19 January 2017

Donald Trump as a Mirror

That Which Is True in One Realm of
Life Tends to Be True in the Other Ones

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Donald Trump (photo) reflects uneasy things of collective karma and
also shows back to citizens positive potentialities present in their souls.

North American businessman Donald Trump attracted worldwide attention in 2015 and 2016 by reflecting back to the “conscious” level of the citizens’ minds some of their own “subconscious” thoughts and emotions.   

The psychological projection was healthy. 

Working for free as a psychoanalytical mirror to many individuals, Donald Trump became the object of vivid criticism and scorn from left and right, and was impulsively attacked by religious leaders of different traditions.

His critics considered themselves reasonable and rational, and believed they had common sense. It was a clever thing to do, to reject Trump. There was a firm consensus about that, among the experts.

While teaching the nations that Trump should be automatically despised and rejected, the “owners” of public opinion were resorting to name-calling. They had previously decided that it was necessary to deny the deeper aspects of Trump’s view of life.

They projected their own subconscious fears and ambitions over the mirror. They hated a reflection, and thought everyone should do the same. A projection offers people an opportunity to intensively worship or hate another being, instead of coming to know themselves. Blind projection causes a deceiving short term relief. It actually leads one to defeat by undermining his common sense and clarity of vision. 

When in November 2016 Trump was elected the president of the United States, it became painfully clear to some that slogans cannot replace facts; propaganda does not cancel reality; name-calling cannot define an individual, and political consensus is often a failed attempt to tame and distort the dynamics of History.

However, a psychological mirror operates at several levels of reality and can be read from diverse points of view. As a mirror, Trump reflects uneasy things of collective karma and also shows back to citizens positive potentialities present in their souls. He does that by not being a slave of short term public opinion. The fact that Trump feels comfortable under criticism gives him a higher degree of independence regarding established forms of mental and emotional manipulation. He uses obstacles to build momentum.

Trump’s style is transparent, and it is much more complex than the image fabricated by his enemies.

Over the years he published various books about the way he acts and moves. His view of life has significant points in common with well-known New Age thinkers. [1]

As to the karmic rhythm of life, Trump says:

“One way to keep your momentum going is to keep giving yourself greater and greater challenges. Once you have reached the top, what do you do?  Once you have reached the top, it is time to give back. Give to charity, give to your children, give your knowledge to others, and give to your culture. I made a lot of money, and I give a lot of money away to charity.” [2]

Momentum is a wave of events. It is a growing cloud of possibilities in movement; it is a karmic trend created by one’s efforts and actions as they interact with life.

Trump describes his approach to the art of building such creative force:

“Momentum is all about energy and timing. When you start anything new, you have no momentum.  That is when things are hard. People are not calling you. You do not seem to be getting anywhere, but if you keep at it and keep working toward your goals one day at a time, pretty soon you get into the flow of people and events. (…) Why? Because you have momentum, but do not take momentum for granted. If you lose your momentum, all your success ends, and things get much more difficult. It is dangerous to do anything when you have lost your momentum. Your timing is off, and people and events are no longer in your favor. So watch out to never lose your momentum.” [3]

By having an elevated goal, an individual challenges routine, or “tamas” in Sanskrit, and disrupts established illusions.

As one builds momentum, it becomes easier to defeat the artificial consensus according to which everyone must obey to appearances, and piously ignore any deeper layers of reality.  Then one realizes that being too quick in calling nations or individuals “enemies” is an unintelligent superficiality of mind. Present society ought to learn an ancient axiom of esoteric philosophy:

“Intelligence is impartial: no man is your enemy: no man is your friend. All alike are your teachers. Your enemy becomes a mystery that must be solved, even though it take ages: for man must be understood. Your friend becomes a part of yourself, an extension of yourself, a riddle hard to read. Only one thing is more difficult to know - your own heart.” [4]

Conflicts exist, and they should be few; they should be passing phenomena; and at all times one must keep a sense of justice regarding one’s adversaries. Equilibrium, reciprocity and ethics are three of the necessary elements for peace to occur.

Our View of Truth is Constantly Unfolding

Both political and religious ideologies use to pretend they have the “final truth” regarding the aspects of life they talk about.

