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Theosophical California Dreamin'

May 12, 1998 06:16 AM
by K Paul Johnson

So, here's the dream I had last night after reading those
passages (well afterwards, actually this morning shortly before

I'm at the TS Pasadena Headquarters attending some conference.
Lots of people are milling around on the grounds, which are
extensive and lovely, an oasis of (15-20?) acres of gardens in
the midst of suburbia.  Well-tended and sylvan, but you can never
quite get out of sight of TS buildings or the streets that
surround the property.  I'm chatting with a few friends, but say
"I want to go for a walk, catch up with you later" and head into
the gardens.  Somehow (dreams are always vague on how these
transformations occur) I find myself in a meadow in a valley amid
high mountains, all contained within the TS property.  After
hiking a few minutes admiring the scenery, I cross a ridge and am
awestruck by a magnificent waterfall cascading down a
mountainside.  Maybe not as tall as Yosemite or as wide as
Niagara, but hugely impressive, with several smaller waterfalls
on other ridges in sight.  I stand here soaking up the vibes, all
alone in this natural paradise, until satisfied that it's time to
return to the conference.  So I walk back the way I came, and in
minutes am back with my friends.  I wonder why no one else has
talked about this amazing place within the grounds, but feel
disinclined to talk about it.

Anyone else's interpretations are hereby invited, but what I get
out of this is that it relates to the difference between
Theosophy and "Theosophy."  Between the natural, wild, and
solitary contact with the divine ineffable, and the manmade world of
Theosophical conferences and books.  By participating in the
latter, one can be situated so as to experience the former.  But
they're whole different levels of reality.

To think that the TS "owned" that waterfall would be like
thinking that the material in HPB's books *is* the eternal
wisdom, rather than a fragmentary and dim reflection thereof,
which can lead us in its direction but never encompass or contain

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