How is it that, in spite of all the marvels available to them in the way of technical progress, mechanical appliances and material prosperity, human beings are more subject to illness, more discontented and more dissatisfied with the established order than ever before?

Being a champion in one area does not ensure triumph in every other area
It obviously means that something is wrong. Yes, and that something is that they have concentrated on only one way and forgotten about the other. To be sure, specialization can give you very good results in a limited area. If you train to be a boxer you will be able to knock people out in the ring, but you won’t be able to beat them in the area of science or philosophy.

And someone who spends their life in thought may claim the advantage over every other thinker, but a child could knock them over. Just because you are a champion in one area does not mean that you will triumph in every other area.

Moses, a high Initiate, gave us some advice
I have already explained to you that the true philosophy of spirit and matter is perfectly summed up in the phrase in Genesis in which Moses says, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ ‘The heavens’ are the soul and spirit, the splendour of virtues and qualities, whereas ‘the earth’ is the physical body, the material domain, worldly affairs.

The fact that the world was created means that it is necessary, but Moses, who was a high Initiate, put the heavens before the earth. Most human beings do just the opposite: the earth is more important to them than Heaven.

Too many people only think of heaven when they are bored
In fact, for many, only the earth exists; Heaven does not come into it. And this is why things go wrong, because the earth has been given priority. I can see that even the brothers and sisters of the Brotherhood devote nine tenths of their activity to the earth; only rarely, from time to time, do they think about Heaven and the spirit.

Instead of giving first place to Heaven and then going about their business in the world, they give the best of themselves to their worldly affairs. Then, when they are bored and don’t know what else to do, they take a few minutes to think about Heaven.

As I have already explained, you must give three quarters to Heaven and one quarter to the earth. Those who are capable of practising this will sense a marvellous balance in their lives. Believe me, there is no point looking for the cause of the balance or imbalance of your lives in the nervous, circulatory, digestive or muscular system of your physical body. The origin of all balance and of all lack of balance is in the way in each person relates inwardly to spirit and matter.

To be continued…

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov,
Sèvres, February 19, 1970

Complete Works Volume 17. Jnana Yoga Volume 1 – Know Thyself
Chapter 3, Spirit and Matter