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Everything that is lives.-Void doesn’t exist.-Of the wonderful possibilities of life.-We must help life.-Goodness towards all beings.- Expand life in us: Cultivation of beauty, strength, health, refinement.-Expand life around us: Necessity of exchanges, necessity of sociability. According to the law of swaying, knowing how to select affinities.
“Everything that is lives” says the Cosmic Philosophy. And this reality of all the existence is very beautiful and full of joy! The whole of nature, all the beings, all the lands, the stars, all the suns, and the thought, and the forces and the substance, everything lives. Inertia and void don’t exist in nature, everything is filled, populated, inhabited.
In the air and above the air, a substance of the most subtle aspect, more rarefied called ether, spreads afar towards the infinite. And beyond this ether, there are even more subtle and rarefied zones.
Well! All these layers of matter, more or less visible but existing, live and are made of living atoms and in them there is life and beings.
On earth, in the water, in the air, there are numerous beings. Likewise in the ether that we don’t see, there are the beings of these realms, equally invisible to our denser eyes.
Everywhere where our scope of vision, of consciousness, of knowledge is venturing there is life. We cannot comprehend anything without her nor outside of her. Human feelings, intelligence, love, the virtues are also forces of life. And even what seems motionless in appearance, like the bog rocks, earth, all this matter so heavy, lives as well.
Modern science demonstrates that minerals are made of submicroscopic atoms that are separated by spaces alike and comparable to the pores of the skin. And that inside the minerals there is movement, as intense and fast, as alive then the movement of the planets around the sun. Each atom is in some sort, alike a small solar system.
Crystals have an even more obvious life. It is proven that they grow, as for instance do trees and plants.
And some of the flowers called ‘sensitive’ because of that, are so sensitive to touch that they close themselves when being touched.
We can already oversee in the plant realm a kind of preservation instinct that resemble to consciousness or to intelligence.
Some trees, for instance, have branches taking specific shapes to avoid an obstacle detrimental to their growth. All direct their branches towards light, which they need to flourish.
With the animals, instinct and intelligence are even more developed, alike the feelings of consciousness, which are very obvious with some of them. Like the benevolence, the faithfulness and devotion of the dog, the malice of the monkey and the rare intelligence of the elephant, etc…
Finally, it is in man that we find most of consciousness and evolution. It is man who is the most able to understand other beings, their needs, their special qualities; it is him that is the most able to make a proper use of them and orchestrate them; it is him that, in truth, is like the director of our planet.
What a great responsibility is bestowed upon him!
We must love life and feel how much it holds great and marvelous possibilities. We must love the beauty of life, such as the greatness of a rare sunset, the exquisite beauty of a delicate flower, or the physical beauty of a horse full of vigor or finally the adornment of a bird.
We must love these forms of life and respect them and help them to develop to their fullest capacities.
As much as we need to help the life and beauty inside of us to flourish.
Therefore, to love life, we need to learn when we are young to love our fellow humans. Too many are what we call ‘savages’, that is that besides the closed little circle of the family or friends they have adopted, they don’t look up towards society, they are not interested in other beings, they have no desire to know or love more. This tendency is very wrong, because life is generous and offers us with abundance many diverse human beings, complex, different, to know and to understand, why refrain ourselves out of shyness, laziness, indifference or pride from these exchanges, all of this blossoming of various, new and deep feelings that new friendships, new affinities would bring us constantly, like the blossoming of an eternal spring.
Is life indeed so rich in real joys that we do not have to keep trying to embellish it? Is man not a collective being that need others to blossom to his fullest?
We must yet know how to choose.
Because, here, we are touching to a law that is wonderfully studied in the Cosmic Philosophy and of which we will come back later, the law of swaying, that exist in all things and that is of the equilibrium we all must tend. This law of swaying tells us: Acquire this virtue, but be sure to acquire at the same time the one that appears to be its opposite, so to enrich your being from all sides, although staying in the just middle, like the two sides of the balance are in equilibrium.
For instance, this law tells us:
Be just, but be charitable. Be generous, but also thrifty. Be in a haste to accomplish beautiful deeds, to realize beautiful thoughts but keep up with patience also. Be daring and brave at the same time keeping up with carefulness, etc…
Here in the subject that matters to us, this law indicates that we must seek and love the other beings, we must desire having around us the most possible of friendships, the most possible of affections but that we need also to know to distinguish those who are worthy to merit in return our esteem, our friendship, our affection.
Because we always resemble to those we love. Nothing is indifferent in life and the choice of friends takes an enormous importance.
First, there is always a reciprocal influence. Then we must think of the long hours of exchange, to the conversations and to the thoughts that will follow. It is very important to select our relationships and to group them around our heart according the elevation of their aspirations and intellectual affinity.
Cicero, the Roman thinker said:
‘True friendship is based on intelligence.’
We need exchanges based on the highest ideal that the soul is full, to feel really close and nobly close, in what we feel the highest in us.
Pythagoras’ teaching is remembering us of this line of conduct in these two eloquent verses:
‘Choose as your friend the friend of rightfulness. Listen to his dear advices, learn through his life example.’
What a great responsibility there is in the choice of a friend! It is a whole road of progress and joys that a noble new friendship may open or close us to! We leave to hazard such reality. We do not learn, in general, from childhood, to seek and choose friends like the greatest of the human treasures! Where is, though, the happiness of man if it is not in the heart of man? ‘Keep your heart safe more than any other things worth keeping’ says the book of Proverbs, which is the source of all goods.
But we should not animate it by lack of exchange, because if for the life of the body a rich and complete food is important to avoid anemia, the same stands for the life of the heart and the mind, intense exchanges are precious.
We can little perfect ourselves without trying to help the perfecting of those who surround us by affinity and that are less advanced then us on the road of evolution. And this deep thought of Confucius is intensively true: ’It is by knowing ourselves that we get to know others, but in knowing others we get to know ourselves.’
The more we deeply touch a quantity of beings, the more we are able to get to know ourselves and to grow and evolve, because never two beings are identical, and diversity complexifies our science of life.