The forces of evil cannot be overcome by _laissez faire_,
and power is an indispensable weapon of progress. A powerless state means a helpless community; and anarchy is the worst of
all forms of tyranny, because it is irresponsible, incorrigible, and capricious. Weakness, moreover, is the parent of panic,
and panic brings cruelty in its train. So long as the state was weak, it was cruel; and the hideous treason-laws of Tudor
times were due to fear.
The weak cannot afford to be tolerant any more than
the poor can afford to be generous. ...We are humanitarian, not because we are so much better than our ancestors, but
because we can afford the luxury of dissent and conscientious objections so much better than they could. Political liberty
and religious freedom depend upon the power of the state, inspired, controlled, and guided by the mind of the community.
HISTORY OF ENGLAND. A. F. POLLARD.
It will not be stemmed by telling those who have suffered
at the hands of the Axis nations that they must not hate, or by exhorting people who have been the victims of traitors that
they must not bear ill-will to such men as Quisling and Laval. EXT 372.
Treason must be foreseen. Every sign of treason must
be uncovered. If fear is multicolored, then how much more so is treason. Let us be vigilant. AY 129.
It is not proper to reject anyone unless the line of
treason has been crossed. Judge by this black sign. AY 310.
Light-mindedness, curiosity, suspicion, and unbelief
are all of the same dark family. AUM 107.
Two who sit at one table, opposite each other, cannot
be opponents if they follow the same Teacher. Inclusiveness and tolerance are one. Only treason cannot be tolerated.
By calling Our messengers charlatans, people are acknowledging
their unusualness. Coarse are the caresses of the lower animals. And the coarseness of the remainder of the departing race
has surpassed even that of the dark ages. It is not baseness so much as coarseness of receptivity that makes the mass of humanity
unfit material. It is precisely coarseness that gives rise to light-mindedness and to its consequence — treason. Therefore,
let us define slander as the torch of the savage. But during the night-crossings each fire can be used! AY 21.
Certainly it is not easy for people of the fiery element
to live in the body. But choose only these as co-workers, because there is no treason in them. Danger will not cause
confusion in them. Duty is understood by them, and their striving ascends like a flame. AY 308.
People who are expecting a message can also be divided
into two categories. The minority know how to wait, but the majority not only do not understand what is taking place but even
exert a harmful influence. They abandon their work. They fill space with complaints. They impede those around them. Without
noticing it they consider themselves the elect, and they begin to make arrogant assertions about others. Much harm emanates
from scant knowledge and still more from a petrified consciousness. Each such person becomes a hotbed of confusion and doubt.
He loses the rhythm of work by manifesting confusion. Such people are very harmful for the spreading of knowledge. They wish
to receive for their personal gratification the very latest tidings, but little usefulness results from such usurpers. One
should not fail to take such weak people into account they are as nests of treason. Nothing restrains their intrigues. There
should be no act of destruction just for the sake of good tidings. Few there are who know how to await messages in complete
magnanimity, while working, and amidst difficulties such co-workers are the ones who become brothers. BRO 68.
Understanding of matter can grow only where treason
is impossible. Comm 86.
But, if into the schools of life treason will have
seeped, then the severest judgment will put an end to such madness. Comm 108.
236. It may be asked what to do with traitors. Liars
and sluggards are easy to expel, but it is impossible not to suppress treason.
We may cite a case when
one of Our coworkers permitted treason. The sentinel on guard said to him: "Be your own judge." As if nothing had happened,
the traitor smirked at him and went on living. But in a year, deprived of sleep, he awaited death, fearing it. Fear of death
is the weightiest self-judgment. Fear of death shuns growth and envies each one who welcomes a change of life. An indescribable
terror is the fear of death; it is not a spur to flight, but a freezing paralysis. One may say to the potential traitor: "Beware
the fear of death." Comm 236.
Not by accident do you receive in these Great Days
news of treason and lies. What madness that the traitors are those who seem, as it were, the guardians of higher understanding!
What crime is the most destructive to the monad of
the criminal? Certainly treason. This crime abruptly alters the current already established, and a terrific counterblow results.
A traitor cannot live long in the world of matter, and when he crosses into the Subtle World, being entirely without life-giving
energy he is sucked into chaos and is doomed to disintegration. Treason is never impulsive. It is always premeditated, and
thus its fate is aggravated. It must be understood that the return to chaos is, first of all, inexpressibly painful. In addition,
the feeling of the primary seed remains, and facing the futility of hoping for a speedy transformation demands indescribable
courage. But the traitor is devoid of courage. He is above all filled with conceit. Thus, people should be warned that even
from a physical standpoint treason is intolerable. The traitor not only condemns himself but infects vast strata around him,
generating storms of fire. One should not think that an unnatural human action will not react on the surroundings. It reacts
first of all on children under seven, before the spirit has taken possession of the entire organism. During this early period
the fiery tempests are especially dangerous; they impose a special nervousness upon the heart action of those who already
carry the weight of heavy atavism. Thus the traitor not only betrays an individual, but at the same time outrages a whole
generation and even affects the well-being of an entire country. Let each one who has pondered upon the Fiery World beware
of treason even in thought. No treason is small—it is great in evil and is hostile to the Universe. Such evil is in
itself a barrier to ascent. FWI 609.
Amidst the grandeur of the worlds, can one dwell in
malice, in murder, in treason? Only darkness can harbor all insidious crimes! No law justifies ill will. Ill will is terrible,
for it leads into darkness. But by what earthly means alone can one prevail against darkness? Verily, the fire of love.
Fanaticism begets treason, hostility, and cruelty.
