31 October 2014

THOUGHTS ALONG THE ROAD - 3

Observing the Sacredness of Daily Life

Carlos Cardoso Aveline



Universal wisdom adapts everyday life to the flow of oceanic truth 



* Learn to be silent, and start talking through actions and by example.

* In the outer calm of a wise man, the suddenness of lightning is included.

* According to Sun-tzu, the battle must be won before it starts.

* You can best identify and correct your mistakes by persevering in the pursuit of a noble goal.

* Listen to the wordless voice of the noblest, innermost aspects of your own heart, and willingly pay the price for following your conscience.

* In your search for wisdom, learn to see each defeat as useful raw material in the preparation of a lasting victory.

* Better late than never, perhaps. Yet it is even better to act in the right time and avoid foreseeable mistakes.

* One’s spiritual soul is the source of unconditional contentment and confidence in life. True enthusiasm flows from the higher self.

* Waste of time produces hurry, just as hurry produces waste of time. Discernment and right choices save time and energy and produce peace.

* Decisive moments in history and life rarely announce themselves as such. It is up to one’s heart and discernment to identify them, and to act accordingly.

* A constant reexamination of that which we take for granted, of our priorities and our methods of action. This is a price to pay for preserving a clearly defined, central focus in our lives.

* The Aquarian age is the age of conscious universal interaction. The illusion of separativeness is by now widely defeated. Ethics will provide right relationships and correct ways to interact, which lead to universal brotherhood.

* Hidden behind each second of everyday chronological time, endless Duration and Eternal Time look at us. As they observe us, they may have more than one reason to smile. As we look at them, we find peace. We cannot see them, but we can suspect their secret unfathomable presence deep within our minds and souls, and this is enough.

* Many want to obtain knowledge, but not everyone accepts renouncing ignorance. For wisdom to emerge, a detachment is necessary regarding outer forms, and a constant search for that which is essential and eternal.

* Wisdom is not necessarily anthropomorphic. Even birds can teach us by example that clearly established goals and detachment on a personal level open room for discernment, or Viveka. With discernment, efficiency emerges.

* It is not enough to be a pioneer and to act from a correct vision of the healthy future now waiting for our humanity. It is also necessary to develop a wide set of actions which unfolds step by step, multidimensionally, creating irreversible facts, and in no hurry.

* Discovering truth means uncovering falsehood, and the other way around. By understanding the specific workings of self-delusion in his life, a student of philosophy will liberate much of his strength and energy and rededicate them to worthwhile goals and effective actions.

* Anxiety, the disease of present times, condemns its victims to superficiality. The feeling of “intensity” which anxiety provides is fake. Peace of mind grants a deep and lasting, not a shallow intensity of life. Theosophy can be defined as the science of dynamic peace and universal law.

* A short term view of life invites people to make wrong decisions and provokes significant waste of time. Calmness allows us to make firm, long-term decisions, and increases the efficiency of everyday actions.

* When the great questions regarding the life of a theosophical student are settled, smaller issues seem to take care of themselves, little by little. The decisive issues refer to his immortal soul. They include his relation with the law of the universe, and with the universal wheel of life.

* Right action is performed while one is guided by one’s own heart. It will contain mistakes, but the presence of the heart and of conscience allows one to learn better, to improve his actions and to make real progress along the path.

* One must expect more from oneself than from others. However, being frank towards other people is necessary if we want to be honest with ourselves. Sincerity is one of the best gifts one may offer to people with whom we may live or work - even if this gift is at times uncomfortable.

* Each human being is a bridge. He must learn to become a strong line of individual life vertically connecting the eternal and celestial consciousness to every outer, physical and earthly perception. While this may be a goal for a few lifetimes, each small step ahead in one’s daily life has a decisive importance.

* To be impersonal does not consist in hiding one’s own name as a way to attain sainthood. Such a practice often leads to a subtle denial of self-responsibility. To be impersonal means to transcend all personal names in one’s heart, while being able to use them in the outward world and responding for what we do.

* You cannot know when it is that victory along the Path to Wisdom will come to you or at what speed it will do so. You can decide that you will work hard in preparing it. Such a decision must be made again and again and on a daily basis across your lifetime. Each small step ahead contains an aspect of the whole victory.

* The will to act correctly and with justice is one of the most precious goods one may ever have, and no amount of money can possibly buy it. In fact, it is by desiring money that many people lose the treasure in heaven - the decision to act with justice. In exchange for 30 coins, modern Judases betray the Christ or inner Master who is in their own conscience.

* As a concept, a “calling to victory” is still little known in the theosophical movement. A true victory defeats no one. It transmutes the whole life into a better condition. A calling to victory is the inner harmony with that which transcends suffering. It is an active, creative attitude regarding the future we deem desirable. It results from the ability to listen to our spiritual soul, whose substance is bliss.

