by Mark H. Pritchard
December 20, 2015
Life is in a constant interplay between
light and darkness.
Whichever is greater than the other
predominates, and when darkness has greater force than light, it
prevails. It's the struggle between the two opposing forces that
gives us the gradients of experience and opportunities in life, and
in this struggle, good doesn't always win.
We all have a set of values that are the moral foundation for what
we perceive as right and wrong. As a society, we establish the rules
for conduct and enforce corrective behavior in order to put those
who oppose society back in line, or to remove them.
we also have standards of right and wrong and may feel the desire to
put right what we consider to be wrong.
This kind of behavior also exists in animals, such as when a dog
scolds its puppy for doing something wrong. So there's a mechanism
built into us as human animals that works in ways that are defined
by nature. These are laws that apply to ego states.
Laws and principles based upon animalistic values have limitations
however, even though some may form the basis of objective thinking
Yet those values are superseded by higher principles,
which are the values of divine consciousness, and the scales and
balance of its justice. These move according to universal laws of
cause and effect, and are commonly
known as karma.
The problem however, is that to live under higher principles we must
meet them ourselves both as individuals and as a society.
fail to meet them, we live under lower laws and principles, which
are those of the animal kingdom, with all the lower actions and
events that they bring.
considered right in one society can be wrong in another
In different individuals and societies there's lots of variation in
terms of moral values.
Some societies, for example, go to war and
conquer other societies and regard conquest as amongst the highest
of their values and ideals. And, to some individuals, a life of
crime is perfectly OK.
So the sense of what's good varies from culture to culture.
really counts is that society reproduces itself and continues and so
the values which triumph are those which facilitate it, but they may
not be what is truly good. And, whenever society's values are
threatened, it responds to try to stop the threat.
A society's laws are usually constructed
from consensus amongst what serves the interest of those making
them. So the laws in society are not an unalterable right that
everyone has, but are rights and restrictions that we give to each
other, or which are given by a minority in power over a majority
with restricted power.
Yet, when we're brought up with certain
values, we often believe them to be good and true ones. We then
defend and admire those values even if they are against spiritual
principles, such as in war-like societies considering that invading
others is the height of success.
Underlying society is the survival of the fittest and so things
often don't go according to what we think is right.
happen and we try to overcome them, thus we compete in the struggle
for survival in nature's program.
The 'good' of
higher cosmic spiritual principles
Yet there is actually a good, which is beyond what we create as a
society and beyond the survival of the fittest and that is a
spiritual good, which stems from higher cosmic and universal
These give rise to objective values, rather than ego
These principles are often different than those held by society and
thus conflict with it. This is why those who take up a genuine
spiritual life face opposition from the majority who live a mundane
Now, how can we discover what these true spiritual values are? - by
studying universal principles in nature and acquiring esoteric
knowledge and experience, which is hidden knowledge beyond the
limitations of the five senses.
Our sense of intuition and wisdom is innate within consciousness,
and this gives us a spiritual set of values. These are not dependent
upon society, because whoever has this sense enabled to a sufficient
degree gets to the same source of wisdom, which is consciousness, in
whatever society they belong to.
This innate wisdom can be enhanced by the right kinds of esoteric
practice, to learn about things beyond the body, to get spiritual
teachings that are not here on this earth, to be taught through
astral experiences and through dreams, and, to have teaching by
spiritual beings beyond the body.
The more we make progress in our spiritual development, the more we
get in line with the laws and principles those beings adhere to and
which nature and ultimately society are also bound to.
And by doing
that, we may adhere to a different set of rules and values than
those of society, if that society is in violation of the principles
and laws governing the cosmos.
When a set of principles or values conflicts with society or an
individual, that society or individual may perceive it as a threat,
and may wish to stop it.
And therefore, it may try to suppress those
who have adherence to spiritual principles.
knowledge is useful to society
Esoteric knowledge, by its nature is hidden and has elements to it
that are outside the comprehension and values of mainstream society.
Society generally wishes its values to continue unthreatened and
Yet society always fulfills at least some cosmic principles, as they
are useful and even necessary for its survival. There is always a
partial breaking of such cosmic laws - the issue is how many. If too
many are broken, or key principles are broken, the result is that
This is how esoteric knowledge is so useful to society. It can
enhance it and enable it to develop in the most advanced and
prosperous ways, whereas its loss leads to societies degeneration
When cosmic principle are lost, what replaces them are the values of
the egos, and then corruption, injustice, oppression, and lack of
freedom follow. Dog-eat-dog becomes the norm and conflict arises,
not only within society but between different societies, as people
strive to take what is not rightfully theirs.
