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BROADCASTING  12

 

The Mission of Man

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

 

welcome, how nice that you are watching our program again.

 

We are nearing the end of another section of our Broadcastings. Let us therefore briefly look back:

 

In the Series "Experiment Immortality", we had spoken about the very first and easiest steps of the practice of Agni Yoga: Know thyself - namely, as an immortal, spiritual being; transform yourself - into an immortal, spiritual being; and transform the world – into a better place.

 

We have then, in this Series "Introduction to Agni Yoga", looked at the main theoretical foundations, the cosmic laws, without the knowledge of which practical progress is not possible: The significance and the expansion of consciousness, evolution and hierarchy, karma and reincarnation and the conditions in the Supermundane Worlds.

 

We now return to practice: We shall be discussing in this Broadcasting the mission and in the next Broadcasting the path and the goal of man. Thereafter will follow a new Series entitled "The 10 Pillars of the Practice of Agni Yoga". It will address the concrete implementation of the higher knowledge in our ordinary everyday life.

 

 

1. Meaning of Life on a scientific Basis

 

We had already said several times: The Agni Yoga is a synthesis of science and religion. We therefore show you now how to find the meaning of your life on a scientific basis:

 

Man has a dual nature: He consists of a visible, perishable and an invisible, eternal part. We need to develop both sides of our nature, the body and the soul, otherwise we shall miss our mission.

 

You remember the cycles of involution and evolution (see Broadcasting 4 "The Law of Evoluti-on")? According to this, humanity has developed, on the descending arc of the involution of the spirit, the physical, material, intellectual part of our being.

 

Today, after crossing the lowest point, we are required, on the ascending arc of the evolution of the spirit, to refine and to spiritualize the material creature that the spirit has produced: ourselves, our body.

 

In today's fifth and in the upcoming sixth and seventh race - and even more so in the coming V., VI. and VII. cycles! - the development of our mortal Ego (lower tetrad: physical body, body of feelings, body of instincts and body of thoughts) has largely been completed. It is now the development of our immortal self, the soul (higher triad: Manas, Buddhi, Atma) that is on the curriculum of the evolution.

 

Consciously must the spirit be nurtured. (Agni Yoga 27)

 

Please review once more our Broadcastings 4 ("The Law of Evolution") and 11 ("The subtle Constitution of Man"), if you do not remember these indispensable foundations of a scientific understanding of the meaning of life.

 

 

2. Man created in the Image of God

 

Evolution of the spirit means: The divine spark, the particle of the divine spirit within us strives to express itself in matter, to realize or to manifest itself through matter.

 

For every one of us is true, what the Church admits only for Jesus Christ: We are an incarnation of the divine spirit or logos. We were created in the image of God. We must never forget this high dignity. According to this inner model we should mould ourselves - make of ourselves a work of art, as a sculptor does.

 

As it says in the Bible: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him. (1. Moses 1, 26, 27)

 

Similarly says Agni Yoga: One cannot express it more powerfully than to say that man is created in the image of the Highest. Mediocrity arises from the failure of man to realize his inherent forces. (Fiery World I, 490, 491)

 

This is the mission of every one of us: To embody the divine spirit that animates us.

 

As so often, here, too, Goethe has found the right words:

 

I believe that we carry a spark of that eternal light within us that needs to shine in the ground of all Being and which our feeble senses have guessed only from afar. To make that spark within us become a flame and to realize the divine within us - that is our highest duty.

 

 

3. Man as a Manifestation of the Divine

 

Reveal the divine within you means: Let this part of your being - not your perishable, animal Ego – act on earth through thoughts, words and deeds. Your dignity as a human being demands that you bring your higher Self to expression.

 

The divine of your nature yearns to grow, to flourish. It strives to imbue, to transform, to transfigure, to spiritualize - that means to deify - not only you, but the whole material world as well.

 

Agni Yoga says: All the forces of Cosmos should be consecrated to the blossoming of the spirit. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 238 [272])

 

In every situation there is a higher and a lower path. The choice is always to you: Do you want to manifest your animal nature or the sacred within you? Every thought, every word, every action should be marked by your spiritual being, the soul.

