Feb 18, 2018

Unplanned Events in Life

Each Human Being Is an Ambassador of
His Own Spiritual Soul to the Outward World

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




The rule of the Law of Karma in every dimension of life does not mean that unexpected events have a marginal influence in one’s existence.

There is an illusion according to which future events are easy to foresee and should take place as a well-disciplined extension of the past and the present, as we know them.

The workings of the law are more complex than that. Every “next moment” in life contains a countless number of possibilities. Right action will enhance the probabilities of brighter events in the long run: there is no guarantee of eternal satisfaction.

By learning about the law of the universe one’s Karma accelerates. It is our attitude towards the unplanned aspects and events of life that can change for the better, so that we become wiser as we learn more about esoteric philosophy. As Voltaire describes in his classical tale “Zadig”, the strength of unforeseen events is enormous at all time in everyone’s existence.

The same happens in collective life. Seemingly small events can change the course of human history. A single drop of pure water will sometimes announce the purification of an entire river, and the whole universe is present in every atom.  

Each human being is a sort of ambassador of his own higher self, to the century and the civilization wherein he lives.

His understanding of that century’s karma and dharma is necessarily limited. As a diplomatic representative, he must have a correct behaviour. Surprises will happen: unplanned events will change his life in various ways, again and again. He must be humble before the victories, and practice some stoicism before defeats. By the study and observation of theosophical serendipity, one enhances his affinity with bliss.

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See in our associated websites the article “Sacred Aspects of Serendipity”.

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An initial version of the above text was published in the January 2017 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, p. 9. It had no indication as to the name of the author. Original title: “The Role of Unplanned Events in Life”.

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On 14 September 2016, after examining the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to found the Independent Lodge of Theosophists. Two of the priorities adopted by the ILT are learning from the past and building a better future.

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Feb 13, 2018

The Cycles of Our Mankind

Civilizations Are the Outer Embodiment of
a Certain Stage of Development in Human Soul

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




The end of every civilization unfolds as a spiritual failure, before it takes place as a sociological disaster.

It has been demonstrated since the remotest antiquity that the ruin of societies is linked to the depletion of natural resources, especially forests.

But before the ecological failure of agriculture (due to overpopulation and deforestation among other factors), there was always an ethical defeat of the human soul before Life.

Evaluating the degree of Ethics in present-day society might be a revealing exercise if we take into consideration the accumulated experience in History. The lessons from the past show that the defeat of Ethics is followed by social and institutional implosions.

The causes of the present deficit in ethics are easy to identify. They relate to the popularization of a self-delusion regarding the path to happiness.  It will take some time - and perhaps a new cycle - for many people to understand that truthfulness leads to happiness, while falsity opens the door to quite different places.

The unfortunate tendency to believe that indulgence is happiness, and doing nothing is the celestial life, constitutes a grave social problem. The truth is that following unrestrained lower desires is the hallmark of those destined to great suffering, and laziness creates disaster.  

The dominant forms of political and social thought today are rather stupid in that they don’t even question the legitimacy of exaggerated love for money and the worship of material pleasure. Many an economist and social scientist is unable to consider universal principles as voluntary simplicity and the need to place respect for life above the pursuit of money.

Yet nothing and no one can forbid present citizens from awakening from the nightmarish dream of indulgence and see the value of a simple life.

There is a paradoxically positive aspect in the anxious spreading of maya, illusion, marketing, propaganda and lies which is taking place today. Since illusion cannot sustain itself, the more illusion one finds in the current atmosphere of Western Culture, the deeper may be its renewal, which in fact has started already.

The apparent chaos is part of a larger order, which we may learn to see, and whose natural unfoldment we can help take place in accordance with the laws of the universe. These laws we can find in our hearts and minds.

Each mistake and every failure help prepare right action, in the right time. Decline paves the way to rebirth. Contentment is the substance which prepares bliss. The purpose of duality in the Universe is to keep the eternal creative motion of that boundless Unity, of which each one is part.

The inescapable fact is that, whenever human beings become wiser, social and economic structures naturally improve, there is more justice, and leaders are ethical.

In the absence of wise citizens, however, no socio-political reform produces really good or lasting fruit. Therefore theosophy stimulates the awakening of the soul in every aspect of human life.

The growth in wisdom is far from linear or continuous in human spirit. In times and periods of “material progress”, it is not rare to see a moral and psychological decline. Whenever people think too much of external things and appearance, they forget the state of their souls. The lack of attention to the state of the mind then causes a moral crisis that destroys social and economic structures from within.