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The above fragments were first published anonymously in the September 2014 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”. Most of them were under the title “27 Thoughts Along the Road”.

On the role of the esoteric movement in the ethical awakening of mankind during the 21st century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.  


Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages and can be obtained through Amazon Books.

On Facebook, see the pages The Aquarian Theosophist  and  E-Theosophy.



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HELENA ANDREEVNA HAHN

The Mother of Helena P. Blavatsky
Was a Russian Writer and a Pioneer Thinker

Lydia Bobritsky  (comp.)

Helena Andreevna Hahn (1814-1843)



“The man with a higher intellect is
intolerable enough to this world, but the
position of a woman, who has been placed by
Nature itself above the crowd is verily desperate.”

(Helena Andreevna Hahn)




A 2012 Editorial Note:
Life could be quick in the 19th century.

Helena Andreevna Fadeev was born 11 January 1814.  At 16, she got married to Captain Peter Hahn.  She was only 17 years old when her daughter Helena Petrovna, later Helena Blavatsky, was born in 1831.

With little more than 20 years of age, Helena Andreevna Hahn was considered the leading female writer of prose fiction in Russia. [1] Celebrated critics as A. Belinsky wrote articles on her.  Then, at 28, she died on June 24, 1843.

Belinsky wrote this epitaph to her:  

“Peace be unto your ashes, extraordinary woman, victim of the rich talents of your own lofty nature! …..  We thank you for your short life. Not in vain did it bloom like a luxurious, fragrant flower of profound feelings and lofty thoughts. Your soul is in this flower and there will be no death for it!” [2]

In her novels and short stories, Helena Andreevna wrote about the organized selfishness of society.

She said:

“Every outstanding woman, especially a writer, will be persecuted by the world … Her gifts of intellect, her talents all are in vain before the crowd; she will be like a criminal rejected by society.”[3] Helena Petrovna would soon challenge the world in a similar way as her mother did, and would experience the meaning of those sad words; for such were the conditions in the 19th century.

We reproduce in PDF the article “Helena Andreevna Hahn” from the magazine “The Theosophical Forum”, August 1948 edition pp.  449-457. The text was translated and compiled by Lydia Bobritsky from the Preface to the “Complete Works of Elena A. Hahn”, published in 1905.

(Carlos Cardoso Aveline)





NOTES:

[1] “Dictionary of Russian Women Writers”, available online.

[2] “HPB - The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky, Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement”, Sylvia Cranston,  published by Jeremy Tarcher / G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York,  USA,  1993,  648 pp.,  p. 23.

[3] “HPB - The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky, Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement”, Sylvia Cranston, p. 24.


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On the role of the esoteric movement in the ethical awakening of mankind during the 21st century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.  


Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages and can be obtained through Amazon Books.

On Facebook, see the pages The Aquarian Theosophist  and  E-Theosophy.



In order to have access to a daily study of theosophy, visit the page of  E-Theosophy e-group in YahooGroups and join it directly from there.

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30 October 2014

THE SEARCH

A Poem by an H.P.B. Student

Ianthe H. Hoskins




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Ms. Ianthe H. Hoskins, a British theosophist and
author, was a dedicated student of H.P. Blavatsky’s.
A woman with a bright sense of humour, she was almost
100 years old when she died in 2001. Ianthe Hoskins’ last
book was “Reflections on Time, Duration and Immortality”,
from which we reproduce the poem below. It suggests that a
truth-seeker must be prepared to face obstacles, especially
if he does not want to delude himself along the way.

(C.C.A.)

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There is no path for me, no God, no guide;
I fling away from light and leading hand;
I have no sword, no staff, no friend beside:
Alone, unarmed, I seek an unknown land.

With bruised fingers and with bleeding feet,
Alone I tread, while round me and before
Foe upon foe assails me, whom I greet
As friends to lead me to the unknown shore.

Give me no counsel, proffer me no aid,
No star in my impenetrable night;
Alone, alone my journey has to be made
Through the here-darkness to the yonder Light.

So shall the pilgrim know from whence he came,
The spark be one with the eternal flame. [1]


NOTE:

[1] From “Reflections on Time, Duration and Immortality”, by Ianthe H. Hoskins, Theosophical Publishing  House, London, 2000, 38 pp., see p. 37. 

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On the role of the esoteric movement in the ethical awakening of mankind during the 21st century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.   


Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages and can be obtained through Amazon Books.

On Facebook, see the pages The Aquarian Theosophist  and  E-Theosophy.



In order to have access to a daily study of theosophy, visit the page of  E-Theosophy e-group in YahooGroups and join it directly from there.

