Saturday, August 26, 2006

Society Reform

Recently, I heard a discussion on poverty and welfare reform. I see that there are still many angers over this issue. This country seems to think everybody must work. Nobody can get a 'free' ride.

Now, I believe that everybody should be given an opportunity to go as high as they can. If education is so important for this country, they should be provided 'free'. With technology, it is possible. Heck, we can educate the whole world for 'free'. We should have training program to give hands on for students and partner them with the industry so they can have 'real' experience. To demonstrate competencies, we might charge a fee for the test. But education should be 'free', and they can take as along as they want to learn. With 'real' experience with a company, and passing the competency test, they have something to write on their resume, and have a better chance of getting a job. Too often, students are stuck with high cost of education, that they might or might not secure a position in their field once they graduate. But really, if you think education is important, you should provide them for free. This will gives a chance even for those in 'poverty'.

Now, on the flip side, there will be those who won't make it. It's part of nature as yin and yang. What do we do about them? Now, I believe everyone should have the basic living needs provided. If everyone have their basic needs addressed, crime would decrease, mental illness would decrease, and we have a healthier society.

Why is it that we have to work anyway? Some people work two full time jobs in this country and still having trouble paying their bills. What is wrong with this picture? People get laid off in masses when companies having trouble with the bottom line? What is wrong with this picture? Cost of housing and education skyrocketed like crazy. What is wrong with this picture?

Really, everyone should have the basic needs addressed. If they are more talented, the reward is in seeing their achievement. And we should have a better way of using human resources. Too many people are not used optimally in this country, and then at the end of their life, they feel unfulfilled.

I don't know what would it take, but I would like to know the cost for realizing this. How much would it take for our basic needs to be addressed, and by basic needs, I mean, food and shelter. Life has its ups and downs. Wouldn't you like to know that when you are down, at least, you have this basic need covered.

A compassionate society would not let its members live in fear. It takes care of its members. It would help those who has the talents to go as far as they can so they can fulfill their aspiration. A compassionate society would cooperate to achieve end goals and not competing with one another. We are marching toward the era of brotherhood, of brotherly love.

The Law of Service

'The law of Service ... is the governing law of the future. In past ages, it was the service of one's own soul (with the emphasis upon one's own individual salvation) which engrossed the attention of the aspirant. Naught else was considered. Then came the period wherein the service of the Master and also one's own soul was considered of dominant interest; the Master was served and duty to Him emphasized, because thereby the salvation of the individual was aided. Now a new note is sounding forth, the note of growth through the service of the race, and through a cultivated self-forgetfulness.

You will awaken some day to the realization that the Science of Service is of greater importance than the Science of Meditation, because it is the effort and the strenuous activity of the serving disciple which evokes the soul powers, make meditation an essential requirement, and is the mode - ahead of all others - which invokes the Spiritual Triad, brings about the intensification of the spiritual life, forces the building of the antahkarana, and leads in a graded series of renunciations to the Great Renunciation, which sets the disciple free for all eternity.

The third Law of the Soul is intended to govern all soul activity. It is the Law of Service. Before we elaborate this theme, there are three things which I seek to say and which merit our careful attention:

First, is the fact that the result of all contact achieved in meditation and the measure of our success, will be determined by the ensuing service to the race. If there is right understanding, there will necessarily be right action.

The three great sciences which will come to the fore in the New Age, and which will lead humanity from the unreal to the real, and from aspiration to realization, are:
i. The science of Meditation, the coming science of the mind.
ii. The science of Antahkarana, or the science of bridging which must take place between the higher and the lower mind.
iii. The science of Service, which is a definite technique of at-one-ment.

Secondly, this Law of Service is something which may not be escaped. Evasion brings its penalties, if that evasion is consious. Ability to serve marks a definite stage of advance upon the Path, and until that stage is reached, spontaneous service, rendered in love and guided in wisdom, cannot be given. What is found up to that time is good intention, mixed with motives, and often fanaticism.

Thirdly, this Law of Service was expressed for the first time fully by the Christ, two thousand years ago. The Piscean age slowly, very slowly, prepared the way for the divine expression of service, which will be the glory of the coming centuries. Today, we have a world which is steadily coming to the realization that 'no man liveth unto himself', and that only as love, about which so much has been written and spoken, finds its outlet in service, can man begin to measure up to his innate capacity. It is not easy to serve. Man is today only beginning to learn how to serve.

