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Theos-World Re: endless series of Seers

Sep 15, 2004 05:46 AM
by prmoliveira

--- In, "Perry Coles" <perrycoles@y...> 

> I place the same quote from `Key' I placed earlier I think it 
> explains the situation of theosophical teachings far more clearly 
> than I can :
> Keeping in mind the second question on blind faith and how its not 
> the "theosophical dictionary"
> This is the key to it never becoming dogma or holy writ.

> ENQUIRER. And therefore you have implicit faith in them?
> THEOSOPHIST. Faith is a word not to be found in theosophical
> dictionaries: we say knowledge based, on observation and experience.

>We have
> no two beliefs or hypotheses on the same subject.

Some examples of 'theosophical antinomy'? Or that truth is indeed 
a 'many-splendoured thing'?

"You cannot go to Tibet. I am not the only master there, nor is M... 
Chohan. You must first show that you deserve it by labouring in that 
direction for two or three years. You must be prepared to do anything 
told to you, anything you are ordered through her. If you have faith 
in us  others have not  are you prepared to do all and everything 
to prove our existence?  
Approved M."
(Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 
Second Series, letter 49)

* * *

"Thus, C.C.M. could no more than any other escape his fate. He has 
been tempted and allowed to be deceived by appearances, and to fall 
but too easily a prey to his weakness  suspicion and lack of self-
confidence. In short, he is found wanting in the first element of 
success in a candidate  unshaken faith, once that his conviction 
rests upon, and has taken root in knowledge, not simple belief in 
certain facts." 

(Mahatma Letters, letter 92, chronological)

* * *

(Article published in The Theosophist for October 1881. The page has 
marginal comments in K.H.'s writing which are printed here in small 
bold type parallel with the text of the article, and to which the 
numbers in brackets refer.)

"The Talmud says that the souls of those who have not believed in 
immortality will not become immortal. It is faith only which gives 
personal immortality (13); science and reason can only affirm the 
general immortality.

(13) In the Deva-Chan the Ego sees and feels but that which he longed 
for. He who cares not for a continuation of sentient personal life 
after physical death will not have it. He will be reborn remaining 
unconscious as in the transition."

(ML - Letters from Blavatsky to Sinnett - Appendix I - October 1881)

* * *

"MAHA SAHIB orders me to tell you that according to your faith  you 
will be helped. And why should he have given you his charm were it 
not that you should be strong and powerful with it?"

Letter 43 (LMW, Second Series)

* * *

"There was a time, when from sea to sea, from the mountains and 
deserts of the north to the grand woods and downs of Ceylon, there 
was but one faith, one rallying cry  to save humanity from the 
miseries of ignorance in the name of Him who taught first the 
solidarity of all men. How is it now? Where is the grandeur of our 
people and of the one Truth?"

(ML 33, chronological)

* * *

"I wish you to assure others T.T, R.A.M., N.N.S., N.D.C., G.N.C., 
U.U.B., T.V.C., P.V.S., N.B.C., C.S., C.W.L., D.N.G., D.H., S.N.C., 
etc. among the rest, not forgetting the other true workers in Asia, 
that the stream of karma is ever flowing on and we as well as they 
must win our way towards Liberation. There have been sore trials in 
the past, others await you in the future. May the faith and courage 
which have supported you hitherto endure to the end."

(LMW, First Series, to HSO)

* * *

"We cannot alter Karma, my "good friend" or we might lift the present 
cloud from your path. But we do all that is possible in such material 
matters. No darkness can stay for ever. Have hope and faith and we 
may disperse it. There are not many left true to the "original 
program"! And you have been taught much and have much that is, and 
will be, useful."

(ML 137)

* * *

"2) What is the difference between the two kinds of knowledge?

Real knowledge deals with eternal verities and primal causes. The 
unreal only with illusory effects.

Dgyu stands independent of the belief or unbelief of man. Dgyu-mi 
requires faith  rests on authority."

(ML - LBS - Appendix II)

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