The Injunction to live ‘as if’ you were the Soul within the Ashram.
(Volume 2 - Pages 556-557)
Act in the future ‘as if’ there are, for you, no more glamours and see what eventuates. Endeavor to always live in the Ashram, which is insulated from glamour and begin to act ‘as if’ the consciousness of the Ashram was intrinsically your consciousness. For the remainder of your life, let the esoteric constant awareness which the two words ‘as if’ actuate all that you do.
Travel thus, life’s way; work in my Ashram; aid your fellow men,
and know the joy of constant service and sacrifice.
This ‘as if’ behavior presupposes the imposition of the highest grasped aspiration upon the normal personality in the form of changed behavior. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” applies to mental control. The ‘as if’ behavior applies to a still higher factor than thought; it involves the constant attempt to live ‘as if’ the Soul (not the mind but through the mind) is in constant control and is the dominating aspect of the expression. It necessitates, when correctly applied, the growing automatic control of the entire lower threefold man by the Soul. Below are six themes for meditation built around the ‘as if’ idea.