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Mar 12, 1999 04:08 PM
by Peter Merriott
Good point Jery & Dallas. HPB repeatedly warned about anthropormphism. And in the Mahatma letters KH says that belief in a personal God is one of the geatest impediments to humanity's forward growth. He also states in Letter No 10:
The God of the Theologians is simply and imaginary power, un loup garou as d'Holbach expressed it -- a power which has never yet manifested itself. 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.
As Jerry says there are probably students of Theosophy who 'personalise' even the Dhyanis.
One has to make it quite clear though that this is quite the opposite of what Theosophy teaches - repeatedly.
There is an interesting comment on beliefs in the the Mahatma Letters by M in a letter dictated by HPB (Letter 134). Referring to Sinnet and Hume, the Master says:
Their beliefs are no barrier to us for they have none. They may have had influences around them, bad magnetic emanations the result of drink, Society and promiscuous physical associations (resulting even from shaking hands with impure men) but all this is physical and material impediments which with a little effort we could counteract and even clear away without much detriment to ourselves. Not so with the magnetism and invisible results proceeding from erroneous and sincere beliefs. Faith in the Gods and God, and other superstitions attracts millions of foreign influences, living entities and powerful agents around them, with which we would have to use more than ordinary exercise of power to drive them away. We do not choose to do so. We do not find it either necessary or profitable to lose our time waging war to the unprogressed Planetaries who delight in personating gods and sometimes well known characters who have lived on earth.
Jerry, my sense is that latter day Jungian psychology has contributed a great deal to 'personalising' impersonal forces / archetypes. I notice how following this tradition people start 'people-ing' their 'inner world' with all kinds of archetypes (so called). All of them tend to be very human personifications, and at times even sub human. It's a bit like there has been a withdrawal of the 'projection' onto the divine but only to continue in another form. For example - my magician, my wise man / woman, my warrior & so on, & so on. What is your take on this?
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Subject: Theos-World God, Angels, and Dhyani-Chohans