Truth, Wisdom and Virtue

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Summary: A collection of statements by the Tibetan.


     "Do you realise that truth has to be wrought out in the texture of daily living before new truth can be safely imparted?" (A Treatise on White Magic, p. 210)

     "All right ideas are temporary in nature, and must eventually take their place as partial rights, and give place to the greater truth. The fact of the day is seen later as part of a greater fact. A man can have
grasped some of the lesser principles of the Ageless Wisdom so clearly, and be so convinced of their correctness, that the bigger whole is forgotten and he builds a thought-form about the partial truth which he has seen, (and) which can prove a limitation and keep him a prisoner and hold him back from progress. He is so sure of his possession of the truth, that he can see the truth of no one else. He can be so convinced of the reality of his own embodied concept of what the truth may be, that he forgets his own brain limitations, and the truth has come to him via his own soul, and is consequently coloured by his ray, being subsequently built into form by his personal separative mind. He lives but for that little truth; he can see no other; he forces his thought-form on other people; he becomes the obsessed fanatic and so mentally unbalanced, even if the world regards him as sane." (A Treatise on White Magic, p. 490)

     "All recorded truth is susceptible to many interpretations, and these unfold with increasing clarity, as he takes one initiation after another, and as he develops conscious responsiveness." (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p.100)

     "There is no finality in the presentation of truth; it develops and grows to meet man's growing demand for light." (The Problems of Humanity, p. 139)

     "Only that which you know for yourself and experience consciously within youself is of importance and constitutes the truth for you. That which may be told you by others, even by me, serves no vital purpose, except to enhance or corroborate an already known truth, or to create illusions or responsibility until it is either rejected or experienced by you in your own consciousness. Do you understand what I mean?" (Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 91)

     "New truths (and by that I mean truths which are new to the most advanced thinkers, and which are only sensed by the most advanced esotericists) are hovering on the horizon of the human mind. The ground is being prepared for the sowing of this seed, and the stage set for the emergence of new Actors in the great drama of the unfolding revelation of Deity.
     Certain great concepts are firmly grasped by man. Certain great hopes are taking form and will become the pattern of man's living. Certain great speculations will become experimental theories, and later prove demonstrated facts . . . A great stirring and moving is going on. The world of men is seething in response to the inflow of spiritual energy. This energy has been evoked by the unrealised and inaudible cry of humanity itself. Humanity has become - for the first time in history - spiritually invocative." (The Rays and the Initiations, p. 77/8)


     "Virtue is the calling in of new energies and of a new vibratory rhythm so that the soul becomes the positive controlling factor and the soul forces supersede those of the bodies. This process is that of character building." (A Treatise on White Magic, p. 202)

     "Virtue is the manifestation in man of the spirit of co-operation with his brothers, necessitating unselfishness, understanding, and complete self-forgetfulness. Vice is the negation of this attitude. These two words signify in reality simply perfection and imperfecton, conformity to a divine standard of brotherhood, or a failure to achieve that standard. Standards are shifting things, and change with man's growth towards divinity. They vary also according to man's destiny, as it is affected by his time and age, his nature and surroundings. They alter also according to the point of evolutionary development. The standard for attainment is not today what it was one thousand years ago, nor a thousand years hence will it be what it is today." (Esoteric Psychology, Vol I, p. 284)


     "(Wisdom) has to do with the development of the life within the form, with the progress of the spirit through those ever-changing vehicles, and with the expansions of consciousness that succeed each other from life to life. It deals with the life side of evolution. Since it deals with the essence of things and not with the things themselves, it is the intuitive apprehension of the truth apart from the reasoning faculty, and the innate perception that can distinguish between the false and the true, between the real the unreal. It is more than that, for it is also the growing capacity of the Thinker to enter increasingly into the mind of the Logos, to realise the true inwardness of the great pageant of the universe, to vision the objective, and to harmonise more and more with the higher measure . . . Perhaps it might be expressed as the gradual blending of the paths of the mystic and the occultist -- the rearing of the temple of wisdom upon the foundation of knowledge.
     Wisdom is the science of the spirit, just as knowledge is the science of matter. Knowledge is separative and objective, whilst wisdom is synthetic and subjective. Knowledge divides; wisdom unites. Knowledge differentiates whilst wisdom blends.
     . . .Wisdom concerns the one Self, knowledge deals with the not-self whilst the understanding is the point of view of the Ego, or Thinker, or his relation between them." (Initiation, Human and Solar, p. 11/2)

     "Wisdom, actuated and motivated by love, and intelligently applied to world problems, is much needed today, and is not yet to be found, except among the few illumined souls in every nation -- in every nation I say, without exception. Many more must love with wisdom, and appreciate the group aspiration, before we shall see the next reality to be known and to emerge out of the darkness which we are now in the process of dispelling." (Esoteric Psychology, Vol I, p. 342)

     "Wisdom connotes skill in action as the result of developed love and the light of understanding; it is awareness of requirements, and ability to bring together into a fused relationship the need and that which will meet it." (Esoteric Astrology, p. 494)

     "Wisdom is the enlightened application of knowledge, through love, to the affairs of men." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 467)

     "Wisdom takes the place of knowledge when, in the transmuting fires of struggle, pain and hard work, the aspirant transforms himself into the working disciple and is gradually absorbed into the ranks of the Hierarchy." (Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, p. 394)