A Living Philosophy For Humanity

No. 2 (128) - Fall 1971

[Cover Photo: Artistic photo of Flowers and Buddha statuette.]

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought: all that we are is founded on our thoughts and formed of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain pursues him, as the wheel of the wagon follows the hoof of the ox that draws it ... If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness pursues him like his own shadow that never leaves him."
- Dhammapada, Verses 1 and 2.


A Living Philosophy for Humanity

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"The psychic powers are the lowest powers of the intermediate or soul-nature in the human being, and we are exercising and using them all the time - yes, and we cannot even control them properly! Men's emotional thoughts are vagrant, wandering, uncertain, lacking precision, without positive direction, and feebly governed ... It is this part of his nature whence flow his 'psychic powers.' It is man's work to transmute them and to turn them to employment which is good and useful and holy ... Those who talk so glibly of cultivating 'occult powers,' are just the people who cannot be trusted as real guides, for before they themselves can crawl in these mysterious regions of life, they seem to desire to teach other people how to run and to leap. What most people really mean, apparently, when they speak of 'cultivating occult powers' is 'I want to get power over other people.' ...

"The so-called psychic powers have the same relation to genuine spiritual powers that baby-talk has to the discourse of a wise philosopher. Before 'occult powers' of any kind can be cultivated safely, man must learn the first lesson of the Mystic Knowledge, which is to control himself; and all the powers that he gains must be laid on the altar of impersonal service - on the altar of service to mankind.

"Psychic powers will come to men as a natural development of their inner faculties, as evolution performs its wonderful work in future ages. New senses, and new organs corresponding to these new senses, both interior and exterior, will come into active functioning in the distant future. But it is perilous both to sanity and to health to attempt to force the development of these prematurely, and unless the training and discipline be done under the watchful and compassionate eye of a genuine occult Teacher who knows what he is about. The world even today contains hundreds of thousands of 'sensitives' who are the first feeble forerunners of what future evolution will make common in the human race; but these sensitives are usually in a very unfortunate and trying situation, for they themselves misunderstand what is in them, and they are misunderstood by their fellows." - G. de Purucker, Occult Glossary, pp. 142-43. [3]


Boris de Zirkoff

Today, when a great variety of psychic powers, and attendant psycho-mental conditions, are being practiced and talked about on an ever-widening scale, a careful and intuitive assessment of the situation is incumbent upon all students of the Ancient Wisdom.

From time to time what appears to be a peculiar confusion of thought arises both in discussion and in print. Some are laboring under a misunderstanding that interest in psychic matters on the part of the new generation is, somehow or other, a sign of growing spirituality, and that various psycho-mental practices, often parading under the term of yoga, are a sure sign that those engaged in them have forsaken materialism and are taking their first steps along a line of spirituality. This is an unfortunate delusion and a perilous confusion of ideas.

Psychic practices of any kind are mainly concerned with the kama-manasic portion of the human constitution, and, lower yet, with the kama-pranic realms. This field of operation can, under certain circumstances, become more material than what is ordinarily called matter or physical substance, and interest in it can, and often does, coarsen human consciousness and make it even more personal and selfish than before.

Psychic matters have nothing whatever to do with spiritual matters, and the "psychic" man is at the opposite pole of the "spiritual" man, even though we have to use here terms which are not really adequate, for lack of better ones.

The Greek word (greek) psyche, is derived from the Greek root (greek), psycho, which means to grow chilled or cold. The Stoics of both Greece and Rome hinted at one of the early doctrines taught in the Greek Mysteries to the effect that the human soul, the psyche, was so called because through wrongdoing, through following and becoming servile to base attractions, the lower part of the human "soul" sank into the deeps of cold matter and thus lost its intrinsic and inherent spiritual fire or fervor. It became "chilled" and its wanderings in the lower realms of matter took it ever farther away from the Central Fire, and the divine spark which is the core of the spiritual portion of man. In proportion, however, as we succeed in going within and behind this intermediate psychological veil of consciousness, do we become nobler and greater, and rise again to the "warmth" of the inner Flame which is our true home.

