RE: astral development/contrasts/
Sep 16, 2003 05:33 PM
by W. Dallas TenBroeck
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Anything can be abused and misused. Vices are exaggerated virtues,
If Karma is harmony, then personal abuse of any other person or being is
disharmony and the adjustment and education basis for Karma is invoked.
People who do not listen to the inner vice of fairness and compassion
develop a selfishness that permits them to go to vicious excesses. The
benefit of virtue over vice is to be seen by the fact that most vicious
persons hide their attitude and acts under the veil or screen of virtue
and fair dealing. This is dishonesty. To conceal it makes it worse.
If fundamentally the Spirit/Soul of every human is an immortal, then if
such karmic debts are not satisfied and adjusted in this life they will
reappear in anther for settlement. As an example in ordinary life we
incur debts to day, and then send a check tomorrow to settle and pay
Morality and ethics are universal for all the same.
Here are some basic statements about the operation of Karma
APHORISMS ON KARMA
(1) There is no Karma unless there is a being to make it or feel its
(2) Karma is the adjustment of effects flowing from causes, during which
the being upon whom and through whom that adjustment is effected
experiences pain or pleasure.
(3) Karma is an undeviating and unerring tendency in the Universe to
restore equilibrium, and it operates incessantly.
(4) The apparent stoppage of this restoration to equilibrium is due to
the necessary adjustment of disturbance at some other spot, place, or
focus which is visible only to the Yogi, to the Sage, or the perfect
Seer: there is therefore no stoppage, but only a hiding from view.
(5) Karma operates on all things and beings from the minutest
conceivable atom to Brahma. Proceeding in the three worlds men, gods,
and the elemental beings, no spot in the manifested universe is exempt
from its sway.
(6) Karma is not subject to time, and therefore he who knows what is the
ultimate division of time in this Universe knows Karma.
(7) For all other men Karma is in its essential nature unknown and
(8) But its action may be known by calculation from cause to effect; and
this calculation is possible because the effect is wrapped up in and is
not succedent to the cause.
(9) The Karma of this earth is the combination of the acts and thoughts
of all beings of every grade which were concerned in the preceding
Manvantara or evolutionary stream from which ours flows.
(10) And as those beings include Lords of Power and Holy Men, as well as
weak and wicked ones, the period of the earth's duration is greater than
that of any entity or race upon it.
(11) Because the Karma of this earth and its races began in a past too
far back for human minds to reach, an inquiry into its beginning is
useless and profitless.
(12) Karmic causes already set in motion must be allowed to sweep on
until exhausted, but this permits no man to refuse to help his fellows
and every sentient being.
(13) The effects may be counteracted or mitigated by the thoughts and
acts of oneself or of another, and then the resulting effects represent
the combination and interaction of the whole number of causes involved
in producing the effects.
(14) In the life of worlds, races, nations, and individuals, Karma
cannot act unless there is an appropriate instrument provided for its
(15) And until such appropriate instrument is found, that Karma related
to it remains unexpended.
(16) While a man is experiencing Karma in the instrument provided, his
other unexpended Karma is not exhausted through other beings or means,
but is held reserved for future operation; and lapse of time during
which no operation of that Karma is felt causes no deterioration in its
force or change in its nature.
(17) The appropriateness of an instrument for the operation of Karma
consists in the exact connection and relation of the Karma with the
body, mind, intellectual and psychical nature acquired for use by the
Ego in any life.
(18) Every instrument used by any Ego in any life is appropriate to the
Karma operating through it.
(19) Changes may occur in the instrument during one life so as to make
it appropriate for a new class of Karma, and this may take place in two
ways: (a) through intensity of thought and the power of a vow, and (b)
through natural alterations due to complete exhaustion of old causes.
(20) As body and mind and soul have each a power of independent action,
any one of these may exhaust, independently of the others, some Karmic
causes more remote from or nearer to the time of their inception than
those operating through other channels.
(21) Karma is both merciful and just. Mercy and Justice are only
opposite poles of a single whole; and Mercy without Justice is not
possible in the operations of Karma. That which man calls Mercy and
Justice is defective, errant, and impure.
(22) Karma may be of three sorts: (a) presently operative in this life
through the appropriate instruments; (b) that which is being made or
stored up to be exhausted in the future; Karma held over from past life
or lives and not operating yet because inhibited by inappropriateness of
the instrument in use by the Ego, or by the force of Karma now
(23) Three fields of operation are used in each being by Karma: (a) the
body and the circumstances; (b) the mind and intellect; the psychic and
(24) Held-over Karma or present Karma may each, or both at once, operate
in all of the three fields of Karmic operation at once, or in either of
those fields a different class of Karma from that using the others may
operate at the same time.