They induce people into thinking that the best way to know truth is to believe all things said by them.

Churches, sects and political factions use to punish self-reliant truth-seekers with isolation. “There is no need”, they guarantee you, “to study and research in independent ways. It is a loss of time.”

In fact, their false consensus is an emotional mechanism of defense against the precariousness of human knowledge. Instead of humbly facing the depth of Life and the frequent surprises it provokes, they deny the complexity of the world. They don’t want to see the need to learn from mistakes, and adopt a frozen view of life. 

Donald Trump is among those who do not care too much about organized consensus. His actions can be dangerous to leftist and rightist ideologies alike, for he thinks by himself. According to Trump, knowledge is constantly unfolding since we were born, and he asks:

“Remember how exciting it was to learn to ride a bike?  Ever watched a child taking their first steps? It’s a momentous occasion. If we can capture that kind of excitement every day, I think we are on our way to wisdom. Albert Einstein said: ‘The mind that opens to a new idea never comes back to its original size.’ I agree. Once you’ve learned to walk, why would you want to go back to crawling around? It wouldn’t make sense. We all have a purpose in life, and that’s to do our best to live up to our potential.” [5]

These ideas exalt the creative aspects of everyone’s love for life. They are nonviolent; they stimulate the power of every individual to open his own way to bliss and prosperity. They are naturally dangerous to structures of political or religious power based on mind manipulation, on blind obedience and induced passivity.  Creative individuals are the citizens of the future.  They may mean panic, to those who identify themselves with organized ignorance. Trump’s approach to life seems to invite people to embrace and develop their own highest potentialities. That means leaving aside intellectual laziness.  

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Personal comfort is considered a value of supreme importance in a consumer society.  Citizens are given numerous choices to make on what they buy or who are their favourite artists, and kept apart from fundamental decisions.

Risks are avoided, and life is not seen as an adventure.  Such asphyxiating experience has no future. Human need for transcendence is irrepressible. If creative forms of living transcendence are stolen from people, other and uncreative forms of transcending limits will emerge.

Thus a large portion of population is led to resort to drugs, alcohol, crime, the practice of violence and the exaggeration of sex. These are some of the main alternatives through which ill-informed people - often young - try to get rid of tedium, and to leave aside organized hypocrisy.

Among those who accept a passive view of life, many suffer from depression, or irritation. Psychological depression is now a problem of millions in every continent.

On a less dramatic note, the phenomenon of blind passivity and the inability to see life as a “journey of the hero” is present in the esoteric movement. Many a theosophical organization denies the risky, uncertain and probationary character of an authentically philosophical life.  

In the Mahatma Letters, a unique book on the Pedagogy of Eastern esoteric philosophy, one finds a frequent invitation to “TRY” and to make an effort every day along the spiritual journey. [6]

Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be a theosophist.  More than one “expert” considers him “a superficial mind”. In fact, he wrote down ideas that make sense both in the material and spiritual realms of life.

“Many people are afraid to fail”, Trump says, “so they don’t try. They may dream, talk, and even plan, but they don’t take that critical step of putting their money and their effort on the line. To succeed in business, you must take risks. Even if you fail, that’s how you learn. There has never been, and will never be, an Olympic ice skater who didn’t fall on the ice. Skaters acquire their skill and master their moves by doing and falling, not just by watching or talking.” [7]

That which is true in one realm of life tends to be true in the other ones. The inner world and the outer world are mirrors to each other. Nominal theosophists abound, while those who live esoteric philosophy are less numerous. Trump writes:  

“Knowledge requires patience; action requires courage. Put patience and courage together and you’ll be a winner.”

He adds:

“Find challenges for yourself. Go beyond the ordinary.”

His words invite people into a difficult path. The easy road of short term convenience is passive, and by its own nature leads people to boredom, to frustration, and finally to the dynamics of hatred and fear.  

Creativity, on the other hand, renews life at every moment. It teaches solidarity, confidence, courage, and stimulates one’s ability to learn from circumstances pleasant and difficult alike.  


[1] See for instance the book “Think Big”, by Donald J. Trump and Bill Zanker, Harper Collins Publishers, 2007, 368 pp., especially pp. 219-221.