 

Allow to the spirit its will. Ask yourself: "What does the spirit wish?" As it wishes, so you should act. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, 120 [ Part Two III 13])

 

The scientific answer to the question of our mission, of the meaning of our life, thus leads us to a mantram that you should keep in mind at every moment:

 

"I shall realize the divine of my nature only." (Elisabeth Haich)

 

 

4. Higher Step of Evolution according to the Manifestation of the Divine

 

The goal of our earthly stay, the new stage of evolution, the new man, is only achieved when we have learned to manifest at every moment our higher self.

 

The higher and lower levels of evolution - stones, plants, animals, human beings, Masters of Wisdom, angels, rulers of planets, solar systems and universes – differ only insofar, as some manifest their divine core already to a greater extent than others.

 

Helena Blavatsky recognized Jesus’ Divinity only so far as He had cultivated the Spark of the divine in His nature to a greater degree than had the masses of humanity. (Teachings of the Temple, Vol. II, Lesson “Faith in Christ - a spiritual Guidepost”)

 

We had already said: Evolution means: Man is on the way to God. You actually become a god to the extent that you embody the eternal, the royal, the priestly, the divine side of your nature.

 

The spiritual greatness of a man is determined not so much by what he is doing (because our opportunities for action depend upon circumstances that we cannot fully master), but more by what he is – namely by the extent to which he already manifests the attributes of God.

 

 

5. Man as the Light of the World

 

Man is the light of the world. He is sent to bring the divine light into the darkness of the material spheres.

 

As it says in the Bible: Ye are the light of the world. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light shine before men. (Matthew 5, 14-16)

 

This mission you realize by kindling, maintaining and nourishing the divine fire within yourself; by letting this flame permeate and transform your whole being. When the fire of the spirit burns within you, you shine in its glory. Then you are a pure chalice from which the divine light can radiate into the world.

 

We must attain the stage where we radiate light from our innermost being, for it is then that we are true coworkers with the higher worlds. Radiating the light of Grace, we are at the same time doctors, creators, and protectors on the descending line of the Hierarchy. First we see the outer light, and then we come to know the light within ourselves; but only after the kindling of the “torch” can we radiate Light. (Heart 38)

 

The divine light that transfigures you, also flows into your environment. A light bearer, by emitting warmth, knowledge, peace and blessings, not only raises himself, but also everything else with which he gets in touch.

 

How, then, does a Hierarch create upon Earth? By uplifting everything that surrounds him. (Infinity II, 722 [322])

 

You can light the fire of the spirit everywhere. If you are yourselves imbued with the spirit, your fire can ignite others, enlighten the darkness of the world and show the way upwards.

 

Though not many people know the fires of the heart, these torches must provide light for all. (Heart 20)

 

Let your fire be a beacon for your companions. (Fiery World I, 464)

 

 

6. Man as Mediator between the Worlds

 

What does science tells us more about our mission?

 

Man belongs with his perishable body to the earthly plane and with his immortal soul to the higher, spiritual world. He is the creature that rests with his feet on the ground and touches heaven with his spirit.

 

This dual nature determines our mission: Man is a mediator, a bridge between the two worlds.

 

Man is a bridge to the Higher Worlds. (AUM 67)

 

He is a link between the material and the spiritual world.

 

The Agni Yogi is a link between the planet and the Higher Worlds. (Infinity I, 238)

 

7. Unification of the Worlds

 

This bridge serves to connect the two worlds, to bring the spiritual and the material spheres closer together, so that heaven descends to earth and the earthly life is raised and brought nearer to the higher realms.

 

The chief task of humanity is to unite the world of matter with the world of spirit. (Infinity II, [I] 360)

 

Man is the center for the unification of the worlds, because he comprises both a material and a spiritual nature within himself and is the first earthly being to become aware of the latter.

 

When a traveler stands on a summit, does he not feel that his body is being raised as if he were a unifier of worlds? Indeed, not breaking away from the Earth, but the capacity for unifying is what makes man a creator. (Community 215)

 

 

8. Establish the Conditions of both Worlds

 

Man brings about the unification of the worlds by establishing the conditions of both levels: the conditions of the material world from which he cannot part anyway, and the conditions of the higher world with its solemnity, dignity and serenity, peace and joy, beauty and justice.

