Lucifer7, April 2010


Contents

Editorial
New Online
Short Quotes
Obituary: Adele Algeo
Editorial
Understanding; A Study of the Mind and the Soul


Editorial

This month, and the next, I'll be busy with a big web redesign project I'm working on. This has already caused me to blog less last month than usual. I will still try to blog weekly, but I'm very likely to miss a few weeks here and there.

New Online

All Considering

Katinka Hesselink Net

Squidoo

Horoscope Jewelry

I've set up a blog selling horoscope jewelry this month. So far I've covered the following themes: amulet black bracelet charm custom earrings gemstones glass gold leather naval ring necklacependant pewter pin rhinestone rhodium silver stainless steel watches(from the tag cloud) as well as all of the signs of the zodiac of course. 

Modern Theosophy


Short Quotes

N. Sri Ram, Thoughts For Aspirants, Second Series

A student of the Wisdom has to learn to unite his mind with his heart, and respond to the qualitative aspects of life, distinguishing between its melodies and discords.

A. E. S. S. Canadian Theosophist, Volume 20, #8, 1939

We ought to be able to anticipate the oblivion of reincarnation;  when we return in a new birth we shall have forgotten all the old feuds. We can act now as we must act then, if we have developed any wisdom at all.

Sankara, Reprinted from "The Wisdom of the Hindu Gurus," edited by Timothy Freke, published by Godsfield Press.

Talk as much philosophy as you like,
worship as many gods as you please,
observe ceremonies and sing devotional hymns,
but liberation will never come, even after a hundred
aeons, without realizing the Oneness.

H.P. Blavatsky, Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett

There is an Asiatic proverb `You may cut the Serpent of Wisdom in hundred pieces;  so long that its heart, which is in its head, remains untouched, the serpent will join its bits and live again.'  

Prayer of Socrates, from The Phaedrus

"O beloved Pan and all ye other gods of this place, grant to me that I may be made beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions be in harmony with my inner man. May I consider the wise man rich, and may I have such wealth as only the self--restrained man can bear to endure."


Obituary: Adele Algeo

Athens - Adele Silbereisen Algeo, 76, of Athens, died Monday, March 15, 2010. She published with her husband on linguistics and history and was a member of the University of Georgia Women's Club, a life-member of the Theosophical Society and a 30 Co-Freemason. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, John Algeo; daughter, Catherine (Katie) of Bowling Green Ky.; son, Thomas; daughter-in-law, Viviana; and two grandchildren, Matthew and Nicholas of Cincinnati Ohio; brother, Charles Silbereisen of Winterville; and sister, Joan LeMosy of Winter Park, Fla. Cremation services by Bernstein Funeral Home are private. Published in Athens Banner-Herald on March 16, 2010

Found online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/onlineathens/obituary.aspx?n=adele-s-algeo&pid=140753561 Those who want to pay their respects can do so online here.

She had been having serious health issues for years now, so I'm sure letting go of this life must have been a relief in some ways. She'll be remembered and mourned by people within and outside the Theosophical Society. Our thoughts go out to her family.


Understanding; A Study of the Mind and the Soul

M.J., Canadian Theosophist, Volume 23, #2 (1942)

Wisdom is the principal thing;  therefore get wisdom;  yet with all thy getting, get understanding. - Prov. 5 : 1-2.

What is wisdom, and what is understanding?  Wherein is wisdom different from understanding?  From the authorities we learn that wisdom is the faculty of being wise, and is the power of discerning what is true, right and best for one's highest interest, and of conforming one's conduct to it.

Understanding is that faculty and ability to reach through symbols and perceive their inner meanings;  to bring forth hidden truths;  to interpret to the mind what is perceived by the soul or inner consciousness.

Wisdom is a faculty of the mind gained from much experience and use.  Understanding is a faculty of the SOUL, an inner KNOWING that can be called upon by illumined minds.  The word understanding of itself shows it is a knowing that lies back of or under that of the outer mind.  Some claim it is the knowing of the subconsciousness.  Can we not therefore say that the subconsciousness is the knowing of the soul - yes, is the soul itself?

Of course we are speaking of TRUE understanding and therefore of souls that truly know the subjects understood.  The mind can learn to know from outer instruction, but it cannot understand without learning to listen to and be taught by the soul.

Above we said that understanding is an inner knowing that can be called upon by illumined minds.  Let us consider that thought.  What are illumined minds?  First let us consider what is illumination.

Have you ever when trying to grasp some truth or to interpret the meaning hidden behind certain words or symbols, suddenly felt a light flash into the mind, illuminating it and bringing with it understanding?  At such times you see what formerly you had been unable to see.

Where did the light come from, and what caused the meaning to become clear when before you could not grasp it?

Evidently there is a part of you that knows, and a part of you that does not know, but which is being taught as fast as is made possible by your mind earnestly seeking to know.  In other words, this shows that one can get knowledge from within - aye, whatever is needed for use;  for what is it that causes the mind to seek for any knowledge, if not that inner source that wishes to express forth and bring such knowledge into use?

That is what the soul is ever seeking to do - to pour light into the mind to enable it to see;  but it is only certain types of mind - those awakened souls - that listen to and heed the wishes of the soul consciously.  All others are forced to learn by hard experience, through the lessons that trouble, mistakes, failure, sin, suffering and sorrow teach.

Illumined minds are those awakened souls that have learned to turn within and wait upon the soul in their need, and to receive the light which will guide them on their way.  Yes, there are many of such, and more and more are learning to turn there these days of trial and tribulation, and are listening and receiving and being blessed thereby.


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