Re: Theos-World UTOPIA AND H.P.B.
Aug 09, 2006 07:58 PM
Carlos, your below message is very inspiring to me, and very well phrased.
In a message dated 8/8/2006 2:29:16 PM Central Daylight Time,
H.P.B. ON WAR AND A SOCIAL UTOPIA
Seven years after the closing of the “end-of-century effort”, we now see
wholesale fear, violence and terrorism involving USA and Europe, Lebanon,
Israel, Afghanistan, the African countries, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal and
other parts of the world.
In moments like this, it is always useful to meditate upon some key
sentences by HPB.
These words were written in 1889, in anticipation of the wars that would
come after HPB’s life. It was the causes or karmic roots of these wars that HPB
fought, as she and many of her co-disciples prepared the ground for that
universal brotherhood which will eventually turn wars unnecessary.
(In the following lines, as HPB refers to the “Theosophical Society”, we
should read “Theosophical Movement”.)
“Let them therefore prepare to cut each other’s throats and let them
exterminate more people in one day in war than the Caeser’s killed in a whole year
“Theosophists are powerless to stop them. That is true. But it is in their
power to save as many survivors as possible. Being a nucleus of a true
Brotherhood, it depends upon them to make of their Society an ark destined, in a
future not too distant, to transport the humanity of a new cycle beyond the vast
muddy waters of the deluge of hopeless materialism. These waters are rising
and in the present moment flood all the civilized countries. Are we going to
let the good perish with the bad, afraid of the hue and cry and the ridicule
of the latter, either against the Theosophical Society or ourselves? Are we
going to see them perish one after the other, one from fatigue, the other
vainly seeking the ray of sunlight which shines for all, without throwing them a
plank of salvation? Never!”
“It may well be that the beautiful utopia, the philanthropic dream, that
sees as if in a vision the triple wish of The Theosophical Society come true, is
still far off : entire and complete freedom of human conscience granted to
all, brotherhood established between the rich and the poor, and equality
between the aristocrat and the plebeian recognized in theory as well as in
practice – these are so many castles in Spain, and for a good reason. All this must
take place naturally and voluntarily, on both sides; however, the time has
not yet come for the lion and the lamb to lie down together. The great reform
must come about without social upheaval, without spilling a drop of blood;
solely in the name of that axiomatic truth of Oriental philosophy which shows us
that the great disparity of fortunes, of social rank and intellect, is due
but to the effects of the personal Karma of every human being. We harvest but
what we have sown. (...) He who is thoroughly impressed by the philosophic
truth that every ‘Ego’ begins and ends by being the indivisible ALL, cannot
love his neighbour less than himself. But, until the time this becomes a
religious truth, no such reform can possibly take place. (......) In the meantime
what we should seek is to bring some peace on earth to the hearts of those who
suffer, by lifting for them a corner of the veil which hides from them
divine truth. Let the strong point the way to the weak and help them to climb the
steep slope of existence. Let them turn their gaze upon the Beacon-light
which shines upon the horizon, beyond the mysterious and unchartered sea of the
Theosophical sciences, like a new star of Bethlehem, and let the desinherited
of life take hope . . . H. P. Blavatsky” (1)
One of the many conclusions we may get to, from studying once and again
these superb lines, is that in Esoteric Science merely logical reasoning at the
dualistic level is sometimes worse than useless.
Only an expanded consciousness can grasp the esoteric view of life, a view
which includes both outer dualism and contrast, and inner unity and harmony.
Indeed, it is by acknowledging our own individual co-responsibility for the
future of mankind, nay, of all beings, that we get to be able to really learn
what is Theosophy about : universal compassion.
Strangely as it may sound, planetary utopia must begin with everyone of us,
and it technically depends on each one’s “Antahkarana”, the bridge between
the higher and the lower in individual life.
Best regards, Carlos.
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