Here is an archival recording from 16 Sept. 1965, less than one week after FATHER DIVINE’s Great Sacrifice. In it, an unknown follower or admirer from New York City delivers a recitation about the Great Sacrifice and the potential for Immortality, as well as a poem “Sweet MOTHER DIVINE, Queen of the Angels.” MOTHER preserved in pristine condition the single-copy record album it was pressed on, and followers at Woodmont found it in the days after MOTHER’s Own Transcendence this past March. Approximately 8 minutes long.
“Then I say, it is a privilege for you to be living in this Resurrection—not merely the Resurrection of the individual that was called Jesus; the Resurrection of Jesus was a pre-evidence of the great Resurrection of Life in the hearts and lives of all of the people of the earth. Take these thoughts into consideration. The Individual Crucifixion and Individual Resurrection, was but be-speaking the great Resurrection of our present day Salvation that I have brought to humanity’s conscious realization, the great Resurrection of Life within all of the children of men. Then I say, this Truth, which was and IS the Christ, has been long since lying dormant in the subconscious mind of men, being crucified by the mortal versions and by their theories and doctrines, and held by the selfsame expression, but behold, the great Resurrection has taken place. Firstly, as a Sample and as an Example, Jesus as an individual brought it to fruition as an outward expression of the universalization of the Truth. But now you can say with ME and also with the writer of old, “I know that my Redeemer liveth, for He liveth in my soul.” You can say, “I know He has risen, for He has risen in my soul.
“…As an individual Christ came, He as a Person was crucified, dead and buried apparently; but it was merely a parable, speaking concerning the mystery of the crucifixion of the Christ within you, and the resurrection of Him that liveth forever and ever universally.
“…After the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension, the birth of Christ as an Individual Principle took place in the hearts and minds of men as a real expression of this Christian dispensation.”
Jan. 25, 1934
FATHER DIVINE said: “Hold everything from an impersonal standpoint of view. Do not see it as a personal thing; then it can never leave you. I told MOTHER years ago that I could never leave Her if She held ME in an impersonal point of view, and She has looked upon ME in that way. She has never beheld ME as a Person and I never approach Her as a person. You call upon ME to come and do something for you with MY hands, but you do not see me from a Personal point of view. Hold this attitude and let anything pass away from a personal standpoint of view and you would be undisturbed, for CHRIST is All in all. CHRIST is all of those things for you. HE is your father, your mother, your sister, your brother; HE is all of those things and whatever you may claim.
“If the outward expression passes away, you have only lost a graven image and when you have lost the idol you have had in your consciousness, the Ideal remains and will produce something better, because HE did away with the first to establish the second, and he always did keep the best for the last.
In referring to human parentage today, FATHER made a point that HE had made before, namely, that our so-called human parents were GOD HIMSELF, who had taken on a form to satisfy mortal mind and care for us until we were able to take care of ourselves. HE added the following, however:
“I have often said that the animal kingdom came nearer to expressing GOD’S Love in this respect, than mankind. It is true, that the love of family and love of one’s own, are GOD manifesting on the human and animal plane, in order to provide the love and protection necessary for the little ones until they can take care of themselves. But in the animal kingdom the mother is a mother to her little ones, only until they are able to go out for themselves and after that time the relationship ceases and the young ones go out and do likewise. But in the human kingdom, the mother-love tries to hang onto the children and call them ‘my’ children after they are grown up and even when they are as old as fifty and sixty.
“Yes the whole nation has robbed the LORD.’ GOD loaned you that love for you to protect those little ones until they were able to protect themselves and then HE intended for you to return that love back to GOD whence it came. GOD loaned you those so-called children. GOD loaned you all that you supposedly have.”
The Word of GOD Revealed, Installment 4
“Here we all are again, and yet it is the very same time, since time and Eternity has no end… I have arisen to say it is good to be here, and it occurred to ME as it occurs to ME quite often, WORDS I SPEAK, THEY ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE.
“If you as co-workers, followers and friends, as being termed children, would but take cognizance of MY WORD and READ and READ and READ, just as I say, MY WORDS are SPIRIT and LIFE. They can be reproduced if you want some for yourselves and can go forth in your likeness and in your personality or individuality, in your expression and deemed as yours to those who do not know them.
“But the WORDS I Speak, they are SPIRIT and LIFE, and long since you did say by a… prayer you prayed: ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ You have daily BREAD given, and if you will but read them, read it and perceive the idea concerning every Mystery and conceive the SPIRIT of MY PRESENCE with the conscious sincere conviction, I will reproduce the SPIRIT and the MEANING of such within and you will see and know definitely the WORDS I Speak, they are SPIRIT and LIFE for the children of men.
“I think of it quite often: because of MY daily giving you daily bread, it may cause you to be a little slothful and unconcerned about reading the WORD, but I LIVE BY MY WORDS! I DELIGHT IN HEARING MY WORD READ! IT GIVES LIFE, IT GIVES COURAGE AND ZEAL AND DETERMINATION, and it keeps you in the CONSCIOUS RECOGNITION and the REALIZATION of MY ACTUAL PRESENCE!
“As said the Message of nineteen hundred years ago, ‘This do in remembrance of ME until I return.’
“The returning to you again will not prevent nor prohibit you from doing and continuing in the FAITH that was once delivered to the SAINTS.”
15 November 1941
At Century House Historical Society in Rosendale, NY, 20 Sept 2009, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Dr. Carleton Mabee, said:
“I’d like to summarize in a few words the history of the civil rights movement in a way that over-simplifies the role of Father Divine in it, oversimplifies the whole thing, but it still makes a point: Father Divine proved that interracial living was possible. So, Rosa Parks sat in front of a bus and she wouldn’t move when she was asked to go to the back; so, Martin Luther King gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech in Washington; so, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. There it is in a few words…”
Here is the relevant excerpt:
If you would like to view the entire presentation about FATHER DIVINE’s important interracial communities in Ulster County, New York, it is on YouTube in seven parts. Part one is here. (Subsequent parts, clearly numbered, will appear in the right-hand sidebar on the YouTube page).