Lucifer7, January 2004


Contents

Short Quotes
Editorial
New on Katinka Hesselink Net
There is Enlightenment and then there's Enlightenment (3)
Spirituality and Money
An Allegory, W.Q. Judge
News on the Religious Front
From A Reader

Short Quotes

Jiddu Krishnamurti to himself, his last journal, p. 21

Government must exist as long as man is not a light to himself, as long as he does not live his daily life with order, care, diligently working, watching, learning. He would rather be told what to do. He has been told what to do by the ancients, by the priests, by the gurus, and he accepts their orders, their peculiar destructive disciplines as though they were gods on this earth, as though they knew all the implications of this extraordinarily complex life.

Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, first series, letter 20

Learn, then, to look at men below the surface and to neither condemn not trust on appearances.

Arthur J. Deikman - http://www.deikman.com/eval.html

The aim of the mystical traditions is the development of the ability to perceive directly (intuitively) the reality that underlies the world of appearances, whatever that reality may be called. All the traditions agree that the primary requirement for the development of this capacity is that a person shift from a self centered orientation to one of serving the Truth. This service must be without concern for personal gain. As one saint put it:
O Lord!
If I worship you from fear of hell, cast me into hell.
If I worship you from desire for paradise, deny me paradise. [Rabia]

Editorial

A happy new year to all my readers. May 2004 bring wisdom, insight and the ability to act wisely.

This issue of Lucifer7 goes on in the theme of enlightenment with various short quotes and some good different opinions, I think. Once again I have to stress that just because something is published here, doesn't mean I agree with it. It just means I think the reader has a right to read information from various sides. I like to keep you all informed. This has the added advantage of looking at a subject from various (if not all) sides. This is also true for another controversial subject that gets raised in this issue: Money. Searching for money and spirituality on the internet, one finds a lot of opinions. Most seem to feel that the two can and should be mixed to some extent. I've selected a few quotes that I think each add their own perspective and are also representative of the lot. The traditional religious stance is represented by H.P. Blavatsky who quotes the Bible, Buddhist scriptures and a Hindu tract.

This issue we have a story by W.Q. Judge who was a famous, if at the end of his life somewhat controversial, figure in the Theosophical Movement. His writings are often very inspiring.

Once again I want to remind my readers that they can submit material to this e-zine. If it doesn't fit the e-zine it may very well fit my web site.


New on Katinka Hesselink Net

English

Dnyaneshwari, The Sage and Samsara
Something More About Anonymity
Astral Journeys, anonymous
Karma quotes and thoughts, anonymous
What About Purucker's "New Teachings"?, "The Esoteric Tradition": by G. de Purucker, Kenneth Morris
Lectures from the Fraternization Movement Congress in Toronto, 1935
Jaqua, M.R., What is Initiation?
On the Importance of Being Affirmative, anonymous
Pick a Spiritual Quote (New Quotes)
Leaders and Leadership, anonymous [by a ULT associate]
George William Russell - AE. In Memoriams from the Canadian Theosophist
The Totality of Man
, anonymous
Is Theosophy Authentic?, Franklin Merrell Wolff
Anonymous: On the letter allegedly by Koot Hoomi to Annie Besant, in 1900.
Paul Johnson, Historian as Heretic, Conflicting Perspectives on Theosophical History

Examination For Chelaship

Echoes of the ways of the Mystery Schools are to be found numerously in popular customs, one of the most obvious is of course the initiation systems of the various secret societies. There is another equally interesting echo in certain academic methods.

In a previous issue we mentioned the difficulty that collegiate instructors have in bringing home to students the fact that the borderlines of knowledge are uncertain, without discouraging them entirely. In this connection, we mentioned our acquaintance with various members of the professorial fraternity. Since then we had a few hours conversation with two of them on a train trip, in which we were immensely interested in the "weeding out" process employed in their institution for candidates to take postgraduate work leading to advanced degrees.

