In man there are two natures; his spiritual or higher nature and his material or lower nature. In one he approaches God, in the other he lives for the world alone.
Signs of both these natures are to be found in men. In his material aspect he expresses untruth, cruelty and injustice; all these are the outcome of his lower nature. The attributes of his Divine nature are shown forth in love, mercy, kindness, truth and justice, one and all being expressions of his higher nature.
Every good habit, every noble quality belongs to man’s spiritual nature, whereas all his imperfections and sinful actions are born of his material nature. If a man’s Divine nature dominates his human nature, we have a saint.
Man has the power both to do good and to do evil; if his power for good predominates and his inclinations to do wrong are conquered, then man in truth may be called a saint.
If on the contrary, he rejects the things of God and allows his evil passions to conquer him, then he is no better than a mere animal.”
More from Annie Besant… (written over 100 years ago and nothing has changed)
To listen to the conversation of these men and women of the present age one would suppose them to be the mere insects of a day, with no sense of duty, of responsibility, or of seriousness; they have not in the least realized themselves as immortal souls who are here for a purpose, and have a definite evolution before them; and so their life is one of shallow ignorance and giggling vacuity.
The only life they seem to know is the life of the moment, and in this way they lower themselves to the level of the least intelligent of the animals about them. Man has been defined as a thinking animal, but it seems evident that as yet that definition applies only to part of the race. I think we must admit that to one or other of these two classes — the money-hunters, or the pleasure-hunters belong the majority of the people.
We have only to look round us at the men whom we meet every day, or to listen to the conversations which are going on in the streets or the railway carriages. In nine cases out of ten we shall notice that the people are talking either about money, or amusements, or gossip.
Their one idea in life seems to be what they call “having a good time”, or, as they frequently put it in still coarser and more objectionable language, “having lots of fun” — as though this were the end and the object of the existence of a reasonable being, a living spark made in the Divine Image! I have been much struck with this — that the only idea which many people seem to connect with life is that of the sensuous pleasure of the moment — just amusement and nothing else.”
– Excerpts from Annie Besant ‘s ‘Creating Character’
“Man’s destiny is self-made, not imposed upon him arbitrarily from without; his own powers, blinded by ignorance, spin and twist the cord that fetters him, as his own powers, directed by knowledge, liberate his limbs from the self-imposed shackles, and set him free from bondage.”
– Annie Besant ’Riddle of Life’
THE WORLD IS THE WAY IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU (STOP BLAMING THE DEVIL AND GOD)
We hear and know that we must have self love but it is clear that people do not know what this really means. We have a warped understanding of love. We do not know what it means to be selfish. We do not know what it means to be dependent. This is why we cannot know love.
The world says that we should always think of others before ourselves. We have been told that blood is thicker than water so we tolerate the intolerable from our families. We are afraid to be assertive. We are afraid to speak our minds. We are in constant need of assurance and validation. We know things are wrong or unjust and we stand back and allow them to be.
All of this and we still expect to have love in our lives. We expect justice and loyalty. We want honor and respect from others. We expect to have lives that are filled with goodness and prosperity.
We want to receive love but we do not give love. Universal law does not work in this fashion. Universal law is of reaping and sowing. Giving and receiving. For this is cyclical. What you do will indeed come back to you. What you give you receive in equal measure. This is HARMONY AND BALANCE.
UNIVERSAL LAW HAS TO DO WITH HOW WE TREAT OTHERS. THE LAW MAINTAINS BALANCE THROUGH THE HEARTS OF ALL MEN. THIS MEANS WE AS MEN ARE THE REASON FOR ALL PROBLEMS AND THE SOLUTIONS. IT IS THROUGH THE HEARTS OF MEN CAUSE AND EFFECT GOVERN AS UNIVERSAL LAW.
Why are we ignorant of this? This is the law. Man did not make it this way. It just is and will always be. STOP BLAMING THE DEVIL FOR THE EVILS OF MAN! DONT BLAME GOD FOR ALLOWING EVIL! MAN HIMSELF IS THE DEVIL AND GOD BECAUSE THE HUMAN HEART IS THE SOURCE OF GOODNESS AND EVIL!
“THERE IS A BLATANT DENIAL OF THE SPIRITUAL ESSENCE OF MAN. THERE IS A BELIEF IN RELIGIONS AND A “GOD” IN HEAVEN BUT THERE IS NO CONFIDENCE IN THE POWER OF MAN HIMSELF.”
– Miss Allgood The orator
“Dependence on things, on people, or on ideas breeds fear; dependence arises from ignorance, from the lack of self-knowledge, from inward poverty; fear causes uncertainty of mind-heart, preventing communication and understanding. Through self-awareness we begin to discover and so comprehend the cause of fear, not only the superficial but the deep casual and accumulative fears.”
– J krishnamurti
“Man’s thoughts are not rooted in reality; spirituality is now lacking; man lives in a spiritual element of thought yet he has become a materialist, thinking only of matter. He is no longer ensouled by pictures, he only conceives of the material world.”
– Rudolf Steiner on The Evolution of Consciousness
Real trust is not what it is thought to be. Trust is not in people, places or things. Trust is in and of the self. This self is really the inward unseen self that is you. This trust is really self assurance. Trust is the self. Trust therefore does not exist outside of the self. One cannot look to another for validation or assurance. That is dependency which is what strengthens fear. If one was confident in the self one would see that one is strong and that which he puts his trust in is weak. I tell you… if all men rested their assurance in the inward self all needs in all relationships would be met. There would be no fear and no dependencies. Then perhaps true love would be discovered.
“THE BELIEF THAT ALL MEN HOLD IS THAT THEY CANNOT STAND ON THEIR OWN FEET. THEY BELIEVE THEY NEED THE SUPPORT OF THE EXTERNAL WORLD. THEY THINK THAT IF THE WORLD DOES NOT PROVIDE THEIR BODILY MATERIAL NEEDS THEY WILL PERISH. THIS IS THE REAL REASON WHY MEN DO NOT DEVELOP THE SPIRITUAL SELF. MEN ARE LAZY AND SECRETLY WANT TO DEPEND ON THE WORLD. THIS DEPENDENCY IS THE CAUSE OF FEAR AND LACK OF SELF CONFIDENCE. MEN WANT A WORLD THAT HOLDS THEM UP IN A FALSE GLORY SO THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO WORK ON THE INNER CHARACTER THAT IS THE REAL MAN.”
– MISS ALLGOOD THE ORATOR