"We are all afraid. Our lower nature, which persists in every
one of us (or we should be invisible to mortal eyes and functioning on
vastly higher planes of being) dreads its own destruction and deceives
us - even the best of us - with arguments of ever-increasing subtility,
of which a favorite one is that we should be at the mercy of the lower
nature of others unless ready at all times to use dishonest methods for
our own defense. But the truth is that the only absolute protection
against treachery is honesty. The
slightest compromise with dishonesty provides an opening through which
darkest forces surge and gain control of us. It is not the other man's
but our own that endangers us as individuals. In other words, if we
one trace of insincerity into our reasoning the effect is similar to
of poison introduced into a well; it does not poison one part of the
but all of it; and the more colorless and unnoticeable it is, the more
63 If a fool can see his own folly, he in this at least is wise; but the fool who thinks he is wise, he indeed is the real fool.
(..)According to our theosophical tenets, every man or woman is endowed, more or less, with a magnetic potentiality, which when helped by a sincere, and especially by an intense and indomitable will--is the most effective of magic levers placed by Nature in human hands--for woe as for weal. Let us then, Theosophists, use that will to send a sincere greeting and a wish of good luck for the New Year to every living creature under the sun--enemies and relentless traducers included. Let us try and feel especially kindly and forgiving to our foes and persecutors, honest or dishonest, lest some of us should send unconsciously an "evil eye" greeting instead of a blessing.(...)
What does spiritual progress mean? Does it mean to have more and more visions, raptures or strange happenings? No! It means that every year a man shall feel more control of himself, more improvement in his character, more watchful of and obedient to his intuitions, more devoted to his higher self.
Our Father who art in the Over-world, thy Name be intoned, thy Realm return, thy WILL arise.This incantation involves esoteric knowledge, and those who seek it seriously will find it. Those who are satisfied with exoteric statements will get nowhere.
As in the Firmament, so on the Earth.
That Bread of the coming day give us today: and free us from our obligations, as we also have freed those under obligation to us; and bring us not to the test, but deliver us from uselessness.
For thine is the Realm, the Force and the Radiance, throughout the Life-cycles. Amen.
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