[The rest of this article from Theosophical Notes]

Dutch / Nederlands

Gedachten over de dans, Cleo Nordi
Zelfbeschouwing, Thomas Kempis
Boeken waarin H.P. Blavatsky belang stelde, Katherine A. Beechey
Spreuken trekken - nieuwe spreuken toegevoegd
Wereldtijdperken en Wereldbeelden, door Ir. J. M. J. Kicken


There is Enlightenment and then there is Enlightenment. (3)

What is enlightenment? http://www.enlightenment-intensives.org.uk/

All those people whom we regard as "enlightened" masters, saints, sages and gurus appear to have at least two things in common. First, they have some real insight into the most essential truths of our existence—they somehow know who they are, or why we are here, or what the meaning of life is. Second, they all teach that each of us has the same access to truth—our own truth which lies within us and is the very essence of our being. Each of us can uncover for ourselves the truth of who we are or why we are here or what life is really about. And it is by consciously living our own truth that we find real meaning, purpose and fulfilment.
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We could define it as the direct experience of truth, although this needs to be explained.
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Experience is, by definition, indirect awareness of something by someone. So on the one hand there is the objective reality which impresses upon our awareness; the world we experience "out there". On the other hand there is the subjective reality of the one having the experience, the conscious self "in here". It is the mind that links the two. Every experience is constructed by the mind in a complex interaction between objective world, subjective self and mental process. So we are never directly in touch with reality, only perceiving it or feeling it or analysing it as an experience constructed by the mind. In fact, a lot of what we take to be reality is little more than the ideas we carry in our own heads.
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So enlightenment isn't an "experience" in the ordinary sense of the word. It isn't just another episode within our stream of consciousness, a subjective perception constructed in the mind. The word direct is the key, for in the moment of enlightenment, the artificial separation into subject and object breaks down and disappears. With enlightenment, there is no distinction between a ‘self’ and its ‘experience’. There is only truth, the timeless presence of what really is.

Franklin Merrel-Wolff (previously unpublished manuscript)

There can be no question but that one can receive the impression from much of Mahayanistic literature that the labour toward the salvation of all creatures is a perennial task, rather than a passing crisis.  On the other hand, Theosophical literature does emphasize certain critical junctures such as the present which is said to be the cycle of transition between the first 5000 years of Kali Yuga and a subsequent period.  But this hardly involves any contradiction since logically both standpoints could be valid.  A perennial condition could, quite conceivably, have critical phases.  But this matter becomes considerably less simple when it is borne in mind that Theosophical teaching does give the impression of accentuation of the activistic factor while both Buddhism and Hinduism strike one as more oriented to quietism.  In its deeper ramifications the ultimate question becomes: Does Enlightenment imply the permanent transcendence of the activistic or evolutionary process, or does it have some interconnection with this process?

In its exoteric form, both the Vedanta and Buddhism give the impression that the whole meaning of Liberation or Enlightenment is the correction of error. The correction of the error leads to transcendence of the World-field and all dualistic consciousness in essentially the same way that a dream is destroyed by awaking. Thus to the awakened consciousness there is no more activity in the sense of an evolutionary process. In contrast, Theosophy views the active phase as fundamental as the inactive or unmanifested phase.  Enlightenment has the value of New Birth before which lie both active and passive possibilities. To be Enlightened is to be an Adept and no one is an Adept in the Theosophical sense who is not Enlightened.  There are seven degrees of Enlightenment and the full Buddha is one who has culminated all these seven steps. A full Adept is the same thing as a full Buddha, and the Tathagata is the same thing as a Dhyan Chohan, a guiding Intelligence in Nature.

It is easy to see that Theosophy implies an Enlightenment such that the resultant consciousness is a sort of fusion of the Unmanifested with the Manifested aspects, or of nondualistic into dualistic consciousness. In this state the error or delusion is destroyed, but action, including evolution, and quietude both remain.  The refusal to accept the private enjoyment of the Bliss of Nirvana, while including the meaning of continued effort in the direction of redemption of all creatures, as well as other and even more fundamental values; values which would still remain although all creatures were finally redeemed.

The writer does not mean to suggest that the inner meaning of both the Vedanta and Buddhism is at variance with Theosophy in the above respect. There may be inner agreement and, indeed, this seems very likely. But the other impression does exist and there is literature which at least seems to confirm it.  It is with respect to this latter impression that a contradiction exists.

As a matter of strict logic neither action not inaction can be predicated of a non-dual Reality, and it is thus as close to the active phase as to the inactive.

There can be no doubt that the appeal of the active or inactive phases appeals differently to individuals and races of different temperaments. One may prefer inactive contemplation while the other prefers activity. But such preference has no force as a determinant of the nature of ultimate Reality. Western man is, on the whole, activistic while Eastern man is more largely quietistic but neither is therefore more right or righteous than the other.

