Lucifer7, December 2006


Contents

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Short Quotes
Shirking Duty is a Sign of the Inferior Man
Thought is a moving process
Announcement
Two Pots

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Short Quotes

H.P. Blavatsky, The Voice of The Silence, p. 12

Strive with thy thoughts unclean before they over-power thee. Use them as they will thee, for if thou sparest them and they take root and grow, know well these thoughts will over-power and kill thee.  Beware, Disciple, suffer not, e'en though it be their shadow, to approach. For it will grow, increase in size and power, and then this thing of darkness will absorb thy being before thou hast well realized the black foul monster's presence.

C. Northcote Parkinson

Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

Bacon

There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little:  and therefore men should remedy suspicion, by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions in another.  What would men have?  Do they think those they employ and deal with are saints?  Do they not think they will have their own ends, and be truer to themselves than to them?

Paul Brunton, Essays on the Quest, Chapter II

No interior training can give you what you already possess, but a suitable training can help to give you the consciousness of what you possess.
...
There is no universal formula for the practice of meditation suited to all men at all times.
...
Real meditation is an intuitive process.

Ovid

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Shirking Duty is a Sign of the Inferior Man

Atlanto-Aryan Teaching, VIII. R.F.H. 

Canadian Theosophist, Volume 23, #8 (1942)

He excuses himself with watching while waiting. He wants to see how other people do, finds fault with it and wants to prevent what is begun. A Superior Man does not watch, wait, criticize or prevent. He quietly does his duty, helping others to fulfill their tasks.

The duty of everyone is simple:  Fulfillment of all promises to the utmost, finishing what is already begun, starting anything mutually profitable in a general sense, being useful and inimical to none.  In this way an inferior man evolves into a Superior Man, being firm and correct.

Evading work is a well known trait of inferior men. In evading they ask, what is duty? Nothing is plainer.  Keep promises. Finish what you have started. And stop evading. The people of the Middle Kingdom were peacefully undisturbed as long as quietly and faithfully doing their own duty. Heaven co-operated with Earth, as Nature with the seasons and Ruler with the ruled. When the Son of Heaven shirked his duty, all classes did the same. So the Ruler was deposed and degraded and the common people lost its freedom and more - all for shirking duty. Heaven punishes Earth for disobedience.

Think always of work, not of shirking it. Pay debt to creditor in due time; give help where help is needed.  Never do to others what you do not want others do to you. Do not exchange something worthless or inferior for higher value, thereby cheating. A Superior Man never cheats, the inferior man does.

True technique for advancement is the performance of one's duties. This is true ceremonial magic, real Raja Yoga, as Upasika also taught. Observe closely results of Dharma, the Way to Enlightenment.


Thought is a moving process

Buddhist Meditation, Samdhong Rinpoche, p. 52

Thought is a moving process; it cannot remain focused on one object for long. This is the reason why thoughts distort the picture and therefore whatever your thoughts and mental images may be they are always very different from what really is. Thought only represents your own interpretation of an object, or of whatever it is you see. For example, in thinking of a certain person, your thought never touches him, for the real person is never in the thought process. At present, we cannot do anything about this confusion as we are under the spell of this kind of imaginative mental activity. If we were to shut out all thought so that we did not think at all we would not sufficiently perceive the world around us. Moreover, our whole personality would be shattered and we should be unable to function properly. Without the thinking process all our activities would come to a standstill because our actions are influenced and guided by words and thoughts.

We give names to everything that comes to our knowledge or within our view. This naming or describing of events and experiences is a useful means of classifying and arranging whatever we register with our senses, within the limited framework of our understanding. It is because of this that naming becomes important to us. This means that we actually cannot perceive anything as it is, for a mind which functions within such a limitation is not an open one. Therefore there is no real communication but only a relative connection between what is and the storehouse of memories, words and classifications within our mind. Our whole personality is drowned in this activity of the mind and so we float helplessly in a sea of imagination and illusion.


Announcement

Allen Pert writes the following:
Greetings,

I have just published a new biography of Anna Kingsford. It is called
"Red Cactus : the Life of Anna Kingsford."
On Sunday 3 Dec 3.45pm Sydney, Australia I will speak about it on The
Ark, ABC Radio National. This program will then be available on the web
at:

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/ark/

"Red Cactus: the Life of Anna Kingsford" contains much new information
about her.I have made many new discoveries about her, in particular
that
Edward Maitland turned against her and wrote many lies about her in his
biography.For example, he wrote that she killed two french vivisectors
by mindpower. Apart from this being an impossibility, it was against
her
philosophy to harm anyone.Maitland also wrote that Anna once had her
mind taken over by a black magician, and he saved her by mind power!!
Yet he also praised her for her indomitable will. After her wrote her
biography, he burnt her papers, diaries and letters to hide his
tracks.These and many other revelatins appear in my book.
The book is available at the Adyar Bookshop, Sydney, Australia:
www.adyar.com.au

Yours truly,
Alan Pert

Two Pots (has circulated online)

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection,and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream:

"Old Woman, I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."

The woman smiled and replied, "Cracked Pot, did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on Perfect Pot's side? I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them."

"For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

Have a great day, and remember to pause and smell the flowers!

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