[2] “Think Big”, by Donald J. Trump and Bill Zanker, Harper Collins Publishers, 2007, p. 218.

[3] “Think Big”, by Donald J. Trump and Bill Zanker, Harper Collins Publishers, 2007, p. 222.

[4] “Light on the Path - a treatise”, M. C., first edition, London, UK, 1885, Fifth Indian Reprint, 1991, The Theosophy Co., Bombay-Mumbai, 90 pp., see page 24.

[5] “Think Like a Champion”, Donald J. Trump with Meredith McIver, Da Capo Press, 204 pp., see p. 147.

[6] “The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett”, TUP edition, Pasadena, CA, USA, 1992, 494 pp.

[7] “Trump 101”, Donald J. Trump with Meredith McIver, published by John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2007, 188 pages,  see p. 39. The next two quotations are from the same page.


The above article was first published on 15 December 2016 in our blog at “The Times of Israel”.


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God and War in the Middle East

Universal Wisdom Destroys
The Old Beliefs in Tribal Gods

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Human consciousness is increasingly planetary in the 21st century, and it tends to reexamine the world of religions from the point of view of common sense. This is the right time, therefore, to confront an uncomfortable question: is it possible that the idea of a monotheistic God constitutes one of the main sources of the ever-renewed conflicts we see in the Middle East, since the time of the Crusades?

The right answer seems to be in the affirmative.

The idea of a personal and nationalistic God is present in the Jewish Torah, in the Christian Old Testament (taken from the Jewish tradition) and in the Qur’an of the Muslims. The three religions have tribal origins. Many institutional structures of their religiosity are dogmatic and legitimize war and violence. True, Judaism and the Jewish people have suffered an incomparable amount of persecution and injustice since the Middle Ages. It is only recently that the Jewish people formed its own Nation State and obtained the ability to defend itself by military means against anti-Semitism. As to the spiritual depth and richness present in the Jewish tradition, it is no doubt unique and universal. But the essential question is:

“What is the relation between the concept of God and the worldwide threat presently caused by terrorism and other forms of religious fanaticism?”

Esoteric philosophy teaches that there are many different kinds of divine intelligence in the Cosmos, and that the spiritual path is non-violent, pluralistic and diversified. However, the vast majority of theologians in the monotheistic religions imagine a sectarian, jealous, authoritarian and individualized god who is situated outside the cosmos; a personal god politically controlled by this or that institution which claims to represent him.

It is believed that such a god decided one day for unknown reasons to create the universe and place the Earth in a motionless position at its centre. The same god has been promoting and blessing wars, violence and injustice for millennia. These theological ideas are absurd. It is easy to see that such a god was created by priests who were limited by a narrow and tribal view of the world and the universe.

Monotheism is much more recent than religiosity. In ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, there was a plurality of gods. The same occurred in the religious traditions of ancient American nations. In Hinduism, gods are plural. Identical fact takes place in esoteric Judaism: the word “Elohim” indicates plural, as H. P. Blavatsky writes. Even in Christianity, “god” refers to himself as “us” (Genesis, I, 26) and there are “celestial hosts”. The Holy Trinity is a divine plurality.

Buddhism and Taoism have no need to use the misleading concept of “God”. The idea of a monotheistic God was imposed to mankind during the Middle Ages, so that an absolute emperor in the sky could serve as the model and source of legitimacy for the totalitarian power of the Pope and other kings supposedly divine. 

Contrary to devotional systems based on blind belief, esoteric philosophy teaches that true religiosity never separates from Reason.

One of the sages who inspire the modern esoteric movement wrote:

“The God of the Theologians is simply an imaginary power (…), a power which has never yet manifested itself. Our chief aim is to deliver humanity of this nightmare, to teach man virtue for its own sake, and to walk in life relying on himself instead of leaning on a theological crutch, that for countless ages was the direct cause of nearly all human misery.” [1]  

These words are clear and help us understand the roots of the present conflicts in the Middle East. The Eastern sage added:

“It is belief in God and Gods that makes two-thirds of humanity the slaves of a handful of those who deceive them under the false pretence of saving them. Is not man ever ready to commit any kind of evil if told that his God or Gods demand the crime? (….) For two thousand years India groaned under the weight of caste, Brahmins alone feeding on the fat of the land, and to-day the followers of Christ and those of Mahomet are cutting each other’s throats in the names of and for the greater glory of their respective myths. Remember the sum of human misery will never be diminished unto that day when the better portion of humanity destroys in the name of Truth, morality, and universal charity, the altars of their false gods.” [2]

In saying this, the Eastern Yogi is in harmony with ancient Western philosophy and the modern scientific viewpoint. 

