RE: : Help requested
Jul 21, 2006 03:09 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
7/21/2006 2:47 AM
Thanks for the words of support.
My correct name is TENBROECK. NOT: "Tenbrook."
You write so kindly:
" If after trying to make changes to this site selections, you
still do not find satisfaction, then post another "help me " bulletin and I
will email you my phone number and personally give you telephone numbers and
contacts, as well as a super correspondence (free) class available online
through the London United Lodge of Theosophists. Welcome to the site."
Let me say (at age 8, this incarnation) I am among those fortunate ones who
contacted THEOSOPHY early in life through The VOICE OF THE SILENCE and
ISIS UNVEILED . In the 1950 - 60 I frequently visited the U L T Lodge in
London, but have not been able to go there since.
I am an associate of the UNITED LODGE OF THEOSOPHISTS and have for the past
36 years lived in the Los Angeles area.
Glad you contacted me. May I offer this to read?
THE PAST AND THE PRESENT FORESHADOW THE FUTURE
The present centennial as the new cycle, will represent for many a promise,
a hope for the future of our Earth and ourselves, and also, that the errors
of the past will not repeat themselves.
In 1878 the earliest record of the objects of the THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY was
made in a circular
titled THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY [Its Origin, Plan and Aims]
" The objects of the Society are various. It influences its fellows to
acquire an intimate knowledge of natural law, especially its occult
manifestations. As the highest development, physically and spiritually, on
earth, of the Creative Cause, man should aim to solve the mystery of his
being...study to develop his latent powers...to personally exemplify the
highest morality and religious aspiration, to oppose the materialism of
science, and every form of dogmatic theology, especially the Christian...to
among Western nations the long-suppressed facts about Oriental religious
philosophies, their ethics, chronology, esotericism, symbolism...to
disseminate a knowledge of the sublime teachings of that pure esoteric
system of the archaic period, which are mirrored in the oldest Vedas, and in
the philosophy of Gautama Buddha, Zoroaster and Confucius; finally and
chiefly, to aid in the institution of a Brotherhood of Humanity, wherein all
good and pure men, of every race, shall recognize each other as the equal
effects (upon this planet) of one Uncreate, Universal, Infinite, and
Blavatsky: COLLECTED WORKS (T P H ) Vol. !, pp. 375-8]
The character of the present and coming cycle is twofold: the striving of
the spiritual aspirations of the age and the Karmic of being haunted by the
errors of our past, and thus the possibility of repeating our habitual
patterns of thought. History indicates that we are inclined to repeat our
In an effort to counter these mental patterns, students of Theosophy attempt
to apply the direction given by H.P.B. in THE KEY TO THEOSOPHY ( p. 228):
“...the main, fundamental object ... is to sow germs in the hearts of men,
which may in time sprout, and under more propitious circumstances lead to a
healthy reform, conducive of more happiness to the masses than they have
hitherto enjoyed. “
We do know that individually, any one can bring these propitious
circumstances into focus for themselves. Additionally we know that
spreading the ideals of Theosophy is the process for sowing seed ideas.
These relate to the nature of man’s Spirit/Soul immortality, and that one
essential fact, removes the dread of death, and gives a practical
philosophical basis by which to apply the ideas of karma (the Law of the
Universe and of ourselves) and reincarnation in an intelligent manner. These
ideas we share again with each other, as brothers and sisters do, jointly
adventuring on the great Path to Sublime Perfection that all, as Eternal
So did H P B envisage the impact that Theosophy would have on the dedicated,
the studious and the thoughtful, as well as humanity to come. We find that
she wrote pointedly on this in her fourth message to the American
Theosophists assembled in 1891 in the Boston Convention:
“Theosophy first, and Theosophy last: for its practical realization alone
can save the Western world ... from sinking entirely into that mere
luxurious materialism in which it will decay and putrefy as civilizations
have done. In yours hands, brothers, is placed in trust the welfare of the
“It is time Theosophy should enter the arena,.” wrote the Great Master in a
letter in 1881 “For our doctrines to practically react on the so-called
moral code, or the ideas of truthfulness, purity, self-denial, charity,
etc., we have to preach and popularize a knowledge of Theosophy.”
[THEOSOPHICAL ARTICLES AND NOTES, p. 189.]
