THEOSOPHY, Vol. 16, No. 11, September, 1928
(Pages 489-490; Size: 7K)

WESTERN OCCULTISM(1)

[Part 11 of a 12-part series]

REACTIONS must come. A period of high thought and endeavor is not yet the consummation, and must of necessity -- being above the normal level -- bring about a condition below it.

Knowing this to be the law of action and reaction, the buoyancy resulting from this knowledge should bring us quickly from below to a higher level than before, to a better understanding.

We did not start out expecting a "train de luxe" to heaven. We knew it was to be a fight every step of the way; but in view of the great prize -- the uplift of humanity -- these obstacles offer opportunity to get into fighting trim, and as such should be welcomed rather than decried or denied.

We know all these things, yet we have to say them over and over again to ourselves and to each other for mutual encouragement. The comrades who may be well support those who may be suffering from illness and disability from whatever cause, and they are right glad to do so.

For our army is an army by reason of mutual support. Think what Our Army is, and despair -- if you can!

Old-fashioned "hard thinking" appears to be worse than useless. It is not so much what we can formulate as what we consciously live that matters. The formulation may give direction and continuity, and so is useful to ourselves and others. The application of right thought comes from pondering on the Self.

The Egoic consciousness being not limited like that of the physical, and in a state of substance inconceivable to us, our terms cannot comprehend it, although its universal application can be brought to bear upon our present plane, and a junction made -- which is no junction in the ordinary sense, but a higher viewpoint.

Mr. Judge said, "All, all is the Self." He said this for no other possible reason than that the idea might be seized upon and held.

Sometimes it may seem as if everything conspired to laugh at us and deride our best efforts; but we know that all this is but the dead weight of the world's conditions, which the Masters and those who have volunteered are working continuously to lift. And we feel the assurance which comes from an understanding that none of this struggle is in vain.

Masters do all that is possible for Them to do. We strive to follow Their example in doing Their work in this world of conditioned existence, each in his place. The knowledge that it is Their work, and what should be done, sustains us.

What matters it, then, what kind of conditions confront us? Nothing has stopped us, although at times it has seemed that we could go no further. And we are constrained to see that nothing can stop us -- not life, nor death, nor any other thing.

So we cheerfully go on to the end of ends, with our lives and all that they contain -- that ALL may Live, following the footsteps of those Great Ones who have trodden the Path before us.


COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:

"THE LITTLE ONES"

Such was the name given in ancient Judea to the Initiates, called also the "Innocents" and the "Infants," i.e., once more reborn. This key opens a vista into one of the New Testament mysteries; the slaughter by Herod of the 40,000 "Innocents." There is a legend to this effect, and the event which took place almost a century B.C., shows the origin of the tradition blended at the same time with that of Krishna and his uncle Kansa. In the case of the N.T., Herod stands for Alexander Janneus (of Lyda), whose persecution and murder of hundreds and thousands of Initiates led to the adoption of the Bible story.--S.D. II, p. 504, fn.

In our day of dreary soul-killing materialism, the ancient priest Initiates have become, in the opinion of our learned generations, the synonyms of clever impostors, kindling the fires of superstition in order to obtain an easier sway over the minds of men. This is an unfounded calumny, generated by scepticism and uncharitable thoughts. No one believed more in Gods -- or, we may call them, the Spiritual and now invisible Powers, or Spirits, the noumena of the phenomena -- than they did; and they believed just because they knew. If, initiated into the Mysteries of Nature, they were forced to withhold their knowledge from the profane, who would have surely abused it, such secrecy was undeniably less dangerous than the policy of their usurpers and successors. The former taught only that which they well knew. The latter, teaching what they do not know, have invented, as a secure haven for their ignorance, a jealous and cruel Deity, who forbids man to pry into his mysteries under the penalty of damnation.--S.D. II, pp. 517-18.


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