 

So, each one of us can at any time and at any place where he happens to dwell, create a state where the two spheres touch each other, where both can reveal themselves: Then the gate to heaven is open.

 

This is a process of mutual rapprochement: The material world, strained by the indwelling divine spark, strives upwards. The divine spirit is directed from above to penetrate the gross sphere in order to come to tangible material expression down here. Man as the head of the material world is the focus in which this unification is realized.

 

To uphold this link is a daunting task: We are exposed in these times to a tremendous tension, because heaven and earth have moved so far apart from each other: The level of ideals and the level of the tough material reality can hardly be reconciled in the daily life of our time.

 

The world suffers from a dismemberment which engulfs all great beginnings. In place of unity, dismemberment is preached everywhere. The invisible is isolated from the visible World. The Higher is isolated from the Earth. Only striving for the unity of the concepts of magnitude can establish the necessary link between the Worlds. The dismemberment of the Worlds leads to a state of savagery. (Fiery World III, 124)

 

Instead of getting closer together, heaven and earth are drifting farther and farther apart. Man, belonging to both spheres, is threatened no longer to endure this tension and to be torn apart.

 

The evolutionary movement is not realized so long as the correlation between the spheres is not established. For, when the Higher World is striving upward and mankind propels itself downward, then indeed the cosmic current cannot be realized. Therefore, disharmony rules in the World. (Fiery World III, 189)

 

 

9. Establish the Rule of the Spirit

 

If it is our mission to express our higher self, to reveal the divine within us, this means: We are to establish the rule of the (divine) spirit!

 

We establish the rule of the spirit over ourselves by enforcing the interests of our soul against those of our body.

 

And we establish the rule of the spirit in the world by introducing here on earth the higher, heavenly conditions of our true home, the world beyond of the soul.

 

 

10. Incarnation of higher Principles

 

What does it mean concretely to establish the rule of the spirit, to introduce the conditions of heaven on earth, to manifest the divine down here? The unification of the worlds is achieved when the spiritual principles that prevail in the supermundane spheres are turned into reality on the material level.

 

In heaven rule truth, justice, beauty and love. Because heaven is the highest world you can imagine. And the highest world you can imagine is a world, where exactly these principles apply.

 

The supermundane world differs only insofar from the earth, as people fail to give validity to these principles down here.

 

The bridge between the two Worlds can be made real if the actions are filled with beauty. (Fiery World III, 115)

 

If life on earth is arranged according to the principles of the spiritual world, if as many of us as possible assume these ideals and express them in their daily lives - then the divine spirit, the Higher Will rules not only in heaven but on earth as well; then we have established the kingdom of God, paradise on earth.

 

Therefore it is said in the Bible: Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6, 10)

 

Or in the Agni Yoga: The victory of the spirit lies in the enforcement of the unshakeable principles. (Heart 71)

 

To manifest God means: Put into effect truth, justice, beauty and love. The divine is made a reality in the material world by embodying these principles. God reigns wherever man ensures the realization of His principles. A servant of God is the one who enforces these ideals on earth.

 

The correspondence between the Worlds is manifested by the action which realizes the firm foundations. (Fiery World III, 246)

 

The mission of mankind is to fight for the victory of the spirit against the powerful resistance of the forces of ignorance, unbelief and materialism.

 

How easy it is to ameliorate life only by striving to the victory of the spirit! (Hierarchy 453)

 

This applies to the individual as well as to humanity as a whole: The opposition against spirituality must be overcome both within ourselves and in the world. Instead, both we ourselves and the order of human society must reflect the divine.

 

 

11. Unalterable Principles

 

You will only be able to cope with this task if you realize: Principles such as truth, justice and beauty, which make life so wonderful in heaven, are absolute and immutable. There is only one truth, one justice and one beauty.

 

Many truths are spoken of. Should one not break through their shells and strive to the One Truth? (Agni Yoga 590)

 

Only absolute values can provide an unassailable basis for the transformation of life and the building of the New World. Without them, you will find neither support and nor orientation.

 

Therefore, on the loftiest principles will be erected the future evolution, for that which was destroyed must enter anew into life, as a great guiding foundation. (Fiery World III, 162)

 

It is one of the most harmful diseases of the time that people no longer believe in the one truth, the one beauty and the one justice.

