Re: what we think about the 'second death'
May 11, 1998 09:52 PM
by Mark Kusek
> >Richard Ihle wrote:
> > So anyway . . . my opinion is that I can only take it as a very bad sign--and
> > perhaps even a possible indicator of second death--when individuals point to a
> > book rather than their own transcendental natures and call it the "source" for
> > their Theosophy.
> It depends on whether the individuals are pointing to a book, or to the
> teachings which HPB passes on, teachings Theosophists would say were
> verified by generations of Seers (those ahead of us), and relaying some of
> what they see.
I wouldn't blindly agree with that. That idea is a Theosophical myth. It
doesn't excuse us from having to build our own bridge and experience the
mystery of identity for ourselves. Neither does it mean that "Seers"
(whoever they are) relay experiential data free from the filter of
personality. Always reading "about" something keeps it ever away from
> "their own transcendental nature" sounds good, but folk
> with quite opposing views claim those views are from their own
> transcendental natures, views which can't both be "right."
Why do you expect them to be? We can't agree about much and even when we
do, it doesn't mean that our views are identical. The trick is to get to
the place where its OK to accept and acknowledge the tensions of
contradiction. It's yin and yang, as they say.
> HPB does write
> about our evil genius. This to us might well come over as our
> transcendental nature.
> It is understandable that a dugpa would want to please us, pat us on the
> back, win us over, and offer an environment where people are nicer. A
> Master will tell us the truth, and that we might well not like.
> The Seers, are always checking, comparing what they see, and re-checking,
> and aren't it seems prepared to just except their transcendental natures.
It must be difficult to live in such fear.
Your attitude suggests that you might be willing to give up your ability
to critically think, trust your own nature, and actually experience what
is within you, in favor of someone else's authority, experience and a
whole bunch of paper glued together. You're ripe for a fall.
Fear and doubt go hand in hand with independant action. If you're
looking for safety outside yourself, it just means that you don't really
trust what is within in you. Keep looking.
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