Aim of Old Spirituality,
of Future Realisation
There was a time, not so long ago, when
the spiritual aspiration of man was turned towards a silent,
inactive peace, detached from all worldly things, a flight from
life, precisely to avoid battle, to rise above the struggle,
escape all effort; it was a spiritual peace in which, along
with the cessation of all tension, struggle, effort, there ceased
also suffering in all its forms, and this was considered to
be the true and only expression of a spiritual and divine life.
It was considered to be the divine grace, the divine help, the
divine intervention. And even now, in this age of anguish, tension,
hypertension, this sovereign peace is the best received aid
of all, the most welcome, the solace people ask and hope for.
For many it is still the true sign of a divine intervention,
of divine grace.
In fact, no matter what one wants to
realise, one must begin by establishing this perfect and immutable
peace; it is the basis from which one must work; but unless
one is dreaming of an exclusive, personal and egoistic liberation,
one cannot stop there. There is another aspect of the divine
grace, the aspect of progress which will be victorious over
all obstacles, the aspect which will propel humanity to a new
realisation , which will open the doors of a new world and make
it possible not only for a chosen few to benefit by the divine
realisation but for their influence, their example, their power
to bring to the rest of mankind new and better conditions.
This opens up roads of
realisation into the future, possibilities which are already
foreseen, when an entire part of humanity, the one which has
opened consciously or unconsciously to the new forces, is lifted
up, as it were, into a higher, more harmonious, more perfect
life Even if individual transformation is not always permissible
or possible, there will be a kind of general uplifting, a harmonisation
of the whole, which will make it possible for a new order, a
new harmony to be established and for the anguish of the present
disorder and struggle to disappear and be replaced by an order
which will allow a harmonious functioning of the whole.
There will be other consequences which will
tend to eliminate in an opposite way what the intervention of
the mind in life has created, the perversions, the ugliness,
the whole mass of distortions which have increased suffering,
misery, moral poverty, an entire area of sordid and repulsive
misery which makes a whole part of human life into something
so frightful. That must disappear. This is what makes humanity
in so many ways infinitely worse than animal life in its simplicity
and the natural spontaneity and harmony that it has in spite
of everything. Suffering in animals is never so miserable and
sordid as it is in an entire section of humanity which has been
perverted by the use of a mentality exclusively at the service
of egoistic needs.
We must rise above, spring up into Light
and Harmony or fall back, down into the simplicity of a healthy
unperverted animal life.
Of course, it is impossible for man to fall back to the level
of the animal and lose the consciousness he has acquired; therefore,
for him there is only one means, one way to get out of this
condition he is in, which I call a miserable one, and to emerge
into a higher state where worry is replaced by a trusting surrender
and the certitude of a luminous culmination -this way is to
change the consciousness. ...
That is why all spiritual disciplines
begin with the necessity of surrendering all responsibility
and relying on a higher principle. Otherwise peace is impossible.
And yet, consciousness has been given
to man so that he can progress, can discover what he doesn't
know, develop into what he has not yet become; and so it may
be said that there is a higher state than that of an immobile
and static peace: it is a trust total enough for one to keep
the will to progress, to preserve the effort for progress while
ridding it of all anxiety , all care for results and consequences.
This is one step ahead of the methods which may be called "quietist"
, which are founded on the rejection of all activity and a plunging
into an immobility and inner silence, which forsake all life
because it has been suddenly felt that without peace one can't
have any inner realisation and, quite naturally, one thought
that one couldn't have peace so long as one was living in outer
conditions, in the state of anxiety in which problems are set
and cannot be solved, for one does not have the knowledge to
The next step is to face the problem,
but with the calm and certitude of an absolute trust in the
supreme Power which knows, and can make you act. And then, instead
of abandoning action, one can act in a higher peace that is
strong and dynamic.
CWM Vol. 9