Distractions vs. ignorance (avidya)
Jan 28, 1999 12:47 PM
by Richard Taylor
In a message dated 1/28/99 11:44:39 AM, Tony wrote:
<<A says: Because of Theosophy I am now able to have some understanding of
Norse Mythology. I have just read a Norse myth, and because I have done some
theosophical study, the myth wasn't just a tale, it had a deeper level of
meaning to it. It was an allegory.
B says: Because of Norse mythology I am now able to have some understanding
This is a fine point Tony, and shows that people may have different methods.
The one I propose is "A." What I seem to read on this list, however, is a lot
of something else. It sounds to me (and I may well be mistaken) like this:
"HPB has already had the final word on (fill in the blank) subject. Don't
even bother to read any Norse myths, because HPB goes farther."
As a beginning student, that would have been Theosophical death. I well
remember the first time I read the S.D., and I was swimming in Odin this,
Daiviprakriti that, Osiris and Prometheus and Buddha and Vasubandhu and
Shankaracharya and Kiu-Te coming out my ears. Without the background reading
I've done on the topics HPB has mentioned, I wouldn't even be able to
understand why her writings are important, or really even what they're saying.
So yes, I think your option A is a very good one. Read HPB, then read the
material she is discussing, and then go back and read her again.
Have I written anything different in the last two months? Honestly?
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