Life is a pilgrimage of the soul. It must eat of the tree of good and evil, the tree of life, the tree of knowledge, even at the cost of Paradise. Having taken this flesh and imagined ourselves bodies of matter our fate is to labour under the conditions of material existence. The incarnate conciousness no longer shares the all-embracing conciousness of the divine Self to which it belongs, but accepts the apparent separateness of the manifold bodies and becomes an entity in and of itself, separate from and hence opposed to other beings; it asserts the personality.
The end of this long exhile is the redemption which takes place when the soul regains awareness of her own divinity, and God is born in the heart of man. Then paradise is regained, but now in full self-conciousness, the Ego (our True self) is in its own divine world, possessing the fruits yielded by the soul’s descent into the worlds of matter.
This is the sacrifice we have made and the sin for which we must forgive our Self. This is the price and prize of our quest to Know. And in that Knowlegde it is our duty to awaken and embrace peace for all, by embracing all as one.
There is no pride in this Path. Or no separateness at all in our assertions. We do not even achieve this individually, for the key Truth in the world we must all awaken to, is unity, and such a thing as self- conceit or pride in personal greatness cannot exist in that sphere.
And this process requires no great effort. The effort is in maintaining the illusions. This revolution will be won not by strife but with acceptance and compassion, not by pursuit, but by letting go. By letting go of our fear. By relinquishing our hold on the construct of ‘other’ and seeing our Self as we truly are. Free. Infinite. One. Love.
A reworking I have written of some of the ideas presented by J.J. Van der Leeuw of the Theospohical Society. For those that do not know the Theosophical Society is “open to anybody who supports its three objects, regardless of belief, social custom or marriage status. Celibacy is neither encouraged nor discouraged, each member being free to decide his/her own way of life.” So what are the three objects I have to support? Surely this is where is becomes controlling and dogmatic? Nope.
1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.
2. To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
3. To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.
They are very cute. They have a Manchester branch that have meetings in town, with tea and biscuits ^_^ … so sweet. Check ’em out http://theosophy.org/