How can we stand when everything around us is changing and shifting?
What are the reasons the disciple takes a stand? Are there some things upon which he should not stand?
Will any stand last forever? If not how long will his stand last?
Andy deserves a gold star for his following comments:
"Interestingly, there are lots of words in the affirmation which signify motion rather than stagnation. Perhaps this conveys the meaning of what it means for the disciple to stand. Here are some thoughts.
"'I am a WAY by which men may achieve.' A way is a road, and roads are meant for journeys. this certainly signifies motion.
"'And standing thus REVOLVE;'
"This is the most interesting part. In this case, the disciple revolves as he stands. It shows that while we are standing, we revolve (renew) and evolve (incremental change). This is far from stagnation or fixation. It is like the motion of the earth around the sun. The earth stands still relative to us who live and have our being on it. Yet at the same time, it journeys around the sun and revolves on its axis. The motion of the Earth around the sun while standing still to us, creates the seasons, variety and versatility on which our experience and existence depends. This is akin to the line: 'I am a way by which men may achieve.'
"We must stand on, and for the Principles; while also moving and changing with the currents of time. In this way the disciple can illustrate the variety and versatility of Principle and Purpose."
Great insight Andy and worthy of permanent inclusion into the archives. It even brought greater realization to my mind. Even though I had this mantra memorized and the phrase "And standing thus REVOLVE" has been circulating around in my mind for years the contrast between "standing" and "revolve" never occurred to me, even though the principle behind it is taught in The Lost Key of the Buddha.
The mark of the true seeker is to not just let data simply filter through the computer brain but to examine all things, especially inspired words, with conscious effort and mentally ask questions. Andy saw a contrast - standing and activity - and asked what it was about. Obviously there is not a contradiction here since it was spoken by a Master Mind. How can standing and activity co-exist?
Perhaps one of the best examples of this is given in the diagrams at the end of the Lost Key book. This illustrates the unchanging point of truth standing where all activity moves back and forth on the swing of the pendulum.
On another note, I might add that there is a big difference between standing and stubbornness, even though he who stands will be seen by the deceived as just being stubborn.
The plain stubborn person will stand for his own self interest beyond the common good. He will stand beyond the point of productivity. He will often stand just to appear strong or just to be standing. He will stand on illusion in place of truth.
The disciple who truly stands in the soul will see something in alignment with purpose and make a decision to manifest that purpose and then stand on that decision until it is realized.
Because he revolves as he proceeds he will makes changes and corrections as he goes, but the stand is the same until results are achieved.
The disciple also stands on truth and principles as revealed through the soul. This is much different than the stubborn person standing on what he calls principle, which may not be a principle at all.
I have attempted to follow the correct standing principle in my own life. Many years ago I made certain decisions based upon insights through the soul and I have stood upon them ever since. They have not yet manifested so I still stand and will stand and revolve with flexibility until they manifest.
Now let us take a closer look at the "Affirmation of the Disciple." Each of the three stanzas teaches a different principle.
"I am a point of light within a greater Light.
I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of love divine.
I am a point of sacrificial Fire, focused within the fiery Will of God.
And thus I stand."
This is the most obvious. Can you say what the principle is?
"I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength, enabling them to stand.
I am a beam of light, shining upon their way.
And thus I stand."
This principle is more subtle. Hint - Note that it assumes strength rather than asking for strength from an outside source.
"And standing thus revolve
And tread this way the ways of men,
And know the ways of God.
And thus I stand."
This principle is more subtle still. Hint: Why does he know the ways of God?
Global Warming Enlightenment:
Climate change will be considered a joke in five years time, meteorologist Augie Auer told the annual meeting of Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers in Ashburton this week.
Man's contribution to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change the climate if we tried, he maintained.
...(Human caused CO2 is) only 0.12 per cent of the greenhouse gases in total. Human-related methane, nitrogen dioxide and CFCs, etc., made similarly minuscule contributions to the effect: 0.066, 0.047 and 0.046 per cent respectively.
"That ought to be the end of the argument, there and then," he said.
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