Lucifer7, October 2003


Short Quotes
New on Katinka Hesselink Net
The Vegetarian and Vegan Way of Life, Idarmis Rodriguez
Meat eating and spirituality, William Q. Judge
Karma and the Holocoast, Katinka Hesselink
Meditation, Jiddu Krishnamurti
Going Somewhere, Ken Wilber quote
Papyrus, The Gem, Rameses

Short Quotes

Theosophy has to fight intolerance, prejudice, ignorance and selfishness, hidden under the mantle of hypocrisy. It has to throw all the light it can from the torch of Truth, with which its servants are entrusted. It must do this without fear or hesitation, dreading neither reproof nor condemnation. Theosophy, through its mouthpiece, the Society, has to tell the TRUTH to the very face of LIE; to beard the tiger in its den, without thought or fear of evil consequences.

Then the Buddha denounces ritualism as a vain waste of time bound to lead to disappointment"

(Silabbata - paramasa)


This newsletter is turning into a monthly. I have issues planned until april 2004. Next month will see the beginning of a series on enlightenment. Anyone who wants to contribute is once again invited to submit their papers on this or other subjects. The title of the series will be: There's Enlightenment, and then there's Enlightenment. Looking at enlightenment from various perspectives, I think the series will be very interesting.

Keeping my intent of discussing the controversial in this newsletter, this time two opinions on the place of vegetarianism come to the fore. W.Q. Judge defends eating meat and Idarmis Rodriguez explains the reason for vegetarianism. Personally I am a vegetarian, but I am often appalled at the way in which some vegetarians and vegans seem to think no meat eater could be seriously on the spiritual path. Idarmis Rodriguez quotes H.P. Blavatsky and in all fairness it should be noted that the latter was not a vegetarian. As for the article by W.Q. Judge, it should be noted that the book quoted contains articles written between 1889 and 1896. Therefore the opinions of doctors as given there, is no longer up to date.

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The Vegetarian and Vegan Way of Life

Idarmis Rodriguez, quote from introduction to a booklet with this name published by The Theosophical Society in Europe, p. 1-2

A vegetarian does not eat meat, poultry or fish. This statement might be obvious to some. However, many vegetarians, while ordering a vegetarian meal in a restaurant, will have endured the question "but you eat fish?" People adopt this way of life for various reasons, of which the main ones are usually compassionate, ecological and/or health. Some will avoid not only eating meat, but any product obtained by exploiting animals. Vegans extend this to include all dairy products and eggs, however humanly produced, and may also avoid honey. Concern for ecology leads many to prefer plant protein, which is far more economical to produce than animal protein (and far healthier too).
In The Key to Theosophy, H.P. Blavatsky [HPB] was asked about Theosophy "Is it obligatory for members of the Theosophical Society to adhere to vegetarianism"? Her response was: "The truth is that our rules require nothing of the kind, however, earnest students and active workers in The Theosophical Society, wish to do more than study theoretically. The wish to know the truth by their own direct personal experience. The first thing which the members learn is a true conception of the relation of the body, or physical sheaths, to the inner, the true man. The relation and mutual interaction between these two aspects of human nature are explained and demonstrated to them." HPB goes on to say: "One of the great German scientists has shown that every kind of animal tissue, however you may cook it, still retains certain marked characteristics of the animal which it belonged to, which characteristics can be recognised. And apart from that, everyone knows from the taste what meat he is eating. We go a step further, and prove that when the flesh of animals is assimilated by man as food, it imparts to him, physiologically, some of the characteristics of the animal it came from. Moreover, occult science teaches and proves this to its students by ocular demonstration, showing also that this 'coarsening' or 'animalising' effect on man is greatest from the flesh of larger animals, less from birds, still less from fish and other cold-blooded animals, and least of all when he eats vegetables only. As the matter stands, he (man) must eat to live, and so we advise really earnest students to eat such food as will least clog and weigh their brains and bodies, and will have the smallest effect in hampering and retarding the development of their intuition, their inner faculties and powers."
[ Key to Theosophy ]

