The Final Testing: Teaching Others
1. One with faith has happiness, because the beauties of heaven are his, as he dwells in God, mentally focused on the white and shining glory of the Highest.
2. Yet still his Lower Self, lies in wait for an opportunity to deceive his better nature.
3. The Lower Self celebrates the fountain (of life) but dreads its fragrance, for his strength is broken in pieces and he is mocked and fettered by its beauty.
4. The Higher Self of the Son of Faith is raised to the heights of glory and dwells in God, but the pride of his Lower Self lies in wait to ensnare him.
5. The Lower Self of the Son of Faith lies in wait in the plains of material existence, whilst the Higher Self is elevated which humiliates the Lower Self of the son of faith.
6. The Lower Self whom God calls is afflicted, but it is appointed of God that the Man of Faith shall bring forth fruit.
7. The Higher Self is raised up and his glorious soul laughs.
8. Healed of the desire for material things, he shines in higher realms of which he bears fruitful testimony.
9. Strife wearies the Higher Self and deceives the human soul lest it rise up with zeal to dwell in God.
10. The Higher Self is deceived if it follows material things and joins itself to them instead of staying apart from them.
11. The spiritual man has vision.
12. Because he hears and obeys the Lord he is joined to Him in praise.
13. Such praise brings its own reward to those who abide in his dwelling.
14. The Lord shall increase his happiness, for his right judgment, will make him a defender in the battles of God.
15. His lot leads him straight to happiness.
16. The spiritual man though weary has a vision because he is able to listen to God and is attached to spiritual things.
17. He worships God and this brings rewards to his own soul and also to those who follow him.
18. These will increase in numbers, because of his goodness and compassion.
19. He judges aright as he struggles to work for God and so extracts the best from the bitterness of life by following the path that leads straight to the spiritual heights.
20. Such a spiritual man will have happiness and find strength in the company of many other happy men of faith
|Perhaps the most important way of achieving this apparent impossibility lies in the training of others, hence before any spirit can reach the end of the Path, they must spend at least some time in helping others to tread it and this subject, too, is introduced in this chapter.
It is important to realise that one of the most basic tests to see if someone has real belief is their happiness or otherwise.
Many people claim to have faith but do not, whilst others belittle their values, yet have more genuine belief, that most. “One with faith has happiness” we are told, “because the beauties of heaven are his, as he dwells in God, mentally focused on the white and shining glory of the Highest”.
The mere fact of focusing one’s mind on the glory and beauty of God, will produce within us an almost uninterrupted feeling of peace and serenity, far more lasting than any of the transient forms of worldly joy.
This, however, does not mean that the Lower Self is completely converted and it can perhaps be represented as a beast of prey lying “in wait for an opportunity to deceive his better nature.”
The Lower Self rejoices in the power of God, but at the same time it is afraid of what it may do to his worldly values.
These can be shattered if the Divine Life Force is showered down upon it continuously, through such spiritual exercises as prayer, meditation and worship. At one and the same time, the Lower self is “mocked and fettered by its beauty”.
Thus the Believer is in two minds. His Higher Self “is raised to the heights of glory” because of his links with God.
At times he may feel almost as if he is in Heaven already, but then something comes along to shatter this illusion, and it is usually linked with the pride of his Lower Self”, which like the wild beast that; “lies in wait to ensnare him”.
And just where does this beast of prey lie in wait?
It is just where we should expect it to be – “in the plains of material existence”, for it is usually through some worldly contact or temptation that we are most likely to be led astray.
Furthermore, the mere fact of the Higher Self having feelings of spiritual joy, “humiliates the Lower Self” and thus, all to often increases its resentment and antagonism until at times the battle within almost make us seem like a man suffering from schizophrenia.
It is the Lower Self that is the primary victim in all this confusion. It knows that God has called it but it does not want to follow that call.
It hesitates, torn between its own desires and the wishes of the Higher Self, which seeks to serve God. However, seeing God has ordained that the Believer “shall bring forth fruit”, eventually he does so.
The Higher Self, at last allowed to follow its true destiny finds itself “raised up” – in other words, it assails the heights of mysticism, and the Believer approaches ever closer to perfection. Then we read that “his glorious soul laughs”.
This is a laugh of sheer pleasure; of spiritual joy bubbling forth amidst the desolation of mortal life, but the phrase also indicates that by this time his spirituality been “glorified” and shines forth in spiritual brilliance. He has been “healed of the desire for material things’ and “he shines in the higher realms of which he bears fruitful testimony”.
We can understand the fact that his spirit form shines brightly in the Spirit Plane, but this passage also refers to the fact that he is able to bring back the knowledge of these planes to his fellows on earth and the fact that his testimony is said to be “fruitful”.
Clearly this refers to his being able to function on the Astral or Spirit Planes whilst asleep, and being able to bring back reports of life there to his fellows on earth. Back on earth, however, the Believer still has to face the struggles of mortal life, and this “strife wearies the Higher Self and deceives the human soul”, thereby making it harder for it to “rise up with zeal to dwell in God”.
Under this sort of pressure, the Higher Self may well be led astray, taking an increasing interest in material things and eventually allowing them to become the most important aspect of its life instead of concentrating on the spiritual and keeping itself apart from the taint of material desires.
The spiritual man has vision – that is the ability to perceived spiritual things.