Humanity by Aart JurriaanseIn preceding articles the constitution of the human being has been dealt with, to arrive at a better understanding of the Personality-Soul-Monad complex. Care should be taken, however, not to over-accentuate the importance of the human being as an individual, ever keeping in mind his relative position as a part of a more inclusive whole. The individual will always retain his significance, but this must be seen in relation to his contribution towards promoting the interests of his group, community, race, and finally to the culminating whole — Humanity.Of the seven kingdoms of nature, the Human Kingdom occupies the fourth or middle position, thus fulfilling a most important and responsible role by relating the lower to the higher kingdoms, and serving as a channel for the transmission of energies from the three spiritual kingdoms to the lower three in material expression. Humanity may be regarded as the macrocosm to the microcosm of the sub-human kingdoms. As humanity evolves, a corresponding illumination is generated, and this increased light is then reflected to the lower kingdoms. For instance, through selection and breeding activities, man develops new strains in both the plant and animal worlds, thus bringing increased quality, beauty and effectiveness into expression and lifting these kingdoms another small step in their evolutionary progress. Similarly in the mineral kingdom the basic metals are extracted and released from ancient bonds by subjecting the natural ores to the purifying energies of fire and electricity.Humanity is not only the spiritual light bearer, transmitting and transmuting the light of knowledge and wisdom, but it also serves as the literal and physical light bearer, increasingly illuminating our planet during the hours of darkness. Think of the brilliantly lit cities, of the search and spray lights at night brightening recreational terrains and airfields, of the motor traffic lighting up the highways, of the brightly lit ships at sea, and of the flashing aircraft streaking through the night skies.Although a tendency towards closer collaboration between groups and nations is already noticeable throughout the world, the stage when the various human elements could function effectively as a synthesized unit is still far from realization. Broadly speaking, humanity may be divided into three main groups with regard to their potential contribution towards eventual unification:1. The vast majority, who are neither good nor bad, but who plod through life without thinking, and are largely guided by their desires and emotions. They are unconsciously submerged in the evolutionary tide and, although unaware of it, are working towards true self-consciousness. In the course of time this group will acquire increased light and will then be merged with the third group who have already entered the ‘Path of Return’. 2. A few are really evil, and consciously work for the Dark Powers. They exert a potent influence in the world, beyond all proportion to their numbers. Their power and dominance will eventually, however, be overwhelmed by the opposing Forces of Light and the universal Law of Love. 3. A number have discovered the ‘Path of Return’ and are the exponents of New Age ideas. This group is breaking away from the selfish approach to life, turning thoughts and activities towards selfless and altruistic living and improved human relations. The majority of these aspirants are characterized by reasonable intelligence, and are encountered all over the world and in every field of human endeavour.Many typesHumanity comprises many races, nations, colours and languages, the intelligent and the unintelligent, the spiritually developed and those who are more animal than man. Between these extremes are found many types at every stage of development. Yet they are all sons of men, belonging to the One Humanity towards a common destiny.Within this complex, one will progress much faster than his neighbour, but that only means that he is increasing his responsibility and that symbolically he should link arms with those he is outstripping, thus drawing and lifting them along with himself.The consciousness of man is rapidly awakening, and with their eyes focused on newly revealed visions men are clamouring for spiritual guidance. It is one of the urgent tasks of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom to respond to these invocative demands.Over the ages man has progressively evolved from the animal stage, activated only by instinctive self-preservation and the urges of propagation, through the state of concern for family or immediately surrounding group, to a feeling for tribal or national coherence, and eventually to the point where he is becoming aware of his responsibilities towards the whole of mankind. He begins to realize that he is a member of the One Humanity — a vital structure characterized by the variety and quality of its constituent organs and cells, still functioning as a diffused power, but none the less a force centre in the manifested vehicle of our Planetary Logos.
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.
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