LET US GIVE- NOT CONDEMN
Robert E. Daniels, FRC
"Condemn not the judgement of another
because it differeth from thine own.
May not both be in error"
The above quotation from a very ancient book, "Unto Thee I
Grant"brings a very important lesson to each of us.How often do we condemn other people, and their views, thinking that we can rightly
judge them? How often have we been proved wrong in our judgement? Such thoughts should cause us to reflect seriously upon our own views and
ideas. This judgement of ourselves and others can cause many problems and difficulties, and even adversely affect our health and well-being.
Therefore, criticisms of ourselves and others is rarely justified, and should cause to consider seriously any thought about other people and
ourselves before we speak and send forth our criticism.
It is only natural that we be concerned about the welfare of other people and want to help them, but it is a rule of wisdom for the
mystical student to learn to mind his own business and not interfere in the lives of others. There is considerable difference in offering to
help those who are in need, and in urging others to follow our advice. We must encourage others to look within and seek their own solutions,
which will bring them a much greater sense of satisfaction. Service to others must be placed in a common sense perspective. We should try
always to help hose who want to help themselves, but we should not do for others that which they must learn to do for themselves.
The mystical life inclines each of us to desire to give some form of service to our fellow men, but unless we are discriminating, we might
try to help those who must first learn to help themselves. In our attempts at humanitarian services, we make them all the more helpless.
To give encouragement and advice when sought is the only sure way of being helpful, thus we must avoid the tendency to prevent others from
standing upon their own.
Looking at the world picture, depressing as it may seem, the average AMORC member may feel there is little he can do. Yet, he is mistaken in
this. With a strong resolve and a steadfast purpose, we can begin to achieve seeming miracles in service. When we collectively draw upon the
infinite powers of the Cosmic, we can do so much more than we originally conceived to achieve our goal of helpful service.
It is often asked, "If the Cosmic is infinite in its knowledge and power, why doesn't it do more to help humanity?" Quite simply, the
Cosmic powers to whom we look for guidance are fully aware of the needs of humanity. But they cannot and do not impose their will upon mankind.
They need willing souls here on Earth who will become channels for service, so that the Cosmic powers can be expressed and manifested here
on this plane. Rosicrucians through the principles expounded in their
teachings, are striving to attune their minds to be receptive to impressions from the higher levels of the Cosmic, and ultimately, to be
initiated into a higher contact with the Consciousness of the Cosmic.
However, unless we seek to be of service to others, the higher realms of the Cosmic will not be available to us. Therefore, we all
have the task before us to unite and serve: that is our theme: that is our duty. We, who have been privileged to become Rosicrucians and
seekers of Light (and you are by virtue of willing to visit this website always-Ed) are faced with a sacred obligation.
From the Heart
Our first task is to radiate peace and love at all times, to let the harmony of the Cosmic radiate from us. This radiation from our hearts
will prove to be the best form of service we can render. Our influence upon others whom we will attract will be strong and helpful because
they are seeking guidance and a way to a better and more useful life. Let it be our thought to radiate the knowledge we have acquired and the
inner spiritual attainments we have reached. We will attract others to us in accordance with the vibrations which emanate from within each of
us, and we will be able to assist those in need in a way we little realise. A word of comfort and encouragement, a smile or a thought, is
often all that is needed to help those who seek greater understanding to bear the burden that life has placed upon them.
To become a channel for service to the Cosmic Powers, we must learn to radiate a spiritual consciousness in our daily life, and by our
willingness to help in the smallest way, we will be prepared to assist the Cosmic in its greater endeavours.
Service has always been the center of the Rosicrucian ideal. It is through service that we truly express the soul consciousness within.
As we develop and unfold the beauty of the Divine Light from within, and allow it to radiate from us, so do we express the Divine Will. The
spiritual life is one of service, expressing the Will, the Intellect, and the Love of God in action. Whenever, we devote ourselves to useful
endeavours, the Divine Spirit will seek to express itself through us and use us as a channel in its plan of service to man.
Only as we devote ourselves to the interests of others will the higher forces and intelligences illuminate and inspire us in direct
proportion to our unselfish service. we can do so much for others in need, with only a little effort. We do not ask that you put aside your
own interests and activities; quite the contrary, we would urge you to enlarge your field of interests and activities and allow your influence
to grow in these fields. All that is asked is that you radiate the Love of the Cosmic and express teh desire to help and serve others.
Others will be attracted to you; and often your friendship and your helpful and encouraging advice will be all you will need to give. Your
progress on the path to the highest illumination will be assured through this path of service. It will not always be straight and
rewarding. Success and failure will be yours. However, only in giving do we truly receive, and to receive the things of the spiritual life,
we must give the spiritual part of ourselves.
Copyright © Rosicrucian Order 1981 -
This article originally appeared under The Celestial Sanctum
in Rosicrucian Digest Vol LXXXI(1):15-6
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