Sep 12, 2004 09:47 PM
by Perry Coles
My experience with the different groups and religions that I've had
come into contact with in my life has shown that no matter what
tradition you look at with the view of finding human foible's its in
all of them.
Many of the traditions when you look closely into them have common
themes or ideas at there core.
So you can look at the personalities involved in the formation of
these different traditions and / or the ideas presented in those
In the case of the Jehovah's Witnesses teachings while having major
issues with the organization and blind belief /authoritarian mindset
it develops I have on the other hand found in my personal studying of
esoteric philosophy that I can draw quite interesting similarities in
some of the concepts of the JWs and the Bible although from a more
symbolic and metaphysical perspective, that of course would never be
accepted by a JW as being valid but none the less the correlations
With CLW while I happen to think much of what he wrote was invented
or imaginary some of his writings on the spiritual path are quite
insightful in some areas and the same can be said of Annie Besant.
(Talks on the path of Occultism have some very good information in
them on the spiritual path)
Personalities muck up lets face it, we are in the depths of the Kali
Yuga or so were told so we are really up against it.
We have natures that are still very attached to the `animal
propensities' so perhaps compassion is needed as well as an honest
facing up to facts as they come to light.
These spiritual ideas seems to repeat themselves and come out in
spite of the `flawed' human elements involved.
These core ideas I think are what are important and perhaps keep
repeating themselves because in spite of our weaknesses we have a
deep inner spiritual awareness that is struggling to make itself
For me its more of a stretch of faith to say that the spiritual
element does not exist than that it doesn't exist for the simple
reason that it has been such a common experience in all cultures and
Maybe that's naïve but some inner voice seems to tell me that,
rightly or wrongly.
The human being has a creative and exploring nature that won't be
denied and no matter how strong the downward pull of elementary
survival/desire nature, its still there all be it perhaps misguided
and `missing the mark' in many respects.
This to me is why I think we need to remember that we all struggle
and fall, we all succumb the various things that human beings can get
This I feel in CWLs case was a common trait in Victorian English
society of wanting to be part of the elite ("a would be if he could
be") and be accepted as such.
Having a sense of inadequacy because of his social background he
invented a false one to compensate or strong desire to be "special"
or to have power and "respect".
These are all common traits we all can fall prey to in different
forms, so as I think compassion and understanding need to always come
into the equation even though we don't need to condone the behavior,
but always have compassion and understanding for the person .
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