Friends, if I speak to you on this tonight, it is because I know what the doctrine has of hope, of strength, of encouragement, in the face of the difficulties in the world. I know what it means for the heart-broken, who fall in despair before the puzzles of life, to have the light thrown upon it which makes life intelligible, for the misery of intellectual unrest is one of the worst miseries that we face in the modern world. To be able to understand what we are, to be able to understand whence we have come and whither we are going, to see all through the world one law as there is one life, to realise that there is no partiality, no injustice, no unfair treatment of one human soul, no unfair treatment of one human life; that all are growing; that all are evolving; that our elders are only elders and not different in kind from ourselves; that the youngest shall be as the oldest; that man has within him the developing spirit of his Father and shall therefore be perfect as God is perfect; that is the hope – nay, not the hope, the certainty – that this doctrine gives to the human soul. And when we have grasped it, we can face the miseries, the sorrows, the despairs of life, and know that, in the end, looking back upon this sorrowful world, we shall say: ‘It was from God, it came from God, and to God it returns.’
Annie Besant, The Necessity for Reincarnation, The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, 1920, p26 and 27
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