Buddhism is among the religions which did not promote wars. In spite of its limitations and shortcomings, it is a philosophical religion and remains free from the concept of a singular “God”.

Monotheistic beliefs externalize sacredness, ignoring the fact that divine energies are mainly within the consciousness of each individual. And every time “god” becomes something external, professional priests and “religious castes” emerge and multiply, while wars, blind belief and systematic hatred are promoted in order to kill and oppress nations in the name of “the only god”.

On the religions now present in the Middle East, one should remember these words by Helena Blavatsky:

“Verily, the fiendish spirits of fanaticism, of early and mediaeval Christianity and of Islam, have from the first loved to dwell in darkness and ignorance; and both have made ‘- the sun like blood, the earth a tomb, / The tomb a hell, and hell itself a murkier gloom!’ Both creeds have won their proselytes at the point of the sword; both have built their churches on heaven-kissing hecatombs of human victims.” [3]

Truth is often uncomfortable and politically incorrect.

The need to transcend dogmatic religions was taught by the Masters of the Wisdom and Helena Blavatsky. This aspect of their teaching, however, is so strong and challenging that it has been piously ignored since the 1890s in influential circles of the main theosophical associations. Sincere theosophists cannot be proud of that.

In order to fulfil its mission, the esoteric movement must place truth above political calculations and directly examine the causes leading to human suffering. Given the Karma of mankind since the 19th century, it is also necessary to vigorously denounce anti-Semitism and study the inner wisdom of Judaism, which H. P. Blavatsky wrote about in “Isis Unveiled” and other writings.

The plurality of gods and religious viewpoints is at the roots of the universal brotherhood which will guide the civilization of the future. No religion is the owner of truth. All of them have important mistakes to correct through dialogue and humble research. An eternal wisdom includes the higher ethics and teachings of every true religion or philosophy.


[1] “The Mahatma Letters”, transcribed by A.T. Barker, TUP edition, Pasadena, California, Letter 10, p. 53.

[2] “The Mahatma Letters”, TUP, p. 58.

[3] “The Secret Doctrine”, H. P. Blavatsky, Theosophy Co., Los Angeles, Volume I, Introductory, p. xli.


The above article was also published in our blog at “The Times of Israel”.


See the article “Theosophy and the Middle East”, by C. C. Aveline, which is available at our associated websites. 


In September 2016, after a careful analysis of the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to form the Independent Lodge of Theosophists, whose priorities include the building of a better future in the different dimensions of life.  


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H.P. Blavatsky: A Great Betrayal

How Treason Took Place
In the Theosophical Movement

Alice Leighton Cleather

Ms. Alice Leighton Cleather (1846-1938) remained loyal to ethics

A 2013 Editorial Note:

The law of karma is dynamic and no mistake is eternal, for the very purpose of life is to learn. As a result of this, the theosophical movement is getting rid in the 21st century of the organized falsity created by Annie Besant and her associates in the 1895-1934 period.   

The victory of ethics was in part prepared by the pioneers who, although unable to prevent a short-term victory of disloyalty, succeeded in documenting facts so that the following generations could know them well and act accordingly when the right time came.

Alice L. Cleather was a personal student of Helena Blavatsky in London, and published various testimonies written in plain language. Her 1922 book “H.P. Blavatsky: A Great Betrayal” is a bright example of sincerity and love of truth. Ms. Cleather deserves the gratitude of all theosophists for having chosen truth, instead of mere politics.

(Carlos Cardoso Aveline)


H.P. Blavatsky: A Great Betrayal

Alice Leighton Cleather


[September, 1922]

This Protest has been undertaken at the earnest and repeated requests of Theosophical friends of long standing. They feel strongly that the time has come for one of H. P. Blavatsky’s old pupils, who was a member of her Inner Group [1], to demonstrate as clearly as possible that the teachings promulgated for nearly twenty years past by the present leaders of the “Theosophical Society” have departed more and more from H.P.B.’s, and are now their direct antithesis, particularly on the fundamental question of sex morality.

