Unseen Hierarchs of Sacrifice

James A. Long

There is no limit to the potentialities of every mathematical point in the cosmos, for each minutest speck of life has the potential of that of which it is a part; and everything in between the tiniest atom and the universal Intelligence is on its way toward that supreme estate.

If we did not each possess a reservoir of extreme strength at the core of our being, no Christ or Buddha would have sown the seeds of enlightenment to remind us that the works that they accomplished, you and I might do also, and even greater. Those examples of sacrifice, however, were neither the first in the story of Man, nor the last. Ever since we first recognized ourselves as thinking units of creation, there have been similar elements of wisdom and compassion who have knowingly yielded their right of advancement on a higher spiral in order that we below them might periodically have some guidance for our long pilgrimage.

I am convinced that those great protectors who stood by us in our racial infancy have maintained their watch through the cycles, and are as strong in their guardianship today as they ever were. If this is a fact — and each must prove or disprove it for himself — then every individual who sincerely endeavors, in the privacy of his own aspirations, to make of himself an instrument of helpfulness is contributing his share, not alone to the benefit of his fellowmen but to the sustenance of those unseen hierarchs of sacrifice who are man's greatest benefactors.

(From Sunrise magazine, December 1996/January 1997. Copyright © 1997 by Theosophical University Press)

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