THEOSOPHY, Vol. 16, No. 3, January, 1928
(Pages 123-124; Size: 7K)

WESTERN OCCULTISM(1)

[Part 3 of a 12-part series]

IT IS not the best thing to rely upon any living person; I mean to the extent of idealizing him. For if such an one should be swept into seeming darkness for a time, its effect might not be good for us, and might dishearten. In reality the Masters are Those to whom we should turn our thoughts.

Those who are really "touched" by the inner fire are usually full of the idea of work for humanity. The desire to be and to do comes out strongly and clears the way for true and permanent growth, with its seasons of expansion and retardation -- which means growth and solidification -- necessary processes, as we see, in nature.

There is no need to grope, nor stagger, nor stray; for the chart that has led many to the goal is in our hands in the philosophy of Theosophy.

Do not be too anxious. Abide the time when your own inner demands shall open the doors. Those Great Ones see every pure-hearted, earnest disciple, and are ready to give a turn to the key of knowledge when the time in the disciple's progress is ripe.

No one who strives to tread the path is left unhelped; the Great Ones see his light, and he is given what is needed for his best development. There are no veils on that plane of seeing.

The help must be of that nature which leaves perfect freedom of thought and action -- otherwise the lessons would not be learned. It will come for the most part in ordinary ways, and from one or another of the companions with whom you were possibly connected in other lives, and whom your soul will recognize.

There may, and often does come a time, when one feels like "standing on nothing, in nothing, and about to topple over." The centre of consciousness has been changed; old landmarks are slipping away, and sometimes black doubt ensues. Doubt and fear belong only to the personal consciousness; the real Perceiver, the Higher Ego, has neither. The Gita says: "Cast aside all doubt and fight on."

And never for one moment think that you are not going on with your Journey.

It is well for us if we can always have deep down in our heart of hearts the consciousness of the nearness of Masters; by Their very nature They must be near to every true aspirant.

The Great White Lodge exists for the service of humanity; They need and welcome workers in the world. Is it strange, then, that the light of souls attracted towards the path of unselfishness should receive Their cognition, and when deserved -- when needed -- such succor as Karma permits accorded?

They, Themselves, have written: "Ingratitude is not one of our vices;" and while we may not claim gratitude from Them, yet we may be sure that compassion absolute is there, and with it the understanding of the nature and needs of each aspirant.


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:

"KILL OUT DESIRE"

Question-- In the Voice of the Silence one is told to "kill out desire," but in the Ocean of Theosophy Mr. Judge says that even a Buddha or a Jesus had to have a desire to benefit humanity and "persevere with the desire in his heart through countless lives." Will you please explain?

Desire, or Kama, is the motive-principle behind all Karma -- or manifestation. It is one of the seven principles in Nature as well as in man, and hence is universal in scope, individual in application. All the principles are inter-active and therefore transformable, "one into another, in a double, centrifugal and centripetal way, one in their ultimate essence, seven in their aspects."

In the same chapter of the "Ocean" Mr. Judge calls attention to this double possibility of each Principle:

"The desires and passions, therefore, have two aspects, the one being low and the other high."
Also, he calls Kama, or desire, the "balance principle" of the seven, because Kama -- desire, motive, aspiration, the energizing Principle -- may be directed up or down, according as the "Self of Spirit" or the "self of Matter" operates the alternating current of this Power. In any case, it is one and the same Power -- Life or Consciousness in action. In "matter," Kama or desire is the "self-reproductive principle in all Nature;" in "spirit," Kama is the Self-energizing principle. One is "induced," the other "Self-induced."

Clearly, in the "Voice" it is the "low" or centripetal aspect of Desire which is meant, for the injunction is to "kill" it, and it is immediately followed by the synonym Tanha -- desire for sentient existence; while as clearly it is the "high" or Buddhic aspect of Kama that inspired the Buddha to make a "vow" or desire. Will and Desire are both aspects of the same motive-principle -- Kama or Buddhi -- coupled with Manas, the incarnated Ego or Self. When energized by Kama, Manas is self-seeking, when energized by Buddhi, Manas is SELF-serving. No wonder, then, Mr. Judge speaks of Kama as the balance principle, for it is the bridge, the antaskarana, between "Entity and Non-Entity " between the mortal and the immortal.


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