Service is usually interpreted as exceedingly desirable, and it is seldom realized how very difficult service essentially is. It involves so much sacrifice of time and of interest and of one's own ideas, it requires exceedingly hard work, because it necessitates deliberate effort, conscious wisdom, and the ability to work without attachment. These qualities are not easy of attainment by the average aspirant, and yet today, the tendency to serve is an attitude which is true of a vast majority of the people in the world. Such has been the success of the evolutionary process.

Service is frequently regarded as an endeavour to bring people around to the point of view of the one who serves, because what the would-be server has found to be good and true and useful, must necessarily be good and true and useful for all. Service is viewed as something we render to the poor, the afflicted, the diseased and the unhappy, because we think we want to help them, little realizing that primarily this help is offered because we ourselves are made uncomfortable by distressing conditions, and must therefore endeavour to ameliorate those conditions in order ourselves to be comfortable again. The act of thus helping releases us from our misery, even if we fail to release or relieve the sufferers.

Service is frequently an indication of a busy and overactive temperament, or of a self-satisfied disposition, which leads its possessor to a strenuous effort to change situations, and make them what he feels they should be, thus forcing people to conform to that which the server feels should be done.

Or again, service can grow out of a fanatical desire to tread in the footstep of Christ, that great Son of God Who 'went about his good', leaving an example that we should follow in His footsteps. People, therefore, serve from a sense of obedience, and not from a spontaneous outgoing towards the needy. The essential quality of service is, therefore, lacking, and from the start they fail to do more than make certain gestures. Service can likewise be rendered from a deep seated desire for spiritual perfection. It is regarded as one of the necessary qualification for discipleship and, therefore, if one is to be a disciple, one must serve. This theory is correct, but the living substane of service is lacking. The ideal is right and true and meritorious, but the motive behind it all is entirely wrong. Service can also be rendered because it is becoming the fashion and the custom to be occupied with some form of service. The tide is on. Everybody is actively serving in welfare movements, in philantrophic endeavors, in Red Cross work, in educational uplifts, and in the task of ameliorating distressing world conditions. It is fashionable to serve in some way. Service gives a sense of power; brings one friends; service is a form of group activity, and brings far more to the server (in a worldly sense) than the served.

And yet, in spite of all this, which indicates wrong motive and false aspiration, service of a kind is constantly and readily being rendered. Humanity is on its way to a right understanding of services.

When the personal lower self is subordinated to the higher rhythms and obedient to the new Law of Service, then the life of the soul will begin to flow through man to the others, and the effect in a man's immediate family and group will be to demonstrate a real understanding and a true helpfulness. As the flow of life becomes stronger through use, the effect will spread out from the small surrounding family group to the neighborhood. A wider range of contacts become possible, until eventually the effect of the outpouring life may become nationwide and worldwide. But it will not be planned, nor will it be fought for, as an end in itself. It will be the natural expression of the soul's life, taking from and direction according to the man's ray and past life expression; it will be coloured and ordered by environmental condititions - by time, by period, by race and age. It will be a living flow, and a spontaneous giving forth, and the life, power and love demonstrated, being sent forth from the soul levels, will have a potent attractive force upon the group units with which the disciple may come in contact in the three worlds of soul expression. There are no other worlds wherein the soul may at this time express itself. Nothing can stop or arrest the potency of this life of natural, loving service, except in those cases wherein the personality gets in the way. The service, as the Teachers of the inner side of life understand it, gets distorted and altered into busy-ness. It becomes changed into ambition, into an effort to make others serve as we think service should be rendered, and into a love of power which hinders true service, instead of into love of our fellow men. There is a danger in every life when the theory of service is grasped, and the higher law is recognized, then the imitative quality of the personality, its monkey nature, and the eagerness of a high grade aspiration, can easily mistake theory for reality, and the outer gestures of a life of service for the natural, spontaneous flow of soul life through its mechanism of expression.

From Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul

Thursday, August 24, 2006

George Bush still insists on endless war

Probably George Bush will be remembered as the 'war' president. Can't he see that war will become a thing of the past? Hard to believe, isn't it? I think we have outgrown war. War is usually a thing that frighten us, but it no longer frighten us. And when war ceases to frighten us, it has no power over us.

