Obstacles to Enlightenment
Those searching for esoteric wisdom or indeed pursuing any kind of spiritual path already face immense difficulties reconciling the often-conflicting demands of the soul and the lower self. Since dominant mainstream materialistic thought denies and opposes most spiritual truths anyway, esotericists usually find themselves on a long and lonely, steep and winding road. The first truth they learn is that this is essentially a solitary pursuit and even slow progress can only be achieved by what HPB described as ‘self-devised efforts.’
But the difficulties don’t end there. As well as being misunderstood by the majority, spiritual seekers also face immense difficulties in controlling their physical, astral and mental bodies as they attempt to evolve to more elevated states of being. And yet even this isn’t the end of it.
In The Voice of the Silence HPB also outlines countless other demanding challenges and obstacles for aspirants:
‘Give up they life if thou would’st live.’
‘Thou canst not travel on the Path before thou hast become that Path itself.’
‘…mistrust they senses, they are false.’
‘Kill out desire…Kill love of life…’