In this world where complexity rules, it seems we are moving further and further away from simplicity. One of my favourite quotes from Sri Shankaracharya states that our minds can be lost in a labyrinth of words “like a man in a thick forest”.

Has our obsession with complexity made us any better as human beings, or has it had the effect of de-humanising us as a society? As long as our minds are trapped by the glitter of the outer world of mechanical toys, we will never discover who or what we really are. It is true that advances in technology can serve us in many positive ways, but we must be careful that the slave does not usurp the master.

As our minds are filled more and more with trivia we may lose sight of the deeper feelings that lie within the heart of the aspirant to a Higher Wisdom. This immersion in the outer world clutters the mind so that the Light of True Divinity is unable to pierce the thick clouds we have created by a limited view of the world and of ourselves within that world. Do we even know what true love is when disentangled from lust, sentimentality and emotionalism?

That the world is in such a sorry state is a result of “the great dire heresy of separateness that weans us from the rest” as “The Voice of the Silence” by HP Blavatsky tells us. The unifying idea and inspiration is that we all share the same Spirit, we are all ONE in essence. Orthodox Islam and Christianity, in particular, attempt to win over converts to their particular religions, therefore reinforcing this heresy of separateness. We need to come to realise that the same Divinity animates Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Pagans, Agnostics and Atheists. Coming to an awareness of this fact is the only thing that can manifest a true Universal Brotherhood of Humanity and this and this alone that can save the world from sinking deeper into the delusions that prevent us from becoming what we are in reality.

The world that materialism has produced is not capable of revealing to us anything more than that which pertains only to the transitory personal self. This obsession consumes us so much that most of us live out this life believing that we are here in this body forever. All of our time consists in pandering to the personal self; feeding it, clothing it, bringing up children, building a ‘nest’ etc., which is all very much centred upon the animal nature. To really come alive and awaken to the fact that we are truly Spiritual Beings with infinite potential, we must start to think of ourselves as much more than the physical. We must begin to see beyond the masks that we wear, that create the illusion that we are separate from everyone else. If we can do this we will experience the world with greater clarity of vision and therefore become aware of the insanity that the “great dire heresy” causes. This does not mean that we should abandon the things of the world and neglect our families and social duties! What we should do is to look at the bigger picture and realise what our priorities are, once we start to act and think as immortal beings. What does this mean as regards our relationship with others, individually and globally? What does it tell us about the way we should treat our planet and all the flora and fauna upon it?

The world view that we have is incredibly blinkered. Not many people are aware of the insanity that spreads throughout the collective consciousness of mankind. Ideas and actions that are harmful to ourselves and the environment are considered normal by the standards of modern day morality and those ideas and actions that are beneficial to ourselves and the environment are looked upon as impractical and in some cases insane. It’s a topsy turvy world and we must be more than grateful to those individuals and groups that are working hard on many different levels to help us all on to a greater appreciation of our spiritual and social responsibilities towards our planet and all that lives upon it.


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Wayne was born in Farnworth nr Bolton, Lancashire. He worked for 20 years as a gardener. In 1973 he joined the Theosophical Society in and has been President of the Bolton Lodge for about 25 years. Wayne is also the joint Vice President of the North-Western Federation and editor of the North-Western Federation Journal. He is a national speaker for the Theosophical Society and also contributes articles to the Theosophist and other Theosophical magazines. He also rites poems and stories and enjoys music, art, nature and literature.

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