Spiritual growth consists in a gradual change of man's consciousness in the direction of universality; it is based on an ever-higher understanding and an ever-increasing practice of ethics; it is intimately related to world-wide sympathy, kindness of heart, rigid self-control, the ability to forget one's puny personality and to dedicate one's life to some noble and impersonal universal objective, the broadening of one's mental horizons, and the regeneration of the whole moral nature of man in the light of [4] true philosophy, which is the love of wisdom.

It is this state of consciousness and these spiritual objectives which were known in Greek systems of thought as noetic, a term derived from (greek), nous, which, together with the cognate term of (greek), pneuma, defined the buddhi-manasic portion of the human seven-fold constitution. These terms, unfortunately, ceased later to be an integral part of our modern languages and were lost, together with the ideas which they conveyed.

Psychic matters, as such, and interest in them, are of course entitled to natural investigation, and are a legitimate concern for a broad-minded scientist. Moreover, considering the natural evolution of present-day humanity, it is a realm which will demand our close attention, as more and more psychically inclined people are born in our midst. But, let it be distinctly understood, interest in these matters is safe only against the background of a profound spiritual (or noetic) doctrine, such as the Esoteric Philosophy provides. Without the latter, it is apt to degenerate very soon into crass materialism of a psychic type, often leading its votaries to insanity or suicide.

Therefore, it is of primary importance for us, as students of the Ancient Wisdom, to make a clear distinction between psychic and spiritual, and to voice it in our work for the benefit of others.

In order to do so adequately, we must develop a thorough understanding of the sevenfold constitution of man, which decidedly does not mean merely a familiarity with the various technical terms - mostly Sanskrit - adopted in Theosophical phraseology. It is essential for us to comprehend the actual nature of the various levels of consciousness and substance of which we are composed. These, in terms of present-day scientific research, could very well be spoken of as energy-frequencies. It should be pointed out that these energy-levels are interpenetrating - an important key-thought in the process of understanding their nature. While it is correct to speak of the human being as a threefold entity, manifesting on the physical, psychic and spiritual levels, it should not be overlooked that each one of these levels is composite and is also represented on each of the levels serially. Many of the so-called psychic energies manifest through physical organs at times, and some of the spiritual energies can be focused in the higher, more ethereal levels of the psychic nature. It is this complex quality of the various levels and their interpenetration of each other which gives rise to much confusion, leading to deceptive results.

We can never emphasize it too strongly that man is a composite being in whom a number of distinct yet interrelated centers of consciousness are at work at the same time. It is this fact that explains, as nothing else can, the frequent duality of human beings, the diametrically opposite motives and impulses which they often manifest, and the baffling complexities of their character. It is the ultimate unification of all these energies into one powerful stream of consciousness that makes of man a being of a higher order altogether, of which the Adepts and Initiates are the living representatives. [5]


Part II
Lina Psaltis

The danger is not in knowing these things but in the lack of morality and ethics. - W. Q. Judge.

Western culture has traditionally discouraged individual manifestations of paranormal behavior, now called "altered states of consciousness" (ASC) or psychism, to the point where some form of punishment, more or less subtle, was exacted for behavior not within the norm of the social order; those cultures that regarded such states of consciousness as normal were generally classed by scientist and theologian in the West as superstitious idiots. But once sacrosanct "traditions" are now being given the "heave-ho" by scientist and layman "... A new thought is revealed, ripened by the forces of evolution ... absolute freedom of thought ..." (HPB) Considering the fact that states of consciousness such as clairvoyance, thought transference, precognition, meditation and so on are now acknowledged to be near-universal, the cultural lag of the Western world is becoming more apparent. Two basic reasons for this cultural lag are obvious: first, religious authority and second, scientific materialism - both powerful factors in the establishing of norms for acceptable social behavior.

Some members of the scientific community, spurred on by the discovery of a relationship between patterns of brain-waves and states of consciousness, have gone deeply into what is called "the last frontier" - mind research - and are now popularizing and making palatable psychism, especially among the educated classes. If the trend continues, a "new" religion, a methodological religion, could evolve through efforts directed toward a search for a new frontier to conquer. Considering that man has been conditioned by the "miracles" of the electronic age, and that we are in a psychic cycle, he is ripe psychically and psychologically for exploitation in the realm of psychism - called "spirituality" by the majority of so-called authorities - and recalls the warning often expressed by Judge ... "unless the race, and especially the occidental portion of it, understands and practices true ethics ... it can and will be used for selfish and degrading purposes. (The Path, Vol. VIII, Feb., 1894.)