Meat eating and spirituality

William Q. Judge, "Forum" answers, p. 129-30, The Theosophy Co. 1982 

What is the opinion of the leaders of the T.S. in regard to vegetarianism?
W.Q.J. - Physicians and those who have tried vegetarianism are those who should speak on this. The opinions of "leaders," as such, are of no consequence. I tried it for nine years, and found it injurious. This is because the western man has no heredity of vegetarianism behind him, and also because his dishes as a vegetarian are poor. They should be confined to rice, barley, wheat, oats, some nuts and a little fruit; but westerners don't like such a meager variety. The stomach does not digest vegetables, it is for meat; the teeth are for tearing and grinding meat. Most of those vegetarians I know eat a whole lot of things injurious to them and are not benefitted. Had we an ancestry going back thousands of years, vegetarians always, the case might be different. I know that most of the experienced physicians we have in the Society - and I know a great many - agree with my view, and some of them insist that vegetarianism is wrong under any conditions. With the latter view I do not agree. There ought to come a time in our evolution when new methods of food production will be known, and when the necessity for killing any highly organized creature will have disappeared.
The other branch of the subject is that regarding spiritual development and vegetarianism. It has been so often dealt with it is sufficient to say that such development has nothing to do with either meat-eating or the diet of vegetables. He who gives up meat-eating but does not alter his nature and thoughts, thinking to gain in spirituality, may flatter himself and perhaps make a fetish of his denial, but will certainly thereby make no spiritual progress.

Karma and the Holocoast

Katinka Hesselink 2003

The question is often asked what bad karma the Jews had built up to deserve what happened to them in world war II. My answer is very simple: none. Nothing they did as a people or individually deserved for them to be massacred the way they were. To say they did do something is to say that massacre can be tolerated in certain circumstances. Well, it may be true that in a war a people has a right to defend itself, though I am very glad I don't have to make that kind of decision. But the fact is, the Jews were not at war with the rest of Europe. Unfortunately Europe at that time had a culture in which it was normal to be antisemitic. The Theosophical Society's first object (1) was designed to counteract that kind of thinking. Unfortunately those words weren't enough to counteract the antisemitic currents in Europe. Words seldom are. It takes actual practice.

Hitler may have been a criminal, but he was supported by a high percentage of Germans. And the thoughtsystem his actions were based on were shared by most of Europe at that time. This means that even those who did not themselves put people into the concentration-camps, or put gass into their chambers to kill them, were still co-responsible for what happened. I think karmically speaking only those who actively helped Jews and others from escaping death and did not have a shread of antisemitism in their consciousness could be called guiltless.

When discussing karma, the holocoast often comes up, still it is a question from the past and in that respect irrelevant to our present lives. The above is also a clear warning for the present. Are we cleaning our consciousness enough to be able to say: in those circumstances I would not be part of the culture of destruction? Do we reach out with hands, words and minds to those of different class, race, colour, sex, ethnic background, culture, sexual preference, eating habits etc., or are we just as intolerant as those who did not realize the damage their prejudiced thoughts, jokes, feelings and actions were doing in creating the kind of culture in which the holocoast was possible?

(1) The first object of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) is: To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.


Jiddu Krishnamurti to himself, his last journal, p. 18

You should really forget the word meditation. That word has been corrupted. The ordinary meaning of that word - to ponder over, to consider, to think about - is rather trivial and ordinary. If you want to understand the nature of meditation you should really forget the word because you cannot possibly measure with words that which is not measurable, that which is beyond all measure. No words can convey it, nor any systems, modes of thought, practice or discipline. Meditation - or rather if we could find another word which has not been so mutilated, made so ordinary, corrupt, which has become the means of earning a great deal of money - if you can put aside the word, then you begin quietly end gently to feel a movement that is not of time. Again, the word movement implies time - what is meant is a movement that has no beginning or end. A movement in the sense of a wave: wave upon wave, starting from nowhere and with no beach to crash upon. It is an endless wave.
Time, however slow it is, is rather tiresome. Time means growth, evolution, to become, to achieve, to learn, to change. And time is not the way of that which lies far beyond the word meditation. Time has nothing to do with it. Time is the action of will, of desire, and desire cannot in any way [word or words inaudible here] - it lies far beyond the word meditation.

Going somewhere

Ken Wilber (p. 83, Sex, Ecology and Spirituality)

An old joke from Vermont: A city fellow, driving through the Vermont countryside, sees a man in a truck on the side of the road. The truck is axle-deep in the mud, and the wheels are spinning. "Are you stuck?" asks the city fellow. "I would be, if'n I was goin' somewhere."
Well, the psyche, for better or worse, is going somewhere, and that is why the process can get stuck, why it is fraught with frustration, arrest, fixation, stick points, logjams. If the mind weren't going somewhere, it could never get stuck, never get "sick." And these "sick points," these "stick points," can only be understood in terms of the mind's omega points, of where it wants to go.

