RE: Motive -- a PARADOX.
May 15, 2001 03:03 AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Power of, and Acquisition of MOTIVE
Apparently when the MONAD (of lesser experience) reaches the
HUMAN STAGE OF CONSCIOUSNESS a new battle is to be fought.
The two opposing principles are BUDDHI (wisdom, generosity,
altruism, service to all) vs. KAMA selfish desire, ambition,
pride, isolation, self-service, etc... ) These appear on
contrast with the Virtues to be "out-of-control" exaggerations of
The MONAD by definition is a unit of SPIRIT-PRIMORDIAL MATTER.
It is called an "Eternal Pilgrim" because it cannot be killed or
destroyed. And it pursues its progress towards a condition where
it is totally CONSCIOUS of all that occurs in the Universe. It
is only when any "life--unit" attains this state that it can
become by a voluntary effort one of the many "creators" and
"assistants" of NATURE. Is this to be rated: "slavery?" I say:
"NO." And I add that true wisdom gives complete understanding of
the collective cooperative yet totally impersonal and universal
effort of Nature. This effort is a conscious Intelligence that
encompasses all beings. It is one in which cooperation and
benevolence (brotherhood) extends without distortion as an ideal
for all Monads, be they infinitesimal or infinite.
With this wisdom comes Power -- for then all the necessary
information to perform any kind of act is available. This is a
state of wisdom (called by various schools: Samadhi, Turiya,
Contemplation, Meditation, etc...).
Nature (the Universe) as a Whole entity guards such wisdom and
power most carefully. In order to access it the individual Monad
has to prove that it is absolutely harmless to all beings. Then
only does it secure the wisdom, knowledge and power. This is
hinted at in several places in the S.D. and in ML. The MOTIVE is
the basis for this decision. Man makes those decision as a
matter of his own progress, and his INTUITION tells him as he
goes if he is right or wrong. The Motive, to put it briefly is
either UNIVERSAL or Selfish. If selfish it is harmful to some
aspect of Nature and the aspirant is rejected until he
learns/teaches himself better. The LAWS of our Universe are the
basis and criteria for this. One either becomes a cooperator
with Nature or one becomes one of the "destroyers." Apparently
there is no "grey" area. It is all or nothing. But, again, even
if the aspirant fails, Nature provides for It to resume its
attempts and purify its motive to a still higher notch. The
journey is long, but has universal "rewards."
From: Bart Lidofsky [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 6:34 PM
To: Theosophy Study List
Subject: Re: motive
Katinka Hesselink wrote:
> Came up with an interesting question lately: WHY are motives so
> important? Anybody any ideas? Seems to me theosophists stress
> that motives are important (almost, according to some, more
> than actions), but why is that so?
Strictly my opinion: one's motive not only controls what
one does, but
the way in which one does it.
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