Civilizations are the outer and collective embodiment of a certain stage of development in human soul; and if the soul changes, so must the civilization. Every civilization whose structure fails to listen the soul becomes useless to the evolving Spirit and dies. However, the societies which help the flourishing of the soul are in harmony with the law of the universe, and deserve to live.

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An initial version of the above text was published in the April 2017 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 6-7. It had no indication as to the name of the author.

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On 14 September 2016, after examining the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to found the Independent Lodge of Theosophists. Two of the priorities adopted by the ILT are learning from the past and building a better future.  

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Feb 9, 2018

A Prayer of Good Will

Practicing the Yoga of Right Thought

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

I share right now the bliss and the law of justice with those whom I have
met, with those whom I have not met, and those whom I will meet in the future



Om, Shanti.

I evoke the best to my fellow humans, colleagues and every being I have met.

I hope all persons with whom I interact liberate themselves from the causes of pain, and from selfishness - a powerful source of suffering.

May my soul lead me away from ignorance. I wish everyone rises in the path to Peace.

Each human being is my brother, even if he doesn’t know about that. I keep away from imprudence. I reject carelessness and voluntary forms of ignorance. In the depth of silence I see Equilibrium.

Side by side with detachment, we find wisdom. Kind thoughts for the others have the same substance as right thoughts regarding oneself.

The faults of my colleague are my mistakes. The virtues of my brother are also mine. Cowards think they can benefit from the defeat of others.

I am severe with myself and generous with those around me.

I know sincere goodwill does not accept indulgence: it is due to their selfishness that the lazy and the false stimulate indolence in others.

A combination of altruism and severity produces peace. The right kind of vigilance makes one demand the best from himself and from others.

It is not my goal to say to people what they wish to hear. I practice abstention from falsehood.

Wishing the best to one’s fellow beings is a sober attitude and has nothing to do with appearance. It includes both agreement and disagreement. It is inseparable from frankness. It doesn’t have an outward form, and yet it can be seen wherever there is goodwill.

Emitting generous feelings for others is an immediate way to be happy. As every other event that takes place in the soul, this practical action is invisible, silent, and effective.

Blessed points of view show the higher aspects of life. I invoke that which is best and most elevated to the lives of those who interact with me, and those who don’t.

I wish they eliminate the absence of peace. May everyone attain contentment by treading the path of simplicity.

I share right now the bliss and the law of justice with those whom I have met; with those whom I have not met; and those whom I will meet in the future.

Shanti, Om.

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The above text was first published at the October 2017 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 1-2, with no indication as to the name of the author.

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Feb 2, 2018

On Harmlessness and Justice

A Battle One Can Win Minute By Minute

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Wisdom in daily life means an inner harmony with the laws of nature



A profound harmlessness - not a smiling show of it for the others to see - is a central tenet in esoteric philosophy.

Non-violence and harmlessness result from an impersonal harmony with the Laws of Nature in one’s daily life. They safely protect the lower self of the student from a number of mistakes. For his own good, an aspirant to discipleship must be thoroughly harmless at the conscious and subconscious levels of his personal intentions.

It does not matter much whether his actions will be interpreted as “harmful” by those who are misguided. What the others will say is not his priority: his own honest self-examination, and his thorough willingness to face Karma as he tries his best, are the decisive factors.

While harmlessness must be present in one’s words and deeds as long as one refers to and relates to persons, it also happens to be the formal Duty of theosophists before the law of Karma to defend their sacred sources of inspiration from unjust attacks, and exercise sincerity.

Being called unbrotherly and arrogant for doing that is a natural thing to occur.  It is OK to be attacked in many and varied ways. All of this helps the student make a sustainable progress along the path. Being unjustly accused is a valuable form of training in “personal unimportance”.  Self-forgetfulness is of the essence in esoteric philosophy.  Transcending one’s lower self is the basis of real harmlessness.

Nonviolent people who are active in working for a noble task must remain personally harmless under all circumstances. They must keep a door open for their adversaries’ redemption from error and towards true sincerity. A theosophist may be severe and even hard on a philosophical plane, and this is more than enough.

Impartial justice sounds like cruelty to the ears of those who have lost the sense of impersonal ethics. What to do then regarding those who get sincerely offended - if not aggressive - any time one tells them the truth?

Only a deep personal harmlessness, and a profound, impersonal sense of justice, entitle the pilgrim to develop actions which he knows will be easily misinterpreted as “arrogant” and “unbrotherly” by the many. A degree of courage will be useful, too.  History shows that being unjustly attacked is the price to pay for helping the Masters’ project regarding mankind.

