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Healing the Beast

WHEN acting through human brains and bodies, our minds reveal a complex dual nature — a pivotal tenet of Theosophical psychology.

Mind’s higher aspect gravitates toward spirit, while the natural tendency of its physical reflection is attraction to form and desire.

Broadly considered, what is called higher mind is a soul faculty, our intuitional power source according to Theosophy — it is the “god” in man.

The alter-ego, our personal self, epitomized by the gut and brain consciousness, seems to be a conflicted mix of god and demagogue.

This enigma is dramatized by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor in her New York Times bestseller “My Stroke of Insight.” As a brain researcher Dr. Taylor’s focus is of course anatomical, the left and right hemispheres. (See Love and Fury) Continue reading

Love and Fury

 

Paul Robertson, “Through a Glass Darkly”

COMPASSION is no mere attribute of thinking or emotion, says the Book of the Golden Precepts.

Calling it “the Law of Laws,” the  ancient precept declares that true harmony must lie in recognition of the “fitness of all things.”

Additionally, this power is described as a “shoreless universal essence,” and “the light of everlasting Right.”

Simply put, the ancient teaching says, this power is nothing short of “the law of love eternal.”

But, writes Blavatsky in Psychic and Noetic Action, “no physiologist, not even the cleverest, will ever be able to solve the mystery of the human mind, in its highest spiritual manifestation.”

Nor will they be able to understand the duality “of the psychic and the noetic—or even to comprehend the intricacies of the former on the purely material plane.” Continue reading

The Liberated

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DEDICATED repetition is the foundation of all accomplishment in true art, science, and even spiritual development.

Yet success may entail much more than just ‘practice, practice’ to get to Carnegie Hall, as the saying goes.

Sweat, talent and technical skill are of course required. But the true artist also has acquired an intuitive sense of how a score ought to be performed.

Because, through an inner soul transformation, she is able to embrace the intention of the original composer, transforming that genius into an exhilarating inspiration of her own.

Every accomplished performer is no longer tied to a written score, and becomes free of the keyboard. The shift signals an artist who has the required technical foundation, and ready to develop the performance in her own inspired way.

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Never Ending Life

LOOKING past our relatively short physical lives on Earth, Theosophy views the soul as eternal. Further, we don’t just ‘have’ a soul, we are souls, the wisdom tradition teaches.

There are many human beings who live to a ripe old age, and according to Wikipedia, the United Nations estimated in 2009 there were 455,000 living centenarians worldwide.

Methuselah is mentioned in the Bible as living 969 years. “But I have never heard of mortal man, layman, or Adept,”  H. P. Blavatsky says in The Key to Theosophy, “who could live even half the years allotted to Methuselah.”

“Some Adepts do exceed, by a good deal, what you would call the ordinary age — yet there is nothing miraculous in it, and very few of them care to live very long.”

She refers here to the Earthly body, not the Spiritual Body that high adepts have learned to occupy and control, thereby achieving self-conscious immortality — albeit invisible to uninitiated mankind.

Gautama, the Buddha, after reaching the goal of enlightenment, refused its fruition and remained on earth as a Teacher-Reformer, it is explained, and esoteric tradition teaches that he still remains in the world, invisibly watching over and protecting mankind.

Not only Gautama, but a “Wall of Protection” is built by the “accumulated efforts of long generations of Yogis, Saints and Adepts,those Buddhas of Compassion

who have woven for themselves glorious bodies in which they remain invisibly in the world, contributing towards man’s salvation.”

They do this “by influencing him to follow the Good Law and to tread the Path of Righteousness. Silently they impress the invisible atmosphere of our earth with their Ideation, thus keeping the balance on the side of right.”

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The Red Book

Reprinted from The Red Book by C. G. Jung (c) Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung.

THOSE attracted to Theosophy and to Occultism are becoming every day more numerous. With every inquiry lies the potency and promise of genuine spiritual development.

The Masters of Wisdom in every age set up no barriers against any one’s approach. Their works and lives are not limited to adepts, saints, and the “purest of heart.”

The humblest searcher would not be made to feel discouraged by the sense of his own shortcomings, or by the perception of the difficulties at every step on his journey of self-realization.

This week we feature the work and life of one of the humblest and fearless of searchers, the renowned writer-artist-occultist-psychologist Carl Gustav Jung. The exhibit of his Red Book at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City ends January 25, 2010. Continue reading

Neti Neti

THE idea that things can cease to exist and still be, is a fundamental one in Eastern psychology.

Under this apparent contradiction in terms, there rests a fact of Nature to realize is the important thing.

A familiar instance of a similar paradox is afforded by chemical combination. The question whether Hydrogen and Oxygen cease to exist, when they combine to form water, is still a moot one.

Some [argue] that since they are found again when the water is decomposed, they must be there all the while—others contending that as they actually turn into something totally different, they must cease to exist as themselves for the time being.

