ESOTERIC TENETS HUMAN SHORTCOMINGS Material desire by Aart JurriaanseProbably one of the most potent channels through which selfishness, and therefore also evil, finds expression is through material desire. It has its origin in the desire for satisfying the fundamental needs for physical existence -- for food, clothing and protection. Over the ages, with manís emotional and mental growth, and the development of communal living, his basic demands have also grown, but these have often been far exceeded by the exigencies of the desire life. Selfishness as expressed by greed, or the selfish desire for an ever larger and disproportionate share of worldly goods, coupled with a craving for power which usually attends such urges for acquisition, has proved to be one of the main causes of contention between men, and therefore also between nations. As long as this desire is allowed free rein, no peace and happiness will ever be found on Earth.This desire must therefore be seen as one of the fundamental weaknesses of humanity. Money is its symbol and the well known proverb states quite rightly that ďthe love of money is the root of all evilĒ. Human thinking and relations at practically every level of modern social existence is mainly controlled and dominated by the power of money. Money is but the physical manifestation of manís desire for possessions, for material comfort, and for the equipment which forms the basis for further production of goods and weapons for mutual menace and destruction. This selfish desire for possessions and power has a strangling effect on human relationships, and is pulling man into the abyss of self-destruction.But fortunately all this must be regarded only as a phase through which every human being, every nation, and also humanity as a whole must pass, until all are eventually brought to the recognition that happiness is not to be found in material possessions, in riches or power. Luckily there are already large numbers of human beings whose lives are no longer ruled by the love of money, and who are realizing that there are higher objectives to strive for. These men and women have discovered that it is the spiritual life which really matters, and that the physical body in which the soul temporarily happens to be incarnated is but of passing importance, and merely serves the purpose of gaining some particular experience, or else that there is some special duty that should be fulfilled.Though these men do not love money, they will still need it for the work that has to be done; they have been caught up in a system where money has become the symbol of creative energy, and has thus become an essential part of existence. So they too will have to earn sufficient to pay for their needs, and above that for the work that has to be accomplished on behalf of humanity. But they will not cherish the desire for more money or possessions over and above their minimum requirements -- they abhor money for power, or to pamper artificial needs of luxury; money to waste on voluptuous and sensual pleasures, whilst their brothers are dying of misery and starvation! What the world needs is a total reassessment of values.When considering the history of human development, it becomes obvious, however, that desire should not be regarded purely from its negative aspects. It is desire in its many facets of expression which has served to drive man along his evolutionary path, constantly shifting from one planned satisfaction to the next, until the stage is reached when the desire for the material is transmuted into aspiration and a yearning for the spiritual life and for serving his fellow man.Personal ambitionEver remain on watch for inclinations towards personal ambition -- the striving for public recognition and self-glorification, which is an inherent quality of every developing human being. Ambition for power, position and status is but another expression of self-centredness, and is closely related to arrogance. It must unavoidably lead to competition with others displaying similar tendencies, and invariably results in all kinds of unsavoury practices to outwit and get the better of all opposition. It causes strife on various levels and as a rule only ends in disappointment and frustration. Ambitious striving is essentially based on glamour and illusion, so often leading to disenchantment when the contender eventually achieves his objective, only to find his attainment to be an empty shell.As a rule the striver will continue on his path of conquest until he becomes aware of the futility of all attainments which only gratify the desires of the personality, and that ultimately all that matters are those spiritual aspects giving expression to the presence of the soul. The recognition of these lessons may, however, be delayed till later incarnations. For each and every individual the life must inevitably dawn when he will become aware of the existence of higher values, thus gaining his first vision of the Path of Light.Even the well intentioned disciple is sometimes caught up in the snares of ambition; in his aspiration to serve, potent forces may be generated and in some instances these may serve to fan into flame latent seeds of ambition, which may then beglamour him and temporarily divert him from the path he intended following. The true server should take his eyes off his own accomplishments, except perhaps to use them as stepping stones to even greater achievements in his service of humanity and the Plan.In fulfilling his part in the greater work, whether large or small, the disciple should therefore forget about himself as the personality, only striving to encompass to the best of his ability what is demanded of him under the circumstances in which he has been placed. During this process he should ever retain his humility and sense of proportion, irrespective of the results that are achieved.PrideOften even well advanced disciples have to fight against an exhibition of self-satisfaction and the glamour of pride when some task has been satisfactorily completed, or a difficult objective has been attained. He should always remain on the lookout not to be serving himself instead of humanity. In this respect he might be able to mislead others, but never his own soul!
Aart Jurriaanse, wrote a number of compilations from the books of Alice A. Bailey. Among these are: Of Life and other worlds; Prophecies; Ponder on this; Serving Humanity; The Soul; The Quality of Life; and he is also the author of Bridges which is a Commentary on these teachings.
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