week's message is a tribute to one of the greatest spiritual,
metaphysical teachers, Judge Thomas Troward who passed from this life
100 years ago on May 16, 1916. Thomas Troward was born in Punjab,
India in 1847 of British parents, Albany and Frederica Troward.
His father was a full colonel in the Indian Army. He was brought
back to England to attend school and in 1865, at the age of 18, he
graduated from college with gold medal honors in literature. He
then decided to study Law although at heart he always considered
himself an artist and a painter.
At age 22, in 1869, he returned to India and took the difficult Indian
Civil Service Examination. One of the subjects was metaphysics
and Troward surprised everyone with his answers because of their
originality. He became an assistant commissioner and was quickly
promoted to Divisional Judge in the Punjab where he served for the
next 25 years.
In India he married his first wife. Together they had three
children. He married a second time after his first wife died and
had three more children. His second wife, Sarah Ann, helped in
the publishing of his works after his death. In the forward to a
publication entitled "Troward's Comments On The Psalms"
Annie Troward writes: "When he retired from the Bengal
Civil Service in 1896, he decided to devote himself to three objects
... the study of the Bible, writing his books and painting pictures
... He believed that the solution to all our problems was there in the
Bible for those who read and meditated with minds at one with its
Troward's favorite hobby was painting. He had won several prizes
for art in India. After he retired from Civil Service he
returned to England in 1902 at the age of 55, intending to devote
himself to his painting as well as writing. He had already
thoroughly digested all of the sacred books of the oriental religions
and they had certainly influenced his spiritual ideas. It is
said that at one time a vision came to him about the development of a
system of philosophy that gave peace of mind and the practical results
of physical health and happiness to the individual.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Judge Thomas Troward: "We
can gradually grow into any condition we desire, provided we first
make ourselves in habitual mental attitude the person who corresponds
to those conditions.
Any anxious thought as to the means to be employed in the
accomplishment of our purposes is quite unnecessary. If the end is
already secured, then it follows that all the steps leading to it are
The law of floatation was not discovered
by contemplating the sinking of things, but by contemplating the
floating of things which floated naturally, and then intelligently
asking why they did so.
It becomes, therefore, the most important of all considerations
with what character we invest in the Universal Mind; for since our
relation to it is purely subjective it will infallibly bear to us
exactly that character which we impress upon it; in other words it
will be to us exactly what we believe it to be."
In the later years of his life Dr. Wayne Dyer quoted often from the
books written by Thomas Troward. The Spiritual Living, New
Thought and progressive Christianity movements all owe a debt of
gratitude to the spiritual awareness shared with us all by
Troward. For those who truly want an
intelligent understanding of the Holy Bible and certain books of The
Torah, the study of Troward's writings are an absolute must. His
understanding of our relationship to Universal Mind embodied a
similarity to that of the Master Mind Jesus, the Buddha and Krishna,
but was devoid of any religiosity or prejudice.
writings of Troward: "Hence
the unceasing necessity for every one to realise the great truth that
his whole individuality has its foundation in
such a root, and that the ground in which this root is embedded is
that Universal Being for which there is no name save that of the One
all-embracing I AM.
The supreme necessity, therefore, for each of us is to realise this
fundamental fact of our own nature, for it is only in proportion as we
do so that we truly live; and, therefore, whatever helps us to this
realisation should be carefully guarded. In so far as any form of
religion contributes to this end in the case of any particular
individual, for him it is true religion. It may be imperfect, but it
is true so far as it goes; and what is wanted is not to destroy the
foundation of a man's faith because it is narrow, but to expand it.
And this expanding will be done by the man himself, for it is a growth
from within and not a construction from without.
towards the religious beliefs of others should, therefore, not be that
of iconoclasts, breaking down ruthlessly whatever from our point of
view we see to be merely traditionary idols (in Bacon's sense of the
word), but rather the opposite method of fixing upon that in another's
creed which we find to be positive and affirmative, and gradually
leading him to perceive in what its affirmativeness consists; and
then, when once he has got the clue to the element of strength which
exists in his accustomed form of belief, the perception of the
contrast between that and the non-essential accretions will grow up in
his mind spontaneously, thus gradually bringing him out into a wider
and freer atmosphere."
Troward taught that we should respect religion as it served primitive
mankind but that we must free ourselves from the religious dogma that
separates us from our inherent potential to realize the freedom in
knowing that we have access to individual power as our mind becomes in
tune with the Infinite. As the Master Mind Jesus stated,
"I, and the Father (Spirit) are One" and in this oneness we
realize that the teachings of Troward increases our knowing of the
truth that will set us free. And this truth that Troward
discovered through study and meditation has done just that for the
past 100 years.
SO IT IS!
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