Thursday, 7th December 2023

The cycle of beneficial service

By Abdu Rafiu
03 October 2019   |   3:09 am
Go to the ant and learn, so we are admonished. When we reflect, we say to ourselves: Come to think of it, is it from their sense of duty, their demonstrable organisational...

Go to the ant and learn, so we are admonished. When we reflect, we say to ourselves: Come to think of it, is it from their sense of duty, their demonstrable organizational skills and abilities, their attitude and application to work? If we reflect just a little, we find there is a lot to learn from that tiny ant to which we pay scant attention, if at all. What of the nature beings which, as I pointed out last week, provide the air we breathe unceasingly for 24 hours that make a day, for 365 days or 52 weeks that make a year, 2,160 earth years that constitute an Age—thus the Age of the Father, the Age of the Son and the Age of the Holy Spirit. We are wont to then say the Lord Christ departed this earth some 2,000 years ago, and that we have entered the Age of the Holy Spirit. The beings are in dedicated, loyal and untiring service in the 26,000 years that make the Platonic Year also called the Great Year.

Working with plants, the beings turn carbon-dioxide, through photosynthesis using sunlight, into oxygen without which there can be no human or animal existence. We are oblivious of their work, and we take availability of air for granted. The modern man is closed to them after paralyzing the hind brain, the spiritually receptive part of our brains. Consequently, because we are hardly conscious of their existence and work, we hardly give thanks. Air is taken as given until our breathing is hampered and we are unable to breathe in clean air or exhale used-up air and doctors say we may have inhaled polluted air. The beings give their all in the service of the Most High without first reconsidering and without forethought. For us human beings, what is service? Because service by man is a forlorn hope, hardly genuine even when a semblance of it is rendered, borne largely out of calculation, craving for fame, self-aggrandizement, as well as public acknowledgement, a great many, seen from Above, may have alienated themselves from the cycle of beneficial service.

Everything in which we are engaged is by definition service. However, to come to a proper understanding of the meaning of service, we must first understand its constituent parts. As I did state last week, these are: The doer/giver; the recipient and the deed, that is, the one performing the duty or work, the work or duty performed, and the beneficiary. The doer is the active agent, the beneficiary the passive agent and the deed the nexus which links the active with the passive. If service is properly conceived and properly executed, as well as properly received, it involves motion which, as I pointed out, is not linear but cyclical. It leads to a situation in which the active agent soon becomes the passive agent and the passive agent the active agent, even if all he sends out is an expression of gratitude. A good service is generated in the recipient’s gratitude, and the cycle of actions engendered by the service closes, having lifted the two agents concerned to a new plane of being which can indeed serve as a starting point of a new cycle of service. In other words, it can be seen that when we render service, we are cooperating in the cyclical service of life and the entire Creation which is unceasingly mediated.

However, grasping the rendering of service that moves in cycles takes us to another level. Service requires knowledge of a higher kind. Are we not told that in these times, we would be availed knowledge that will lead us mankind to further Truths? Through the higher knowledge spreading on earth today, we can see that the active agent or the initiator of the cycle of actions must not only be able to know who is in need of service, but also what kind of service is needed, where it is needed and when. Otherwise, it is either he will give it to the wrong person and throw pearls before swine or (he will carry coal to New Castle) or give the wrong kind of service (a white elephant). Service can also be given at the wrong time and in the wrong place. If any of these conditions is breached, the action would fail since the passive agent would fail to appreciate the service. Failing to appreciate it, he would not take the necessary steps in thought, word or deed that lead to the closing of the cycle of actions in the person of the initiator.

Another knowledge is required. In rendering service to our fellowmen, we must understand that we are not giving of ourselves or of our own in order to fulfill the conditions for the uninterrupted developments and closing of the cycle. This is true whether the service is in thought, word or deed. A person rendering service must realize that he is taking from the rich store house of Creation and passing it on in order to relieve a beleaguered neighbour. It is this knowledge that should make one realize his smallness and become humble. It should indeed make the person realize that he must not demand gratitude as of right since, at best, he is only an agent passing on to another what belongs to the Source of All Life and Being. For finding himself in this blessed position of being used as an agent, he in turn owes a debt of gratitude to the Creator Who owns that which made the service possible and Who chose him to be an agent of fulfillment.

From the foregoing, we should now be in a position to appreciate how serious it is for either governments or groups or individuals in this country or elsewhere to fail to render service when placed in a position to do so. Indeed, there is nobody or group that is not always in a position to render service. Such a failure means a misuse of resources taken from the store house of Creation. It is a misuse of the currents of Power from the Most High from which the resources precipitated and manifested gross materially to be made accessible. It means failure to serve as an instrument of Divine Will. It shows on the part of those concerned a lack of the necessary higher knowledge which one needs for understanding and the fulfillment of the purpose of life on earth. Lacking in knowledge, such persons lack humility. Lacking humility, they make a fetish of their ego. There is the craving for self-worship and public acknowledgement. In other words, it is little realized that failure in public or private positions of trust has consequences of ethereal and spiritual dimensions—that is beyond-the-earthly consequences flowing from the inflexible, incorruptible and inexorable Divine Justice which cannot be influenced and which does not take account of public opinion, approval or disapproval, its twist or turns.

He who renders service is in the end the beneficiary, the recipient agent and his deeds the nexus. They come back to him in the cycle of beneficial service and in multiple folds since every act attracts and is attracted by its own kind to form a congregation of good or bad deeds. If good and in multiple folds, the active agent, the giver experiences the living statement of the Great Nazarene, the Lord Jesus Christ, when He said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In all this, what I have been getting at is drawing attention to the importance of concept in understanding our environment and the meaning of service.

The term environment is being used in its widest sense to include all what we can know with the aid of our five senses, and the more extensive realms of existence which we can only know through higher knowledge speaking to our intuition and guiding us to all Truths. In other words, we have touched on some key concepts in the effort at understanding service. These include the Creator, creature, spirit, knowledge, motion and Being. Each of these is a subject of inexhaustible discourse to define it, a contemplation in which many more concepts would be introduced each of which in turn would again require definition in which still more concepts would creep in and so ad infinitum. What this says to us is the unity and infinity of knowledge. It points out to us that knowledge is knowing and experiencing of concepts which invariably are among the building blocks of Creation. To know Creation, therefore, is to understand and experience concepts. We can see how puny we are, the arrogant modern man! What, indeed, does man know? It is a question that is poked into our faces unremittingly.

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