“Neither side is able to form the faintest conception of the real condition of a thing, which has become something else, and yet has not ceased to be itself.”

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Angels and Atoms

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William Blake

“The man of real Faith … intuitively feels Divine Presence in all space, Divine Motion in all evolution, Divine Intelligence operating everywhere…” –B.P. Wadia

This Divine Intelligence, or Presence, is also referred to as “Karana” in The Secret Doctrine:

“The ever unknowable and incognizable Karana alone, the Causeless Cause of all causes, should have its shrine and altar on the holy and ever untrodden ground of our heart — invisible, intangible, unmentioned, save through ‘the still small voice’ of our spiritual consciousness.”

“Those who worship before it, ought to do so in the silence and the sanctified solitude of their Souls—making their spirit the sole mediator between them and the Universal Spirit, their good actions the only priests, and their sinful intentions the only visible and objective sacrificial victims to the Presence.”

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Life Eternal

“To the follower of the true Eastern archaic Wisdom, to him who worships in spirit nought outside the Absolute Unity,” H. P. Blavatsky says — “that ever-pulsating great Heart that beats throughout, as in every atom of nature — each such atom contains the germ from which he may raise the Tree of Knowledge, whose fruits give life eternal and not physical life alone.” -H. P. Blavatsky, SD 2-588

“Having sprung into being under the quickening influence of the uncreated beam, the reflection of the great Central Sun, that radiates on the shores of the river of Life, it is the inner principle in them which belongs to the waters of immortality, while its differentiated clothing is as perishable as man’s body. Therefore Young was right in saying that

“Angels are men of a superior kind”

Sun, The Heart

“The Sun has but one distinct function; it gives the impulse of life to all that breathes and lives under its light. The sun is the throbbing heart
of the system; each throb being an impulse. But this heart is invisible: no astronomer will ever see it. -Transactions p.116

Awakening

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A Conscious Universe

“Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious,” says The Secret Doctrine, ” endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception. We men must remember that because we do not perceive any signs — which we can recognise — of consciousness, say, in stones, we have no right to say that no consciousness exists there. There is no such thing as either ‘dead’ or ‘blind’ matter, as there is no ‘Blind’ or ‘Unconscious’ Law. These find no place among the conceptions of Occult philosophy.”

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“The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher life. There is design in the action of the seemingly blindest forces.”

The Cosmos Is Guided

“The Universe is worked and guided from within outwards. As above so it is below, as in heaven so on earth; and man — the microcosm and miniature copy of the macrocosm — is the living witness to this Universal Law, and to the mode of its action.

“The whole Kosmos is guided, controlled, and animated by almost endless series of Hierarchies of sentient Beings, each having a mission to perform, and who — whether we give to them one name or another, and call them Dhyan-Chohans or Angels — are “messengers” in the sense only that they are the agents of Karmic and Cosmic Laws.

“All are entitled to the grateful reverence of Humanity, however, and man ought to be ever striving to help the divine evolution of Ideas, by becoming to the best of his ability a co-worker with nature in the cyclic task.”

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Each Entity must have won for itself the right of becoming divine, through self-experience,” Blavatsky says, and quoting Hegel, “the Unconscious evolved the Universe only ‘in the hope of attaining clear self-consciousness,’ of becoming, in other words, man

“This is also the secret meaning of the usual Puranic phrase about Brahma being constantly ‘moved by the desire to create.’ This explains also the hidden Kabalistic meaning of the saying: ‘The Breath becomes a stone; the stone, a plant; the plant, an animal; the animal, a man; the man, a spirit; and the spirit, a god.’ The Mind-born Sons, the Rishis, the Builders, etc., were all men — of whatever forms and shapes — in other worlds and the preceding Manvantaras [Great Cycles].”

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Harmonious Revolution

“Pythagoras taught that the entire universe is one vast series of mathematically correct combinations. Plato shows the Deity geometrizing. The world is sustained by the same law of equilibrium and harmony upon which it was built. The centripetal force could not manifest itself without the centrifugal in the harmonious revolutions of the spheres; all forms are the product of this dual force in nature.”

The Brain In Pain

Integral spiritual advancement, Theosophy teaches, can only occur while in a physical body. It’s a two-way street, and any damage, especially to the brain, hinders the expression of the Divine Ego. In “My Fair Lady” Eliza finally “gets it,” and is an apt metaphor — “the brain in pain won’t stay mainly (and healthily) on this plane,” and it is crucial that it does. We progress only “by self-induced and self-devised efforts,” according to the Third Fundamental Proposition of The Secret Doctrine.

The brain has spiritual centers such as the pineal glad. These are harmed by hallucinogens — these medications act as “meditation in reverse,” and the powers required for spiritual progress — meditation, concentration, and will — are thus severely hampered.

