Jan 29, 2023

Thoughts Along the Road - 66

Deep Satisfaction and Contentment
Are Produced by the Love of One’s Duty
 
Carlos Cardoso Aveline 

 
 
 
 
* We can see life more clearly by leaving aside the short-term events. Both Western and Eastern wisdom traditions cultivate and teach the practice of patience. Slow action expands one’s perception.
 
* The feeling of tranquility invites us to investigate the nature of Unlimited Duration. While illusions live in a narrow space and within the short-term time, wisdom inhabits large spaces and vast periods of Duration, which are more directly connected to the Eternal Reality.
 
* The process of self-education must be constant. To meditate is to transcend the effort to obtain short-term objects. By abandoning all personal interest, we contemplate the fullness of life which is beyond thought. Such a completeness has no name; it cannot be properly described or labeled. Spiritual wholeness can only be lived.
 
* However supported by the big media perhaps, soul-less political projects have no future. The blind worship of financial interests leads nowhere, and the same occurs to other materialistic illusions.  
 
* The future of mankind is luminous. The ancient wisdom is very much alive. In the East as in the West, ignorance is a passing phenomenon that comes and goes, while divine knowledge is eternal.
 
* The following prayer seems to belong to the Vedic tradition. It circulates - with small differences in wording - among various esoteric circles. Its authorship is also ascribed to this or that person. However, the value of its idea is real, and it is permanent:
 
* More radiant than the Sun,
Purer than the snow, 
Finer than the ether 
Is the Self, 
The spirit within my heart.
I am this Self, this Self am I.
 
Living on Another Planet
 
* Illusion generates illusion, and mental negativity results from the collective exaggeration of personal desires.
 
* On the other hand, deep satisfaction and a lasting contentment are produced by the love of one’s duty, by the joy of fulfilling one’s own tasks, by the decision to make each cycle of 24 hours a complete work of art, and by the habit of looking at life as a creative process which never ceases and never excludes anyone.
 
* He who knows his true Goal lives as if he were on a different planet from one whose life is but blindly dictated by short term circumstances.
 
The Art of Reading the Secret Doctrine
 
* The language with which “The Secret Doctrine” [1] addresses cosmic and human processes is complex and perplexing. Dealing with this is the price to pay for an invisible but extraordinary process. The study of that book activates new brain circuits and accelerates the individual birth to a kind of consciousness that is capable of directly understanding the Cosmos.
 
* The difficulty of the reading the S.D. turns out to work as a pedagogical tool. It makes it sure that we can only understand that work according to the merit we have, or the syntony. And that factor depends on our degree of calm concentration in studying universal principles and cosmic reality.
 
* One’s understanding is attained by layers. It depends on the art of combining a horizon of 360 degrees with symmetric factors such as concentration on the highest, detachment from lower things, and one-pointedness. Whatever our level of learning, we have the key that leads to higher layers of understanding. By trying incessantly, the student gathers the necessary energy and reaches his due amount of insight.
 
* It is no accident that “The Secret Doctrine” revolves around two sets of oriental verses of great inner beauty. Deep religiosity is poetic. Most classics of eternal wisdom express the rhythmic and transcendent harmony of all beings and every existing thing. The mythologies and sacred writings of the most diverse nations exemplify the fact. It is correct, therefore, to say that the life of the universe and the life of each soul must be studied through a poetic understanding, although no form of wisdom is tied to any particular approach.
 
NOTE:
 
[1] The book is available in the websites of the Independent Lodge of Theosophists.
 
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The above article was published as an independent item in the associated websites on 29 January 2023. An initial version of it - with no indication as to the name of the author - is part of the January 2021 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 11-12.  The Note “The Art of Reading the SD’ is reproduced from pp. 12-13 in the same edition. It is a translation from part of the Foreword, written by CCA, to the Portuguese-Brazilian Online Edition of “The Secret Doctrine”, by Helena Blavatsky.
 
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* Thoughts Along the Road - 01.
 
* The Shock Doctrine, by James Richards.
 
