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


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