In his recently published anthology Altered States of Consciousness, Professor Charles T. Tart, well known for his work in such areas as humanistic psychology and parapsychology, comments that "... we need to drop the 'good, or 'bad' judgments about various ASCs [altered states of consciousness, a term covering all aspects of consciousness other than normal waking consciousness] and concentrate on the question: What are the characteristics of a given ASC and what consequences do these characteristics have on behavior in various settings? ... this neglect of ASCs by the psychological sciences is strange and has become increasingly incongruent with [6] what has happened in American society in the past decade ... and will almost certainly become even greater over the next decade ... there are ... hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of 'respectable' middle class people who are experimenting with drug trips, meditation, sensory awareness, encounter groups ..." Then, reflecting the balanced attitude of the occultist, he goes on to state that the personal experience of varied states of consciousness must go hand in hand with the scientific method. (pp. 2-6.) Unfortunately, most will accept without question, in a childlike way, a concept such as psychic phenomena, when it is embraced by the god of the 20th century, the Scientist.

Foremost among the various areas of research into altered states of consciousness (this term is perhaps unfortunate as it carries the connotation of unnatural) are bio-feedback training and alpha-wave conditioning. Both of these involve conscious control of the brain wave pattern which can be measured by the electroencephalogram. (EEG). Two of the brain-waves generated are beta-waves (that pattern associated with normal waking consciousness) and alpha-waves (the pattern associated with sleep-dreaming, daydreaming, meditation etc.). Bio-feedback methods involve the use of an electronic instrument which gives either a visual or an auditory signal when the Subject is transmitting alpha-waves, thus enabling him to consciously attempt to control the output of his brain and transmit alpha-waves. Kamiya reports a high rate of success. Alpha-wave state is considered to be desirable because laboratory experiments such as those conducted by J. Kamiya have associated states of consciousness such as feelings of peace, tranquility, ability to "cope" etc., with EEG readings in the alpha range. Zen meditators and Yogis have also been recorded during the state of meditation in the alpha range. Bio-feedback and alpha-wave proponents maintain that the alpha state also enables man to have greater influence over his environment and his physiological functions. From all over the world are coming reports of experimentation along similar lines. Recently an American was invited to participate in a seminar held in Bulgaria in suggestology. Her qualifications? She was an expert in the field of alpha-wave control.

A pioneer in this general field of mind control is Maxwell Maltz. In 1960, Maltz published a book entitled Psycho-Cybernetics in which he proposed "a new technique for using your subconscious power." He based it on "The new science of 'Cybernetics' [which] has furnished us with convincing proof that the so-called 'sub-conscious mind' is not a 'mind' at all, but a mechanism - a goal-striving, 'servo-mechanism' consisting of the brain and nervous system, which is used by, and directed by mind. The latest, and most usable concept is that man does not have two 'minds,' but a mind, or consciousness, which 'operates' an automatic, goal-striving machine." (Psycho-Cybernetics.)

Whatever name is given to it, control of one's environment, inner and outer, is the goal of some who claim to have been able to master the art of alpha-control; others claim to have developed ESP, ability to heal, and various other of the psychic abilities; still others consider it to be a means [7] of attaining states of meditation. As to the latter, it would indeed be uniquely Western, if science were to assume the role of guru.

