Re: [bn-study] unfortunate news
Sep 02, 2006 09:14 PM
by Rodolfo Don
I still can't believe that my dear friend Dallas has left us. To me,
Dallas was not only my friend, but my Teacher. I'll miss him for the
rest of my life. Rodolfo Don
Here is a part of some studies on the Bhagavad-Gita that he and some
other students put together. He gave me those papers and I put some
of them on the internet. These lines are from Chapter X of the Gita:
Krishna, continuing the teaching of Chapter 9 gives Arjuna a survey
of the vibhutis, or examples of perfection in manifestation. They
represent examples of his excellence present to the world.
Since He is "the origin of all the Gods, and the Adepts" none of
those can trace his origin. But those who know, perceive "the mighty
Ruler of the universe...without birth or beginning, to be among men,
undeluded, shall be liberated from all...sins. (Gita, p. 70)
Krishna lists the spiritual qualities that represent His nature:
"Subtle perception, spiritual knowledge, right judgment, patience,
truth, self-mastery; pleasure and pain, prosperity and adversity;
birth and death, danger and security, fear and equanimity,
satisfaction, restraint of body and mind, alms-giving,
inoffensiveness, zeal and glory and ignominy, all these the various
dispositions of creatures come from me...I am the origin of all; all
things proceed from me; their very hearts and minds are in me;
enlightening one another and constantly speaking of me, they are full
of enjoyment and satisfaction. To them...I give that mental devotion
by which they come to me. For them do I out of my compassion,
standing within their hearts, destroy the darkness which springs from
ignorance by the brilliant lamp of spiritual discernment." (Gita, pp.
Arjuna recognizes in this Personage who is his friend, a universal
potential, and declares some understanding; yet, since he has not
developed the needed universality to "see" Krishna everywhere, he
asks Krishna to choose a "form" under which he might be meditated on.
Thus, he says, Arjuna the devotee, using such a focus, would be
better able to visualize and worship him. (Gita, p. 72)
Krishna, seeing that Arjuna was still burdened by the illusion of
forms, and a mind perception limited to his daily condition lists
further examples of his manifestation as those perfections in Nature,
already known to Arjuna.
He begins with the statement:
"I am the Ego which is seated in the hearts of all beings...I am the
beginning, the middle and the end...I am endless time itself, and the
preserver whose face is turned on all sides." (Gita, pp. 73-5)
And He concludes the list, saying:
"I established this whole universe with a single portion of myself,
and remain separate." (Gita, p. 76)
On Sep 2, 2006, at 5:40 PM, Reed Carson wrote:
> There is some unfortunate news to report.
> Dallas Tenbroeck is no longer with us. He passed on about 24
> hours ago. I do not know the time more exactly than that. I do
> not know any more details than that.
> He was the mainstay of this list for sharing Theosophical
> information. He has helped many people around the world. He
> fought for Theosophy with vigor up until his last hours. He was an
> inspiration for us all.
> He will be missed around the world.
> Dallas was a true and faithful servant - a warrior of light.
> Now his task in this life is over.
> Thank you Dallas.
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