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May 21, 2011 10:30 PM
by MKR

Thanks for the feedback.

Hodsonâs article was written in 1943 when drug issue was not there in many
parts of the world. (Of course opium almost was destroying China at that
time.) Your addition of drugs to alcohol to addiction issue is appropriate.

One of the problems we see in alcohol or drug addiction is that it may take
quite some time to learn if a friend or neighbor is in trouble. Even then,
it may require a lot of tact to communicate our desire to help.

There are several entities trying to help in rehab. There is a dark side to
some. They have a respectable front and do help people get back to normal;
but later the entities try to exploit the gratitude of the recovered addict.
We should not fall into this trap which is very tempting.

You are right that most people are too much engrossed in their own matters
and very rarely think of helping others. One of the effects of exposure to
theosophy is to sensitize one to the fact that it is our duty to be helpful
to our fellow living beings.

Let us see what additional feedback we get from others on this list.


On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 10:51 PM, t_s_theosophist <>wrote:

> RE: The Need For Practical Application
> How very true are Brother Ramadoss' remarks.
> In over twenty years of criminal rehabilitation
> counseling, and attempting to assist ex-offenders to transition
> successfully back into society, the major cause today of recidivism is
> as I have seen, drug addiction, methamphetemenes and crack cocaine. I am
> certain that Geoffrey Hodson would include these demons along with his
> assessment of alcohol. It is truly devastating to see families torn apart
> and lives ruined by the addiction of their loved ones. Both the addicted and
> their families need our unswerving Compassion.
> Do we know someone suffering with an addiction? Can we have the courage and
> goodwill to offer them our friendship and
> compassionate assistance?
> Is a family you know enduring the embarrasment and turmoil
> of an addicted family member? Do we have the courage and goodwill to offer
> them our understanding and assistance.
> The littlest thing you might do for some one, can in their eyes often be a
> big blessing.
> The problem is that not enough people care, we tend to be self-absorbed
> with our own agendas, and are apathetic to the needs of our neighbors.
> Can Theosophists afford Not to care?
> ---William Delahunt
> ======================

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