Should we not be making a mistake if we were to run away with the idea that the work of a great scientist is something which is non-creative and, in a sense, material, because it is Manasic? I have never read myself in any department of Theosophical teaching that Manas per se is either negative or non-creative; but I have a further suggestion to make and that is, that the work of the greatest scientists is something more even than Manasic, because it has a quality of universality that is an example to religious and even Theosophical movements; for a truth that is won by the effort of a scientist is immediately made available for all humanity. Now that is one of the Buddhic aspects of human consciousness working. It is something beyond even the Manasic. It is an aspect of Buddhi, active as direct cognition, and then proving the high nature and exercise of that faculty by its immediate availability in the universal service of all men.
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