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How to help humanity...and altruism...

Mar 25, 2006 08:43 AM
by M. Sufilight

My views are:

Blavatsky might have something to say, which many so-called theosophists
completely forget.

Let us help humanity!

Blvatsky said:
"How then can it be thought possible for a man to enter the=20
"straight gate" of occultism when his daily and hourly thoughts=20
are bound up with worldly things, desires of possession and power,=20
with lust, ambition and duties, which, however honourable, are=20
still of the earth earthy? Even the love for wife and family--the=20
purest as the most unselfish of human affections--is a barrier to=20
real occultism. For whether we take as an example the holy love of=20
a mother for her child, or that of a husband for his wife, even in=20
these feelings, when analyzed to the very bottom, and thoroughly=20
sifted, there is still selfishness in the first, and an =E9goisme=20
=E0 deux in the second instance. What mother would not sacrifice=20
without a moment's hesitation hundreds of thousands of lives for=20
that of the child of her heart? and what lover or true husband=20
would not break the happiness of every other man and woman around=20
him to satisfy the desire of one whom he loves? This is but=20
natural, we shall be told. Quite so; in the light of the code of=20
human affections; less so, in that of divine universal love. For,=20
while the heart is full of thoughts for a little group of selves,=20
near and dear to us, how shall the rest of mankind fare in our=20
souls? What percentage of love and care will there remain to=20
bestow on the "great orphan"? And how shall the "still small=20
voice" make itself heard in a soul entirely occupied with its=20
own privileged tenants? What room is there left for the needs=20
of Humanity en bloc to impress themselves upon, or even receive=20
a speedy response? And yet he who would profit by the wisdom of=20
the universal mind, has to reach it through the whole of=20
Humanity without distinction of race, complexion, religion or=20
social status. It is altruism, not ego-ism even in its most legal=20
and noble conception, that can lead the unit to merge its little=20
Self in the Universal Selves. It is to these needs and to this=20
work that the true disciple of true Occultism has to devote=20
himself, if he would obtain theo-sophy, divine Wisdom and=20

The aspirant has to choose absolutely between the life of the=20
world and the life of Occultism. It is useless and vain to=20
endeavour to unite the two, for no one can serve two masters=20
and satisfy both. No one can serve his body and the higher=20
Soul, and do his family duty and his universal duty, without=20
depriving either one or the other of its rights; for he will=20
either lend his ear to the "still small voice" and fail to=20
hear the cries of his little ones, or, he will listen but=20
to the wants of the latter and remain deaf to the voice=20
of Humanity"...
(Article: OCCULTISM VERSUS THE OCCULT ARTS by H. P. Blavatsky, 1889)

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I have though had some afterthought on this.
The following might help to understand, that there various are levels
of understanding and that a number of beginners not easily
should be adviced to take step of a totally non-worldly kind.

You all know that theosophy is Altruism at its core.

The following describes another views upon the Blavatsky quote
in the above:
A minor excerpt:
The text quoted is an excerpt of a lecture given by the so-called Initiate =
JMH - Jerome Moreward Haig. The subject of the lecture was something like=20
"Love and its relation to maya. And how to strenghten you capacity for love=
 through meditation and other means".

I do not hope, that the reader will underestimate the value, that the conte=
nt of the text could have.
Here it talking...

As he neared the conclusion of his discourse he said: "Are there no other m=
ethods for
acquiring this attitude- other than the methods of meditation prescribed? P=
ersonally I
believe there are. Take the analogy of the blacksmith's arm; his right arm =
is unusually
strong and muscular, his left is weak and puny in comparison. Why is this? =
Because he
has developed the strength of his right arm by swinging the hammer; his lef=
t he has
only used as all people use it who are not ambidextrous. And it's just the =
same with
love- exercise the will to love, and you develop the capacity to love, so t=
hat your
whole love - nature becomes strong and enduring; love in the ordinary way a=
s people
do who are merely attracted, and your love - nature remains weak and sickly=
, and
eventually dies altogether. For observe; love requires to be nourished from=
 within and
not from without. As long as you are dependent on externals you'll never be=
 safe. Only
when you make up your mind not to depend on those externals will you be sec=
(All three books can be found online here by a wellmeaning Seekers )

M. Sufilight with peace and love...

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