Happiness in Aivanhov's teaching

true Happiness in Aivanhov’s Teaching


Libri di Aivanhov

Laura Galgani’s

from Misli IV – 2017

In the 21st century, talking and writing about happiness causes a certain uneasiness: it may be because this concept is now mostly relegated to the sphere of advertising, where it is used to make a product to be sold appealing; or because it is associated with a state of mind that is linked to childhood – now distant in time and that will undoubtedly never return – or again because it is linked to instants, to fleeting moments of existence, in which some event triggers pleasant feelings called, precisely, happiness. These moments, for most people, are really only moments, or at most short periods, as external conditions, not always favorable, soon turn them into more or less gray moods.

Happiness is therefore not spoken of openly, as if it were an excessive demand, something an adult and mature individual knows well that he must do without; and if by his good fortune he is still given to experience it, he will do well to keep quiet and guard those precious feelings for himself. Sharing those moments, in fact, could take away their benefit and exclusive ownership, as well as their thaumaturgic power to soothe suffering. Thus, it can be said that, with respect to happiness, human beings are faced with a new and modern taboo, which really leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

This stems from a misunderstanding, based essentially on the little knowledge that human beings have about themselves. He, indeed, has the right to be happy! Indeed, the duty!

However, this duty does not necessarily, or not only, coincide with the fulfillment of those aspirations that one nurtures from a young age: to have a good job, to earn a lot of money, to love a partner and be loved back, to have healthy and strong children, to travel, to have a nice house; in fact, even if we really succeeded in conquering all these things, it is not certain that we could say that we would be truly happy.

It is commonly stated that “money does not give happiness,” yet it must be acknowledged that the economic aspect of existence affects a large part of thoughts and conditions the mood of human beings: how often do you fear “not making it,” and feel sinking because you think you do not have enough money for your livelihood?

The Philosophical Teachings of Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov offers interesting reflections on this topic, which help to find the right attitude toward money:

To solve the problem of money once and for all, we need to know that the real danger lies in allowing it to take possession of man’s mind. I mean that it is not good to think only about money, as the idea of money and the desire to possess money, gradually grows larger and larger, swelling to the point of obscuring the sky. It is like a curtain that prevents the Heavenly Light from penetrating and coming to dwell in the human being. It is good to have money, […] but on condition that you put it in your pocket, in a drawer, in a safe … so that you can have it when you need it. Put him anywhere, but not on your head, otherwise he will become your master and you his slave. If, on the other hand, you are the master, the money will have to obey, and you can make many good things out of it.[1]

This reflection helps us first of all to understand that money must return to being, in the existence of a human being, a mere tool and not its center; especially avoiding thinking that the attainment of happiness is connected to it.

Thus, it can be said that the first illusion that turns us away from happiness lies in seeking this state of mind in something external to human nature, such as precisely money. It is necessary, we shall see, to start from the inner self and cultivate the idea of happiness as a gift, intimate and personal, that every being can conquer.

In the teaching of the philosopher Omraam M. A. we find passages that open up absolutely inviting and rewarding new perspectives on why and how stable and lasting happiness can be developed:

If you want happiness, do not sit idly by, but set out in search of the elements that will enable you to find it. Such elements belong to the divine world, and when you have found them, you will love the whole world and be loved back by all, enjoy a better understanding of things, and finally have the power to act and achieve.[2]

Thus, a long journey lies ahead, aimed at a deep understanding of what should be meant by happiness and especially where to go to find it. First, however, it is good to clear the field of possible false goals! Omraam M. A., for example, teaches how to distinguish the difference that exists between pleasure and happiness. In fact, too often in daily life, these two concepts are confused with each other, and it is believed that pleasure coincides with happiness:

To orient oneself according to the pleasure one feels presents risks, since, usually, what one likes only feeds the instincts rather than the soul and spirit. Just look at what human beings find pleasure in: eating, drinking, embracing a man or woman, playing games, demolishing others, taking revenge, etc.; there is no shortage of possibilities. But, at this rate, where will it end? Certainly not in happiness, for happiness is something larger, something infinite, while pleasure touches in man a very limited field, that of his lower, selfish and limited nature.[3]

It is evident from this reflection how pleasure and happiness touch and act on different parts of the human being. Pleasure is mostly related to the physical body, happiness on the other hand to the soul and spirit.