The "perhaps millions" described by Tart may be experiencing the void created by disenchantment with structured religion or materialistic scientists - the same two reasons given above for the cultural lag exhibited by Western culture. There is every indication that the discovery of what is nothing more or less than the ability to function consciously in the lower sub-structure of the astral realm is going to be interpreted by the average person as the spiritual world. It is as though the tough outer skin of man had been stripped away and the layer underneath taken to be his soul, if not his divine Self. One might call it a sublimated materialism. The new frontiers of the mind may thus prove to be another form of the spiritualistic beliefs of the 19th century, or the 20th. Drawing upon the writings of Judge, we find him saying that "psychic force must be blind ... considered by itself and it only acts intelligently when directed by Will or Mind." (Practical Occultism, p. 8.) And when speaking of what was then called "mind cure" he comments: "The limits to which this power will go in the case of some individuals has not yet been fixed, but I would draw your attention to this fact, that this power, with which initiates of occult science are very familiar, is one of those which are known to be most dangerous to meddle much with, unless you are an initiate. It is a power as easily used for evil as for good, and those who are strongly endowed with it find themselves open to new and strong temptations when they discover that they possess it. In the case of those whose moral nature is proof against this temptation to abuse the power, there is still another danger, for its effects are so wonderful that they believe themselves possessed of far more knowledge and power than they really have ..." (Ibid., p. 39. 40.) This writer having attended several seminars in the aforementioned field can personally testify as to the validity of the latter remarks.

Few scientists have yet voiced a loud protest against toying with the complexities of man's inner being before understanding the laws of that inner being. None have yet come to grips with the question of man's destiny, his moral responsibility - ecology bally-hoo notwithstanding. Once society embraces the concept of the repercussing psychic ecology, spiritual laws must surely be sought.

The implications karmically of skeletal material presented in this article will perhaps lead the reader into his own research in theosophical literature. For we are the torchbearer and a diligent study of the works of Judge would reveal his deep empathy with today's happenings occurring in the psychic life of our culture and also keys to the understanding there of. Quote after quote could be used to demonstrate this, but space does no permit. We do have a body of literature from Blavatsky to Judge to de Purucker which clearly offers the Light of the Ancients for all who would see; we do have the guidance of a wise voice not to be found in the market place or in the temples of worship but in the enduring silence of one's own heart, in the profundity of our [8] descent from the Gods, in the simplicity of our love and concern for our fellow beings. We can all recognize our mutuality of Life and in so doing make it possible for Those who are ever watching to channel Their energies in the direction of the perfectibility of man.


L. Gordon Plummer

According to one story, Socrates took a stick, and with it, traced a circle on the sand, saying: "The minds of little men move in little circles." Then he traced a larger circle, saying: "The minds of great men move in larger circles. But the minds of the Gods move in circles so vast that we see but a portion of them, and they appear to be straight lines."

We may follow this illustration even farther, if we think of the area within the circle as representing the sum of any man's knowledge, while outside the circle is the illimitable unknown. The circumference then represents not only the boundary which separates any mind from the unknown, but also his contact with it, or his awareness of it, if you prefer.

Thus, a small mind, with a little circumference, would hardly be aware of the existence of the unknown, whereas, as the mind grows, so the circumference grows with it, and the man is more aware of the existence of the unknown. The most profound thinker, it would appear, will be the most modest of men, since he is the more fully aware of the existence of the limitless unknown that lies all about him.

Now, let us imagine that we have divided the circle into three parts, and we may label these, Religion, Philosophy and Science. We may then say that all human knowledge must fall under one or another of these categories. Since there is not always a hard line separating the religious from the philosophical, or the philosophical from the scientific, or indeed, the scientific from the religious understanding, we are easily led to see that these three words do not refer to three separate and distinct departments of nature; on the contrary, they merely represent three methods of approach to a solution of the problems which surround us. They reflect, indeed, three types of mind, to wit: the religious, the philosophical and the scientific. Each man is going to study the universe and himself according to the bent of his mind. The universe is not one thing to the religionist, another thing to the philosopher, and a totally different thing to the scientist. It is so highly complex that it is impossible to find comprehensive answers if we allow ourselves to be limited by one approach alone. Nor will anything less than a synthesis of the three approaches give its anything like a meaningful answer. The universe (and the nature of man) stands like a glorious panorama before the universal approach; it is not compartmentalized into religion, philosophy and science. [9]

It is only man's unwisdom that has set up the controversies between these three. So long as there is bickering over the religious and the scientific "truths," these truths, so called, are fashioned of man's erroneous and limited view of nature.

One of the basic causes of the conflict stems from the allegiance to one or another of these basic methods of study, employed by the three types of mind. Because of a large degree of egotism which appears to be an inborn trait, each type of mind sees his approach as the only true one, and scorns all the others.

