The Third Dispensation - - Songs of Faith and Hope (part III)
(Sariah continued) – A silence created – The few who set aside their ego – “God is
ever willing to reveal to those who truly seek” – Why say God is silent? – The means
by which faith is increased – Prayer and meditation – Receiving that which you call
forth – No sacred place makes for a withering faith – Being worthy to receive God’s
voice – “The voice of God forever speaks”
1 And Sariah spoke, saying: “Why will you appear as troubled within the heart because
of such a silence as others would claim to come from God?
2 Being in themselves unwilling to hear because of pride and vain ambitions, being
in their own hearts eager to pervert the words which God would speak, to turn them
to their own advantage.
3 For such as these do rightly observe that the voice of God is not found in them,
causing that they should reveal their hearts to all who would hear them, believing
wrongly within the mind that God does not care for them, and proclaiming likewise
that God does not care for you either.
4 Yet have such as these made no room within themselves for the things which come
from God and Heaven, having enthroned within their heart a hurtful ego filled with
harsh demands, causing that there should remain within the heart no place where God
might dwell, being themselves filled up to overflowing with the self, and nothing
but the self already.
5 Be wise, therefore, and this truth consider; for there is no silence which comes
from God save that which you yourselves create; for the words of both the Father
and the Mother are always present, yet are there many among you who have not prepared
yourselves to receive them.
6 Being in yourselves filled with hurtful passions, being in your daily actions
made too busy and ever grasping, being yourselves ever rushing here and there to
seek some worldly gain, making dull your own heart, causing that you should not hear
or see or feel the nearness of God within you.
7 For in such a silence as you would claim to come from God are you yourselves revealed,
to make apparent for all to see the nature of that inward heart which you would deeply
hide, to make exposed the shadows of yourself, which shadows you alone did fashion.
8 Hear, then, and be you wise, that you may know for yourself that inner heart which
does but hide away, that you may know what you are like unto.
9 For there are those among you who would seek for themselves the voice of God whereby
they might justify themselves against another, and when they hear silence only, then
do they curse God to mock and ridicule.
10 Causing that they should withdraw from God, even while they continue to walk
among you, becoming themselves as angry and bitter against God.
11 Proclaiming through most subtle words that God is unworthy of such love and devotion
as the faithful would give, being in themselves ever quick to mock and ridicule those
which do believe.
12 Yet are there others among you which would seek the voice of God, and perceiving
instead that great and dreadful silence which dwells within their heart, they are
immediately filled with self-doubt and pity and inward loathing.
13 Proclaiming midst heavy sighs that they are not worthy of God, and these likewise
turn away, to surrender themselves to dark despair and endless gloom, to be swallowed
up within themselves in the midst of all their sorrows.
14 Still are there others among you which would hear the voice of God, and when
they hear, even then are they made uncertain, thinking the voice but theirs instead,
having themselves not perfected the faith within themselves, becoming in their own
minds assailed by many doubts.
15 And again are there among you those which are rare and few; for when these cannot
hear the voice of God, then do they grow most inwardly still and thoughtful.
16 And turning not the heart against God, or life, or themselves, they are filled
with compassion and tenderness towards even all the children of men, of which many
also cannot hear the voice of God because of some inward and outward perplexity.
17 Such a one as this does most humbly vow to assume boldly the voice of God within
themselves, committing themselves to live the holy life, and to set aside the ego
of the self; surrendering in true humility the common wants of common men, to seek
instead that very God whose voice they cannot hear.
18 Being in themselves guided by the spirit of God to immerse themselves in the
waters of the soul, which waters are deep and filled with joy abundant, causing that
they should be constantly renewed and refreshed because of the desires of that inward
heart which God alone can see.
19 And by and by is faith made to increase within the heart through all the good
which they should do; and in a bright and shining moment are they made to hear the
voice of God at last, being in the mind imbued with great assurance that they are
accepted and worthy to receive.
20 Still are there among you also those, who from their youth, do always hear the
voice of God, being in their faith filled with all manner of goodly expectations
and joyful hope.
21 Being in themselves pure of heart and mind, permitting that they should see God
in all and through all, hearing within the joyful heart the voice of the Father and
the Mother, to feel in the sighing of the gentle winds the breath of God which would
refresh them, or to hear in the singing of the birds the song which God would sing.
