RE: [bn-study] Re: Help request
Nov 20, 2004 03:57 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
Nov 19 2004
Opening the inner doors
Let us suppose that it is a figurative "door." It is not recommending we go
to any lodge or society, or any advertised group to learn anything about the
inner self and its rules and ways, or of true, ancient occultism.
What THEOSOPHY does is to state the parameters of the INNER SELF as
discovered by generations of Wise Men -- the Mahatmas. [S D I 272-3 ]
There is no way one can "pay" for occult progress. It is entirely an inner
and a self-regulated moral attitude of practical brotherhood to be used and
employed in all relations.
There is also no pledge, or a figurative bartering or "selling of one's
soul," that can open the "door" to true occultism. Reason it out -- the
logic is plain.
Who or what is the "We" that can engage in such a commerce? And with whom?
We have to consider (as THEOSOPHY suggests) the rest of the world to be made
up of immortal beings --- take for example the concept Science has of the
atom as an eternally and perpetual moving mechanism -- why? They can't say.
But they say that the properties of all materials are wrapped up in this one
immovable and easily provable fundamental. And the concept includes all of
physical nature and thus, even from this physical side it implies a vast
BROTHERHOOD. Science is still unable to get "behind" the physical and
discover the reason why these rules and laws are set down by "mother"
NATURE. But they are.
Science merely continues to discover what NATURE has already established
since ages. So there is nothing new under the Sun." We only prove it as we
proceed., the proof is always to ourselves.
When any one of the milliards of the "atoms of life" reaches the "human
stage," there it learns how to think independently, as we do, then the
practice of brotherhood is reasonable and also mandatory. We assume full
responsibility for our actions and thoughts and feelings. There is no
"escape," and no plea bargaining (with a mythical "God") to avoid the
results of what we do. Nor can some mythical "Devil" induce or cajole us it
evil doing. Every one has an intuitive and very sure sense of right and
wrong. Let us ask ourselves "Why is that ?" How did we earn such an
Call it the "door to the inner heart" where the true Man (the pure and just
HIGHER SELF) resides always. There is the source of "brotherhood."
What I mean to convey was that the intuitions we secure from our HIGHER SELF
are likely to be garbled because we have not yet acquired the secret of
avoiding, or passing through the "astral light" (or the inner "psychic
sphere") without being confused and muddled by what is there.
So, on this side, (the area of choice, decision and action) we have to
review any "intuitions" we secure, and see if they are universal and
impersonal - then we may decide that they are more closely derived from the
HIGHER SELF and from the UNIVERSAL AND UNALTERABLE RECORD OF BUDDHI-WISDOM
or THEOSOPHY that is an indissoluble part of the Universe we live in and are
a part of.
This is why, taking a while to think things through, and above all, to use
one's "common sense," is terribly important.
One clue I secured that seemed useful and valuable, I offer: How is it
possible to administer (to 'control' for example) -=- (1) every aspect of
our own physical body and the billions of cells, molecules, atoms and other
structures that compose its integrity; -=- (2) our Earth -- with millions
of diverse beings composing the main elements: air, water, mineral,
vegetable, animal and human categories ; --=- (3) the entire UNIVERSE in
its enormous complexity and all imaginable ways of life-support, unless from
a vast antiquity a framework of rules and administrators had not been
Our little brain-minds are boggled by such concepts, but they are not to be
discarded. I offer this to be considered, because, in trying to answer, we
secure a view of the vast problems that NATURE (or DEITY) has already
settled and laid down regulations and assistance for, for hundreds of ages.
Why should we imagine that we are anything special, and an exception from
all the rest? Yet, because of our own existence, we are indeed something
special and necessary to all the rest. So we are confronted with the same
rules and regulations that all the rest of the universe is. But we have a
partial autonomous control over our bodies and their health. It is
conceivable that as we grow in knowledge and wisdom we may learn to grasp
and understand these works, as well as, participate intelligently and
voluntarily in assistance in the control and management of increasing larger
concerns and aspects of nature.
