Jun 21, 2022

Teamwork - a Poem

 Have You Seen a Flock of Geese
Flying Towards a Warmer Land?
 
Olga Attovna Fedorova

 
 
 
Have you seen a flock of geese high flying
In the sky towards the south warmer land?
In their farewell so loudly crying,
Moving forward in a “V” shape band?
 
Such a shape can help them moving faster
Every goose gets beneficial free lift
From the front one, which it’s flying after,
Being a part of a proper-ordered drift.
 
And the benefit of such formation
Is to keep a steady visual contact
With the other birds. The destination
Can be reached much sooner if the route’s exact.
 
And it makes it easier to keep together,
And to broaden fields of vision, while blind spots
Are avoided in the storming weather;
Birds can fly directly south across, lots.
 
Isn’t it a model of team working?
Keeping well together through a good contact,
When they help each other, of the others thinking,
While maintaining the main goal intact.
 
(24.09.18)
 
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The above poem was published in the associated websites in October 2018.
 
Russian Theosophist Olga Attovna Fedorova lives in the outskirts of Moscow. She is an associate of the Independent Lodge of Theosophists, ILT.
 
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Read more:
 
* Inner Fortress (a poem).
 
 
 
 
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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
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Jun 20, 2022

Thoughts Along the Road - 60

The Duty of the Theosophical Movement
Is To Help Start Another Historical Cycle

Carlos Cardoso Aveline
 
 
 
 
* There are two aspects in learning. One is acquiring, the other is letting go. In order to obtain celestial wisdom, one must renounce earthly astuteness.
 
* The pilgrim can only go ahead on the path if he leaves behind the landscape he is familiar with. We all have much to unlearn. Identifying and rejecting illusion is as important as absorbing eternal knowledge. The awakening of intelligence shows all things, beautiful and ugly: a karmic choice is unavoidable at every step.
 
* No amount of elegant excuses can legitimize disrespect, hatred or intentional violence. We stand with goodness, with truthfulness and altruism. Inner peace and moderation result from wisdom. Law and Ethics are of the essence.
 
* The whole world is in peace, as long as we are in peace. In other words: into the extent that we are connected to our spiritual soul, we are also in unity with the silent and occult harmony of the One Law that rules Life everywhere. This sort of peace transcends conflict. It heals the disease of naiveté. It unmasks illusion. It reduces the source of pain. It teaches people how to leave aside the lack of discernment.
 
* Daily discipline gives the universal perception of things a chance to go down to earth and to exist in peace and simplicity, in humble silence, in a kind of nothingness and meaninglessness that promises the plenitude of totality. The natural firmness of discipline reiterates that which we already know to be good. Correct habits give us a stable basis for the higher search and learning. An unchanging soil is needed by those who study the sky.
 
Defeating the Illusions of Naiveté
 
* Theosophy is not separate from daily life or social events. The state of human soul decisively influences the destiny of the outward world.
 
* In different moments of History, various countries take the lead and show the way. The very country that seems the most highly civilized in one circumstance may become the main center of disorder a little later. Social decay becomes unavoidable as soon as spirituality is dismantled and despised and its moral values are abandoned for no apparent reason.
 
* Students of theosophy are invited to examine how conscious has the theosophical movement been of its responsibility for the future of human civilization. And how loyal it has been to Truth and to its Search, since Annie Besant started talking to false masters and abandoned good sense in the beginning of the 20th century.
 
* The true theosophical movement - much smaller than the nominal one - stands at the higher and causal level of Karma. It has its own responsibilities in the history of a civilization, which Helena Blavatsky defines in the closing lines of her book “The Key to Theosophy”.
 
* Let us hope good willing people situated anywhere can help start a new historical cycle based on ethics and sincerity. Morality sustains civilized society. Its absence destroys it all.  Let us hope and work so that the social and political frauds (among them the illusions of hatred, money-addiction, sex-addiction and drug-addiction) will be duly unmasked in every country. May we help that happen in time to avoid unnecessary pain.
 
* A renewed sense of duty is being born again. One must not forget that the healing aspect of the birth of a new cycle is largely invisible in its first phases.
 
* The act of being born again is often a dramatic event at all levels - physical, emotional and spiritual. Most healing processes are both painful and dangerous.  The alchemy of rebirth, individual and collective, is no simple issue. It requires high karmic temperatures and the transmutation of substances. In such a context, one should think mainly of the best and the highest - with sober realism and discernment.
 