Am I going too far ahead of the mass? I don't think so. I think the mass is too tired of war. I think the mass sees that war no longer provides a good solution for its problems. I think the mass yearns for a better solution. I think the mass is ready to try another way.

In the past, leaders lead, and the mass treads slowly behind. This time, the mass leads, and the leaders tread slowly behind. The mass receives its inspiration from within. The mass is ready to evolve to the next phase of evolution. To change the world, it requires the engagement of the mass.

In the era when the United Nations come together and ask for peace, the United States still insists on endless war. Perhaps that is what it was good at. It was a way for it to shine, with its military might. Perhaps because it has a lot to lose. But that era is over. The era is over not because the United States is weakened militarily, but because the human psyche has changed.

Oh, there will be conflicts, just because the differences among human beings remain. But the kind of conflicts that spread out to war and killing people on the massive level will be minimized. We are seeing the work in progress with the United Nations. They are still fragile, yes, but we see how different countries coming together to ask for a truce and work out a peaceful resolution.

Learn to live in peace with your neighbors. Learn to make peace with your neighbors. The era of brotherhood is coming. It is already felt from the inside, and wait for its manifestation on the outside. The light of love will shine outward from each of us, healing the world.

There will be a few, like George Bush, who takes a longer time to heal. But he too, shall be healed.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


People often asked me what I think about the Israel/Lebanon/Hezbolla situation. I usually said my view is biased because I grew up in Vietnam and I saw the destruction caused by the bombs. Naturally, I feel very sad for the Lebanese, and I am not too crazy about the bombers. Worse, it's the United States who is delaying the peace process, buying time for Israel. Even more disturbing is I recently found out from Congress that the United States is contemplating about sending cluster bombs to Israel. Even the day the United States go along with the United Nations with the cease fire, George Bush managed to point out that the blame for all this rests on Hezbolla.

Yes, I've heard this rationale before. Yes, Hezbolla kidnapped two of Israel's soldiers. They wanted to exchange prisoners. Israel refused. They would rather fight. In fighting, they hurt many Lebanese. Then they blame it's the Hezbolla's fault.

Let's say, Tom hits you. You get upset. You hit Mary. Let's say Mary is related to Tom, so you think she has some influence over Tom. Tom gets upset because you hit Mary, so Tom hits you. You get upset, you intend to hit Tom, but your hand keep ending up on Mary's face. Her face gets red. Mary is crying. She asks why can this continue. Most of the family asks you to stop. Except Paul, he tells you to continue hitting, except try to avoid hitting Mary, except your hand keep landing on Mary. The family looks at Paul. Eventually even Paul asked you to stop. But he wants to make it clear that this is Tom's fault. Now, the family wants all the family members to heal, and it doesn't help to be pointing fingers. Well, that's the family I am conceiving of. Whether the United Nation can serve that role, I don't know, but I hope so.

Monday, August 14, 2006

God's Messengers

God explains:

God has spoken to you many times in many ways over many years, but seldom as directly as this.

This time, I speak to you as You, and that has occurred on only a handful of occasions in the whole of your history.

Few humans have had the courage to hear Me in this way - as themselves. And fewer still have shared with others what they have heard. Those few who have listened, and shared, have changed the world.

Aesop, Confucius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Muhammad, Moses and Jesus were among them.
So, too, Chuan Tzu, Aristotle, Huang-po, Sahara, Mahavira, Krishnamurti.
Also, Paramahansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Kabir, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Clinton.
As well, Sri Aurobindo, Mother Teresa, Meher Baba, Mahatma Gandhi, Kahlil Gibran, Baha Allah, Ernest Holmes, Sai Baba.
Including Joan of Arc, Francis of Assisi, Joseph Smith, and more, others not mentioned here. This list could go on. Yet, relative to the total number of humans who have inhabited your planet, the number is miniscule.

These few have been My Messengers - for all have brought forward the Truth within their hearts, as best as they understood it, as purely as they knew how. And while they have each done so through imperfect filters, they have nonetheless brought to your awareness extraordinary wisdom, from which the whole human race has benefited.

