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RE: [theosophia] Re: Beness and Nonduality

Sep 11, 2004 03:03 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck

Sept 10 2004

Dear Zakk:

Lets pretend a publisher has asked us to write a book on 


How should it be organized so the average person could understand it?

1 What is a Thought?

2 Who thinks?

3 What are various subjects for thought? [Analysis / Synthesis ]

4 Is thought always associated with "feeling or emotion ?" 

5 Is thinking spontaneous, or is it a developable process? 

5A Do animals think? (in the absence of humans.)

6 What is the difference between thinking and memory?

7 Why is memory so unreliable?

8 Is there any link between thinking and mathematics - as logic ?

9 What part have: "likes and dislikes," played in the study of

10 Can thought be isolated ?

11 Can the power of thought be trained and enhanced?

12 Are there in existence any rules or laws related to thinking?

13 Is though solely related to human-kind?

14 How do we take care of changes in language? 

Perhaps this will clarify our area of consideration.

Best wishes,



-----Original Message-----
From: Zakk Duffany [mailto:zakkduffany@e...] 
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2004 6:29 PM
Subject: [theosophia] Re: Beness and Nonduality


A few thoughts on the perspective stated below :

DTB "Another thought: For the physical brain-mind of this incarnation
to think about -- we find, under Karma, we are all incarnated together, so
close to a monumental re-statement of ancient wisdom, we sometimes fail to
appreciate the gifts already made available. What kind of "novelty" do we

DTB I have noticed an increasing tendency for contributors to seem to
seek for something "new" -- this is a curious factor -- since the "old
teachings: have not been mastered yet in most cases. "


Z What is progress? Change? Something "new"? How does progress
come about? How are things mastered? The more facets one sees and
understands of a thing, the closer one gets to mastering it. From the "old"
proceeds the "new". 


DTB Facets are new aspects of old well established ideas ?


Z In the unifying or bringing together of the "old" and "new",
there is the optimal "now". The exchange of viewpoints from different
standpoints can add various facets to one's understandings. It can assist in
growth. It can create bridges to "gaps" in understanding. A line of thinking
placed in different words can be a catalyst for an understanding otherwise
not experienced. 


DTB True


Z There are many "old teachings". "Different" teachings at
different time periods. Although put in different words for the benefit of
culture and line of thinking at the time, these separate teachings
inherently have the same meanings. It is the words that change and become
new, Truth does not. Different wording over separate time periods are


DTB Agreed


Z Truth expressed in one way does not reveal it's many facets.
It is a reason that old teachings have not been mastered. Individuals may
find it beneficial to have a concept presented along a line of thought in
which they
are accustomed to thinking or hearing. In each time period it could be the
"modern" or "layman"'s way of thinking of that time period. 

Z To behold new and wondrous understandings is a marvelous novelty.
Whether it comes from a concept presented from an old perspective or a
concept presented from a new perspective, it is still a glorious event.
Individuals are individuals. One may find that the old is what one is most
attuned with. Another may find the new. Another may be any combination of
the two. Following the direction of one's inner being can be individual in
nature. Paths can vary. Let each choose the Path that feels to be right in
the heart. 


DTB Agreed -- true -- We have to move with the times and use the
modern vernacular if we wish to continue speaking of the ancient truths.

Are TRUTHS immovable and invulnerable?


Z I personally enjoy all exchanges of perspectives, whether old or
new. I welcome insights others may bring, and I thank the brotherhood for
freely speaking and presenting the opportunity to hear them.


So do I 



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