Referring to the circle, each division may be subdivided into the many religions, philosophies and sciences that man has developed. It should be pointed out, before pursuing our study further, that not all religions, philosophies and sciences are conducive to an understanding of the universe. While religion per se is man's effort to establish his relationship with the universe, where such pursuits have not been inspired by intelligent concern for the welfare of the human race, they have taken the form of superstition, worship of imaginary nature-gods, voodoo practices and the like. Similarly, not all philosophies have contributed constructively to human growth. Some have been the products of irrational minds; others have become mere ideologies; and yet they have had wide appeal. It is equally true that science is capable of undermining human values when it is purely materialistic. So it should be understood that the following ideas are offered as they apply to genuine religion, philosophy and science. Genuineness will exist in them to the degree that they reveal the universe as it really is, not as it appears to our imperfect senses.

Let us then take a more dispassionate view and accord to each approach the tool that belongs to it, and live and let live.

The tool that belongs to the scientist is the empirical approach. Probably, if we were to sum it up in the briefest possible manner, we would say that it is the endless search for proof. If a thing can be proven, it must be true. There is nothing basically wrong with the empirical approach. It serves a most useful purpose, provided that its limitations are recognized. No thinking scientist of the present day would say that a thing is not true until it is proven to be true. He would not say that the world had been flat until it had been proven to be spherical.

Nevertheless, there are still many areas of human interest with which the scientist has no patience. Take Astrology, for instance. As a student of Theosophy, I can understand why the scientist cannot take seriously the idea of the planets ruling our daily affairs. I would not put money into a slot and get my horoscope, advising me about travel, money or marital problems. But unfortunately, this bogus practice damns the whole subject so far as the scientist is concerned, and he refuses to listen even when we tell him that the true science of Astrology is the study of man's consciousness, and that, just as he derives the materials of which the body is composed from the materials of the Earth, so there are sources in the universe from which he derives the subtler aspects of his mind and spirit. Because the popular presentation of Astrology is often an affront to his [10] intelligence, he will have no part of anything that smatters of non-physical relationships with the universe.

This is but one illustration that we might bring forward, and it shows that the empirical method of study is excellent as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. As it happens, Science is the great authority on all matters in this present day, and too often, if Science does not pass upon a subject, it is not to be taken too seriously.

The approach that appears to belong to the Philosopher is the inductive method of study. Because this is not so clear-cut as the empirical method, its conclusions tend to be less definite. Nevertheless, training is required in order to use the inductive method properly, for it can and does give good and satisfying answers to problems which lie outside the province of pure scientific research. These problems touch very closely upon the verities of human existence. We might say that the inductive method is that of pure reason.

What invaluable contributions to human thought have come from such as Plato, Plotinus, Seneca, Origen, and in later days, Bruno, Kant, Schopenhauer, Tillich, and others.

Science, with all of its technology explains the what and the how of life. In itself, it contributes little toward the betterment of human nature. Truly, it provides us with things to make life easier, and at the same time, more complicated. But it contributes nothing toward the betterment of human nature. It has never brought contentment to human life. In fact, we have more sophisticated weapons for mass destruction than we ever had before our legacy from this age of Science. Philosophy, on the other hand, has much to contribute toward the broadening of the human mind. It encourages nobility of character. Its contribution, although non-material, gives meaning to life, and what is life worth without meaning? How much meaning would come into the lives of all of us if we could only become convinced that the answers to our most searching questions come from within ourselves, and require no scientific proofs to make them valid.

The method of approach to genuine religion, shorn of creeds and dogmas, is Revelation. Here is an area that has received virtually no attention because it is not understood by and large, although there are millions of adherents to the various religious sects. We tend to be suspicious of anyone claiming to have experienced a revelation, simply because there have been too many false prophets. How illogical it is that the adherents to all of the major religions believe in the divinity of the supposed founders of these religions, and yet set their faces implacably against the workings of that same Divinity today.* (* Actually, such as Buddha, Jesus and the like, while bringing religion in the highest sense of the word, meaning universal Truth, never founded any church. The outer forms developed later, and organized religion defeated its own ends, because it became the grave of the very truth that it was supposed to have preserved. So, in this article, the word religion is used in the sense of the original message only, not of its formalized and distorted shape, as practiced by the many sects that have arisen in all the great religious systems.) Every year, for instance, the Christmas story is enacted, all over [11] the land, and everybody seems to take it quite literally. But what would happen today if someone reported the birth of a child by immaculate conception? No doubt psychiatric treatments would be in order! Well, if it could have happened 2,000 years ago, why couldn't it happen today? The answer is simple. It shows a complete lack of understanding of the meaning of the Christmas story, this having come about because it has come to be taken as literally true.

