23 August 2016

THE AQUARIAN THEOSOPHIST, AUGUST 2016

 

The opening thought of the August edition says:      

There is a reason why more than one collective structure and institution now implodes: spiritual blindness is self-destructive.

On pages one and two we have an example of the severity of great teachers: “Observing a Network of Lies”, a fragment from Helena Blavatsky.    

On page three, “Original Theosophy and the Life of Forests”, and “Cranston, on HPB’s Retreat Among Trees”. In the first of these two notes, HPB directly refers to those who are against environmental protection.

The Aura of Trees, a Classical Text from 19th Century India” starts on page four. Page five presents “The Prayer of the Woods”. On pages six and seven the reader finds two fragments from Helena Blavatsky, entitled “On The Tree of the World”. 

The notes “The Duty of the Pilgrim” and “Teachers of Altruism Can Be Found Anywhere, Any Time” are on page eight. On page nine, “The Cosmic Nature Of Timeless Change”: while superficial minds look for “novelties”, students of theosophy search for that which is eternal.  

These are other topics in the August 2016 edition of the “Aquarian”:

* The Spark and the Fire, Living Words Enlighten the Soul;

* Defeating Nuclear Proliferation; 

* The Elders and the Young Ones;

* Robert Crosbie on the Right Attitude;

* Staying Away from the Tides of Ignorance;

* Ideologies and the Theosophical Knowledge; 

* Thoughts Along the Road;

* Lessons from the Void; and

* Karl Friedrich Krause, on the Unity of Mankind. 

The 19 pp. edition presents the List of New Texts in the Associated Websites.



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You can find the entire collection of The Aquarian Theosophist” at  www.TheosophyOnline.com.

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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.

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20 August 2016

THE PHILOSOPHY OF AIKIDO

The Voice of Peace Can Often Resound Like
Thunder, Jolting Human Beings Out of Ignorance

Morihei Ueshiba



Morihei Ueshiba




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A 2016 Editorial Note:

We reproduce below a few Fragments from the book
The Art of Peace”, by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), who
founded the Aikido. The book was published by Shambhala
Publications, Inc., Boston & London, 1992, and has 126 pp.
We indicate the number of the page at the end of each quotation.

The inner identity of the philosophy of the Aikido with many
aspects of classical esoteric philosophy is easy to observe in these
axioms. A Master of the Wisdom wrote: “Strive, towards the Light,
all of you brave warriors for the Truth, but do not let selfishness
penetrate into your ranks”.[1] Military metaphors are frequent in
the spiritual tradition of nearly every nation: the Christian “New
Testament” and the Hindu “Bhagavad Gita” are two examples among
many. The aphorism 103, Chapter Eight of the “Dhammapada”, says:
“Better than a man who conquers in battles a thousand times a thousand
men is he who conquers himself. He indeed is the mightiest of warriors.”

Morihei Ueshiba teaches the same tenet of the universal wisdom.

(Carlos Cardoso Aveline)

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* Foster and polish the warrior spirit while serving in the world; Illuminate the Path according to your inner light. (p. 46)

* The Path of Peace is exceedingly vast, reflecting the grand design of the hidden and manifest worlds. A warrior is a living shrine of the divine, one who serves that grand purpose. (p. 47)

* Your mind should be in harmony with the functioning of the universe; your body should be in tune with the movement of the universe; body and mind should be bound as one, unified with the activity of the universe. (p. 48)

* The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance. Because it is nonresistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished. The Art of Peace is invincible because it contends with nothing. (p. 62)

* There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within. (p. 63)

* Transcend the realm of life and death, and then you will be able to make your way calmly and safely through any crisis that confronts you. (p. 85)

* Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. Just as a lotus flower springs from the mire to bloom splendidly, the interaction of the cosmic breath causes the flower of the spirit to bloom and bear fruit in this world. (p. 30)

* Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant. (p. 31)

* Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. (p. 32)

* As soon as you concern yourself with the “good” and “bad” of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you. (p. 33)

* The Art of Peace is not easy. It is a fight to the finish, the slaying of evil desires and all falsehood within. On occasion the Voice of Peace resounds like thunder, jolting human beings out of their stupor. (p. 35)

* Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace. (p. 86)

* The only cure for materialism is the cleansing of the six senses (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind). If the senses are clogged, one’s perception is stifled. The more it is stifled, the more contaminated the senses become. This creates disorder in the world, and that is the greatest evil of all. Polish the heart, free the six senses and let them function without obstruction, and your entire body and soul will glow. (p. 40)

* All life is a manifestation of the spirit, the manifestation of love. And the Art of Peace is the purest form of that principle. A warrior is charged with bringing a halt to all contention and strife. Universal love functions in many forms; each manifestation should be allowed free expression. The Art of Peace is true democracy. (p. 41)

* If you perceive the true form of heaven and earth, you will be enlightened to your own true form. If you are enlightened about a certain principle, you can put it into practice. After each practical application, reflect on your efforts. (p. 108)

* The Art of Peace can be summed up like this: ‘True victory is self-victory; let that day arrive quickly!’  ‘True victory’ means unflinching courage; ‘self-victory’ symbolizes unflagging effort; and ‘let that day arrive quickly’ represents the glorious moment of triumph in the here and now. (p. 109)

NOTE:

[1] “Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom”, compiled by C. Jinarajadasa, TPH-Adyar, India, 1973 edition, first series, Letter 20, to Francesca Arundale, p. 52.

