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Re: Theos-World understanding or attacking Theosophy?

Mar 04, 2002 07:36 AM
by adelasie

Dear John,

The Flat Universe Society! That's great. What, pray tell, does the 
initiation consist of? 

Have you seen the following, btw? Someone posted it on another list, 
but I hope I will be forgiven for cross-posting it, as it is good to 
read. It gives another view of Einstein from the one you mention.

Best wishes, 

My Credo by Albert Einstein

This article is a speech by Albert Einstein to the 
German League of Human Rights, Berlin, in the autumn of 
1932. This short speech appears in the Appendix of 
Einstein by Michael White and John Gribbin, Dutton, 
Penguin Books USA Inc., New York, 1994, p. 262. 

Our situation on this earth seems strange. Every one of 
us appears here involuntarily and uninvited for a short 
stay, without knowing the whys and the wherefore. In our 
daily lives we only feel that man is here for the sake 
of others, for those whom we love and for many other 
beings whose fate is connected with our own. I am often 
worried at the thought that my life is based to such a 
large extent on the work of my fellow human beings and I 
am aware of my great indebtedness to them. I do not 
believe in freedom of the will. Schopenhauer's 
words: 'Man can do what he wants, but he cannot will 
what he wills' accompany me in all situations throughout 
my life and reconcile me with the actions of others even 
if they are rather painful to me. This awareness of the 
lack of freedom of will preserves me from taking too 
seriously myself and my fellow men as acting and 
deciding individuals and from losing my temper. I never 
coveted affluence and luxury and even despise them a 
good deal. My passion for social justice has often 
brought me into conflict with people, as did my aversion 
to any obligation and dependence I do not regard as 
absolutely necessary. I always have a high regard for 
the individual and have an insuperable distaste for 
violence and clubmanship. All these motives made me into 
a passionate pacifist and anti-militarist. I am against 
any nationalism, even in the guise of mere patriotism. 
Privileges based on position and property have always 
seemed to me unjust and pernicious, as did any 
exaggerated personality cult. I am an adherent of the 
ideal of democracy, although I well know the weaknesses 
of the democratic form of government. Social equality 
and economic protection of the individual appeared to me 
always as the important communal aims of the state. 
Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my 
consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of 
those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has 
preserved me from feeling isolated. The most beautiful 
and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of 
the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of 
religion as well as all serious endeavour in art and 
science. He who never had this experience seems to me, 
if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind 
anything that can be experienced there is a something 
that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and 
sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble 
reflection, this is religiousness. In this sense I am 
religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets 
and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image 
of the lofty structure of all that there is.

On 4 Mar 2002 at 2:18, wrote:

> All,
> I also propose that none have yet reached "the End of Knowledge"
> in terms 
> of the
> characterization of the Veda. Science included. Below I will post
> a site 
> containing
> a large portion of Catholic Documents of Historical significance,
> which 
> in reading
> one is appraised that even those most intimate with that internal
> Doctrine had 
> widely differing viewpoints continuously across time, Knowledge
> and Truth 
> can be 
> a vast eternal quest, added too incrementally and altered as
> needed when 
> "growth"
> occurs.
> Some have created new "Gods" in alignment of the Neitchean and
> Kantian
> nihilism. Einstein has for all practical purposes become the
> inspiring 
> oversoul
> of those who erect Materialism's towers as the new Basilica of
> worship. 
> Last 
> year scientists announced that Einstein was indeed not infallible
> when 
> they 
> announced the findings of the "Boomarang Experiment". The
> Experiment 
> provided proof that "Space was Flat," not curved as Einstein had
> postulated. In the aftermath of these finding the Key-holders of all
> Gnosis quickly 
> scurried
> to accommodate the "New" knowledge. The finding was the Space in
> general is
> flat and Euclidean and that curvature occurs locally to sufficient
> mass. 
> Perhaps
> a moderate position might take the stance is that we all have
> incompletion as applies to total knowledge regardless of arena or
> discipline of inquiry.
> On a lighter tone, when I received the e-mail newsletter of the
> Boomarang 
> findings I immediately created on yahoo a private chat room I named
> "The 
> Flat
> Universe Society," and promptly invited my friends from my regular
> chat room into it, where upon I "Initiated" and pronounced each of
> them a new member
> of the "Flat Universe Society" ! Lol.
> john 
> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to

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