 

People mistakenly presume that justice is a relative concept, that everyone has his own justice and his own good. Such a misconception can cause irreparable harm. (Supermundane 820)

 

If, as the saying goes, every man has his own truth and his own ideas of beauty and justice, that means only: Everyone has its own individual approach to these principles – the one a higher, more advanced, and the other a lower, more limited one. The ability of us humans to recognize and to put into practice these high principles is still imperfect.

 

Truth is always the same, but the connexions are different, as they depend on the consciousness. (Heart 5)

 

The world is very different from the state which most of you imagine: The phrase "everything is relative" applies, as Einstein proved, only for the seemingly fixed and invariable plane of matter, space and time. On the spiritual plane, however, nothing is relative, but everything is absolute.

 

 

12. Creative Task

 

The victory of the spirit must be won in the midst of life. Down here, in everyday life on earth, the carrier of a higher mission has to prove himself. Here, his faithfulness to principles and his perseverance are required.

 

The suffering, the tension that we feel between the higher reality and the imperfect earthly conditions, call us to action, to amend the conditions, to bring the material circumstances closer to the ideal.

 

How beautiful is the spirit that ascends and transforms life into the radiance of Infinity! (Infinity I, 21)

 

Wars, disasters and destruction, chaos in public and personal life are setbacks on the way which are incompatible with human dignity. They must be fought and overcome.

 

He who understands imperfection must start with perfectionment. (Community 226)

 

Only the mainspring of transformation of darkness into light can strengthen the spirit. (Infinity I, 108)

 

Every man has to seek the path that raises his life and that of his surroundings. This is the truly creative task of man, the much brooded over meaning of life:

 

To find ever new ways to bring the warmth of the heart into the world; to introduce the high teachings, commandments, advices and principles into daily life; to enforce the spirit against all the chaos and all the resistance of matter.

 

Let us inflexibly strive to be aware of the warmth of the heart, and let us start feeling ourselves to be bearers of this temple. (Heart 5)

 

Above all the questions of everyday toiling must stand the one: How can I, at any moment, advance the cause of truth, beauty, justice and love? This is the task we need to work on. Only then the spirit prevails over the material circumstances.

 

Without betraying one's principles it is possible to find hundreds of worthy solutions. I wish to see you upon the next step. (Community 17)

 

The ideal is given to us from Above. Its realization in each, even the most insignificant everyday situation, is the truly creative human achievement.

 

One should sow the good with every glance, with every touch. And the heart will grow in this exercise of goodness. (Heart 410)

 

 

13. Living Truth

 

We are not uttering dead words. Everyone can feel the living truth:

 

A moment in which we manage to realize in our everyday life truth, beauty, justice and love, fills us with a satisfaction which is higher than any other feeling. We feel that, at this moment, we lived up to our highest mission and are close to heaven.

 

When through the rags of your temporary bodies shines the splendor of your spirit, are you not filled with might and joy? And then I am near to you. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 277 [332])

 

We actually suffer from situations in which the spirit is gone, which are determined by the narrow earthly conditions: By material hardships, discord, evil or chaos, by falsehood, injustice, ugliness or lack of love. Even if we ourselves are not at all affected, we long to help to overcome such unworthy situations.

 

 

14. Battle

 

Evolution means fight. The coming Age of Aquarius puts, in contrast to the departing Age of Pisces, fighting into the center. Without struggle, there is no life and no progress.

 

Every atom of Cosmos is battling. (Community 39)

 

We do not mean the wars of nations against each other. We are talking about the struggle between ideas, spiritual principles; about the confrontation between the forces of Light, of progress, and the powers of darkness, of chaos, whose purpose is to prevent any higher development. The material forces have grown to a mighty power during the descending half of the cycle of evolution: They will not give up their position without a fight.

 

So, Jesus says in the Bible: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10, 34)

 

And Agni Yoga: Never before has the World been so in need of the sword of the spirit! (Fiery World III, 191)

 

The forces of the spirit and of materialism are hostile to each other. They are struggling for supremacy - over every single individual and over the planet as a whole. Man alone has it in his hand, to help the one or the other side to victory.

