Madame Blavatsky continually reminds us in all her writings that we are responsible for our own suffering, and that this suffering is a result of our going against the Law. In The Secret Doctrine she writes (II, 705): "We stand bewildered before the mystery of our own making, and the riddles of life that we will not solve, and then accuse the great Sphinx of devouring us. But verily there is not an accident in our lives, not a misshapen day, or a misfortune, that could not be traced back to our own doings in this or in another life. If one breaks the laws of Harmony, or, as a theosophical writer expresses it, the `laws of life', one must be prepared to fall into the chaos oneself has produced."
If we are not ourselves prepared to forgive those who wrong us, we have no right to expect the remission of our own sins. This in fact is a spiritual law.
Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth... Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.
The spoken word has a potency not only unknown to, but even unsuspected and naturally disbelieved in, by our modern `sages'. Because sound and rhythm are closely related to the four elements of the ancients; and because such or another vibration in the air is sure to awaken the corresponding Powers, union with which produces good or bad results, as the case may be. No student was ever allowed to recite, historical, religious, or real events of any kind, in so many unmistakable words, lest the Powers connected with the event should be once more attracted. Such events were narrated only during initiation, and every student had to record them in corresponding symbols, drawn out of his own mind and examined later by his Master, before they were finally accepted.
Just wanted to wish you all a very merry, or happy, holiday season.
The term medium, when not applied simply to things and objects, is supposed to be a person through whom the action of another person or being is either manifested or transmitted. Spiritualists believing in communications with, disembodied spirits, and that these can manifest through, or impress sensitives to transmit "messages" from them, regard mediumship as a blessing and a great privilege. We Theosophists, on the other hand, who do not believe in the "communion of spirits" as Spiritualists do, regard the gift as one of the most dangerous of abnormal nervous diseases. A medium is simply one in whose personal Ego, or terrestrial mind, (psuche), the percentage of "astral" light so preponderates as to impregnate with it their whole physical constitution. Every organ and cell thereby is attuned, so to speak, and subjected to an enormous and abnormal tension. The mind is ever on the plane of, and quite immersed in, that deceptive light whose soul is divine, but whose body - the light waves on the lower planes, infernal; for they are but the black and disfigured reflections of the earth's memories. The untrained eye of the poor sensitive cannot pierce the dark mist, the dense fog of the terrestrial emanations, to see beyond in the radiant field of the eternal truths. His vision is out of focus. His senses, accustomed from his birth, like those of a native of the London slums, to stench and filth, to the unnatural distortions of sights and images tossed on the kaleidoscopic waves of the astral plane - are unable to discern the true from the false. And thus, the pale soulless corpses moving in the trackless fields of "Kama loka," appear to him the living images of the "dear departed" ones; the broken echoes of once human voices, passing through his mind, suggest to him well coordinated phrases, which he repeats, in ignorance that their final form and polish were received in the innermost depths of his own brain-factory. And hence the sight and the hearing of that which if seen in its true nature would have struck the medium's heart cold with horror, now fills him with a sense of beatitude and confidence. He really believes that the immeasurable vistas displayed before him are the real spiritual world, the abode of the blessed disembodied angels.
We describe the broad main features and facts of mediumship, there being no room in this article for exceptional.
It is impossible to say whether it was merely sentimentalism or some other reason that led the translators of the Authorized Version of the New Testament to give the rendering of the angels' Christmas message which they did. In any case! they did religion a poor service, for religion has difficulty enough making its way in the world without being loaded with the reputation of sentimentalism. The tendency was established however to make Jesus a sentimentalist surrounded by sentimental angels and sentimental apostles. Jesus had hard and bitter things to say about Scribes, Pharisees, Hypocrites and Generations of Vipers. In practice these coarse words are not supposed to have anything to do with Nice Church People. This mis-direction served to account in no small measure for the ill success of the Church in this Wicked World. Yet these same sentimentalists would damn all humanity to hell for the sake of a dogma. The reversal of New Testament teaching is in fact the mission of the Church. Let us take an important example.
In the first chapter of Genesis we read in the brief sketch of the beginning
of things how the seven Elohim, the Creative Gods, made man in their image.
This was the beginning of physical and psychic man. In the first chapter of
the Gospel of John we read how the spiritual element of Life became involved
with physical man. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God." The Word is the Logos or Verbum, the Christos or Universal
Christ principle, "In him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men." verse
7, "That was the true Light, which Lighteth every man that cometh into the
world." Some churches argue, even in face of this, that the Bible or Jesus
is the Word and the Light. The 9th verse makes it clear that every human being
has the light within him of the Christos, the True Light, and it depends upon
each one for himself how he uses and develops it so that he may become a
perfected Son of God, as they Power imparted to him enables him to be. There
is no mystery nor priest craft about this, but merely the exercize of one's
own free will to follow the universal inner Light as men have done in all
ages. It is this birth of the spiritual life of the Christ Child in the hearts
of men and women just awakening to the True Inner Light that we celebrate
at Christmas, as the Druids did at Yuletide and other great religions in various
festivals according to their fashion. The Angels wished Peace on earth to
men of Good Will, men who had begun to unite their wills with the Cosmic
Will, men stern as Justice, merciful and compassionate as Love, and impartial
as Divine Truth.
This information should be shared with the school kids of today. I can hardly comprehend these statistics, I wonder what they would think about these bits of history.
Just think, one hundred years today could be the life span of a normal person.
This ought to boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1903...one hundred years ago...what a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1903:
- Pneumonia and influenza
- Heart disease
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