Re: Theos-World War Without and War Within
Aug 15, 2006 06:17 PM
Thanks, Gary B.
I think some of us on this forum need to be reminded that it really is
devoted to the discussion of theosophy and its teachings, rather than
arguments and propaganda about who is right or wrong in past or current politics or
wars, and gossipy talk about organizations, personalities, and their histories
-- all of which are, in essence, side issues that have nothing to do with
theosophy or its study and practice.
Keep on contributing, and maybe, between us few sincere students or teachers,
we can eventually get this forum back on track again.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:21 PM
Subject: Theos-World War Without and War Within
Being new to this discussion site, I was requested to introduce myself.
I am an older man living in Texas,USA, and have been a student of
theosophy for some time now. After observing this site for a few
weeks I had to seriously ask myself about whether or not to
participate or simply delete this site from my incoming email. I was
not seeing much discussion of theosophy (my opinion obviously) and a
lot of views about war and blame and group adversity ( societies,
I now find myself having something to contribute and I somtimes find
that prior theosophists are more eloquent than myself so please allow
me to let a few speak better than myself. On the subject of War:
"War is the result of the warring spirit, of the selfishness of
mankind. It is the result of the failure to understand the purpose of
life." Robert Crosbie, A Book Of Quotations
In my simple mind and heart and experience, I have yet to see where
two wrongs have produced a right. I have also yet to see how looking
backwards and all around for someone or group to cast blame upon has
shed light upon the road ahead.
There is a verse within the Dhammapada which I hold dear which says:
"Let the aspirant observe not the perversities of others, nor what
others have and have not done; rather should he consider what he has
done and what he has yet to do." From Mr Sid (Gautama Sakya Muni,
otherwise known as Lord Buddha)
A couple more quotes before closing:
"We must remember,all the time, that there are intelligent evil forces
at work continually to defeat the emancipation of humanity from
selfishness--beings in fact, whose very existance depends upon selfish
desire and its many ways of expression. The plane of existance of
these beings is the earth and its psychic atmosphere. Our work is to
people our current space with such thoughts as tend to dissipate these
influences, and to assist right thoughts in others by awakening them
to the realities which have been placed within reach of our
understanding." (again, Robert Crosbie, same book as above)
"We are not called upon for judgement, but for right action; to act
right ourselves, and by precept and example induce it into others."
( again, Robert C.)
From myself: Brotherhood, Compassion, Altruism, Divine Wisdom, are
alike (synonmous) terms when viewed broadly and from the heart of the
cosmos of which we are a copy. We are the lifeblood of the ALL, and
what we profane of the ALL we profane upon ourselves.
Peace begins within and from ourselves and to caste blame and guilt
upon others is spitting into the wind of a hurricane.
A fellow student,
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