TWENTY-FIFTH TALK 499 by it in everyday life. Every religion has a number of terms which, in process of time, come to have their special religions meaning ; and unless you have been brought up in that religion, approaching it from inside instead of outside, it is not easy to get the exact shade. In the beginning of the Theosophical movement, none of us knew Samskrit. Madame Blavatsky knew something of the religions, but she did not know a word, practically, of Pali or Samskrit. Her method was to describe anything that she herself saw as well as she could, and say to the nearest Indian : st What do you call it in your system ? " The poor man did not understand, because the ordinary Indian's know- ledge of English is not good enough to enable him to understand shades of meaning. He often did not know, but he gave her the nearest he could. Next time she wanted a word she would ask another man ; but she never paid any attention to the fact that the first man might be a Hindu and the second man a Buddhist, while the Hindu mfght belong to any of the six great systems of philosophy. All these six systems use these terms with slightly different shades of mean- ing, and so you can see how we got into confusion with all these words. We have only recently begun to realise that the better thing is to drop the Samskrit terms and use English words, if we can, explaining in the beginning what we mean to convey by those words. This seems to be the only thing to do.