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Mar 14, 2006 04:25 PM
by krsanna

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, 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!
> Cass
> carlosaveline cardoso aveline <carlosaveline@...> wrote: 
> Vladimir,
> 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 
offended " 
> whenever  their ideas are
> questioned, or when they are shown to be false.
> Now, is this "scholarly"?
> Best regards, Carlos.
> >From: Vladimir 
> >Reply-To:
> >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  
against  HPB,
> > > instead  of  facing  the  facts,  Paul  Johnson  tries  to 
adopt the
> > > position  of  a  poor  defenceless  victim -- and gets away 
from the
> > > debate.
> >
> >Oh,  c'mon,  have  mercy  on your brother, lest he deserts you 
> >leaving  us  wandering  about  in  woe  and  despair  longing  
for his
> >enlightening and mind-widening maybes and whatifs.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >Yahoo! Groups Links
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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