Orthodoxy in Theosophy is a thing neither possible nor desirable. It is diversity of opinion, within certain limits, that keeps the Theosophical Society a living and a healthy body, its many other ugly features notwithstanding. Were it not, also, for the existence of a large amount of uncertainty in the minds of students of Theosophy, such healthy divergences would be impossible, and the Society would degenerate into a sect, in which a narrow and stereotyped creed would take the place of the living and breathing spirit of Truth and an ever growing Knowledge.
When the whole of one's outer nature becomes a manifestation of the inner, spiritual man, the truth as well as the beauty that was latent in him will shine out through every action, every movement of thought and feeling and every relationship in his life.
The only way to understand the meaning of meditation is to practice it.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well-used brings happy death.
Church of England people who attend church regularly declare their belief constantly in the Communion of the Saints but if you ask them to explain what they mean by it they will probably refer you to their rector, or to the curate if you are not socially prominent. Any such reference is not likely to bring much light, if indeed you are not reproved for an exhibition of morbid curiosity.
The saints according to the New Testament are full members of the Church who have made some progress in acquiring the Christian virtues, and perhaps in developing some of the gifts or powers enumerated by St. Paul in I Corinthians xii. New Testament Christianity implies in those who profess it some degree of communion or relationship with what is technically known as the Holy Ghost, which is really the Christos consciousness, recognized by some as intuition, but more definitely available than what is known by this term, and actually and reliably useful to speakers and writers. Jesus warned his apostles not to worry about what they should say as the Holy Ghost would supply them with words. A Roman Catholic preacher recently said that the promptings of the Holy Ghost did not interfere with the free will of the person affected, who could use his judgment in selecting or rejecting what came to him. It thus depends upon the sensitiveness and the intelligence of the speaker or writer how he will interpret or present what he is given. To put it in another way the consciousness of the Holy Ghost is an extension of the ordinary consciousness to a higher or deeper level than that on which the ordinary mind functions.
It will be understood, then, that like all our consciousness, it is from within that we gain access to it. Heaven is a most deceiving word for the ordinary man, for he thinks of it as a place or sphere away off in space somewhere, while it is always with him, within. Jesus is reported to have said that the Kingdom of heaven is within you. "Inside you," is the meaning of the Greek word entos. St. Paul says - "Jesus Christ is in you." (II Cor. xiii. 5). For the mysteries of life and their solution we must look within.
The Church has constantly drilled its members from childhood onwards to think of "Heaven", as up in the sky away off in space somewhere instead of in their own hearts and consciousness. Hence the difficulty of understanding as St. John tells us that God is Love, God is Light, God is Spirit, that is, Life or Breath. If these principles are within us they may be identified and become familiar. We know what Love is, but how often do we think of it as God? We know what Life is, but do we make a rule of thinking that we share it with God? So also with Light, which is intelligence or knowledge or recognition in its various forms.
When we lose our friends in what we call death we should not associate them with their dead bodies or the graveyard. "He is not here; he is risen," is a lucid instruction. If instead of meditating among the tombs, like so many, we resolved before we slept each night, to prepare ourselves for communion with the saints, our dear ones, our "lost" ones, our spiritual pastors and Masters, how joyfully we would arise every morning with hearts full of blessing, with minds enriched and solaced and strengthened with the thoughts, even the words, and with that strange and happy awareness, not of the "coming", but of the "presence" of the blessed Ones of the Kingdom.
This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995.
Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations on November 10, 1995.
Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
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