Jan 24, 2020

Courage, a Majestic Thing

A Feeling That Can Become Sublime

Ella Wheeler Wilcox




There is a courage, a majestic thing
That springs forth from the brow of pain, full-grown,
Minerva-like, and dares all dangers known,
And all the threatening future yet may bring;
Crowned with the helmet of great suffering,
Serene with that grand strength by martyrs shown,
When at the stake they die and make no moan,
And even as the flames leap up are heard to sing.
A courage so sublime and unafraid,
It wears its sorrows like a coat of mail;
And Fate, the archer, passes by dismayed,
Knowing his best barbed arrows needs must fail
To pierce a soul so armoured and arrayed
That Death himself might look on it and quail.

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The above poem was published in our associated websites on 24 January 2020.

It was reproduced from the book “Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox”, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Edinburgh, W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, undated edition, probably 1917, pp. 461-462. Original title: “Courage”. The poem is also part of the July 2018 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 15-16.

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Jan 18, 2020

True Culture

When Thy Gaze Turns it on Thy Own Soul

Ella Wheeler Wilcox




The highest culture is to speak no ill;
The best reformer is the man whose eyes
Are quick to see all beauty and all worth;
And by his own discreet, well-ordered life,
Alone reproves the erring.

When thy gaze
Turns it on thy own soul, be most severe.
But when it falls upon a fellow-man,
Let kindliness control it; and refrain
From that belittling censure that springs forth
From common lips like weeds from marshy soil.

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The above poem was published in our associated websites on 18 January 2020, being  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 p. 263. It is also published at “The Aquarian Theosophist”, July 2018 edition, p. 05. Its verses convey a profound lesson in theosophy and a difficult task for both neophytes and experienced students.  No one should boast of being entirely above such a challenge.

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Jan 13, 2020

Devotion, Love and Truth

The Law That Protects Our Sky

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




Devotion is a transcendent form of love. Love is the name adopted by truth when it flows on the plane of feelings. Truth, on its turn, is the name of love as it works on the level of thoughts.

Truth and Love are therefore two names for the same process.

Theosophists often feel a religious devotion for truth. This means that they experience the integration, in themselves, of truthful thought and brotherly feeling. The fact enables them to understand the processes of both personal and cosmic life.

Truth-Love, also known by the name of Universal Law, moves and guides our little planet.

Good will, devotion and brotherhood bind the earth and the heaven together.

The compassion we may feel for smaller beings expands the devotion we have for those beings who are wiser than us.

Everything in the universe can be understood, for everything is essentially true and results from universal love.

The Love that is Truth, or Law, surrounds and protects our sky and every star. It moves the clusters of galaxies. It gives life to every cell in our physical body and helps them all breathe. It makes the wind move the leaves of trees. It regulates the waves of the seas so that they arrive in a certain rhythm on the beaches of the continents.

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The above text was published in the associated websites on 13 January 2020 and consists of a translation from the Portuguese: “Devoção, Amor e Verdade”.

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Recommended readings:  “The Five Dimensions of Love”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline; “Of Work and Love”, by Kahlil Gibran, and “Magnetic Circles of Universal Love”, by CCA.

You might want to see “The Art of Loving”, the book by Erich Fromm, and the story “Wherein Is Love, Therein Is God”, by Leo Tolstoy, translated from the Russian by Helena Blavatsky.

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Jan 10, 2020

The Aquarian Theosophist, January 2020




This edition opens with the article “Tuning in With Good Karma: The Art of Evoking the Future”. It says:

A theosophist calmly observes the world from the point of view of its sacred potentialities. He desires the best path to all beings, which is not the most comfortable.”

Page two presents “A Realistic View of Things”. The beginning of “Thoughts Along the Road” is on page three and its subtitle says: “Silence and Contemplation Can Be Found at Any Point”.

The article “Turkish Barbarities”, by Helena P. Blavatsky, will be found on pages 5-10. This is its subtitle: “From Time to Time Fanaticism Challenges Civilization, as in the Russian-Turkish War of 1877”.  

Other topics in this issue include:

* Pluto: a Struggle of Two Thousand Years;

* The Bright Side of Saturn

* From the Chinese Wen-tzu, on the Greatest Simplicity; and

* Taoist Tradition - the Way of Heaven and Earth.

With 14 pages, the edition includes the List of New Items at the associated websites.  



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If you want to help spread theosophy and ethics in today’s world, send the Aquarian to your friends; invite them to write to the editors making a free subscription of the journal.  

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Jan 8, 2020

The Power of Thinking

If You Want to Win

Walter D. Wintle




If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a certain - you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;
For out in this world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

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There are various versions of the above poem. Its first bibliographical source is uncertain. Original title: “Thinking”.  It was published as an independent item in the associated websites on 08 January 2020, being reproduced from “The Aquarian Theosophist”, March 2018 edition, pp. 13-14.  

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