ESOTERIC TENETS HUMAN SHORTCOMINGS (5): Irritation and fanaticism by Aart JurriaanseA momentís thought will bring the student to the recognition that irritation is purely a reaction of the emotional body -- evoked by friction of some kind. The degree to which the disciple still exhibits irritability will therefore be an indication of the extent to which the astral body still retains control.Irritability is exemplified by explosive tempers, hasty words and actions, by criticism and misunderstandings, and every effort should therefore be made to gain control over the emotions -- without such control very little progress can be made along the Path. It must also be obvious that irritation must have a decidedly adverse influence on manís relationships, and will automatically disqualify him for harmonious group work, as irritability also has a contagious or reciprocal effect. Such a man is therefore also irresponsible and cannot yet be used as a dependable instrument in the hands of the Masters. This disease -- for that is what irritability amounts to -- can only be ended by a close guard over the emotions, and by focusing the life in the head and heart.A clear distinction should be drawn between irritability and mental sensitivity. Where irritability refers to emotional reaction, mental sensitivity refers to the reactions of the mind, and more particularly to subjective impressions and influences as registered through the etheric vehicle. Consequently, as the disciple evolves, so his irritability will decrease, to be replaced by a corresponding increase in sensitivity to impressions from higher spheres.FanaticismDisciples in training should always guard against any trend towards fanaticism, which indicates imbalance and is therefore most undesirable in whatever form it is evinced.Although the fanatic may not be aware of it, he usually is a bewildered man entertaining some potent idea, but not yet knowing where and how to integrate it into its correct relation to other life circumstances. The mind of man is constantly subjected to a phantasmagoria of thought-forms, and to retain some sense of reality and discrimination it is essential that a proper sense of balance and perspective be preserved. The outlook should never be allowed to become limited and warped by focusing the attention too rigidly on only a single narrow line of thought, and leaving the many related aspects out of consideration. Therefore ever remain open to new visions and ideas, and be prepared to try fresh approaches. When brighter light has been procured, and after all relevant facts have been duly considered, do not hesitate to discard that which has served its purpose and become redundant, and then to supersede and amplify it with something better and more comprehensive.A devoted fanatic may cherish high ideals, but owing to his unbalanced and narrow outlook, which often leads to irresponsible and intolerant action and separativeness, such a man cannot be used by the Masters as a dependable instrument for service. A fanatical approach to any subject, whether basically considered good or bad, is always dangerous, for such a person can only see one side of a question and finds it impossible to appreciate other points of view. Although originally the fanatic might have been motivated by high ideals, his approach lacks realism and discrimination by rushing after some half-formed version of the truth.Many of the reactionary groups which are so typical of present day world conditions, have founded their premises on principles of the highest integrity but, owing to their limited vision, they have degenerated into merely idealistic fanaticists who may end by doing more harm than good.
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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