Theos-World Re: WHEN TRUTH IS A LIE
Mar 14, 2006 04:25 PM
Cass -- I posted the "Bowen Notes" taken from meetings with HPB
shortly before her death. Best regards, Krsanna
"…One must not be a fool [Blavatsky said] and drive oneself into
the madhouse by attempting too much at first. The brain is the
instrument of waking consciousness, and every conscious mental
picture formed means change and destruction of the atoms of the
brain. Ordinary intellectual activity moves on well beaten paths in
the brain, and does not compel sudden adjustments and destructions
in its substance. But this new kind of mental effort calls for
something very different-the carving out of new "brain paths," the
ranking in different order of the little brain lives. If forced
injudiciously it may do serious physical harm to the brain.
"This mode of thinking is what the Indians call Jnana Yoga. As one
progresses in Jnana Yoga one finds conceptions arising which though
one is conscious of them, one cannot express nor yet formulate into
any sort of mental picture. As time goes on these conceptions will
form into mental pictures. This is a time to be on guard and refuse
to be deluded with the idea that the new found and wonderful picture
must represent reality. It does not. As one works on one finds the
once admired picture growing dull and unsatisfying, and finally
fading out or being thrown away. This is another danger point,
because for the moment one is left in a void without any conception
to support one, and one may be tempted to revive the cast-off
picture for want of a better to cling to. The true student will,
however, work on unconcerned, and presently further formless gleams
come, which again in time give rise to a larger and more beautiful
picture than the last. But the learner will now know that no picture
will ever represent the Truth. This last splendid picture will grow
dull and fade like the others. And so the process goes on, until at
last the mind and its pictures are transcended and the learner
enters and dwells in the world of NO FORM, but of which all forms
are narrowed reflections."
The True Student of The Secret Doctrine is a Jnana Yogi, and this
Path of Yoga is the True Path for the Western student. It is to
provide him with sign posts on that Path that the Secret Doctrine
has been written.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Cass Silva <silva_cass@...> wrote:
> Carlos, Vladmimir
> Didn't someone post an article by HPB on the mind which stated
that we may believe at a particular point in time that our ideas
are "truths" but in fact as we are continually learning our ideas
are continually changing, and those once thought of truths in fact
become untruths in hindsight. The problem arises when we embrace a
particular idea as the absolute truth and refuse to let go of the
idea that once what I thought was the truth was but a partial
glimmer of absolute truth.
> My solution for this is to take the attitude that all truths
are "definite maybe's" until I am proved ignorant in abscentia.
> Although Steve's opinion is that Devachan is a subjective
existence, which I acknowledge, I am of the opinion that any idea we
take with us will be mulled over for centuries, and as there are
masters incarnate there are masters disincarnate who are available
in devachan to direct and assist us. I am quite certain that a
disincarnate master, a plato, etc would not disturb anyone who is
mulling over whether HPB was a charletan or not!
> carlosaveline cardoso aveline <carlosaveline@...> wrote:
> Thanks (see below).
> I try not to be merciless with people.
> But I believe in an open and frank debate.
> One of the lessons we have to learn-and-teach to each other in
> theosophical movement is that
> we are NOT our ideas. It is a lesson of detachment, or vairagya.
This is a
> quality of fundamental importance for truth-seekers.
> People who think they are their ideas will get "personally
> whenever their ideas are
> questioned, or when they are shown to be false.
> Now, is this "scholarly"?
> Best regards, Carlos.
> >From: Vladimir
> >Reply-To: email@example.com
> >To: carlosaveline cardoso aveline
> >Subject: Re: Theos-World Why Does Paul Unsubscribe?
> >Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 22:34:02 +0300
> >Monday, March 13, 2006, 9:39:16 PM, carlosaveline wrote:
> > > Once confronted with his own words, and with the
> > > groundless condition of his "veiled" accusations
> > > instead of facing the facts, Paul Johnson tries to
> > > position of a poor defenceless victim -- and gets away
> > > debate.
> >Oh, c'mon, have mercy on your brother, lest he deserts you
> >leaving us wandering about in woe and despair longing
> >enlightening and mind-widening maybes and whatifs.
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> muito mais com seus amigos! Crie jï¿½ o seu espaï¿½o online e com
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