The servant to others is first, the master of him or herself; only then to uplift the surrounding world. He or she is not the slave that is held by and subsequently, brings down the surrounding world. When one brings nobility to another, by way of inspiration, example or aught else, one serves the other in a most libertine manner that brings both of them to grow.
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1. To start, there is a major difference between Servantry & Servitude.
1A. The nobility practices Servantry by a willing devotion to be of service to others.
1B. The slave is held cpative in Servitude & serves against his or her will.
1B1. Note also that the slave-holder is also held in servitude; always in fear of his or her slaves.
1B1a. This robs one of mental energy & alienates one from the human soul.
2. Servantry reinforces & builds up the nobility in others, as it does also, the Servant.
2A. Hold this in contrast with Servitude, that formulates ignobility in both master and slave.
3. Articles of Servantry include inspiration, congratulation, the sharing of one’s bounty & the communication of awe; tempered with constructive criticism.
3A. These are educational articles & practices that build-up & reinforce Gnosis in others.
3A1. Slaves are held in ignorance.
3A1a. Often that ignorance is self-imposed & the master works indirectly.
3A1a1. Government through a propaganda machine; e.g.
3A1b. Reer to our sermon on Nobility, which is all about the importance of education.
4. We at the GCL often proclaim that we work to develop & support genius in our congregation.
4A. How we accompolish this is in applying our articles of Servantry.
4A1. This is the work of individuals in our congregation, feeding each other.
4B. But we also stand as a beacon of Light, Life, Love & Liberty, which represents the collective force that we impress upon the world.
4B1. Our very building stands as a lamp in the darkness of the social blight that is spread upon the world.
5. Service has also been called Karma Yoga. But note carefully that Karma has nothing to do with reward & punishment or any form of personal correction, as this is a Christian idea.
5A. The first wo yogic practices are Yama & Niyama; good thoughts & good deeds.
5A1. Karma is then about one’s general character & the general comportment of one’s disposition.
5B. Good thought about ourselves helps to make us whole, as good thought aboiut the church help the church to grow & make the church whole.
5B1. Extend this out to the world, and we help to defeat alienation with more wholesome community.
6. Service is always about ‘I’ and ‘Not-I’–Hadit & Nuit; respectively.
6A. A slight problem is tha in Chrisian sociey, Service to self is often called vice or selfishness. But to serve the self is to be fulfilled in all ways. And only then can one be of Service to others.
6B. AL:II.22 “I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof! They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self. The exposure of innocence is a lie. Be strong, o man! lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.”
6C. AL:II.52 “There is a veil: that veil is black. It is the veil of the modest woman; it is the veil of sorrow, & the pall of death: this is none of me. Tear down that lying spectre of the centuries: veil not your vices in virtuous words: these vices are my service; ye do well, & I will reward you here and hereafter.”
7. Service to ‘Not-I’ is the ‘rapturous love song’ that unites the divided; brings the ‘I’ forward to ‘Not-I.’
7A. Ben Hecht syates in his essay, ‘A Child of the Century’ that: “Love is the magician that pulls him out of his own hat.”
7A1. The ‘I’ is symbolized by Hadit–male god, as the ‘Not-I’ is symbolized the Goddess, Nuit.
7A1a. Both are infinite in their nature, as are all numbers, per AL:I.4 “Every number is infinite; there is no difference.”
7A1b. Both Nuit & Hadit are equal & opposite complements of each other.
7B. AL:I.29 “For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.”
7C. AL:I.30 “This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.”
7D. AL:I.62 “At all my meetings with you shall the priestess say-and her eyes shall burn with desire as she stands bare and rejoicing in my secret temple-To me! To me! calling forth the flame of the hearts of all in her love-chant.”