RE: - Why decapitate ...? REINCARNATION as a process NATURE uses to guide to final PERFECTION ?
Apr 08, 2006 07:57 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Perhaps some of these might help focus on REINCARNATION as a universal and
impersonal process NATURE uses to guide all mind-souls to final PERFECTION
Some APHORISMS on REINCARNATION
1. All worlds...are subject to rebirth again and again. BHAGAVAD
GITA, P. 60
2. Man is an immortal soul. All nature is sentient. Down to the
smallest atom, all is soul and spirit, ever evolving under the rule of law,
which is inherent in the whole. Nature exists for no other purpose than the
soul's experience. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY, p. 2
3. Both I [THE UNIVERSAL SPIRIT] and thou [Man] have passed through
many births, O Harasser of thy foes; mine are known unto me, but thou
knowest not of thine.For never to an evil place goeth one who doeth good...
Being thus born again, he comes in contact with the knowledge which belonged
to him in his former body...[and]...striving with all his might, [he]
obtaineth perfection because of efforts continued through many births.
BHAGAVAD GITA 31
4. This immortal thinker [man]... having such vast powers and
possibilities, all his because of his intimate connection with every secret
part of Nature, from which he has been built up, stands at the top of an
immense and silent evolution. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY 60
5. The Knower is never born, nor dies; nor is it from anywhere, nor
did it become anything. Unborn, eternal, immemorial, this Ancient is not
slain when the body is slain...this Self is hidden in the heart of
man...Understanding this great Lord, the Self, bodiless in bodies, stable
among the unstable, the wise man cannot grieve. KATHA UPANISHAD, p.
6. The soul is the Perceiver; is assuredly vision itself, pure and
simple, unmodified, and looks directly upon ideas. For the sake of the soul
alone, the Universe exists. YOGA SUTRAS of PATANJALI,
7. Each man's life, the outcome of his former living is. The bygone
wrongs bring forth sorrows and woes, the bygone right breeds bliss.
LIGHT of ASIA (Bk 8, p. 143)
8. Every atom is alive and has the germ of self-consciousness.
9.. "...this universe [is] for the experience and emancipation of the
soul, for the purpose of raising the entire mass of manifested matter up to
the stature, nature, and dignity of conscious god-hood. The great aim is to
reach self-consciousness by and through the perfecting after transformation
of the whole mass of matter as well as what we now call soul. The aim for
present man is his initiation into complete knowledge. As to the whole mass
of matter, the doctrine is that it will all be raised to man's estate when
man has gone further on himself. " OCEAN of THEOSOPHY, p. 62-3
10. We are not appearing for the first time when we come upon this
planet; but have pursued a long, an immeasurable course of activity and
intelligent perception on other systems of globes.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 2-3
11. "Thou art THYSELF [ATMA], the object of thy [KAMA-MANASIC]
VOICE OF THE SILENCE p. 23-4
12. Man is a spiritual being. The Ego [BUDDHI-MANAS] of each man is
immortal, reappearing clothed in bodies, on each occasion different, it only
appears to be mortal; it always remains the substratum and support for the
personality acting upon the stage of life. ECHOES p. 8
13. Reincarnation is the pilgrimage of our own [personal] nature...the
end to be reached is [SELF]-dependence with perfect calmness and clearness.
ECHOES p. 32
14. When a being dies, he emits, as it were, a mass of force or
energy, which goes to make up the new personality when he shall have
reincarnated. In this energy is found the summation of the life just given
up. ECHOES p. 36
15. The life of man is held to be a pilgrimage... Starting from the
great ALL, radiating like a spark from the central fire, he gathers
experience in all ages, under all rulers, civilizations and customs, ever
engaged in a pilgrimage to the shrine from which he came. He is now the
ruler and now the slave; to-day at the pinnacle of wealth and power,
to-morrow at the bottom of the ladder, perhaps in abject misery, but ever
the same being. ECHOES p. 31
16. The end to be reached is self-dependence with perfect calmness and
clearness ... (the) whole life is a persistent pursuit of the fast-moving
soul, which, although appearing to stand still, can outdistance the
lightening. ECHOES p. 32-3
17. One short human life gives no grounds for the production of the
inner nature...The soul must be reborn until it has ceased to set in motion
the cause of rebirth, after having developed character up to its possible
limit when every experience has been passed through. OCEAN OF
THEOSOPHY p. 81
18. There is a vast range of powers latent in man, which may be
developed if opportunity be given. Knowledge, infinite in scope and
diversity, lies before us. We have high aspirations with no time to reach
up to their measure, while the passions and desires, selfish motives and
ambitions, war with us and among themselves. All these have to be tried,
conquered, used, subdued. One life is not enough for this. OCEAN OF
THEOSOPHY P. 82-3
19. "...recognition cannot depend, in the spiritual and mental life,
on physical appearance ...those who are like unto each other, and love each
other will be reincarnated together, whenever conditions permit.
