Lucifer7, January 2009
My Purpose, Christian Larsen
Rules for Aspirants to Self-Knowledge
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N. Sri Ram, Thoughts For Aspirants, Second Series
One learns to be wise only as he acts with awareness and integrity, not
mechanically; action without wisdom is folly, and wisdom without action
is only a lame and stilted substitute.
Miguel De Cervantes
Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to
Paul Brunton, The Inner Reality, Chapter V
Real love exists when there is true inward identification with the life
The arrow is straight but cruel; the lute is crooked but sweet.
Therefore, judge men by their acts, not their appearance.
C. G. Jung, CW 7: 409
Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will
learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better
advised to put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and
wander with human heart through the world. There in the horrors of
prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in
brothels and gambling halls, in the salons of the elegant, the stock
exchanges, Socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings, and
ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience
passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores in
knowledge than textbooks a foot thick could give him, and he
know how to doctor the sick with real knowledge of the human soul."
The world needs me, otherwise I would
here. I am a part of the whole and each part is necessary to
welfare of the whole. I wilt live, think, and work in the
conviction that I am not only wanted, but needed. That great
truth shall be my constant inspiration.
The welfare of the whole grows greater
the better each part plays its part. Therefore I must be
less than all that I possibly can be. I am here for a great
purpose; Life is too important to send me here for any other
purpose; and whatever may come or go, to that purpose I shall
ever be true.
Life to me means the being of my best
and the doing
of my best, that all the world may be better. I shall not
for things, but for that greater life that reigns in the spirit of all
shall the coming or going of things cause me to depart from the lofty
that I have taken.
To me, there can be no defeat, no
loss. He is never defeated who wins the life he has elected
live. He knows no failure who gains the richer life from
experience, circumstance or
event that may come to pass. He knows no loss who ascends to
whenever the lesser seems to pass away, and this, I propose to
I must do to be true to the life I am here to live.
My first thought shall be to love
second, to do much, but I shall do nothing that will not add to the
happiness and welfare of someone.
My aim shall be to reach the heights,
not that I
alone may enjoy the splendor of the heights, but that others may find
My face shall ever be turned to the
light of the
great Eternal Sun; and to become a living revelation of that
light, shall be the dearest wish of my heart.
Rules for Aspirants to Self-Knowledge
RULE ONE: If you would know
the Self, you must
know that the self which is everything to itself is nothing in
it is both the creator and the victim of illusion; but do not
it as such until you know it as such.
RULE TWO: Live to the highest
and fullest you
know in the life of the self you know; only when you know
yourself are you ready to forget yourself; only when you
yourself are you ready to know your Self.
RULE THREE: Discriminate
between the self that
lives in the consciousness of its separateness from all other selves,
the Self which knows itself as essentially one with all other Selves
with the ALL-SELF. The second cannot be born until the first
the first cannot die until it has given birth to the second.
RULE FOUR: Ponder on
the mystery of The
Three Selves. The first is the Shadow; the second
the Shadow; the third is the Sun that casts the Shadow of the
RULE FIVE: Do not love the light of day
for it is
darkness; do not fear the darkness of night, for it is there
Starry Triangle burns, making the darkness light and the light darkness.
RULE SIX: Look not to yourself
yourself for the courage which will suffice to face that fearful
knowledge of yourself in all the fullness alike of its failures and its
spiritual possibilities, which shatters, and, in shattering, liberates
you to take the first step into
the Kingdom of Self-Knowledge.
RULE SEVEN: Avoid the two
pitfalls on the
Path. One is self-pride; the other is self-contempt.
RULE EIGHT: Prepare yourself
for the opening
of the Secret Eye; it will show you how within the self of
present moment lies hidden the Self you are going to be, as the oak
within the acorn.
RULE NINE: Never fear or shun
experience; take all that Destiny brings, joyous and tragic
alike, as food for that Self which is growing up within you throughout
the ages in the image of that Self which you are in the Mind of God
from everlasting to everlasting.
RULE TEN: Have faith in Love,
even in the
Desert and on the Cross. When you thus accept loneliness you
know that you are one of a shining company innumerable; when
you accept suffering
you will know the secret of Spiritual Joy.
RULE ELEVEN: Hold fast to the
Love. His face is unknown to you, but He is no
leads you by perilous
paths and ways of warfare, but He is no enemy, and the name of His
RULE TWELVE: Never resist Love
when He would
work His will with you through the darkness. He lives in you
bring you into the Light; He is Himself the Light, and, in so
as you live in Him, you too are the Light.
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