Compare & contrast what Jake & KH wrote
Sep 06, 2006 08:57 AM
Well, for one thing, it seems strange
to me to visualize someone else "in the
heart" as a spiritual source, when one
has HIS OWN spiritual source in the heart.
The goal, seems to me, is to get in
touch with one's own spiritual source,
and not head in the direction of
depending on someone else's spiritual
source instead. It seems out of character
with the Theosophical idea of self-reliance.
Now compare and contrast what is found in the
letter from KH. SEE BELOW. Notice how many
times the Higher Self, Higher Consciousness is mentioned
in the Master's letter. Is the Master in this letter
ACTUALLY saying that we should be "depending on someone else's
spiritual source" INSTEAD OF "one's own spiritual source" as Jake
views it? Are there TWO Higher Selves? or only ONE???
Concentrate on the idea of the Higher Self., say for one half an
hour at first. Permit no other thought. By degrees you will be able
to unite your consciousness with the Higher Self. The Higher Self is
always to be sought for within. To look outside is a fatal mistake.
The effort to be made is to reach the highest state of which you are
capable and to hold yourself there. The registration of
consciousness of this higher plane takes place at the last moment of
the passage back to the physical, and this, together with the fact
that "the Double" is often active, often produces a state of double
consciousness, and the latter is a source of error.
In acquiring the power of concentration the first step is one of
blankness. Then follows, by degrees, consciousness, and finally the
passage between the two states becomes so rapid and easy as to be
almost unnoticed. During the moment of concentration the body is in
a brown study and retains a sort of dream perception (this of course
applies only to chelas).
The great difficulty to be overcome is the registration of the
knowledge of the Higher Self on the physical plane. To accomplish
this, the physical brain must be made an entire blank to all but the
Higher Consciousness; and the double (or astral body) must be
paralyzed or error and confusion will result.
In the first place, try to put yourself in such a state as not to
feel anything that happens to the physical body, in fact to separate
yourself from your body. If in this attempt you feel anything, any
foreign influence coming into you from outside, break off the
concentration at once.
Your best method is to concentrate on the Master as a Living Man
inside you. Make his image in your heart and a focus of
concentration so as to lose all sense of bodily existence in the one
During concentration, one must make oneself as positive [resistant]
as possible to spooks and all astral lower influences, but as
negative [receptive] as possible to the influence of the Master.
The idea of the Master will prove the best influence against spooks,
etc. The effort is far more dangerous for psychics than for others
because their bodies are much more sensitive and attract more
various other powers of nature.
Spooks and astral influences act through the physical man on the
astral body. This astral body is the noumenon of the physical, but
without the latter it has no intelligence or consciousness. Its
senses are the noumena of the physical senses, and its feelings are
those of the physical body.
A sense of freedom is one of the marked characteristics of the
Higher Consciousness and the will effort needed to silence the body
is much the same as that needed to forget pain. No two men pass
through the same experience in effecting the union with the Higher
The true Higher Self is "the Warrior" referred to in Light on the
Path; it never acts on this plane, where the active agent, the real
actor is the Manas. This union with the Higher Self is the best
means of killing out the "sense of separateness," and therefore man
must become the slave of the Higher Self.
The Higher Self is shapeless, sexless, formless. It is a state of
consciousness, a breath, not a body or form. The highest form is the
Mayavi Rupa, which contains the whole man minus physical body and
life. The form is that of the physical body, unless modified by
will. The Higher Self is the perfect o, Manas or Mayavi Rupa plus
Buddhi and Atma, which together form a mirror in which is reflected
Parabrahm which is the One Self.
The Higher Self is a spark of the Universal Spirit - Atma-Buddhi -
universal, eternal, senseless on this plane. The Higher Ego is
Manas. When it rises to Atma-Buddhi it completes the trinity which
is the One. Manas is the self-consciousness. It is limited to one
Mahamanvantara. Buddhi passes from Mahamanvantara to Mahamanvantara
The Mayavi Rupa is the middle self, and is the body used by adepts
with the Kama Rupa as its vehicle. It is the human soul, the seat of
the emotions and feelings as well as thoughts. When in the body it
is the Manas. The 7 principles are aspects of one and the same
entity, the form and character which are assumed depending upon the
In 19th century man instinct (Kama) has been to a great extent
crushed by the development of Manas or Intelligence. The Manas is
the fallen Angel, the inbreathed essence of the Manasa Putras, or
those beings who collectively form the Mahat or manifested Logos.
The Monad, Atma-Buddhi, does not really belong to this plane at all,
but is, so to say, Parabrahmic. Therefore on this plane, Manas is
the highest principle in man, and it is this Manas which makes of
man either a God or Devil, according as the Divine Monad acts on
this plane through the Manas, or as the Manas produces effects on
this plane, by acting upon the God-Life power of the lower part of
Masters are those who are born with a Nirmanakaya in them.
Every one of you create for yourself a Master. Give him birth and
objective being before you in the Astral Light. If he is a real
Master he will send his Voice. If he is not a real Master, then the
Voice will be that of the Higher Self.
Everyone will receive according to his own inner merits and
Quoted from: http://blavatskyarchives.com/khconcentration.htm
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