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Transmutation and Transformation

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By Phiroz Mehta

Transmuting is quite different from transforming. When a skilful housewife rearranges the furniture in a room, making it look more inviting and cosy, we I say “you have transformed this room.” The room and the furniture are still the same old room and furniture; only their attractiveness and usefulness have been changed, though the properties of the furniture remain unchanged.

When radium, a radioactive metal, undergoes successive disintegrations, emanating a gas called radon and itself ends up as a lump of non-radioactive lead, we call it a transmutation, for the properties of radon and of lead are quite different from those of radium.

Carbon exists in various gases such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide; in chalk and bones and in millions of organic substances; in all living matter (living bodies). Graphite is a fairly pure, crystalline form of carbon. The purest form is diamond, a pure crystal of carbon.

The greater part of the human race is enslaved by selfness.

Through the millennia, only the few transmuted that selfness into selflessness, as exemplified by the Founders of the Great Religions and by all true spiritual Teachers. Of the myriads of souls who are like the cheaper, imperfect forms of carbon, only the few change themselves into the priceless, perfect diamond souls who are a constant benediction and light to all mankind.

To effect, this transmutation is a very difficult task, for we are an animal species and every animal species is characterized by two main drives, viz. self-preservation and the preservation of the species.

Because of the drive for self-preservation, we are isolatively and separatively self-conscious, unawakened to the fact-that actually we are inter-related and interactive with not on each other but also with all Nature and the entire cosmos.

If we awaken to this inter-relationship and interaction, Peace and Love, Wisdom and Purity, Goodness, Truth and Beauty would reign through our own lives. Whatever characterizes the individual influences his environment, powerfully at times, and, through the environment the whole world.


Very accurate, any suggestions how we can reach this desired state which makes us true humans?


How is it that awakening to, or being made aware of this interrelationship and interaction automatically makes it possible for peace, love, etc. to 'reign' in my life? I am aware of the Milky Way galaxy, but that doesn't make me a star. I am aware that love exists, but that doesn't mean I love.

A Skeptic

I share your skepticism, skeptic, but I'll jump in here. I think in this context that "awaken" means more than become aware. Think of it like awakening from a dream. The dream is our animal nature, the awakened state is our divine nature, where we are all part of the same oneness. Or something like that.


'awakening to' is an internal process; 'being made aware of' is an external one.


What spiritualism lacks most is truth in advertising.


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