558 TALKS ON <( AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "
was part of our evolution and necessary for our
development. The man who is selfish now is an
anachronism, he is out of d^te, he is clinging
to that old custom, when it is very bad and not
at all good. Just in the same way the man who is
devoting all his energies to picking holes and finding'
differences is out of date. He has not realised that
he is out of date, that the world has passed beyond
that stage, that we ought to be studying synthesis
and trying to find the Divine and the good in every-
thing, since we ought now to be beginning to develop
the Buddhi and not merely the Manas. We, who
are Theosophists, are trying to live for to-morrow
and not for yesterday—trying to keep a little in
advance of the times ; therefore we must not let our-
selves be swept away by this great tide of ignorant
obscurantism. But, in order to do this, we have
constantly to remind ourselves that we must not
give way; otherwise the stream will so surround
and press upon us that we shall find ourselves doing i
as other people do. Therefore the Master is, as ever,
right when He says that against these things the
disciple must watch ceaselessly.