What is amazing is how similar their insights have been. Offered at vastly different times and places, separated by regions and centuries, they might just as well have been speaking all at the same time, so tiny have been the variances between them, and so huge the commonalities.

Now, it is time to expand this list to include others, living today, as My latest messengers.

We will speak as one voice. Unless we do not.
You will make that choice, even as you have always done. For in each Moment of Now have you made your decision, and announced it in action.

At the beginning, your thoughts are Mine, and Mine are yours. For at the beginning, it can be no other way. There is only one Source of That Which Is, and the one Source is That Which Is.

All things emanate from that Source, then permeate the Isness all over, and reveal themselves as Individuations of the Whole.

The individual interpretations of the one message produce the miracle of Oneness in many forms.

This Oneness in many forms is what you call Life.

Life is God, interpreted. That is, translated into many forms.

The first level of translation is from the unified nonphysical to the individuated non-physical.
The second level of translation is from the individuated non-physical to the individuated physical.
The third level of translation is from the individuated physical into the unified physical.
The fourth level of translation is from the unified physical into the unified non-physical.

Then the cycle of Life is complete.

The continuing process of the translation of God produces endless variety within God's unity. This variety of the unity is what I have called 'individuation'. It is the individual expression of that which is not separated but which can be individually expressed.

A Field of Lotus Flower

In Chinese, my name means 'a field of lotus flower'
You know how they often depicted Buddha as sitting on a lotus flower
It means that He reached the stage where although He is surrounded by 'mud', He retains His beauty.
That is what I hope to create for you
Each of you will ascend, just as Buddha was
I feed you with words from God
I feed you with words from this Tibetan Master
Calling the Buddha/Christ in you to come forward
From the field of lotus flower
Comes a field of Buddha/Christ
If I can accomplish this
I would have fulfill the mission I came here to do
The world would indeed become a better place if we have a field of Buddha/Christ.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Inertia of the Average Spiritually-Minded Man

'The average spiritually-minded person, man of goodwill, or disciple, is constantly aware of the challenge of the times and the opportunity which spiritual events may offer. The desire to do good and to accomplish spiritual ends is ceaselessly gnawing away within his consciousness. No one who loves his fellowmen, who has a dream of seeing the Kingdom of God materialize on earth, or who is conscious of the awakening - slow though it may be - of the masses to the higher spiritual values, but is thoroughly dissatisfied. He realizes that what he contributed of help to these desirable objectives is little indeed. He knows that his spiritual life is a side issue; it is something which he keeps carefully to himself and which he is frequently afraid to mention to his nearest and dearest; he tries to dovetail his spiritual effors into his ordinary, outer life, struggling to find time and opportunity for it in a gentle, futile, and innocent manner. He finds himself helpless before the task of organizing and rearranging his affairs so that the spiritual way of living may dominate; he searches for alibis for himself and eventually rationalized himself so successfully, that he ends by deciding that he is doing the best he can in the given circumstances. The truth is that he is doing so little that probably one hour out of twenty four (or perhaps two) would cover the time given to the Master's work; he hides behind the alibi that his home obligations prevent his doing more, and does not realize that - given tact and loving understanding - his home environment can and must be the field in which he triumphs; he forgets that there exist no circumstances in which the spirit of man can be defeated, or in which the aspirant cannot meditate, think, talk, and prepare the way for the coming of Christ, provided he cares enough and knows the meaning of sacrifice and silence. Circumstances and environment offer no true obstacle to the spiritual life.

Perhaps he hides behind the alibi of poor health, and frequently behind that of imaginary ills. He gives so much time to the care of himself that the hours which could be given to the Master's work are directly and seriously curtailed; he is so preoccupied with feeling tired, or tending a cold, or with fancied heart difficulties, and his 'body consciousness' steadily develops until it eventually dominates his life; it is then too late to do anything. This is particularly the case with people who have reached their fiftieth year or over. It is an alibi which it is hard not to use, for many feel tired and ailing, and this, as the years go by, is apt to get worse.

The only cure for this creeping inertia, is to ignore the body and take your joy in the livingness of service. I speak here not of definite disease or of serious physical liabilities; to these right care and attention must be duly given; I speak to the thousands of ailing men and women who are preoccupied with taking care of themselves, and so waste hours of the time which could be given to the service of humanity. Those who are seeking to tread the Path of Discipleship, should release those many hours spent in needless self-care into the service of the Hierarchy.