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The above article was published as an independent item in the associated websites on 20 June 2022. An initial version of it - with no indication as to the name of the author - is part of the July 2020 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 8-9.  The last two paragraphs, however, come from page 14 in the same edition, and were written by the same author.  
 
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See the text “A Prayer for Those Who Heal”.
 
Read other writings of Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
 
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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
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Jun 10, 2022

The Aquarian Theosophist, June 2022

 

 
 
 
This is the June 2022 edition of the Aquarian.  
 
The short article at page one was written by Helena Blavatsky: “Why a Poor Muddy Country Village May Be Better Than Paris or London”. 
 
On page two we have the note “The Duty to be Honest: Healing the Disease of Hypocrisy”. 
 
Page three presents “On the Deceptive Light of Western Sub-Race and Civilization”, which is a fragment of a letter from a Mahatma.
 
Other topics:
 
* A Basic Triad in the Search for Truth - Sincerity, Open-Mindedness and Discernment.
 
* Inner Integration - The Connection Between Feelings, Thought and Action.
 
* Link to “Theosophy and the Pralaya of the West”.

* In the Alchemy Along the Path: Is Antahkarana Really Helpful? 

* Thoughts Along the Road - Getting in Tune With the Universal Law.
 
* The Sense of Honour and Shame - 03 (Conclusion) - The Universal Influence of the Moral Sense, and That of Honour, and Their Uniformity.  By Francis Hutcheson.
 
* Theosophy is About Seeking for Truth: Dogma and Ritual Suffocate the Soul. An article by Helena P. Blavatsky.
 
With 17 pages, the edition contains the List of New Items in the associated websites.
 
You can give your friends a tool to better understand the future. Invite them to join the study-group E-Theosophy in Google Groups.
 
 
 
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May 28, 2022

Theosophy and the Pralaya of the West

Did H. P. Blavatsky Foresee the End
of Western Materialistic Civilization?

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

H.P. Blavatsky and Dwight Eisenhower
 
 
 
Both Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Helena Blavatsky have questioned the validity of the blind sort of material progress, of which Western civilization has been so proud for a few centuries. Vinoba Bhave, Mahatma Gandhi, Visconde de Figanière and other thinkers did the same.
 
Writing about the West, Ms. Blavatsky said:  
 
* “As civilization progresses, moral darkness pervades the alleged light of Christianity.”
 
And she added:
 
* “The chosen symbol of our boasted civilization ought to be a huge boa constrictor. Like that monstrous ophidian, with its velvety black and brilliant golden-hued spots, and its graceful motions, civilization proceeds insidiously, but as surely, to crush in its deadly coils every high aspiration, every noble feeling, aye, even to the very discrimination of right and wrong. Conscience, ‘God’s vicegerent in the soul’, speaks no longer in man; for the whispers of the still small voice within are stifled by the ever-increasing din and roar of Selfishness.” [1]
 
And this is the road to the end.
 
As soon as the contact is lost between spiritual soul and lower self, physical life loses its direction, becomes senseless and begins preparing its own destruction.  Then acceleration comes. “Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad”, wrote H. P. Blavatsky, repeating an old adage.[2] Another rendering of the same axiom says: “When the Gods want to punish someone, they make him become blind and invite him to start running.”
 
It was into a large extent to reduce or avoid such a karmic, cyclic, “progress to self-destruction” that Blavatsky founded the modern theosophical movement in 1875. 
 
How successful has the movement been in fighting against the sources of Western moral decay? Such a question is, of course, uncomfortable. However, it is unavoidable for every honest theosophist, for sincerity and realism are the true foundations of self-improvement. Learning from mistakes is the law.
 
The End of a Western Cycle
 
In a decisive sentence, H.P. Blavatsky clarifies an idea which some theosophical leaders have been forgetting to consider, when they evaluate the reality and the future of their associations:
 
“…The Ethics of Theosophy are more important than any divulgement of psychic laws and facts.” [3]
 
In order to be useful, knowledge has to be correctly used to attain worthy goals.
 
Ethics is the science of sowing good karma, and every civilization or theosophical group can only harvest that which it has planted.
 
Social and political structures do not emerge by chance. They are mere embodiments and expressions of collective karma. In order to improve society, one has to improve oneself. At the same time, a better Karma must be produced collectively, according to the law of cycles.
 
