Fragments of Thought and Life: Being Seven Essays, and Seven Fables in Illustration of the Essays
There are seven theosophical fables illustrating seven essays. I made my way through the first three fables. The first is four pages long. A man seeking the Supreme Father is advised to lie down in a field of flowers and to wait. Though he will be a cripple all his life, this soul has taken up the Cross and will attain. The second fable is over twenty pages long; it illustrates the Necessity of Bitterness. I gather that the point is that you have to work through the bitterness of what life gives you to find a saving attitude. Bitterness leads to hardness for Margaret Litton, who has taken the heart from her father and her former lover. Satan (?) instructs that she be bathed deeply in bitterness. She needs to become aware of her own guilt. Under the care and guidance of a guardian angel, a blind woman interacts with Margaret. The bitterness departs while forgiveness, service, and compassion enter in. Of That Which Endures leads into the third fable, which is again longer than its essay. This is a sweet-sour story of a nine year old noble son of a suicide. His father killed himself over his wife's supposed unfaithfulness. The man whom she loved comes back and meets the boy and asks whether he may come to the castle. The son wisely says no. The mother embodies the power to endure. Like her son, she triumphs. This work takes fable into a place where, I think, it does not live easily.
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