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Oct 17, 1997 10:43 PM
by Dallas TenBroeck
Thanks Rudy for the comments. I viewed the Web-site you recommended and read the 2 paras there. To achieve the balance of non-involvment in past, present and future [memory, choice and anticipation ] one has to place all ordinary memory aside. But who, or what in us has this capability ? How is it to be defined ? What terms shall we use that place it beyond the realm of the false (illusions) and in the realm of the TRUE ? How are we to assure ourselves that the consciousness we use and are familiar with in this state of wakefullness is "fale," "illusionary," or, that it can be replaced by something that is "true ?" To say boldly that truth must reside in "negation" may cause many to retreat, not understanding that "negation" in this case (as I undersand it) means something that is not conditioned. It would then be "unmanifest." Would this be the concept of the ABSOLUTE SPIRIT, of which Mme. Blavatsky writes and speaks in the "Secret Doctrine", Vol. 1, p. 14-16 ? Can you compare those statements with what you have gained from considering that "negation" you speak of ? It is agreed that we are most of the time, when awake, constantly bathed in the flow of the mind we use, including its 3 main aspects: memory, choice, and anticipation. If as you say attaining a state of freedom from those limitations (do you call this "emptiness ?") should lead to discovery of the true (assuming that the limitations are all false !) . So how is the "consciousness revolved ?" It cannot be that there are many consciousnesses, as you would be faced with a great difficulty: What is it in "me" that records both false and true "consciousness, or many consciousnesses ?" I would say, logically to my way of thinking, that there has to be something which is neither of the nature of the illusion or of the negation. It has to be of the nature of TRUTH ITSELF. If so, it relates to the ABSLUTE SPIRIT, which by definition is changeless, ageless, unmodifyable, and undefinable. Being itself unmodifiable, it peirces through any changes and is the sole focus for stability. It is THAT which lies at the core of our being (not physical, emotional, or mental, but SPIRITUAL -- a "ray" of the ABSOLUTE. The logic is (as I grasp it) that if SPIRIT is everywhere, it is in us and we cannot escape from its presence. If it is the "Observer," then nothing in the nature of experience, either false or true, can escape its observation and recording. I wonder if this approaches the concepts you have developed, quoted and adopted ? I could go further (in my thinking) and say that what we call "ourselves" as consciousness when we are awke -- the embodied self/mind--must be a "reflection" of the Spiritual Ray. It is this which sees the "false" and the "illusions." It is therefore also this mind/soul which tries to purify itself. What does it "purify" itself from ? I would say ignornace. Ignorance coves a vast field. It is not only of material things, but it includes our feeling, passions and thoughts of many kinds. But few of us have had the urge to study or classify those. I think that there is assistance in some theosophical books. I found HPB's KEY TO THEOSOPHY to be very helpful in securing a "code," or "schema" which describes Nature to us. I would also say that if we study Nature and our own selves deeply we will get rid of the ignorance that annoys us. But, it takes time and perseverence to do this. I also agree that to the embodied consciousness (when we are awake and thinking---or writing as I do now) this change in thinking that keeps us from constantly resting on the realm of physical and waking illusions, appears as a "blank," a "negation" of any sensory references. But that is not entirely true, as the Witness, the Thinker is there and is awake, not asleep. In fact it is said that it never sleeps. In the "Secret Doctrine" we are offered the hint that since this Witness is of the nature of SPIRIT, as one of its "rays," we might consider that it represents to use the aspect of a "tutor" which resides always in the innermost recessses of our mind and heart. To this tutuor with its connection with all SPIRITS there would be no falseness or illusions. But it would be able to pierce through those falsenesses and illusions so as to warn or help the embodied/mind-soul to make better decisions. This has been called "the voice of conscience." [these hints I found in SD II 79-80, 93-94 ] But it takes a great deal to bring the average person to understand such a concept, as a whole system of thinking about our world and Universe needs to be detailed and shown. I think that this is what Theosophy has done if one uses the "Secret Doctrine" to follow it, and not the so-called intorductory books written by other persons. At best they show what those persons understood of the "Secret Doctrine." At worst, they can confuse thinking and learning because of their biases, introduced beprhaps unconsciously in what they write. And for this reason what I write should also be considered to express whatever "biases" I have developed, and treated accordingly. In any case each person has to study for themselvs, and make up their own minds. And thus by exchanging views and ideas we help each other. I quoted this before from an old text: "Our consciousness is one and not many, nor different from other consciousnesses. it is not waking consciousness or sleeping consciousness, or any other but consciousness itself. ... the one consciousness of each person is the witness, the spectator of the actions and experiences of every state we are in or pass through... The one consciousness pierces up and down through all the states or planes of Being, and serves to uphold the memory--whether complete or incomplete--of each state's experiences. Thus in waking life, SAT experiences fully and knows. In dream state, SAT again knows and sees what goes on there, while there may not be in the brain a complete memory of the waking state just quitted. In Sushupti--beyond dream and yet on indefinitely, SAT still knows all that is done or heard or seen. The way to salvation must be entered. To take the first step raises the possibility of success. Hence it is said, "When the first attainment has been won, MOKSHA (salvation) has been won...."