THEOSOPHY, Vol. 14, No. 6, April, 1926
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[Part 5 of an 11-part series]The illuminated sage regards with equal mind an illuminated, selfless Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and even an outcast who eats the flesh of dogs. Those who thus preserve an equal mind gain heaven even in this life, for the Supreme is free from sin and equal minded; therefore they rest in the Supreme Spirit. The man who knoweth the Supreme Spirit, who is not deluded, and who is fixed on him, doth not rejoice at obtaining what is pleasant, nor grieve when meeting what is unpleasant. He whose heart is not attached to objects of sense finds pleasure within himself, and, through devotion, united with the Supreme, enjoys imperishable bliss. For those enjoyments which arise through the contact of the senses with external objects are wombs of pain, since they have a beginning and an end; O son of Kunti, the wise man delighteth not in these. He who, while living in this world and before the liberation of the soul from the body, can resist the impulse arising from desire and anger is a devotee and blessed. The man who is happy within himself, who is illuminated within, is a devotee, and partaking of the nature of the Supreme Spirit, he is merged in it. Such illuminated sages whose sins are exhausted, who are free from delusion, who have their senses and organs under control, and devoted to the good of all creatures, obtain assimilation with the Supreme Spirit. Assimilation with the Supreme Spirit is on both sides of death for those who are free from desire and anger, temperate, of thoughts restrained; and who are acquainted with the true Self.--The Bhagavad Gita.HERE you find the phrase "the assimilation of the Supreme Spirit," which is the Universal Self, which is everywhere. It is also said that things come to us, whether we wish or do not wish for them. Things come to us which are good, and which we do wish; other things come to us which are bad, and which we do not wish for. All those things take place continuously -- expected good things and unexpected good things -- expected bad things and unexpected bad things. These four kinds of experiences always come to us. We, as the Soul, as part of the Universal Self, try to make our response, our answer to all those things that come -- good, bad, or indifferent -- learning from each, learning thereby our real nature.
It is said that the Soul is the great Enjoyer. Now when we enjoy, some enjoy by the help of the body, of the senses; some by the help of the feelings; some enjoy by the help of their thoughts; but very few people really enjoy with the help of the Soul. When there is Soul enjoyment, then there is not only sense and feeling enjoyment, mental and intellectual enjoyment, but there is spiritual enjoyment. Because we see the spiritual view of all thoughts, feelings, experiences when they come to us -- that is, when experiencing as the Soul, the assimilation of the Supreme Spirit takes place.
We know ourselves as the Soul now, when we are learning Theosophy; as the body when we eat. We think it is the body that eats and none of us think it is the Soul in the body, who keeps the body going! Therefore even nourishment for the body has to be thought about from the point of view of the soul. When we read, our minds enjoy the reading, but very few of us think whether the Soul is getting any experience or enjoyment, and so when on occasions we begin to live as the Soul, then we begin to see how Deity, God, the Universal Self, everywhere present in all things, is present in that which we call good and that which we call bad. We look upon all things as the School for the Soul and not as good, bad or indifferent. All things bring us certain lessons. That is what we want to learn -- to begin and live as the Soul, and towards all good, bad and indifferent experiences we remain the same -- calm, contented, happy. Just like the bees who go to the flowers and suck the juice and make it into honey without destroying the flowers, so do we move in the garden of this world, where there are apple trees and also poison oak; and from all we learn. Let us learn by enjoying our experiences, as well as by suffering them. Happiness is not in experiences; it is in us, and so is it with sorrow.
The Supreme Self is in all things, in the good and in the evil; we do not see It, because we have not seen It in ourselves. This glimpse of the God within is the only true vision. Through it we gain the inner strength which gives all kinds of strength: spiritual strength brings intellectual and moral strength. It is the fixity of the mind on lower things which produces pain, misery, ignorance; which produces that worse than ignorance -- false knowledge. True knowledge comes by dwelling on the Supreme Spirit, the Ego within. In all actions, whether thinking or speaking or feeling, we may invoke, and call to birth, the Supreme Spirit. He who finds in good and evil, then, One Essence -- the Immortal and Divine Self -- and finds it because he has it within himself, is an excellent devotee. Each one of us will find other people divine in proportion as we find ourselves divine; we shall find other people immortal as we find ourselves immortal: knowing ourselves as divine and immortal, we begin to know Nature as divine and immortal. The highest of truths comes to be recognized by us, if we take the position that we are the Supreme Self. Directing the mind constantly to the Supreme, the One Self, we find by the power of that One Self, the Divine Nature of all things and beings.
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