Nov 10, 1997 08:56 AM
by Titus Roth
M K Ramadoss <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I think that there are a lot of opportunities to serve (help) others and
> many of them may not need any special training.
The outer work may indeed be trivially simple. But how far do people go in
acting on what they say they believe and what portion of themselves do they
give or reserve? What are the inner barriers? There is a hidden sea of inner
troubles behind the most benign looking people, as the statistics on broken
marriages, depression, white collar crime ... etc show. When life is
comfortable, the surface of most people appears calm, but when in crisis watch
out! To be honest, I am only too well acquainted with selfishness,
materiality, and anger in my own nature. I honestly wonder if the collective
inner sea I've described is ready to upheave some surprising and shocking ways
as happened in Nazi Germany. The wave of terrorism, gangs, and militia groups
starting to appear in our country is possibly a foretaste of such an upheaval
and reflects the inner turmoil of the average Joe and Jane.
As Peter, we need to walk on the water of our own unexplored astral sea.
> In the course such activities, if self-improvement takes place, however one
> defines it, it is ok. I feel that self-improvement may be a by product of
> the service/help. I think all of us have enough (self) improvement that we
> can provide some service and such service would definitely have an effect on
> the needy.
For most of us, self-improvement comes through life itself, which places
boulders in front of us that engage our whole being to move or find a way
around. People who have dynamited their own boulders of inertia,
procrastination, unforgiveness, materiality are the ones who give in
apparently "simple" ways.
> So I would jump in and act in any service if I see it as an opportunity to
> help/serve without watiting for the day when I am self-improved.
As I said, I don't think one should "wait", but rather that self-improvement
(if it is not of the selfish kind) must proceed side-by-side with service.
My impression, Doss, is that you are a rare jewel. Perhaps you have been
pushed to your limits in this or past lives and it has given you more
motivation to apply yourself in the "simple" ways.
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