Omraam M. A. uses a very telling image that helps one understand what happens if, in life, one puts pleasure first:

It is not a matter of depriving ourselves of pleasure, but simply of not putting it first as the purpose of our existence, since physically it debilitates us and spiritually it impoverishes us. Those who seek pleasure before anything else behave like those who, to make up for the cold of winter, use all the wooden objects in their house for warmth: the doors, windows, chairs, beds, closets… after a while they have nothing left. The same happens to the one who allows himself to be driven by pleasure: the emotions and sensations he is experiencing gradually burn up his reserves. Those who seek pleasure at all costs must therefore know what the future will offer them: the impoverishment and dulling of consciousness. Since they cannot know the treasures of the soul and spirit, they only know what happens in the stomach, belly or even lower.[4]

There is another major illusion that turns many people away from being able to live and experience happiness: the belief that it can only be achieved in the life of a couple. How many people believe that without a partner or companion one is doomed to be hopelessly lonely and unhappy!

The origin and cause of this sense of sad loneliness that many experience is clearly explained to us by Omraam M. A. in this following reflection:

How many people complain about loneliness! Well, they must know that they are the ones who have created that loneliness in themselves, in their own minds. In fact, you are never alone. Then, why do people feel lonely? Because they don’t have much Love. “How?” they will say, “but we have far too much love, we dream of nothing but love!” Precisely, therein lies the error: they dream of love, they wait for the fairy tale prince or princess, and that is why they feel lonely: because they wait for love instead of looking for it within themselves. The love that is expected will never come. Love is not to be expected from the outside: it lies within us, let it come out, let it manifest, this is the only way you will truly encounter it.[5]

Moreover, the problem of loneliness does not exclusively touch lonely people; how much loneliness and unhappiness we also find in those in a relationship! Expectations lead to the belief that it is always the other person who has to make one happy; everyone wants a partner who is capable of preventing and fulfilling every desire, satisfying all needs, meeting the needs for care, support, problem-solving, gratification, security, pleasure … perhaps even before they have expressed them.

In a couple’s relationship, the other is often seen as a source of water to be drawn upon at will, and you drink, drink… until the source runs out, and equally what sustained and nourished the relationship.

Omraam M. A. invites us to consider the couple from a different point of view, from a perspective that allows us to experience immense happiness in the relationship:

Everyone seeks the higher feminine principle. When it comes to happiness, it is she who is sought, because she is the one who distributes it. […] If you want to drink from the cup of happiness, try to regard the woman as a Soul and you as a Spirit. A different kind of relationship will then be established between you and the women. (T.d.A)[6]

This reflection involves a radical shift in perspective. Omraam M. A. thus advises going beyond appearance to try to know the human being in his essence, in fact:

Human beings are not limited to outward appearance: each of them has a Soul, a Spirit, and even if that Soul and Spirit rarely manifest, they exist […]. Believe me, the best way to act with others is to discover their qualities, virtues and spiritual riches, and focus on them.[7]

It is then necessary to understand and know the deep nature of the human being, how he or she is made and how he or she functions, and to do this it is necessary to go beyond the physical and material plane in which we live our daily lives.

Omraam M. A., in numerous passages, illustrates the structure of the human being, which is divided into two parts: the “Lower” nature, consisting of the Physical Body, the Astral Body (the world of emotions and feelings) the Mental Body, and the “Higher” nature, consisting of the Atmic Body (the body of higher will), the Buddhic Body (the world of higher feelings), and the Causal Body (the higher mental plane).

In essence, these bodies are “each other’s reflection, like a house mirrored in a lake […], there is no separation between the two, it’s like a really long cat trying to bite its own tail, and it feels bad! Between the head and the tail there is something in between, and the same thing happens to us. The higher self wants to connect to the lower self, wants to descend down and tries to get through the matter of our body to the lower self […] it is perfection, it is God who wants to connect to man.”[8] (T.d.A)

This process of unification of the Higher Nature with the Lower Nature constitutes a long journey for the human being, a journey, however, that is not easy, often making one feel so far from harmony, unity, communion with the Higher Self, that one feels as if one were split, inwardly divided. To explain this concept of duality well, Omraam M. A., in French, uses very effective words such as: bifurcation (splitting, separation, crossroads, division) and unification (unity, harmony, cohesion):

Not being split means not having two contrary thoughts, two incompatible ideals, two contradicting desires or activities […] The disciple must first avoid and prevent separations by correcting errors.[9] (T.d.A)

This inner division is increasingly common today, as we live in a contradictory society: on the one hand we find the lofty ideals to which everyone aspires, of peace, brotherhood, and harmony, and on the other the small or large personal and selfish ambitions for success, power and material well-being. You feel so poised between the two plates of the scales, torn between having to choose which part of oneself to give voice to. Who, in fact, can claim to lead an absolutely consistent existence with a single unifying principle?