Helena Blavatsky wrote that “politics does not enter into the programme” of the theosophical movement in its activity, but she immediately added: 
 
“Yet as everything under the sun now seems to have become connected with politics, which appear to have become little else but a legal permission to break the ten commandments, a regular government license to the rich for the commission of all the sins which, when perpetrated by the poor, land the criminal in jail, or hoist him upon the gallows - it becomes difficult to avoid touching upon politics. There are cases which, emanating directly from the realm of political and diplomatic action, cry loudly to the common ethics of humanity for exposure and punishment.” [4]
 
Then she mentions a public policy that has preserved every civilization, and whose absence has served to destroy them all in due time:
 
“It is a truism of too long standing, a policy acted upon by every civilized nation from antiquity, that the prosperity of every state is based upon the orderly establishment of family principles. Nor is anyone likely to deny that social ethics depend largely upon the early education received by the growing-up generations. On whom does the duty devolve of guiding that education from early childhood? Who can do so better than a loving mother, once that her moral worth is recognised by all, and that no evil report has ever sullied her fame? The youth and his later intellectual training may well be left to the firmer hand of the father: the care of his childhood belongs by all divine and human rights to the mother alone; the parent who gave her offspring not only a part of her flesh and blood, but a portion likewise of her immortal soul - that which shall create hereafter the real man, the true EGO. This is the ABC of the life-duties of mankind; and it is the first duty of those in power to guard the sacred maternal rights against any brutal violation.” [5]
 
Sigmund Freud, the founder of Psychoanalysis, made it clear that it takes a strong moral effort, collectively established, to build a civilization and to keep it alive. The process implies a significant degree of renunciation to selfishness.
 
Pitirim A. Sorokin showed that the absence of such a moral effort provokes the implosion of the mechanisms of mutual confidence, mutual help and social structures. Damodar Mavalankar wrote a revealing note about the relation between human ethics and the cycles of planetary karma. [6]
 
In a letter to Alfred Sinnett, a Master of the Wisdom clarified the fate of Western societies.
 
Referring to the ancient civilizations of the Central and South America, he wrote that “their sub-race ended in nearly total annihilation through causes generated by itself; so will yours at the end of its cycle”. [7]
 
Theosophists who happen to know that they are co-responsible for the future of mankind must therefore be ready to evaluate the actual level of morality present in the Western societies. It is also important to examine the degree of common respect for truth and for Life, in such nations.
 
If immorality and drug-addiction are rampant and have been defined as “liberty”; if selfishness is seen as “democracy”; if altruism and self-restraint are widely ridiculed; if the lessons from past civilizations are despised; if machines, money and material technology are worshipped; if feelings of collective fear and hatred are being used in large scale to provoke wars and to multiply the profits of giant weapon-industries; if mere propaganda has replaced reasoning and honest debates - then theosophists should make a special effort. They have the duty and privilege to look at the social events from the point of view of classical theosophical teachings, so as to see and understand what comes next in the Karma of the Western civilization.
 
Various forms of vanity have brought modern Western Civilization to a resounding defeat.  Among them, the vanity of thinking that it is better than the ancient and the Eastern ones.
 
Regarding Western Christian nations, H.P. Blavatsky writes:  
 
* “… What, after all, does our civilization amount to in the face of the grandiose civilizations of the Past, now so remote and so forgotten, as to furnish our modern conceit with the comforting idea that there never were any true civilizations at all before the advent to Christianity?”  [8]
 
A few paragraphs later, after examining the superficiality of the idea according to which the West is “superior” to the East, HPB adds:
 
* “The progress we have achieved, so far, relates in every case to purely physical appliances, to objects and things, not to the inner man. We have now every convenience and comfort of life, everything that panders to our senses and vanity, but not one atom of moral improvement do we find in Christendom since the establishment of the religion of Christ. As the cowl does not make the monk, so the renunciation of the old Gods has not made men any better than they were before, but only, perhaps, worse.” [9]
 
The very term “civilization” has been defined in radically different ways by all nations and societies:
 
* “The simple truth is that the word ‘civilization’ is a very vague and undefined term. Like good and evil, beauty and ugliness, etc., civilization and barbarism are relative terms. For that which to the Chinaman, the Hindu, and the Persian would appear the height of culture, would be regarded by the European as a shocking lack of manners, a terrible breach of Society etiquette.” [10]
 
History shows that since the birth of the modern era, prejudices against African nations were used by the Catholic West to justify violence and mass murder against them, and the exploitation of black people as slaves.
 