But first, I say, we ought to learn to handle our own
(1) physical and personal environment, and that is not only physical, but
(2) astral electro-magnetic model body (on which the atoms, molecules and
cells arrange themselves); and within that, there are said to be
(3) the "life currents;" then,
(4) the "psychic or emotional "body;" and above that in power and
(5) the mental "body," where moral and ethical decisions are debated and
decided upon after choice; and finally
(6) the realm of wisdom and law which we are also able to contact and refer
to. Finally in and above and everywhere is
(7) the ONE UNIVERSAL SPIRIT.
This is the reason why in THEOSOPHY the 7 principles of man and nature are
continually referred to. [ S D I 157-8; II 596 ]
Of course this is all explained in far greater detail in the books The KEY
TO THEOSOPHY and The OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY .
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OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY (Judge)
SECRET DOCTRINE -- HPB
ISIS UNVEILED -- HPB
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LIGHT ON THE PATH
THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY -- HPB
A MODERN PANARION ( H P B )
FIVE YEARS OF THEOSOPHY
TRANSACTIONS OF THE BLAVATSKY LODGE ( H P B )
KEY TO THEOSOPHY (HPB) & GLOSSARY (H P B)
THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY (H P B)
The FRIENDLY PHILOSOPHER (Robert Crosbie)
ETERNAL VERITIES (Robert Crosbie)
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS AT AN INFORMAL "OCEAN
" CLASS (R C)
POINT OUT THE WAY [Answers to Questions at an
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BHAGAVAD GITA and BHAGAVAD GITA NOTES
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EPITOME OF THEOSOPHY (Judge)
PATANJALI'S YOGA SUTRAS (Judge)
LETTERS THAT HAVE HELPED ME ( W Q Judge )
THEOSOPHICAL FORUM -- ANSWERS BY (W Q Judge)
THE DHAMMAPADA ( Footfalls of the Law )
THE LIGHT OF ASIA (Gautama Buddha - life & teachings)
THE THEOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT (1875 - 1950) History
1 Specifically: The existence of a pure Universal SPIRIT (call it
GOD if you will) can be reasoned out. It is either there or it is not. In
which case who (or what) rules and governs the UNIVERSES?
2 If we do no wrong we won't fear anything. If however we do evil
then we fear the consequences. This is a universal observation. And yes,
NATURE is always watching us. How can we escape the sensitivity of every
atom we use, or of those near to us? This fact cannot be overlooked.
3 A moment of thought as to our individual independence assures us
we are NOT robots. We are responsible for our moral decisions, therefore we
are the sole masters of our own fate and destiny.
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 3:33 PM
Subject: [bn-study] Re: MEDITATION AND INITIATION
So, does this mean that before a Disciple knocks on the door, that "The
attitude to be assumed, then, is that of doing every act, small and
great, trifling or important, because it is before us to do, and as a mere
carrying out by us as instruments of the will of that Deity who is
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 4:43 AM
Subject: [bn-study] Re: Help request
Hey friends, I could use some help with this. So far, what I have read no
matter how you say it. Whether in Eastern or Western terminology it still
seems like RELIGIOUS belief system to me.
" 5. Since the Deity / GOD is universal (omnipresent) we "live in God."
It is at the foundation basis of ourselves -- some call it the HIGHER SELF,
or ATMA -- the UNIVERSAL SPIRIT. We as the "mind" can always consult with
it. And it answers through the "intuition."
Remember that the other two attributes of GOD are :-- If we are individuals
shouldn't we instead of having faith in God/Deity have the faith of
DTB 1 Specifically: The existence of a pure Universal SPIRIT
(call it GOD if you will) can be reasoned out. It is either there or it is
not. In which case, who (or what) rules and governs the UNIVERSES?
(2) "omniscience" -- nothing can be concealed for IT; and This sounds like
the laying of a guilt trip. (God is always watching you)
DTB If we do no wrong we won't fear anything. If however we do evil then
we fear the consequences. This is a universal observation. And yes, NATURE
is always watching us. How can we escape the sensitivity of every atom we
use or of those near to us? This fact cannot be overlooked.
(3) "omnipotence" or, the power to conserve and balance the fate and destiny
of all beings involved in any decisions we make or which we might be subject
to. Does this mean that we are some kind of robots ? That we can only excel
as far fate or destiny allows?
DTB A moment of thought as to our individual independence assures us we
are NOT robots. We are responsible for our moral decisions, therefore we are
the sole masters of our own fate and destiny.
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