|"Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." There can be few, especially in the Western
world, who are unfamiliar with this ancient Christian maxim. Passed down the generations from
adult to child, it has found its way into the moral framework of countless millions. However,
despite this long conversance, there are relatively few who appear to understand its meaning,
and even fewer who live its wisdom. Essentially, it concerns detachment. The evil -- the
criticism, destructive gossip and actions -- which abounds in most so-called 'spiritual'
groups, succeeds in its intent where there is no detachment. Its bitter and corrosive venom
flourishes where it is given the energy of constant thought and defence. Better, by far, it is
to leave it to the Karmic Law, than to brood and fret against its source.
This being so, it matters not the nature of the evil, the intended harm. The Law is impartial and works to restore equilibrium. No manner of struggle to right a wrong or defend a reputation can better the Law of Karma in its task. Save then your energy for better things and let the Law decide the measure and the timing of response.
When evil strikes the best defence, then, is detachment. When the hunted animal stands, silent and still, the hunter, baffled, goes empty-handed. When a man is detached -- free from fear and the need to retaliate -- he can calmly leave the Great Law to fight his battle for him. Thus the evil gains not, nor waxes in strength. This profound teaching of the Christ is usually expressed as an injunction against carrying injury or hurt from day to day -- thus prolonging its life and further hurting the victim. This relates closely to the Christian concept of forgiveness. When a man is truly detached he has already forgiven. He waits patiently for the originator of the evil to realize the harm he does to himself, the victim and the group, and to make amends. Thus is the evil blunted and thus is it "sufficient unto the day."
When Maitreya, the Great Lord, emerges fully and publicly, He will devote much time to the concept of detachment. Not for nothing is it central to His Teaching: He has already given His thoughts on honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit and detachment. Not all, at first, will be able to follow His thoughts but in time His energy of Love will awaken men to the practicality of His wisdom. Gradually, the old, mechanical reactions of hate and envy will disappear as the social needs are met, as more and more are lifted up by the joy of working for Maitreya's cause. Thus will it be, and thus will the people of all the nations grow in stature as emerging Gods.
[This article from Share International magazine,
September 2001, is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name,
well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal
spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master
who dictated his article to him.]