In a very old town, there once was an ancient church whose walls had started collapsing. It was dangerous to go inside and slowly, slowly the people who used to attend the church stopped going. Even to pass by the side of the church was risky: it could collapse at any moment. Small gusts of wind would cause it to tremble. During the rainy season, the people of the town used to think that the thunder and lightning were the church collapsing.
Finally, a meeting of the church’s trustees was held to discuss what to do. They decided on a few resolutions. The first was that the old church should be demolished. It was a unanimous agreement. Their second resolution was that a new church should be built on the same spot. Everyone was in agreement with this as well. Their third resolution was the new church should only be built from the bricks of the old church. And everyone was in agreement with this too. And their fourth resolution was that until the new church was finished, the old church should not be demolished. Everyone agreed with that too.
In this world also, the temple of man’s mind has become very ancient. There is a possibility of it collapsing at any moment. Every time a slight crisis comes, the whole of mankind falls into danger. Many times, the so-called saviors of man have come together and they too have passed the same four resolutions. Today, I want to talk to you about those four resolutions in detail.
The first two resolutions are okay. The old temple should definitely be demolished and a new temple should definitely be built. But the new temple should not be built from the bricks of the old temple – nor can it be built from them because a temple built from the old bricks will not really be new. It will still be old; it will just be a transformation of the old.