BASICS OF ESOTERISM:
Human virtues -- Goodwill (2)
by Aart Jurriaanse
Goodwill is man’s attempt to express the Love of God, which will
eventually result in peace on Earth. One of the snags in its practical
application lies in the actual simplicity of its principles -- people
consequently fail to appreciate its potency and dynamic possibilities.
The only way, however, for mankind to establish good human
relations, and finally peace, is through the application of the principles
of goodwill. It is an attitude which should therefore be deliberately
cultivated, thereby establishing its principles in the consciousness of
the masses. The inner good is already present in every human being,
but as a rule it is smothered by evil influences, materialism and selfish
desire. A great deal can, however, be achieved by proper education
and training, and the best place to start is with the younger generation.
From the earliest stages our youth should be made aware of the power
of love and goodwill and that much more can be attained by the use of
these energies for the manifestation of a better life on Earth, than by
applying the forces of hate, greed, envy and intolerance.The Law of Cause and Effect should be stressed and its effects demonstrated to the younger people. They should be taught that life ever repays in the same coin which it receives, and therefore that when love and goodwill are offered to your fellow man these are the energies which in the end will be returned to you -- and what is even more important, it will not only be repaid with interest, but will also be passed on along the line to the next man.Some apparent exceptions will occur, such as for instance the initial negative reactions by those who are still unprepared, who have in their lives encountered nothing but hate and frustration, and who have rarely if ever experienced real love; however, with perseverance even the most hardened cases will begin to react, and will gradually recognize the possibilities and wonders of goodwill. Even the most perverted ‘sinner’ has that tender inner core which can be exposed with correct treatment, and which once revealed can be worked upon and influenced to the good. It must constantly be stressed, till man eventually learns and consciously concedes that “hatred ceases not by hatred, but that hatred ceaseth by love” -- by love expressed as practical goodwill.It is not so much that human nature has to be changed, but rather that the good that is always present must be uncovered; the hard layers of the dark outer appearance must be softened and penetrated, and the inner centre, the heart of love, must be exposed. This must and will finally be achieved, so why not begin with it right now and thus share in the advantages which will inevitably accrue. What a wonderful new world we can and are going to create; a world in which it will be a pleasure to live -- for each and every individual; a world of peace, without hate, constant fighting and starvation; a world of goodwill, love and harmonious human relations; a world of plenty, where everything will be shared and where the work that is done will not be for selfish acquisition, but a work of joy for serving fellow human beings, and contributing one’s small share towards expressing the Divine Plan. All this real ‘Heaven on Earth’ is there for the taking, if man could but open his eyes and begin to identify himself with the forces that are at his disposal, by appropriating and applying the energies of Love and Goodwill.When men and women can meet in a spirit of goodwill, no matter what their political affiliation, religion or nation, there is no single problem that cannot be solved to mutual benefit and satisfaction. They must only be inspired with the divine energy of the will-to-good, and this energy is today far more widespread than is realized. It is only for the infused men and women to take the initiative, and to discover and reveal this quality in others, and then to train and guide these forces and bring them to effective action. No problems of any nature can in the long run withstand the pervasive effects of goodwill when suitably organized and expressed with loving discrimination and steadfastness.A callThe Hierarchy calls all men to end their lives of vague dreaming, and to come to the practical assistance of humanity by commencing in the place and circumstances to which they have been assigned by the decrees of life, by demonstrating the potentials of love and goodwill in their own immediate surroundings, in their own homes and social circles. This task should then be extended systematically to include the community and the nation, until ultimately it must also affect international relations. In this work the efforts of each and every individual is needed and will prove effective, acting cumulatively, until with the course of time all opposing forces must inevitably be overwhelmed by an ever growing and irresistible tidal wave of goodwill. This dynamic power, when trained to arouse the potency of public opinion, demanding the greatest good for the greatest number, must and will carry everything before it, to save humanity and to prepare a better world for posterity.It is realized that the whole world certainly cannot be suddenly converted to such a new approach in the course of a few years, but this ideal has already taken hold of the imagination of certain important sections of world opinion, and it will not take many decades from now before these principles will be accorded world-wide recognition. Meanwhile let every man and woman of goodwill lend his active support towards investing the existing World Goodwill movement with new life and energy, thus enabling it to become more practical and dynamic, and with loving understanding to shape it into a useful instrument in the hands of the Hierarchy, by means of which improved human relations may then be encompassed on all levels. Once greater enthusiasm for this movement has been engendered, it is bound to gather rapid momentum and to show world-wide effects. Here lies a wonderful field of service for many of those enthusiastic disciples who so often are on the lookout for some sphere of work in which their energies may be expressed on behalf of humanity.A considerable amount of work has already been accomplished in contacting the men of goodwill in every country. This should be followed up on a broader basis so as to include an ever larger percentage of the men of goodwill who are available. When this latent force, with its enormous potentialities, begins to assert itself by being swung into concerted, intelligent and well considered activity, it will rapidly lead to a closer synthesis of all nations and races, to unite them finally into the One Humanity.Every care should, however, be exercised that the World Goodwill movement must at no stage be brought under suspicion of promoting or supporting any specific political faction, and even more particularly where such parties tend toward opposing or undermining the government in authority. Goodwill does not function through partisanship and attack, but through intelligent reasoning, understanding and collaboration, and by systematically applying these principles all opposition must and will be demolished.To summarize, it might be stated that the objectives of World Goodwill should be:(a) To inculcate the principles of goodwill in the minds of the leaders in all areas of human activity. (b) To educate the youth of the world in these thoughts. (c) To infuse public opinion, or the masses, with these basic principles.It should be remembered, however, that it is only the Law of Love, translated and expressed as Goodwill, which, when applied with discrimination and loving understanding, will lead to these improved human relations.Let every disciple therefore contribute his share according to his particular circumstances, to get this terrific force of goodwill into motion.Goodwill is contagious and nothing will be able to stop its momentum -- this is how the New Era could be inaugurated, an era which will ensure prosperity, world unity, peace and plenty for all.
Aart Jurriaanse, wrote a number of compilations from the books of Alice A. Bailey. Among these are: Of Life and other worlds; Prophecies; Ponder on this; Serving Humanity; The Soul; The Quality of Life; and he is also the author of Bridges which is a Commentary on these teachings.
"The future will see right relationships, true communion, a sharing of all things (wine, the blood, the life and bread, economic satisfaction) and goodwill; we have also a picture of the future of humanity when all nations are united in complete understanding and the diversity of languages - symbolic of differing traditions, cultures, civilizations and points of view - will provide no barrier to right human relations..."
- The Ageless Wisdom
- Esoteric articles (more by Aart Jurriaanse & others)
- Extract from a Statement by the Tibetan
- The Kingdom of God on Earth
- Meditations for the New Age
- Share International (the source for information about the emergence of Maitreya the World Teacher)
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