THEOSOPHY, Vol. 16, No. 8, June, 1928
(Pages 365-366; Size: 7K)


[Part 8 of a 12-part series]

CHANGES do not invariably mean trouble. Knowledge bridges over many things that would otherwise mean nothing but trouble.

All states are within ourselves, as we ought to understand by seeing that one gets good effects and another bad effects from precisely the same set of circumstances. So, we are not the victims of circumstances save as we make ourselves the victims.

Each one of us is a copy of the great Universe, and if we understand ourselves, we can move in accord with all the rest, every influence coming our way or -- even perceptible to us -- only an aid by which we can do good to others.

We have established a daily tabernacle which has its own peculiarities, but it is our own establishing -- by our own thoughts and doings. We can either learn, or maintain present conditions through continued ignorance.

On the basis of our own true natures we should not seek for good, nor even to be good. We should seek to do good; then we can see we are good. A good man going on a journey has to take the path in the direction of his goal, no matter what the condition of that path. It may be muddy, but he must go through it.

"Goodness" that results from the compulsion of physical force, threats or bribes, physical or "spiritual," is useless. It must be a self-impulse from within, a real preference for something higher -- not an abstention because of any fear of consequences in this or any future existence.

"Even this will pass away," is a good motto to keep in mind when things come up that are hard to stand. The "easy" and happy times are the periods of rest; the hard times the periods of training -- opportunities for gaining strength and knowledge. If we can look at both in this light, we will not be overcome by either.

Kicking against the pricks hurts only the one who kicks; moreover the pricks seem to enjoy it, for being kicked they keep coming back.

Everything must turn out for the best, if we do the best we can with what we have all the time -- that is, do our duty by every duty. But what a glorious thing it is to know where the right road lies! Whatever else may be doubtful, that is sure; and to feel that one is able by his own surety to point out the way to others! Help of that kind is greater than all other kinds put together.

Can we not see that we can trust a Universe that moves along unerringly under the law of perfect justice? We certainly can. We can go forward with an absolute reliance on the law of our own spiritual being, knowing whatever conditions come are necessary for us; knowing those very things we feel so hardly are object lessons for us which this present distress affords us an opportunity to overcome, and thus strengthen our true character.

Physical life is not necessarily a vale of sorrow. We could go on calmly, courageously, happily, relying on the law of our own natures. If we did so, we would bring our daily lives in line with that nature; for there is nothing of our action which does not come from the mind, and back of the mind is the motive we have in acting.

Motive is what makes our actions really "good" or "bad." If we are righteous in ourselves and desiring to do right, then all that we do will flow rightly from us and every function will be a righteous function.

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:


Question-- Some one said that I was responsible for my husband's soul. In what sense and to what degree am I my brother's keeper?

Answer-- Each soul is a self-evolved being who is responsible only to his own Higher Self. Souls become involved in their own activities and take misleading directions. The duty of those souls who see the true path is to point it out to others. In this, discrimination, tact and non-offensiveness are necessary, so that the object of our solicitude may see the right path for himself. In these things we must be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves." Our responsibility begins and ends in our fidelity to the true nature of ourselves and others. If we could in reality force and control others in their choice there would never be any self-development. The Masters, who of all beings have all power and knowledge, never force any being, but point out the way and guide and help as much as they are permitted by any being. The responsibility lies in the self-induced and self-devised efforts of each one. The Masters are not concerned with those who have no concern for higher knowledge; for they cannot be helped. Their interest and effort is directed to those whose aspiration and struggle tends in the right direction.

Our responsibility lies in our fidelity to our own higher nature. If that is full and true, we cannot be false to anyone or delinquent in any direction. One can't go by rote or by what someone else thinks is his duty. We must learn to do our whole duty and that comprises our full responsibility.--Robert Crosbie

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