Yet true happiness cannot exist if inwardly one is in schism. Omraam M. A. explains how to understand whether inwardly we are in a state of unity or division:

And happiness, joy, health, what are they? a Unity. The moment you are happy, light, smiling, observe whether everything is in agreement within you, whether everything is united, whether nothing is left aside […]. If you are joyful but your solar plexus is contracted, there is a dissonance somewhere, some thing not working in harmony with the whole. Disunity is at the root of all human evil and suffering. Unity is the basis of all forces, the foundation of power.[10] (T.d.A)

The pursuit and attainment of happiness therefore come through the pursuit of unity, and if it happens to be inwardly in separation, it is necessary to remedy it as quickly as possible:

The disciple must first avoid and prevent separations by correcting errors. This is the work worthy of a disciple. Therefore, take care for years to harmonize and reconcile everything within yourself.[11] (T.d.A)

The work suggested by Omraam M. A., aimed at creating inner unity, however, passes through a greater awareness of one’s inner world, one’s moods, one’s conflicting personalities, which, we shall see, Omraam M. A. himself compares to many “tribes.” Unification work presupposes that these “tribes,” throughout life’s journey, learn to submit to the will of the Higher Self, the only one capable of creating true unity and establishing, in the human being, a reign of peace and harmony:

When the Higher Self speaks in him, He will dictate the laws of love, justice, purity, and obedience to God’s will to all people. The same laws for everyone and throughout the kingdom! […] It is worth devoting one’s whole life to this unification; to suffer, to work, in order to bring together the tribes of our inner world that have so many different habits and tastes, in order to create one nation, one kingdom, one family, with one head ruling the whole! It is not an outward realization, but an inward one. […] The main task of a king is to pacify his people.[12] (T.d.A)

This image of the inner way seen as a realm will also be addressed later, as it can be deepened and explored on the higher planes of human existence as well.

The work that everyone can do on themselves in the pursuit of happiness and inner unity is something that brings benefits and advantages not only on an individual level, but also on a collective level.

In fact, Omraam M. A. explains that in unity lies the key to overcoming not only personal conflicts and difficulties, but also social conflicts and unrest.

Dear brothers and sisters, being divided is the greatest enemy of our happiness. If we want to create favorable conditions for our countries and humanity, we must all become servants of love and wisdom. […] We establish unity first in ourselves, then in our family and society. If we are capable of this, it is through a love that implies noble feelings and luminous thoughts. These are what create unity.[13] (T.d.A)

The search for unity and the resulting happiness are to be regarded as an inner process, consisting of different degrees and levels of development. Omraam M. A. identifies in this process of harmonization and inner unification three major levels, let’s see which ones:

Contentment, which, as it increases, transforms and becomes joy, with its different shades, which, as it condenses, turns into Resurrection, namely Happiness, Nirvana, Eternal Life. It is true: if you feel happy, it is because you are approaching harmony, it is because you are moving away from a bifurcation, and if you persist along the path you have taken, you will know cheerfulness, joy, then bliss and eternal Life. How do you introduce order and harmony into yourself? One must direct all one’s love toward a single center, the Lord […] one must love unity, make it one’s ideal.[14] (T.d.A)

In this reflection Omraam M. A. explains what the essential element of this unification process is: “directing all one’s love toward a single center, the Lord.” This Center, toward which everything must converge, is symbolically represented by the sun: its light, its warmth, its endless work, from which all creatures, indiscriminately, benefit, is the prime example to consider in order to overcome inner contrasts and work according to a higher ideal:

Instead of setting pleasure as the purpose of existence, one should say to oneself, ‘Now I must make of my life something useful, something with deep meaning: replace pleasure with work, that is, an ideal.’ And what should this work be? The sun’s. There is no activity that exceeds that which the sun performs. Without ever stopping, indiscriminately, it illuminates, warms and gives life.[15]

To work as the sun works, to identify with it, to develop its same qualities of love, self-sacrifice, generosity… this inner work, of improvement and refinement, immediately produces its fruits:

The disciple who wants to earnestly imitate the task of the sun will naturally do so clumsily and imperfectly at first, but one day he too will begin to radiate light, warmth and life, just as the sun does. When a disciple undertakes such work, everything else will interest him less and less, and the usual small daily joys and distractions will pale before the grand task of imitating the sun. He will then experience unparalleled pleasure, joy and expansion of his consciousness.[16]

And it is indeed so: what joy can prove greater and more authentic than radiating light, warmth and life like the sun? To contemplate him as he rises, and to be enveloped in his pure light, to melt into him and breathe in the very rich particles that come with his first golden rays, that is the path that leads to happiness.

