THEOSOPHY, Vol. 51, No. 2, December, 1962
(Pages 28-30; Size: 9K)
[Article number (2) in this Department]
EDITORS, THEOSOPHY: Your valuable magazine is no doubt a great help to students, but perhaps less so to newcomers to the teachings, in relation to getting a "whole" view of the aims of Theosophic endeavor and fundamentals of Theosophic attitude.
Students are presumably familiar with the Three Fundamental Propositions of The Secret Doctrine, but, in their daily living, do they hold them in mind in just that way? I am thinking that THEOSOPHY might set out boldly certain headings for daily reflection in every issue. This would serve in a way to impress these points on readers, or serve as reminders.
What I have in mind are such headings as these:
"KNOW THYSELF" LAW THE WAY
If the ordinary individual, with the usual human encumbrances (but perhaps more "spiritually" aroused), can keep thinking about these three subjects with each day's activities, surely he will be on the road of true knowledge and progress! Under each heading could be printed references to Theosophical books or magazine articles -- possibly even entire articles or extracts therefrom. Of course, any article or quotation includes all three subjects, just as life does, but the heading would serve to emphasize one aspect.
If we are ever to get some experience in presenting the philosophical ideas of Theosophy to others, some paragraphs along that line might be helpful.
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Perhaps we could say that every human being is on a voyage of "soul discovery," and that he may begin to chart his course with particular attention to one of the great areas of mystery. To "know thyself" involves progressive peeling away of those aspects of personality which are less than the spiritual Self. In formulating the First Fundamental Proposition of The Secret Doctrine, H. P. Blavatsky continually stresses THAT which is beyond any finite conception of beinghood, and even of deity. "Law," in its universal sense, may be seen to grow from the evolutionary interdependence of many degrees and forms of intelligence. "The Way" constitutes the individual's utilization of the cyclic opportunities for an expression of understanding of other beings and, partially through them, of himself. These great "areas" of philosophic inquiry are the substratum upon which are based the Three Fundamental Propositions of The Secret Doctrine, and therefore headings which represent these areas to the individual student are of great value to focus reflection. An introduction to the pamphlet, Fundamentals of Theosophy, a collation from the various writings of H. P. Blavatsky, seems particularly relevant here and should be suggested for student reading or rereading. Here we encounter a different phrasing in respect to the basic "areas" or questions:1. What is the origin of man, and, in the light of that origin, what is his actual relationship to other beings and finally to the whole of life? What is "the Highest," and what may he come to know of It?There is, of course, no "formula" for the application of Theosophy to daily life, yet if philosophical principles are to bridge the gap between head and heart, the connection must be that sort of contemplation which seeks within for light on the external world. One who develops the capacity for quiet musing of this sort may discover that a special sort of language speaks to his need and provides assistance. William Q. Judge found that language in The Bhagavad-Gita, and it is for this reason that in his "Notes" on the central themes of the Gita and in his "Letters" we find the same suggestive simplicity and directness. Neither in his Notes nor in his Letters does Mr. Judge exhort to particular applications of Theosophical teachings. Instead, he creates an atmosphere in which one may seek the state of mind which will bring applications into harmony with Theosophical philosophy. In the letters of Robert Crosbie, the reader of the Friendly Philosopher will note the natural transmission of this heritage -- a blending of ideation and attitude.
2. What are the laws and processes of interaction between the Whole, or the universe, and the part, man? Is "justice" a cosmic fact?
3. Is the individual man immortal, as an individual, and if so, what should be his conscious purpose in selecting and weighing life's experiences? What goal may be reached?
The personal consciousness of the individual man, the essential elements of human experience are simply happiness and suffering. Yet when man seeks to understand these states, which he alternately passes through, when he strives to find some measure of control over them, he needs perspective and orientation -- basic orientation. Here he arrives at the doorway of the great, impersonal, fundamental questions, and is driven to find answers complete enough to provide at least a temporary working basis for integration.
On the occasion of Mr. Crosbie's passing his student-companions could think of no better memorial than the reprinting of some of his remarks in respect to "daily life." It is easy to see how the Three Fundamental Propositions of The Secret Doctrine are interwoven in this paragraph:How shall we apply Theosophy in daily life? First, to think what we are in reality, on arising; to endeavor to realize what this small segment of our great existence may mean in the long series of such existences; to resolve to live throughout the day from the highest of our realizations; to see in each event and circumstance a reproduction in small or in great of that which has been; and to deal with each and every one of these from that same high point. Resolve to deal with them as though each had a deep occult meaning and presented an opportunity to further the successes of the past, or undo the errors. Thus living from moment to moment, hour to hour, life will be seen as a portion of a great web of action and reaction, intermeshed at every point, and connected with the Soul which provided the energy that sustained it. If each event is so considered throughout the day, be it small or great, the power to guide and control your energies will in no long time be yours. The smaller cycles of the personal ego will be related to the Divine Ego and the force that flows from the latter will show itself in every way, will strengthen the whole nature, and will even change the conditions, physical and otherwise, which surround you.
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