Mind Ecology and the Path
Apr 07, 2006 12:08 PM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline
INFORMATION AND DIS-INFORMATION ALONG THE PATH
Having information is not the same as having consciousness.
Our age is an age of excessive information -- and lack of consciousness.
Radio, television, newspapers, magazines and internet are all sources of
both information and pseudo-information which often turn it more difficult,
and not easier, for citizens to make the right decisions in life.
In the esoteric community, the management of information is also an issue.
It is not always easy to have the best information possible, in the right
quantity, or to preserve our ability to manage and process informations
independently, preserving inner silence and the intellectual liberty to be
It is relatively easy nowadays to find lots of books on the spiritual path,
both good and bad, in the Internet.
Yet -- what is the purpose of such an extraordinary amount of information
Information is only useful when it serves a purpose in life. Information,
in itself, is less important than the motives which make us search for it.
“Seek and your will find”, says the New Testament (Matthew 7:7.).
Such is the karma law. Exactly as we seek , thus we will find. If we look
for information on esoteric philosophy with an open mind and a clean heart,
we get the corresponding level of information. If we seek it with a
superficial and vain curiosity, we will have the proper harvest according to
the energy patterns with which we search.
On the other hand, it is important to see what we DO about the information.
Do we carefully consider it? Do we meditate on it, and are we inspired by
it? Do we act according to it in our daily lives?
In the New Testament, the Master says:
“Do not throw your pearls to the pigs -- they will only trample them
underfoot.” (Matthew 7: 6) And this means that as we give information to
others, we should take responsibility, at least in part, for the result of
that sharing of thought and ideas. Are others prepared to hear?
Avoiding an excess of information is important to preserve one’s ability to
actually live according to what he learns.
About the need to link our thoughts and words to actual actions, the New
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and yet don’t do what I tell you? Anyone
who comes to me and listens to my words, and obeys them -- I will show you
what he is like. He is like a man who, in building his house, dug deep and
laid the foundations on rock. The river overflowed and hit that house but
could not shake it, because it was well built. But anyone who hears my
words and does not obey them is like a man who built his house without
laying a foundation; when the flood hit that house it fell at once -- and
what a terrible crash that was!” (Luke 6: 46-49)
Of course for the student of philosophy there is no blind obedience here --
only an effort to act according to the ideals he freely chose to himself.
As one understands the direct, unavoidable connection between Theosophy and
Ethics -- between Right Vision and Right Action --, one will naturally pay
greater attention to the quality and to the rhythm in which one absorbs
information about Philosophy or the Art of Living -- and other kinds of
What’s the alternative, then, to the danger of excessive information
becoming pseudo-information, and
The “World Goodwill Newsletter” says:
“Part of the answer may be the deliberate attempt to limit our consumption
of media -- for instance, to go on periodic television and/or internet
fasts. This right to be ‘uninformed’, at times of our own choosing, is
important, if we are to reach a point of inner silence through prayer and
meditation. It is this inner silence that allows us to receive subtle
impressions from higher sources of light and love. Yet over-indulgence in
this would carry the risk of cutting us off from humanity completely:
spiritual visions that do not help create solutions to planetary problems
are a luxury that we cannot afford. Somehow, the server must learn to stand
poised between the two realms, of lower information that can confuse the
mind and emotions, and of higher inspiration that clarifies and redeems; for
it is only by acting as a bridge between the two that the higher light can
dispel the illusions and confusions of the lower realm.” (1)
Carlos Cardoso Aveline
(1) “World Goodwill Newsletter”, Number 01, 2006. Website:
www.worldgoodwill.org. “World Goodwill” is an worldwide citizen’s
organization inspired by Alice Bailey’s philosophy. It cooperates with
the United Nations system, stimulating universal brotherhood and planetary
cooperation. Its Newsletter is edited by the Lucis Trust, New York.
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