In the competition driven by the egos, societies fight other
societies in order to maintain their own balance within the world,
just as individuals compete and fight with other individuals.
change elevates our personal values
But the person who takes up the spiritual work adheres to the higher
cosmic laws and has different values.
And when cosmic values differ
with lower ego values, those who don't have the desire to elevate
their level of being to meet higher laws will often see those who do
as outsiders who are in conflict with them, and even a threat.
To elevate oneself requires understanding and sacrifice and there
are few individuals, let alone societies, that would elevate their
level of being to match esoteric principles.
Many people hold spiritual values, but they are often no more than
an extension of mundane ego ones - they are built upon spiritual
ideals and beliefs. And although these ideals sometimes integrate
well within society, that doesn't necessarily mean they are truly
The truly spiritual is a revolutionary force. It is not based upon
what has triumphed as the norms and values within a society, or what
the individual considers to be correct and true.
No one possesses anything like perfect knowledge.
Yet some with what
understanding they have, where they can, try to give this knowledge
to others as part of the process of give and receive, which should
be in a constant flow, since in nature nothing is isolated; if it
were it would die out.
Those teaching spirituality have to give the knowledge in a way that
is understandable to others. This knowledge is a different kind of
wisdom from what a society possesses, which has developed its values
without the wisdom of the Being.
Those values of society are acquired and
constructed, which at their root have a mixture of the egos, the
processes of nature, and cosmic principles driving them.
needs a voice and action for it to succeed
In the inevitable conflicts between the ideas of individuals,
groups, and societies, it's not the case that the truly good always
There's no automatic right to good triumphing over evil.
The good has a chance to succeed because of the right actions of
people in the world, but its success is not a right. Those who are
in the truly good, the spiritual, need to fight, or work, so that
good is brought to the world and is known in it.
It will not appear
by itself, because society runs on a different track. It will not be
given easily, because there is much to overcome. It may not be
accepted by the majority, as something which is true and good must
be valued, otherwise the other forces will prevail over it.
The good must be fought for. Nothing is given as a right. We have
what we have because we as humanity have created it and allow it and
wish it. And if we wish for esoteric knowledge, the spiritual
knowledge of life, to be given in the world, then we must realize
that we have to work hard for it.
It doesn't just win. And, in fact, it's
more likely, due to the forces there are, that evil triumphs, and
And then, the good becomes like a little
speck of light in the middle of a dark, murky zone - just a little
speck that illuminates and hopefully guides people to knowledge and
wisdom. But that little speck has to fight its way, so that it can
survive and keep the light going.
It's not set in stone that the
good will win.
It only has its way in the world when
there are people in the world who wish to work for it and fight for
Live Online Weekly
28 February 2009
At the live
online weekly talks in 2009.
Q: How, rather than just
"Oh yes, I want to have spiritual values and follow
...what can we do to really have them within us, so that's
what we pursue them almost naturally as much as it's possible?
Belsebuub: Whenever we want to do something spiritual, there are
always forces that oppose it.
We will always find a resistance
to it. We have to be aware that we're going to face that and
measure how much we can do, measure our capacity to act. We can
do our best, but we must be aware that we are going to face a
resistance within us and outside us.
Earlier I was thinking about someone who came along to this
study years ago. He changed and got out of the drug scene he was
in, and his parents were very worried about him because he was
no longer taking drugs and going to parties and getting drunk.
Well that just shows the values that some people hold and how
different they are to spiritual values.
And, such idiosyncratic
values vary around the world.
Those who do a genuine spiritual work can potentially face
opposition everywhere, because everyone is trying to hold onto
their own values and ideals. And within us are multiple drives
and desires and things which make us feel bad, and resistances
like laziness and depression.
And, in order to face them, we
need to really make ourselves to do things which benefit
consciousness, the spiritual part of us. If we don't make
ourselves do it, then those forces are overriding.
They are the
forces of nature.
To be in the stream of spirituality is to be opposed by the
drives of the egos and the life they create. It's like swimming
against the current of a river - we have to make an effort to
avoid the resistance of the current.
