Sabian Symbols: Men seeking illumination
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Pisces 11 (10°- 11°)
TAKING STEPS TO IMPROVE ONESELF
The majority seek comfort and pleasure while
the seeker never stops moving forward
"Dedication to self-improvement above all things"
We can find teachers who are further advanced than we are if we fulfil four conditions of discipleship – purity of heart, mental awareness, emotional poise and spiritual self-determination. The advanced teachers can always awaken the light in us to a greater degree; this is because there is no end to the journey, until we find ourselves not in any way different from God. Yet the path does not move; it is we who travel. In order to find we have to seek. In metaphorical terms we have to ‘walk on’.
MEN TRAVELLING A NARROW PATH, SEEKING ILLUMINATION
Men travelling a narrow path, seeking illumination
Devotion – the condition for attainment – is alignment with our sense of Ultimate Reality
Divine Spirit in essence is its own matrix. In other words, that which gives it form is actually an aspect of itself. It is what it is because it only ever has pure intention, purity as its nature, and purity as its result.
The expression of this idea has given rise to scriptures, prophets, priests and teachers, and everything that arises out of these. Any attempt made by these agencies to describe purity is somewhat imperfect – of course, because if it were perfect it would be Purity itself, and beyond all the limitations added by the encumbrances of definition.
So, our religions, spiritual traditions, philosophies, laws and moral codes are all inevitably tainted. They speak as much to the needs of our imperfect hearts as they do to the cosmic realization of the Source of all love. They are in fact the descriptive contours of the limits that define the stage of our spiritual evolution.
The emergence of humanity into the realm of experience is a work in progress. As a species, we have unlimited potentiality and the freedom to be and do whatever we have the will for. There is an examination process to enquire as to the extent of our commitment to a given line of evolutionary development. This is called dedication.
We find that dedication is a necessary and sufficient condition for high accomplishment. We also discover what it actually is – it is alignment with our personal sense of Ultimate Reality.
Were this principle to express itself in its distorted aspect, one would experience hypocrisy – behaviour at variance with one’s beliefs and feelings. It is interesting to observe that no apology is due or appropriate whenever we are acting entirely within the integrity of our authentic position.
Since we are in alignment, nothing is essentially disturbing, and we can find a way to flow through the changes without much difficulty. We see buffeting as helpful evidence of the need for further refinement, nothing more.