Recognition depends on inner sight, and not on outward appearance."
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 71-2
20. When we come again, we do not take up the body of someone else,
nor another's deeds; but, are like an actor who plays many parts...the
great life of the soul is a drama, and each new life and rebirth, another
act in which we assume another part. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 74
21. The friends and relatives which are life unto each other must
incarnate together until, by reason of differentiation of character, they
cannot undo the law of attraction [and so] remain in company. Not unless
and until they become different do they separate from each other.
ECHOES p. 45
22. Those whom you help will help you in other lives. The very moment
we come near to where they are, they at once extend assistance...Thus the
members of the whole human family reciprocally act on one another.
ECHOES. p. 45-6
23. The powers of mind and the laws governing its motion, its
attachments, and its detachments show that its reembodiment must be
here...To permit the involved entity to transfer itself to another scene
before it had overcome all the causes drawing it here and without having
worked out its responsibilities to other entities would be contrary to the
powerful forces which continually operate upon it. OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY.
24. The images made in the "Astral Light" (an imponderable, tenuous
medium which inter-penetrates the entire globe, and in which the acts and
thoughts of every man are felt and impressed, to be afterward reflected
again) persist for centuries...upon returning to earth-life we are affected
for good or evil by the conduct, the doctrine and the aspirations of
preceding nations and men. ECHOES p. 5
25. In every conceivable point in the Universe there are 'lives;'
nowhere can be found a spot that is dead; and each 'life' is forever
hastening onward to higher evolution.
ECHOES p. 9-10
26. All the matter which the human Ego gathered to it retains the
stamp or photographic impression of the human being, the matter
transmigrates to the lower level when given an animal impress by the ego.
OCEAN THEOSOPHY p. 68
27. Since we are made up of a mass of lives, our thoughts and acts
affect those atoms or lives, and impress them with a dharma [duty] of their
own. ECHOES p. 40
28. Nature intends us to use the matter which comes into our bodies
and astral body for the purpose among others, of benefiting the matter by
the impress it gets from association with the human Ego...it retains the
stamp or photographic impression of the human being; the matter
transmigrates to the lower level when given an animal impress by the Ego.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 68
29. Each man is seen as a fashioner of the fate for his next fleeting
earth personality...in his own hand is the decree...No one but ourselves
punishes or rewards in this or any life.
ECHOES p. 44 - 45
30. The course of evolution is the drama of the soul. There are
beings in the universe whose intelligence is as much beyond ours, as ours
exceeds that of the black beetle; and, who take an active part in the
government of the natural order of things. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY
31. The nature of each incarnation depends upon the balance as struck
of the merit and demerit of the previous life or lives-upon the way the man
has lived and thought; and this law is inflexible and wholly just.
EPITOME p. 23
32. "That which is known as 'you' is the result of one continuous
existence of an entity. Your present body and your soul (or the
personality) are the results of a series of co-existence. The
Individuality, or spirit, is the cause of the Soul, and personality, or what
is called 'you.' You are the manifestation of an entity and are the result
of many appearances of that entity upon the stage of action in various
personalities." W.Q.J. ARTICLES Vol. II p. 452
33. Memory of a prior life does not prove we passed through that, nor
is non-remembering an objection. We forget the greater part of the events
of the years and days of this life. The entire effect on the character is
kept and made a part of ourselves. The whole mass of detail is preserved in
the inner man to be one day fully brought back when we are perfected. All
are subject to the limitations imposed on the Ego by the new brain in each
life. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p 76
34. By living according to the dictates of the Soul, the brain may at
last be made porous to the Soul's recollections...We should be very
miserable if the deeds and scenes of our former lives were not hidden from
our view until by discipline we became able to bear a knowledge of them.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 76
35. What we now use as our organic or fleshy matter will have changed
by transformation through evolution into Self-Conscious Thinkers. OCEAN
of THEOSOPHY p. 62
36. The most intelligent being in the universe, man, has never...been
without a friend, but has a line of "elder brothers" who continually watch
over the progress of the less progressed, preserve the knowledge gained, and
continually seek for opportunities of drawing the developing intelligence of
the race to consider the great truths concerning the destiny of soul.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 3
37. The Elder Brothers of humanity are men who were perfected in
former periods of evolution ... when, out of the Great Unknown, there came
forth the visible universes (which)...are eternal in their coming and going.
