The Story About Man And His Lost Divinity

The Story About Man And His Lost Divinity

According to a Hindu legend, there was a time when all men were gods, but they so abused their divinity that...?

According to a Hindu legend there was a time when all men were gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from men and hide it where they would never again find it (see also Genesis 6:5)

The big question became where to hide it?

When the lesser gods were called in council to consider the question, they said "We will bury man's divinity deep in the earth." But Brahma said "No, that will not do, for man will dig deep down into the earth and find it."

Then they said, "Well we will sink his divinity into the deepest ocean." But again Brahma replied, "No, not there, for man will learn to dive into the deepest waters, will search out the ocean bed, and will find it."

Then the lesser gods said, "We will take it to the top of the highest mountain and there hide it." But again Brahma replied, "No, for man will eventually climb every high mountain on earth. He will be sure some day to find it and take it up again for himself."

Then the lesser gods gave up and concluded, "We do not know where to hide it, for it seems there is no place on earth or in the sea that man will not eventually reach."

Then Brahma said, "Here is what we will do with man's divinity. We will hide it deep down in man himself, for he will never think to look for it there."

Ever since then, the legend concludes, man has been going up and down the earth, climbing, digging, diving, exploring, searching for something that is already in himself.

Two thousand years ago a man named Jesus found it and shared its secret; but in the movement that sprang up in His name, the Divinity in Man has been the best kept secret of the ages.

Self reverence, self knowledge, self control,
These three alone lead to sovereign power.

…Alfred Tennyson


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