“In days gone by, you have had leaders to guide you, but before them were even greater leaders, whom you have not known. The inspiration of their word is something that must never be lost; it must be preserved for all time.
“You must establish a community, where men can live together and where they can enjoy the companionship of women. Men always benefit from united effort, but this is inseparable from necessary restrictions. Let the restrictions imposed be such that no man can feel resentment because of the restraints set upon him. Let the only ordinances and restriction imposed be founded on the nature of man and upon spiritual and moral values.
“We must seek to assure freedom of action for every man and woman, so long as it does not prejudice the equal rights of others. … The rewards must go to the men who are best in all ways. …We must to provide for the sick and helpless, for the old and incapable. … We must make men high-minded and above all pettiness. … We must be a guiding light before the eyes of all men.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SOF:1:6-11)
There have been many great leaders in the world of various types. There are great political leaders, great business leaders, great leaders in science and art. The greatest leaders of all, however, are the great spiritual leaders. They are the greatest because they care for our immortal spirits and souls rather than our mortal bodies. They are great because they believe in equality.
Sadly, the other side of the coin is also true; we have had terrible leaders.
In business, the bad leader is the one who cares only for profit regardless of the cost to humanity. He might sell tobacco products, pesticides, or junk food. The his products kill people doesn’t bother him at all, as long as they make him wealthy.
In politics, science, and even religion, terrible leaders are very similar to that bad business leader. The politician who seeks to help only those wealthy who donate large sums of money to his campaigns, and perhaps even more under the table, is just as bad as that business person. The scientist who will say a certain processed food is healthy when the manufacturer donates millions to the university he works for, and the preacher who preaches whatever the crowd is will to pay to hear is equally as bad.
Establish A Community of Equality
It has been a practice for thousands of years for spiritual people to gather together in communities. One reason or doing this is protection. By gathering together, they are less likely to be destroyed by materialistic governments who don’t want spiritual teaching interfering with them. They also amplify the effects of their spiritual practices when they work together, much as a large orchestra produces more music than one guy with a horn. And a community allows all to live in equality, even though they have different jobs and responsibilities.
Freedom of Action
It is good for people to have freedom of action up to a point. No one should have the freedom to deny the rights of others. Nor should anyone have the right to force his views on others. Even when that point of view is the correct one, no one should be brought to it by force. Equality means the opinions and beliefs of others are just as important as our own.
In this case, we are not talking about a soap opera on TV. The “guiding light” is the spiritual light that awakens the souls and brings wisdom and spiritual knowledge to us.
When we let that Light of the Spiritual Sun guide us, we will treat others equally, care for the sick and helpless, and lend a helping hand to the poor when we can..
Equality in that Guiding Light means that not only do we have spiritual rights, so do others. And a community of Light will have leaders that believe and practice that.