personal growth

Be like the Rila Spring, Part 5/7

When he took us with him on a climb, the Master loved very much to discover springs, and he would ask us to clean them. How I enjoyed removing twigs, dead leaves and sand so that the water could bubble up freely once again! Purity, said the Master, brings us joy.

When he asked us to clean up these springs he was hoping, in fact, that we would do much inner work, since so many springs within us need to have all their impurities removed so that the water of life can burst forth!

Our psychic bodies are purified by our thoughts and feelings
And when he spoke to us of the purity of water, it would lead on to talking about the purity of blood, but not just the blood that circulates in our physical bodies. In our psychic bodies too there are fluids circulating which are the equivalent of blood, and they, too, need to be purified by our thoughts and our feelings.

That must have been the reason why he had had the spring not far from our camp specially channelled. There, the water poured out of a great block of rock which some brothers had carved like the bow of a ship, and it then flowed down onto a bed of very white flat stones, ending in a pair of cupped hands carved in marble.

Be like this Spring!!
Even today everybody can drink from this spring of pure water offered to them by the hands.

On the left side of the rock is carved an anchor, a symbol of hope, which the Master had also made the symbol of the Brotherhood. On the right side of the rock is written the following inscription:

‘Brothers and sisters,
fathers and mothers,
friends and strangers,
teachers and students,
all you who are servants of life,
open your hearts to goodness,
be like this spring!’

There are also some symbolic pictures carved in the rock. At the time when the Master had arranged for the spring to be like this, he asked me to paint the anchor blue, but he did not tell me why.

But let’s return to the topic of the spring. There is no more important or deeper symbol than that of the spring. With these few words carved in the rock, the Master is speaking to everyone when he says, ‘Be like this spring.’ Why? Because a spring never stops bubbling and flowing. And love is the pure, transparent spring in us that must never stop bubbling and flowing. Whatever happens to us and whatever anybody does to us, nothing must ever prevent that spring from flowing.

How many people decide to close themselves off from others as soon as they find they have been disappointed! You must never do that! Before, even if you were disappointed, your spring was flowing and you were the first to benefit from this love bubbling up inside you.

Being disappointed is not so very serious; the most important thing is to have love living within you. Whereas if you let your spring dry up, you may perhaps not be disappointed, it is true, but you will lose love and you will start to dry up.

Creating a link to the heavenly fountainhead
It is not enough, of course, to look at a spring or to drink its water to make the spring bubble up in us. We must create a link through prayer and thought to the heavenly fountainhead, God, who made us in his image. And then, one day, a spring will bubble up and manifest as purity in our heart and as light in our mind, and our soul will expand to the furthermost boundaries of the universe, and when this spring bubbles in our spirit we will become all-powerful.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

To be continued

Life with the Master Peter Deunov – Autobiographical Reflections, Vol 2
Chapter 13 Summer in the Rila mountains

Autobiographical Reflections of Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov covers the period from 1917, the year he met Master Peter Deunov, to 1937, the year he left Bulgaria for France.

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