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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.

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15 August 2016

WHETHER CROSBIE BROKE HIS VOWS

Overcoming the Practice of
Blind Obedience in Esoteric Schools


Carlos Cardoso Aveline
  


Robert Crosbie (photo) was the main founder of the ULT in 1909


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A 2016 Editorial Note:

An initial version of the following text was published
as a Letter to the Editor in the ULT Birthday Issue of
“The Aquarian Theosophist”, February 2006, pp. 12-13.
Jerome Wheeler was the editor of “The Aquarian”, then.

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A writer who presents himself as a student of Helena Blavatsky wrote a couple of articles in a website suggesting that Mr. Robert Crosbie broke the solemn vows he had made as a student of the Esoteric School led by Katherine Tingley.  

The author thought that by being a member of Katherine Tingley’s inner school Crosbie had the  moral obligation to unconditionally obey Ms. Tingley regardless of circumstances. He was supposed to renounce his own discernment and follow orders. When Crosbie left Tingley’s esoteric school in 1904, he was therefore seen as “breaking his vows”. As a result, it was believed, he should never have founded the United Lodge of Theosophists in 1909.   

This is, of course, the bureaucratic view of esoteric schools.  Blind obedience is a “law” with Jesuits and pseudo-esotericists: not among Theosophists.  A legitimate vow is a living process subject to the constant approval of one’s own conscience, and not to the approval of one’s political “superiors”.[1]

Since Crosbie saw that the Point Loma Society and its inner School had abandoned the original teachings of theosophy, it was his duty to leave them aside, and he would be breaking his vows if he remained there against his conscience. Making a vow in the true theosophical movement increases one’s self-responsibility and the need for individual discernment. There is no blind obedience in the pedagogy of discipleship taught by Helena Blavatsky and the masters of the wisdom.

Writers who attack HPB, Crosbie and other sincere theosophists tend to appear from time to time in several countries.

Some of them published long, high-sounding articles about things of which they know nothing. Their careless writings add extra weight to the verses that open Chapter 56 in the “Tao Te King”:

“Those who know, don’t talk.
Those who talk, don’ know.”

In order to attain esoteric knowledge, one must work for a noble and altruistic goal. Selflessness is the key to higher realms of consciousness.  

By writing against those who search for lay discipleship according to the unadulterated teachings of H.P. Blavatsky and the Masters, unethical observers of the theosophical movement are but separating themselves from such an opportunity.

We have had attacks against HPB’s work all the time since the mid-1880s. We also have seen people successfully defending Theosophy all along: every challenge is an opportunity in the inner side of the theosophical effort.

The very existence of students who try to live up to the inner side of H.P.B.’s Teachings seems to gravely offend some individuals. This is of course unfortunate: no sincere student would wish to offend any individual. One can only hope that the aggressive skeptics will in due time understand and accept the existence of such a thing as an occult life and a spiritual path.

I wish they could see that there is an inner level of study and action which must be kept to those who have freely decided to pledge themselves to their own hearts to try to improve themselves - and who have made a commitment to help each other along that old, steep and narrow way to Eternal Wisdom. Each one’s responsibility remains individual: bureaucracy has nothing to do with aspiration to discipleship.  

The lack of respect that the pseudo-theosophical skeptics seem to show for the inner instances of the esoteric movement is connected to the lack of respect they have for their own inner consciousness and conscience.

It follows that to wish them well, and to send them good thoughts, is part of our task. On the other hand, our mission also includes actively preserving the movement and the Teaching from any occult successors of the 19th century slanderers Vsevolod Solovyov, Emma Coulomb and others.

It is not a coincidence that both Solovyov and the Coulombs, as well as their 21st century successors, first infiltrated the theosophical movement, and only then started to attack H.P.B. and the Masters’ work from inside the theosophical circles.

As paradoxes are part of the occult life, there is a bright side to this. Esoteric philosophy states that great opportunities are generally in direct proportion to the difficulty of challenges. Therefore, putting a limit to the slanderous action of “modern” skeptics may be a golden opportunity now available to earnest students worldwide.

NOTE:

[1] See on this topic the article “Pledges in Theosophy, Real and Phony”, which is available in the Associated Websites. Its subtitle says: “Esoteric Frauds Use Vows to Obtain Political Control Over Sincere People”. Read also in our websites “The Symbolism of Judas Iscariot”.

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Regarding pseudo-scholars who attack Theosophy, see the article “On Looking Like a Scholar”, which can be found in our Associated Websites.

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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.

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