Deep purification work that enables the human being to burn off all those dross, those strenuous thoughts, those negative states of mind, even those painful experiences that have marked his existence and burdened his spirit, preventing him from becoming powerful, capable of soaring to Heaven and uniting with God.

In this state of inner joy and harmony, breathing becomes an experience of genuine happiness:

Breathe in, breathe out… breathe in, breathe out… Happiness is the breath of the soul. […] It could be said that the breath was given to man to make him understand that all that is tangible, such as money, riches, etc., cannot be compared to what is subtle, intangible, invisible, to that etheric world in which man is immersed. All those who have the awareness of being immersed in the etheric world, in the spiritual world, breathe continuously and are happy because of that breathing.[17]

Breathing, contemplation and meditation at sunrise are thus means and tools at our disposal to be able to travel with our soul to the sun, where we might finally merge into our higher self:

So there is something in the human being that extends as far as very far: they are emanations, rays that reach as far as the Sun. […] And there, there is the human being in his higher aspect: his divine aspect is already found in the Sun. But because consciousness resides in the brain, man cannot realize that he dwells in the Sun. […] When the human being becomes conscious of all these truths […], he will place himself in the consciousness that is above consciousness, that is already in the region of superconsciousness, to the point of understanding that he is an inhabitant of it, that he already dwells above it. What is this being, this entity? It is our Higher Self that dwells in the sun; it does not dwell in our physical body, for if it did dwell there it would accomplish extraordinary, formidable things. It comes from time to time, manifests itself a few times, makes contact with the brain, but since the brain is not yet ready to vibrate in unison with it, it leaves and prepares itself until the brain offers it shelter, and the Higher Self is nothing but a particle of God. We, in the higher regions, are God himself; for outside of God nothing exists. […] A particle of us already dwells in God in incredible happiness.[18] (T.d.A)

This very lofty goal may perhaps be frightening or discouraging; how does one concretely reach one’s Higher Self, which already dwells in the sun? One lives in the torments, in the difficulties, in the routine of daily life!

Again Omraam M. A. shows us what is the right attitude to adopt toward such questions. What matters, he says, is in fact not the results, but the work of refinement.

One should desire joy, fullness and peace, for that is true life, but as long as one is still too imperfect, one will pass by them without touching them. To demonstrate the truth of the above, let us ask: Who does not desire happiness? All living things desire nothing else. Men spend their time making plans to accomplish what they think will make them happy, yet they never are … So there is still some things to understand and rectify. In fact, as long as one has not made efforts on the path to perfection, one should not wish for life to be easy and free of difficulties-it will not be anyway. Difficulties that require us to make efforts should be accepted, knowing full well that the engines that will lead us to true happiness are precisely our efforts.[19]

This inner refinement work also presupposes the ability to deal calmly with difficulties, as they too can be seen as opportunities for growth and refinement. Therefore, it is not by shunning difficulties that true happiness is achieved, for it is not a refuge, an easy solution for those who give up living themselves and their lives. Rather, happiness:

It is nothing but a state of consciousness, a way of understanding, feeling, behaving,a way of being in life,and that is why it can belong only to those who can find it with the support of spiritual work. Happiness, like peace, is a synthesis: If we understand things well and make them our own, we will have a chance to act well and be happy. To get there, however, one must accept the initiatory science, which is the only one capable of teaching the intellect, heart, and will the methods of mastering the lower nature, the personality, in order to give the higher nature, the individuality, every chance to evolve.[20]

“Happiness as a way of being in life.” here’s a phrase to internalize and repeat every day, like a mantra: when waking up, during the day’s activities, at work, in interacting with family, but also in shopping in a chaotic supermarket … coat everything with a possible happiness that is already present in the human soul.

The profound understanding that happiness is a state of consciousness will allow it to nourish the mind, the heart, and open the way for it to take up permanent residence in the depths of being. But first it is necessary to desire it, to project it in and out of us with the fire of love, without which no realization will be possible. Happiness is to be loved, experienced and felt, because happiness is like a lover, always looking for its beloved, the human being, and when it finds him or her it fills him or her with inexhaustible energy.

The road to realizing happiness, as a state of consciousness, is a long one, but as soon as it is taken, it enables a human being to live at peace with himself and his entire inner world. This work that each of us must do can be compared, as we said, to that of a ruler who rules over the tribes living on his or her own land.

