Peace of the Gnostic Being
In all spiritual living the inner
life is the thing of first importance; the spiritual man lives
always within, and in a world of the Ignorance that refuses
to change he has to be in a certain sense separate from it and
to guard his inner life against the intrusion and influence
of the darker forces of the Ignorance: he is out of the world
even when he is within it; if he acts upon it, it is from the
fortress of his inner spiritual being where in the inmost sanctuary
he is one with the Supreme Existence or the soul and God are
alone together. The gnostic life will be an inner life in which
the antinomy of the inner and the outer, the self and the world
will have been cured and exceeded. The gnostic being will have
indeed an inmost existence in which he is alone with God, one
with the Eternal, self-plunged into the depths of the Infinite,
in communion with its heights and its luminous abysses of secrecy;
nothing will be able to disturb or to invade these depths or
bring him down from the summits, neither the world's contents
nor his action nor all that is around him. This is the transcendence-aspect
of the spiritual life and it is necessary for the freedom of
the Spirit; for otherwise the identity in Nature with the world
would be a binding limitation and not a free identity. But at
the same time God-love and the delight of God will be the heart's
expression of that inner communion and oneness, and that delight
and love will expand itself to embrace all existence. The peace
of God within will be extended in the gnostic experience of
the universe into a universal calm of equality not merely passive
but dynamic, a calm of freedom in oneness dominating all that
meets it, tranquillising all that enters into it, imposing its
law of peace on the supramental being's relations with the world
in which he is living. Into all his acts the inner oneness,
the inner communion will attend him and enter into his relations
with others, who will not be to him others but selves of himself
in the one existence, his own universal existence. It is this
poise and freedom in the Spirit that will enable him to take
all life into himself while still remaining the spiritual self
and to embrace even the world of the Ignorance without himself
entering into the Ignorance.
The Life Divine
For Peace and Progress
A dark concealed hostility is lodged
In the human depths, in the hidden heart of Time
That claims the right to change and mar God's work.
A secret enmity ambushes the world's march;
It leaves a mark on thought and speech and act:
It stamps stain and defect on all things done;
Till it is slain peace is forbidden on earth.
There is no visible foe, but the unseen
Is round us, forces intangible besiege,
Touches from alien realms, thoughts not our own
Overtake us and compel the erring heart;
Our lives are caught in an ambiguous net.
An adversary Force was born of old :
Invader of the life of mortal man,
It hides from him the straight immortal path.
A power came in to veil the eternal Light,
A power opposed to the eternal will
Diverts the messages of the infallible Word,
Contorts the contours of the cosmic plan :
A whisper lures to evil the human heart,
It seals up wisdom's eyes, the soul's regard,
It is the origin of our suffering here,
It binds earth to calamity and pain.
This all must conquer who would bring down God's peace.
This hidden foe lodged in the human breast
Man must overcome or miss his higher fate.
This is the inner war without escape.