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Truth is Beyond Quietism

Mar 14, 2006 05:50 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline



Carlos Cardoso Aveline


Dear Friends,

Big things reflect themselves in smaller ones, and even now every student can have a taste of real discipleship if he TRIES to live up to the teaching. Yet consciously or unconsciously many prefer to ignore the fact that the way to true learning is a dangerous path. Fear, love for comfort and attachment to routine usually cover themselves with beautiful ideas. When the sacred path is transformed into something to be seen by others, people give priority to outer quietness. Then the student may fall into the theosophical variety of quietism, which is kindly defined in the Mahatma Letters as “that utter paralysis of the soul”. (1)

Esoteric “quietists” cannot understand the vast opportunities present even in the outer regions of the probationary path, which leads to real knowledge. As a consequence, they usually refuse to defend those who are unjustly attacked.

When they hear that HPB’s work faces new and great dangers in the first decade of the 21st century, and that the libels made against her in the 19th century have been recently adopted as true by a couple of “theosophical” editors or “scholars”, they naively shrug their shoulders. They think it has nothing to do with them or with their spiritual learning.

Perhaps these outwardly peaceful souls try to locate themselves above every “mundane”, conflicting issue. They certainly deserve a chance to follow their fancies. For those who will defend truth, though, there is the tremendous potentiality of referring their lives in a more direct way to the sacred teachings which they study, and to the sacred source of those teachings.

No doubt, such a direct combination of theory and practice is dangerous. To be peaceful is one thing: to seem peaceful is another, entirely different one. To be spiritual is often to seem un-spiritual.The deceiving contrast between outer image and inner reality makes every flower along the way hide at least one or two thorns which can easily make the pilgrim bleed. “The Voice of the Silence” says of such a learning : “The name of Hall the second is the Hall of [Probationary] Learning. In it thy Soul will find the blossoms of life, but under every flower a serpent is coiled.” (2)

Indeed, the outer, easy way is the false one. It is the inner motives and intentions that determine which way we are going. Hence soft words are often the instrument of hypocrisy. In one of his New Testament lessons, the gentle Master Jesus helps us understand H.P. Blavatsky’s teachings on the need for us to defend Truth against liars, instead of doing our best to look like saints in the eyes of others:

“How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside of your cup and plate, while the inside is full of what you have obtained by violence and selfishness. Blind Pharisee! Clean what is inside the cup first, and then the outside will be clean too!”(Mt, 23: 25-26)

Those who find HPB’s manners too aggressive should regularly come back to these strong words of Jesus, who is often misrepresented as a man capable of using only kind words:

“How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look fine on the outside but are full of bones and decaying corpses on the inside. In the same way, on the outside you appear good to everybody, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and sins.”(Mt, 23: 27-28)

Thus we can start to understand the profound difference between the outward show of peace continuously staged by all kinds of “whitewashed tombs” – theosophical or not – and the inner spiritual probation faced by those who volunteer to make some real self-sacrifice. Perhaps that is the reason why in the “Mahatma Letters” students are invited to act like “spiritual warriors” (3).

Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.

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(1) T.U.P. edition, Pasadena, 1992, Letter XXVII, p. 210.

(2) As to the Hall, in the main text the expression is “The Hall of Learning”. But in a footnote H.P.B. explains it is “The Hall of Probationay Learning”. See The Voice of the Silence, translated and annotated by H.P. Blavatsky, T.P.H, Wheaton, Fragment I, p. 6.

(3) See letter LV, page 322, T.U.P. Edition , 1992.

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