It is not irrelevant to remind our readers that a mathematical point exists within us. Unquestionably, such a point is never found either in the past or in the future.
Whosoever wants to discover that mysterious point must look for it here and now within oneself at this exact moment, not a second earlier, not a second later.
The two horizontal and vertical lines of the Holy Cross intersect at this point.
Thus, we find ourselves from moment to moment before two paths: the Horizontal and the Vertical.
It is apparent that the Horizontal path is too base; it is traveled by my buddy and everybody, by those who are juvenile and those who are senile.
It is evident that the Vertical is different; it is the path of intelligent rebels, of revolutionaries.
When one remembers oneself and works upon oneself, when one does not become identified with all the problems and sorrows of life, it is a fact that one is traveling along the Vertical path.
Certainly, it is never an easy task to eliminate negative emotions, to lose all identification with our trend of life, with all types of problems, with business, debts, loan payments, mortgages, telephone, water and power payments, etc.
The unemployed ones, those who have lost their position or job for one reason or another, evidently suffer because of lack of money and for them to forget their situation and not worry or identify themselves with their own problem becomes tremendously difficult.
Those who suffer and those who cry, those who have been victims of some betrayal or injustice, victims of ingratitude, calumny, fraud, really do forget themselves; they forget their Inner Being; they identify themselves totally with their moral tragedy.
The work on oneself is the fundamental characteristic of the Vertical path.
Nobody treads upon the path of the Great Rebellion if he never works on himself.
The work to which we are referring is of a psychological nature. This work deals with a certain transformation of the moment in which we find ourselves.
We need to learn to live from moment to moment.
For example, a person who is desperate about some sentimental, economical or political problems has obviously forgotten his Inner Self.
If such a person would stop for a moment, observe the situation, try to remember his Inner Self and then try to understand the reason for this attitude...
If he would reflect a little and think that everything passes away, that life is fleeting, illusory, and that death reduces all the vanities of the world to ashes...
If he would understand that his problem in reality is nothing more than a worthless flame and soon dies, he would suddenly see with great surprise that everything has changed.
It is possible to transform mechanical reactions through logical confrontation and the intimate Auto-reflection of the Being.
It is evident that people react mechanically when faced with the diverse circumstances of life.
Wretched people, they usually become the victims. When flattered, they smile, when humiliated, they suffer. They insult if insulted, they hurt if they are hurt; they are never free; their fellowmen have the power to drive them from happiness to sadness, from hope to despair.
Each of these persons traveling along the Horizontal path is similar to a musical instrument on which each of his fellowmen can play the tune he wishes.
Whosoever learns how to transform mechanical reactions is in fact entering onto the Vertical path.
This represents a fundamental change in the “Level of Being,” an extraordinary result of the “psychological rebellion.”
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