The Universal Races Congress was good, for it was intended for the
furtherance and progress of unity among all nations and a better
international understanding. The purpose was good. The causes of dispute
among different nations are always due to one of the following classes of
prejudice: racial, lingual, theological, personal, and prejudices of
custom and tradition. It requires a universal active force to overcome
these differences. A small disease needs a small remedy, but a disease
which pervades the whole body needs a very strong remedy. A small lamp may
light a room, a larger would light a house, a larger still might shine
through the city, but the sun is needed to light the whole world.
The differences in language cause disunion between nations. There must be
one universal language. The diversity in Faiths is also a cause of
separation. The true foundation of all faiths must be established, the
outer differences abolished. There must be a Oneness of Faith. To end all
these differences is a very hard task. The whole world is sick, and needs
the power of the Great Healer.
These meetings teach us that Unity is good, and that suppression (slavery
under the yoke of tradition and prejudice) is the cause of disunion. To
know this is not enough. All knowledge is good, but it can bear no fruit
except by action. It is well to know that riches are good, but that
knowledge will not make a man rich; he must work, he must put his
knowledge into practice. We hope the people realize and know that unity is
good, and we also hope that they will not be content to stand still in
that knowledge. Do not only say that Unity, Love and Brotherhood are good;
you must work for their realization.
The Czar of Russia suggested the Hague Peace Conference and proposed a
decrease in armament for all nations. In this Conference it was proved
that Peace was beneficial to all countries, and that war destroyed trade,
etc. The Czar's words were admirable though after the conference was over
he himself was the first to declare war (against Japan).
Knowledge is not enough; we hope by the Love of God we shall put it into
practice. A spiritual universal Force is needed for this. Meetings are
good for engendering spiritual force. To know that it is possible to reach
a state of perfection, is good; to march forward on the path is better. We
know that to help the poor and to be merciful is good and pleases God, but
knowledge alone does not feed the starving man, nor can the poor be warmed
by knowledge or words in the bitter winter; we must give the practical
help of Loving-kindness.
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