The Parable of the Talents
The Story of Jesus' Soul Evolution
An unpublished manuscript written by Charles Fillmore in 1947
Matt. 25:14-30 For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey. Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents. In like manner he also that received the two gained other two. But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them. And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying. Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: Lo, I have gained other five talents. His lord said unto him. Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the Joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the one talent came and said. Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping share thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter; and I was afraid, anl went away and hid thy talents in the earth; lo, thou hast thine own. But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter; thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest. Take ye sway therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away. And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
This Scripture shows how the soul increases its capacity to know Divine Mind. We are the offspring of that Mind, but we must acquire self-consciousness, with all that it implies.
Involved in us is the capacity to evolve or bring forth divinity. This Divine Mind is the man who delivered his goods unto his servants and went into a ‘’far oountry.” The talents are capacities and evolution is their increase.
The five talents also represent the five senses. The senses are fundamentally spiritual, and the increase is the realization of this in consciousness. Before we can see truly, our sight must be increased until spiritual perception is developed. Then our sight is established. This is true of hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. The five avenues of expression are to be tinder the dominion of Divine Mind, and their reality proven and demonstrated.
It is a fact that the unregenerate man or woman is ignorant of the real character of the senses. To such the eye is a telescope and the ear a telephone. Explain that it is the mind that hears and sees, and they are incredulous. In the regeneration these facts are made plain to the individual and he learns the law of mind increase. This is the gain In the talents, whloh was commended by the Lord.
Those who do not understand how to increase their mental and spiritual capaoity through right thought are in danger of timidity and cautiousness.
The fear that they will do wrong has made cowards and incompetents of millions. It is better to make mistakes than to remain inactive. The world is full of people who have carefully put their talent in a napkin and buried it. They are more or less bitter because others have succeeded while they have failed. The cause of failure is not incapacity, but comes from failure to use the capacity one has. Potential capacity is really all that man possesses, until he has made his talents his very own by opening up their inner side. This is the increase that pleases the Lord, and that servant is put at the right hand.
It looks like a hard law that would take away from a man that which he seems to have, because he fails to increase it. But such must be the condition of the slothful servant. If the potential talents are not regenerated by the individual, they are lost to consciousness. Thus the Lord takes away from the sex fearfully cautious servant the potential seeing or hearing, and he is left in total darkness.
Transcribed by Mark Hicks on November 16, 2017.