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Re: Theos-World What Were They The Masters Of ? Parts III and IV together

Nov 25, 2002 12:40 PM
by Steven Levey

Dear Sir-It is clear to me that your eruditneness regarding the lineage of these things is profound, and far beyond me as a student. But, I have something to say because I believe there are other perspectives (at least 0ne) to take regrading the Mahatmas that are as self-validateing to this student as your learned perspective is to you. I was a member of the T.S 30 years ago and after a short stay of a couple of years, I joined the United Lodge of Theosophists. As a student of ancient wisdom in general I developed a focus upon the concept of Mahatmas, primarily because the concept of Masters of Wisdom as brothers and sincere spiritual human beings who became what they are through their own self-devised effort, is very motivating. And that is how they are characterized in true Theosophical writings. Now, you may feel, that becoming "what they are" is erroneous and therefore should certainly not be emulated. And, it seems, your decision would be made based upon what you have perused of the "Mahatma Letters". Frankly I would and actually felt similarly, if they were all I was steering my studies by. My study and the closest students within my circle of study feel as if they (The Mahatma Letters)are nearly impossible to use since their context or focus seemed to be to individual students. They are valid as productions of the beings attributed to, but their subject matter seemed to be limited to the student on the original receiving end. Therefore, and as such, they should never have been published to a general audience. I read them when they came my way as a member of the T.S. At that time, as I do when I read something difficult to characterize or to practically use, I put them on a "back burner", so to speak. Upon spending many years studying HPB's The Secret Doctrine along with her collective writtings as well as Willam Quan Judge's, Robert Crosbie, and others, it became clear to me that students who flaunt knowledge of the Mahatma Letters are doing so for some egocentric purpose. Why? Because when you place what the Mahatmas have said in the context in which they are placed in thoughtful writtings aimed at giving the student as much context as possible in which to understand their wisdom, one might learn something useful. Otherwise, the Mahatma Letters stand only as an inigma. Real, but rather practically useless. Those in HPB's direct lineage, which leaves out many, if not most writers in the Thesophical Society, who have recieved further instruction from the Lodge of Mahatmas, have never given a collection of the Mahatma letters to be printed. They have ALWAYS been exerpted and put in the context of principled ideation regarding a subject matter in discussion. Why exerpted? Because it is clear to students of the Wisdom religion, that the Chelas of Mahatmas are given instructions as to how the wisdom of the Teacher will be used. This trust is beyond question amongst those so chosen. In fact that is part and parcel of the Teacher-Desciplic realtionship. None the less, each student is implored to study on their own and to draw their own conclusions.
Perhaps, more importantly, is the ideal of putting to work the best ethical thought, word and deed that one can. The great Paramitas are most always overlooked by the phenomena addicted student. This great ethical teaching is pronounced by HPB and Her Teachers as the paramount motive behind the Theosophical Movement. This is true now and I know it was true in HPB's day. And disscusion of high beings and their powers are a terrible trap. AS can be the trap of high erudition becaue it can become an end in itself. The path which it uncovers may seem not as "tasty" to the mind, as the nearly tactle feeling of accruing knowledge, which leaves the mystically inclined, ethical student within, simply ignored. The becoming of the Pratyeka Buddha is at the crown of this while the Nirmanakaya is the product of the practice of the Heart Doctrine. These choices need to be made and one is making them by our inclinations whether we know it or not. A good thing I say. Sincerely-Steven Levey

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