The spiritual mountain is a wonderful metaphor for the concept of The SELF, and mountain climbing is a perfect corollary to living the spiritual life. In this section we attempt to bring into focus the critical tools and skills needed for us to collectively ascend the mountain of the Spiritual SELF.
The insight and wisdom found in this section is drawn from three crucial Theosophical sources.
H.P. Blavatsky’s rendition of The Voice of the Silence,
Mr. Judge’s poetic rendition of the Bhagavad-Gita, and
Mabel Collins faithful recording of the instructions of a Master called Light on the Path.
This week, we highlight our section On Self-Discipline with a quote from theosophist Katherine Tingley:
“No man has his freedom until he has found the secret of self-control, self-discipline, self-government, which are, as we know, the prime factors in the building of character. Not until he has gained that certain knowledge which comes through the power of introspection, self-control, and self-denial, can he draw the line intelligently and consciously between the animal part of his nature and the spiritual. Without this knowledge, man must still be a mystery to himself . . .
“To find an anchorage in human life and to have the knowledge that comes from the two ideas of self-government and self-discipline, is to have the key to the situation—something priceless, which no money can buy. When man has attained this knowledge, he has taken the first step towards mastering his own destiny; for it is self-mastery that brings man to the knowledge of his Higher Self—that Self that lives on and is immortal. It is self-discipline that acquaints him with the mysteries of his own being and forces him to introspection. Thus we endeavor to get at the causes of the good and evil in our own natures, and grow in courage.
“If man would seek self-control, he must first recognize his own Divinity. . . . we should find ourselves using the exterior life as a means of gaining experience, but at the same time realizing its impermanence in comparison with our glorious and grand ideals, and with the power of self-control and self-mastery. . . . when once man is sure of his Divinity, once sure of that deeper consciousness which is the permanent and higher part of his nature, once sure that he is part of the great heart of the world, he will know that as he works constantly, conscientiously, and unselfishly in the smallest duty, he is working with the Higher Law and has the companionship and help of the Higher Law.
—Katherine Tingley, from “Anchorage”