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North America and Human Future

Mar 20, 2006 09:37 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline





Dear Friends,

As we look at the geography of the theosophical movement, we see that the groups of theosophists who study the philosophy of HPB and the Masters are more concentrated in the Americas than in other parts of the world. They are located especially in North America.

Both Pasadena TS and the ULT have their international centers in California and are strongest in the USA. William Judge, who played a key role in the preservation of the teachings, lived and worked in the USA. The Canadian Section of the TS helped preserve the teachings. Today we have the Edmonton Theosophical Society in Canada, whose magazine “Fohat” plays a key role in the international movement. Mexico is another country where the theosophical movement has strong links with HPB’s teachings. Something similar, though smaller, happens in Argentina and even in Bolivia. There are some small seeds in Brazil. Worldwide, the role of England (with E.L. Gardner, Geoffrey Farthing, Ianthe Hoskins and others) has been important, but not central.

As one observes the history of the movement, one thing stands clear: the North American continent and especially the USA, where the movement was founded in 1875, has had the key and central role in the preservation and spreading of the teachings.

Why is that? Is that the result of a simple coincidence? Or is it a long term trend?

H.P. Blavatsky wrote in “The Secret Doctrine”:

“Now, Occult philosophy teaches that even now, under our very eyes, the new Race and Races are preparing to be formed, and that it is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced.”

The term “race” was ill-used since the 19th century. We must understand it as an evolving “ethos”, as the human archetype, which expresses itself outwardly in the form of civilizations. Universal brotherhood and respect for all forms of life is the key starting point for all theosophical teachings.

After mentioning the importance of the American “admixture of various nationalities and inter-marriage”, HPB proceeds:

“Thus the Americans have become in only three centuries ‘a primary race’ pro tem., before becoming a race apart, and strongly separated from all other existing races. They are, in short, the germs of the Sixth sub-race, and in some few hundred years more, will become most decidedly the pioneers of that race which must succeed to the present European or fifth sub-race, in all its characteristics. After this, in about 25,000 years, they will launch into preparations for the seventh sub-race; until, in consequence of cataclysms – the first series of those which must one day destroy Europe, and still later the whole Aryan race (and thus affect both Americas) as also most of the lands directly connected with the confines of our continents and isles -- the Sixth Root-Race will have appeared on the stage of our Round.”

Then HPB asks herself:

“When shall this be? Who knows save the Masters of Wisdom perchance, and they are as silent upon the subject as the snow-capped peaks that tower above them.” (1)

So there is a reason why the theosopphical movement, “born in the United States (...), was constituted in the model of its Motherland.”. As we know, according to H. P. B., the theosophical movement was inspired in the Constitution of the USA and it “may fairly be termed ‘A Republic of Conscience’.” (2)

Now, “republic” means “democracy”.

There is an inner, essential level relationship between the “republic of conscience” in the Americas -- that is, the theosophical movement -- and its outer democracy and society at the economical, political, sociological level.

Democracy means unity in diversity with mutual respect. It brings about open constrast, challenges, paradoxes, change, “mixture” and several levels of preparation for a new synthesis. The need for this in the movement is most clearly described in the Mahatma Letters. (3)

The occult role of North America in human evolution, as described by H.P.B., may help explain the influence exerted by the USA in the Second World War and in the international scenario since 1945. This leadership of North America should be improved. It is naive to deny or to qualify it as a bad thing in itself. Above all, the USA and its people, or its political institutions, certainly should NOT become an object of systematic hatred.

The buddhist “Dhammapada” teaches:

“Enmities do not abate here at any time through enmity; and they abate through friendliness. This is the eternal Dharma (Law).” (4)

Worldwide, non-governmental organizations, ecology movement and various citizens’s movements are essential for the preservation and evolution of democracy. The world must go beyond wars and terrorism. Respect for present-day democracies, a struggle to improve them, and keeping away from organized violence (be it physical or psychological) are important tools for planetary citizens to face challenges in a positive way.

A long term view does help us recognize the beauty of spiritual evolution beneath aparent chaos and decadence.

Yet -- what is long term, exactly? We must admit that a future of 25,000 years is not too afar way from us, as preparations for it have already begun.

Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.

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(1) “The Secret Doctrine”, H. P. Blavatsky, “The Theosophy Co.”, Los Angeles, 1982, facsimile edition, volume II, pp. 444-445. The numbers of pages and volume are the same in the Boris de Zirkoff of “The Secret Doctrine”, TPH, India, Adyar, 1979.

(2) “The Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky”, TPH, India/USA/UK, Volume II, page 104. The text from which comes this is entitled “What Are the Theosophists?” .

(3) “The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett”, see especially Letter 120, chronological edition (TPH Philippines), or Letter 85, non-chronological editions (TPH/India and T.U.P./Pasadena/USA).

(4) “Dhammapada”, Dr. C. Kunhan Raja, TPH, Adyar, India, 1984, 123 pp., see p. 06.

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