When the human being comes to be reasonable, intelligent, awakened and vigilant to guard his kingdom-the kingdom that represents himself-only then will he achieve stable and lasting peace. And what will this peace be? An indescribable happiness, an uninterrupted symphony, a sublime state of consciousness, in which all cells expand into an ocean of light, swim in living water and feed on ambrosia.[21] (T.d.A)

If one is able, even for brief moments, to tap into that ocean of Light, one suddenly realizes that everything is perfect, that there is no need to have any fear, that one can lose oneself in that boundless love that exists within and outside of us, and that one can return to merge with that Light from which we were generated, to continue to live in happiness as an inexhaustible spark in the bosom of the Eternal.

This fusion is the union between the higher self and the lower self of the human being, which generates indescribable moments of immense joy, happiness, harmony, peace and gratitude.

We end this brief excursus on the subject of happiness with a final reflection by Omraam M. A. in which he describes in poetic words this state of consciousness called happiness.

Only when the Higher Nature has come to dwell in you can you taste indescribable happiness. You will be happy without knowing the reason. That happiness-and this is the most surprising thing-is a happiness without a cause. It seems wonderful to you to live, to breathe, to eat … nothing has happened to you, no gifts, no inheritance, no encounters, yet you are happy, because something has reached you from above, something that does not depend on you … like nectar that has come down from Heaven, and you will be surprised to find in yourself that wonderful state of consciousness. Feel Joy and you don’t know why. This is what true happiness is.[22]

Biography
Published Works

Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007,

Aïvanhov, O. M., The duty to be happy, Prosveta, 2017.

Unpublished Works

Aïvanhov, O. M., La vraie place des deux principes, Conférence n. 516 du 27 mars 1951, Prosveta.

Aïvanhov, O. M., Comment regarder le soleil. Séparativité, Réalité et Maya, Conférence du 31 juillet 1967, Prosveta.

Aïvanhov, O. M., Bifurcation et unification, Conférence n. 194 du 14 avril 1943, Prosveta.

Conferenze audio:

Aïvanhov, O. M., Conférence du 28 aout 1965, Prosveta.

Aïvanhov, O. M., Conférence du 31 juillet 1971, Prosveta.

Aïvanhov, O. M., Conférence du 23 juillet 1973, Prosveta.

Aïvanhov, O. M., Conférence du 07 aout 1976, Prosveta.

Aïvanhov, O. M., Conférence du 17 juillet 1981, Prosveta.

Notes

[1] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, pp. 49-50.

[2] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, p. 14.

[3] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, p. 20.

[4] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, p. 30.

[5] Aïvanhov, O. M., Duty to be Happy, Prosveta, 2017, p. 34.

[6] Aïvanhov, O. M., «Il vero posto dei due principi», Conferenza nr. 516 del 27 marzo 1951, Prosveta, 1951.

[7] Aïvanhov, O. M., Duty to be Happy, Prosveta, 2017, p. 36.

[8] Aïvanhov, O. M., Conferenza nr. 194 del 14 aprile 1943, Prosveta, 1943.

[9] Aïvanhov, O. M., Conferenza nr. 194 del 14 aprile 1943, Prosveta, 1943.

[10] Aïvanhov, O. M., Conferenza nr. 194 del 14 aprile 1943, Prosveta, 1943.

[11] Aïvanhov, O. M., Conferenza nr. 194 del 14 aprile 1943, Prosveta, 1943.

[12] Aïvanhov, O. M., Conferenza nr. 194 del 14 aprile 1943, Prosveta, 1943.

[13] Aïvanhov, O. M., Conferenza nr. 194 del 14 aprile 1943, Prosveta, 1943.

[14] Aïvanhov, O. M., Conferenza nr. 194 del 14 aprile 1943, Prosveta, 1943.

[15] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, p. 30-31.

[16] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, pp. 30-31.

[17] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, p. 79.

[18] Aïvanhov, O. M., How to look at the sun: separation, reality and illusion, Conferenza del 31 luglio 1967, Prosveta, 1967.

[19] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, p. 41.

[20] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, p. 76.

[21] Aïvanhov, O. M., Conferenza del 23 luglio 1973, Prosveta, 1973.

[22] Aïvanhov, O. M., The Seed of Happiness, Prosveta, 2007, p. 78.

