The test of life
Mar 14, 1998 09:24 PM
by Sigtryggur Omar Jonsson
I have said: "Criticism is a highly destructive tool in the hands of the
majority"” There I was referring to it in the negative sense. In the
positive sense a similar idea can be stated in the concept of Testing. In
everything there is a need for testing. We must test our thoughts our
convictions or believes. We are constantly going through tests, small and
great, by our inner centre of being. The results of those tests make up
our qualities or what we are. Success means that the energy generated is
in some measure fit for use by that inner centre of being, failure means
that nothing useful was created. Failure can be changed into victory if the
man realises his mistake, perhaps from the consequences he has to face, and
changes his ways. He learns from his mistakes, and that seems to be the
most common method. By foresight and a conscious use of testing the man
can avoid many mistakes, and all their consequences, and thereby proceed
Ones life as a whole is the greatest of the tests. At the end of this
incarnation one has to evaluate all the positive and negative factors, and
the balancing of the scales indicate the gain or loss of a whole lifetime.
The ability to learn from mistakes indicates the power to progress. That
ability involves humility, the flexibility to change or adapt, which
promotes growth. In growth is life but the true death lies in immobility,
in inflexible and set ways - the greatest enemy of progress and evolution.
The tendency to stagnation is promoted by the grip of the past, which binds
man with strong ties to that which is known and familiar. A courage is
needed to face the future and free oneself from preconceived ideas. To be
free from the past, ones own past as well as the past history and ideas,
does not mean that one should forget about them, but to learn their true
value and then be able to go on and discover new ways and new ideas.
One should constantly have in mind the unending path, knowing that the
place one is at now, which may be beautiful or cold and windy, is not for a
long stay, but just a passing sight on the long road to distant and unknown
destination. In other words, it is imperative to keep open the windows to
greater knowledge, to greater wisdom and keener perception. Courage and
daring is needed to keep these ways open and welcome the new guests.
The temptation is great to whirl up the dust of the past, and many succumb
to that unworthy activity. Nothing pleases more those who fight against
the good of mankind than to see one after another fall into that trap and
waste their precious energy battling against windmills. Such a waste is
sad to watch! Our precious treasure should be used wisely and guarded from
all improper influences. Discrimination is needed.
Remember, our duty is to the progress of humanity, not to old forms which
once were useful, but have now been made useless. All forms must be
discarded if they crystallise and imprison the inner life. That life must
be let free to grow and expand in new forms that fit better, until that new
form also becomes a prison. Such is the law of growth and evolution.
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