If, however, our level of
effort drops below a certain point, we get carried backwards. In
that way, we need to see, measure, and be aware of the
resistance that we are up against internally within ourselves,
and see realistically what we need to do to overcome it.
are just repeating the same things over and over again, then
we're not putting enough effort against the resistance that we
So, it's a matter of applying the correct effort,
the correct inner work, to be able to overcome the forces of
Q: So for a person in their daily life struggling between the
forces in society that are created by egos and trying to work to
go towards the values of the spirit, what can you do to just go
against the force of ego and work towards the spirit?
your personal experience, what have you done to try and fight
against that force, to not get bogged down by those values in
society that may not be truly good?
Belsebuub: Sometimes there are values that are held in society
that are beneficial to many things, such as certain freedoms
that we hold as precious.
And in those cases, the values of
society can have a positive effect, because they allow for
different spiritual freedoms to exist within it. So there are
varying degrees of things within society which are favorable and
unfavorable, and only some things that are unjust. So, we work
within whatever exists in society as values at the time and do
what good we can.
And as far as overcoming things on a personal level, there were
things that I would have held as important at one stage.
example, I was interested in helping the environment, but my
interest in spirituality was greater than that, and so I decided
to give up my interest in helping the environment in order to
That's a fairly easy thing to do, but as
you go along, there are many decisions and many things in life
that go against you, and people turn against you and don't wish
you to talk and don't wish you to teach and more.
So then, it's
a constant work to try to get the message out and to get it
Q: So what you're saying basically is you just have to keep
working and fighting. It's just how it's going to be.
Belsebuub: That's how it's going to be, but you have to be aware
that nothing is given as a right, that you have to create the
circumstances in order to make things happen.
You have to work
in order to make things function. You have to put the effort in.
You have to create and build the things around you and within
you. It's not given just because we think something is true or
we think it's right.
And, if we do create something of value in the world, then
there's a need to defend it and promote it. If we don't do that,
then the forces which are around will smother it and overcome
And that applies to the teaching as a whole as well.
Q: It can sometimes be hard to see what the right decision to
make in different situations is, or whether it's bad or good,
especially as there are different standards within any society
and some things that might be accepted in a society are not
And so, how is it best for us to judge
which things are right and which are not?
Belsebuub: We can only judge something upon what we understand
at the time. So, we make our best judgment and act accordingly.
Now, in order to increase our capacity of wisdom, we would need
to do spiritual practices and exercises, and then get esoteric
knowledge beyond the body. When we can do that, then we have
With greater wisdom, we can decide things in a
much clearer way - we can understand the things that we need to
do and how to do them.
But at whatever point, we can only do our best, and be aware
that many of our values are not necessarily right or true; but,
to be able to question them, to look into the things that we
hold as normal and believe, so that we can get to the true good,
true knowledge, and values which exist as universal principles
throughout the world in a spiritual way.
Ultimately, in the trials of the great mysteries, we have to
overcome that within us which is out of line with higher cosmic
principles, and, as we go through it we gradually go through its
tests and changes, and become more capable of clearer, spiritual
Q: It seems like the work itself ultimately is asking for
perfection. And so, it seems like very often we're going to fall
short and make mistakes.
And also, it seems like we can
always do more. And, I think one of the things that I have a
hard time understanding, and one of the negative sort of forces
that I seem like I have to constantly work against, is that it
always seems like we can do more.
And, is there only so much we
can do, I guess, at a given time?
And, how do we come to terms
"OK, I'm doing as much as I can
do right now and that's OK,"
...when we can always do more?
Belsebuub: At any given time, we
have a certain capacity, certain limits.
We can't exceed those limits. They
may be greater than we think, but we can't exceed them. Or, we
may have ideas of grandeur about ourselves, that are fueled by
pride and therefore our actual capacity could be less than we
But, we need to know where we're
starting from. If we look at the end result, which we could
perceive as perfection, then we can't reach that with whatever
capacity we have at a given time. But, we can take the next step
in order to change. And that means just taking one step forward.
This step increases our capacity by a small step.
And, with that
capacity, we can take the next step.
But, if we think of all the steps
that we need to take (which is just an idea in reality) in order
to reach this idea of perfection, then we will defeat ourselves,
because there is no way with the capacity that we have at a
given time that we can meet that perfection at this moment now.
So, we must understand where we are,
and see it realistically, and see what we are able to do. And
then, work for the next step.
I'm sure that all of us can take the next step and reach higher
spiritual stages simply by doing this. But, we always have to
start from where we are and not be caught within illusions and
goals, which are obscure and impossible to meet right now.
It has been said that to complete the process of inner
transformation and return to source consciousness is just the
beginning of wisdom, it's the kindergarten only, and that we
continue to learn from there, as true wisdom is endless.