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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
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
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
"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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