Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra, M.A.
47. PROPHETS AND INCARNATIONS - SOURCE OF ALL SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE
76. Similarly, at proper times prophets and incarnations make their advent for the spiritual benefit of humanity suited to its conditions at the time. They, then, reveal the higher regions from which they have come and impress upon all the necessity for a training which would secure them access to those regions. During the ages of simplicity and faith, example and piety were sufficient to inspire confidence in the revelations; and esoteric teachings, which constituted the proper spiritual training, were accept and undergone without question or doubt, and the disciples derive benefit from them. The spiritual training, of whatever degree it may be, was, is, and will be associated in future also with impediments and difficulties as will be explained later on. With the aid of a spiritual guide, who was originally the incarnation or the prophet, and whose functions were subsequently exercised by an adept trained in the prophet's or incarnation's school, there was no difficulty in surmounting the obstacles referred to; but when such adepts were no more, the external ceremonials only were regularly observed, but no internal progress or very little progress was made. The training referred to here means the spiritual journey through the regions of dream, deep slumber, trance, and death to the higher planes above. In this journey the faculties of volition and thought undergo a collapse at each stage; and for awakening them at each higher plane, assistance of a helping hand is as much needed as it is for the rearing of an infant.