Gold has always been symbolic , both in the East and in the West . For centuries alchemists have talked about it , and they have been very misunderstood because people thought they were talking about real gold . They were talking about gold only as a metaphor . Man can become gold , he has all the chemicals needed for that transmutation , but those chemicals have to be mixed in the right proportion , heated in the right way to the right degree . Only in a mystery school is that possible . It is the world of inner chemistry . And the moment everything inside you is put in the right place , a great harmony arises .
Ordinarily a man is like an orchestra in which there is no conductor , no guide and everybody is playing solo . Although it is an orchestra , everybody is playing solo according to his own ideas , not bothering about others , what they are doing not making any effort to bring harmony ; hence the noise , hence the craziness inside , the insanity . Almost the whole of humanity is insane . Of course people differ in degrees : a few people are more insane and a few less , but a difference of degree is not much of a difference .
Only very few people – once in a while a Buddha , a Lao Tan Basho , a Jesus – have been able to become guides of all the elementary forces and have been able to play not solo , but a orchestra . These few people who have been able to bring some accord into their beings have known the ultimate truth . That’s what is meant by gold . It is the most precious metal, hence it became symbolic .