Theos-World Re: More on Avalokiteswara
Nov 12, 2002 07:36 PM
by Steve Stubbs
--- In theos-talk@y..., leonmaurer@a... wrote:
> Could you please quote the particular text?
"the [Higher] Ego ... is highly spiritual, and is linked very closely
with the higher principles, Buddhi and Atma."
But she says that:
"the Higher] Ego must not be confused with what we call the 'Higher
The reason is undoubtedly that the Higher Self does not reside within
the body, whereas the Higher Ego, being "linked very closely" with
it, is a reflection of the Higher Self within the body.
"These higher principles are entirely inactive on our plane, and the
higher Ego (Manas) itself is more or less dormant during the waking
of the physical man. This is especially the case with persons of very
materialistic mind. So dormant are the Spiritual faculties, because
the Ego is so trammelled by matter, that It can hardly give all its
attention to the man's actions, even should the latter commit sins
for which that Ego ? when reunited with its lower Manas ? will have
to suffer conjointly in the future. It is, as I said, the impressions
projected into the physical man by this Ego which constitute what we
call "conscience"; and in proportion as the Personality, the lower
Soul (or Manas), unites itself to its higher consciousness, or EGO,
does the action of the latter upon the life of mortal man become more
The statement that "these higher principles are entirely inactive on
our plane" can be understood in terms of the Adwaita Vedanta theory
that one must pass from the waking state to the dreaming state to
dreamless sleep or oblibion to get to the fourth (turiya) and then
return through oblivion to get back to the waking state. Part of the
goal of the yogi is to pass through dreamless sleep and return
through dreamless sleep without losing consciousness or memory. HPB
says only an "Adept" can do this but that is not true. Lesser
mortals than Adepts have done it. Incidentally, HPB and Judge both
are said in Theosophical lit to have achieved this.
The process by which "the Personality, the lower Soul (or Manas),
unites itself to its higher consciousness, or EGO" is brought about
by the Higher Self connections taught by K.H. and others. That this
is true can easily be seen when you consider that the HS connection
gradually makes the higher principles more accessible to
consciousness and v.v.
When I first read this many years ago the statement that "the Ego is
so trammelled by matter, that It can hardly give all its attention to
the man's actions, even should the latter commit sins for which that
Ego ... will have to suffer conjointly" suggested that "the Ego"
watches the actions of the lower manas with anxiety. That seems
intuitively obvious since the "Ego" has no say and yet must take
responsibility. However it is plain that the "Ego" is not anxious,
and if you examine the text carefully, it is plain that HPB does not
imply that it is.
This whole discussion of hers has to do with yoga experience and
cannot be properly appreciated IMO without reference to that.
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