[1] Laura Galgani (Firenze, 1963), has participated for years in the activities of the Omraam Foundation Study Center ; devoting himself to the study of the Teachings of Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov, and delving into spiritual topics aimed at inner evolution. He writes children’s plays on topical issues, also devoting himself to theater workshops to prepare for the stage interpretation of the texts, and the staging of the works with the participation of young actors.

Wounded Truth

Carlo Simon Belli’s editorial from Misli 2020 Magazine

In the year that is drawing to a close, it is not possible to refrain from making a mention of the difficult health situation that the entire planet is going through, but since I do not have expertise in the medical field, I will limit myself to expressing some reflections from a social and spiritual perspective.

In this sense, looking at the world of communication, but above all at the choices in the economic, social and health spheres that governments are making, it seems very evident how much, in these times, the main victim is Truth, which appears to be seriously wounded, with deep wounds that involve worrying repercussions even in the social fabric, and with scars that will take years to heal. In societies in which Truth has been violated, and in which insecurity and uncertainty consequently dominate, forms of individual and collective malaise emerge, manifesting concretely in paranoid attitudes of mutual distrust, paralysis of socializing activities, worrying slowdown of educational and training processes, increase and spread of various forms of intolerance, xenophobia, violence, triggering or aggravating socioeconomic crises marked by a scandalous increase in the gap between rich and poor.

Well, it will have to be recognized how all this can be seen as a more or less direct cause of a widespread and deep individual malaise, almost as if we were in a kind of war, albeit undeclared. People do not just die from disease; on the contrary, it can be said that in our globalized world, more people die from social conflicts, poverty, hunger, despair, fear, and also often from diseases that individuals contract as a result of heavy mental distress, which end up manifesting in socially disruptive ways.

But the social, economic and political crisis that we are experiencing and that we are likely to face in the coming times cannot be traced solely and only to material issues (as a direct result of the choices of most governments): if that were the case, “recovery” would be easier to achieve. In reality, there is a dimension of the crisis that is more “subtle,” more “spiritual,” and that is affecting our globalized society in a much deeper and much more lasting way, being attributable to the widespread loss of confidence, discouragement that stem from the now strong propensity to manipulate and distort information, a nefarious tendency that now characterizes most rulers, politicians, and men of power. Multitudes are as if disoriented, as they no longer know whether they can trust the elites who govern them, they no longer feel represented; distrust spreads vertically and horizontally throughout society.

It is reasonable, as well as necessary, to be able to recognize the extent to which all the looming crisis factors can be seen as a direct or indirect consequence of partial truths presented as absolute, of distorted or misleading information, of false or exaggerated news, often given with the specific intent to create misinformation, anxiety and bewilderment.

Unfortunately, there are still few who realize how damaging it is-for individuals and for society as a whole-to injure and violate the Truth; often not even the most attentive intellectuals are aware that this practice constitutes perhaps the main source of disharmony and conflict, in all civilizations, of all times.[1]

Great sages and great spiritual masters, on the other hand, have often cautioned us on this matter: in the ancient grand Indian epic poem Mahabharata,which tells of the clash between an elite of good rulers against an elite of bad rulers that took place in the era (Dvāpara-yuga) that preceded our own (Kali-yuga ).- the real cause of the final conflict (which will lead to a real slaughter and see almost all of humanity succumb) lies in the plots and deceptions of an apparently secondary protagonist, Dushasana, who is known to be false and a liar; the message is clear: human societies risk catastrophe not because of insufficiently capable “good” rulers, or “bad” rulers who are too authoritarian or cruel, but because of individuals who, by lying, spread discord.

For all these reasons, those who wish to work for the “Common Good”-as much from an agnostic materialist perspective as from a spiritualist perspective-should give themselves as an indispensable task the defense of Truth, the non-adherence to lies.

But how to fulfill this task so vital to the health of the individual and society as a whole? Evidently, the conditio sine qua non would be to be able to figure out where the Truth is “found,” a very difficult task, and one that should be entrusted to the subjective sensitivity of each of us.

In this material reality of ours, Truth can be told where it is not found; for example, it is not found in “extremes,” it does not dwell in the excesses, proclamations, edicts, of any side, and it shuns the bearers of hatred and violence: here we will never find an absolute Truth. Rather, it is important to recognize that we will be able to find as many truths as there are inhabitants of our planet.

Instead, in this time of ours, overwhelmed by an invisible enemy, more than ever we are witnessing a widespread attempt to convince as many people as possible that the truth is on one of the two “fronts” that are opposing each other so forcefully: on the one hand, the front of governmental institutions all over the world which, in the name of a supposed pandemic (declared on the basis of questionable parameters), are imposing restrictions on social life, restrictions that are harbingers of those anxieties and social disharmonies that are at the root of those problems alluded to earlier; on the other hand, in sharp antithesis, we have those many who persist in denying the seriousness of the health emergency facing our societies, thus inducing a great many people to engage in reckless and irresponsible behavior.

