The God-Ideal is meant to awaken God in the soul, that man may realize His
Kingship. It is this which is suggested in the prayer of Christ where it is said
"Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done". It is on this realization that the Kingdom
of God comes, and what follows is that His Will is then done. But when a person
does not know what is a king, he does not know what is the kingdom.
The kingdoms of the earth have been established from the time man has evolved,
so as to understand his affairs. When man learned his first lesson, when he knew
what a king means, what a kingdom means, he knew that there was someone whose
command was obeyed by all in the kingdom, great and small, who is the judge, and
the upraiser of all those who deserve honour and respect, who possesses a
treasure in the kingdom, who is as mother and father to his subjects. Once this
was learned, it gave the person an education to understand what a king means,
just as a child after playing with her dolls begins to understand the cares of
The next step was taken in the spiritual path, when the spiritual hierarchy was
recognized. The prophet or the high priest was recognized as representing the
spiritual head. There was the hierarchy, and in this way the next step was taken
with the realization that it is not the outer environments, money and
possessions which make a king, but that spiritual realization can make a person
even greater than a king with all his kingly surroundings. This was proved to
the people when the king, who was accepted as the principal and head of the
community, went before the high priest with bent head and knelt down in the
place of prayer. This gave the next lesson: that kingship is not in outer
wealth, but in spirituality; that even the king stands humbly at the door of the
Once this step was taken, then there was the third step, which was to see that
the high priest, considered as such even by the king, knelt down and bent his
head low to the Lord, the King of humanity, showing his greatness as dust before
God, to whom alone belongs all greatness.
When the greatness of God was realized, God was glorified and the purpose of
aristocracy was fulfilled, for it was nothing but a rehearsel before the battle.
Once man realized that it is God alone before whom man should bow, that it is
God alone who really is rich while all are poor, that it is God alone whose
wisdom and justice are perfect, then before him the highness of the king and the
holiness of the high priest faded away. Before him remained only one King, the
King of all kings. On Him he depended and under Him he sought refuge in all the
different circumstances in life.
After man had taken these three steps towards the goal, he found the goal to be
quite different from the way he had taken. The goal was the finding of the
traces of that King within oneself, a spark of that divine light which is the
illumination of one's own heart, a ray of that sun which is the light of the
whole universe. So self-realization developed, in which the soul found that
wisdom, illumination and peace which was the purpose of the God-Ideal.