(25) Birth into any sort of body and to obtain the fruits of any sort of
Karma is due to the preponderance of the line of Karmic tendency.
(26) The sway of Karmic tendency will influence the incarnation of an
Ego, or any family of Egos, for three lives at least, when measures of
repression, elimination, or counteraction are not adopted.
(27) Measures taken by an Ego to repress tendency, eliminate defects,
and to counteract by setting up different causes, will alter the sway of
Karmic tendency and shorten its influence in accordance with the
strength or weakness of the efforts expended in carrying out the
(28) No man but a sage or true seer can judge another's Karma. Hence
while each receives his deserts, appearances may deceive, and birth into
Poverty or heavy trial may not be punishment for bad Karma, for Egos
continually incarnate into poor surroundings where they experience
difficulties and trials which are for the discipline of the Ego and
result in strength, fortitude, and sympathy.
(29) Race-Karma influences each unit in the race through the law of
Distribution. National Karma operates on the members of the nation by
the same law more concentrated. Family Karma governs only with a nation
where families have been kept pure and distinct; for in any nation where
there is a mixture of family - as obtains in each Kaliyuga period -
family Karma is in general distributed over a nation. But even at such
periods some families remain coherent for long periods, and then the
members feel the sway of family Karma. The word "family" may include
several smaller families.
(30) Karma operates to produce cataclysms of nature by concatenation
through the mental and astral planes of being. A cataclysm may be traced
to an immediate physical cause such as internal fire and atmospheric
disturbance, but these have been brought on by the disturbance created
through the dynamic power of human thought.
(31) Egos who have no Karmic connection with a portion of the globe
where a cataclysm is coming on are kept without the latter's operation
in two ways: (a) by repulsion acting on their inner nature, and (b) by
being called and warned by those who watch the progress of the world.
Path, March, 1893
-- W Q Judge
I hope this proves helpful,
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 3:28 AM
Subject: Astral Development/Contrasts/
Tue 16, 2003
Thanks for commenting my message.
I agree with the quotations mentioned.
Karma is a cosmic system of balancing the acts involved in evolution,
for Karma means " action" but how do you explain the existence of people
with an extremely developed astral sences and exploring them to obtain
personal favors and material enrichment, not no mention deceiving and
What I was trying to say is that a man can develop such astrals and not
use it for holy purposes.
So, I agree, as you say - in other words, of course - that Karma is like
a divine eye thatīs taking all in account.
The more we are given to, the more weīll be charged for.
I am telling you this because in the path I īve found people with
special psychic talents having bad moral and ethics attitudes.
----- Original Message -----
From: W. Dallas TenBroeck
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2003 8:54 PM
Subject: RE: Theos-World Still about Besant/HPB, contrasts
Monday, September 15, 2003
In part you write:
"The development of astral or etherical senses has nothing to do with
ethics and moral."
According to Theosophical teachings there is no such separation.
Karma envelops all things and ideas. Hence our actions and thoughts
the development of "astral or etherical" senses are bound, and all
The Universe is ONE and as it is a whole, every part is interactive
all the rest..
The path between the physical and the spiritual passes through the
astral (etherical) and the psychic. All are forever involved in each
No one can reach up to the spiritual without first purifying the
psychic or "etherical."
From: mundo_xama [
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2003 12:17 PM
Subject: Theos-World Still about Besant/HPB, contrasts
I liked very much Katinkaīs considerations and opinions of Besantīs
efforts to show herself off in later editions of SD and the T.M.
Something very wrong and something we can learn a lot from is the
development of special powers i.g. clairvoyance.
The development of astral or etherical senses has nothing to do with
ethics and moral.
She and Leadbeater, with all their alleged psychic powers placed their
own ego in the first place.
The thing is, may we research at most, read lots of books, try to
develop and increase our peception of superior reality, nothing is
important than equivalent advance in the supression of our personal
desires. It is spiritual evolution.
History tells us that human organizations are as perfect as their
Thatīs my point of view.
----- Original Message -----
From: Katinka Hesselink
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2003 5:41 PM
Subject: Theos-World Re: re Besant/HPB, contrasts
I don't think you have your facts straight. Besant did not start the
Liberal Catholic Church, nor was she much involved in it (if she had
been I doubt there would have been an all mail clergy).
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