Re: Theos-World Re: 7-years test for discipleship
Dec 30, 2007 08:07 PM
It's probably pretty safe to say that manipulations of material life,
such as smoking or not smoking, eating meat or not eating meat, do
not guarantee enlightenment. It is the inner life that is
significant, and how it manifests. Are we kind and thoughtful,
selfless and altruistic, compassionate and non-judgemental? Do we try
to accept responsibility for our actions and do we try to do the
right thing? Do we try to think for ourselves? There are lists
everywhere in occultism that describe the student's aspirations. And
above all, be sure, when the student is ready the teacher will
appear. But be careful of making judgements about another's process.
No one can really know another's heart. As for HPB, if you want to
judge her, do so by reading all her work and meditating upon her
accomplishments, keeping in mind what we know about her life, her
complete selflessness, how she provided us not only with the
teachings we need to get through these "interesting times," but with
an example to emulate in our own process.
Happy New Year all,
On 30 Dec 2007 at 19:30, MKR wrote:
> Does anyone "really" know the criteria used to be accepted as a chela? I
> doubt. Don't apply our worldly standards. Col Olcott, a smoker and a meat
> eater, was visited by several Adepts. Thousands of others who led a clean
> life -- vegetarian, nonsmoker etc. have never even heard of the Adepts,
> leave alone being visited by Adepts.
> On 12/2
> 8/07, Richard Semock <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Its well known that HPB was a chain smoker and addicted to nicotine and
> > possibly hash. Its hard to see why she was chosen to be the messenger
> > of theosophy even after a 7yr stint as a strictly disciplined chela.
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <theos-talk%40yahoogroups.com>,
> > "Konstantin Zaitzev" <kay_ziatz@...>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > --- In email@example.com <theos-talk%40yahoogroups.com>, Marko
> > Manninen wrote:
> > >
> > > > what were the tests and objectives of seven year long
> > apprenticeship
> > > > in early Theosophy? I'd like to find references to books handling
> > >
> > > I don't know which exactly they were but I understood that a
> > candidate
> > > was tested during the process of theosophical work. Most of those who
> > > proved to be failures finally openly condemned H.P. Blavatsky, so
> > > their failure became obvious to all.
> > > Funny enough that one of them is that author whom I would recommend.
> > > It was M. Chatterjee who more than others wrote about qualifications
> > > for discipleship in early years of the Theosophical Society.
> > >
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