Antisemitic prejudices justified persistent violence and hatred against Jews. False ideas of moral superiority regarding native American nations were used to legitimize long-standing mass murder promoted by “Christian” authorities.
 
The false notion of Western “superiority” regarding Asia was an excuse for the shameless Opium Wars against China and for countless acts of systematic, imperialist and colonialist violence against Asian and Middle Eastern nations. Prejudices against Russia have fed recurrent waves of hatred of the West against that mysterious half-Asian nation which happens to be the sole country, according to Blavatsky, where the true ideal of Christ is still alive. [11]  
 
There is nothing new under the Sun, and Russophobia has not been invented in the 21st century. The fate of such a feeling, however, has not been brilliant. Both Napoleon and Adolf Hitler attempted to destroy Russia, thus duly bringing their nations to defeat and humiliation. But the Napoleonic and Nazi wars against Russia were no isolated events. In August 1890, Helena Blavatsky took some time to calmly examine the Western arrogance and lack of sincerity, regarding the cultural world of that Slavic nation:
 
“Oh the virtuous indignation, the roaring tempest raised in the tender souls of American and British philanthropists at the rumor that Russian authorities in Siberia are not as tender as they should be towards their political prisoners! What a hullabaloo of loud protests of ‘indignation meetings’, of gigantic gatherings to denounce their neighbors, while they keep prudently silent about the same misdeeds at home.” [12]
 
The imperialistic sectors of Western civilization are addicted to fabricating wars. In order to do that, they need to stimulate hatred - and invent scapegoats.  
 
Blavatsky proceeds:
 
“A monster meeting of some 250,000 men protested the other day at Hyde Park ‘in the name of civilization and humanity’ against the brutal behavior of some unknown Russian officials and jailors. Now, one can readily understand and entirely appreciate the feelings of the masses, of the oppressed, the suffering poor and the hoi polloi in general. These being ‘sat upon’ from birth to death by the high and the wealthy of their own land, and having all, to a man, many a sore place in their hearts, must feel them vibrating with pain and sympathy with their brothers in sorrow of other countries.”
 
The Psychology of the masses is used by some to strengthen their own domination over naive populations. Thus England and America were united in their credulity.  
 
HPB proceeds:
 
“True, the energy expended at the said meeting might have been more usefully directed, perhaps, against local and colonial ‘Siberias’ and ‘Dead Houses’; but such as it was, the impulse being genuine, every Theosophist regarded it with respect. But that to which every member of the Theosophical Society ought to refuse that feeling of sympathy is the hypocritical cant in this matter of sundry editors who remain dumb in face of misdeeds at home, pouring all their wrath on the abuse of power and the brutality of Russian officers. This is enough to make an owl laugh in full daylight. That charges of cruelty should be brought forward, and leprous spots singled out on the body of Russia by England and America is a sufficiently curious piece of moral audacity; but that this attitude should be supported and even enforced, by certain editors, instead of being passed over in prudent silence…”.
 
HPB then says that theosophy “has nought to do with the political situation in all this affair”, but the reader must, on the other hand, see that theosophy “has everything to do with its moral aspect”.  
 
And she explains:
 
“Having its mission at heart, to wit: to bring ‘to light the hidden things of darkness’, it has naturally a good deal to say about drunken John and drunken Jonathan nodding so frowningly at drunken Peter, and so gravely moralising at him as though they were themselves sinless.”[13]
 
Since the end of the Second World War, the military-industrial complex has had an unchecked and undue amount of political power, and has been able to freely fabricate the enemies it thinks it needs.  In 1961, Dwight Eisenhower made a public warning about this. He should know what he was talking about, because he was then the president of the United States. [14]
 
Preserving the Diversity of Civilizations
 
The time has come for a certain Pralaya - a period of rest and repose - of the West.
 
The constant expansionism and anxiety of Modern Era - dominated by Western powers - is not needed any longer and has come to an end.
 
Wars are bad for human health. They are bad for the environment. They accelerate the growth of excessive CO2 in the global atmosphere. Wars are bad for children. They are harmful for the soil, the waters, the forests and for the cities. They are bad for the soul and for the spiritual life of mystical people.
 
