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Re: Courage of Conviction

Feb 20, 2008 08:40 AM
by nigel_healy

Hi Cass.
Thank you for your encouraging response and 
also for your recent posting concerning 
"the Church", it was a fascinating read!

You ask; "Do you think then that as students 
of theosophy we should be making people aware 
of their close mindedness.."

As Theosophical students I think we should 
avoid, at all costs, making people do anything! 
However, I also think that popularising 
Theosophy is part of a students work (Dharma) 
done in a mindful, compassionate and gentle 
manner. Dropping seeds of wisdom and compassion 
rather than shocking people out of their 
closed mindedness which can have adverse effects. 
As always our motivation for doing this is key.
You always seem to have a compassionate approach 
in your messages Cass, and I would suggest that 
the Karma you generate will reflect this.

Thanks again,

--- In, Cass Silva <silva_cass@...> wrote:
> 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!
>   Cass
> nigel_healy <nigelhealy@...> 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)
> Kind regards,
> nigelH
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