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A HERMIT IN THE HIMALAYAS
A modern Indian master, since dead, has said that by sitting in
one place in meditation he had put the world between his feet! His
implication was that he who can command his thought may com-
mand the entire universe also.
Instead of weakening, I am today stronger; therefore those who
regard meditation as an expression of feebleness do not know what
they are talking about.
I glory in this stillness which grows gently and daily within me
like a flower.
The delicate poise which arises during meditation may be a
fountain which gushes forth power.
The high gods are still, so still that the ancient Egyptians always
pictured them in their system of hieroglyphic writings as squatting
down! Yet masses of men unconsciously move at their behest, whilst
even great planets swing catastrophically from the vertical to an
angle, or back again, at their will.
The most deceptive thing in the world is to imagine that they
alone are strong who are noisy, or that they alone possess power who
are fussily active.
The big-business executive of a mammoth concern sits quietly
in his revolving chair, whilst his underlings rush hither and thither
and make all the sound.
The hub of a giant flywheel which drives the machine-belts for
a vast factory wherein thousands of men labour is silent and fixed,
but the circumference creates most of the noise and whirls through
the air. Yet all the activities of the factory ultimately centre in the
In the terrible whirlwinds of the African tropics, which can be so
devastating to life and property, at the very centre there is absolute
stillness. They rage outwardly but are still inwardly.
These analogies from both Nature and life dispel the delusion
that calmness is necessarily weakness. It is not.
The most powerful Being in the entire universe—its Creator—is
likewise the Ever-Calm, the Ever-Still. The Supreme Being dwells
within the motionless Absolute, yet all movement, all creation, all
world-working, proceeds out of that Divine Stillness.
And if man is "made in the image of God", then the most
dynamic element within him must also dwell in stillness. This is a
primary truth of life and we would do well to acknowledge it.
If the Power which drives the entire machinery of our universe is
ultimately secret and quietj then man, who reproduces within him-
self in miniature all the principal elements of the universe, must also
be animated by a Power which is likewise secret and quiet.
I perceive, therefore, that I have nothing to lose by persisting in