The Inner Life
Urusvati knows how much people prefer to strive toward the far-off worlds rather than attend to their earthly problems. The reason is clear—Earth-dwellers bear no responsibility for the far-off worlds, but the duties of everyday life impose many burdens. Few people want to understand that the reality of the far-off worlds will be revealed only to those who deal successfully with earthly conditions.
Without a realization of one’s purpose on Earth, it is not possible to venture into the supermundane spheres. Only through earthly self-improvement can we become worthy travelers to the far-off worlds. Thus, when We speak about the Supermundane we must, first of all, comprehend our earthly state. I repeat again that those who cannot successfully deal with the earthly cannot correctly strive toward the Supermundane.
Not even those who strive to follow the Instructions sent to them can always know how to apply them in life. But this should not upset us. Those who have passed through many earthly journeys know how their experience was accumulated, and the one who has experienced and learned much will be compassionate to those who stumble.
It must not be forgotten that in each incarnation we improve certain qualities in ourselves, whereas many other qualities remain dormant. That is why people often wonder when they see someone who is successful in some ways and weak in others. Only in the Subtle World are the former accumulations awakened, and, of course, so are the errors.
Thus the Thinker often defended a person by saying, “Do we know what is in his heart?” Supermundane III, 459