rise up and observe "self". I sees the field and becomes the reaper that reaps the harvest.
First it reaps the weeds.
Now for many weeks we have just been observing "self". To some people it is like, "Well, I ought to be able to observe the self all day, and "I" can see the picture of man - "I" can see it is working."
Uh huh! That is fine, but mammon has many many different tricks and false faces to put on. We have observed the "self" for a considerable period of time and we are aware of the weeds that have been cast out, but even though we are of the real world, mammon is still constantly trying to suggest that one go back to worship mammon. That he sounds better and better as he puts on new and better ways of expressing his "thing," not just the crude one as it is written in the picture of man which everyone can easily see, but that it is done in more subtle ways. Now, we will recall that while I am observing and reporting to X all the weeds, and they have been cast out, that I am subject to suggestion 100% of the time. But if I will be aware of this, one will no longer be "under control" of suggestion. If one doesn't have that little bit of REMEMBERING--remembering I have a weakness which turns out to be the greatest strength.
THAT I AM 100% SUBJECT TO SUGGESTION 100% OF THE TIME.
Remember that mammon is always on the job, working to take advantage of that one fact: that we are 100% subject to suggestion 100% of the time. If we should be negligent in paying attention, being an objective reporter, reporting to X as to WHAT IS and the VALUE of it, that mammon will catch us back into his diabolical schemes to seek non-disturbance. So we will continue to observe things.
Have fun writing your parable this week. I wish I could read each and every one of them because I would use them, but I don't always get to have them. Someway or other enough parables come along that always show up to illustrate a point-like the little story told back in the little town of Ft. Sumner, New Mexico that the lady's homemakers club (which the husbands all referred to as the home wreckers club) had a meeting every other week. During these times, the ladies generally had their certain amount of gossip to tell about somebody in the community.
Ft. Sumner is about 500 to 1,000 population and everybody knows everybody else. So the ladies would be gossiping very much about certain people; and there was one little lady, Mrs. Brown, who always came to the defense of the person who was being gossiped about. She always managed to find some nice compliment to say about the person.
So one day the ladies in the meeting were really giving some man in the community a real hard way to go. They were judging him as knowing what was right and proper and justifiable and going on and doing wrong anyway; and they were really reading him off. Mrs. Brown piped in when things slowed down a little bit and said, "Well, there's one thing you'll have to say about Mr. Jordan. He sure does provide well for his family."
Now one of the ladies was so upset that somebody would find something nice to say about Mr. Jordan that she said, "Mrs. Brown, if we were talking about the devil, you would have something good to say about him." And Mrs. Brown said, "Well, you must admit, he's always on the job."
So go along with Mrs. Brown and remember that mammon is always on the job and is working to take advantage of us being subject to suggestion from within and without. If we should be negligent in paying attention, of being an objective reporter-of reporting to X as to what is and the value of what is there within, mammon will get his little "lick" in-so we will continue to observe things.
So have fun writing your parable this week. I would like for you to write parables freely and easily because this is the way you will communicate to most of the people who will be asking you before long.
There is a saying amongst the people who have lived in this Work for many years that
whenever a student is ready, a teacher appears, and whenever a teacher is ready, students appear.
So let's get busy with the parables. Maybe you'll have time to write more than one which illustrates some point about man and about the TEACHING. After you have written them, you will begin to understand many other parables that other people have written, and you will begin to understand the language of the school.
[The first few times through the Science of Man, 48 tapes, all I heard was that Mrs. Brown, amid all the gossip, said something in defense of the person being gossiped about. I tried that and found it to be very upsetting to the gossipers. I observed gossiping in "self"; and wondered what the attraction was. I discovered for this one that the illusionary payoff was that I felt important and superior for a moment even sidetracking the observation of judging or blaming. However, after being caught (the person I was talking about right behind me) and getting a lot of disapproval, I now question what I think and say about people before expressing it and reread "Choosing How I See People" from the web page…………….Marsha]