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"This path begins with man's perception of his personal, little ego and his growing awareness in this 'apparent ego'. Then he begins the gradual process of acquiring self-knowledge and discovers that everything he had hitherto regarded as his own Self was only a conglomeration of various drives, instincts and desires plus reason. He discovers that his little, personal ego is merely an 'apparent ego' and that his true being is involved with it only inasmuch as it gave the little ego individual life. When man reaches the stage where he has realized and become conscious of this, he has already partly renounced identification with the little physical-material ego. He has grown in his consciousness and come closer to his true being, his true Self.

He continues his inner struggle and climbs ever higher in his consciousness on the great Jacob's ladder. Fate helps him by giving him experiences and trials which bring him increasingly closer to himself, no matter how much these trials may cause him suffering and pain. He must learn to see his personal ego more and more from above, like an indifferent onlooker. He passes through all the levels symbolized by 'the Tree of Life' or Tarot cards until  he becomes his own higher self, his true BEING. It is not enough merely to understand these inner truths rationally; at that stage he is still far from realization. He must reach the level where he is nothing else but a naked, divine being completely free of physical-material qualities. In every respect and position he can only be himself, must be himself, because he cannot be different! He has been healed of the disorders of the soul which are called covetousness, envy, vanity and thirst for power. They were never the qualities of his true Self. Now he must and can only manifest divine qualities, because he has become divine.

If he were to behave as an ordinary, personal man in order not to infuriate other people, he would afterwards despise himself to such an extent that he would prefer to withdraw completely from society so that he would not always be misunderstood and continually obliged to explain his reasons for saying this or doing that. Yet that is not the only reason why such a person withdraws. On the long path to the SELF, his sense-organs have reached such a degree of sensitivity that he sees right through other people. And even though he understands them and bears no resentment, he suffers greatly by having to watch his fellow-men destroy themselves with a wrong way of life! He also knows that if he tells them the truth a hundred times, they will heed him as little as they heeded Christ, preferring to hasten to their own destruction. He prefer not to have to watch this and he goes away. These people withdraw completely from the worldly life UNLESS God has imposed on them the test of having to live with other men in order to fufill their task. "

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