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To form the future. To have a high and useful aim. To grow, to intellectualize, to spiritualize, to impersonalize leads to immortalization. To unite to the most elevated Idea. Life and Intelligence are eternal. ‘Immortality is the only price worth running for.’ Illumination is gradual, progressive, infinite. The perfecting of the pathotism is also infinite.
There are two sorts of beings: On one side, those who have an elevated aim and those who don’t and limit their aspirations to themselves. On one side those who transform life, so to make it more alike to the Divine, and those who are just bearing it or taking it as it is and accepting this.
We are clearly with the first group and have an aim that is bigger than us and that is not containing our own interest only. We ought to be constructors and transformators! And it is the growth of the being and the widening of its actions and usefulness that is the highest direction.
There will always be those who are content of life as it is, those who don’t have within them that unsatisfied feeling and are not thirsty for the shining progress.
Scientists, artists, writers, geniuses even, only care about studying the current laws of life and to faithfully reflect its images.
Others, more daringly and more deeply, have felt that nature in its depth conceals unknown wealth and that beyond our current contemporary manners, societies and civilizations, lays a higher, freer and more luminous life… These have removed parts of the veil; these belong, without knowing it, to the constructors and transformers.
The work of art itself must have as aim usefulness, the progress of life. Nothing is more true and fertile that what seeks to serve on Earth, the progress of the rule of Justice. Out of this, no work is formative and no life holds a participating influence.
We must desire living for a great Ideal. We must desire working for a great cause. We must become less narrow, less selfish. We need to widen ourselves, so to receive the splendor that seeks to incarnate on Earth.
‘Open up wide doors of glory, the Eternal is approaching!’
This is how the Psalms talk to the people of good will, who aspire to open trails of light, who aspire to receive the great breath of what is Eternal, out of time, out of space, out of habits and prejudices. Of what is in the infinite greatness of a heart that opens to the infinite and progressive of the unlimited truth!
If we want to reach this progress, we have to leave behind all traces of selfishness, narrowness and not be crystalized in any manner. Many, in fact, confuse individuality and fixity.
We have already spoken together of the difference between individuality and impersonality. We have seen that to impersonalize ourselves helps to form a more wide, rich, and complex individuality, because to impersonalize is to widen our being and uniting it with the higher and serve this higher rather than ourselves.
It is not that individuality that finds its strength and stubbornness in its own fixity, in its fierce resistance to open itself to advice, or in keeping its prejudice and defects.
On the contrary, that individuality covers itself in an appearance and veils; these are the weaknesses of a being too scared to expose itself to the sun of the truth.
The individuality we speak of is the one that aspire to ceaselessly grow and open its very being to progress; it seeks to forget its outdated conceptions and habits to receive today new strengths and new lights, so to widen its doors and be vivified by the gliding breath of the Eternal…
‘Be great, large and wide, be like the sky!’ says an ancient wise.
We have a tendency to shrink and trivialize each other. We dare not to manifest in full nobility our most heroic feelings, the actions, the attitudes, the thoughts truly great and amazing. This greatness and this amazingness, we put them safe in the theater or in the concert hall, or in the manifestations of art, not trying to live this art, this nobility, this ideal in our very lives.
To continuously widen our individuality, we must ‘make it one’ with the highest Idea. We have seen that thought is the supreme strength, the great reality. It is the thought of a being that is the immortal part of that being. Let’s protect it, love it and cultivate it!
We are to become the garment of an Ideal and a progressive idea incarnates itself so much that it becomes our very center: It will there organize itself more and more, it will be more and more conscious and thus always progressing, gradually our unconscious parts of our being are taken into the full light of its consciousness, evolving in all direction, mentally, psychically, nervously and physically. We will form in all our strength the immortality that humanity can conquer.
Everything lives. The great wave of life is Eternal. It flows without cease from a rose to a lily, from the water in the earth, from the elm to a cedar, etc…
In turns, it animates beings after beings, forever.
Likewise, intelligence is eternal. Its powerful breath glides over matter and incarnates where it is received by affinity.
To bring life conscious, we must illuminate it by consciousness. When this consciousness receives, uses, intake many strengths and organizes them, building a whole being of strengths, that being is immortal like the strengths it is composed of.
Because life always existed, it will forever be, because what has no beginning will have no end.
We need to ponder about immortality and its benefits. ‘Immortality is the only price worth running for,’ says Saul of Tarsus.
This is why we need to put aside all thoughts of destruction, of stop and end. These thoughts are unhealthy and wrong. They embody no light, they don’t build towards the future nor do they carry with them the Unlimited. All that is restrictive is contrary to progress.
Throughout time, throughout the most ancient wise time up to our modern civilizations, with our great thinkers as with the people in the wilderness, a great desire of immortality is working humanity, this immortality of which the possibility and reality is unceasingly proclaimed, from the great and deep initiations of India, Persia, of the Celts and the Gaels, of China, of the Egyptians, the Hebrew, of the ancient race of the Amerindians, the Greek initiated philosophers, such as those of the Ionian school, the Pythagoricians, the school of Socrates, the wise adepts of the Alexandrian school, up to the scholastic school of the middle ages with Origen, Saint Thomas of Aquino, Raymond Lulle, later Pic de la Mirandole, Jacob Boehme, Kunrath and the father of modern medicine, Paracelsus, etc…Then later again, the great Spinoza, the intuitive Leibnitz, Swedenborg the enlightened and all those who seek eagerly truth, beyond of the visible appearance…
‘Ardor and love that torments each of us, have for aim immortality’, says Plato.
We find in the ‘Laws of Manu’, which dates from the oldest Brahmanic traditions, some paragraphs like this one: ‘Every act of the thought, of the speech or of the body bears a good and bad fruit. In fulfilling his duty, prescribed to every being, and without having the expectation of a reward, man/woman reaches immortality.
We read in Spinoza: ‘The soul can sometime be of such a nature that what perishes at the death of the body is no match compared to what continues to exist.’
‘Man/ Woman has in him/herself immortal parts of being, but he/she believed he/she was mortal because he/she found mortal parts in him/her’ said a philosopher.
However, the idea being eternal, the individual life that unites with it, that exists within it, by it, this individual life has no end.
And it is this widening, this impersonalisation of the individual, beyond the little narrowness, away of selfishness, beyond time and space, that leads towards immortalization, towards what Was, Is and Will Be!
We have to remember that progress is infinite, that after the day’s light another light even more shining will illuminate our tomorrows.
This illumination can only be slow and progressive, but without growing tired, we ought to desire it in all ages of our life.
Let’s quote this beautiful sentence from the ‘Chronicles of CHI’: ‘For every science and for every craft, learning is needed.’
How much more learning is needed for the hermetic science that is veiled to the major parts of humanity!
There are many people who, with a rough hand have raised the veil and declaring it was hiding nothing, and when they have sentiated then that ‘nothing’ were deeply troubled. The light that rejoice the eagles blinds the owls and nobody can cross from the darkness to the full light of the sun without protecting his/her eyes.
The gradual dawn’s light is as beautiful as it is instructive.
As we were saying in the first chapter, all science, all art, all feeling can indefinitely shine and perfect itself!
The art of loving, the science of loving is also an endless road!
If it is good to put on one side any narrow sentimentality and its dangerous traps that tend to stop the progress of a being by a feeling of so-called affection or weakness towards another being that refuses evolution, for example (and that example is quite frequent in our current society), it matters on the other side to understand that love, to be beautiful and sustainable, must ceaselessly perfect itself.