Apr 9, 2021

The Aquarian Theosophist, April 2021

 

 
 
 
These are the main texts of The Aquarian, April 2021 edition:
 
* Lieutenant-Colonel St. Anthony - the popular devotion to a Saint (p.01).
 
* The Theosophical Meaning of Easter Eggs (p.03).
 
* George Bernard Shaw, on Universities (p.04).
 
* The Secret Doctrine in French Language (p.05).
 
* Helena Blavatsky, On Cruelty to Animals (p.07).
 
* Correspondence With Joy Mills - 03 - Evaluating Mistakes and Strong Points in the Theosophical Literature (p.09).
 
* Thoughts Along the Road - Going Slow One Goes Far, Provided That One Knows Where One Wants to Go (p.14).
 
* St. Anthony of Lisbon and Padua, on Prelates (p.16).
 
The edition has 16 pages, and includes the List of New Items in the associated websites.

 
 
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The entire collection of The Aquarian is available at our 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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Regarding the path to happiness, one should remember this phrase by Helena Blavatsky (photo): “Deserve, then desire”.
 
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Apr 5, 2021

Star Angel Worship in the Roman Catholic Church

 The Christian Adoration
Of Star and Planetary Spirits

Helena P. Blavatsky

Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Amadeus of Portugal (1420-1482)
 
 
 
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The following article is reproduced from
Collected Writings”, H. P. Blavatsky, TPH,
India/USA, volume X, 461 pp., pp. 13-32. It was
first published at “Lucifer” magazine [1], July, 1888,
pages 355-365. It is also part of the February 2020
edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pages 10-22.
 
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Star Angel Worship in
the Roman Catholic Church
 
NOTE:
 
[1] The name “Lucifer” is an ancient term for Venus, the morning and evening star - the “elder sister” of our Earth according to esoteric philosophy. Since the Middle Ages, the meaning of the word has been distorted by superstitious theologians. (CCA)
 
 
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The above article was published in the associated websites on 05 April 2021.
 
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Mar 28, 2021

The Right Angle

 A Selection on Masonry from the Writings
of HPB, Compiled by Geoffrey A. Farthing

Helena P. Blavatsky

 

 
Preface
 
These extracts from H. P. Blavatsky’s (H.P.B.’s) voluminous works are intended to give some information about Masonry and the flavour of her thinking on the subject as she dealt with it over the period of her writing from 1875 to 1891.
 
H.P.B. was exposed to Masonry via relatives and friends in her formative years, and later many of her associates were Masons. Among them were some, including Col. Olcott who helped in the founding of the Theosophical Society and became its first President.
 
 
  
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The book “The Right Angle” was published in the associated websites on 28 March 2021.
 
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Take a look at texts by G. A. Farthing. Visit the website of The Blavatsky Trust.
 
You are invited to see the texts “Life And Work of Geoffrey Farthing”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline, and “G. Farthing, the Constant Theosophist”, by Robert Kitto.
 
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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
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Mar 24, 2021

The Power of Life

 The Purpose of Obstacles Is to Teach Us a Lesson

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

 
 
 
In the Introduction to his 2015 book “The Big Drop”, James Rickards makes a short “fictional dystopia” in the spirit of ‘Brave New World’ or ‘1984’.
 
Published five years before the world health crisis which started in 2020, the visionary narrative is set in 2024 and, according to Rickards, was intended to “encourage readers to be alert to dangerous trends in society, some of which are already in place”.
 
This is the narrative:
 
Life in the Year 2024
 
As I awoke this morning, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2024, from restless dreams, I found the insect-sized sensor implanted in my arm was already awake. We call it a “bug”. U.S. citizens have been required to have them since 2022 to access government health care.
 
The bug knew from its biometric monitoring of my brain wave frequencies and rapid eye movement that I would awake momentarily. It was already at work launching systems, including the coffee maker. I could smell the coffee brewing in the kitchen. The information screens on the inside of my panopticon goggles were already flashing before my eyes.
 
Images of world leaders were on the screen. They were issuing proclamations about the fine health of their economies and the advent of world peace. Citizens, they explained, needed to work in accordance with the New World Order Growth Plan to maximize wealth for all. I knew this was propaganda, but I couldn’t ignore it. Removing your panopticon goggles is viewed with suspicion by the neighborhood watch committees. Your “bug” controls all the channels.
 
I’m mostly interested in economics and finance, as I have been for decades. I’ve told the central authorities that I’m an economic historian, so they’ve given me access to archives and information denied to most citizens in the name of national economic security.
 
My work now is only historical, because markets were abolished after the Panic of 2018. That was not the original intent of the authorities. They meant to close markets “temporarily” to stop panic, but once the markets were shut, there was no way to reopen them without the panic starting again. [1]
 
Not a bright scenario. Yet humanity has defeated challenges bigger than this one.
 
