a competition in magnanimity

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   Riddle of chess:  is the point of chess to win the game at hand?  Or what?

  If chess is indeed t’ai chi, if indeed life is one in its many facets, what’s this big deal about winning/success that is trumpeted and blared so intensely in America?

  If a chessgame can be won in an hour or two, a series of chessgames or chess tournaments could be won be in a year or two.  Is that the goal?  Is that the summit that must be attempted by a chessplayer?  Is that how all life really works?  Win/success is the whole deal?

  If one’s focus is on each move and then one strings together all the moves in chess, is that it?  Case closed?  Therefore the key of chess or life is to focus on the immediate task and then keep doing so?  Will that lead us to or away from the rat race?

  If more rats can race faster and faster, round and round, is that the great win?  Or what.

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86.  Cooperation can be the adornment of a conscious spirit.  Not compulsion, and still less, competition, but the increase of energies transmits the understanding of cooperation.  Cooperative work is clear to those who have understood Hierarchy through the heart.  A teacher of freedom is a manifestation of Hierarchy, for it is said–first of all walk the shortest path, gather your forces, affirm yourselves in the understanding of individualization because a rainbow is strengthened by all rays.   -Morya:  Heart 1932

564.  Finally a newcomer said, “You have discussed various types of competition but you have forgotten one near to the human heart–a competition in magnanimity.  Let your teeth, fists and skull be at rest and vie with each other in magnanimity.  It will speed the path of the heart to the fiery world.”     -Morya:  Fiery World 1933

134. Competition is one of the difficult concepts. Only the fiery heart understands how many measures may be placed upon the light and upon the dark side.  A pure understanding of self-perfection will not evoke competition.  Where the consciousness is wild and unrestricted there competition leads to mutual destruction.  Envy nests around competition.  It leads to the most subtle crimes. Cooperation must bring balance to the misunderstood competition.  It is not easy to fix for oneself the boundary of a reasonable competition. The word competition itself is already dangerous; in it is expressed jealousy, in other words, a corrupt devotion. Therefore it is best wherever possible to replace the concept of competition with that of perfectionment.   -M:  Fiery World 1934

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270. People are careful about their physical heart, for they have learned that the heart is the center of the physical life. But they have not yet sufficient information about the correlation of the freewill with the primal energy, and regrettable disharmony is the result. Instead of the harmonious coexistence of the two forces, conflict and competition exist between them. One of the causes of the planet’s sickness lies in the uncoordinated forces of man. People should think about this. -M: Supermundane 2, 1938

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