Jan. 14, 2019
by William Goehler (author's profile)


BTB #3

Q#8. What is our civilisation inclined to do?

A. p 19 "Our civilisation is more inclined to criticise, judge and condemn", what they don't understand - much the same as profane cultures throughout recorded time, which subjugate and civilise (1. to cause to develop out of a primitive state...? EDUCATE/SOCIALISE).

Q. What is the result of acts of criticsm and judgement?

A. p18-19 "Modern science, industry, transportation, commerce, law - all these would never have developed withouit the universal exercise of our critical faculty and standards of judgement. But the price of this gain in outer culture has been a corresponding loss in higher knowledge and spiritual life. Therefore we must never forget that higher knowledge has to do with revealing truth and insight and not with revearing people."

Q Does higher knowledge have to do with reverence toward individual people, on truth and insight?

A. p18 "Just as surely as every feeling of devotion and reverence nurtures the soul's powers for higher knowledge, so every act of criticsm and judgement drices these powers away." p9 "For people seeking spiritual schooling under the current spiritual conditions a totally direct relationship to the objective spiritual world is more important than a relationship with the personality of a teacher. Indeed, in spiritual training, the spiritual teacher today increasingly takes on a merely helping role." "Neither the authority of the teacher nor the student's trust in the teacher should be any more important in spiritual schooling than in any other area of knowledge.

Q#9 How can we inwardly create feelings of awe and wonder?

A p19 "We must seek - in all things around us, in all our experiences - for what can arouse our admiration and respect." "Anyone seeking higher knowledge must create these feelings inwardly, instilling them in the soul. This cannot be done by studying. It can only be done by living."

Q Where do we look for those things which awaken our admiration and respect?

A p19-20 "We must see - in all things around us, in all our experiences." "Always loking for the good in everything and withholding critical judgemnent."

Q#10 What happens when we criticise other people's weaknesses?

A p19 "We rob ourselves of higher cognitive power."
p18 "Every act of criticsm and judgement drives these powers away."

Q What happens when we enter into another person's good qualities?

A p19 "We gather in that force" "We gain strength by always looking for the good (p20)

Q Is showing outer respect enough?

A p20 "We must carry this respect into our thoughts. We must guard against disrespectful, disparaging and criticising thoughts. We must try to practise reverence in our thinking at all times. We begin our inner scho0oling by bringing devotion into our thought life.


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