The link to the e-group is - https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/E-Theosophy/info. You can also write to   lutbr@terra.com.br and ask for information on E-Theosophy

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28 October 2014

HOW BEST TO JUDGE PEOPLE

Since There Is No Need to
Pretend That We Do Not Do So


Carlos Cardoso Aveline





Judging is that which we do before making decisions. Every decision is based on some sort of judgement. It is therefore no use to pretend we do not judge people or situations. We do that all the time.

However, the idea of judging includes the duty of being just and fair. It provides us with the opportunity of paying attention to facts, a practice which is most beneficial - in the first place - to ourselves. 

Alfred Grant Walton wrote:

It is not right to judge a man,
By hasty glance or passing whim,
Or think that first impressions can
Tell all there is to know of him.

Who knows what weight of weariness
The man we rashly judge may bear,
The burden of his loneliness
His blighted hopes his secret cares.

A pompous guise or air of pride
May only be an outward screen,
A compensation meant to hide
A baffled will, a grief unseen.

However odd a person seems,
However strange his ways may be,
Within each human spirit gleams
A spark of true divinity.

So what can first impressions tell?
Unthinking judgements will not do,
Who really knows a person well
May also come to like him too! [1]


One must observe the various aspects of reality, before making a correct judgement. One’s viewpoint should always be open to the acceptance of new facts.

Reality is dynamic. It often surprises people, and it uses to defeat those who consistently refuse to look at the facts before them, or love convenience and comfort more than truth and sincerity. 

We will make mistakes in judging situations and people. We can learn from our mistakes. In that sense, our failings may constitute an immense treasure. 

All we need is the courage to honestly look at our mistakes, and a determination to do our best at each and every occasion - on the basis of lessons learned. 

NOTE:

[1] This poem was published with no title in “The Theosophical Movement” magazine, Mumbai, India, February 2006 edition, p. 115.  

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An initial version of the above note was published in the September 2013 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”.

On the role of the esoteric movement in the ethical awakening of mankind during the 21st century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.  


Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages and can be obtained through Amazon Books.

On Facebook, see the pages The Aquarian Theosophist  and  E-Theosophy.



In order to have access to a daily study of theosophy, visit the page of  E-Theosophy e-group in YahooGroups and join it directly from there.

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27 October 2014

A STRATEGIC VIEW OF INFORMATION

Vigilance is of the Essence in the Art of Living

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




All that glitters is not gold.

Not everything that is presented as esoteric philosophy is so in fact, and not all that seems to be information - really informs.

An old handbook of military strategy - published by the middle of twentieth century - defines something that should be important to every journalist and citizen.  It defines “information”, from the point of view of strategic affairs.

It says that “information is that knowledge which leads one to make better decisions”.   All the rest can be variously classified as half-information, pseudo-information, disinformation, or even mere “noise”.

What the spiritual pilgrim needs is that kind of information which will allow him to make the best decisions he is innerly entitled to make.  For that, he must observe the bits of “information” around him.  Some of them will be toxic to his efforts to self-knowledge and self-liberation.  Some will be useful. Different parts of them may be indifferent, slightly harmful, and moderately helpful.

Philosophy includes Life as a whole. There must be a philosophical view for every aspect of the world, and the philosophy of information tells us that we must pay attention to the amount and the quality of the news and reports which surround us, so that we can assess their real nature.

That information which awakens our inner and higher Self is like water in the desert. Its sources must be preserved.  

Yet to this there are challenges.  From UFOs to TV shows, from new movies to the latest facts in international politics, there are all kinds of “novelties” and “spectacular facts” around every citizen at each minute.  These are ways by which outer life will lead one astray and distract his mind, if he but allows that to happen.

Consciousness, collective and individual, is a battleground where information, disinformation and noise serve different purposes and projects in life.  Warfare at its causal level takes place in one’s consciousness, which is not and could not be separate from the consciousness of other beings.  Vigilance is of the essence. Victory occurs in silence, and leads one to an intelligent life.  

Epictetus - whom H.P.Blavatsky admired and quoted a few times - taught:

“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle.  Some things are within our control and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.” [1]

What is under our control is our own inner life, our actions - and the way we discharge our duties. That includes our duty to our immortal soul, our conscience, our monad, our higher self, to whom in fact we belong.   

Childish souls believe intensity of life is in externalities. When the soul comes of age, though, it knows better.  Self-responsibility leads one to take real decisions in life, based on solid information, and working with data whose quality has been tested and verified in each item. 


NOTE:

[1] "The Art of Living", Epictetus, a New Interpretation by Sharon Lebell, HarperSanFrancisco, 1995, 114 pp., see p. 3.

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On the difference between truth and falsehood in the esoteric movement, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline. Published in 2013 by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages and can be obtained through Amazon Books.
  
On Facebook, see the pages The Aquarian Theosophist  and  E-Theosophy.



If you want to have access to a daily study of the original teachings of Theosophy, write tolutbr@terra.com.br  and ask for information on the e-group  E-Theosophy.


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