... All three, Theosophy, Vedanta and Buddhism, agree in saying that the ultimately true Dharma or Theosophia transcends all name and form, all possibility of definition in any way.  For this, to relative consciousness, appears exclusively as Absolute Negation, or That of which nothing whatsoever can be predicated in the private sense.  Before THIS, all beings whatsoever, high or low, must stand SILENT in the face of utter MYSTERY.

Short Quotes

There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart.
-Lao Tzu

Before I was enlightened, I chopped wood and carried water. After I became enlightened I chopped wood and carried water.
-Zen teaching

Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.
-M. Scott Peck, M.D.

Enlightenment must come little by little, otherwise it would overwhelm...
-Idries Shah

Liberation is nothing new that is acquired.
-Sri Sankaracharya

He, knowing all, becomes the All.
-Prasna Upanishad iv. 10

When thou art rid of self, then art thou self-controlled, and self-controlled art self possessed, and self-possessed possessed of God and all that he has ever made.
-Meister Eckhart

Do not mistake understanding for realization, and do not mistake realization for liberation.
-Famous Tibetan saying (Sogyal Rinpoche, p. 130)


Spirituality and Money

Jade Wah'oo Grigori (The article this is quoted from)

Within the cultural paradigm of which I come, that of the indigenous North Americans, the thought of 'paying' for a Ceremonial never comes up because the thought of NOT paying is never considered, so there is never the need to put a 'price tag' on anything of a spiritual nature. We Spirit People who provide a spiritual service, at home in a tribal culture, may wake up to find a sack of corn, a haunch of venison, an envelope of cash or some other valuable gift upon our doorstep. A person who receives help from us Spirit Peoples will continue to provide gifts for years to come.

http://www.shamanic.net/articles/spiritmoney.html

Asoka Selvarajah, Ph.D (The article this is quoted from)

Money causes most people more emotional problems than almost any other life issue. How many times have you heard that "Money doesn't grow on trees", that "The love of money is the root of all Evil" or that anyone who is rich must, by definition, be either a crook or extremely hard and tough? Most people have extremely negative associations about Wealth and Money that were gained subconsciously whilst growing up.

John M. Hull (The article this is quoted from)

Money creates its own culture. In so far as this money-culture influences our self-esteem, our scale of values, our motivations, our ideas of God, it can be said to produce a kind of spirituality. In so far as money has become the main instrument of exploitation and oppression, the spirituality of the money-culture which we have today must be denounced as a false spirituality, and a principal task of the Christian faith is to unmask the deceptions and especially the self-deceptions with which the money-culture conceals itself.

H.P. Blavatsky, C.W. XIV, p. 56 (article: Some Reasons for Secrecy)

Has the reader ever meditated upon the suggestive words, often pronounced by Jesus and his Apostles? “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father . . . is perfect” (Matt.v, 48), says the Great Master. The words “as perfect as your Father which is in heaven,” being interpreted as meaning God. Now the utter absurdity of any man becoming as perfect as the infinite, all-perfect, omniscient and omnipresent Deity, is too apparent. If you accept it in such a sense, Jesus is made to utter the greatest fallacy. What was Esoterically meant is, “Your Father who is above the material and astral man, the highest Principle (save the Monad) within man, his own personal God, or the God of his own personality, of whom he is the ‘prison’ and the ‘temple.’” “If thou wilt be perfect (i.e., an Adept and Initiate), go and sell that thou hast” (Matt. xix, 21). Every man who desired to become a neophyte, a chela, then, as now, had to take the vow of poverty. The “Perfect” was the name given to the Initiates of every denomination. Plato calls them by that term. The Essenes had their “Perfect,” and Paul plainly states that they, the Initiates, can only speak before other Adepts. “We speak wisdom among them [only] that are perfect” (I Cor. ii, 6.).

Theosophical Notes, edited by Victor Endersby July 1951

We have encountered a curious corollary to this theme;  the idea that anyone who manages to make a living for himself in mundane pursuits and give any noticeable amount to Theosophy besides, thereby disqualifies himself from being able to understand the higher reaches of the philosophy;  and is in duty bound to defer humbly to the scholar who has no such crude and spiritually crippling commercial capacity and must perforce rely upon the bounty of said humble Vaishya;  whose duty it is to give it very deferentially.  Indeed this could be an excellent Western beginning for a sacerdotal caste system in Theosophy!  Curiously enough, our undoubtedly prejudiced viewpoint leans in the opposite direction;  we think that no man is likely to know either himself or Theosophy without learning by practical experience how to apply it - and how difficult it is to apply it - in the sordid occupation of making a living among mankind.  One may not emerge from such experience knowing how to conjugate Sanskrit, but he may know something about the hearts of men.

