Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.’ For an Initiate, this image is very clear, it is that of a river flowing down from the mountain. ‘The way, the truth and the life’ – the way is the riverbed, the life is the water flowing along that bed, and truth is the spring, the source, from which flows the water of life.

But let’s take this interpretation a step further: the riverbed, down which life flows and which shows us the way back to the source, is wisdom. And life, that is to say, the water that irrigates the soil, nourishes plants, and slakes the thirst of animals and humans, is love.

So, Jesus was saying, ‘I am the path of wisdom; I am the love that gives birth to divine life; I am the fountainhead of truth from which flows that life’.

Water is a symbol of life and of love.

The forces and currents that flow through nature are pictured as water, as a fluid that nourishes and sustains life. This image of a spring or river corresponds to aspects of the spiritual life on which our Teaching is based.

For this Teaching is founded on love (water), wisdom (the riverbed) and truth (the spring). As a daily exercise, you can drink mentally from the river flowing from the mountaintops; every day, you can go to the spring and quench your thirst with the pure, transparent waters of love.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov