Blame and the World Condition
The Tibetan on Blame

... the physical plane happenings are incidental and of no permanent lasting power.


The physical plane events and precipitations are carried forward and made possible through focal points of energy who are the world dictators, the world statesmen, and the outstanding human beings in all lands as well as by groups which are actively working in every country for their own ends or — as is more often the case — under the influence of some group ideal or wisdom plus personal ambition, personal will-to-power and personal aggrandizement. We call these people dictators, demagogues, inspired leaders, or just and wise people, according to our peculiar ideology, tradition, attitudes to our fellow humans and our particular political, economic and religious training. But all these leaders are simply human beings and like other people — idealistic, mistaken, lovers of their country, egoists, impressionable, foolish, cunning, powerful, focused on some goal or ambition, with clear vision and at the same time myopic reactions, cruel or wise as the case may be — but, in the last analysis, highly developed personalities. They are being used to engineer great and needed changes and to alter the face of civilization. The wrong methods employed and the evil things done are the fault of humanity as a whole, and of the habits of thought which have made mankind selfish and cruel and cause this great and universal spirit of the will-to-change to manifest so powerfully and cruelly.

Blame not the personalities involved or the people who produce these events before which we stand today bewildered and appalled. They are only the product of the past and the victims of the present. At the same time, they are the agents of destiny, the creators of the new order and the initiators of the new civilisation; they are the destroyers of what must be destroyed before humanity can go forward along the Lighted Way. They are the embodiment of the personality of humanity. Blame yourselves, therefore, for what is today transpiring and seek not to evade responsibility by placing it upon the shoulders of spectacular people or any statesperson, dictator or upon any group. Look not to one person or to one group of persons and accuse them of causing the present world condition. Look not also to any one person or group to bring liberation or to find a solution of the world problem. That is for humanity itself to do. Humanity must take action and will do so, when the right time comes. To recognise joint responsibility, joint mistakes, ancient errors of judgment, wrong attitudes and habits of thought, world-wide selfish purpose and intent, a universal spirit of aggression which, down the ages, has influenced first one nation and then another, the tendency last century to crystallise and become static, the reactionary forces on every hand — these are universal qualities and no nation and no race is free of guilt or has entirely clean hands. Also, no one national group is purely wrong and evil or purely good and unselfish. There are mixed motives everywhere. Nationalism, aggression, selfishness and cruelty in all countries face a desire for world understanding, peaceful relations, and an unselfish and beneficent spirit also in all countries. The Forces of Light find their adherents and their workers in every country though some are subjected to greater handicaps in expression than others. So also do the Forces of Materialism. And in between these two great groups stand the masses — waiting for the emergence of fresh opportunity and new revelations.

It is the universality of these conditions and the clear-cut issues that have made this period one of planetary opportunity and planetary initiation. Initiation is essentially a moving out from under ancient controls into the control of more spiritual and increasingly higher values. Initiation is an expansion of consciousness which leads to a growing recognition of the inner realities. It is equally the recognition of a renewed sense of the need for change and the wise engineering of these needed changes so that real progress can be made; the consciousness is expanded and becomes more generously and divinely inclusive and there is a fresh and more potent control by the soul as it assumes increasingly the direction of the life of the individual, of a nation and of the world.

When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot.
When you realize everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.

- His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama


Text is excerpted from Alice Bailey / The Tibetan
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, pages 134–136
written in September, 1939
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