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by Alice A. Bailey and the Ascended Master Djwhal Khul

From The Problems of Humanity

Factually today we have one world and this sums up the psychological problem of humanity. The goal is right human relations; nations will stand and fall just so far as they measure up to that vision. The era ahead of us–under evolutionary law and the will of God–is to see the establishment of right human relations.

The immediate spiritual problem with which all are faced, is the problem of gradually offsetting hate and initiating the new technique of trained, imaginative, creative and practical goodwill.

Goodwill is man’s first attempt to express the love of God. Its results on Earth will be peace. It is so simple and practical that people fail to appreciate its potency or its scientific and dynamic effect. One person sincerely practicing goodwill in a family, can completely change its attitudes. Goodwill really practiced among groups in any nation, by political and religious parties in any nation, and among the nations of the world, can revolutionize the world.

Each country today is divided within itself by warring groups–idealists and realists; political parties and far-sighted statesmanship; religious groups, fanatically occupied with their own ideas; capital and labor; isolationists and internationalists; people violently against certain groups or nations, and others working on behalf of them. The only factor which can eventually and in due time bring harmony and the end of these chaotic conditions, is right human relations.

The wise and the far-seeing, those prompted by a sane and unselfish common sense, the idealist and the men and women of goodwill, are everywhere and are struggling to find a solution, to build a new world structure of law, order and peace, which will insure right human relations; but they are, in turn, a tiny minority in comparison to the vast multitude of human beings peopling our Earth; their task is hard and from the point at which they must work, appears to them at times as presenting well-nigh insuperable difficulties.

Today men and women everywhere–in high places and in low, in every nation, community and group–are presenting a vision of right human relations which must constitute the standard for the future of mankind. Everywhere they are exposing the evils which must be eliminated, and they are educating ceaselessly in the principles of the New Age. It is these men who are of importance. In politics there are great and wise statesmen who are endeavoring to guide their people wisely, but have as yet too much with which to contend; of these Franklin D. Roosevelt was an outstanding modern example, for he gave of his best and died in the service of humanity. There are enlightened educators, writers and lecturers in every land who are seeking to show the people how practical is the ideal, how available the goodwill in mankind, and how easily applied are these ideals when there are enough men and women of goodwill active in the world to force the issue. This is the factor of importance. There are also scientists, physicians and agriculturists who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of human living; there are churchmen in all the faiths who follow sincerely the footsteps of the Christ (though they are not the leaders) and who repudiate the materialism which has ruined the churches; there are men and women in their untold millions who see truly, think clearly and work hard in their communities to establish right human relations.

From The Reappearance of the Christ

The phrase “right human relations” is one that is today being much-discussed; it is being increasingly realized that it is a major human need, and the only hope of a peaceful and secure future. Wrong human relations have reached such a state of difficulty that every phase of human life is in a state of chaotic turmoil; every aspect of daily living is involved–family life, communal living, business relations, and political contacts, governmental action and the habitual life of all peoples. Everywhere there is hate, competition, maladjustment, strife between parties, the vilest kind of muck raking and scandal making, deep distrust between men and nations, between capital and labor and among the many sects, churches and religions. Nowhere is there peace today or understanding; only a small minority in relation to the Earth’s population are struggling for those conditions which will lead to peaceful and happy relationships.

The strength of this fighting minority, struggling for peace and right relations, consists in the fact that the work they are attempting to do is in line with divine intention and purpose. Into this chaos of conflicting, competitive and fighting interests, Christ plans to reappear. I would ask you to contemplate the very real horror of what He has to face, and the necessity for some measure of order to be brought about in the world, for certain basic principles to be enunciated and partially, at least, accepted, before He can usefully work amongst men. If He were to come immediately, His voice would not be heard, for the noise of men’s quarreling is too great; if He sought to attract human attention, He would be classified simply as one who advertised himself; if He preached and taught, He would attract primarily those who think naturally in unison with His message, or the gullible and the credulous would flock to Him, as they do to all new teachers–no matter what they teach. The bulk of human beings are still too hungry, too devastated psychically, too bewildered and distressed and too unsure of their future, their freedom and their security to be in any condition to listen to Him. (Written about 1948)

When He came before He said (and the words have been sadly misread): “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.” This will be true especially during the early days of His advent. The sword which He wields, is the sword of Spirit; it is that sword which produces cleavage between a true spirituality and a habitual materialism. The major affect of His appearance will surely be to demonstrate in every land the effects of a spirit of inclusiveness–an inclusiveness which will be channeled or expressed through Him. All who seek right human relations will be gathered automatically to Him, whether they are in one of the great world religions or not; all who see no true or basic difference between religion and religion, or between man and man, or nation and nation, will rally around Him. Those who embody the spirit of exclusiveness and separativeness will stand automatically and equally revealed, and all men will know them for what they are. The cleaving sword of spirit will–without wounding–bring revelation and indicate the first needed step towards human regeneration.

Standing as the focal point of the inner Triangle–of the Buddha, of the Spirit of Peace, and the Avatar of Synthesis–the consequent outpouring potency of the Christ will be so great that the distinction between love and hate, between aggression and freedom, and between greed and sharing, will be made lucidly clear to the eyes and minds of all men and, therefore, the distinction between good and evil will be made equally clear.

The establishing of right human relations is an aspect of the divine will for humanity, and the next facet of the divine expression to manifest itself in human affairs–individual, communal, national, and international. Nothing has ever finally impeded this divine expression, except the time factor, and that time factor is determined by humanity and is an expression of the divine free will. The intended divine expression can move rapidly or slowly into manifestation, according as man decides; hitherto, man has decided upon a slow–a very slow–manifestation. It is here that the freedom of the human will shows itself. Because divinity is immanent or present in all forms, and therefore, in all human beings, that will must eventually be fulfilled because of the tremendously material intention (esoterically speaking) of all forms at present, that Will has hitherto been retarded in its expression; it has not been the will of man to establish right human relations. Hence the discipline of war, the torture of forms, and the misery in human living today.

We would all find it helpful to reflect upon what are the factors recognized in submission and acquiescence. In establishing right human relations, relinquishment, renunciation, submission to existent facts, and obedient acquiescence to divine law, are all involved. These are the things which Christ earlier demonstrated on Earth, and they are the things He will help humanity to accept with enthusiasm and understanding. This will produce happiness. Happiness is a difficult lesson to learn; it is for mankind a totally new experience and Christ will have to teach men how to handle happiness correctly, to overcome the ancient habits of misery, and thus to know the meaning of true joy.

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