Apr 07, 2002 08:01 AM
by Andra Baylus
I so appreciate your thoughtfulness of taking time to shed light on my
desire to know how best to proceed. I have been reading, just as you have
suggested. I had wondered whether I might be reading too much into the
passages. Intuitively, I felt it was important for me to assimmilate the
basic information and incorporate the additional insight. Reading your kind
suggestions, allows me to feel that I may be going about this the correct
way and to continue my search for Truth on what ever level God wills to be
open. I'm eager to read the website of the Chela.
Eternally grateful...In God's Love,
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Saturday, April 06, 2002 11:32 PM
Subject: Re: Theos-World Questions and Answers
>Andra (and other new students),
>The best way to understand theosophy is to study the teachings of HPB in
>Secret Doctrine, the Key to Theosophy, etc., and in other writings by her
>theosophical student/teachers, such as William Q, Judge, Robert Crosbie and
>others of like mind... And then, ask questions of their more advanced
>students (some, lurking here:-) who may have more experience or knowledge
>the theosophical truths.
>That's a good shortcut, but this questioning also works, even when one
>a passage in a theosophical book and can only direct the question of what
>means to one's own higher nature -- who knows all the answers that further
>deep meditation on the passage read will eventually bring into greater and
>HPB recommended that the way to study the Secret Doctrine is "to read IN
>AROUND its words and BETWEEN its lines," and to let one's intuition work on
>finding the true meanings on each level of our inner natures. She also
>advised her students how to go about studying the SD -- which can be found
>the article by one of her personal chelas, who asked the right questions
>you already have). It's posted at:
>Hope this is helpful,
>In a message dated 04/06/02 10:50:00 AM, email@example.com writes:
>> I read your message and truly understand that to be the case for
>>newcomers. I am quite interested in Theosophy. I am trying to synthesize
>>parts that I can and make constructive changes in my thoughts and actions.
>>The parts that I do not currently comprehend I know that, one day with
>>enough experience...I will. I'm aware of my limitations but want so much
>>to spiritually be effective. I am a newcomer and try not to be intimidated
>>Theosophy's erudite members. I'm grateful for the opportunity of gleaning
>>wisdom that, had I not discovered Theosophy, I would not be privy to.
>> I would love to ask questions and hope that they would be answered.
>>Truthfully, I am now struggling with the internal conflict of wondering
>>whether, in the struggle of reaching for understanding, I am to synthesize
>>experiences on my own or to ask questions. Perhaps it is a combination
>>of both? One must be knowledgeable in order to ask intelligent questions,
>>however, I also wanted to share that, seemingly, when I do have a
>>the Baba-Talk, Theosophy and Universal Seekers list serves post quotes,
>>poetry and detailed explanations on the very topic I was wondering about.
>>God, however that might actually be, has imbued others with the ability to
>>know when enlightenment on certain subjects is beneficial.
>> Your suggestion of allowing newcomers to ask questions, in and of
>>was very helpful. I hesitate to join in for I have nothing to add other
>>than my devout desire to know more... and yet more... about God. I am
>>thankful that there are so many that I can learn from. Their posts are a
>>[constant source of inspiration to me and others on the Path.
>> I will at some point ask questions, if I can come to terms with my
>>that we are to quietly internally process using our intuition rather than
>>depend upon others. Ah1 Yes! This will be my first question:
>>What does Blavadsky's Theosophy say about asking questions and dialoging
>>with others who are more experienced?
>>Thankyou for understanding the plights of a newcomer...
>>From: JIM2SAL@AOL.COM <JIM2SAL@AOL.COM>
>>To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
>>Date: Saturday, April 06, 2002 6:18 AM
>>Subject: Re: Theos-World Questions and Answers
>>>It all depends on yourself, what is your own background? What is your
>>>belief? Generally, when a newcomer arrives, the tendency is to
>>>stuff them with Theosophy, unto spiritual indigestion. However, the
>>>approach it would seem, would be to find out more about the newcomer's
>>>own background, and then ask they ask questions, attempt good answers.
>>>Ususally, the idea is that one prays to one's conception of God. Most
>>>religions require a belief in God. The Hindus have altars to many gods,
>>>their relgion is a pantheistic one. The Buddhists have yet another
>>>rather difficult to grasp.
>>>Where is one's God located? Within one's heart? In the sky? On another
>>>No doubt prayer is effective. Many studies have shown that; in the Key
>>>to Theosophy, by Blavatsky, she, also, goes into prayer's effectiveness.
>>>Does one pray for one's own benefit? For the benefit of others?
>>>Blavatsky, in the Key to Theosophy, says that prayer must be followed
>>>by actions in order to make it effective.
>>>Just some thoughts. Let me know what you think.
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