If we may adopt the stand that what occurred in the past might occur in the present or in the future, then it is obvious that we need to re-evaluate our understanding of the tenets of all of the great world religions, because they have much in common in the seemingly miraculous occurrences surrounding the lives of their founders. Since, as theosophical students, we rule out the supernatural, recognizing that even the unknown is part of Nature, we must learn to recognize what religion really is.

The dictionary meaning of the word is: "The quest for the values of the ideal life involving three phases: the ideal, the practices for attaining the values of the ideal and the theology or world view relating the quest to the environing universe." (The American College Dictionary.)

Other definitions follow, but this first one, in stressing the idea of a quest, suggests action on the part of its adherents. Are there any guidelines to this quest? By all means there are, and these are hidden in the stories and parables which form part of the outer garments of the religion. The story of Jesus the Christ is really the story of Initiation, when rightly understood, and as such, it provides the keys which may be applied by anyone whose vision is unclouded by superstition on the one hand, or disbelief on the other.

If the various events in the life of Jesus are then the relating of the various stages of Initiation, whence came this knowledge, and how was it transmitted to the world at large?

The source, we are told, is to be found in what is known to students of the Ancient Wisdom as the hierarchy of Compassion. This has its roots in the very fabric of spiritual Nature, and the human counterpart is in the form of a group or assemblage of Adepts, Masters of Wisdom, or Mahatmas, if you prefer the term. This has existed and worked for the spiritual enlightenment of the human race since its earliest days, and its work will continue into the unforeseeable future. It is the fountainhead of spiritual knowledge, so far as humanity is concerned, and when portions of this knowledge are made known, it is in the form of teachings. This is the sense in which I used the term Revelation, as the third approach to Truth.

Unfortunately for humanity at large, it places little reliance on the worth of genuine Teaching. To be sure, our schools and universities are staffed with teachers skilled in their particular fields, and their work is not to be underrated. This, however, only postulates that teaching is the most natural function in the world, the passing on of knowledge from the wise to the learner. As it is exoterically practiced, it is an image, as it were, of a secret process that has long been active - the passing on of the light from Teacher to Pupil, to the world at large. It [12] takes training to receive and understand teaching; it takes far more training to give out the teachings of the Ancient Wisdom, and when the value of real teaching is understood, then Religion will take on a new meaning. It will be recognized as a reliable approach to Truth.

We may all look forward to the day when Religion, Philosophy and Science will join forces, each recognizing the part that it has to play in the interpretation of the universe as a whole, and of man as an integral part of the whole. When that day dawns, whether or not the name Theosophy will still be used, it will be the resurgence of the Ancient Wisdom, and that is what counts. Then and then only will there be lasting hope for the human race.


Montague A. Machell

The Gladiatorial Combats of ancient Rome are symbolic of many martyrdoms on many planes of existence. The empire of everyday life holds agonies for multitudes of devotees in multitudes of circumstances. Christians are still being thrown to the lions, metaphorically speaking, in psychological arenas, built by imperial Desire, gone mad, and craving ever more brutality and bloodshed. Human life is all Arena of Fulfilment wherein personal ambitions and desires take the place of the wild animals of ancient circuses, in ravaging the unprotected and untutored devotee of an Eternal Truth.

So many unworthy and inadequate objectives are offered to mail in today's society, that the supreme goal of life is largely overlooked. Wars, large and small, local and international, are waged for gains that are delusively temporary and irrelevant to the sublime Purpose of life - spiritual fulfilment. To aggravate the situation, the national objectives and riches men purportedly do battle for, are, in many instances, productive of present and future carnage. War, the outcome of a divided humanity, that humanity defends and encourages by rejecting the one condition that can put an end to it - BROTHERHOOD.

