THEOSOPHY, Vol. 86, No. 3, January, 1998
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THE IRRATIONALITY OF RESISTANCE

RESISTANCE ATTRACTS and whatever we resist will inevitably pursue us. Something resisted is given fearful proportions and fear is an "icing up," whereas daring is a flaming forth. Antipathy is disorder and born out of a fear that something is missing. Often appearances, external attitudes are merely the coverings of another's fearful state. The unique nature of what drives us requires understanding and a just appraisal of others and ourselves leads to charity and respect. Do we not know that all of us humans are clad in the rags of fallibility?

To be among the do-gooders does not prevent us from being locked in identification with the unreal. Being good is apt to get us involved in all kinds of difficulties. There is no shortage of stories about people who take up a good cause only to find disillusionment and heartache. Blinded by their mission and, to them, unique vision they meet resistance at every turn. If unchecked this relentless and blinded fervor leads the individual into pathological fanaticism. How many of the world's tragedies is the result of such visions.

Whenever we struggle to attain a particular thing, even for good, we envision obstacles and the overcoming of them, and therefore see resistance where there is no resistance -- a problem where there is no problem. Above and beyond the expected, where only empathy resides, the recognition of need is in the realm of brotherly love and obligation. Take this to heart. Perhaps it is better just to work? And all that holds for those who feel compelled to enforce their unique visions on others, holds for those who feel compelled to resist the ordinary visions of others, as well.

The author of Light On The Path writes:

Kill out ambition. ... [yet] Work as those work who are ambitious. Ambition is the great tempter of the man who is rising above his fellows. It is the simplest form of looking for reward. The pure artist who works for the love of his work is sometimes more firmly planted on the right road than the occultist, who fancies he has removed his interest from self ....(pp. 1, 19.)
And Krishna in Chapter V of the Bhagavad-Gita gives us this sage advice:
Children only and not the wise speak of the renunciation of action and the right performance of action as being different. .... The man who is devoted and not attached to the fruit of his actions obtains tranquillity whilst he who through desire has attachment for the fruit of action is bound down thereby. (pp. 38-40.)
Tranquillity is born through detachment, the antipode of resistance. Resistance, then, must reside in the world of Maya and, hence, is irrational.

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