Re: Theos-World RE: Enemies ? == Where, Who ? What FACTS are offered ?
Jan 14, 2001 08:57 AM
Your comments, as always, are very illuminating.
> So far the only adverse reactions have been from those who think
> H.P.B., Masters and Theosophy ought to be treated publicly like
> any political and personal historical account -- and they seem to
> think there is something necessary in this publishing of what amounts
> to gossip -- to attempt to tear down in some way the view we have of a
> responsible, honest, constructive, and benevolent attempt to get
> humanity to study their origins, and their religious and moral
> philosophies -- and apply to them the independent power of individual
> common sense. This is the objective of THEOSOPHY and the message that
> H.P.B. brought from the Lodge of the ADEPTS.
> The valuable part of it is that it offers a cohesive view of our
> Universe, world and ourselves -- as a cooperative actively
> engaged in perfecting their powers and knowledge. It is
> brotherhood in action. It demonstrates that ANY HUMAN MIND, IF
> IT WILLS, CAN SURMOUNT ANY AND ALL OBSTACLES. Generosity and
> benevolence, tolerance and universal love are the bonds that bind the
> WHOLE into ONE.
This seems to me to be central to the understanding of why some
people seek to disprove or ridicule the teachings and teachers of
Theosophy. If we approach this material and the words of those
who brought it to humanity it this cycle from a purely intellectual
perspective, we cannot understand or appreciate it. It is only when
we sincerely begin to apply these timeless and enduring teachings
to our own lives and begin to witness the transformation that takes
place in our own hearts and minds as we continue to devote
ourselves to our own conscious evolution that we begin to realize
the inherent truth the teachings contain. It is for this reason that it
is so important for students of Theosophy to make of themselves
examples of the teachings, for we can only really teach by
example. There will be opposition as long as there is manifestation.
That is the law of nature. But we can face this opposition with faith
that at its basis it is only an illusion. Truth exists no matter whether
it is recognized or not. Only on the plane of material existence do
the pairs of opposites hold sway. The negative pole exists to teach
us of the existence of the positive pole, and for this reason, we can
be grateful for the opposition we meet. It helps us to refine our own
ability to understand and help to spread the teachings that we have
found to be so valuable in our own lives.
It is important to remember that this is a battle. But the battlefield is
within each individual consciousness. We can rightly consider
ourselves to be warriors of truth, and when attacks are made, it is
the true warriors who are willing to put themselves in the front lines
and represent the truth as well as they can. It is the qualities of
loyalty and devotion that reflect the teachings of Theosophy the
best, and these qualities will always put those who cultivate them
at the center of the eternal battle between darkness and Light. If the
world at large does not value the sacrifice that is made, well, the
world at large had not yet learned to see what is really happening in
the evolution of humanity. But our work is to bring that Light of
knowledge and wisdom to our brothers and sisters, and to do that,
sometimes we must make of ourselves targets. At any rate, the
real glory and reward for right action always comes to those who
work for Truth, and although it may not be reward such as the world
values, it is more substantial than the world knows, coming as it
does from the only reality there is, the realm of spirit and Light.
Unity of all Life is the key to all understanding. Let us continue to
do our best to be examples of the consciousness of this truth, and
we will be fulfilling our responsibilities.
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