Re: Devotees' "Visions" of God: Merely Thought-Forms???
Aug 04, 2008 10:21 AM
I see that in your reply at:
that you did NOT address the substance of what the Mahatmas
said about "visions" of God being thought-forms?
Do you consider this teaching by the Masters worthy of careful
consideration and study? I give the quotes again BELOW.
This view given by the Masters appears to be quite consistent with
what their messenger H.P. Blavatsky taught.
See BELOW the relevant quotes from Mr. Osborn and also from
the letters of the Masters.
In his book "THE COSMIC WOMB: An Interpretation
of Man's Relationship to the Infinite," the
metaphysican Arthur W. Osborn writes:
"Images of the Supreme, although taken for
the Ultimate by some simple devotees, are more
readily explicable as projections, either
individual or communal, of doctrinal beliefs
concerning Krishna, Christ, Kali or other
personalized aspects of Deity. We
say 'communal' projections because any
religious symbol, which perhaps for centuries
has become a focus for devotion, could assume
concrete reality. Occultism provides some
striking instances of the power of group thinking
to create 'thought forms' of sufficient
intensity to become 'objects' of perception.
Centers of energy would seem to have been formed
on some superphysical plane capable of
exercising influence in physical affairs. . . ." p. 59
Now compare this statement by Mr. Osborn with the following excerpts
from THE MAHATMA LETTERS.
". . . every thought of man upon being evolved passes into the inner
world and becomes an active entity by associating itself -
coalescing, we might term it -- with an elemental; that is to say
with one of the semi-intelligent forces of the kingdoms. It survives
as an active intelligence, a creature of the mind's begetting, for a
longer or shorter period proportionate with the original intensity of
the cerebral action which generated it. Thus, a good thought is
perpetuated as an active beneficent power; an evil one as a
maleficent demon. And so man is continually peopling his current in
space with a world of his own, crowded with the offsprings of his
fancies, desires, impulses, and passions. . . ." Koot Hoomi
"Faith in the Gods and God, and other superstitions attracts
millions of foreign influences, living entities and powerful agents
[elementals] around ...[the devotees of various religions]. . . .
The unprogressed Planetaries [elementals]. . . delight in
personating gods and sometimes well known characters who have lived
on earth. There are Dhyan-Chohans and 'Chohans of Darkness,' not what
they term devils but imperfect 'Intelligences' who have never been
born on this or any other earth or sphere no more than the 'Dhyan
Chohans' have and who will never belong to the 'builders of the
Universe,' the pure Planetary Intelligences, who preside at every
Manvantara while the Dark Chohans preside at the Pralayas. . . . As
all in this universe is contrast . . . so the light of the Dhyan
Chohans and their pure intelligence is contrasted by the 'Ma-Mo
Chohans' -- and their destructive intelligence. These are the gods
the Hindus and Christians and Mahomed and all others of bigoted
religions and sects worship. . . . " Morya
"Vainly do your modern seers and their prophetesses, creep into every
cleft and crevice without outlet or continuity they chance to see;
and still more vainly, when once within do they lift up their voices
and loudly cry: 'Eureka! We have gotten a Revelation from the Lord!' -
- for verily have they nothing of the kind. They have disturbed but
bats [elementals, unprogressed Planetaries], less blind than their
intruders; who, feeling them flying about, mistake them as often for
angels -- as they too, have wings! Doubt not, my friend: it is but
from the very top of those 'adamantine rocks' of ours, not at their
foot, that one is ever enabled to perceive the whole Truth, by
embracing the whole limitless horizon." Koot Hoomi
Stainton Moses, a "seer" and medium of the 1880s, wrote:
". . . my inner spirit-sense is opened. Only yesterday . . .
[Imperator, my spirit guide] . . . was clearly visible and audible to
me. . . . "
To this comment by Stainton Moses [S.M.], Koot Hoomi wrote:
". . . So is Jesus and John the Baptist [clearly visible and audible]
to Edward Maitland; [who is] as true and as honest and sincere as
S.M. . . . And does not E. Maitland see Hermes the first and second
and Elijah, etc. Finally does not Mrs. [Anna] Kingsford feel as sure
as S.M. with regard to . . . [Imperator] that she saw and conversed
with God!! . . . And who purer or more truthful than that woman or
Maitland! Mystery, mystery will you exclaim. IGNORANCE we answer; the
creation of that we believe in and want to see. . . . "
Some food for thought.
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