VIII- Practice of Theosophy: Living the Life
1) Altruism - Compassion and Service - the Heart Doctrine
(Voice of the Silence, Fragment 11: 25, "The Two Paths")
AND now, O Teacher of Compassion, point thou the way to other
men. Behold, all those who knocking for admission, await in ignorance
and darkness, to see the gate of the Sweet Law flung open!
The voice of the Candidates: Shalt not thou, Master of thine
own Mercy, reveal the Doctrine of the Heart? Shalt thou refuse
to lead thy Servants unto the Path of Liberation?
................................... Quoth the Teacher: Who shall
first hear the doctrine of two Paths in one, the truth unveiled
about the Secret Heart? The Law which, shunning learning, teaches
Wisdom, reveals a tale of woe.
Alas, alas, that all men should possess Alaya, be one with the
great Soul, and that possessing it, Alaya should so little avail
Behold how like the moon, reflected in the tranquil waves, Alaya
is reflected by the small and by the great, is mirrored in the
tiniest atoms, yet fails to reach the heart of all. Alas, that
so few men should profit by the gift, the priceless boon of learning
truth, the right perception of existing things, the Knowledge
of the non-existent!
(Voice of the Silence: 36)
To live to benefit mankind is the first step. To practise the
six glorious virtues is the second.
(Robert Crosbie, The Friendly Philosopher: 80)
The six glorious virtues are:
ONE-"Sama." It consists of obtaining perfect mastery
over the mind (the seat of emotions and desires), and in forcing
it to act in subordination to the intellect which had been strengthened
by attaining -
(1) "Right knowledge of the real and the unreal " (Right
Philosophy). (2) "Perfect indifference to the fruits of
one's actions, both here and hereafter." (Renunciation of
the fruits of actions.)
TWO- "Dama" Complete mastery over bodily acts.
THREE- "Uparati." Renunciation of all formal religion,
and the acquirement of contemplation of objects without being
in the least disturbed in the performance of the great task one
has set before oneself
FOUR- "Titiksha." Cessation of desire and a constant
readiness to part with everything in the world.
FIVE- "Samadana." That which renders the student constitutionally
incapable of deviating from the right path.
SIX- "Shrada." Implicit confidence on the part of the
pupil in his Master's power to teach, and his own power to learn.
SEVEN- One other, and the last accomplishment required, is an
intense desire for liberation from conditioned existence and
for transformation into the one life.
(Voice of the Silence: 31)
If thou art taught that sin is born of action and bliss of absolute
inaction, then tell them that they err. Non-permanence of human
action; deliverance of mind from thraldom by the cessation of
sin and faults, are not for "Deva Egos." Thus saith
the "Doctrine of the Heart." [*The reincamating Ego.]
The Dharma of the "Eye" is the embodiment of the
external, and the non-existing. The Dharma of the "Heart"
is the embodiment of Bodhi,* the Permanent and Everlasting. [*True,
Additional Related References of Interest
1.) The Bhagavad Gita (Judge)
2.) The Dhammapada
3.) HPB, Key to Theosophy