Oct 3, 2019

Thoughts Along the Road - 36

Those Whose Goal is Valuable
Have no Reason to Be in Great Hurry

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




* Once priority is given to a noble intention, the dynamic symmetry of life gets intensified. He who attains the right kind of inner balance can remain away from many forms of ignorance. Yin and yang, defensive and aggressive ways of being naïve are then avoided.  Such a pilgrim has the means to elevate himself up to the realm of pure justice and equilibrium. In that realm, immortal Sages live.

* Every human being is born to expand his discernment of right and wrong. I see uninspiring events around me, for instance; and I decide not to pay too much attention to them. There are significant amounts of ignorance in today’s society, from which fact I take the practical lesson of detachment. I see inspiring events in life, and pay due attention to them. I am a dweller of the spiritual world; sometimes I visit the world of matter.

* External events form what the Sages call the “world of effects”. Esoteric philosophy teaches us how to operate in conscious and responsible ways in the “world of causes”. The realm of causes is within our soul.

* In order to produce the right kind of effects, it is enough to make correct decisions in that which actually depends on us. However, this is rarely as easy as it sounds, for it requires a clear goal, and detachment, and discernment.

* The central part of summer brings us the apex of light, a relative abundance of life, and a lesson or two in simplicity. In the highest point of a cycle, one must remember the law of detachment and prepare for an outward decline. There is nothing like one year after other. When the external Sun gets stronger and more visible, this is the occasion to remember the inner, invisible Sun. Each time things get easier, the pilgrim must be sure he is ready to face the coming obstacles.

* More important than demanding something is to set an example. Greed, anger, ambition and immoderate desire in any form provoke blind actions leading to social disharmony. Order, on the other hand, can only be established if there is moderation.

* Voluntary simplicity results from detachment, and from an inner feeling of independence regarding the circumstances. Then we experience a lasting contentment which, instead of obeying to the logic of external world, guides the world, and enlightens it, and preserves our liberty of mind and soul.

* In a community where people are used to waste energies talking about each other’s mistakes and making mutual accusations, few have the time necessary to correct their own failures. It makes no sense to point out problems, except for the purpose of defining and implementing solutions to them, or preventing their growth, or extracting lessons.

* The lower-self habit of negative feelings and thoughts must be observed, understood and uprooted.

* Although a critical view of things constitutes an essential tool to avoid defeat, the ability to discern the true and the false must be combined with three other factors: personal detachment, unconditional good-will, and positive thinking.

* One must have courage to change that which can be changed, austerity to accept situations that cannot be improved, and discernment to see the difference between these two.

* Truth belongs to no one, for that which is eternal cannot belong to a temporary being. Yet all beings belong to truth. Temporary entities exist - once and again - in the limitless space of timeless truth.

* All is not uniform when one’s existence reorganizes itself through a deep and quick change in the tides of Karma.

* In some special occasions, one has to act forcefully in building new foundations for thought and action, in more than one aspect of life.

* As soon as a new structure of Karma is defined in its premises and limits, the moment comes for a relative pause in the outward aspects of one’s effort. Thus the subsidiary lines of action and reaction can adopt different rhythms and cycles, adapted to the new conditions.

* While acting in the world of causes, one must give the world of effects some time to adapt, before the renewing action receives another impulse.

* When you act in perfect peace and with the necessary calm on the essential aspects of life, everything gets in movement in the proper rhythm, in the right direction. It is worthless to work too fast, because artificial accelerations lead the pilgrim away from the essential facts, towards the territory of mere appearance. Those whose goal is valuable have no reason to be in great hurry.

* When action is based on a short-term view of facts, anxiety and the search for superficial goals tend to prevail. In a long-term action, on the other hand, one foresees the results of the effort and has time enough to correct it. Thus one creates an intelligent process of karmic production. In such an unfoldment we can learn. By identifying mistakes and ceasing to make them, we constantly improve the effort.

* It is a blessing to contemplate the wisdom expressed in popular tales of different nations. Divine knowledge can be found in the literature of India, of Israel, of Russia, of ancient Greece, of China and nearly every nation. These show both the cultural diversity and the inner unity of mankind.

* There is a natural balance to life, and in every aspect of it. In individual and collective existence, each form of power or energy is compensated and complemented by other forms of creative dominance. Dreams about attaining unilateral, unaccountable power are neurotic. Blind wishes lead to great suffering.

* Different forms of power tend to be friendly to each other as long as they are healthy. When ethical decay becomes central in a society, citizens of goodwill must use their best discernment to stay away from the dysfunctional patterns, getting in tune with the sane trends which will dominate again in due time according to Karmic Law.

* The accumulated experience of nations and individuals confirms that which is said in the scriptures of various religions: constructive action should be the priority; destructive action should not be the priority. Positive emotions and the ability to act in creative ways deserve to be central goals. It is easier to cut down a tree than to plant it and care for the seedling to grow.

* Inaccurate information is a problem: no doubt about that. There is an ocean of pseudo-information around every citizen nowadays. Yet perhaps the most dangerous form of disinformation is not inaccurate data. False narratives can always be checked and verified. The worst way of getting misinformed is probably having an interest on irrelevant issues, and adopting them as “relevant”.

* Seeing unimportant things as important, and important things as unimportant, constitutes Maya. What are the aspects of reality which one should in fact try to know right now, in the individual world? In one’s family? In the city and nation? That’s for each one to decide. In any case, the alternatives should be carefully examined and the decisions made in a conscious self-responsible way. The truth-seeker must avoid collective hypnotism. It is a privilege to be able to think by himself, to learn from his mistakes and place the active search for truth above mere opinion. [1]

* The habit of despising existing things whenever they do not correspond to one’s expectations does not produce good fruits. Hatred is a bad counsellor. On the other hand, gratitude produces happiness. It is correct to build from the start that which will be of great value. There is merit in planting a forest.

* Solidarity guides human beings towards peace. The wisdom of the soul makes people awaken to cooperation. The practical example of right actions constitutes the best way to prevent the repetition of mistakes.

NOTE:

[1] See also the text “A Strategic View of Information”.

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Thoughts Along the Road - 36was published as an independent text on 03 October 2019. An initial version of it, with no indication as to the name of the author, is included in “The Aquarian Theosophist”, July 2017 edition, pp. 10-12. A few short notes written by the same author and anonymously published in that edition of “The Aquarian” were added to form the article.

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