Favorite Charlie Lutes Sayings by David A. Tokar, Ph.D.

Dr. David A. Tokar's commentary on three of his favorite Charlie Lutes sayings.
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Charles F. Lutes; photo courtesy Mr. Vincent J. Daczynski.

Three Favorite Sayings of Charlie F. Lutes
With Commentaries

by David A. Tokar, Ph.D.

Introduction

Throughout many decades of public speaking, Charlie Lutes' lectures were sprinkled with potent aphorisms I like to call “Pearls of Wisdom.” These were so important to him as guideposts for all who sincerely sought the Spiritual and the Divine that he repeated them often over the course of decades, in one lecture after another, clearly and directly but without pretense. I am certain that I am just one of many who have found these sayings effortlessly etched in their memories, there to help and guide us through the storms, difficulties and challenges of life, that we might not be overwhelmed or oppressed by them but would see them as opportunities for growth in Wisdom, Understanding, and Illumination.

I have chosen these three to comment on as a group because they are so closely related in that they each address our attitudes and behaviors in terms their effect on both ourselves and others.

The Sayings:
  1. This is a lesson world. If we were perfect, we wouldn't be here.
  2. Allow everyone their level of consciousness.
  3. Do not set yourself up as judge, jury and executioner.

Earth is a lesson world.

First, it is very important for us to bear in mind throughout life that this earth is a lesson planet. We are all here because we chose to be here, and we chose to be here for our own soul growth and, whether consciously or not, to serve Evolution, the Higher Purpose, and Divine Will. Charlie has said that living the Spiritual life begins with accepting the truth of reincarnation, the knowledge that we have incarnated many times before; and that each time--if we chose to accept the course of evolution laid out for us--we would learn important lessons and grow in Wisdom, Understanding, and Consciousness. Each time we pass on and leave our mortal frames behind, our soul distills the essence of all we have learned, absorbs this essence into itself, and becomes stronger and wiser, so that, in our coming lives, we can take on more and more difficult challenges until we attain Enlightenment and, ultimately, Final Liberation.

Charlie has also said that our souls are so committed to growth that we try to take on more than we can handle in any given life before we incarnate, and that we are encouraged to be more practical, to limit what we take on so that we might not fail. The reason for this is that when our souls are away from the denseness of materiality, we forget how difficult it is to be here, how long things take, how deceiving appearances can be, and so on. So, whenever we feel overwhelmed by our lessons and challenges, it helps us to know that we chose them for the sake of our own growth. It is only on the material plane that we can truly master any lesson; for if we can master a lesson in the denseness of matter, there can be no doubt of our accomplishment, no doubt that we will ever forget it or its significance.

Many view this earth as a kind of pleasure planet, a place to indulge one's senses and basest desires to their utmost. To follow the path of sensory gratification to the exclusion of Spirituality is to follow the left-handed path, the path of Darkness. It must be remembered in this regard that intention is what matters most. If we intentionally and knowingly hurt another, even to the extent of enjoying their suffering and our power and control over them, we bring more pain upon ourselves than we can possibly imagine. Hell is precisely this: a place and a state in which we experience, in much greater intensity, all of the pain we have inflicted on another, feeling it from their perspective. This is not cruelty on the part of the Lords of Karma and other Higher Beings who oversee our evolution, but simply the results of our own actions: we had become so mired in ignorance that the only way for us to really know the error of our ways was to fully experience the pain we have inflicted on others.

Our conscience is 'the still, small voice within' that comes from the Divine spark within. What the conscience knows is reinforced by the experience of feeling the pain we have inflicted on others. The essence of what we have learned in this way stays with us and reinforces our conscience: when we feel that something is right or wrong, it is because our soul KNOWS the truth of this. “Let your conscience be your guide” is not just a pleasant saying. It is a statement of the matters Truth that our lives become much easier when we follow the dictates of our conscience, for it is never wrong.