 

For you, without need of hypocritical softening, it may be said that the battle of Light against darkness proceeds incessantly. (Hierarchy 354)

 

In this battle, every one of us must choose his place. Make sure that you do not serve the wrong side with your work - not even under the pretext of the necessity to earn your daily bread!

 

Verily, when the highest and the lowest meet in the Cosmic Battle, let us defend that which is sacred. In the Cosmic Battle let us manifest that by which the life of the future is constructed. (Fiery World III, 197)

 

 

15. Warrior of the Spirit

 

Therefore, it is the mission of man to be a spiritual fighter, a warrior of light. Fight is the purpose of our life. He who cannot find, in spite of all the misery, suffering and imperfection in his environment, anything worth fighting for, has missed his mission.

 

The New Era calls for warriors of the spirit, for knights, Samurai or Shaolin who stand up for the higher values against materialism.

 

Battle is our destiny, and one must simply include it in the daily plan. (Agni Yoga 179)

 

Only the fighting man can establish the rule of the spirit.

 

It is necessary to become as accustomed to battle as to daily labor. We cannot think of mastering the elements without battle. (Hierarchy 233)

 

The sign of the departing Age of Pisces was the dove, the symbol of a pure, peaceful creature in a brutal environment. The leading sign of the coming Age of Aquarius is the spiritual warrior, the Archangel Michael, the fighter with the dragon who subdues the evil within himself and in the world and enforces everywhere the supremacy of the noble and the holy. Its symbol is the lion (AY 438).

 

Even a dove should become a lion. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, 72 [Part One XI 3])

 

Formerly We sent the olive branch of peace. Formerly the dove was Our symbol; now it is the chalice of achievement. Yes, each age has its symbol. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, 261 [264; Part Three I 4])

 

The New World does not need saints anymore; it needs fighters!

 

Not the receiving of sweet pastry but the forging of a sword; not sugared fingers but the strong hand of a warrior of the spirit. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, 156 [Part Two V 8])

 

 

16. Conscious Co-moulding of the Evolution

 

At the lower levels, creatures like the animals are driven by the evolution without their being aware of it. They are the weak-willed objects of seemingly blind forces which they do not understand.

 

Man, however, has gained a consciousness of his higher nature. He has acquired so much insight that he can recognize the course of evolution, its laws and its direction.

 

Moreover, he is so far advanced that he, as the first living being on earth, is able to work together with the higher powers, to purposefully drive evolution forward and to consciously participate in the uplifting and the spiritualization of himself and of the earthly conditions.

 

Life is service for the evolution of the spirit. (Supermundane 305)

 

It is up to ourselves how completely the spirit expresses itself in the flesh - within ourselves and in the world we dominate.

 

 

17. Cosmic Co-Worker

 

What a wonderful idea! You are called upon to participate as a creator and a builder side by side with the higher powers in the great, universal work of evolution! Can there be a more beautiful, a greater, a more worthy task?

 

People must be participants in evolution. (Supermundane 515)

 

A great many people prefer not to realize that they can take part in world construction. (Fiery World I, 492)

 

Not many are aware of this holy mission.

 

Man, who has been predestined by Cosmos to be a builder and co-creator, has turned himself away from this crown. (Fiery World III, 374)

 

When thought wandered from the sacred destination of Being, the very meaning of Being evaporated. (Infinity I, 95)

 

Man is not a plaything of the higher powers, but is summoned to a conscious cooperation with them.

 

I shall say that you can become participants in the evolution of Cosmos. You can improve the fate of the planet. (AY 640)

 

How can one be isolated from the entire cosmic creation when man is the creative fulfiller of the Cosmic Will! (Hierarchy 72)

 

The further evolution of man is only possible with our conscious participation: No one can be forced to spiritualization against his will. To God-Men, people cannot be made by anyone else; you must reach this level yourselves by your own efforts.

 

 

18. Cooperation with the Hierarchy

 

The mission to enforce the higher will on earth leads us to the collaboration with the Hierarchy and its Representatives on this planet, the Brotherhood of the Mahatmas of Shambhala. Hierarchy is nothing else but cooperation between above and below.