How preferable it would be to recognize that the truth lies in medias res, i.e., “in the middle,” and that therefore, to put it in simple and direct terms, we are in a serious situation-where therefore we all have to behave in a civilly responsible manner-but that in no way justifies the sacrifice of social life and freedoms.

Citizens of this world should develop a kind of “shared civic responsibility” for health, whereby, in order to ensure overall health, each person individually takes on the task of improving his or her own health through behaviors that are objectively beneficial to his or her physical body, emotional balance, and mental condition.

Both those who deny the dangerousness of this virus and those who claim to find exogenous solutions-with vaccines touted as miraculous and approaches that medicalize existence-don’t understand what truth is to be pursued, the socially useful and therefore “true.” As a result, they limit or prevent so many from taking the median path, the one that suggests that everyone take appropriate behaviors to live healthier lives, in healthier environmental and work settings, promoting a new vision of health that includes respect for our ecosystem.

Failing to recognize this truth, governments are not taking advantage of this very important opportunity to stimulate greater health-consciousness in their citizens: instead of proposing and propagating miraculous, and scientifically unproven, solutions, governments would now have the opportunity to give citizens a whole series of indications on those many behaviors-which instead enjoy proven scientific validity-that it is possible to take to improve one’s general state of health, to strengthen one’s immune system and make it more resistant to viruses and bacteria, whatever their nature and origin.

According to scientifically based hypotheses, the virus that worries us so much risks being only the first in a long line of diseases, capable of spreading easily in our globalized world and toward which it makes no sense to devise solutions that attempt to curb the effects, while it would be appropriate to try to address the causes.

But beyond these considerations of what to do, this is also a very important opportunity to reflect on the issue of Truth, because it is precisely when Truth is wounded so vehemently that the suffering that such an act causes to the social fabric becomes evident.

For those who have embarked on a path marked by a spiritual vision of existence, this is therefore the best opportunity to develop an attitude aimed at defending the reasons for Truth, and, summarizing what has been expressed so far, we could say that to this end we will first have to recognize the relativity of the truths we encounter in our earthly existence, and that consequently it is necessary to keep away from those who presume to propose absolute truths in an apodictic manner. Secondly, it is necessary to reflect on the fact that if we want to cultivate and defend Truth, we must likewise drive out from us the two feelings that are the enemies (inner and outer) of Truth more than others: anger and fear. Anger makes us intolerant of others’ truths, while fear causes us to believe in extreme and absolute “truths,” those that are precisely not true. These feelings also lead us to be unable to take in the suggestions that, through our intuition, come to us from the spiritual plane.

To help us cast out anger, fear and uncertainties, Aïvanhov reminds us of the relativism of concepts such as Good and Evil ., urging us to connect with a Principle of a higher order, which towers above Good and Evil, bending them to His service: thus the spiritualist is able to act in the world with that necessary conscious detachment, acting always as a bearer of love and wisdom, and manifesting himself with a new way of being, as a forerunner of a new humanity.

If we cultivate this awareness in our hearts and minds, we can help Truth to rise again: Truth may indeed be wounded, but sooner or later, as a phoenix rising from the ashes, it is reborn, to reveal itself irrefutably.

We can conclude these brief reflections with a thought by O. M. Aïvanhov, which well sums up what we have just tried to express: “If it is so difficult to give a definition of Truth, it is because it does not exist as such: only Wisdom and Love exist. It is the behavior of beings that reveals whether they are in Truth, not the theories they present to others. As for those who claim to be seeking Truth but have not yet found it, they should understand that they actually have nothing to seek: they only need to progress, every day of their lives, in Love and Wisdom. It is Love and Wisdom that lead to Truth. Truth cannot be conceived independently of the heart and intellect. If it were independent of the activity of the heart and intellect, everyone would have to discover the same Truth. Well, this is not the case: everyone – or almost everyone – finds a different truth. Only those who possess love and wisdom discover the same Truth. That is why, despite their different origins and cultures, they basically speak the same language.” (Daily Meditation – tuesday 5th march 2019).

