Hidden Side of Things
Our Hon. Secretary,
Lily Chong, will give a lecture on the hidden side of things based on
the observation of clairvoyants. This talk was last given more than two
years ago, in May 2002.
In his book of the same
title, C. W. Leadbeater writes:
are at least theoretically acquainted with the idea that to everything there
is a hidden side; and they also know that in the great majority of cases
this unseen side is of far greater importance than that which is visible to
the physical eye.
To put the same idea from
another point of view, the senses, by means of which we obtain all our
information about external objects, are as yet imperfectly developed;
therefore the information obtained is partial. What we see in the world
about us is by no means all that there is to see, and a man who will take
the trouble to cultivate his senses will find that, in proportion as he
succeeds, life will become fuller and richer for him. For the lover of
nature, of art, of music, a vast field of incredibly intensified and exalted
pleasure lies close at hand, if he will fit himself to enter upon it. Above
all, for the lover of his fellow-man there is the possibility of far more
intimate comprehension and therefore far wider usefulness.
We are only halfway up
the ladder of evolution at present, and so our senses are only half-evolved.
But it is possible for us to hurry up that ladder—possible, by hard work, to
make our senses now what all men’s senses will be in the distant future. The
man who has succeeded in doing this is often called a seer or a clairvoyant.
A fine word
that—clairvoyant. It means ‘one who sees clearly’; but it has been horribly
misused and degraded, so that people associate it with all sorts of trickery
and imposture—with gypsies who for sixpence will tell a maid-servant what is
the colour of the hair of the duke who is coming to marry her, or with
establishments in Bond Street where for a guinea fee the veil of the future
is supposed to be lifted for more aristocratic clients.
All this is irregular and
unscientific; in many cases it is mere charlatanry and bare-faced robbery.
But not always; to foresee the future up to a certain point is a
possibility; it can be done, and it has been done, scores of times; and some
of these irregular practitioners unquestionably do at times possess flashes
of higher vision, though usually they cannot depend upon having them when
they want them.
But behind all this
vagueness there is a bed-rock of fact—something which can be approached
rationally and studied scientifically. It is as the result of many years of
such study and experiment that I state emphatically what I have written
above—that it is possible for men to develop their senses until they can see
much more of this wonderful and beautiful world in which we live than is
ever suspected by the untrained average man, who lives contentedly in the
midst of Cimmerean darkness and calls it light.
Two thousand and five
hundred years ago the greatest of Indian teachers, Gautama the BUDDHA,
said to His disciples: ‘Do not complain and cry and pray, but open your eyes
and see. The truth is all about you, if you will only take the bandage from
your eyes and look; and it is so wonderful, so beautiful, so far beyond
anything that men have ever dreamt of or prayed for, and it is for ever and
He assuredly meant far
more than this of which I am writing now, but this is a step on the way
towards that glorious goal of perfect realisation. If it does not yet tell
us quite all the truth, at any rate it gives us a good deal of it. It
removes for us a host of common misconceptions, and clears up for us many
points which are considered as mysteries or problems by those who are as yet
uninstructed in this lore. It shows that all these things were mysteries and
problems to us only because heretofore we saw so small a part of the facts,
because we were looking at the various matters from below, and as isolated
and unconnected fragments, instead of rising above them to a standpoint
whence they are comprehensible as parts of a mighty whole. It settles in a
moment many questions which have been much disputed—such, for example, as
that of the continued existence of man after death. It explains many of the
strange things which the Churches tell us; it dispels our ignorance and
removes our fear of the unknown by supplying us with a rational and orderly