Aug 15, 2018

Four Axioms for People of Good Will

Or Building the Foundations of a True Civilization

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




If you happen to know something good and elevated and wish to emit and distribute it among your fellow human beings, there is a form of illusion you need to avoid.

Do not think that your good-willing thoughts and idealistic propositions will be received with support and applause. Avoid that trap and save yourself from the pain of disillusionment.

You may receive solidarity here and there; but as a rule it is more likely that you will be unjustly attacked, ridiculed and misunderstood. This will be part of your inner training.

As you emit generosity and truthfulness, you challenge and irritate the routines of selfishness. Organized ignorance, which exists within and around each truth-seeker, will attack him into the extent that he becomes dangerous to it.

The energy and substance of love for truth are incompatible with the worship of appearances. You have to help build a different territory in its entirety; a whole atmosphere. As time passes, this building effort will show you those who can cooperate in the task. Along many phases and moments, however, each new level of “truthfulness emission” will provoke renewed reprisal from the blind energies of routine based on ignorance.

This will take place until the tide changes and the springtime of truthfulness becomes a fact. You have no reasons to count on that, though. It is not up to you to decide the time of the soul’s victory. You can build the foundations of the new age. Once you have started working on that, consider that the letters received from Mahatmas and Masters of the Wisdom clearly indicate four points, among others.

1) The first one is that the sages who help mankind invite through their teachings every human being of good will to be a world reformer. The Karma of the planet is yours: it is your responsibility to change it.

2) The second point says that the reform of the world must begin by the reform of oneself. Each student is the microcosm of our mankind. The improvement of each part is the door and the instrument to the improvement of the whole.

3) The third point is that one’s thought must be firmly concentrated in the ideal of human progression and perfection, if one wants to reform oneself and the world in successful ways.

4) According to the fourth item, one’s fundamental strategy ought to include various incarnations, so that one learns to consciously live in the flow of eternities, every moment.

This is the best method to attain efficiency as a self-reformer and world-reformer, in the long and short term.

From the point of view of daily efforts, original theosophy says that the task of rescuing our civilization from self-destructive forms of ignorance has little to do with appearances.

Hatred and disrespect for truth disguise themselves behind the smiling mask of religious devotion, political correctness and friendly feelings. On a social scale, they do so with the help of expensive propaganda campaigns and “clever” public relations strategies. They want to establish hypocrisy as Law and honesty as unbearable.

Such a path leads nowhere.

It is the practice of sincerity and a severe sense of ethical responsibility that can defend life from the action of the whited sepulchres who are now rather influential in the banking system, in political parties and religious corporations. The One Law embraces all things and regulates the Karma of every community.

Falsehood is short-lived; truthfulness endures. Civilizations never cease to renew themselves.

The Rule of Constant Improvement

You cannot correct every aspect of your life in one day or discharge your whole duty in a couple of weeks.

It is within your reach, however, to regularly compare your actions - and the situations you live - to your highest ideal of human progression. It is your privilege to daily improve actions, habits, and ways of decision-making.

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The above article was published on 15 August 2018. An initial version of it, with no indication as to the name of the author, appeared in the January 2017 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 4-5.

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Aug 11, 2018

Experiencing the Yoga Aphorisms

The Light of Life is Expanded by
A Sense of Loyalty to One’s Soul

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




Few books could be as effective as the classic “Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali” in stimulating a sense of duty to one’s own understanding of right living, and to one’s feeling that it is possible to live according to a high ideal of ethics and wisdom.

As the student considers a good version of Patanjali’s book - the main treatise on Raja Yoga  [1] - he sees there are many different measures to take and improvements to make at the physical, emotional and mental levels.

The mere act of contemplating its unequal axioms once and again is enough to silently strengthen his will.

There is no need to pay too much attention to those axioms with which his natural interaction is weaker. The reader may dwell in those aphorisms that speak to his soul. Their “order” or sequence in the text is not necessarily the order of his needs with regard to self-training. It is right to follow one’s natural process of affinity.

The light of life is expanded by the sense of duty to one’s soul, and by the sense of purpose coming from it.

The perception of one’s failings must be compensated by a degree of detachment regarding mistakes, a “taming” of one’s dispersed will, and the concentration of the mind in the adopted goal and ideal.  

