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White Lotus Day

May 06, 1997 10:38 AM
by Gail Stevenson

Thank you, Sveinn, for drawing our attention to the Wesak
Festival and for the beautiful quotation. There is much in it to
dwell upon.

This is also a time when many theosophists express their
gratitude to H.P.B. in the form of White Lotus Day, the
anniversary of her passing on May 8, 1891. The following
quotation is taken from a talk given by B.P. Wadia:

> "Arise, Awake, Seek the Great Ones, and Learn!" -- is the trumpet
> call that H.P.B. has sounded for this cycle. Those who are
> heedless, not vigilant, inattentive, as the Buddha says in the
> *Dhammapada*, are "already dead"--in heart force, in heart life.
> We need to rise, to make ourselves ready for that great journey,
> whose door, our karma opens now before us. Inspired by this
> great example, our future choices may lead us far along the Path
> the Great Ones show. The memory of those life-giving words have
> to be made an active reverberation in our minds and hearts, and
> then those works that we can pledge ourselves to sustain, become
> evident. The path is an inner one. Its disciplines keep us
> ever-expectant. We do not knw when the Great Ones will appear,
> but, we should be ready and willing to meet Them--as H.P.B. did,
> and carry out their work for Mankind. The charge that she has
> left for us is: to learn, to practice, and to pass on unaltered,
> those great ideas to all who will listen. In this way we honor
> her, and we honor them.
> -- B.P. Wadia


-- Gail Stevenson

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