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THE WISDOM OF
THE ARYAS

ALLAN BENNETT

  1. Similarities
    1. Spiritual Regeneration
From this point of view, then, to give an example, our own human lives may be regarded as arising from the putting-together of the lives of an immense number of far lowlier creatures,--the lives, that is, of the unnumbered cells that go to build up our bodies. Comparative biology shews that the more highly advanced in evolution is any given being, the more highly specialised are the natures and functions of the various types of individual cells which go to the upbuilding of that being's life; and so the degree of specialisation of the cells composing the human body is higher than that of any other creature on earth.
Just as our lives are thus built up of individual cells, so is a great civilisation built up of individual human beings; and here again we find that the more highly-specialised are the functions of the individuals composing it, the more advanced is the resultant civilisation. As we should expect,--the greater being derived from the less,--the similarity between the functions of the various classes of cells composiug [see: composing] our bodies, and of individuals composing a great human culture is extraordinarily close; our bodies having a central government in the higher nervous system which controls , through a network of telegraphic communications, the whole body-corporate; roadways and waterways, in the circulatory and lymphatic systems, through which the necessities of life may reach each humblest cell-unit of the whole; a great storehouse of fuel in the liver; and recent work on the ductless glands has shewn them even to possess a postal system; through which molecular parcels of certain potent substances are sent out to, and reach, the cells by which they are required. The similarity is such as to transcend mere analogy; and leads us to the thought that the perfect human civilisation would be that wherein the functions of the divers types of living cells composing our bodies were most exactly paralleled by the functions of the various types of individual composing the State.
For the protection of our bodies from the countless inimical lives which are so constantly invading them, greedy for the life-wealth they contain, nature has elaborated and specialised, so long before mankind attained the same idea, a militia is constituted by the phagocytes which police each finest ramification of our roadways; and, as we all know, they fall upon, and, if they can, destroy, any hostile organism that has succeeded in entering our systems.
Now in youth and in the prime of life these phagocytes, these members of our militia, act as though they were inspired with the sole ideal of protecting the higher life of the whole body-corporate; even sacrificing their own lives by millions in order to repel any serious invasion. But, as old age creeps on, it is as though the old ideals fail; as though the phagocytes, no longer inspired with that one ideal of protecting the corporate life that animated their predecessors, become selfish, individualistic:--they commence to help themselves from the wealth that ever flows along our road-ways; grasping what they can for themselves and neglecting their proper duty, and the result is what we call senile decay; which sooner or later inevitably ends in death;--the death of the whole organism, including of course that of the militia-cells which brought it about.
Let us consider this fact a little; because it is one in which, right at the very roots of our own being, and in that material world wherein our knowledge is greatest, we may find the adumbration of a profound spiritual fact. The reader must pardon, for the sake of greater clarity, the use of terms, applied to the lower cell-life, which really pertain to the mental plane.
If we speak, for example, of the 'ideals' of a cell, we must be understood as meaning that dim reaching-out towards consciousness which in the highly-developed human being evolves into an ideal: and so throughout in what immediately follows.
Life of the higher order, as known to us, only comes into being by virtue of the symbiosis, the perfect mutual association of a number of life-units of a lower order. This, be it observed, is true even of the mere chemistry of the vital processes: for Carbon,--the element which forms the foundation of the living molecule,--is the one element most capable of forming great molecular associations, combining with other carbon atoms, as well as atoms of certain other elements, in such great variety of combination that the chemistry of the carbon compounds forms a whole great science in itself. Healthy life of a highly-evolved corporate being consists in this association, in this mutual help and coöperation of many individual living units: each performing its separate and highly-specialised part in contributing to the higher corporate life. It is as though the individual cells recognised their unity of purpose with all other cell-lives of the same association; and so long as this recognition, this understanding of mutual unity and mutual advantage remains supreme, so long does the higher life remain strong and healthy. So soon, however, as this understanding of the oneness of the life animating all fails in the case of a considerable and an important group,--the abovementioned 'militia' cells or phagocytes,--then the life-process of the whole higher being commences to decline; senility follows, and ends in general death.* 1


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Notes

  1. Allan Bennett, The Wisdom of the Aryas (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd. | New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1923), xix.
* One other case is known in the human organism of a similar order to that of the 'militia' cells. These latter, of course, are motile cells, moving in the blood-stream. But occasionally a group of the fixed cells, say muscle-cells, the labourers of the community, similarly fail in their recognition of unity and the supreme importance of the higher life. Instead of continuing to take their appointed part and labour for the association they commence to greedily grasp what they can for themselves; they proliferate and grow at the cost of the whole organism, instead of working for an with it. And, once started, the process of degeneration spreads to surrounding cells, these becoming infected, as it were, with the bolshevistic individualism of their neighbours. The result is what we term a malignant tumour or cancer; which grows, often causing terrible agony to the human being, until some vital part is reached, and so comes death,-- by 'individualism' again!



References

  1. Allan Bennett, The Wisdom of the Aryas (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd. | New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1923), xvi-xix.


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