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Every Challenge is ...

Feb 07, 2006 09:47 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline




Dear friends in Theos-net,

I hope this message (unlike others), does get through!

Carlos.


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EVERY CHALLENGE IS AN OPPORTUNITY

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One writer who presents himself as a student of Helena Blavatsky has written one or two articles in a website suggesting that Robert Crosbie, the main founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT), broke the vows he had made as a student of the Esoteric School founded by H.P.B. in the 19th century.

Such writers tend to appear from time to time in several countries. They tend to publish long, high-sounding articles about things of which they know nothing. By doing this, they add extra weight to the well-known verses in the "Tao-Te-King":

"Those who know, don't talk.
Those who talk, don't know."

At least one of such persons has recently gone beyond discussing occult facts of which he knows nothing. He has been sending long letters to a number of students in several countries, anxiously defending his decision to give as much publicity as he can to the libels originally invented against H. P. Blavatsky more than one century ago.

These people typically write against those who seek and who stimulate the search for the inner learning and for the lay discipleship along the lines established by H.P.B. and her Masters.

Such efforts are now new, and they are not original. We have had persons of this typeattacking H.P.B.'s work all the time since the mid-1880s. We also have had people successfully defending Theosophy all along. Yet -- there is something sad about this.

The very existence of students who try to live up to the inner side of H.P.B.'s Teachings seems to gravely offend these poor people. This is unfortunate. No sincere student could ever aim at that.

One can only wish that these aggressive skeptics will understand and accept the existence of such a thing as an occult life and spiritual path.

I wish they could see that there is an occult level of study and action which must be kept to those who have freely decided to pledge themselves in their own hearts to try to improve themselves -- and who have made a commitment top help each other along that old, steep and narrow way to Eternal Wisdom.

The lack of respect that these skeptics seem to show for the inner instances of the theosophical movement might be connected to a 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 preserving the movement and the Teaching from these 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.


Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline, from Brazil.

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