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Full text of "Sri Sai Baba`S:Charters And Sayings"

392   TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "

We in the Theosophical Society are not in the way
of thinking greatly of ceremony, but then after all
you have to remember that we have to a certain
extent selected ourselves, so that*we are not typical
of the mass of people, because at least we have done a
certain amount of thinking—it may not be very much,
but at least it is enough to draw us a little aside from
the ordinary run. Therefore we are peculiar to that
extent, that we have thought a little more about these
matters, and just the fact that we have done that is
likely to draw us a little away from belief in the
ordinary ceremonies. So that perhaps we are not a
fair sample of people in that respect, and if you were
to take the great mass of the people on the whole they
would be more readily impressed by ceremony than
we are. Therefore the Church is wise in providing
ceremonies. The fact that they have persisted and
have been carried on for these two thousand years
is a proof that they were necessary; and while we
say that they are not necessary, we do not deny that
they are, in many cases, very helpful to a man's
progress.

In the Bhagavad'Gita it is written : lt Let no man
upset the mind of ignorant people." One does not
wish to thrust one's Theosophy on people who are
not quite ready for it. In India, the very home of
ceremony, the man who is highest and most respected
of all is the Sannyasi, or Yogi, and he performs no
ceremonies at all. He breaks and throws away the