In a sacred sort of silence, we start to understand Yoga.

A relaxed, contemplative view of those aphorisms that most resonate with us shows the meeting place between our next steps and the unlimited possibilities present in each moment of open-minded thought.  

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[1] See “The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali”, an interpretation by William Q. Judge, Theosophy Company, 74 pp. The book is available online in our associated websites. One of the best among the many other versions of the work is “The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali”, Translation, Introduction, Appendix and Notes by Manilal Nabhubhai Dvivedi, published by Tookaram Tatya, Bombay Theosophical Publication Fund, 1890. Classical versions include “The Yoga Philosophy: Being the Text of Patanjali, with Bhoja Raja’s Commentary”, Tookaram Tatya and Dr. Ballantyne, Bombay Theosophical Publication Fund, India, 1885. There are useful versions by Swami Vivekananda, Rohit Mehta and I. K. Taimni, among others.

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The above article was published on 11 August 2018. An initial version of it, with no indication as to the name of the author, appeared in the August 2015 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 8-9.

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Aug 6, 2018

New Year

On the Hills of the Morning I Saw Him

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)



I saw on the hills of the morning,
The form of the New Year arise,
He stood like a statue adorning
The world with a background of skies.
There were courage and grace in his beautiful face,
And hope in his glorious eyes.

“I come from Time’s boundless forever”,
He said, with a voice like a song,
“I come as a friend to endeavour,
I come as a foe to all wrong.
To the sad and afraid I bring promise of aid,
And the weak I will gird and make strong.”

“I bring you more blessings than terrors,
I bring you more sunlight than gloom,
I tear out your page of old errors,
And hide them away in Time’s tomb.
I reach you clean hands, and lead on to the lands
Where the lilies of peace are in bloom.”

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote several poems with the same title “New Year”. The above one was reproduced from the book “Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox”, W.P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, Edinburgh, undated, probably 1917, 527 pages, see p. 434. It was published in our associated websites on 06 August 2018.

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Aug 3, 2018

Life

He Who is Altruistic and Does
His Best May Attain the Highest Goal

Ella Wheeler Wilcox




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In the following poem Ella Wheeler
Wilcox uses the theosophical concept of
Adepts, Initiates, or Masters of the Wisdom.

(CCA)

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All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.

We do not always win the race
By only running right;
We have to tread the mountain’s base
Before we reach its height.

The Christs alone no errors made;
So often had they trod
The paths that lead through light and shade,
They had become as God. [1]

As Krishna, Buddha, Christ again,
They passed along the way,
And left those mighty truths which men
But dimly grasp to-day.

But he who loves himself the last
And knows the use of pain,
Though strewn with errors all his past,
He surely shall attain.

Some souls there are that needs must taste
Of wrong, ere choosing right;
We should not call those years a waste
Which led us to the light.

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[1] In esoteric philosophy, the word “God” means the higher self, the spiritual soul, the universal and sacred Law impersonally present in everyone’s heart. (CCA)

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The above poem was published in our associated websites on 03 August 2018. It was reproduced from the book “Poems of Power”, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Gay and Hancock, Ltd., London, 1912, 164 pp., see pp. 79-80.

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Aug 1, 2018

Resolve

Building the Structure of One’s Future

Ella Wheeler Wilcox




Build on resolve, and not upon regret,
The structure of thy future. Do not grope
Among the shadows of old sins, but let
Thine own soul’s light shine on the path of hope
And dissipate the darkness. Moist no tears
Upon the blotted record of lost years,
But turn the leaf, and smile, oh, smile, to see
The fair white pages that remain for thee.

Prate not of thy repentance. But believe
The spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow.
That which the unpreaching spirit can achieve,
The grand and all creative forces know;
They will assist and strengthen as the light
Lifts up the acorn to the oak-tree’s height.
Thou hast but to resolve, and lo! God’s [1] whole
Great universe shall fortify thy soul.

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[1] In esoteric philosophy, the word “God” means the higher self, the spiritual soul, and the universal Law impersonally present in everyone’s heart. (CCA)

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The above poem was published in our associated websites on 01 August 2018. It was reproduced from the book “Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox”, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Edinburgh, UK, W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, undated edition, probably 1917, see pp. 456-457.

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