(This article was first written in 1986 by Lora Mendel in Canada)
I must admit that it does appear to be a rather remote connection at first glance but I will endeavour to explain how a chain of events led up to the ultimate task of reproducing his lectures for worldwide distribution after lying dormant for 25 years.
In 1960 when in my early 20s, some
books on yoga were recommended to me, which led to obtaining a catalogue from L N Fowler Co., a book company in England. I selected a few books but what really caught my eye were those titles of
Dr. MacDonald-Bayne's books, and I was immensely pleased to read them when they did arrive.
It was the kind of spiritual guidance I'd been looking for. How uplifting it was to have those subconscious, unspoken thoughts one has on spiritual subjects become clear and real perhaps for the first time. Eventually I obtained all of his books and they remained fond friends for years.
However, it is all too true that when
we are young we find ourselves so busy with living so-called life, contending with conditions, that we tend to skim the surface of things, never fully understanding the meaning behind it all.
Gradually his books passed from my hands through lending and after a time only one was left, Divine Healing of Mind and Body, but even that went out on loan.
At the beginning of 1979 all was
physically prepared here and I had the task of transposing the recordings, over 100 wires, which first had to be played out to remove the dust of twenty years and checked for any flaws or
shortcomings, carefully rewound back onto the original spool, then played again and recorded onto a 7-inch magnetic reel tape. From there it was transferred from reel to a master cassette, from
which copies were then made. It took about two years of steady application during off hours from my regular job at the time.
This sums up the account of my connection with the wires and it was with the assistance of many others that these recorded lectures were eventually made available to the public. It could not have been done at a more suitable time, since the advent of economical cassettes has placed Dr. Mac's lectures within reach of all who treasure his works.
Reprinted with permission from L. Mendel, publisher, MacDonald-Bayne Publications in Canada. See English website at:
>http://macdonaldbayne.homestead.com/works.html (Unfortunately that website doesn't work any more. Have a look at parts of what Lora's webpage looked like ... ) Lora's former webpage.