- Published: Monday, 27 June 2016 08:30
Paul Zwollo – the Netherlands
Together differently was a winged word of George Arundale. He went so far as to say that every Theosophist had to develop certain qualities so as to become an expert in some specific field. Not in order to become proud of them but to contribute in one's own and best possible way to the uplift of the whole world. Differentiation is inherent in the order of life. In Theosophical literature we read about the great differentiations that took place long ago and the subsequent gradual advent of the material world as we experience today. The countless differences in forms, colors, living creatures, etc. give life its charm and fascination.
Variety is not only the main characteristic of life but a “must”, a sine qua non, to prevent inbreeding and offer maximum possibilities for further development. Evolution needs this enormous variety in order not to get stuck and select those forms best suited to experiment with. The Divine Plan may have been laid down in outline, and it would look that the details are subject to experiment if not trial and error.
We are different from each other, absolutely unique, but not separate. Madame Blavatsky is a good example of how a great occultist stands apart from the ordinary man and at the same time works for the good of ordinary humanity at large. The one does not exclude the other. The example of the lives of the great ones, the Adepts, has proved that as one advances on the spiritual path toward the Divine in oneself which is man's true appointed end, the individual characteristics still do not get wiped out. On the contrary, they develop completely. This is not only certified by the Masters of Wisdom in their letters to A.P. Sinnett and others. Reading these letters, by the way, one is impressed by their distinctive handwriting style. Even the layout of the letters is different for each. A good graphologist would be able to give a fair description of the characters of the Masters by analyzing their handwriting. When man becomes what he really is, he is creative, original, even without any conscious attempt.