Athens, Greece May 20, 1999.
Greece is a great country, full of mythology about gods and goddesses. The world is still admiring the sculptures of this symbol of high spiritual attainment. So, good evening to the modern gods and goddesses of Greece. I have come here to remind you of your glorious heritage. In case you have remembered already, it is fine, and if you have forgotten, we have come here to show you how to reclaim your glorious position. You are all gods and goddesses whether you remember or you have forgotten.
If the king or prince has temporarily forgotten that he is a royal, that doesn't mean he is not a royal. Sometimes the king and the prince, or the royal family members, have to go out into the wilderness, or into battle, in order to protect their country or to explore some new adventure, and they may temporarily have to leave their own palace. While taking adventure, they are so far from their own comfort and luxury, and sometimes they encounter dangers and problems. Then they may temporarily forget who they truly are. Similarly, we have wandered into this physical existence, and we have forgotten our true kingdom of God. In order to reclaim it again, we have to be reminded, if we cannot remember it by ourselves. Because we are already gods and goddesses, or at least God's children, there is no need to do anything to become God; we just have to remember.
Unlike everything material that we can touch and hold, and see with the physical eyes, the Kingdom of God, the aspect of the Divine, is invisible to the physical aspect, so we have to use a different way to remember and to know it. It is very, very simple to know God, to know our Self; it's just that we don't have anyone to remind us. It is so simple that even children, from six years old, can see God every day. God really exists, and we can prove it to ourselves every day, every time. Just as we can prove with physical science that such and such matter exists, we can prove with spiritual science that God and the kingdom of heaven really do exist, and we can have access to it whenever we want.
Just as in the physical sciences some scientists can discover ways to prove certain things, in spiritual matters some people can also discover something and then share the results with all of us. The ancient gods and goddesses of Greece discovered such a science and they have left their footprints, their knowledge, behind for us to study. Some people go deep into this kind of science in order to assimilate the true meaning beyond the words, beyond the human language, in order to discover the spiritual knowledge, and they also can share it with us.
As in every science and study, whoever wants to know about it must study deeper and devote more time to the subject. Therefore, do not wonder why you do not know, because you did not have time to study very hard. Some of us have devoted the time to study and find the easiest way to assimilate in a short time the essence of the teaching of the ancient saints; and we can all share this outcome. It is not only time, but it is the sincerity, the deep longing in the heart to know the secret of the universe, that will bring you to the understanding of this wisdom. And once we understand it fully, we can pass it on to whoever is interested in the same subject.
Knowing God is the only virtue that we must acquire. Ignorance is the only sin that we must avoid. Ignorance makes us kill and hate each other. Competing with each other, we cause so much damage to ourselves and to everyone else that we think is not of the same opinion. Ignorance also breeds so many other evils, such as greed and hatred, and makes us suffer so much because these things also make us hate ourselves.
Ignorance means we don't know that we both are God. All the scriptures say that God lives within this temple, so all we see here and everywhere else are God's manifestations in the physical realm. Because of ignorance, we make war with each other, and we become greedy for everything because we are not satisfied with the world. We came from the kingdom of God where we never lacked anything, and so when we are here, we miss that kind of absolute comfort. We want money! We want a bigger house! We want all kinds of things because we miss all these. But it doesn't matter how many things we have here, it is nothing compared to heaven, and so we never feel satisfied. And the more we have, the more we want and people accuse us of being greedy. Actually, it is not that we are greedy; it's that we lack comfort here. The only thing to stop this is enlightenment, knowing our true Self. That means we visit the Kingdom of God, our true Home, every day whenever we want, in order to know that we have something better and everything here is just temporary. We lose interest in these fake things because we know the true glory.
Ignorant, not knowing the true Self, we do too much harm to us as well as everyone around us. Look at all the poisons that most of the people bring into their beautiful temples of God: the alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, whatever poison, you name it, and, they are expensive! You pay expensively for poison to slowly kill yourselves. You think these will bring you relief, bring you bliss, and it seems so. It seems so, except that the long-term effect is terrible. There are more deaths every year related to smoking diseases than war can ever bring. So, don't even worry about war, we are killing ourselves already! (And also with alcohol and drugs, of course.) You know it better than me. You know it, everyone knows it, but they do it willingly. Why? It is because we lack comfort here. We grab anything that promises heavenly peace and happiness. In order to cure all these, we must know our Self. We must go to heaven every day to get the true things for our spiritual needs so that we do not have to subdue to all these poisonous substitutes, killing our bodies, numbing our brains, and damaging other people around us and causing suffering, misery and worry to our loved ones.