THEOSOPHY, Vol. 84, No. 12, October, 1996
(Pages 369-370; Size: 4K)

STUDENT REFLECTIONS

[Article number (6) in this Department]

FALL

Fall is here -- right on schedule.
Nature never falters in her cyclic rounds.
Things appear motionless -- hesitant
As Fall faithfully continues her work
Of preparing for the coming change.
The evergreens stand like Stoics--
Patiently, resolute, yet accepting.

The leaf-bearing trees shed their garments
Of colorful, lifeless, yet mineral-rich leaves,
In quiet resignation -- no hurry -- no protest.
The breeze swirls -- uncertainly,
With a touch of chill--
Not joyously as in Spring, but
With starts and stops and,
An almost imperceptible hint
Of mournfulness,

Telling all in a quiet way to prepare--
Havens against the coming storms.
Seed-bearing plants have long since divested
Themselves of their bounty,
In cooperation with myriad animal, bird and insect life--
Ensuring future harvests.
And MAN, neither resigned to Nature's laws
Nor willing to relinquish Summer's expansive
Laisser-faire,
Scurries to and fro, preparing lavish
Displays of opulence -- Holidays!
When Fall has done its work, earth retreats within,
Wrapped in a mantle of meditation -- mysterious -- cosmic
Only earth knows.

The SOLSTICE comes, ushering in the new cycle
And MAN, Great Nature's crowning achievement,
Turns inward,
To look at himself,
Pondering on what has been,
On what could have been,
On what could be--
Coming a little closer
To the meaning of LIFE -- perhaps,
As the cycle is fulfilled,
If only...


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:

It was to give to men all they could take in regard to the nature of the soul -- that they might come out from this vale of sorrow -- that those Beings known as Divine Incarnations have descended here of Their own will. 


--Robert Crosbie

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