And we find Mr. Judge saying elsewhere:
“High scholarship and a knowledge of metaphysics are good things to have,
but the mass of the people are neither scholars nor metaphysicians. If our
doctrines are of any such use as to command the efforts of Sages in helping
on to their promulgation, then it must be that those Sages — our Masters —
desire the doctrines to be placed before as many of the mass as we can
There is no substitute for enthusiasm. In this effort, Mr. Judge exemplified
this in everything he did. Once one recognizes the value of Theosophical
Ideas as they affect every level of human life — physical, mental, moral and
spiritual — enthusiasm to share with others is spontaneous, as shown by the
ongoing efforts of students to publish and study the original writings of H.
P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge.
This is the work of today as opportunities present themselves. In spite of
the clangor and din of our present civilization, we live in a time when it
is possible to openly proclaim the existence of Theosophy — the
Wisdom-Religion. This has not always been the case, as history shows. We
need not be reticent in publicly stating Theosophical ideas, as they throw
light on the problems and issues facing the human family — birth, death and
dying, education, famine, human rights, justice, religious freedom, social
conflict and war. H.P.B. provided the key to transforming the "mind of the
race" in our era when she said "Learn well the doctrines of Karma and
Reincarnation ... “
What, is the significance of the annual anniversary November 17th ?
In The Secret Doctrine, Vol II, p. 179 Mme. Blavatsky refers to certain
dates which She calls the "birthdays of the Dhyanis." The T S was
inaugurated on one of these: November 17th in 1875.
Several days in each year mark the cyclic return of the impressions of the
day on which, far, far back, early beginnings were made in this Manvantara.
The 17th of November, midnight between the 18th and 19th of February, and
the 7th day of March are three of these she called the "birthdays" of the
Dhyanis. And, in this connection, we may recall a verse in The Voice of the
Silence, p. 72,
"Know if Amitabha, the "Boundless Age," thou would'st become
co-worker, then must thou shed the light acquired, like to the Bodhisattvas
twain, upon the span of all three worlds."
Does this statement give a clue as to why the three "birthdays" are referred
to: these may be those of "Amitabha,” and the two "Bodhisattvas." It is
said that two of the Masters saw that it was possible to make an effort to
re-establish the Theosophical Movement in the world.
We are indebted to them and to HPB who agreed to act as their "Messenger."
They also refer to their superior, the Maha-Chohan before whom they stand in
awe and to whose wishes they accede. Before him, they say in one place, the
"book of Karma" stands open. [see also S D I 207-8]
The Dhyanis, the Wise, the "Great Souls," are the Rishis, the Buddhas and
the Mahatmas of antiquity, and of the present. Being immortals They cannot
have a "birthday" in the ordinary sense, since it is posited that all
beings, in their essence, and we, ourselves, as immortals, are faced with
the same quandary. Do we have a birthday? The answer is both "yes," and
"no." "Yes," for this period of manifestation on our Earth. "No," for the
"Eternal Pilgrim" that we are essentially. (SD I 175 268, and 570-575; II
79-80 93-4 103 109-10 167.)
It could be surmised that the "Ray of the One Spirit" which is the human
MONAD (Atma-Buddhi) would have its special "birthday" in the sequence of
Cosmic development in the dim and formative past of the earlier Rounds.
Let us continue this contact and dialog. Best wishes,
From: Gary Barnhart [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 10:02 AM
Subject: [bn-study] Re: Help requested
Do not give up. I also had difficulty with this site. However,
having Dallas Tenbrook as a helper-teacher on this site, it is well worth
I had to go back to the web site and change my selections as to what I
choices were available ,and the format that was available in the choices.
In addition, you may wish to request the emails to the discussion group
that came from Dallas Tenbrook, as I immediately began saving them in a
Lastly, if you are new to the subject, and do not have any books on it, you
may wish to request what books students have found most helpful in beginning
their studies, ( this is a strong suggestion) as some are considered rather
obscure and I personally would not recommend them to a beginning student. I
did not know any better when I began, and had to learn the hard way, Plus I
did not have computer access, so I had to get on the telephone and finally
got hold of the United Lodge of Theosophists and found a person who was glad
to help and was very kind. I was also able to get books through them, plus
you can order books through this site.
If after trying to make changes to this site selections, you still do
not find satisfaction, then post another "help me " bulletin and I will
email you my phone number and personally give you telephone numbers and
contacts, as well as a super correspondence (free) class available online
through the London United Lodge of Theosophists. Welcome to the site.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:10 PM
Subject: [bn-study] Re: RULES IN OCCULTISM --- H P B on
I am lost. I thought I was signing up for a class study. I am getting alot
of people that are having discussion but I haven't even been taught on the
subject. How do I start here. I have so many emails and I read some and it
is in the middle of a subject.
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