THEOSOPHY, Vol. 41, No. 8, June, 1953
(Pages 340-341; Size: 7K)

EXTRACT FROM A LETTER(1)

DEAR_______,

Thanks for your good letter. I am glad you are seeing that quietness and calmness under all conditions is the only state that permits of one's best work and judgment. It also evidences strength and permits its expression; it gives confidence to others and helps them; whereas, if one is himself disturbed, others see his weakness, and he does not get the confidence that he might have had from them. Nor, in fact, is he really strong, for he is being continually thrown off his balance and says and does things for which he is afterward sorry. Then he has to spend more time and effort making amends, thus signing and sealing his weakness.

"Be restrained, be liberal, be merciful; it is the death of selfishness." Strive for this. Resolve to speak quietly and with right feeling; don't be impatient with anything or anybody; don't complain for yourself, no matter what happens; bear your ills patiently; be solicitous for the ills of others.

It would be well if you would be more serious and sober in thought; don't joke about persons, or disparage in any way; don't joke about serious things -- there is a deep undercurrent of life that is utterly lost to one who swims only on the surface. Always consider the bearing and effect of what you are about to say or do, and think of others first, last, and all the time.

Perhaps this is a large order, but it is too true that you will have to fill it sooner or later, and the sooner is infinitely the better. Be helpful, but do not call for help for yourself any more than you can possibly avoid.

There are so many things in us that we do not discover or even suspect until something brings the fact before us; then, we are amazed and ashamed at the thought of what we must have said and done under that unsuspected bias. Even then, having observed the operation of our unsuspected bias in some particulars, we are satisfied that we have ousted the intruder, and continue to feed him in some other way -- in small ways, perhaps, but the root may be still there. The task needs constant watchfulness, and at times will seem endless and hopeless. But, of course, it is not "endless, hopeless, and restricting," for these ideas are only wiles of the intruder to cause us to desist or "let up," in some degree. Krishna's advice to Arjuna is good to keep in mind, "Having placed thine arrow in the bow, hit the mark."

We reach a point in each life quickly that marks the place we reached in another life, and then comes the struggle to pass that barrier. It so often means a complete change of thought and action, and we should be prepared to take it, if we desire to be the better able to help and teach others. Of course, you know this all, and, no doubt, might have tried harder and more persistently, earlier, but the time comes when a choice and strong effort are necessary. It may be that this is the time; at all events, you can make it so, and do away with much in yourself that you find of hindrance and that prevents you from doing the best and most.

As ever,
R.C.

COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:

ANOTHER LETTER

My dear _______,

Your sketch of a plan for the working of branches of the T.S. came duly to hand. [Note: "T.S." means the Theosophical Society.--Compiler.] Please accept my thanks for the same. Now will you add a little more to the obligation by doing a little more thinking for me. I have in mind publishing in the "Path" from time to time subjects for discussion at the meetings of the branches, the discussion of these subjects being entirely voluntary, but done so nearly as possible in the same week by those which accept the suggestions. The harvest is so full that it grieves me constantly that the workers are not more ready. That there are workers waiting, and many of them too, I know, but they do not seem to know how to begin work. A little infusion of courage, of zeal, of faith and of confidence is all that is needed. That which I can do is not only little, but others fail to receive the benefits which would accrue to them by doing on their own parts. Our members must not forget that they must rise by action, and by long, hard, steady action, to a higher state. It will not do for them to lie like hungry birds in the nest waiting with open bills for the mother to bring them food. They must out and search for their own food. 


--WILLIAM Q. JUDGE

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(1) NOTE.--From a hitherto unpublished letter by Robert Crosbie.
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