The Seven Jewels of Wisdom – The two paths, the sixth Jewel
- Published: Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:55
By the editors of Lucifer – the Netherlands.
[This is a reprint from Lucifer – the Messenger of Light, an original publication of I.S.I.S. Foundation, i.e. International Study-centre for Independent Search for truth. The editor is grateful for the permission given to make this important paper available for all readers of Theosophy Forward.]
The five Jewels we have discussed already describe the inner path, the path of developing consciousness. The sixth Jewel presents us with this essential question: why do we follow the path of inner growth? What is our motive? The sixth Jewel of Wisdom teaches us that there is a choice that has great moral consequences.
We can enlarge our consciousness from two fundamentally different motives. If we strive for spiritual peace for ourselves, then we walk, as we call it, the Everyone-for-himself Path. If we continue on that path throughout our lives, we will eventually achieve spiritual enlightenment: Buddhahood. We enter the super spiritual condition of Nirvana (which after all was the only goal) — and disappear from the stage of life.
But if it is our goal to help our fellow pilgrims on the arduous path of evolution, then we walk the Path of Compassion, or in other words, the Path of self-forgetfulness. We will also achieve inner growth, but this is not a goal in itself, but a means: the means by which we can help others with more insight. Then our growth is essentially a byproduct of our servitude to our fellowmen. Then we walk the path that all great Sages and Teachers of mankind have walked before us. We will also eventually reach the high condition of spiritual enlightenment (Buddhahood), but we will refuse to enter Nirvana, because we want to remain active within this Planet, for the benefit of all that lives. This is the noble sacrifice that the Buddha of Compassion makes.
We see that both paths lead to inner growth. But the Buddha of compassion was able to overcome all feelings of separateness and merged into Oneness; the Buddha for-himself-alone failed in that respect. The final results, therefore, are essentially different.