Stirring the ocean of spirituality, Part 1/3

‘My dear brothers and sisters, I can understand that, when you are at home, you have no time to meditate in the morning, because you have to rush off to work. But that is not the case here at The Bonfin; you are not in a hurry, you have every opportunity you need, so make the most of the situation.

So take advantage of the fact that we are together to create currents and waves that will affect yourselves and the rest of the world. People prefer to remain on the surface, and are not willing to set in motion anything luminous and divine within themselves.

Human beings are only willing to persevere when food or drink or love are concerned.
Believe me, you must practise. And not just for a few minutes at a time. What can you possibly accomplish in a few minutes? Imagine you are standing at the edge of the sea, twirling a stick in the water. Gradually you create a tiny whirlpool. You keep twirling your stick, until the whole ocean is caught up in the movement! Well, the etheric world in which we are immersed is like the ocean: by means of thought, you can stir up the entire universe.

Yes, just as long as you persevere and never stop twirling your stick. But you do stop, so of course nothing happens. Human beings are only willing to persevere when food or drink or love are concerned. Yes, especially love. They wish it could last for ever.

But nature has equipped human beings with a safety device
Fortunately, nature is very wise; she foresaw that men and women would be capable of destroying themselves, so she equipped them with what you might call a safety device. Yes, for otherwise human beings would be ready to indulge their disgusting habits day and night.

Whereas, where the things of the soul and the spirit are concerned – and I have seen this for myself – they are content to dip their fingers in holy water occasionally and mumble a few prayers before going to sleep; that is the beginning and the end of their spirituality!

For Initiates, all their pleasure lies in distributing their wealth throughout the universe
You have to persevere and continue to work in ever greater depth until every particle of your being is caught up and works with you towards the goal you have set yourself, until every part of you actively participates in this work on yourself – and not only on yourself but on every creature in the world and on the cosmos itself.

The sun radiates light and warmth throughout the universe and never bothers about who will benefit from it. And there are initiates who, like the sun, project their light and love throughout the cosmos and who, like the sun, are quite unconcerned about whether human beings benefit from them or not. They are perfectly happy and fulfilled; all their pleasure lies in distributing their wealth throughout the universe. Just think of how far human beings still have to go before reaching this level of evolution!’

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

To be continued…

From a lecture given at The Bonfin, August 4, 1965

Complete Works Volume 18, Jnana Yoga Vol 2
Chapter 2, Spiritual Work

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