The Golden Rule

Charlie has said that, in dealing with others, it is important for us to try to put ourselves in their position, to see their point of view. This helps us grow in Understanding and Compassion. Just about every religion on earth includes some exhortation to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'

To give just a few examples:
  • “As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My Love...This is My commandment: love one another as I love you.” (Lord Jesus Christ, John 15:9,12)
  • “When you see yourself in others, it is impossible to hurt anyone else.” (Lord Buddha)
  • “The world is transformed by those who love all people, just as you love yourself.” (Lao-Tzu, “Tao Te Ching”)
  • “The true Yogi, with heart centered in Me, recognizes the Self in all beings and acts accordingly.” (Lord Krishna, The Bhagavad-Gita”)
  • “Beloved, if God so loved us, we must also love one another...if we love one another, God remains in us, and His Love is brought to perfection in us.” (1 John:11-12)

Note that these quotes point toward the Oneness of humankind and the Unity of God and the human. This is not just an ideal thought or aspiration. It is made a Living Reality in Higher States of Consciousness: God Consciousness, Unity, and Beyond. This occurs over time as one practices Meditation regularly and thereby infuses the Sacred Word or Mantra. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has said, “First experience God, then one will know to do right action.” (1)

Allow everyone their level of consciousness.

Knowing that this is a lesson planet, and that we incarnated here willingly to remove our rough edges, as a gemstone is cut and polished, in order that every facet of Spirit and Being may shine through our soul. Part of this process requires that we encounter beings of other states of consciousness, both higher and lower than our own. Everyone is to be treated with tolerance, respect and compassion, for they are also here to evolve and learn soul lessons, and their lessons will most likely be different from ours. Ultimately, we all learn the same lessons, but not in the same order. We need to manage our expectations, and be especially tolerant and understanding toward those who appear to be less evolved than ourselves, while not being condescending. This can be a difficult balancing act; but balance is one of the things that we all must master, and it is on this plane of relativity, of opposites, that we must do this. In being compassionate toward others, however, we must also be compassionate toward ourselves. We must be kind, but we are not here to be anyone's doormat. We need to stand up for ourselves, our ideals and our principles as best we can under the circumstances, in order to be of maximum service to God.

Judge Not...

This brings us to the last saying, “Do not set yourself up as judge, jury and executioner.” Behaving in this manner involves standing in judgment over others and punishing them. One who is an officer of the court or works in law enforcement in some capacity, of course, has important duties in this regard which must not be neglected. But it is not up to us to take the law--including Natural Law and Divine Law--into our own hands. We read in Scripture, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19, referring to Deut. 32:35). Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has made several statements in this regard, one of the most potent being, “We are born only to bless, not to punish... We should always see good things in others--very important. We are not in a position to criticize anyone.” (2)

Everyone who is here has, in some way, earned the right to be here. Each and every soul is a spark of the Divine Flame, and each has the right to follow its own course of development. Charlie Lutes gave a striking example of how the perspective we hold as humans differs from the perspective of Higher Beings on the other side. He said that we might condemn another who has committed three murders. But the case might be this is soul is just learning, over the course of several lifetimes, that killing is wrong. And so, from the other side, they might say something like, “He doing well. Last time, he committed eight murders.” Most of us in human life cannot see the big picture and cannot know the path of another soul.

Forgiveness, Compassion and Salvation

Of course, we should strive to do what is right and good at all times, and to help others when asked. And, no matter what we might have done in the past, there is hope, as long we sincerely desire to grow and change and are willing to pray to God for forgiveness. St. Augustine said, “There is no Saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” Charlie said that before Christ, the principle of severity ruled but Christ restored the principle of Mercy. He taught Love, Forgiveness and Compassion and made Salvation possible for all who renounced evil and prayed for forgiveness. And, two thousand years later, by Divine Grace, Maharishi has brought a means for the Direct Experience of the Divine to any and all who seek it. Let none of us forget that regardless of race, color, creed, and so on, we are all human. We have it within us to learn to Love one another and live in Harmony, for we are each a spark of the Divine Flame; and, as we grow in Consciousness, the spark becomes the Flame.
In Love, In Unity!
David

Footnotes:
(1) From a recording of an SRM (Spiritual Regeneration Movement) lecture given in 1964, transcribed by Dr. Diane M. Rousseau. See her article, “Man in Made in the Image of God” and also her lecture, “Meditation, Enlightenment and Moksha”; both here on the ISS website.
(2) (“Power of Silence,” p. 29)

Copyright 2020 D.A. Tokar

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