Since Mr. G. R. S. Mead, one of my fellow-members of the Inner Group, spoke out at the Leadbeater Inquiry of 1906, and resigned, no other surviving member, so far as I have been able to ascertain, has attempted to stem the awful and ever increasing tide of horror and delusion, that is, engulfing - one might almost say has engulfed - Mrs. Besant’s Society. If Mr. Mead could say in 1906; - “We stand on the brink of an abyss”, what is to be said now? The enquiries and researches I have undertaken to enable me to write this pamphlet have revealed the present state of things to be far worse than I could have imagined possible.


[1] A reference to the Inner Group of the Esoteric School.  (CCA)


See also the text “The Fraud in Adyar Esoteric School”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline, which is available at our associated websites.


In September 2016, after a careful analysis of the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to form the Independent Lodge of Theosophists, whose priorities include the building of a better future in the different dimensions of life.  


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A Global Karmic Fever

The Obstacles Exist for the  
Strengthening of One’s Will to do Good

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

“For the sake of the soul
alone, the Universe exists.”
(Patanjali, II, 21)

“The evil that has not yet
taken place should be avoided.”
(Patanjali, II, 16)

Our civilization as a whole seems to face the challenges of discipleship, which are metaphorically described in the many ancient “journeys of the hero”, from the gospels of Jesus Christ to the 12 Labors of Hercules.

Every truth-seeker must face them in one way or another.

The concept of “karmic fever” or Pledge Fever, used in the modern theosophy of Helena Blavatsky, is useful as we look at human history.

Once the soul gets in contact with true wisdom and becomes a disciple, its horizon widens so much that the subconscious garbage accumulated as a result of individual and collective ignorance comes to the surface in disturbing ways. Then common sense may seem to be lost for a while. Absurdity can spread. The old ways of life do not work any longer, yet the new ways have not emerged. A fever occurs until the soul gets better acquainted with the broader horizons. Transitional times are confusing. The number of idiotic things done during the “testing” period is sometimes beyond description.

Evolutionary time is measured by eras, in theosophy, not by days or weeks. The “pledge fever” of our mankind and the presence of absurdities in its History are not quite new. Yet there are different phases in the karmic fever of learning that accompanies the journey of mankind through the lifetime of our globe.

In the first half of the 21st century, falsehood, crime, lust, violence, environmental pollution, abortion and other forms of disrespect for life seem to dominate the Zeitgeist or “spirit of the time”. These diseases can be seen as sociological forms of “reaction to wisdom”. They constitute a karmic fever through which the organism of our civilization struggles between two alternatives:

1) Purifying itself and attaining wisdom through self-restraint and voluntary simplicity; or

2) Worshipping irresponsibility and destruction, thus preparing its own end, which will open the door of time to a new and better rebirth.

Every effort in the direction of a planetary ethics, starting from one’s individual life and with the relation of each citizen of good will with his own soul, has a healing effect. 

Short term appearances are deceiving. It is correct not to pay too much attention to them. Each one builds his place in the immediate or long term future.

Through a karmic fever and its seeming absurdities, an organism which is destined to live expels undesirable substances, like ignorance, purifies itself and gets ready to start living indeed in a new cycle.

For this reason, whenever the emotions, images and news that surround you are negative, it is the time to compensate that by forcefully concentrating your mind on positive, healthy and inspiring ideas.

Wrong ideas ought to be replaced by its opposites. (Patanjali, II, 33-34)

If utter futility lives nowadays side by side with despondency, psychological depression and brutal forms of violence, then the right time has come for one to think in the most elevated and correct way, and to work for that which is good and eternal.

When perverted actions are publicized and presented as normal and every act of generosity is seen with skepticism, this is the right moment to think of sanctity; to act according to Ethics, and contemplate with invincible strength the purifying ideal of universal brotherhood.

There is a blessing in the feeling of love for truth in itself, however imperfectly we can grasp it. Circumstances cannot define us. The obstacles exist for the strengthening of our will to do good.


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