The fanatic does not reach the Fiery World, because love is the key to it. Fanaticism is like a neglected ailment, if not
immediately attended to it becomes incurable. Such a consciousness must encounter great shocks in order to understand true
devotion. FWI 661.
After doubt, let us recall treason itself, for who
is closer to doubt than the traitor? Heart 06.
The pledge shall become a shield, but let us distinguish
between falling away and treason. Falling away may be due to some karmic cause or to physical peculiarities. But for treason
there are no vindicating circumstances. I assert that the consequences of treason are the most inevitable ones. Nothing can
free the traitor from being himself betrayed. The betrayal of the Teaching is regarded as the most heinous. Man cannot blaspheme
the Highest Spirit. Studying the actions of the heart one can see what physical shocks are evoked by betrayal of the Highest.
Disintegration because of treason acts not only within the boundaries of the personality but also incessantly over vast expanses.
As the highest spheres sense each benevolent ascent, so does each treason thunder like a crumbling tower. Having accepted
the analogy of the deodar, one may say that treason is like a hollow tree with a bat's nest. Heart 237.
Hence, one must remember that disparagement of Hierarchy
is treason; that indifference toward Hierarchy is treason; that a negligent attitude toward all that pertains to Hierarchy
is treason. Thus, We affirm that responsibility must be realized for each spoken word, for each deed and each action.
They will not linger long near the Teaching; they will
depart as soon as they sense the spiritual, not the physical. It is precisely such people who, failing to find pieces of silver,
become the most dreadful traitors. Thus, neither the power of Grace nor Aum will affect or illumine them the coal black heart
remains black and is reduced to ashes. AUM 26.
One can fall under the darkest influence when the saving
thread has been broken. Such people are still able to move, eat, sleep, and slander, but the leprous infection may already
have taken root. Likewise, traitors can still vegetate, but human dignity has been lost. AUM 128.
The names of traitors are also recorded in the history
of mankind. But where can traitors hide in the Subtle World, when their memory has been clarified? Not shame before
others, but the unquenchable bitterness of infamy in the heart drives the traitors into ice and flame. And where are those
who whispered treacheries into their ears? Why do they not succor their issue? They do not seek them out in the
darkness. Terrible is the condition of traitors murderers of body and spirit! AUM 151.
Do not be too hasty in choosing disciples. Apply three
tests to the approaching ones, so that they may reveal themselves unsuspectingly. Let the first test be the affirmation of
the General Good; let the second be the defense of the Name of the Teacher; let the third be the demonstration of independence
of action. If one, during a task, begins to threaten — reject him. If one whispers around the corner — reject
him. If one thinks that he is overburdened — reject him. I do not speak about traitors. By the ways in which their tasks
are performed, you will know the tested ones. Freedom of will abides in all, and the planet itself is in the power of the
human spirit. AY 217.
Calamity has actually arrived. People ask Wherein is
God's wrath? It is in such calamities as people's turning away from God, their becoming traitors, either in actions,
or in thoughts, or in the silence of fear. Let us not enumerate all the aspects of such treachery; it infects the planet and
manifests an unmistakable quality. FW2 185.
Among psychic maladies the most frightful, almost incurable,
are treachery and blasphemy. Once a traitor, always a traitor. Only the strongest fiery shock can purify such an infected
brain. If such a criminal condition emanates from obsession, this is likewise not comforting. Is it possible to conceive of
cooperation with a traitor or a blasphemer? They are like a plague in the house. They are like a fetid corpse. Thus,
the Fiery World has no consolation for traitors and blasphemers. FW2 445.
Therefore, traitors and agitators and doers of dark
deeds are most frightful violators of Cosmic Equilibrium. Therefore, on the path to the Fiery World let us develop within
ourselves discernment of faces, and let us strive for the establishment of Equilibrium. FW3 339.
Let us say to all traitors you have convicted yourselves.
The fate of traitors is indeed self-imposed. Unendurable is the yoke of a traitor. Whither then so many unfortunate ones?
They are disguised as beggars, thieves, murderers. Usually in their pouch are to be found old debts. The traitors do not understand
what debts they are paying. But manifestly they bear the weight of payment. FW3 474.
Reflect upon the confusion which encompasses the spirit
of traitors. That most frightful, gloomy sinking into darkness, that most perilous breaking of the fiery bond. It is as if
for traitors the sun and the moon were the same, and in their madness they would overthrow the sun. Indeed, the madness of
traitors should be studied by psychiatrists. One may observe the paroxysms which are followed by terror. From the one side
they appear to be ordinary people, but from the other they no longer belong to the planet, and the spirit knows what such
a path is like! FW3 539.
Of traitors one must say with sorrow—they have
died forever. The seed of the spirit will not withstand the burden of treason—this abomination. Heart 590.
Traitors can always be found among the most learned
followers, but this is not surprising, since without knowledge they would have nothing to betray. It is instructive to study
the fate of these traitors. Sometimes they ended in dark despair, but more often their lives deteriorated into dreary stagnation.
True, someone will ask, How could such traitors be
allowed to approach? But we should not forget Judas, Devadatta, Cassius, Brutus, and all murderers and betrayers, whose name
is legion. Betrayal, like a shadow, follows a great achievement, and precisely by betrayal the greatness of an achievement
can be measured. Many dark betrayers were known to H. P. Blavatsky and Comte Saint-Germain, and those Carriers of Light nearer
to our own time, but their names became only greater because of this. LHR2.
Urusvati knows that potential traitors are most indignant
when treason is mentioned in their presence. Similarly, a criminal grows angry when hearing talk about fighting crime. In
the history of every nation shocking examples of treason are cited. This is not done as a threat, but as a perfect illustration
of ignorance. SMD 583.