22 Becoming in themselves that joyful presence which would lift you up again midst
smiles and cheerful heart, becoming in their presence even as a light in the midst
of darkness, and a shining hope in the midst of great despair.
23 Choose, therefore, which of these you are like unto; for this I say again that
you might know, for there is no silence which comes from God save what you, yourselves,
24 For God is ever willing to reveal to those who truly seek the presence of the
Father and the Mother, to fill you up to overflowing with the mysteries and wonders
of heavenly things, causing that you should hear in the mind and feel in the heart
the voice of things eternal.
25 For even the very angels which walk in light beside you, even they do daily speak,
striving through all their love to touch the weary heart, to bear you up when storms
swiftly come to steal away your joy.
26 Yearning themselves to lift you higher still, above the rushing storm, to whisper
into your heart the happy frain: ‘Peace, be still, for God is near.’
27 Why then will you say that God is silent, being in their heart without care or
consideration for the children they love? For I tell you truly that no sparrow can
fall from the sky except that your Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother be made all
aware because of it; and you are more precious in the eyes of God than a heaven filled
28 Yet have you alone not permitted yourself to hear, neither will you be patient
in receiving such words as God would speak; neither have you made for yourself that
sacred place filled with prayer where God might softly hear; neither have you prepared
well the sacred moment where God is quick revealed, but have busied yourself instead
with the cares of this life above all other things.
29 Proclaiming always with your lips that you believe, but in your heart being empty
of faith, being always anxious for the bread you eat, or for the clothes you wear,
or the house wherein you live;
30 Trusting always in the strength of your arm, or in the cunning of your mind,
but towards God are you without trust altogether, ever winking with the eye at those
who would cast themselves into the arms of God because of faith, yet boasting always
that you do likewise believe even as the faithful do.
31 Come then and be you wise, for if you would add strength and power to such faith
as you have already, then give most careful heed; for I will tell you the means by
which faith is increased within the heart and mind together, to increase in you such
patience as you do need to know the soul of God, to feel it stir within you.
32 For there are many among you already who desire with anxious breath to hear the
voice of God, yet are you without such patience as you do need to acquire; for with
anxious breath you speak your prayers, and when you are done, you walk quickly away;
33 To yield yourselves to the burdens of the day, causing that God should find you
absent and full distracted in the moment when she would speak; for you have surrendered
yourselves again to all manner of fret and worry, to fill your days with heaviness
and burdens of every kind.
34 Hear then, and in your heart know deeply well, for if you would increase such
faith as you do have, then must you pray and meditate daily; creating through your
prayers and meditations a time and place where you alone might draw nigh to God.
35 And in that sacred place and moment shall God come softly forth to whisper within
the mind of things sublime and filled with wonder; causing that you should see with
the eye and hear with the ear and feel with the heart, the mystery and joy of God.
36 For in that moment when you would pray, or in the quietness of your mind be filled
with meditations, even then do you gather the sum of all your soul, being found yourself
in a time which is not a time, in a place which is not a place, upon a day which
is not a day.
37 For in the moment of your prayers and meditations do you stand before the whole
creation as one eternal and without limitations; becoming yourself as one with God,
being yourself endless and filled with wonders and mysteries of every kind.
38 Pray, therefore, oft throughout your day, that you might make of all your life
a living prayer to God; revealing always the true desires of the heart and soul together,
weaving gently through words of faith, psalms of gratitude and thanksgiving, of supplication
and of trust.
39 Seeking always through the words you speak, to bless the Father and Mother which
love you so; for if you would seek for yourself the blessings of God, then must you
also bless the God from which you came; giving to God such tender affections as you
would have from God.
40 For the God of Heaven does give to you a true devotion, being anxious and ever
quick to hear the prayers of the humble heart; be you, therefore, likewise devoted
unto God, being yourself likewise anxious to seek your God in prayer and meditation
41 Make of yourself, therefore, a ready vessel to receive from God, being found
yourself worthy and acceptable, being possessed within your heart of love and wisdom
and goodly expectations.
42 For the true blessings of God should you rightly expect, being yourself always
prepared to receive from God with a grateful heart; for it is the thing which you
expect that does most often come.
