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RE: Theos-World RE: Let the reader decide for himself

May 25, 2006 06:26 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Dear Bruce:


Agreed --- the response from the Druse has valuable advice:


            MAN KNOW THYSELF


                                    in effect - and 


build thy outer form on the model of the INNER spiritual SELF.




I found that a careful study of  The VOICE OF THE SILENCE can do this.


To me, the esoteric is to be found in the "exoteric" there.


Perhaps there is a "magic" to the sequence of issue of HPB's books.


Best wishes.







-----Original Message-----
From: robert_b_macd
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:44 AM
Subject: RE: Let the reader decide for himself


Dear Dallas,


You wrote:  


You are of course correct in what you write.  The writings of theosophy

are food for the soul as the old adage goes.  And once the soul is fed,

it must be put to use if it is to grow strong.


It is interesting how HPB and Judge had different approaches to the

latter, no doubt each and everyone of us has our own unique approach for

putting knowledge into action.   The Masters wrote to Olcott the

following about HPB:


But the largest share rests with others, whose serene unconsciousness

of their own defects is very marked and much to be blamed. One of the

most valuable effects of Upasika's mission is that it drives men to

self-study and destroys in them blind servility for persons."


HPB's very nature, the paradoxes and depth of presence, no doubt, in and

of themselves, caused those about her with any spiritual aptitude to

look to their own defects.  Her writings also, which she described in

one letter as "manasic" also reflected this.  


Whereas HPB caused others to look at their own inadequacies and recognize
them, it could be argued that Judge inspired them to seek within their own
better Selves the

means to overcome these inadequacies.  His writings HPB described as

"Buddhic".  The Theosophical Society then became the field in which they

could practice their nascent nobility and make it a wisdom of their own.

Each understood and followed the same Wisdom Tradition, each expressed

the Wisdom of that Tradition differently, as we all must.


Many people in this forum appreciate what you have to offer to this

forum, and rightfully so.  I suspect my own offerings are less palatable

to most, yet they are what I have to offer.  I learn through debate.  I

try to argue the truth of a problem from many different sides.  Some of

the arguments are better than others.  One inadequacy is that sometimes

I can come off sounding pontifical.  I trust that Brothers along the

same Path are willing to forgive this foible and let it slide.  In

return I try to find the inspiration to counter any unchecked passion

and argue less personally.


The practice of the theosophical teachings in our mundane world is what

develops wisdom and finally knowledge.  Recently I met a Druze.  When

asked about the esoteric side of the religion, the response was that the

aspirant can ask any question they want, the catch is that they must put

into practice whatever they learn.






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