* Other writings of Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
                                
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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
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Jan 11, 2023

The Aquarian Theosophist, January 2023

 

 
 
 
The front page of the January edition presents an uncomfortable question: “Is the USA Working to Build World Peace?
 
The article says:
 
Good-willing persons should watch with care the actions of our great world champion of human rights, the only country which has used nuclear weapons so far.
 
In August 1945, the United States launched two atomic bombs against the entire civil populations of the cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was done in spite of the fact that Japan was already militarily defeated. Circumstances are well-documented. There was no military need, and no ethical justification, to use the bombs and instantly kill such a large and defenceless human population.”
 
On the other hand -
 
The country has had great leaders and thinkers like William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, to name a few. Its spiritual resources include extraordinary individuals like Martin Luther King Jr. It is still possible to stop a repeated mistake and reawaken to the practice of respectful cooperation.”
 
Is it the time now to have more respect for life?
 
On page three we have the historical speech on world peace delivered by John F. Kennedy, in 1963, a few months before being mysteriously assassinated.
 
Kennedy’s address contains a positive prophecy which theosophists know sooner or later will be a reality, one way or another: the liberation of the world from the nightmare of nuclear weapons.
 
Other topics in this edition:
 
* A Prayer for Our Planetary Community.
 
* Vasily Rozanov: On the Magic of Human Birth.

* Thoughts Along the Road: Each Winter Prepares a Springtime.

* Self-Control and Contentment - 02 (Concluded): How Far the Sensations, Appetites, Passions and Affections Are in Our Power, by Francis Hutcheson.

* Il’in, the Anticommunist Who Was Saved by Lenin - The Hegelian Thinker is Influential in Russia and Still Little-Known in the West.
 
* TheLos Angeles Times tells the Story of the Unthinkable in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A warning for present generations.
 
With 23 pages, the edition presents the List of New Items in the associated websites.
 
 
 
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Dec 30, 2022

A History of Russian Philosophy, Volume Two

The First Complete History of
Russian Philosophy in Any Language

V. V. Zenkovsky

 
 
 
Note by the Editors of the 1953 Edition
 
This two-volume work, which represents the first complete history of Russian philosophy in any language, is the fruit of nearly forty years of research and reflection on the author’s part. When it was first published in Paris in 1948 and 1950, the Russian edition was widely acclaimed as the most readable, as well as the most reliable, history of Russian philosophic thought yet written.
 
This English translation, which incorporates the author’s latest revisions and additions, will take its place as a standard work, a source of fascinating information and illuminating insights, for every student of Russian intellectual history. Written in a clear and direct style, with a minimum of technical terminology, Professor Zenkovsky’s work traces the development of Russian philosophy from its beginnings, as a product of religious experience and theological speculation, through the long process of secularization, and the successive impacts of intellectual currents from Europe, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 
 
The author, who is particularly well qualified for this task by virtue of his thorough knowledge of both Russian and Western cultural history, shows how these foreign intellectual currents were redirected and modified to fit the pattern, and satisfy the demands, of Russian historical experience.
 
The author’s sensitive yet dispassionate treatment of the views of Russian philosophers from Skovoroda and Radishchev in the eighteenth century to Nicholas Lossky, who is currently active, is based on an exhaustive study of sources which are generally unavailable in Western languages. His fresh and vigorous presentation of such widely misunderstood thinkers as Skovoroda, Chaadayev, Herzen and Leontyev is especially valuable, as is his discussion of the role of Marxism in the development of Russian thought, and his concise exposition of the philosophic views of such Marxists as Plekhanov, Bogdanov and Lenin.
 
Readers who are primarily interested in the broad proliferation of religious thought among recent Russian philosophers, will find a full treatment of the views of Vladimir Solovyov and his distinguished followers in the second volume of this richly rewarding book.
 
(The 1953 Editors)
 
 
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Vasily Vasilyevich Zenkovsky (photo) was born in Russia in 1881 and lived up to 1962. He left Russia in 1919.
 
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* History of Russian Philosophy, the one-volume work by N. O. Lossky.
 
