The Theosophical Forum – September 1940


Never in historical times has there been such world-wide unrest, distress and uncertainty, or despair as to the future, as there is at present. Wherever located, all feel the strain in some degree. Many have found relief in doing something for those unfortunates in every country who are despairing. Others are busy in some duty. There are many ways in which those who are able can give material aid to others.

But on the other hand one hears such questions as, What does it all mean? What will become of us? Has there ever been such a time before?

The student of Theosophy knows that in times such as the present the thoughts we permit ourselves to think are as important as the things we do. He knows that however and wherever situated each one contacts within his own nature the same conditions that are distressing the world. Within the mind and within the heart of each one arise thoughts and impulses coming from that ocean of thought, the astral light, in which — emotionally — we live.

If we admit a thought of hatred, fear, suspicion or worse into our minds, give it added impulse and send it forth, we are adding to the total quantity of such horrors in the world. We are becoming responsible for our part of it: responsible for the acts which result from such thinking.

If, on the other hand, we refuse to admit unworthy thoughts and impulses we are reducing, transmuting, the total of such things in the world, and by just so much are making the world a better place to live in.

It is the lack of right thought in the nations of today which is largely responsible for the present confusion.

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