RE: How to help humanity, and altruism...
Mar 26, 2006 08:33 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline
1) The name of the Master, in the "Initiate" series by Cyril Scott, is
"Justin" Moreward Haig, not "Jerome", I guess. Take a look.
2) I fully agree with your comments and quotations.
From: "M. Sufilight" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Theos-World How to help humanity...and altruism...
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 17:44:22 +0100
My views are:
Blavatsky might have something to say, which many so-called theosophists
Let us help humanity!
"How then can it be thought possible for a man to enter the
"straight gate" of occultism when his daily and hourly thoughts
are bound up with worldly things, desires of possession and power,
with lust, ambition and duties, which, however honourable, are
still of the earth earthy? Even the love for wife and family--the
purest as the most unselfish of human affections--is a barrier to
real occultism. For whether we take as an example the holy love of
a mother for her child, or that of a husband for his wife, even in
these feelings, when analyzed to the very bottom, and thoroughly
sifted, there is still selfishness in the first, and an égoisme
à deux in the second instance. What mother would not sacrifice
without a moment's hesitation hundreds of thousands of lives for
that of the child of her heart? and what lover or true husband
would not break the happiness of every other man and woman around
him to satisfy the desire of one whom he loves? This is but
natural, we shall be told. Quite so; in the light of the code of
human affections; less so, in that of divine universal love. For,
while the heart is full of thoughts for a little group of selves,
near and dear to us, how shall the rest of mankind fare in our
souls? What percentage of love and care will there remain to
bestow on the "great orphan"? And how shall the "still small
voice" make itself heard in a soul entirely occupied with its
own privileged tenants? What room is there left for the needs
of Humanity en bloc to impress themselves upon, or even receive
a speedy response? And yet he who would profit by the wisdom of
the universal mind, has to reach it through the whole of
Humanity without distinction of race, complexion, religion or
social status. It is altruism, not ego-ism even in its most legal
and noble conception, that can lead the unit to merge its little
Self in the Universal Selves. It is to these needs and to this
work that the true disciple of true Occultism has to devote
himself, if he would obtain theo-sophy, divine Wisdom and
The aspirant has to choose absolutely between the life of the
world and the life of Occultism. It is useless and vain to
endeavour to unite the two, for no one can serve two masters
and satisfy both. No one can serve his body and the higher
Soul, and do his family duty and his universal duty, without
depriving either one or the other of its rights; for he will
either lend his ear to the "still small voice" and fail to
hear the cries of his little ones, or, he will listen but
to the wants of the latter and remain deaf to the voice
(Article: OCCULTISM VERSUS THE OCCULT ARTS by H. P. Blavatsky, 1889)
- - - - - - -
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
"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
content of the text could have.
Here it is...JMH...is talking...
As he neared the conclusion of his discourse he said: "Are there no other
acquiring this attitude- other than the methods of meditation prescribed?
believe there are. Take the analogy of the blacksmith's arm; his right arm
strong and muscular, his left is weak and puny in comparison. Why is this?
has developed the strength of his right arm by swinging the hammer; his
left he has
only used as all people use it who are not ambidextrous. And it's just the
love- exercise the will to love, and you develop the capacity to love, so
whole love - nature becomes strong and enduring; love in the ordinary way
do who are merely attracted, and your love - nature remains weak and
eventually dies altogether. For observe; love requires to be nourished from
not from without. As long as you are dependent on externals you'll never be
when you make up your mind not to depend on those externals will you be
(All three books can be found online here by a wellmeaning Seekers
M. Sufilight with peace and love...
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