The object of these mighty waves is the production of perfect Man, the
evolution...after the struggle to acquire piety, of the soul which consists
in knowing God, and injuring none, such a soul becomes all intelligence.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 6
38. The most exalted beings still in the flesh are known as Sages,
Rishis, Brothers, Masters. The process of evolution up to reunion with the
Divine is and includes successive elevation from rank to rank of power and
usefulness...the process of spiritual development (includes)...entire
eradication of selfishness...cultivation of broad, generous sympathy in, and
effort for the good of others...cultivation of the inner, spiritual man by
meditation...control of fleshly appetites and desires...careful performance
of every duty. EPITOME p. 24-25
39. Inherent ideas, common to the whole race, are due to recollection
of such ideas implanted in the human mind at the very beginning of its
evolutionary career by those Brothers and sages who were perfected in former
ages long before the development of this globe began.
OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY p. 87
40. Once a man, always a man. Evolution, having brought Manas the
Thinker and Immortal Person on to this plane, cannot send him back to the
brute which has not Manas.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 67
41. Give light and comfort to the toiling pilgrim, and seek out him
who knows still less than thou, and, let him hear the law. [DUTY]
VOICE OF THE SILENCE p. 40
42.. Sow kindly acts and thou shalt reap their fruition. Inaction in a
deed of mercy becomes an action in a deadly sin...Self-Knowledge is of
loving deeds the child."
VOICE OF THE SILENCE p. 33-4
43. Shun ignorance, and likewise shun illusion. Avert thy face from
world deceptions: mistrust thy senses; they are false. But within thy
body-the shrine of thy sensations-seek in the Imperishable for the "Eternal
Man;" and, having sought him out, look inward: thou art "Buddha" [the Wise
One]. VOICE OF THE SILENCE p. 28-9
44. Fix thy Soul's gaze upon the Star Whose Ray Thou Art...Have
perseverance, as one who doth for evermore endure. Thy shadows
(personalities) live and vanish; that which in thee shall live for ever,
that which in thee knows, for it is knowledge, is not of fleeting life; it
is the man that was, that is, and will be, for whom the hour shall never
strike. VOICE OF THE SILENCE p. 34
45. To live to benefit mankind is the first step. VOICE OF
THE SILENCE p. 36
46. Death is certain to all things which are born, and rebirth to all
mortals; wherefore it does not behoove thee to grieve about the inevitable.
BHAGAVAD GITA p. 13
47. Man is a spiritual being-a SOUL-and this soul takes on different
bodies from life to life on earth, in order, at last, to arrive at such
perfect knowledge, through repeated experience, as to enable one to assume a
body fit to be the dwelling place of a Mahatma or perfected Soul.
ECHOES p. 1
48. The man whose devotion has been broken off by death goeth to the
regions of the righteous (Devachan, or "Heaven"), where he dwells for an
immensity of years and is then born again on earth in a pure and fortunate
family; or even in a family of those who are spiritually illuminated. Being
thus born again, he comes in contact with the knowledge which belonged to
him in his former body..." BHAGAVAD GITA p. 51
49. When the separation is complete between the body that has died,
the higher Triad: Manas (mind), Buddhi (wisdom) and Atma (Spirit), who are
the real man, immediately go into another state called Devachan (or heaven),
and when that state is over they are attracted back to earth for
reincarnation. They are the immortal part of us, they, are we.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 70
50. The passional parts of us coalesce with the astral body after
death, and makes a seeming being, (called the Kama-Rupa, or, desire form)
that has a short life to live while it is disintegrating. OCEAN of
THEOSOPHY p. 98
51. Devachan is the land of reward, the domain of spiritual
effects...It is the threshold to another life on earth...[it is] a state of
prolonged subjective happiness after the death of the body...In Devachan we
dream until [we are reborn]...[it is a] place or state were germinating
aspirations, restricted by earth life, could have their full
development...psychic energies also have their outlet in Devachan...it
provides rest for the soul, its deepest desires, its highest needs are there
enjoyed, every hope blooms out in full and glorious flower.
ECHOES p. 47 - 48
52. Between adjacent incarnations, after grosser elements are purged
away, comes a period of comparative refreshment called Devachan-the soul
being therein prepared for its next advent into material life. The state
of spiritual but comparative rest known as Devachan is not an eternal
one...nor does 'hell' correspond to (kama-loka)...All such painful states
are transitory and purificatory states. EPITOME p. 23
53. The three great qualities: light or truth, passion or desire,
and, indifference or darkness bind the imperishable soul to the body.
BHAGAVAD GITA p. 101
54. Atma-Buddhi-Manas [Spirit-Wisdom-Mind as a triad] does not yet
fully incarnate in this race. They use and occupy the body by means of the
entrance of Manas (mind) the lowest of the three. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY.
55. Purusha [the Spirit, is] the persisting individuality, which
connects all reincarnations, as if it were the thread, and has, hence been
called the thread-soul." OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 96 fn.