And is not this divided humanity an enlarged expression of the divided life of the individual, wherein a greedy and temporary personality wages wars of dominion against an Immortal Self? The soul of man transcending tribal and national bickerings, is the Lord of Harmony that alone can unite all peoples in a single heavenly union of Spiritual Fulfilment. Religion, which should link peoples, races, tribes and nations in one identical campaign of divine fulfilment, has been responsible for the earth's most devastating wars and bloodshed. Why? Because Religion has, over and over again, insisted upon exaggerated creedal differences, while ignoring an all-embracing spiritual identity.

In the words "There is no Religion higher than Truth" Theosophy stresses the comprehensive oneness of ultimate spiritual truth - uncompromising spiritual living. In the arena of Fulfilment [13] man is not arrayed against man; rather, man is face to face with the wild animals of unrestrained desire, selfishness and prejudice in his own personality. The War that shall end War is, in actual fact, a divine transmutation of the differentiated personality of man himself into a perfect reconciliation with the ONE LIFE - his Spiritual Source. No world peace will be remotely conceived until the "Peace that Passeth Understanding" has been achieved in each individual life of each individual entity inhabiting this globe! This is how remote World Peace is today - a consummation to be reached from within, in one heart after another.

Does not this fact lend a new meaning to one's responsibility for world reform? Does it not demand a spiritual rehabilitation in your life and mine? So far as we undertake such rehabilitation, we are entering the Arena of Fulfilment, and demanding a confrontation with those untamed desires we have kept chained up, but unsubdued! To the Caesar of this crazed personality recourse is useless. Only the Will of THE ONE can impart the power to subdue this enemy. Here again Love Universal must tame and transform the ruthless hatreds of selfishness. Truces, Cease-Fires, Peace Parliaments, inaugurated by those in whose hearts and minds Peace is a mere interloper, can accomplish no enduring results. The miracle of universal understanding rendered invincible by a conscious identity with all that lives, alone can spare the life of the helpless victim in the arena.

As believers, instinct with the sense of a spiritual destiny, it is our's to accept this dread confrontation, to offer everything we have and are for the sake of a Truth that must be shared by all. That Truth is not an isolated one, not a newly copyrighted "ism," but the rediscovery of a Universal Truth that ever was and ever will be the bedrock upon which the universe is built - acceptance of man's innate divinity and oneness with all that is - the priceless fruit of Life Universal. Our potential as individuals inheres in the universality of the Truth we embody.

Such an acceptance must represent the triumph of a viewpoint that sees in small and personal experiences the possibility of unlimited significance - beyond the here and now, and sublimely exceeding the passing joys and sorrows of this earth. The Soul of man, in its immortal splendor may, with this acceptance, assert dominion over the Todays and Tomorrows of countless incarnations. In the lexicon of its religious vows Timelessness is an accepted substantive, lending to each day a mystical significance. That significance, drawn from an immeasurable past, dignifies and glorifies an infinite future, to which Today can be divinely contributive. Before the eyes of the enlightened Seeker the compounded evil of ages past can be transmuted into conscious growth of the Immortal Man in this Arena of Fulfilment.

Is it not unthinkable that Universal Law should permit incarnation on this earth of an entity doomed to failure and defeat? Must not the wild beasts in the arena become at last amenable to redemption on the part of that SELF that is a ray of splendor from the One Source? Growth upwards being the purpose of all life, must it not be that [14] man has fallen unpardonably short of the Spiritual Titan he was born to become, and must be, if he would efface the shambles of earth's bloody ground? Universal Brotherhood, a familiar figure for that unfamiliar Peace that Passeth Understanding, is the key to a profound mystery, the mystery of the ONE in all, and ALL IN ONE: "Live in the MASTER, as ITS ray in thee. Live in thy fellows as they live in IT." (Voice of the Silence.)


George Cardinal LeGros

The thirty or forty billion suns with their attendant planets, which comprise what our astronomers call the Milky Way, are collectively but a mere mathematical point in the frontierless reaches of Immensity.