Still another alibi, leading to inertia, is the fear people have of speaking about the things of the Kingdom of God to others; they are afraid of being rebuffed, or of being thought peculiar, or of intruding. They therefore preserve silence, lose opportunity and never discover how ready people are for the discussion of realities, for the comfort and hope which the thought of Christ's return can bring, or for the sharing of spiritual light. This is essentially a form of spiritual cowardice, but is so widespread that it is responsible for the loss of millions of hours of world service.

There are other alibis, but those above noted are the most common; the release of the majority of people from these hindering conditions would bring to the service of the Christ so many hours and so much overtime endeavour that the task of those who admit no alibis would be greatly enlightened, and the coming of Christ would be much nearer than it is today. To the rhythm of life under which the Christ and the spiritual Hierarchy operate, and which vibrates in harmony with human need and spiritual response, we are not called. We are, however, called to demonstrate the quality of spiritual activity and to refuse to hide behind alibis. It is essential that all spiritual people recognize that in the place where they now are, among the people who are their associates and with the psychological and physical equipment with which they are endowed, they can and must work. There is no possible coercion or undue pressure exerted in the service of the Hierarchy. The situation is clear the simple.

From Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul

Friday, August 11, 2006

A Call to Service (4)

'One of the first lesson which those in training for initiation have to master is that difficult dual attitude, which permits right personality and activity and real interest in personality affairs, and yet at the same time permits nothing personal to interfere with the subjective spiritual life, with service and with the training given in preparation for initiation.

The service you can render is to you of more value than the service that can be rendered to you.

The world today offers opportunity to all disciples to become world disciples, close to the Master's heart, and to pass rapidly through the earlier stages of discipleship. It offers opportunity to world disciples to begin their approach to the Heart of the Hierarchy, to Christ. It is with this first possibility that you should be concerned, for - as you come closer to your group - you can begin to get that training which will develop in you world usefulness. Are the majority of you too old to achieve this? That is for you to say. The soul knows no age and can use its instrument if its makes itself into a suitable and available instrument. Are you too set and too preoccupied with yourselves to achieve the detachment needed for world service? That is for you to find out and to prove to yourselves. Are you too depressed? (which is a synonym for selfishness) and too sensitive to render service to humanity in a larger way than hitherto? That can be overcome if you care enough. Is your awareness a constant group-awareness? Or is it a constant self-awareness which comes consistently between you and your fellow men? That is for you to discover. Have you the deep humility - based on a realization of the Plan and the glory of the goal - and not a sense of self-depreciation over which you gloat and regard as an indication of spiritual humility? You need to re-interpret this theme of humility, as well as your terms, in the light of esoteric and spiritual values. Can you do this?

Upon your understanding response to the collective need will depend the rapidity with which you will be enabled to achieve the next expansion of consciousness or initiation which may be, for you as an individual, possible. You have, therefore, to consider your individual response to the demands of your own soul and your collective response to the collective need. It is the initiate in you, the Christ in you, which is now called to this collective service and the radiation today of the Christ spirit, actively present in the hearts of all disciples, is the one thing which can salvage mankind, enable humanity to move forward onto the Path of Discipleship and thus evoke that new spirit which can and will build the new world.

From Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Call to Service (3)

'The immediate goal must be well recognized, if lost effort is to be avoided and real progress achieved. Many well-intentioned aspirants are prone to give undue time to their registered aspirations, and to the formulation of their plans for service. The world aspiration is now so strong, and humanity is now so potently orienting itself toward the Path, that sensitive people everywhere are being swept into a vortex of spiritual desire, and ardently long of the life of liberation, of spiritual undertakings, and of recorded soul consciousness. Their recongnition of their own latent possibilities are now so strong, that they over-estimate themselves; they give much time to picturing themselves as the ideal mystic, or in deploring their lack of spiritual achievement, of their failure to achieve a sphere of service. Thus, they become lost, on the one hand in the vague and misty realms of beautiful idealism, or colourful hypotheses and of delightful theories; on the other hand, they become engulfed in a dramatization of themselves as centres of power in a field of fruitful service; they draw up, mentally, plans for world endeavor, to see themselves as the pivotal point around which that service will move; they frequently make an effort to work out these plans and produce an organization, for instance on the physical plane, which is potentially valuable but equally potentially useless, even if not dangerous. They fail to realize that the motivating impulse is primarily due to what the Hindu teachers call a 'sense of I-ness' and that their work is founded on a subjective egoism which must - and will - be eliminated before true service can be rendered.

