THEOSOPHY, Vol. 14, No. 2, December, 1925
(Pages 80-81; Size: 8K)
[Part 1 of an 11-part series]If Sun thou canst not be, then be the humble planet. Aye, if thou art debarred from flaming like the noon-day Sun upon the snow-capped mount of purity eternal, then choose, O Neophyte, a humbler course.THIS is the great teaching that service of our fellowmen, help to those who come in our contact, is the way not only to happiness but also to progress, to growth, to evolution. The example given is that of the sun and the planets and the stars. Appearances often mislead people in trying to discover the meaning of things; for instance, if you look at the heavens, you find that certain stars are very bright, that the sun outshines all the stars. You find that the planets are brighter even than some of the stars. Yet when you begin to study astronomy you find the planets have little light of their own, that they shine by the borrowed light that comes from the sun, while less shining stars, or those that do not appear to shine as brightly as the planets, shine by their own light. The light is, then, inherent in them. They do not look big to us compared to the planets or sun because they are far away; because the distance between us and the sun is not so great as the distance between us and the stars.
Point out the "Way" -- however dimly, and lost among the host -- as does the evening star to those who tread their path in darkness.
... Give light and comfort to the toiling pilgrim, and seek out him who knows still less than thou; who in his wretched desolation sits starving for the bread of Wisdom and the bread which feeds the shadow, without a Teacher, hope, or consolation, and -- let him hear the Law.
--The Voice of the Silence.
Now the stars are like great Masters, great Spiritual teachers. They shine by their own inherent light; others shine, though they may look great, by the borrowed light of the sun and the stars. But all of us are learning to shine by our own light. Therefore if we cannot shine like the sun in all its brilliance and splendor, we have to learn to shine like planets. If we cannot shine yet by our own light, because it is obscured, obscured by the matter which we know as mind-matter, which we know as body-matter, which we know as feelings -- if that light of the Spirit which we are does not show itself in us, what do we do? We try to catch hold of such spiritual light as comes from the great Stars and reflect that. And as we practise shining even by borrowed light of the Spirit, of the Philosophy, the Science of Truth, Theosophy, we gradually become clean, pure, in our mind, moral nature, in our sense and bodily nature, till presently our own spiritual, luminous, radiant, bright Self will shine, as in the case of the Masters -- Spiritual Stars.
How is it that this light is to be made radiant in ourselves? This book says, why, by doing our daily duties. It is not by doing something out of the way, something that is extraordinary; but it is the doing of the little things of life continuously, in what we call daily drudgery. Daily drudgery gives us the opportunity to make our light shine in doing all the little duties of every day work. In the following of the path of duties, as we work at all our little things of daily life, as we come in contact with men and women who are like ourselves, we begin to learn and teach, we begin to establish a friendly, a kindly, a helpful relationship with all. Following the wheel of duty, following the path of duty, we begin to see what is the wrong kind of action which we have done, what is the right kind of action which we have done. But knowledge of that does not help us unless the result of that knowledge is put into practice in the daily living. It is through the doing of duties that the spiritual light begins to shine in us.
At the present moment, in some, it is the light of the body; in some, it is the light of the mind that shines; in others it is the light of the moral goodness that shines. In the Masters it is the light of the Spiritual Nature that shines and illumines the mind, moral nature, and bodily nature. We have to get at the view -- to do the things not with the help of the moral and mental nature alone, but with the help of the soul within. For the performances of all action we must know that we are souls, not bodies, not minds, not our moral natures and aspirations. We shine on our natures as souls. The moment we know that, all difficulties, all pain, all troubles go away, because we see pain, trouble, difficulties, as ways of learning the Great Truth, ways of helping people and things, which we come near to. We have to learn to shine by our own spiritual light within us, and by doing good action, in every day -- not now and then, not once in a year, not once in six months, not once a week, but in all the daily little things of life -- to remember that we are souls, and act as souls: that is the way of growth, and therefore of happiness.
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:
FORESIGHT AND HINDSIGHT
Sometimes, under pressure of temptation, by way of experiment, or what-not, we embark upon a course which the philosophy tells us is against the law, perhaps smothering conscience with the belief that we see the karma and are prepared to pay the price.
But we are willing to pay only such portion as we see before the bill is presented; a minor part. For in the price is contained remorse and regret, which no man can experience in advance.
Thus we lie to ourselves about our willingness to pay the price, and find ourselves out too late.
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