Apr 20, 2002 02:32 PM
I recently came across a couple quotes that seem to me to apply to
theosophy (ancient wisdom) and to some of the dialog on this list
"Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In
first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it
regarded as self-evident." -A.Schopenhauer
> Those who know don't talk.
> Those who talk don't know.
> Close your mouth,
> block off your senses,
> blunt your sharpness,
> untie your knots,
> soften your glare,
> settle your dust.
> This is the primal identity.
> Be like the Tao.
> It can't be approached or withdrawn from,
> benefited or harmed,
> honored or brought into disgrace.
> It gives itself up continually.
> That is why it endures.
Tao Te Ching (by Lao-tzu, probably written in
> 5th or 6th century B.C.E.)
For some of us these statements apply to and reflect all wisdom, all
traditional teachings of truth and honor, the legacy and heritage of
all humanity, no matter what name it is called. We spend a lot of
time quibbling about what is real and what is not, what should be
accepted and what not, who is right and who is wrong, but in the last
analysis, each student, each person, has to find his way alone. What
difference what we call that which reaches us, that which inspires
us? And who has the right to denigrate anything that brings uplifting
solace to any other? Who among us has all the answers, after all?
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