Throughout history human beings have been fascinated by fire; we have been both fearful of its destructive power and desirous of its nourishing warmth. Perhaps, in our ambivalent relationship with it, there is a hint as to our own nature, our essence or what ignites our will, love and progress into our potential. Our progressive journey of discovery and revelation carries us continually into newer and greater realisation, and is fuelled by our experience in the world as we gradually burn through our limitations to discover our true being and the power of the one life, of the central Flame that radiates through us.
Humanity’s fiery progress continues to burn what is not of our true Self
In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.” ~ Rumi
The tiny seeds of our fiery being can be seen in the loving bond of a mother for her child as she marshals her will and courage to protect the tiny life through its early years. This may be the first “hearth” we know. In a vaster sense the nurturers of the race are Those Who have travelled the fiery path into knowing and then have turned to lift and aid those of us still making our way. We find guiding inspiration at various points along that way and often in unexpected forms – unexpected when our expectations are based only on past understanding rather than with openness to further dimensions behind the outer seeming.
…we might see the fire of the new world shining in the hearts of those who nurture truth and work for the common good.
… Humanity needs to purify its existence, so reconstruction must begin from the hearth, from everyday life. You should not wait for whole nations to start moving; on the contrary, the life principle will undergo a worldwide reformation on a personal basis, quite apart from nationality. So you should first of all remember that it is not the narrow old boundaries that will partition the world. The foundation of psychic energy is not limiting itself to a specific nation, but will discover a completely different world pattern.” Heart 173.
…we realise that we share the same sensitive nature and the same hearth and home of the One Life.
A disciple asked his Teacher, ‘Tell me, how shall I apply the Teaching in life?’ The Teacher advised him, “To begin with, become kinder. Do not consider good as a supernatural gift. Let it be the foundation of your hearth; upon it build your fire, and on such a ground the flame will not be scorching.” Thus asked the disciples, and the Teacher was amazed that after all the Teaching a question as to how to begin was necessary.
Not tales but life itself reveals these cases of incommensurateness. The disciple must feel in his heart which quality is nearer to him. ‘By whatever Paths ye come to Me, I shall meet ye.’” Aum, 584.
The coming One is already present in the hearts that live in oneness and radiate its central fire.
It is the Fire of Love which He will bring; it is the message of the purificatory fire which He will sound; He will not teach anent the waters of purification, as has hitherto been the symbolic imparted truth; He will impart the fire which burns and destroys all barriers in man’s nature, all separating walls between individuals, between groups and between nations.” Discipleship in the New Age vol I, page 723
…new hearts enter the communion of the one hearth.
… No rituals are needed where there is the flame of Communion. One should guard the hearth of Fire. Even the ancients understood the symbol of the incessancy of Fire. Life must be filled with burning. At first man thought about himself, then about others, but afterwards his actions became useful for all that exists. He does not think any more about the usefulness, but he breathes it and gives life in Boundless Space.” Fiery World II, 276.
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