Napoleon Hill, Sri Aurobindo and Shaheen Hajigil on Spirit Guides and Divination.
Napoleon Hill was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies).
Napoleon Hill spent 20 years studying self-made millionaires- their personalities, habits, nature, views and as a result of this work he obtained a habit that helped him in many situations. This was the habit of consulting with Spirit Guides.
Napoleon Hill calls them “Invisible Counselors”. His spirit guides were Emerson, Paine, Edison, Darwin, Lincoln, Burbank, Napoleon, Ford and Carnegie. Later he added many more to the group.
I see it as a very important part of his famous “Think and Grow Rich” book and include on this page for all of you to read:
… One evening Edison arrived ahead of all the others. He walked over and seated himself at my left, where Emerson was accustomed to sit, and said, “You are destined to witness the discovery of the secret of life. When the time comes, you will observe that life consists of great swarms of energy, or entities, each as intelligent as human beings think themselves to be. These units of life group together like hives of bees, and remain together until they disintegrate, through lack of harmony.
These units have differences of opinion, the same as human beings, and often fight among themselves”. These meetings which you are conducting will be very helpful to you. They will bring to your rescue some of the same units of life which served the members of your Cabinet, during their lives. These units are eternal. THEY NEVER DIE! Your own thoughts and DESIRES serve as the magnet which attracts units of life, from the great ocean of life out there. Only the friendly units are attracted -the ones which harmonize with the nature of your DESIRES.” Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), “Think and Grow Rich”.
Sri Aurobindo , was an Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, Maharishi, guru and poet. Sri Aurobindo evolved a new method of spiritual practice, which he calledIntegral Yoga. The central theme of his vision was the evolution of human life into a life divine. He believed in a spiritual realisation that not only liberated man but also transformed his nature, enabling a divine life on earth.
The quotation from his short work “Stead and the Spirits” shows his skepticism about the chances of an accurate divination based on Aurobindo’s view of difficulties in assuring that a communicating spirit is really what it says it is.
“…It is impossible to dismiss the phenomena of spirit communications, even with all the imposture that unscrupulous moneymakers have imported into them, as unreal or a deception. All that can reasonably be said is that their true nature has not yet been established beyond dispute… There remains the explanation of actual spirit communication. But even when we have decided on this hypothesis as the base of our investigation, we have to be on our guard against a multitude of errors; for the communications are vitiated first by the errors and self-deceptions of the medium and the sitters, then by the errors and self-deceptions of the communicant spirits, and, worst of all, by deliberate deceit, lies and jugglery on the part of the visitants from the other world. The element of deceit and jugglery on the part of the medium and his helpers is not always small, but can easily be got rid of. Cheap skepticism and cheaper ridicule in such matters is only useful for comforting small brains and weak imaginations with a sense of superiority to the larger minds who do not refuse to enquire into phenomena which are at least widespread and of a consistently regular character. The true attitude is to examine carefully the nature of the phenomena, the conditions that now detract from their value and the possibility of removing them and providing perfect experimental conditions which would enable us to arrive at a satisfactory scientific result. Until the value of the communications is scientifically established, any attempt to use them for utilitarian, theatrical or yet lighter purposes is to be deprecated, as such misuse may end in shutting a wide door to potential knowledge upon humanity. Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) “Stead and the Spirits. The Supramental Manifestation and Other Writings”.
“God is a society [consisting] of souls of all living and dead organisms”.