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                                                    CHAPTER IV

                     While  simplifying the  expose  as  much  as  possible,  we  have tried,  in the  preceding

                   chapters, to indicate man's place in the cosmos, in organic life, and the way in which he

                   contributes towards the execution of the plan of development of our Ray of Creation.

                     Regarding this, we must insist on the importance of conscious efforts which, alone,

                   can rescue man from his condition of being a man without. As already noted in the first
                   volume , these efforts ensure the growth  of his Personality. There is a close correlation
                   between  this  growth  and  the  development  of  organic  life  on  the  whole:  the  two

                   processes, acting the one upon the other, form cycles where their aims coincide.
                     The work demanded of man on this road is considerable. It is accessible only to strong

                   souls, resolved to obtain Life through constant victories over themselves, in the invisible

                   combat which opposes them to all the tendencies which dominate the man without.

                     However, the Holy Scriptures give us certain encouraging tips for the future regarding

                   this possible evolution. They give us the hope that in the new era or the Cycle of the
                   Holy  Ghost ,  all  the  necessary  conditions  will  be  there  to  help  the  man  without  to
                   accede to esoteric work more easily, and to become the new man, master of himself.

                     Yet, Saint Paul says that, to put on the new man, we should

                     1  Especially chapter XX.
                       T. I, pp. 245 and following, French original version; pp. 267-268, English manuscript: study
                   the general schema of the Way.
                        T.  I,  pp.  217  and  following,  French  original  version;  pp.  232-233  and  following.  English
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