– The Age of Aquarius will require religions to accept new forms
True religion is based on a science, a vast body of knowledge, that has grown out of the observation of phenomena which can only be perceived by certain highly evolved beings. Everyone is, of course, absolutely free to reject this spirituality, this science of the spirit, but sooner or later they will see where that attitude of rejection leads them. In any event, let me tell you that anyone who ignores this science is mistaken. Yes, if someone refuses to understand that their thoughts and feelings and inner states influence the whole of humanity, they are misguided: they do what they please without a thought either for the ill effect their acts might have on others, or for the good they could do them.
This materialistic philosophy is so prevalent today and severely restricts the scope of people’s lives, for when they are no longer enlightened, guided and inspired by the spirit, they shrivel up inside. They judge everything in life from their own, strictly limited point of view, in the firm belief that it is the best.
Have you ever stopped to consider the secrets of that earth, water, air and fire to which we owe our existence? You will ask: `What secrets? What is there to understand?’ A great many things, and one of them is this: look at the planet Earth, the surface occupied by dry land is relatively little, the surface covered by water is a great deal more, the amount of space filled with air is far greater again, and that filled by fire and light, stretches infinite distances into space. And this means that we, too, should try to stretch out to infinity.
Then, too, consider this: how long can you survive if you are deprived of these elements? You can survive without solid food for fifty or sixty days; without liquids for only about ten days; without air for only a few minutes, and without heat? At the very instant your heart loses its heat you die! And this shows that the solid element is less important than the liquid, that the liquid is less important than the gaseous and that the gaseous element is less important again than the etheric, igneous element: heat and light.
So you see, what man needs most is that etheric element that fills the whole of space. And this being so, why do human beings cling to the petty little things of everyday life instead of seeking the freedom of immensity and universality?
It is important to observe what goes on in nature and draw the right conclusions in every domain. Religions are making a great mistake by clinging obstinately to the forms they developed centuries ago. The form must constantly be improved and refined so that it may express always more fully and more perfectly the new currents that never cease to flow from Heaven. For Heaven has not ordained that everything must stay exactly the same for eternity.
You only have to look at all the new, unprecedented needs and tendencies springing up in human society: why should there not be new forms to match these new manifestations? The Age of Aquarius is fast approaching, and it is going to overturn and shatter all the old forms and values that human beings thought of as permanent. Human beings see things their way, but Cosmic Intelligence has a very different point of view. The plans of Cosmic Intelligence are not those of human beings, and now, thanks to the new currents of Aquarius, It is going to turn the old order upside down so as to show human beings that they must not bury the spirit in old forms.
If something is to endure it must constantly renew itself. Religions cannot continue to cling to old conceptions which are no longer valid today. Of course, I am not talking about the basic principles on which they are built. There will never be anything more perfect than the principles of the great religions, but why do they still encumber themselves with obsolete practices which no longer serve their purpose?
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov,
Izvor Book 206, A Philosophy of Universality
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