object:3.05 - The Central Thought
book class:Words Of Long Ago
The Central Thought
E ARE meeting for the last time this year - at least physically, for I hope we shall always remain united in thought, at all events in the same desire for progress, for perfection.
This desire should always be the centre of our action, animating our will, for, whatever the goal we set ourselves, whatever the duty which devolves to us, whatever the work we have to achieve, in order to attain this goal, to fulfil this duty, to accomplish this work to the best of our ability, we must progress at each moment, we must use yesterday as the stepping-stone to tomorrow.
Life is in perpetual movement, in perpetual transformation.
However great or learned or wise one may be, he who does not follow the great current of universal life in an ever ascending march, inevitably moves towards downfall, towards the dissolution of his conscious being.
This has been expressed very forcefully by Pythagoras, in the eloquent words recently pronounced here by Mr. Han Byner.
And these words led me to decide against summarising in this last meeting what has been the object of our study course.
We have attempted to give you some advice on how to develop, sharpen, widen, liberate and deepen your thought, for on the value of our thought depends the value of our being and our action.
This advice has often been repeated through the ages, at all times, in all countries, by the great Instructors.
Those who have seriously studied the methods of evolution laid down in all the great centres of initiation, in Chaldea, in
Originally an introduction to the talk now known as The Supreme Discovery (see pp. 38-44)
Words of Long Ago
Tibet, in China, in Egypt, in India, in Cappadocia, will find them everywhere identical in substance behind their varied forms.
For all these methods of development can be epitomised in one sublime teaching, the very teaching that Pythagoras gave to his disciples and which Mr. Han Byner has told us about.
The Self of each individual and the great universal Self are one; we bear God within ourselves.
19 April 1912
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