 
 
 
 
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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these revealing words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
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A History of Russian Philosophy, Volume One

 The First Complete History of
Russian Philosophy in Any Language

V. V. Zenkovsky

 
 
 
Note by the Editors of the 1953 Edition
 
This two-volume work, which represents the first complete history of Russian philosophy in any language, is the fruit of nearly forty years of research and reflection on the author’s part. When it was first published in Paris in 1948 and 1950, the Russian edition was widely acclaimed as the most readable, as well as the most reliable, history of Russian philosophic thought yet written.
 
This English translation, which incorporates the author’s latest revisions and additions, will take its place as a standard work, a source of fascinating information and illuminating insights, for every student of Russian intellectual history. Written in a clear and direct style, with a minimum of technical terminology, Professor Zenkovsky’s work traces the development of Russian philosophy from its beginnings, as a product of religious experience and theological speculation, through the long process of secularization, and the successive impacts of intellectual currents from Europe, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 
 
The author, who is particularly well qualified for this task by virtue of his thorough knowledge of both Russian and Western cultural history, shows how these foreign intellectual currents were redirected and modified to fit the pattern, and satisfy the demands, of Russian historical experience.
 
The author’s sensitive yet dispassionate treatment of the views of Russian philosophers from Skovoroda and Radishchev in the eighteenth century to Nicholas Lossky, who is currently active, is based on an exhaustive study of sources which are generally unavailable in Western languages. His fresh and vigorous presentation of such widely misunderstood thinkers as Skovoroda, Chaadayev, Herzen and Leontyev is especially valuable, as is his discussion of the role of Marxism in the development of Russian thought, and his concise exposition of the philosophic views of such Marxists as Plekhanov, Bogdanov and Lenin.
 
Readers who are primarily interested in the broad proliferation of religious thought among recent Russian philosophers, will find a full treatment of the views of Vladimir Solovyov and his distinguished followers in the second volume of this richly rewarding book.
 
(The 1953 Editors)
 
 
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A History of Russian Philosophy, Volume One” and “A History of Russian Philosophy, Volume Two” were published in websites of the Independent Lodge of Theosophists on 31 December 2022.
 
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Vasily Vasilyevich Zenkovsky (photo) was born in Russia in 1881 and lived up to 1962. He left Russia in 1919.
 
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* History of Russian Philosophy, the one-volume work by N. O. Lossky.
 
 
 
 
 
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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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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these revealing words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
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Dec 26, 2022

Uncertain Winds Guide Public Opinion

 The Fierce Irony of a Warrior Shines in the
Last and Unfinished Text Left by HPB in1891

Helena P. Blavatsky

 
 
 
Public opinion in Russia, as anywhere else, is like
a kaleidoscope in which the combination of figures
change continually according to the movement of the
hand holding it; or, in other words, the notion of what
is possible or impossible, prudent or foolish, suitable or
unsuitable, depends on some leaders of science and fashion
who cause that public opinion to rotate like a weather-cock.”
 
(H.P.B.)
 
 
 
Editorial Commentary:
 
The following article was written in Russian by Helena Blavatsky to be used as the beginning of a “story”, which would be called “The Theosophical Society: a Truthful Tale of the Nineteenth Century”.
 
Its subtitle would be “Source-material for the Future History of Psychism in the Darwinian Epoch. Dedicated to the Skeptics of the Motherland”.
 
In spite of the humour and irony one finds in it, it is easy to see the pain with which HPB wrote the text, a short while before she died in London on 8 May 1891. The text shows Blavatsky had no illusions regarding what to expect from most theosophists, in terms of good sense and discernment. 
 
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Uncertain Winds Guide Public Opinion” is available as an independent item in the websites of the Independent Lodge of Theosophists since 26 December 2022. It is also part of the May 2019 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”.
 
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* The purpose of obtaining knowledge is to put it into practice.
 
* Accept the privilege of thinking with calm. Print the texts you study from the associated websites. Reading on paper helps us attain a deeper view of philosophical ideas. As the reader studies a printed text, he can underline sentences and make handwritten comments in the margins that link the ideas directly to his personal reality.
 
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