56. All is impermanent in man except the pure bright essence of Alaya
(the Universal SOUL). Man is its crystal ray; a beam of light immaculate
within; a form of clay material upon the lower surface. VOICE
OF THE SILENCE p. 63
57. Reincarnation is the law of nature. The complete trinity of Atma,
Buddhi, Manas does not yet fully incarnate. They use and occupy the body by
means of the entrance of Manas (mind), the lowest of the three, and the
other two shine upon it from above. The head, Atma and Buddhi, are yet in
"heaven," and the feet, Manas, walk in hell, which is the body and physical
life. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 71
58. Man is not yet fully conscious, and reincarnations are needed to
at last complete the incarnation of the whole trinity in the body. When
that has been accomplished the race will have become as gods, and as the
godlike trinity being in full possession, the entire mass of matter will be
perfected and raised up for the next step. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 71
59. Man is to rely on the One Consciousness, which in him is his
Higher Self [Atma-Buddhi--Spirit]. GITA NOTES p. 98
60. The one consciousness of each person is the Witness or Spectator
of the actions and experiences of every state we are in or pass through.
GITA NOTES p. 99
61. Antaskarana is the lower Manas, the path of communication between
the personality and the higher Manas, or human Soul. VOICE OF THE
SILENCE p. 55 fn.
62. We come back to earth because on it and with the beings upon it
our deeds were performed; it is the only proper place where punishment and
reward can be justly meted out; here is the only natural spot in which to
continue the struggle toward perfection, development of the faculties we
have, and the destruction of the wickedness in us."
OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY p. 84
63. No man can by any possibility, or favor, or edict, or belief
escape the consequences of the causes he sets up, and each one who grasps
this doctrine will be moved by conscience and the whole power of nature to
do well in order that he may receive good and become happy.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 70
66. The law of Reincarnation drags us into life again and again,
bringing with us uncounted times the various Egos whom we have known in
prior births...in order that the causes generated in company with those Egos
may be worked out. ECHOES p. 39
67. We are, in this life, responsible for the civilization in which we
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 73
68. Reward and punishment must be the just desert for prior conduct.
Nature's law of justice is not imperfect. In a prior life the doer was then
quite aware of what he did, and, nature affixes consequences to his acts,
being thus just. OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 75
69. Heredity in giving us a body in any family provides the
appropriate environment for the Ego, which goes only in to the family which
either completely answers to its whole nature, or which gives an
opportunity for the working out of its evolution.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY. p. 72
70. Heredity provides the tenement, and also imposes those limitations
of capacity of brain or body, which are often a punishment, and sometimes,
a help; but it does not affect the Real Ego. The limitations of any family
heredity are exact consequences of that Ego's prior lives.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 73
71. Each human has a definite character, different from every other.
These differences, both individual and national, are not due to education.
Heredity furnishes the appropriate place for receiving reward and
punishment, and is not the cause for the essential nature shown by everyone.
OCEAN of THEOSOPHY p. 85-6
72. [The Universe may be envisioned as]...an endless evolution and
re-involution (or re-absorption) of the Kosmos; a process which...is
without a beginning, or an end. Our Kosmos and Nature will run down only
to reappear on a more perfect plane after every PRALAYA ( A Universal
'night' of rest and dissolution that ends with a re-formation). SECRET
DOCTRINE I p. 148 & 149
73. The world evolves just as man does. It is now conditioned as the
actual result of its past. It is born, grows old, dies, and is
reincarnated. This goes on many times, and during those incarnations it
suffers and enjoys in its own way for its previous evolutions. ECHOES
74. Our Earth is one of a chain of planets, it alone being on the
visible plane. Humanity passes from globe to globe in a series of 'rounds,'
first circling about each globe, and reincarnating upon it a fixed number of
times. This incarnation is not single, but repeated; each individuality
becomes re-embodied during numerous existences in successive races and
planets of our chain, and accumulating the experiences of each incarnation
towards its perfection. EPITOME p. 16, 22
75. So far as concerns this globe the number of Egos belonging to it
is definite. The total is vast. Each Ego, for itself, varies the length of
stay in the Post mortem states. Whenever there occurs a great number of
deaths by war, pestilence, or famine, there is at once a rush of souls to
incarnation, either in the same place or in some other place or race.
OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY. p. 77
76. Savagery remains because there are still Egos whose experience is
so limited that they are still savage OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY p.
77. Races die out because the Egos had enough of the experience that
sort of race gives, other souls who have had no higher life in the past
enter into the bodies of the race to go on using them for the purpose of
gaining such experience as the race body will give. OCEAN OF
THEOSOPHY p. 84
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