The greatest scientific minds of the age are humbled when considering the vastness of Infinitude - that shoreless ocean of space, above, below, and around us. Children gaze into the heavens, and ask: "Where does the sky end?" Adults ask the same question, and search endlessly for an answer.

Through all time past, man, with his finite consciousness, has attempted to comprehend Immensity. But has he tried with all of his faculties? Perhaps there is something within him which can reach out and touch, if only for fleeting moments, the ineffable Veil of the Boundless.

If man, together with all living creatures, is a manifestation of Universal Life, must he not possess, as part of his being, a spark of that Divine Flame which informs the Whole?

Is he not, essentially, the Whole Itself, as the raindrop, failing into the ocean, loses itself in the vastness of the sea? Perhaps, like the raindrop, he can, by losing himself, regain a lost identity with the Reality of a mightier Self!

Pythagoras, the Greek metaphysician, is remembered for his observation that as it is above, so is it below; and as it is below, so is it above. Man, in a sense, may be looked upon as being "below" the majesty of starry space, while, at the same time, all that represents the majesty "above" him abides in his own being, for both are one.

We often are reminded that man is a miniature universe, a galaxy within himself, obedient to the same cosmic laws that govern the Whole. And these laws - must they not in turn be subservient to a great Central Law which mystics describe as Celestial Harmony?

In The Voice of the Silence a remarkable passage appears: "Compassion is no attribute. It is the Law of LAWS - eternal Harmony ..." In other words, this omnipresent Central Force, which regulates the activities of the Whole, is a Spiritual Power - Divine Love!

There is beauty in this concept. The heart and mind instinctively respond to the assurance that man is not alone, not an exile nor wanderer without guidance, but a voyager in Eternity capable of understanding the universal laws and obeying them.

One sees himself at last as an [15] indispensable part of the Whole, with the dignity of one who can become a co-worker with the constructive and preservative forces of Nature. His objective body and being reveal themselves as cloaks or coverings for a Spiritual-Divine Self within-above - a deathless Self to which Time, as we know it, is illusory, and which dwells in an Eternal Now without beginning or end.

That which to his earthly awareness is invisible and soundless, becomes a panorama of celestial beauty and immortal melody. He transcends himself to become the SELF, abandoning the heavy weight of selfishness and separateness from the Whole.

Man, one might say, is the Universe, and the Universe himself, even as a tiny flower is at one with the farthest star. All life moves and breathes in him. There can be no separation between himself and the surrounding glory of all that is.

The Splendor of Immensity is our Splendor; its beauty, truth, and goodness abide within us, hidden by the garments of mortality. All is relative and comparative: there can be no final Ultimate in the scheme of things. Beyond the farthest horizon is another still more wonderful, loftier, sublime, and more challenging to the deathless Spirit in man. Our little solar system, floating in a seed-world of stars, is only one of an incalculable number that we have visited in past eternities - one among countless billions more that we shall visit in our endless journey of Self-becoming.


"... Even more startling is the work done at the Institute of Clinical Physiology in Kiev. Electrophysiologist Dr. Anatoli Podshibyakin found by charting acupuncture points that bio-plasma reacts instantly to changes on the surface of the sun. At the exact moment solar flares (sun spots) occur, there are changes in the electrical potential of the skin's acupuncture points ... In some way the bio-plasma of the body is sensitive to these solar explosions the instant they occur even though cosmic particles ejected by the sun take about two days to reach earth ...

"The Kirlians' discovery has led Soviet scientists to postulate there is a bio-plasma body (an etheric or psychic body) interpenetrating the physical body. This energy body, they feel, might be the underlying pattern which determines the shape of the physical body." - Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder, in Psychic, June 1971, Vol. II, No. 6.


"ASTRAL BODY. This is the popular term for the 'Model-Body,' the Linga-sarira. It is but slightly less material than is the physical body, and is in fact the model or framework around which the physical body is builded, and from which, in a sense, the physical body flows - or from which the physical body develops - as growth proceeds. It is the vehicle of Prana or life-energy, and is, therefore, the container of all the energies descending from the higher parts of the human constitution by means of the pranic stream ..." - G. de Purucker, Occult Glossary (1933), p. 20. [16]


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