Examples of that are given by the lives of Helena Blavatsky, John Garrigues, Paracelsus, Giordano Bruno, Alessandro Cagliostro - or Mohandas Gandhi. In the ancient world, Socrates, Seneca, Hypatia, and hundreds of others.

The history of every country produces such heroes, most of whom remain anonymous and unknown. Every student of theosophy can follow the uphill path of the heart in his or her own way: inner truth prevails and shines out in time. There must be no hurry about that. Acting in the best way one can is an hourly battle: it brings about a daily victory which one can win minute after minute, year after year, across the decades.

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An initial version of the above text was published in the July 2013 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 10-11. It had no indication as to the name of the author.

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On 14 September 2016, after examining the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to found the Independent Lodge of Theosophists. Two of the priorities adopted by the ILT are learning from the past and building a better future.

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Jan 28, 2018

The Psychoanalysis of Theosophical Politics

How Self-Knowledge Heals
the Disease of Spiritual Delusion

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Karen Horney (left) and Helena Blavatsky



Is there a problem of personal vanity among theosophical leaders? Does lust for power exist in esoteric associations, especially in those larger ones where politics and politicking are influential?

Most people who know the movement will say a realistic “yes” to both questions.

Whited sepulchres are easy to find. Especially since the beginning of the 20th century, many have had personal imaginary talks with masters of the wisdom, and some have even attained a number of fake initiations. Clairvoyance of the lower and imaginary kind has spread among groups of good-willing persons who search for the spiritual path.

The neurotic or unnatural love of power and “control” is present today in most human communities and relationships. This largely subconscious disease is also influential in the biggest international associations of theosophists, and in most local groups around the world. However, theosophists have unique tools to deal with it and to share the healing process with others.

The delusion of political power and “personal prestige” is far from incurable: a few common-sense steps must be taken so that its process is understood and the communities of theosophy students get healed from such a subtle poison.

There is an emotional chain of causation beneath the outer phenomena of personal ambition, “spiritual” pride, the illusion of “looking like a saint to others”, and related ailments.

A Psychoanalytic view of the human lower self can help people see the personal frailty behind the social mask used by “esoteric politicians”.

Karen Horney writes:

“The striving for power serves in the first place as a protection against helplessness, which (…) is one of the basic elements in anxiety.” [1]

She adds:

“…The neurotic [individual] will desire to have control over others as well as over himself.” [2] He “develops a stringent need to impress others, to be admired and respected.”[3]

This, of course, is not limited to leaders of associations whose aims are altruistic. It potentially applies to every human group with whatever goals, and every member of them, not just leaders. Theosophists, however, can be more conscious of the problem than the average person.

The creation of a self-idealized personality is a popular form of illusion. Many esotericists try to escape from confronting their ignorance through attachment to naïve forms of devotion, by following fake forms of spirituality based on blind belief, and with the help of an artificially idealized image of themselves, as if they were spiritualized individuals and highly evolved beings who are entitled to pretend they are “above human failures”.

Referring to the kind of person whose intense love of power and prestige is an escape from deep subconscious fear in any area of activity, Karen Horney wrote:

“For purposes of mere description such a person could be called narcissistic. If he is considered dynamically, however, the term is misleading because, though he is constantly preoccupied with inflating his ego, he does it not primarily for the sake of self-love, but for the sake of protecting himself against a feeling of insignificance and humiliation, or, in positive terms, for the sake of repairing a crushed self-esteem.” [4]

An enhanced contact with the higher self brings about the healing in theosophy. An awareness of human misery and self-delusion is an important element to change ignorance into wisdom by humbly renouncing selfishness and improving psychic energy patterns along the path to an enlightened view of life.

A real contact with sacred wisdom makes one feel humble, leading him to accept his mistakes and thankfully try his best each day.

The teachings of Helena Blavatsky and her Masters are clear about that. The presence of personal vanity or pride means the individual is still far from the divine presence. Common sense will show the way ahead, if one’s approach to the theosophical teachings is practical and takes place in constant dialogue with daily life. By learning from his defeats, the pilgrim attains a lasting victory.

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[1] “The Neurotic Personality of Our Time”, Karen Horney, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1977, 300 pp., see p. 166.

[2] “The Neurotic Personality of Our Time”, Karen Horney, p. 167.

[3] “The Neurotic Personality of Our Time”, Karen Horney, p. 171.

[4] “The Neurotic Personality of Our Time”, Karen Horney, p. 172.

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The above text was first published in the April 2017 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 12-14. It had no indication as to the name of the author.

Read also in our associated websites the articles “A Psychoanalysis of Religions” and “Freud on Freedom From Delusion”. 

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