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May 18, 2001 04:29 AM
Friday, May 18, 2001
May I butt in ?
As Isee it, in Theosophy we have a doctrine that posits two EGOS in each human.
There is the HIGHER SELF ( Atma-Buddhi-Manas) and the LOWER SELF a kind of reflection of the HIGHER in the conjoined principles of LOWER MANAS and KAMA (DESIRES AND PASSIONS).
This relates to the duality of the Mind Principle. By free-choice it can in each of us ally itself either with the Immortal and the Universal HIGHER SELF or with the evanescent Personal SELF -- the embodied brain-mind.
There are a number of good references to help us with this study.
The first concept we need to grasp is the IMMORTALITY OF THE HIGHER SELF -- ATMA -- A “RAY” OF THE ONE spirit THAT PERVADES EVERY PART OF space.
MONAD -- That while in evolution, the immortal partof each human is the MONAD ( orATMA (spirit) conjoined indissolubly with BUDDHI (the speck (?) of PRIMORDIAL MATTER ).
MIND -- While in evolution, MANAS (the Mind principle -- Perceiver, Thinker, rememberer, anticipator) is closely associated with the immortal MONAD; and, in effect, during Manvantara (manifestation) every minutest part of Nature (including the root of man’s consciousness) is endowed with the same identical potencies because of this never-to-be-destroyed relationship.
CONSCIOUSNESS -- Man’s “consciousness is ONE, and not many although he PERCEIVES on every plane of being he passes through or acts on. Added to this is the fact that every MONAD is in immediate association with every other Monad, and shares in its memories, experiences, and Wisdom.
A UNIVERSAL LIVING BOND -- When the INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL EGO becomes wise it does so because it has made itself entirely harmless to every other being The wisdom and power of the entire universe lies awaiting the touch of the Master Magician.
WISDOM -- But to become wise the Ego has atall times and with no possible exceptions be an ALTRUIST. As a BUDDHA ( or Wise One) he must serve Nature and all her evolving creatures. His responsibility is enormous ashe becomes a portion of the Universal KARMA of LIFE. His responsibility is, then, to assist and follow the LAW OF KARMA, while lending to the World and Mankind his special wisdom and the present EXAMPLE OF RIGHT LIVELIHOOD he exhibits at all times.
Perhaps the best is THE KEY TO THEOSOPHY by H.P.B. -- the duality and nature of MONAS (Mind) is carefully described and its importance shown. [ see pp. 90-3, 116-122, 135-6, 178-84, 158-9, 164-5, 188-90 ]
In the SECRET DOCTRINE, Vol. II pp. 167, 225, 247, .254-5 H.P.B. explains the nature of this duality.
In TRANSACTIONS OF THE BLAVATSKY LODGE, H.P.B., answering the queries of her students about the nature of CONSCIOUSNESS and DREAMS describes this dual nature of Manas and the important nature of the inter-related dialogs between the two -- see TRANS. Pp. 65 to 77 (BCW Vol. 10, pp. 252-263.
It is an abstruse subject but is logically a part of the THREE FUNDAMENTALS ( S.D. I 14-19 )
It indicates that the whole of NATURE -- the UNIVERSE -- is a sensitive and united WHOLE. And that mankind represents a mid-way stage in the evolution of UNIVERSAL WISDOM -- A SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS that enables the Individual Spiritual Man to perceive and KNOW any detail of the past or present because as a MONAD he/she is in immediate contact with every other Monad and their stored and imperishable memories.
In a message dated 5/17/01 9:28:04 AM
Eastern Daylight Time, DNisk98114
Subj: 1. Re: Dual mind and feeling of "I am I"
The true direction is pointed out, and the student is left to