The mobilization of every disciple is demanded at this time. This mobilization involves the focusing of the disciple's energies, his time and his resources on behalf of humanity; it requires a new dedication to service, a consecration of the though-life and a forgetfullness of self, which would rule out all moods and feelings, all personality desires, resentment, grievances, and all pettiness in your relations with your fellow men. On the physical plane, it would mean the conditioning of all active, outer living so that the whole of life becomes one focused, active service. I would ask you to study the above phrasing, using it as a light of revelation so that you may know wherein you are lacking, and what you have to do.

Today, make a new beginning, not for your own sake, but for the helping of a needy world. Forget yourself.

From Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul

Friday, August 04, 2006

A Call to Service (2)

'Everytime there is a tendency toward synthesis and understanding in the world, every time the lesser is merged in the greater and the unit is blended in the whold, every time great and universal concepts make their impact upon the minds of the masses, there is a subsequent disaster and cataclysm and breaking down of the form aspect, and of that which might allow those concepts become physical plane facts. This is therefore the problem with hierarchical workers: how to avert the dreaded suffering and carry man along, while the tidal wave of the spiritual realization sweeps over the world and does its needed work. Hence the present call to service which is sounding like a trumpet in the ear of all attentive disciples.

This call to service usually meets with a response, but that response is coloured by the personality of the aspirant and tinctured with his pride and his ambition. Need is truly realized. The desire to meet the need is genuine and sincere; the longing to serve and lift is real. Steps are taken which are intended by the aspirant to enable him to fit in the Plan. But the trouble with which we on the inner side have perforce to deal is that, though there is no question as to the willingness and desire to serve, the characters and temperaments are such that well nigh insuperable difficulties are presented. Through these aspirants we have to work, and the material they present gives us much trouble frequently.

These latent characteristics often do not make their appearance until after the service has been undertaken. That they are there, the watching guides may suspect, but even they have not the right to withhold opportunity. When there is this delayed appearance, the tragedy is that many others suffer besides the aspirant concerned. As the human fabric makes itself felt, and stands out of the mist of idealism, of lovely plans and much talk and arranging, many are in the meantime attracted by synchronous idealism, and gather around the server. When the hidden weakness appear, they suffer as well as he. The method of the Great Ones, which is to seek out those who have trained themselves somewhat in sensitive response, and to work through them, carries with them certain dangers. The ordinary well-meaning aspirant is not in such danger as the more advanced and active disciple. He is in danger of three directions, and can be swept off his feet in three ways:

1. His whole nature is under undue stimulation on account of his inner contacts, and the spiritual forces with which he is in touch, and this carries with it real danger, for he hardly knows as yet how to handle himself, and is scarcely aware of the risk entailed.

2. The people to whom he is working, in their turn, make his problem. Their greed, their adulation and praise, and their criticism, tend to becloud his way. Because he is not sufficiently detached and spiritually advanced, he walks bemused in a cloud of thought-forms, and knows it not. Thus he loses his way and wanders from his original intent, and again he knows it not.

3. His latent weaknesses must emerge under the pressure of work, and inevitable he will show signs of cracking at times, if I may use such a word. The personality faults become strengthened as he seeks to carry his particular form of service to the world. I refer to that service which is self-sought, and formulated on a background of personal ambition and love of power, even if only partially recognized or not recognized at all. He is under strain naturally, and like a man carrying a heavy load up a steep hill - he discovers point of strain, and evinces a tendency to break down physically, or to lower his ideal so as to conform to weakness.

