– The principles of love, wisdom, truth and sacrifice will be valid for eternity
In the Christian tradition, God manifested Himself through Jesus. But before Jesus He had already manifested Himself through Moses. If Moses accomplished such great deeds it was because God was with him. And if Jesus came, it was because the Law of Moses had had its day, and the intransigence that characterized it was no longer suited to the plans that Cosmic Intelligence had devised for mankind. And if that were so then, why should Cosmic Intelligence not have other plans for today?
Actually, in our day, even the forms of Initiation have changed. In ancient times, Initiation took place in the temples where the disciples had to go through ordeals by fire, air, water and earth. But nowadays, Initiation takes place in everyday life; without their disciples being aware of it, Initiates place them in certain situations, confront them with certain problems and observe their reactions.
All the ordeals of Initiation are in everyday life; the four elements are in everyday life; it is here that you have to show that you have conquered fear, greed, egoism, sensuality and so on. Yes, there are plenty of trials, especially for those who want to make progress on the path of Initiation: they must know in advance that their wishes will be fulfilled, but that, before they are, they will have to endure many trials.
When they are least expecting it, they will be put to the test in their daily lives, for all our trials take place in our everyday lives. Our slightest gesture is observed and weighed, and very often we fail the test because of some tiny detail, because we were keeping our energies for something more spectacular.
So you have to be wide awake and vigilant, and remember: every circumstance in life can be a test. On each occasion you will be judged on your performance by beings in the world above. If you pass your tests you will be given a diploma; but unlike the diplomas given by our universities, which can be torn or burnt or defaced or stolen, the diploma that you receive from your examiners in the world above is printed on your face, on your whole being, and no one can ever take it from you.
And the spirits of nature, who know how to read that kind of diploma, will show you their appreciation by bidding you welcome and helping you. Wherever you go, throughout space, they will see your diploma. But if you fail your exams and receive no diploma, they will have no consideration or esteem for you; they may even persecute you, because they will judge you to be a weak, ignorant, useless being.
So always remember this: everything that exists results from the relationship between the two opposite poles: spirit and matter, principles and forms. While they are on this earth, human beings are not capable of living with principles alone; they need the support of forms. The spirit incarnates in the form of a body in order to manifest itself on the physical plane.
When it returns to the regions of the spirit it does not need these forms, but while it is still on earth they are necessary. But it is important to know that forms do not last for long. God has not granted eternal life to forms; this is why Heaven periodically sends Initiates or great Masters to change the existing forms – but only the forms, never the principles. I repeat: principles are unchangeable. Yes, for the principles are love, wisdom, truth and sacrifice, and these things will be valid for eternity.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov,
Izvor Book 206, A Philosophy of Universality
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