 

Striving toward the higher powerful cooperation has given a direct contact with the cosmic forces and with the Highest Fiery Brotherhood. (Fiery World III, 75)

 

Man as a cosmic co-worker must understand himself as a helper of the Brotherhood. Each of us was summoned, at his place, according to his abilities, to participate in the realization of the cosmic plan.

 

It is of no importance where you stand, whether at the top or at the bottom. As long as you are a link in the chain of the Hierarchy, as long as you serve at your designated place, you take part in the dignity of the Great Work.

 

Two of my favourite saints had, during their entire life, no other external, worldly position than that of a gatekeeper of their monastery: St. Alfonso Rodriguez and St. Konrad of Parzham.

 

Therefore, let each one ponder on how better to serve Hierarchy, eliminating all evidences of selfhood, injury, levity, and the standardized formulas of the crowd. (Hierarchy 218)

 

You would commit betrayal to yourself - to your higher self - and to your mission, were you to refuse this call for cooperation.

 

Usually man dissipates his energy in an aimless striving for a vegetating life, excluding himself from the cosmic chain. Therefore, We say that a man can create his own world as a part of the World Community or become a link with the Cosmos and thus become a cosmic co-worker. Thus, striving brings one to Infinity. (Infinity II, 681)

 

With whom of you will the Elder Brothers of humanity find support for their efforts to advance the evolu-tion on earth?

 

But where are the people who will direct the cooperation of their energies to the Subtle World? Where is courage? Where is solicitude about the Invisible? (Heart 204)

 

 

19. Man as an Instrument of the Spirit

 

Ultimately, it is the mission of man to withdraw completely, to lay his life in sacrifice at the feet of the Elder Brothers, not to pursue his own purposes anymore but to be active only as an instrument of the Mahatmas, as a pure channel of the spirit in the world.

 

If you have reached such a high level that the forces of evolution can act through you on earth; if only the divine spirit thinks within you, speaks out of you and acts with you - then you have fulfilled your mission. Then it is not you who acts, but the Hierarchy, the spirit, and ultimately God through you.

 

 

20. Your personal Mission in Life

 

As carrier of a spark of the divine fire, every man is a son of God - like Jesus, who was sent into the world with a higher assignment. Each one of us has in each earthly life his very own individual mission. This you need to identify and to fulfill.

 

They came to Earth to fulfill some task, and should honor their obligation and love their task. (Supermundane 641)

 

This mission may concern your own personal development, or worldly duties in the interest of the cosmic plan, or both.

 

Not only are great missions given, but also some very ordinary ones, within the limits of everyday life, where one can be useful. (Supermundane 633)

 

No one else can fulfill your life's work, your very own personal mission. If you fail, the loss to the world is irreparable.

 

In a well-designed machine each of its parts is irreplaceable. One should more often imagine oneself as part of the Universe. (Supermundane 627)

 

You must try to ascertain: What role has your higher self to play in this earthly life? Will it not be a wonderful progress to realize the benefits that you were called upon to bestow on the world?

 

This role you will need to fill in an entirely impersonal manner, only the higher goal in mind. Whether it requires a work in poverty or wealth, at the top or at the bottom of society, in happiness or unhappiness, in secret or in public, must be indifferent to you.

 

To every human being has been given some particular field of work, for training in and performance of which he is best fitted by nature and desire. It matters not whether that work is to rule a nation, to build a road, or to take up some profession or trade; it is his divinely appointed task. As a general thing, his restlessness, his discontent, or tendency to crime is the result of his betrayal to his task, his not raising his work to the highest point of service and efficiency possible to him, thereby losing all interest in it. (Teachings of the Temple, Vol. I, Lesson “A Supreme Being”)

 

Whether your soul, in order to reach its goal, has to appear, in this short, transient life, as a king or a shoemaker, as a beggar or a millionaire, is unimportant.

 

It is difficult for humanity to understand that a king and a shoemaker are congruent in every respect. (Agni Yoga 645)

 

 

21. Enlightenment at Incarnation

 

Before each earthly incarnation, in the Subtle World, you will be told your mission. You must try to remember it.

 

Every dweller of the Subtle World receives a task according to his abilities. But there are few who can remember these missions. (Supermundane, 633)

 

The task was entrusted to you with your consent. In the higher world, you were well aware of the necessary development. Unfortunately, this memory is lost on earth. It is one of the most important exercises to regain it.

