Evolution Favours Change
This issue shares some excerpts from one of Shamcher’s earlier books, Man and This Mysterious Universe.
For situations and challenges of everyday life are the real teachers of wisdom. They are also the tests. The fortitude, kindness and resourcefulness with which one meets the situations of everyday life are the only proofs of maturity or personality. Sermons and scriptures of religion are only comments or explanations of the real teachings hidden in the circumstances of life.
A person’s creed or belief is a passing fancy of little importance. One may retain a belief while growing in wisdom, or may want to change it, which need cause no weeping. Some people fear losing a belief or creed, but whatever one “loses” in this world, there is always something better to gain. Evolution favours change.
Happiness and Unhappiness
What about the others, the sad sacks who are non-entities in all fields, who are not overflowing with vitality, generosity or wisdom, whose minds are wobbling with worries over funds (or lack of such,) trouble with bosses, health, incompetence at work or horse-betting, who are tormented by a thousand itches?
About these it has been said: “God must love them, since God made so many of them.” Why does God make and love so many of these timid beings? We may be approaching the yardstick of God, which may be somewhat different from that of humanity!
To God the conspicuous ones may not be so hot. God may be more happy with the plain and timid beings who examine and investigate for God the hard conditions through which they wade. Thus, even in the depths of their misery, the tired and beaten wanderer may be glad and proud to know that through those very hardships they offer to the cause of humanity a unique service which only they can perform.
They may ask in despair, “Why am I unhappy? Was not everybody meant to be happy, and why did not the Creator make me so?” In due time they may arrive at some such answer: One may become happy at the end of the road and many times along the way but humanity was never promised by anyone to be continuously happy.
The purpose of life is to gain experience and happiness is one of the baits. At a primitive stage, happiness is the reward of one’s actions when they choose rightly, as unhappiness is the result when they choose wrongly. They are expected to choose wrongly quite a number of times and benefits by ensuing unhappiness – until they learn to choose rightly. And then – do they become eternally happy? No, at that time they have outgrown the chase for happiness. They are no longer children in a ready-made universe governed by an all-powerful father. They are participating in the creation of the universe, which is not yet perfect. Viewed from infinity, God, the Creator, is all-powerful, but not within the time and space “He” has imposed upon himself.
So, even when one has learned to choose rightly, they will not necessarily be happy in the sense of being free from trouble. They can still be harmed by others and suffer under the strain of the Creative Artist who has not yet finished the job. But at this stage, they will not ask for happiness or worry over unhappiness. Those two words belong to their childish stage.
Both happiness and unhappiness, then, will follow them throughout all stages of their evolution, but the emphasis will change. Their interest in either state will vanish as they grow in wisdom, character, honesty and selflessness.
Work for the community
People were never ready for the conditions into which they were placed, but these conditions helped one to grow up to them. Not realizing this, people sometimes refuse heroically to take part in any work or reform projects for their community, insisting that they must reform themselves first. Evidently they have some idea about becoming perfect and then going to work. It would take a long time to become perfect in this way and the community would have to wait even longer.
On the other hand, one who sees the community and its members as one interwoven system of vibrations does not worry much about when or where or how to start work. All work for the community is to their view simultaneously changing and reforming themselves, and every bit of work on their own minds and character is seen reflected in the state of their community. In the balance between these mutual influences, one perceives the art of life and the secret of attainment.
(For this newsletter the excerpts from Man and This Mysterious Universe have been lightly edited.)
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