A part of the Short Path work is intellectual study of the metaphysics of Truth. This is needful to expose the ego’s own illusoriness, as a preliminary to transcending it, and to discriminate its ideas, however spiritual, from reality.
Philosophy will show a man how to find his better self, will lead him to cultivate intuition, will guide him to acquire sounder values and stronger will, will train him in right thinking and wise reflection, and, lastly, will give him correct standards of ethical rightness or wrongness…
Philosophy today represents a refuge for those suffering from the hatred and strife in the world as well as a source of goodness and wisdom for those who seek to permeate their lives with meaning.
One of the helps to kindle this spark into a flame is the reading of inspired literature, whether scripture or not–the mental association through books with men who have themselves been wholly possessed by this love.
… If he wants to ferret out what is real in existence he must put himself to some trouble. He must persevere, read and re-read these pages until the meaning of it all dawns suddenly upon him, as it will if he does…
Continued and constant pondering over the ideas presented herein is itself a part of the yoga of philosophical discernment. Such reflection will as naturally lead the student towards realization of his goal as will the companion and equally necessary activity of suppressing all ideas altogether in mental quiet. This is because these ideas are not mere speculations but are themselves the outcome of a translation from inner experience…
He can use books as a preliminary guide to working on himself. The study and observation of his conduct, the analysis of his past and present experiences in the light of his highest aspirations, the attempt to be impartially aware of himself in various situations, will open the way to more direct guidance through intuitions from his higher self.
It is often advisable to be one’s own guide, studying worthy books, using prayer and reflection, and following the intuitive guidance of one’s Higher Self.
When the inspired sentence is read, the sensitive mind comprehends that it is no longer merely reading words. It is also receiving the grace of the Presence.
Truth needs to be expressed again and again, each time differently, because it must be expressed each time in the idiom of its period.
The philosopher develops the principal sides of his human nature, that is, his intelligence by reasoning, his knowledge by study, his piety by devotions, his mystical intuitiveness by meditation, and his wisdom by association with those more evolved than himself.
Full knowledge of the Truth can be sudden or slow: the first way is through knowledge, the second through devotion and meditation.
Those who make philosophical writings their constant study are using life profitably.
Philosophy takes its votaries on a holy pilgrimage from ordinary life in the physical senses through mystical life in the sense-freed spirit to a divinized life back in the same senses.
These studies do indeed open up the loftier faculties of human intelligence, faculties which bring us to the very borderland of insight.
Your karma is being speeded up; everything is being accelerated to a certain extent. This is necessary for a period to bring quicker progress through forcing different parts of mind and character into activity. Think how much has been accomplished since you took up these studies. Look back to your state of mind before that.
If philosophy begins with doubt and wonder, it ends by taking away whatever doubts are left in the mind and converting the wonder into holy reverence.
…Even a few years’ study of philosophy will bring definite benefit into the life of a student. It will help him in all sorts of ways, unconsciously, here on earth and it will help him very definitely after death during his life in the next world of being.
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