[1] To confirm what has just been said, it is interesting to recall a quote from Rudolf Steiner-which we find in Harrie Salman’s article with which we open the series of articles in this issue of Misli – according to which, from an esoteric point of view, bacteria (and viruses) are “the physically embedded demons of lies” (cf. Rosacroce’s Wisdom, O.O. 99, lecture of 30/5/1907) and can thus be considered the materialization of the lies of our materialistic civilization.

Basta Tagliare e Bruciare – di Franco e Margherita Tassi

In the face of the ongoing massacre of the tree stock, and the dastardly slaughter of forests without validjustifications, Spring 2022 is registering comforting signs in Italy of the awakening of the People.Trees and Forests Basta Tagliare e Bruciare!

A first strong shock comes from Florence, where on Saturday, May 28, a crowd of activistsexpressed their strong dissent in front of the Tuscany Region building, displaying Banners and posters in defense of Nature. No wonder the protest starts right here, since Tuscany , still captive to a short-range productivist view of the forest heritage, deserves undoubtedly the title of “Enemy Region of the Green Mantle of the Planet.”.

Against Biomass Power Plants are devouring our forests took sides with the Earth Movement and Italia Nostra, The United Group of Italian Forests and the League for the Protection of Birds, and a bunch of other Organizations environmentalists. Strongly calling for the elimination of the huge yet nefarious European incentives, as the frenzied rush to burn forests to produce energy is anything but a renewable, sustainable practice and compatible. But it represents, rather, insane speculation for private profit, incompatible with the goal of protecting the ecological, hydrogeological, climatic, and landscape balance for the common good.

 

Meanwhile from the center of Rome, on Friday, May 27, a group of qualified Experts and Representativesof the institutions unanimously launched a question: but do we want to consider the Tree an enemyand thus continue against him an all-out war, or rather recognize that he is a True friend, to be loved and protected with care? And the many indisputable benefits that trees, boulevards, parks and gardens, in short urban and peri-urban greenery, bestow not only to the environment and beauty, nature and biodiversity, clean air and oxygen, coolness and to the shade, meaning and value of places: but also to health, well-being and quality of life.

Finally, a successful broadcast of “TG3 Fuori TG,” on Monday, May 16, had already documented a series of very serious attacks on the planet’s mantle, perpetrated even in the heart of National Parks, just where Nature should enjoy the strictest protection. But in the case of the Pine Forest of Villetta Barrea, where as many as 3,000 Black Pines had been wickedly condemned to be cut down with European funds, the first to rise up in outrage were the local residents themselves-a fact, which bodes well for the future.

There are therefore more than justified reasons for the civil and motivated protest of active citizenship to finally take the field with the method of Ecotactics, which we summarize here. To crumble the prevailing false doctrines, nurtured by Ecological Illiteracy, to dismantle businessism and the corruption that now dominates in decadent societies, and to stop the mad rush as soon as possible. to self-destruction, the consequences of which we are already suffering.

MISSIONE: SALVARE GLI ALBERI
ECOSTRATEGIA: AGIRE TUTTI, INSIEME, SUBITO
ECOTACTICS: HERE ARE THE FIVE WINNING MOVES

1.- SOCIAL CONTROL
Observe and document cutting, pruning, clearing, degrading interventions, planting, and abuse. Inquire about
Who decided and on whom the intervention is being carried out, and in what manner. Ask how it will be used and where it will go to
finish all the material obtained, carefully noting down every detail.

2.- TELL THE TRUTH
Writing to the media, expressing strong opposition and indignation, with numerous signatures of citizens,
Telling and photographing the documented facts, and exposing the deceptions, pretexts, and falsehoods (really sick and dangerous trees?)which are often exploited to justify certain interventions.

3.- OFFICIAL INVESTIGATIONS
Send exposures-complaints to the relevant authorities, the Judiciary and institutions, asking to meet with thosepolitically, bureaucraticly and technical responsible to make the weight of dissent felt, refute any fandom, explain the value of Trees and the Green, and thus dismantle irregular practices.

4.- DEMONSTRATIONS
Organize peaceful protest groups, displaying pictures, posters and banners, spreading eloquent stickers effective vignettes and hard-hitting commercials, so as to increasingly engage a wide audience, and in the most scandalous casesinform all national and international media.

5.- GREEN VOLUNTEERS
Promote Green Volunteerism of Schools, Teachers, Youth and Senior Citizens to create competent local groups,well trained and committed to observation and assistance in urban parks, boulevards and public gardensvaluable to cooperate in the assiduous and responsible care of the Green.

Roma, 29 Maggio 2022
Franco Tassi Margherita Martinelli

Centro Parchi Internazionale – Gruppo Alberi Sacri