In order to learn the lessons on Earth and to thereby Spiritually progress there are several fundamental lessons to be learned. These include, but are by no means limited to:
1. Subjugation of the Ego
2. Unconditional Love for all Life
3. Service to others before Service to Self
Such is the importance of these, they are discussed in depth in my book Our Ultimate Reality:
The importance of Service to Others is also emphasised in the Bible, and is the subject of a parable:
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to eat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do -- Luke 17:5-10
In this parable the "servant" usually works in the fields for his "keep", in other words food, drink, shelter etc.. But on this occasion his "master" asked him to do extra work in the fields. Upon his return was given only his usual meal before he was allowed to relax. Seeing this he considered himself to be an "unprofitable servant".
One of the very biggest reasons for the degradation of "society" over the last two or three thousand years is increasing selfishness, where everyone is "looking out for themselves" at the expense of others - at no time in history is that more true than it is today with people generally fulfilling their own requirements before those of others.
This is happening at all levels of society from the individual to powerful governments. For example, The US government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars, which will become trillions of dollars in their invasion of Iraq, justified by their contrived "war on terror" as discussed in the last newsletter, when the real reason is selfish - control of the oil reserves in Iraq due to dwindling oil reserves in mainland USA, as well as a power base in the Middle East generally.
Likewise trillions of dollars are spent on the so called "space program" which can never accomplish anything of value because our true destination is the Universe within, which is 99.99% of the real Universe - not the material skin of the material Universe.
In the meantime millions of people around the world are dying of starvation and disease, and tens of thousands of families in the USA are losing their homes due to the greed of the "financial markets" in pressuring vulnerable people to take "sub-prime mortgages" at "teaser rates".
On a more individual level, many people put themselves before others in a constant quest for money and material possessions, often far exceeding anything they could possibly need, or indeed use in this physical lifetime.
As I said in the previous section - out true treasure, the "Kingdom of Heaven" is within, and this will be one of the greatest realisations as we continue to experience the transition of the ages.
You will also note that this parable starts with the lesson about Faith as discussed in the previous section, and for good reason.
In its entirety, this parable therefore not only describes the important of "Faith", but in the importance of Service in the context of refining Faith. If we are are to increase our level of Faith to that of Jesus, to the point where "miracles" can be performed, then we must accordingly increase and refine our Faith.
We must keep in Mind at this point that the reason Jesus was the most powerful person to have ever walked on Earth was because he was totally "God Realised" and everything he accomplished was in Perfect Faith. Jesus knew that he was a channel of expression of God, and did all his work in that knowledge with "Perfect Love and Perfect Faith".
This is what separated Jesus from everyone else at that time, and for the most part ever since. We are all Sons and Daughters of God, no more and no less than Jesus, but Jesus was completely "God-realised" and this must be the objective of everyone - and an objective that a Higher Self incarnation of each and every one of us will realise sooner or later. The sooner the better of course.
So increasing Faith is not a part time, "9 to 5" thing, it is an ongoing process of purification and miracle working perfection where service to others and service to the Universe, to God is of central importance - thus is the meaning of this parable.
If in providing selfless service to others, even if it means doing more than you expected without "pay", if you feel cheated, taken advantage of or "ripped off", and therefore felt your service was "unprofitable", you can never begin to realise the Faith that arises out of service - the Faith of Jesus and the Faith to perform "miracles" in our lives. This is why Jesus links service to Faith.
How can anyone feel truly cheated when we have been given the ultimate gift of Eternal Life - ask yourself how much service this is that truly worth?
And we must always keep in Mind that we are all One - so when we provide service to others we are providing service to the Whole of which each of us is an integral aspect, and thereby we help ourselves. Separation is an illusion perpetuated only by the five physical senses - there is no separation.
The Ancient Greek word for "serve" is "diakoneo" which literally means "to wait upon" and as we will remember from the previous section the word "Faith" has been translated from the word in Ancient Greek, - "pistis" - which meanings include "conviction" or "assurance". Pistis is a derivation of the Ancient Greek word "peitho" which means "to wax confident".
So the meaning of this parable is clear: Develop the Mindset of Service to Other before Service to Self and and it will help in developing the Faith to work Miracles.