43 And if you should rightly expect within your heart and mind and soul to receive
in abundance the blessings of God, then shall you receive the goodly portion, for
you have prepared yourself to receive through many prayers and meditations.
44 But if instead you are filled with gloom, and there is made to haunt the heart
and mind and soul all manner of hurtful expectations, then do you likewise receive
the things which you yourself have called forth unto you; for by the words of your
own mouth, do you make real and ever present the things which bless or hurt.
45 For you are the children of God, having in yourselves the power to make of your
life the things you will, being made within yourself both the creator or the destroyer
of good and happy things.
46 If, therefore, you would hear the voice of God, then prepare well the heart and
mind together, letting go the ego which does but push and goad; and in a time and
place made sacred through prayers and meditations, yield your soul to God.
47 For meditation is the gateway to the soul within; and prayer the path which leads
to God; and if you will give your life to prayer and meditation, then shall faith
increase within you; and there shall come in a soft and sudden moment, the voice
of God, saying:
48 “Speak, my child, and I shall hear, to fill you up to overflowing with good and
happy things; and if there should fall upon you any trial or grievous burden, then
shall we, together, turn them to your good.”
49 Thus in prayer and meditation do you yourselves prepare the way where God might
speak, revealing in yourselves the eternal and divine.
50 For in prayer and meditation is all your faith gathered as one within the very
soul of you; which faith you send forth into the very ethers upon the wings of prayer,
carrying within itself the breath of your breath, and the life of your life.
51 And in the moment of your meditation, when the heart and mind are made as one
within the soul, then does your faith return again unto you; finding in your many
devotions a place of calm and happy refuge, and there shall follow upon the wings
of all your faith, the voice which comes from God.
52 For in your prayers do you, yourselves, reach forth to God to sing to the Father
and the Mother the fullness of all your hopes and joys and sorrows also; believing
always within your faith that God shall surely come.
53 That in your meditations God might likewise draw near to the very doors of all
your heart, and there most gently knock; and if you should hear to let her in, then
are you both made richly blessed.
54 How then shall you cause your faith to live and grow within you, except that
you pray and meditate daily? But if you will not do these things, then shall your
faith wither away day by day, while yet there shall increase within your mind a great
55 How great then shall be the silence of God within you, seeing that you have made
for God no sacred place where she might speak unto your soul; having yourself crowded
the hours of all your days with the cares of this life only?
56 Causing that God should find in you no room or place for things eternal and sublime;
for you have made yourself to become as common and filled with burdens of every kind,
ever grasping and filled with want, yet never able to satisfy the soul which in you
57 And think not to yourselves that God will answer the prayers of those who would
heap scorn and ridicule or judgment upon some other; for God will not consent to
the unrighteousness of any man, neither will she partake in such sins as you would
commit against another.
58 For every man and every woman are the children of God and if you should wound
in the heart or soul one of these dear ones, then have you yourself compelled that
God should be silent within you, lest you think yourself justified in the wounding
59 Make yourself, therefore, worthy to receive, banishing from your heart and mind
and speech such anger and hate as would take you captive, and turn your heart to
love instead, being ever guided by the wisdom which comes from God.
60 Being yourself filled to overflowing with benevolence and faith; seeking always
through prayer and meditation the way which you should go.
61 And if you would turn to God in prayer, to repent the sins which wound you so,
then shall God most quickly hear, and will day by day, heal you of all your hurt,
to restore the soul within.
62 Causing that you should hear at last the voice of God within and without, even
till it should fill up the whole creation with light and joy.
63 Pray, therefore, without ceasing, and in your meditations prove yourself both
quick and ready to receive the voice of God, that you might strengthen the faith
which lies within.
64 For the voice of God forever speaks, filling the airs round about you with songs
of hope and joy together, being found itself in the singing of the birds and in the
sighing of the wind, causing that even the trees and grass should dance before it.”
65 These then are but a small part of the words which Sariah spoke; and the scribes
did write down all which she had taught, to compile it in a book of sayings; which
book was called: The Teachings of Sariah.
66 And for sixty years did Sariah continue to speak of faith and hope and godly
trust; and when she was old and bent with years, then was the book added to the teachings
of Adamilus and Evelah, and Noaeya too, to become as one in the hand, filled with
wisdom and benevolence and faith.