 

Decisions are made in the Subtle World concerning the tasks in one's future earthly life. Most people in the earthly state do not accept this, but those in the Subtle World know that their incarnations will take place with their knowledge, and, more importantly, with their consent. When they are about to incarnate, people have a spark of enlightenment when they understand the karmic load that will compel them to undergo certain trials, but once in the earthly state they lose the memory of how their destiny was determined. (Supermundane 256)

 

Even those who are more likely to be counted among the opponents of evolution, do not come to earth with bad, but with good intentions!

 

Souls incarnate with good intention; such is the Great Law. Even the spirits in the lower strata, just before incarnating, receive a ray of enlightenment about goodness as the foundation of life. But just as the finest aroma cannot permeate space for long, kind intentions are dissipated by the influence of the varied conditions of life. (Supermundane 328)

 

 

22. Signs of Life

 

If it is difficult for you to remember, you can find out your life's mission by paying attention to the circumstances into which destiny has placed you:

 

It is not without reason that someone is born in a certain country and belongs to a certain people. Karma leads one not only to a particular place, but also to certain tasks to serve a certain people. (Supermundane 565)

 

The historical and personal conditions that call for a change; the responsibility that falls on you; the people you meet on your way - all this points clearly to where there is need to act, to improve and to spiritualize. If you go through life with the open eyes of your higher self, you will find work enough.

 

Some sense that they must fulfill something, but their consciousness does not provide a clear indication. For such born heroes circumstances will be the key. The circumstances awaken the hero. (Spermundane 664)

 

The very circumstances mould themselves in such a way that you are strongly pushed to a certain direction.

 

The world of effects draws man into a current which carries him toward his destination. (Infinity I, 250)

 

Do you not often recognise in retrospect that seemingly accidental or even circumstances initially perceived as unfavourable were in truth helpful in order to come closer to your goal in life?

 

In biographies it is highly instructive to trace the intervening circumstances which help to conclusively define a life task. It may be noted that many apparently accidental factors helped along in the predestined direction. As a matter of fact, not accident but many profound causes contributed to such achievement. In this can be seen the participation of the Subtle World. (Fiery World I, 551)

 

In addition, there are smaller and larger signs sprinkled into your life again and again. Those you must notice sensitively and follow.

 

That is why we have to be so assiduous in observing and examining the manifestations of our own lives. Quite often important signs surround us and reveal the significance of our future, but because our power of attention is undeveloped we are unable to discern the convincing reality. (Heart 211)

 

Your true, spiritual father, the teacher who guides you, will make sure that you get the necessary information if you turn confidently to him.

 

There rules the law of goal fitness: The Hierarchy will not allow any energy that offers itself to be wasted. It will, therefore, help each one of you who is looking honestly and selflessly for his task.

 

It is best to seek the Teacher's Indications in the various manifestations of life. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, 236 [237; Part Two IX 11 (12)])

 

Live a full life, rich in experience. Whatsoever your doubts We shall dispel them in life —  but hearken. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 13 [15])

 

 

23. Orientation

 

The execution of your higher mission is the thread that guides you through life. When you have recognized your task, you have found a guide that clearly and unmistakably shows you the direction with all questions of your life.

 

It is essential that amidst all one’s labor and difficulties should firmly stand the Beacon of the Higher World. (Supermundne 708)

 

All your actions must be guided by the desire to come closer to this true, spiritual goal of your life.

 

Only if you have meaning and goal of your life firmly in mind, you will be able to find your way in every situation. He who, like so many, does not even know why he lives and what he is working for - he cannot know to which external demands he should adapt himself and which he should oppose; where upon he should use his powers and what he should refuse; where the essential and necessary lies in contrast to the insignificant; he will be tossed to and fro like a leaf in the wind.

 

Man should know what he is striving for and which good deed he is rushing to perform. May man not forget that he has a mission here on Earth which he must fulfill. (Supermundane, 188)

 

The knowledge alone that your life has a deep meaning, that you have to fullfil a higher mission down here on earth, entrusted exclusively to you, is a source of strength which will enable you to overcome all difficulties.

 

 

 

 

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