THEOSOPHY, Vol. 36, No. 1, November, 1947
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THE ASKING OF QUESTIONS
[This Introductory article is Number (1) in this
"YOUTH-COMPANIONS ASK--" Q&A Department.--Compiler]"It is the Master's work to preserve the true philosophy, but the help of the companions is needed to rediscover and promulgate it."TWO of the most reassuring things about Theosophy are that it stimulates questions and that it does not supply categorical answers to them. For those brought up in an atmosphere of religious belief, of course, questions are indications of an unhealthy doubt, a reprehensible lack of faith. Most definitely, when questions arise in devout minds, they are not regarded as reassuring, and the nearest spiritual adviser is expected to exorcise them with the least possible delay.
Arjuna, we will remember, sought much the same comfort of Krishna: "Thou, as it were with doubtful speech, confusest my reason; wherefore choose one method amongst them by which I may obtain happiness and explain it unto me." Krishna proceeded to explain, but not to choose, for his pupil. This is the same function that Theosophy serves: explanation leading to further exploration. And while it is, perhaps, not comfortable for that part of man which seeks finality, rest, and the ceasing of effort, still this quality of Theosophy is the one which most needs to be preserved -- for it is reassuring to the soul in quest of truth. The soul demands to see its own necessity, and therefore must find its own solutions. Truth is not a matter of second-hand inspiration. The most valid inspiration is the opposite of revelation, which is thought to proceed from an outside force or being. Truth must always be self-revelation: it can be self-revelation because it inheres in man's divine ego.
The way in which students of Theosophy answer questions may sometimes seem evasive. But, on the other hand, a flat answer to a question is not especially useful to an eager mind. What is more important is, what made the questioner ask. This is the real point of every question, and until it is found out by the questioner, he will never feel "answered." Krishna suggests that wisdom is to be sought "by doing service, by strong search, by questions and by humility." In the asking of questions, then, each one may be a Youth-Companion, serving other companions in his turn.
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