A HERMIT IN THE HIMALAYAS
And he must needs go through Samaria. . . . Now Jacob's well was
there. Jesus, therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on
the well. . . . There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water:
Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. Then saith the woman unto
him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a
woman of Samaria, for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said unto her: If thou knewest the gift of God,
and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldst
have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water,
The woman iaith unto him. Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with,
and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this
water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that
I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him
shall be in a well of water springing up into everlasting fife. The
woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, and now
is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and
in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit:
and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.'*
Vmis vidij mdl The Roman leader's words do not apply to Jesus.
He conquered the hearts of a few, it is true, but the mass of Jews
remained unregenerate. He himself passed away as obscurely as he
had come into their midst, biassed theological historians notwith-
standing, so obscurely that hardly a single written reference to him
of that time exists today.
"In the meanwhile his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man
brought him anything to eat?
Jesus said unto them, MY MEAT IS TO DO THE WILL OF
HIM THAT SENT ME, AND TO FINISH HIS WORK."
Sceptics who find it hard to believe that Jesus lived may be
pardoned, but intellectual mystics who would turn all Bibles into
mere allegories and all past religious teachers into symbols of the
human soul venture too far into speculation. Why should there not
have been such great men who discovered their inward godhood?
And if they once lived why should their stories not have been written
down, however faultily? Christ and Krishna, Buddha and Osiris,
are no more myth-like figures than Muhammed, who, being so
much nearer to our own time, has his existence accepted without
question. The real difficulty lies in the embroidered interpolations
to these sacred histories.