Re: About channeling
Jul 05, 2012 03:49 PM
Just a moment ago, I found an interesting text written by E L. Gardner, available at Esoteric-Philosophy.com.
"The Only Safety
There are many people today in different parts of the world who give out messages which by their content may well be judged to come from their own subconscious minds, but are invested by them with the authority of some well-known historical figure or of one of the Teachers associated with the Theosophical movement. It is a very great pity that the names of these Teachers, who are objects of the deepest reverence to those who know anything of Them, should be bandied about and turned into trademarks for the most commonplace outpourings, usually containing, besides some ethical injunctions, a reference to current events, thus giving the message a certain contemporary colour, and also embellished quite often with picturesque phrases which are particularly fascinating to the minds of their promulgators. The only safety for anyone who does not wish to be misled with regard to such messages or by any other kind of psychic revelation lies in weighing for oneself impersonally every statement, from whatever source it might purport to come, strictly on its intrinsic nature and merits."
Further ahead there is a quote from K:
""When I was a small boy I used to see Sri Krishna, with the flute, as he is pictured by the Hindus, because my mother was a devotee of Sri Krishna. She used to talk to me about Sir Krishna, and hence I created an image in my mind of Sri Krishna, with the flute, with all the devotion, all the love, all the songs, all the delight - you have no idea what a tremendous thing that is for the boys and girls of India. When I grew older and met with Bishop Leadbeater and The Theosophical Society, I began to see the Master K.H. - again in the form which was put before me, the reality from their point of view - and hence the Master K.H. was to me the end. Later on, as I grew, I began to see the Lord Maitreya. That was two years ago, and I saw him then constantly in the form put before me ... It has been a struggle all the time to find the Truth, because I was not satisfied by the authority of another, or the imposition of another, or the enticement of another; I wanted to discover for myself and naturally I had to go through sufferings to find out. Now lately, it has been the Buddha whom I have been seeing, and it has been my delight and my glory to be with him."
"I have been asked what I mean by "the Beloved" - I will give a meaning, an explanation, which you will interpret as you please. To me it is all: it is Sri Krishna, it is the Master K.H., it is the Lord Maitreya, it is the Buddha, and yet it is beyond all these forms. What does it matter what name you give?""
You can read the whole text here:
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "paulobaptista_v" <paulobaptista_v@...> wrote:
> A week ago someone sent me an e-mail with a link to a documentary about channeling, entitled `Tuning In'.
> Although a bit boring, mainly because it is completely uncritical, it made me think of how difficult it is for theosophy, to become better well-known, when we have a huge number of individuals claiming they are receiving messages from so many different entities.
> I think that the hypotheses that can explain this phenomenon are:
> 1) It´s all about the money and they are a fake. One of these days, someone told me how much money a certain individual had made after going to a famous radio show (more books sold, etc, etc?);
> 2) Some of these channelers have mental problems and are delusional;
> 3) They have some mediumistic faculties, but they fail to translate correctly the information they get and/or are tricked by elementals and/or elementaries.
> Blavatsky wrote that "In dealing with the dicta of psychics and mediums, it must always be remembered," that "they translate automatically and unconsciously their experiences." On any plane of consciousness", she says, they "are always translated into the language and experience of our normal physical plane."
> She also said that "An "impure medium, can only confabulate with the astral soul, or `shell,' of the deceased". We should say then that "the personal morality of the medium would be a fair test of the genuineness of the manifestation."
> 4) They are pure psychics and what they say is true.
> I think that 1), 2) and 3) can certainly happen, but I am very doubtful about 4).
> I guess that channeling has happened ever since and I think that the only way to evaluate if the messages are genuine or not (i.e. if it came from a higher source) is by looking at its content.
> Here is the link to the documentary:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNsh4IPs2mc (part 1 of 10).
> More about the astral plane can be found on one of Theosophy Watch's latest posts.
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