Papyrus, The Gem

Rameses, William Q. Judge, Theosophical Articles, Volume II, Theosophy Company, Los Angeles, 1980, p. 403-405; Path, March, 1887

The roads were thronged with the people moving toward the great square, for it was a feast of the Goddess. The temples were crowded, while long lines of men and maidens in the robes of "The Sacred" wound in and out toward the river. Music and song rose and fell upon the evening breeze, like the pulse of a throbbing heart. Here and there could be seen the Scribes, and seated in an open space, the Tale-tellers. One of these, as I rested near hem, told the tale of

One who found the Gem.

"In the land of the Wise-men, there dwelt a young man. Many years had he labored in a strange mine; the 'Mine of the Priceless Gems'; - hopefully, bravely, but fruitlessly. He had long known that he who should find the Master Stone, would be free, be full of peace and dig no more, for nothing better could be found. He also knew that he who found the stone should seek to share it with all men.

"Many small stones had he found, but they were laid aside to be used when the great stone was reached.

"Silently and steadily he worked on, until one gloomy day when he had grown so weak that he could make but one more effort, that effort was rewarded, and before him lay the great gem. Weary, weak, but joyful, he gathered it into his bosom, and went forth to share it with others; for he who told not of his gem, or shared it not with all men, must lose the stone.

"Far he wandered, telling his wonderful story, the finding of the Priceless Stone - the stone that made men greater, wiser, more loving than all things living; the stone that no man could keep unless he gave it away.

"Far he wandered in his own country, seeking to tell his story and give of the Stone to each one he met. Silently they listened - gravely they meditated and gently they said to him: 'This is Kali-yuga, the dark age. Come to us a hundred thousand years from now. Until then - the stone is not for us. It is Karma.'

"Far into another land he wandered, ever trying for the same end. Gravely they listened, quietly they spoke: 'Peace be with you. When the Lotus ceases to bloom and our Sacred River runs dry, come to us. Until then we need not the stone.'

"Over the seas unto another land he went, for fully he believed that there they would hear and share with him. The many days of wandering and the long journey across the sea had made him thin and ragged. He had not thought of this, but as he told his story he was reminded of it and many other things, for here the people answered in many ways, and not always gently.

"Some listened, for his story was new to them, but the gem was uncut, and they wished it polished.

"Others paused and desired him to tell his story in their tents, for that would make them exalted and famous, but they wanted not the gem. As he did not belong to their tribe, it would bring discredit upon them to receive anything from him.

"One paused to listen and desired some of the stone, but he desired to use it to elevate his own position and assist him in overreaching his fellows in bartering and bargaining. The Wanderer was unable to give any of the stone to such as this one.
"Another listened, but inasmuch as the Wanderer refused to make the gem float in the air, he would [have] none of it.

"Another heard, but he already knew of a better stone, and was sure he would find it, because he ate nothing but star-light and moon-beams.

"Another could not receive any of the stone or listen to the story, for the Wanderer was poor and ragged. Unless he was dressed in purple and fine linen and told his story in words of oil and honey, he could not be the possessor of the gem.

"Still another heard, but he knew it was not the gem. As the Wanderer had been unsuccessful before, surely he could not have found the stone. Even had he found it, he could not have the proper judgment to divide it. So he wanted none of the stone.

"Near and far went the Wanderer. Still ever the same. Some wanted it, but the stone was too hard, nor bright enough. He was not of their people, or was ignorant. He was too ragged and worn to suit their ideas, so they wanted none of the stone.

"Saddened, aged and heart-sore, he wandered back to the land of the Wise men. To one of these he went, telling of his journeyings and that no man would share with him the magnificent stone, and also of his sorrow that he too must lose it.

" 'Be not troubled, my son,' said the Wise One, 'the stone is for you, nor can you lose it. He who makes the effort to help his fellow man is the rightful owner and still possesses the entire stone, although he has shared it with all the world. To each and every one to whom you have spoken, although they knew it not, you have given one of the smaller stones which you first found. It is enough. When the Master Stone is cut and polished, then is the labor of the fortunate possessor ended. The long journeying and weary wandering, the sorrowladen heart and tear-dimmed eyes, have cut and polished your gem. Behold, it is a white and a fair stone!'

"Drawing it from his bosom, the Wanderer gazed into the wonderful light of the stone while an expression of great peace stole over his face. Folding the gem close to his bosom his eyelids closed, and he fell asleep, a wanderer no more."

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