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


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