Brain Chemistry

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Heavy Weight

“Thus, to illustrate our case, we may designate the spirit as the centrifugal, and the soul as the centripetal, spiritual energies,” Blavatsky writes. And, “When in perfect harmony, both forces produce one result—break or damage the centripetal motion of the earthly soul tending toward the center which attracts it—arrest its progress by clogging it with a heavier weight of matter than it can bear, and the harmony of the whole, which was its life, is destroyed.”

“Individual life can only be continued if sustained by this two-fold force. The least deviation from harmony damages it — it is destroyed beyond redemption, the forces separate and the form is gradually annihilated.”

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Harmful Beliefs And Emotions

H. P. Blavatsky’s Teachers, the two Mahatmas of Mahatma Letters, were adamant on this issue:

“The God of the theologians is simply an imaginary power…. Our chief aim is to deliver humanity of this nightmare, to teach man virtue for its own sake, and to walk in life relying on himself instead of leaning on a theological crutch, that for countless ages was the direct cause of nearly all human misery…” (Mahatma KH)

“The Individuality … to run successfully its sevenfold downward and upward course has to assimilate to itself the eternal life-power residing but in the seventh [Spirit] and then blend the three (fourth, fifth and seventh) [Desire, Mind and Universal Spirit] into one – the sixth [Spiritual Individuality]. Those who succeed in doing so become Buddhas … The chief object of our struggle and initiations is to achieve this union while yet on this earth.” (Mahatma M)

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Human = A Necessary Stage

“The Doctrine teaches that, in order to become a divine, fully conscious god, – aye, even the highest – the Spiritual primeval INTELLIGENCES must pass through the human stage. And when we say human, this does not apply merely to our terrestrial humanity, but to the mortals that inhabit any world, i.e., to those Intelligences that have reached the appropriate equilibrium between matter and spirit—as we have now…”

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Ram Dass Interviews Thich Nhat Hanh
On Mindfulness

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Our Higher Ego

“But if we admit the existence of a higher or permanent Ego in us — which Ego must not be confused with what we call the ‘Higher Self,’ we can comprehend that what we often regard as dreams, generally accepted as idle fancies, are, in truth, stray pages torn out from the life and experiences of the inner man, and the dim recollection of which at the moment of awakening becomes more or less distorted by our physical memory.”

The brain-mind or personal ego, Blavatsky says, only “catches mechanically a few impressions of the thoughts, facts witnessed, and deeds performed by the inner man during its hours of complete freedom.  “The physical man cannot feel or be conscious during dreams,” she says, “for the personality, the outer man, with its brain and thinking apparatus, are paralyzed more or less completely.”

Living The Higher Life

“For our Ego lives its own separate life within its prison of clay whenever it becomes free from the trammels of matter, i.e., during the sleep of the physical man,” she assures her students. And that it is “This Ego which is the actor, the real man, the true human self.”

train21“We might well compare the real Ego to a prisoner, and the physical personality to the gaoler of his prison. If the gaoler falls asleep, the prisoner escapes, or, at least, passes outside the walls of his prison. The gaoler is half asleep, and looks nodding all the time out of a window, through which he can catch only occasional glimpses of his prisoner, as he would a kind of shadow moving in front of it. But what can he perceive, and what can he know of the real actions, and especially the thoughts, of his charge?”

Atonement

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“The Higher Manas [mind] or EGO is essentially divine, and therefore pure,” Mme. Blavatsky writes: “— no stain can pollute it, as no punishment can reach it, per se, the more so since it is innocent of, and takes no part in, the deliberate transactions of its Lower Ego.”

“Yet by the very fact that, though dual and during life the Higher is distinct from the Lower, “the Father and Son” are one, and because that in reuniting with the parent Ego, the Lower Soul fastens upon and impresses upon it all its bad as well as good actions — both have to suffer…

“… the Higher Ego, though innocent and without blemish, has to bear the punishment of the misdeeds committed by the lower Self together with it in their future incarnation. The whole doctrine of atonement is built upon this old esoteric tenet; for the Higher Ego is the antitype of that which is on this earth the type, namely, the personality.”

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"Madonna Oriflamma" - Nicholas Roerich

"Madonna Oriflamma" Nicholas Roerich

A Mystery

“This subject, being so very mystical, is therefore the most difficult to explain in all its details and bearings—since the whole mystery of evolutionary creation is contained in it. … every atom in the Universe has the potentiality of self-consciousness in it, and is, like the Monads of Leibnitz, a Universe in itself, and for itself.”

It is an atom and an angel.


The Wonder of You

WHEN disturbing, destructive events invade our collective human consciousness, we have the power as spiritual beings to transmute and heal those negative energies.

If there is news of corruption, greed, suffering — embedding their messages into our psyches — how do we counter their debilitating influences – mental, physical and psychological?

The forces impacting our personal, national and global life, have taught us much about ‘inherent evil.’  But what of ‘inherent good?’

This week, we intended a post about modern cosmology and evolution, in the light of Theosophy.

We choose, instead to focus on optimism and light, against the numbing pessimism of materialism. Continue reading