RE: [bn-study] RE: THE ABSOLUTE
Apr 10, 2002 05:17 AM
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
That seems to be the case.
In one sense we are the ABSOLUTE -- but in this limited
space/time situation we are not aware of it except in only one
way -- as a necessity.
It is the necessary CAUSELESS CAUSE of all things.
Perhaps the endless pilgrimage of ourselves as Spiritual beings
eventually takes us close to that state and condition.
Here is another thought:
In the BHAGAVAD GITA Krishna the Sage teacher describes the
Universe, our Earth and ourselves in terms of the 3 "Gunas" or
qualities. He declares that the entire universe in manifestation
is a compound of these. [ See Chapters 14, 16, 17, 18 ]
1. Sattva or Spirit, truth and purity, wisdom and
2. Rajas or Action, desire, passion, motives, and thinking, "I
3. Tamas or Matter, inertia, ignorance, selfishness, "don't
He calls this the "lower" aspect of himself the "Universe in
manifestation." And he declares that there is the Paramatma, the
Supreme Spirit, and that this is separate and not involved in the
He then states He is the Paramatma and his presence on Earth is
as an Avatara --a teacher. Arjuna, the best of men, is his pupil
and we are all "Arjunas." We are those principles and qualities
and we are learning what their power is and how to use them.
This is the practical psychology that Theosophy teaches.
In the TRANSACTIONS OF THE BLAVATSKY LODGE H P B hints that the
teacher Krishna is the Higher Self and is the resident "tutor" so
to say, in the depths of our own being.
He uses the curious expression " I am in them, but they are not
in Me." This would seem to imply that the Spiritual
consciousness of the REAL MAN -- the Eternal Pilgrim -- is
unaffected by conditions, situations, trials, tribulations of
suffering or of pleasure. It also declares that the lower
consciousness of the Personality -- the lower-Manas -- cannot
reach to and understand the ABSOLUTE.
It also implies since we are looking into this matter that there
is an aspect of our "embodied consciousness" (the Lower Manas)
which is in contact with the HIGHER MANAS ( BUDDHI-MANAS) In
the KEY TO THEOSOPHY (HPB) and the THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY H P B
refers to this thread of contact as the "Antaskarana."
Perhaps this may serve to explain the apparent paradox.
To learn how to do this develops the individual power of
impersonal thinking and this is one of the qualities of
meditation. Patanjali in his YOGA SUTRAS has a good deal to say
about these things. The book is not long, but is very important
if one desires to acquire the kind of knowledge that enables us
in the "here and now," to reach towards the ineffable and the
roots of our BEING.
One of the important things to grasp is: If we can think of it,
we have a connection already established between ourselves and
Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2002 3:42 PM
I don't wish to argue, nor cause contention, but feel I
must at least clarify my post on Universal Brotherhood, and
First, Mark, your post was Wonderful, and very
enlightening. Most of all it was VERY human, and from the
highest ranges of expression.
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2002 10:07 PM
Subject: [bn-study] RE: THE ABSOLUTE
Could we ever come close to discovering the ABSOLUTE for ALL THAT
in this existence? Maybe we only comprehend a minute part of it
least, and a facet of the ABSOLUTE TRUTH at the most.
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