Therefore we do not need wars any longer.
 
We may say thanks to the United States of America. The unipolar world based on nuclear blackmail cannot live any longer. It has ended. We are free to see the facts by ourselves: the world community is multipolar. 
 
Our planetary village constitutes a rich and complex intercultural process of constantly creative evolution. Different civilizations coexist in this community, and mutual help is the Law. Mutual respect is the duty of all. Each civilization has its own cycle.  The West, still excessively young and too unexperienced, has much to learn from older and wiser civilizations. It will certainly learn a few stern lessons.
 
However, the acceptance of the pralaya or repose on the part of Western “powers” will occur according to Karma.  Such a world transition might involve a large cataclysm.
 
The Masters of the Eastern Wisdom wrote in various Letters that the Western civilization would end after its “anxious acceleration” got to its highest point possible. According to them, such a transition would not be necessarily harmonious.  
 
Let us hope - and work - for the better.
 
May the West accept its new repose period in peace, and start learning from older nations and ancient philosophies so that the world in the 21st century becomes a heaven in comparison with what it was in the nineteenth. Helena Blavatsky announced that this was most likely to occur - whatever the price to pay for it. It is our duty as citizens of good will to work to avoid unnecessary suffering during the arrival of the new day.
 
May the Western civilization have due respect for Life, and for the necessary diversity of civilizations in our planet.
 
Om, shanti. Om.
 
NOTES:
 
[1] From the article “Our Christian 19th Century Ethics”, in “Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume X, p. 81.
 
[2] “Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XII, p. 280.
 
[3] Five Messages”, H. P. Blavatsky, p. 26.
 
[4] From the article “Our Christian 19th Century Ethics”, in “Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume X, p. 82.
 
[5] “Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume X, p. 83.
 
[6]Human Ethics and Earthquakes”.  See also “Effects of Overindulgence in Sensuality”, by Pitirim A.  Sorokin.  
 
[7]The Mahatma Letters”, Letter XXIII-B, p. 149.
 
[8] “Collected Writings” of H.P. Blavatsky, Vol. XII, p. 275.
 
[9] “Collected Writings”, Vol. XII, 277.
 
[10] “Collected Writings”, Vol. XII, p. 278.
 
[11] See Blavatsky’s words quoted in the article “Slavophilism and Theosophy”.
 
[12] “Collected Writings”, Vol. XII, p. 279.
 
[13] “Collected Writings”, Vol. XII, pp. 279-280.
 
[14] See “Eisenhower Denounces Military-Industrial Complex”. Read Dwight Eisenhower, on Peace”.
 
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The above article was published in the associated websites on 28 May 2022.
 
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Read more:
 
* A Puranic Prophecy.
 
* The Fourfold Placenta.
 
* The Battle of Truth.
 
* Dwight Eisenhower, On Peace.
 
* A Prayer for Our Planetary Community.
 
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May 26, 2022

The Battle of Truth

 Twelve Prophetical Fragments, 
On Our Cycle and the Next One

Carlos Cardoso Aveline (Ed.)

 
 
 
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Statements and commentaries on the
future of mankind, selected from the writings
of H. P. Blavatsky and the Mahatma Letters.
The references are at the end of each fragment.
 
(CCA)
 
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1. A Master: The Law of Rebirth of the Past
 
Nor do we feel in any way concerned about the revival of our ancient arts and high civilization, for these are as sure to come back in their time, and in a higher form as the Plesiosaurus and the Megatherium in theirs. We have the weakness to believe in ever recurrent cycles and hope to quicken the resurrection of what is past and gone. We could not impede it even if we would. The “new civilization” will be but the child of the old one, and we have but to leave the eternal law to take its own course to have our dead ones come out of their graves; yet, we are certainly anxious to hasten the welcome event. Fear not; although we do “cling superstitiously to the relics of the Past” our knowledge will not pass away from the sight of man. It is the “gift of the gods” and the most precious relic of all. The keepers of the sacred Light did not safely cross so many ages but to find themselves wrecked on the rocks of modern scepticism.
 
(“The Mahatma Letters”, Letter XXVIII, pp. 214-215.)

2. HPB: The Past Contains the Seeds of the Future
 
“The world’s great age begins anew,
The golden years return,
The earth doth like a snake renew
Her winter weeds outworn.”
 
