Human beings can be compared to flowers or fruit or even vegetables. Every time you meet some, every time you talk to them and listen to them, you can enjoy their fragrance or taste their flavour. But is this what you actually do? No, you rarely pay attention to anything but their clothes or their jewellery, their faces, their legs or their hands; you never think of nourishing yourself on the life which is hidden under all that and which emanates from their heart, soul and spirit. And this is a great pity! Henceforth try to be more attentive and learn to appreciate the human beings who are bearers of the subtle life. Pause when you meet someone and say to your self, ‘he represents an aspect of the H Father; she represents the Divine Mother. Thank you Heavenly Father! Thank you, Divine Mother! Thanks to these human “fruits and flowers” I can come closer to you and contemplate you today. Through their splendour I can breath your perfume and taste your sweetness.’ And you will go on your way happy because this fruit or this flower will have brought you closer to Heaven.
I know of course that some of you will be astonished that I should compare human beings to fruit and flowers or vegetables. But what is so astonishing about that? Poets are always comparing beautiful young girls or bys to roses, violets, lilies, jasmine or lotuses! And one of the favourite endearments of the French is, ‘my little cabbage’, while someone who allows himself to be put upon is called a ‘pear’, and someone who is stupid is called a ‘gherkin’! Well, enough of this market-garden vocabulary! The important thing is to understand that this is an extremely effective method: if you learn to you it not only will you avoid many mishaps and complications but you will always be full of joy and inspiration.
How do men and woman usually look at each other? What do they see? They see only the external appearance, the body or the clothes, and this proves that they do not posses true knowledge. It is exactly as though, looking at a car, you had eyes only for the bodywork and ignored the person behind the wheel, that is to say the being that thinks, feels and acts. But it is precisely this being that you must learn to look for, that you must learn to see and feel in people. Always try to go further and deeper so as to discover the soul and spirit of those you meet, for it is there that you will discover riches and treasures, heaven itself.
It is simply a question of ridding yourself of your habit of looking at things in a way that distorts and impoverishes life. All human beings have a body that goes without saying but that doesn’t mean that you have to look at nothing but their stomachs or their intestines. What good will that do you? Of course you will tell me that you are not interested in people’s intestines, that what you look for in others is beauty and that you find that beauty in their eyes, their faces, hands and legs, ect. Well there is nothing very wrong with that, but if you stop there and never go any further you will be laying yourself open to disappointments for you are confining yourself to details that are strictly material. If you want to feel continually happy and inspired try to rejoice in the presence of all the flowers and fruit that surround you and enjoy their emanations, remembering that an invisible divinity is hidden in each one. Over and above a person’s physical body are all those things that emanate from him on the subtle planes, and it is they that matter most.
As long as human beings continue to consider only each other’s physical appearance they will never find the joy they seek. Someone who says, ‘I need beauty and love’, should know that he will find them only when he learns to seek others in the fluidic world of emanations, radiations and vibrations. When you meet somebody wonderful and begin to love him and want to get to know him, instead of doing all you can to get close to him on the purely physical plane, learn to listen to the vibrations of his voice, to capture the light of his glance, to rejoice in the harmony of his gestures. In this way you will gradually build up a relationship with all that is most subtle and divine in him, and the sensations you experience will be beyond anything you have ever known or imagined. In the same way you will also discover that people whom you may have been inclined to despise or ignore are in reality exceptional beings who can give you far more than many others who seem outwardly to be more interesting or attractive.
There is a whole new field of study for you here. Go ahead, do some experiments and analyse yourselves. Now that you know these truths don’t just ignore them and go on in the old way, repeating all the same unhappy experiences. For I assure you, unless you change your point of view, your experiences will continue to be unhappy: don’t delude yourself about this. It is no good believing in the impossible. You plunge into all kinds of adventures that can only end in grief and disenchantment and you think, ‘It was just bad luck; we could have been happy. ‘No, never! Happiness and unhappiness are never a question of chance or luck. They depend on you. It is you yourselves who sow the seeds that will give you one or the other.