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Re: Theos-World Courage of Conviction

Feb 19, 2008 03:55 PM
by Cass Silva

Thanks for this excellent response Nigel.  Do you think then that as students of theosophy that we should be making people aware of their close mindedness as I appear to be doing this a lot lately on other forums.  Let's hope I am not generating too much karma from imposing theosophical views on others.  I am not so concerned with this issue when it comes to theosophists as they have the philosophical edge on followers of organized religions.
  It is so sad to see that so many people are still looking to be saved from an external source, whether it be the Zetas, the Lightbearers, etc, and that if they do not embrace the light, they will have to face their own extinction!

nigel_healy <> wrote:
          Hello to you all.

"A man who outgrows an old belief and grasps 
a broader concept should not be branded 
inconsistent because he has changed his mind. 
He is inconsistent only if he tries to 
reconcile the new and the old and live a 
comprimise between them." (Manly P.Hall)

It seems to me very strange indeed that after 
centuries of intellectual oppression through 
religious dogmatic domination and outright 
terror, we currently find ourselves in a time 
when the noose has been loosened, we have been 
given a substantial amount of Occult Knowledge
- Spiritual TRUTH from very obviously legitimate 
sources (to anyone who has investigated the 
recent Thesophical Movement in an unbiased 
fashion)..... and yet we continue to hold on 
to these old religious tenets as if they were 
an aging member of the family that we have 
grown particularly fond of, who tells us stories 
that take us back to our childhood and feelings 
of comfort and warm security!
And we do this,it seems, because we are 'free' to!

There is a gulf of a difference between a free 
thinking mind, and one that is scattered, 
unfoccused and not quite able to fill in those 
worn grooves. 

The Spiritual Path, as we know from The Voice 
of The Silence, is not an easy one and requires 
courage of conviction, humility, dharana and 
plenty of kshanti! 
I would think that most of us on this group 
are in a position to continue the work, in 
whatever way we can, of H.P.B. and her(our) 
Teachers in alleviating the suffering of All 
beings, which includes breaking the chains of 
religious dogma. 
Let's not waste this wonderful opportunity.

"The approximate and vague conception of the 
spiritual truths of existence provided by the 
revealed religions of the world and the code 
of conduct based on them are adequate for man 
in the early stages of his spiritual evolution 
but not for the seeker after Truth who wants 
to free himself from the illusions and 
limitations of the life on the lower planes 
of existence."
"If he ignores it (Truth) and prefers to live 
a "free" life without any restraints or 
direction he does it to his own disadvantage 
and will have to come back to it sooner or 
later at the cost of much suffering and loss 
of time. In a world governed by natural and 
spiritual laws in every sphere and directed 
by an overall Plan and Purpose we cannot live 
lawlessly and purposelessly."
(I.K. TAIMNI; Science and Occultism)

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