THEOSOPHY, Vol. 16, No. 4, February, 1928
(Pages 150-151; Size: 7K)
[Part 4 of a 12-part series]
ARE you thinking too much of yourself, your present conditions and your prospects? This is not a firm reliance on the Law of your own being which brings to you the very opportunities that your soul progress needs.
What if the future presents no clear view? What if your desires are not fulfilled? What if your progress is not at all apparent? Why worry about it?
You cannot change it. All you can do is the best you can under existing circumstances. That is the very thing you should do, dismissing from your mind all thought of those things which are not as you would have them.
It is better to assume a cheerful attitude and cultivate in one's self a feeling of confidence. Our anxiety and inner fears, as well as our outward expression of them, may go a great way in depressing those who love us and whom we love.
One thing that should be remembered in the midst of all difficulties is this: "When the lesson is learned, the necessity ceases." So we should all strive for calmness, patience, and fortitude, and also have full confidence that the tide is bound to turn, even at the fifty-ninth minute of the eleventh hour.
Our studies and our efforts are futile if we are disturbed inwardly. The question always is: "How will we stand the pressure?" The ripening of our Karma presents the opportunity to gain strength.
There is plenty of material, as well as help, in the devotional books, to the realization of the heart doctrine. They are designed to awaken the intuition, the only means by which light can come to anyone. Printed words and the information they indicate are only "ladders" by which the learner can climb to wisdom. But in our study and application, so long as we are working for some reward -- are inclined to be despondent or impatient -- we shall be placing obstacles in our own way.
One point in our progress involves the passing from one state of thought and action into another; knowing this we should not be dismayed nor disturbed by anything that may come to pass. It may for the time appear to the student that he is useless and his future circumstances dark and foreboding. These are only shadows of the past cast on the screen of the present. Like shadows they will pass, if we but recognize them for what they are.
The whole position of the sincere student is summed up in the words: "Hold on grimly; have confidence and faith; for faith in the Master will surely bring victory."
One's education makes no essential difference. Any man can understand justice. He can understand that merit is the only thing that can bring merit. Men think that the world owes them a living, opportunity, education. All we need to consider is that we owe the world our service.
What we have to do is to stop thinking about ourselves, stop figuring for ourselves, stop thinking how are we going to come out. For this "we" is personality, always changing. If we really desire to help humanity and forget ourselves, working for others with no thought of success or failure or reward, the doors will open to us as soon as we are ready. This is Law.
COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:
GOOD AND EVIL
It is only the knowledge of the constant re-births of one and the same individuality throughout the life-cycle; the assurance that the same MONADS -- among whom are many Dhyan-Chohans, or the "Gods" themselves -- have to pass through the "Circle of Necessity," rewarded or punished by such rebirth for the suffering endured or crimes committed in the former life; that those very Monads, which entered the empty, senseless shells, or astral figures of the First Race emanated by the Pitris, are the same who are now amongst us -- nay, ourselves, perchance; it is only this doctrine, we say, that can explain to us the mysterious problem of Good and Evil, and reconcile man to the terrible and apparent injustice of life. Nothing but such certainty can quiet our revolted sense of justice. For, when one unacquainted with the noble doctrine looks around him, and observes the inequalities of birth and fortune, of intellect and capacities; when one sees honour paid fools and profligates, on whom fortune has heaped her favours by mere privilege of birth, and their nearest neighbour, with all his intellect and noble virtues -- far more deserving in every way -- perishing of want and for lack of sympathy; when one sees all this and has to turn away, helpless to relieve the undeserved suffering, one's ears ringing and heart aching with the cries of pain around him -- that blessed knowledge of Karma alone prevents him from cursing life and men, as well as their supposed Creator.--S.D., II, p. 303-4.
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