To all this must be added the strain of the period itself, and the general condition of unhappy humanity. This subconsciously has its effect on all disciples, and upon all who are now working in the world. Some are showing signs of physical pressure, though the inner life remains poised and normal, sane and rightly oriented. Others are breaking up emotionally and this produces two effects according to the point of development of the aspirant to service. He is either, through the strain, learning detachment, and this curiously enough is what might be called the 'defense mechanism' of the soul in this present period of unfoldment, or he is becoming increasing nervous, and is on the way of becoming a neurotic. Others again are feeling the pressure on the mental body. They become bewildered in some cases, and no clear truth appears. They then work without inspiration, and because they know it to be right, and they also have the rhythm of work. Others are grasping opportunity as they see it, to do so, fall back on innate self-assertion (which is the outstanding fault of the mental types) and built up a structure around their service and construct a form which in reality embodies what they desire, what they think is right, but which is separative and the child of their minds and not the child of their souls. Some, in their turn, more potent and more coordinated, feel the pressure of the entire personality; the versatile psychic nature responds both to need and to the theory of the plan; they realize their truly valuable assets, and know they have somewhat to contribute. They are still, however, so full of what is called personality, and that their servce is gradually and steadily stepped down to the level of that personality, and is consequently coloured by their personality reactions, their likes and dislikes, and their individual life tendencies and habits. These eventually assert themselves, doing good work, but spoiling it all by his unrealized separateness and individual methods. This means that such a worker gathers to himself only those whom he can subordinate and govern. His group is not coloured by the impulses of the New Age, but by the separative instincts of the worker at the center. The danger here is so subtle that much care must be taken by the disciple in self-analysis. It is so easy to be glamoured by the beauty of one's own ideals and vision, and by the supposed rectitude of one's own position, and yet all the time to be influenced subjectively by personal power, individual ambition, jealously of other workers, and the many traps which catch the feet of the unwary disciple.

But if true impersonality is cultivated, if the power to stand steady is developed, if every situation is handled in the spirit of love, and if there is a refusal to take hasty action and to permit separation to creep in, then there will be the growth of a group of true servers, and the gathering out of those who can materialize the Plan, and bring to birth the New Age and its attendant wonders.

From Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A Call to Service (1)

'World Unity, brotherhood in its true sense, the growth of telepathic interplay, the elimination of the non-essentials which serve to separate the thoughts of men and bring about separateness on the physical plane, and the laying of a true emphasis upon the fundamentals of the Ageless Wisdom, the manifestation of a true understanding, the bringing about of at-one-ment with the soul, the recognition of those who belong to the group of world Saviors - this is the immediate work to be done, and this must engross your attention.

This, and this alone, warrants the expenditure of all that any of you have to give - love and life, time and money.

This, and this alone, justifies your existence and calls forth from all of you who respond to the vision, that utter self-sacrifice which is so rare and so far-reaching in its effect. The casting of all that one has at the feet of the Lord of Life, in order that the work of world salvage may go forward, the elimination out of one's life of all that can possibly hinder, the giving of all that one has until it hurts to give, the ruling of one's life on the basis of surrender, asking oneself all the time: What can I relinquish in order that I may help more adequately? ... that and more than that lies ahead of all of you who hear the call and respond to the need and opportunity.'

From Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

On Good and Evil

In times when we start calling people 'terrorists' and condemn them, I bring this poem from Kahlil Gibran a reminder. Nobody is evil. We are all children of God.

'Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.
For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.

You are good when you are one with yourself.
Yet when you are not one with yourself, you are not evil.
For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house.
And a ship without rudder may wander aimlessly among perilous isles yet sink not to the bottom.

You are good when you strive to give of yourself.
Yet you are not evil when you seek gain for for yourself.
For when you strive to gain you are but a root that clings to the earth and sucks at her breast.
Surely the fruit cannot say to the root, 'Be like me, ripe and full and ever giving of your abundance.'
For to the fruit, giving is a need, as receiving is a need to the root.

You are good when you are fully awake in your speech,
Yet you are not evil when you sleep while your tongue staggers without purpose.
And even stumbling speech may strengthen a weak tongue.

You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps.
Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping.
Even those who limp go not backward.
But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.

You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good.
You are only loitering and sluggard.
Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles.

In your longing for your giant self lies your goodness: and that longing is in all of you.
But in some of you, that longing is a torrent rushing with might to the sea, carrying the secrets to the hillsides and the songs to of the forest.
And in others it is a flat stream that loses itself in angles and bends and lingers before it reaches the shore.
But let not him who longs much say to him who longs little, 'Wherefore are you slow and halting?'
For the truly good ask not the naked, 'Where are your garment?' nor the houseless 'What has befallen your house?'