Oct 28, 2006 06:44 AM
by Gary Barnhart
Friends, offered for your consideration -
"It is just because we have devoted our whole life to the research of truth...that we never accept on faith any authority upon any question whatsoever; nor, pursuing, as we do, Truth and progress through a full and fearless enquiry, untrammeled by any consideration, would we advise any of our friends to do otherwise."
-HPB "Notes on 'A Land of Mystery'" HPB Articles III 342-3
"The canon of interpretation of each student is limited and coloured by the particular constituent of his make-up that he uses to look at any teaching. Does he look at it with the senses, aided by the lower mind, Kama-Manas? Or with the internal organ called Antahkarana, the bridge between the higher and the lower Manas? Or with the higher philosophic mind? Or with his intuitive faculty? When intuitive perception is gained, conviction, i.e., enlightened faith in the teachings, arises. Dependence on outside authority is no longer tenable." - W. Q. Judge on Final Authority - December 2000 issue of "The Theosophical Movement,"
"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organised; nor should any organisation be formed to lead or coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organise a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organise it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallised; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others." - J. Krushnamurti 1929 when he dissolved the Order of the Star
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." Buddha - famous sayings
".. Rather, the kingdom is within you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty." Jesus - Thomas Gospel insight #3
Isn't the message in all the above something along the following lines: Even though the ultimate destination is the same each one begins the journey from a different place on the map? Therefore each one, by necessity, must travel different roads to reach that ultimate destination? So it seems one must always ask - is this a road named "Selfishness" a road named "Delusion", or a road named "Destination"? Sometimes it helps to ask for directions, but in the end the key to truth will be found within. Each individual is his or her final authority.
The Student - G
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