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A key characteristic of Dugpas and their agents

Jun 02, 2009 07:31 AM
by MKR

A key characteristic of Dugpas and their agents
Listed below are two excerpts on Dugpas.
What struck me was one word -- "cunning". Coming from two independent
knowledgeable sources, I think that this is the key to both avoid becoming
an agent of the Dugpas (which I believe everyone in theosophy will be
targeted for) as well as detect or suspect an agent of Dugpas so that we can
avoid getting influenced or entangled by the latter. An agent can be highly
respected, very scholarly, have a list of worldly accomplishments, etc., but
being alert for this "cunning" factor can avoid us getting ensnared and
becoming their cat's paws or mouthpieces or surrogates.
For anyone who needs a definition, an on-line definition of "cunning" is:
Crafty: marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise";
"deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer";
"sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"
I think everyone gets the flavor of what cunning is.
There is no religion higher than Truth
In "Instruction VI," pp. 225-233 in E.S.T. Instructions:  Nos. IV, V and VI,
here is some interesting information on Dugpas.
"On the astral and psychic planes the Masters are always stronger than the
Dugpas, because there, good is stronger than evil.  But on our material
plane, evil is stronger than good, and the Adepts having to exercise cunning
if acting on this plane, (which is contrary to their natures) encounter
great difficulty and can only palliate evil effects. In powers not good
there is an absence of good, but not presence of evil, and the higher you
go, the more does evil become the absence of good. The first exercise of
Dugpaship is to psychologize people. Every man has a potential Dugpa in him.
When the 6th Race reaches its close, there will be no more Dugpas. A Dugpa
may become converted during life, at the expense of terrible suffering and
trials. Dugpas are usually destroyed by Kundalini, the astral fire. They
consume themselves. The Dugpa is forced to his own destruction. He becomes
fascinated, runs into the evil current and so destroys himself. The beasts
of Dugpas have nothing but the animal in them, and even when they awaken the
highest spirituality in them, it is the spirituality of the beast where
there is nothing but vile, selfish instinct. On earth there is no evil power
higher than the Dugpas. They cannot when seen psychically conceal the
presence of red about them. It is always visible in their aura. The color is
deep crimson red. The sign of the presence of a Dugpa is a cold, clammy,
empty, snaky feeling. Do not mistake the above for another feeling, viz.,
when chelas materialize they create a vacuum around them, which feels to us
like a change of atmosphere, like being suddenly removed to a high plateau
in Thibet. (The one a dry cold like high atmosphere, the other clammy)."
Let us look at what Dalai Lama had to say:

"Then I turned to him and asked him whether he was referring to the Dugpas,
to sorcerers and to âsoulless men.â When I said this, his interpreter could
not translate it because the word âDugpaâ has two senses. Literally, it
refers to an inhabitant of Bhutan, and using that meaning his interpreter
could not make sense of what I was saying. There is another meaning to the
word, meaning an evil being, or even a sorcerer, and to my surprise this
seemed to be unfamiliar to the interpreter. But the Dalai Lama showed that
he understood exactly what I had in mind. The Dalai Lama hinted at an
important point which was understood by Spinoza in Europe but which is often
ignored. There is no real distinction in the long run between the true
self-interest of a person and an unpleasant duty. There were unfortunately
people who persisted in doing things which were going to harm them above all
as well as others. He spoke with quiet compassion about these ignorant
though cunning evil-doers. It would be most wrong for us, he implied, to
condemn them or to dismiss them out of the horizon of our sympathy, as they
did more harm to themselves than to other human beings, although they could
not see it. Sometimes people were able to see the truth but through
selfishness they could not apply it. There were also people who were utterly
misguided in their view of what was in their own interest. If only they
could know, if only they were not so short-sighted through their own
desperation and through their own false concepts, they would see more
clearly what was in their interest and that this could not be so very
different for different peoples. In all conflicts the combatants ought to
realize that their ultimate interests were the same, but this was exactly
what was so difficult. Therefore, it was always the people who could stand
outside a violent conflict in any part of the world to-day, who, by their
awareness of this ultimate identity of interests between both sides in terms
of their common survival and in relation to the whole of humanity, could be
an active force for good. They could act as a check on the recurrent and
ever-increasing nature of evil, generated by folly, selfishness and above
all short-sightedness."

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