[I can mail the full article by Victor Endersby to those interested in it]

Protogonos, Winter '89-90, #8

A correspondent of mine [Mark Jaqua says] who knew G. de Purucker during his leadership at the Point Loma Community said that Purucker remarked about the community's financial difficulties (they were being forced to sell off their properties) something to the effect that "if you ever have more money than you know what to do with, then you know you're doing something wrong."

Some interesting links on money and spirituality

Paul's Closing Words - on fund-raising for your local church
Building Right Relationships: Spirituality, Money and UUs
It is only in sharing and giving away that the power of wealth is realized!
On Money, Copyright and Spiritual Teaching

An Allegory

By W. Q. Judge, Occult Tales

WALKING within the garden of his heart, the pupil suddenly came upon the Master, and was glad, for he had but just finished a task in His service which he hastened to lay at His feet.

"See, Master," said he, "this is done:  now give me other teaching to do."

The Master looked upon him sadly yet indulgently, as one might upon a child which can not understand.

"There are already many to teach intellectual conceptions of the Truth," he replied, "Thinkest thou to serve best by adding thyself to their number?"

The pupil was perplexed.

"Ought we not to proclaim the Truth from the very housetops, until the whole world shall have heard?" he asked.

"And then - "

"Then the whole world will surely accept it."

"Nay," replied the Master, "the Truth is not of the intellect, but of the heart. See!"

The pupil looked, and saw the Truth as though it were a White Light, flooding the whole earth;  yet none reaching the green and living plants which so sorely needed its rays, because of dense layers of clouds intervening.

"The clouds are the human intellect," said the Master. "Look again."

Intently gazing, the pupil saw here and there faint rifts in the clouds, through which the Light struggled in broken, feeble beams. Each rift was caused by a little vortex of vibrations, and looking down through the openings thus made the pupil perceived that each vortex had its origin in a human heart.

"Only by adding to and enlarging the rifts will the Light ever reach the earth," said the Master. "Is it best, then, to pour out more Light upon the clouds, or to establish a vortex of heart force? The latter thou must accomplish unseen and unnoticed and even unthanked. The former will bring thee praise and notice among men. Both are necessary: both are Our work ; but - the rifts are so few!  Art [thou] strong enough to forego the praise and make of thyself a heart centre of pure impersonal force?"

The pupil sighed, for it was a sore question.


News on the Religious Front, From The Netherlands

The two largest protestant organizations [the "Nederlands Hervormde Kerk and the Gereformeerde Kerk ] in The Netherlands, together with a smaller  [organization the Lutheraanse Kerk] merged on Friday the 12th of December last. This development has everybody who cares anything for religion buzzing with excitement. Explanations and historical parallels are many. The most important explanation is that on a local level the 'Samen Op Weg'-beweging [Together on the Path-movement] was gaining strength significantly. This means that on a local scale church groups merged, in order to be able to afford paying the minister and keeping the churches in good repair. The necessity of this local cooperation is the fact that most of these churches were and are loosing membership. In the Netherlands only about 40% of the people belong to any church at all. The merger leaves each individual church free to run their church as they see fit. No doctrinal requirements are added at all.
Looking into the historical ramifications one can conclude that this merger is not as rare an occasion as it seems. At the end of the 19th century a similar merge took place in the Dutch protestant churches. The general pattern seems to be to have a movement, with splitoffs every once in a while and then at some point a merge, which in its turn is followed by splits, making the cycle complete. Local churches of radical persuasion are reportedly already thinking of dropping out of this new organisation. Unfortunately for them this may well mean for many of them that they will have to start looking for a new church to have their services in. So far no split offs have been reported.

For my Dutch readers I have a few links to useful articles on this subject:

Samen Op Weg-kerken
Comite Hervormde Kerk
Verslag van de kerkdienst ter bezegeling van de PKN [Protestantse Kerk Nederland]

On a totally different note, there is a web site which gives information on religious freedom being challenged. A good web site, as far as I can tell: http://www.forum18.org/


From A Reader

your selections are terrific and speak for themselves.
many thanks.
 
love,
b

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