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That all men may quench their thirst
by Rev. Howard Ray Carey

The Christ is bidding us:  ''Take your place at My side, and work as never before. Help Me, My friends, to create a pool of Love so deep that all men may quench their thirst.''

For what do men thirst? Obviously for many things. First of all, the thirst for money ---- for material wealth ---- seems like an epidemic. Maitreya has pointed out how the rich parade their wealth before the poor and starving. But it becomes evident that no matter how successful this quest may be, it leads at day's end to a dry well ---- a pitiful emptiness.

Finding that search for acquisition of wealth not fulfilling, many seek to quench their thirst at some pinnacle of honor: winning the gold cup, the blue ribbon, the doctorate in multiple fields, the presidency of state or industrial conglomerate, or what have you. These are a few of the high altitudes at which men think to quench that basic thirst to which all members of the human race are subject.

A close relative (perhaps a twin) of the chase for honor is the urge for power over other people's lives. Such power, on the part of the frustrated, is often sought at the point of a gun. Robbing someone, and more especially shooting unarmed victims, is said to give a temporary feeling of great power. God gives the precious gift of life in order that we as Souls may grow and develop through experience here in the physical body. The media record daily how very often some recipients of that gift of life seek power by brutally terminating the lives of other per-sons. In the same thrust for power we see nations seeking domination over other nations by building bigger and ever more threatening stockpiles of destructive weapons ---- to hold as a threat in the Russian roulette game of international power politics.

But not all seekers of power travel such obviously destructive bypaths on the journey of life. The power of a forceful and selfish will is often used to dominate a family, control a religious organization, or sway a nation. For a time such power, used over others, seems in a measure to quench the deep thirst of some individuals for fulfillment. But history's epitaph of the Alexanders, the Caesars, the Napoleons, the Hitlers and the Mussolinis tells a sad and far different story. Yes, the drive for separative power over other lives ends finally in futility and ashes.

We could look at some of the other means by which people seek to satisfy that insistent thirst for fulfillment of life's meaning and purpose. Among these cul-de-sacs are such avenues as the search for unfailing comfort; the search for pleasure through travel; the quest for substitute and artificial body parts, related to the demand for long years of dwelling in the 'prison house of the physical body', as it is designated in the Ageless Wisdom. (George Burns avers that when you reach the age of 100 years you are pretty safe, for, statistically, very few people die after that age!) But note that all these separative 'watering places' prove finally to be dry wells of bitter disappointment.

It is in reference to such weary quests that the writer of Ecclesiastes (the most pessimistic book in the Bible) refers: ''Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, all is vanity. What does a man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes and a generation comes... The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south, and goes round to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns... All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun... I have seen everything that is done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.''

So where are we to turn for the quenching of our thirst ---- the thirst for meaning, for fulfillment, which we share with all our sisters and brothers? What a source of encouragement it is to find in our day more and more people are turning to Maitreya, the Christ, for the answer to life's riddle.

Long ago, as we read in the fourth chapter of the gospel according to John, He gave out a saving word concerning 'the water of life' which He gives to those who seek him and His way. According to that account Jesus was resting beside Jacob's well near the Samaritan city of Sychar, when a Samaritan woman came to draw water. In that culture it was unheard of for a man to speak to a strange woman. Also we read that ''the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans,'' so He was violating two taboos when He spoke to this woman. In the course of the conversation Jesus explained to her: ''Everyone who drinks of this water (from the well) will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.''

Incidentally, it appears worthy of note that not only did Jesus converse with this apparently outcast Samaritan, who had been married five times and was then living with a man to whom she was not married, but He also gave her what amounted to an evangelistic mission: to go and bring her townspeople out to hear Him, that they also might find the secret of the water of life which quenches all thirst.

Often I hear people, objecting to the idea of the Christ's presence in a physical body in our world, say something like this: ''I don't think we can expect any one person to do it alone.''  If they would only read just a few of the Messages they would discover how grossly mistaken is the idea that He is here to do the needed work alone, and how repeatedly He calls for our work, our co-operation with Him much as Jesus called for the Samaritan's help.

Let me repeat that on 18 December 1980, the Christ challenged us:ëëHelp Me, My friends, to create a pool of Love so deep that all men may quench their thirst.'' And He explains: ëëMy Teaching is simple ---- Justice and Love, Sharing and Peace will bring men to God.''

This is the way of enduring fulfillment; but as He says over and over again, He is only the architect and we must be the willing builders of the temple of truth. He is calling to us all to help Him create this unlimited pool of love where all men may quench the thirst we all share for meaning and fulfillment. If we tune into Him, He will ---- as promised ---- show us how and where we may do our part in His great work for our day and our world.

This article is a chapter from The Joy of Christ's Coming This book by the late Rev. Howard Ray Carey was published by Share International Foundation in 1988. It is not currently available in hard copy form. Copyright © Share International Foundation.  Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard version unless otherwise indicated. 

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First published April 1999, Last modified: 15-Oct-2005