-SHELLEY [Hellas, lines 1060-63]
 
“My friend, the golden age hath passed away,
Only the good have power to bring it back ...”
 
-GOETHE
 
What had the author of Prometheus Unbound in his mind’s eye when writing about the return of the golden days, and the new beginning of the world’s great age? Has his poetical foresight carried his “Vision of the Nineteenth Century” into the “One Hundred and Nineteenth,” or has that vision revealed to him in gorgeous imagery the things to come which are the things that were?
 
Fichte assures us it is “a phenomenon of frequent occurrence, particularly in past ages,” that “what we shall become is pictured by something which we already have been; and that what we have to obtain is represented as something which we have formerly lost.” And he adds, “what Rousseau, under the name of the state of Nature, and the old poets by the title of the Golden Age, place behind us, lies actually before us.”
 
Such is also Tennyson’s idea, when he says:
 
“Old writers push’d the happy season back,-
The more fools they,- we forward: dreamers both …” [1]
 
Happy the optimist in whose heart the nightingale of hope can still sing, with all the iniquity and cold selfishness of the present age before his eyes! Our century is a boastful age, as proud as it is hypocritical; as cruel as it is dissembling.
 
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, pp. 186-187.)
 
NOTE:
 
[1] “The Golden Year”, lines 65-66. (Note by Boris de Zirkoff)
 
3. A Master: How a March to Absolute Evil  is Arrested

When your race - the fifth [1] - will have reached at its zenith of physical intellectuality, and developed the highest civilization (remember the difference we make between material and spiritual civilizations); unable to go any higher in its own cycle - its progress towards absolute evil will be arrested (as its predecessors the Lemurians and Atlanteans, the men of the third and fourth races were arrested in their progress toward the same) by one of such cataclysmic changes; its great civilization destroyed, and all the sub-races of that race will be found going down their respective cycles, after a short period of glory and learning. See the remnants of the Atlanteans, - the old Greeks and Romans …
 
(“The Mahatma Letters”, Letter XXIII-B, pp. 156-157.)
 
NOTE:
 
[1] The mahatma seems to be referring into a large extent to the fifth (Western) sub-race, which has been leading the fifth root-race. The teacher himself belongs to the fifth Root-Race. If he meant the fifth root-race as a whole he could have said “When our race - the fifth…”. In his sentence, “your” means “Western”. He is writing to a British citizen. Besides, the master is here talking about civilizations, which are a relatively short-term phenomenon and relate more to sub-races than to entire root-races. However, any particular sub-race, and even a particular civilization - like the present Western one - may lead an entire root-race for some time. Our Western civilization can lead mankind to a disaster of considerable proportions, through a nuclear war or other forms of environmental disruption; but the duty of Theosophists is to help prevent unnecessary suffering. Hence the warning made by the Eastern teacher. The next fragment, “An Anxious Process of Self-Annihilation”, confirms that the master is referring mainly to Western Civilization and the fifth sub-race. (CCA)

4. A Master: An Anxious Process of  Self-Annihilation

What do you know of America, for instance, before the invasion of that country by the Spaniards? Less than two centuries prior to the arrival of Cortez there was as great a ‘rush’ towards progress among the sub-races of Peru and Mexico as there is now in Europe and the U.S.A. Their sub-race ended in nearly total annihilation through causes generated by itself; so will yours at the end of its cycle.
 
(“The Mahatma Letters”, Letter XXIII-B, p. 149.)
 
5. HPB: The Deceptive Appearances of Western ‘Civilization’
 
Those who are not to be moved by either hysterical emotion or a holy fear of the multitudes and propriety; those, whom the voice of their conscience - “that still small voice” which, when heard, deafens the mighty roar of Niagara Falls itself and will not permit them to lie to their own souls - remain outside.
 
For these there is no hope in this departing age, and they may as well give up all expectation. They are born out of due time. Such is the terrible picture presented by our present cycle, now nearing its close, to those from whose eyes the scales of prejudice, preconception and partiality have fallen, and who see the truth that lies behind the deceptive appearances of our Western “civilization”.
 
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, p. 201.)
 
6. HPB: Will a New Day Dawn for Mankind?
 
But what has the new cycle in store for humanity? Will it be merely a continuation of the present, only in darker and more terrible colours? Or shall a new day dawn for mankind, a day of pure sunlight, of truth, of charity, of true happiness for all? The answer depends mainly on the few Theosophists who, true to their colours through good repute and ill, still fight the battle of Truth against the powers of Darkness.
 
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, pp. 201-202.)
 
7. HPB: What Happens if Divine Wisdom Prevails
 
If Theosophy prevailing in the struggle, its all-embracing philosophy strikes deep root into the minds and hearts of men, if its doctrines of Reincarnation and Karma, in other words, of Hope and Responsibility, find a home in the lives of the new generations, then, indeed, will dawn the day of joy and gladness for all who now suffer and are outcast. For real Theosophy IS ALTRUISM, and we cannot repeat it too often. It is brotherly love, mutual help, unswerving devotion to Truth. If once men do but realize that in these alone can true happiness be found, and never in wealth, possessions, or any selfish gratification, then the dark clouds will roll away, and a new humanity will be born upon earth. Then, the GOLDEN AGE will be there, indeed.
 
But if not, then the storm will burst, and our boasted western civilization and enlightenment will sink in such a sea of horror that its parallel History has never yet recorded.
 
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, p. 202.)
 
8. HPB: The Victory of Light, and the Western Cycle
 
… Error is powerful only on the surface, prevented as she is by Occult Nature from going any deeper; for the same Occult Nature encircles the whole globe, in every direction, leaving not even the darkest corner unvisited. And, whether by phenomenon or miracle, by spirit-hook or bishop’s crook, Occultism must win the day, before the present era reaches “Sani’s (Saturn’s) triple septenary” of the Western Cycle in Europe, in other words - before the end of the twenty-first century “A.D.”
 
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XIV, p. 27.)
 
9. HPB: The Responsibility of Theosophists

Theosophy first, and Theosophy last; for its practical realization alone can save the Western world from that selfish and unbrotherly feeling that now divides race from race, one nation from the other; and from that hatred of class and social considerations that are the curse and disgrace of so-called Christian peoples. Theosophy alone can save it from sinking entirely into that mere luxurious materialism in which it will decay and putrefy as civilizations have done. In your hands, brothers, is placed in trust the welfare of the coming century; and great as is the trust, so great is also the responsibility.

(“Five Messages”, H.P. Blavatsky, The Theosophy Company, Los Angeles, USA, p. 31.)

10. A Master: The Movement is a Collective Antahkarana
 
I regret deeply my inability to satisfy the honest, sincere aspirations of a few chosen ones among your group - not at least, for the present. Could but your L.L. [London Lodge] understand, or so much as suspect, that the present crisis that is shaking the T.S. [the theosophical movement] to its foundations is a question of perdition or salvation to thousands; a question of the progress of the human race or its retrogression, of its glory or dishonour, and for the majority of this race - of being or not being, of annihilation, in fact - perchance many of you would look into the very root of evil, and instead of being guided by false appearances and scientific decisions, you would set to work and save the situation by disclosing the dishonourable doings of your missionary world.
 
(“The Mahatma Letters”, Letter LXV, p. 365.)

11. HPB: The Destiny of the Theosophical Seeds

Our Society [the theosophical movement] is the tree of Brotherhood, grown from a kernel planted in the Earth by the angel of Charity and Justice, the day the first Cain slew the first Abel. (..…) Being a nucleus of a true Brotherhood, it depends upon them to make of their Society an ark destined, in a future not too distant, to transport the humanity of a new cycle beyond the vast muddy waters of the deluge of hopeless materialism. These waters are rising and at the present moment flood all the civilized countries. Are we going to let the good perish with the bad, afraid of the hue and cry and the ridicule of the latter, either against The Theosophical [Movement] or ourselves? Are we going to see them perish one after the other, one from fatigue, the other vainly seeking the ray of sunlight which shines for all, without throwing them a plank of salvation? Never!
 
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, pp. 281-282.)

12. HPB: Earth Will be a Heaven in the 21st Century
 
… If the Theosophical [Movement] survives and lives true to its mission, to its original impulses through the next hundred years - tell me, I say, if I go too far in asserting that earth will be a heaven in the twenty-first century in comparison with what it is now [in the nineteenth] !
 
(“The Key to Theosophy”, H.P. Blavatsky, 1889 edition, p. 307.)
 
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The above text was published as an independent item in the associated websites on 26 May 2022. It is also part of the April 2022 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 1-6.
 
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