The Power of Spring
 
In the same book, Rickards examines the growing militarization of the streets since the 20th century. He says:
 
“When I was kid, cops would walk the beat and get kittens out of trees. Today, they’re wearing body armor, helmets, night vision goggles, flash bang grenades, battering rams, and automatic weapons. They drive around in armored personnel carriers. They’re using drones, surveillance, etc. We have a heavily militarized police force in every county and town in America. Under government direction, that militarization could be used to keep social order. These are the kinds of scenarios you’re looking at if the system collapses.” [2]
 
The dangers seen by Rickards are real. Measures should be taken to protect life and freedom.
 
Yet there is no need to get hypnotized by disappointing facts. George Orwell gives us a strong reason to remain independent from the passing waves of materialism and negativity.
 
In 1946, mass hypnosis or collective mind domination through propaganda was a relatively recent phenomenon. However, by then it was already clear enough that the problem is caused by both left-wing and right-wing politics, although “Left” and “Right” astutely prefer accusing each other. Pioneer in examining the problem, but struggling with his own poor health, the British author of “1984” found relief in the love of nature. Orwell wrote an article about the common toad and the yearly power of spring to renew all life.
 
He said:
 
“I think that by retaining one’s childhood love of such things as trees, fishes, butterflies and - to return to my first instance - toads, one makes a peaceful and decent future a little more probable, and that by preaching the doctrine that nothing is to be admired except steel and concrete, one merely makes it a little surer that human beings will have no outlet for their surplus energy except in hatred and leader worship.”
 
The writer proceeds:
 
“At any rate, spring is here, even in London N. 1, and they can’t stop you enjoying it. This is a satisfying reflection. How many a time have I stood watching the toads mating, or a pair of hares having a boxing match in the young corn, and thought of all the important persons who would stop me enjoying this if they could. But luckily they can’t. So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring.”
 
The purpose of life is to learn, regardless of one’s circumstances. Orwell says:
 
“The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it.” [3]
 
In order words, the laws of nature are more powerful than human-made propaganda.
 
Happiness In the Middle of Suffering
 
The cyclic vitality of the planet and the balance of its ecosystems can renew themselves in surprising ways, and they do that at the right time. An altruistic love of life has unlimited healing effects. Human potentiality for good is as boundless as the universe.
 
The number of human souls that are ready for the next civilization of universal brotherhood may be greater than necessary already, regardless of the pain that is perhaps unavoidable during the transition. The good news is that in Eastern tradition, Dukkha or suffering is reduced by thinking of the sane future and working for it.
 
Right thinking leads to right action. In the Dhammapada, a classical book of Buddhist philosophy, one can see this advice:
 
“Let us, then, free from hate, live happily among those who hate; among men who hate let us dwell free from hate.”
 
At first sight, the idea may seem absurd. But this is a commentary to the sentence:
 
“Hate and fear are often born as twin brothers. However, hostilities cannot heal the bipolar disorder of fear and hate, or the other diseases of the soul.  Justice, goodwill and discernment do the healing - in due time. Hard work and patience are needed. If people around you give up reason and discernment and adhere to unbalanced feelings, you must strengthen your own common sense and the contact with your spiritual soul.”
 
What can one do in practical terms?
 
“There is an effective way to help people who suffer and live in desperation; - but it does not consist in becoming a sadomasochist yourself. One must tread the path of inner contentment instead, and show the path to the sufferers, so that they can realize that there is a gradual way out of pain.” [4]
 
Human potentiality for good is immense. The moments in History when spiritual ignorance and the absence of ethics prevail are all relatively brief.  Profound suffering often teach us lessons which we ourselves consistently refused to learn, as long as they were painless.
 
There is an evolutionary purpose and meaning in the difficulties now faced by humanity. Obstacles to life help establish the creative tension necessary for our consciousness to expand and to get rid of blind forms of ignorance. Thus we recover the right combination of good will, balance, and discernment. 
 
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[1] “The Big Drop”, James Rickards, Laissez Faire Books, first edition, 2015. Second edition, Agora Financial, 289 pages, see pp. 1-2.
 
[2] “The Big Drop”, James Rickards; second edition, 2016, USA, 191-192.
 
[3] From George Orwell’s essay “Some Thoughts on the Common Toad”.
 
[4] From my article Lasting Happiness in Eastern Wisdom”.
 
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The above article was published by the associated websites on 24 March 2021. It is also available in the theosophical blog at “The Times of Israel”.  Part of it is included in the February 2021 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”.
 
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Regarding the path to happiness, one should remember this phrase by Helena Blavatsky (photo): “Deserve, then desire”.
 
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Mar 18, 2021

Abandoning the Sociological Delusion

The Quality of the Social World is
a Reflection of the Reality of the Soul

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

 
 
 
The amount of lessons potentially taught us by life is probably infinite.
 
An Eastern master of the wisdom wrote that sermons can be preached even through stones.[1] The wind teaches us, and so does the lightning. The rain speaks to us. The Moon and the Sun are good teachers.
 
Our ability to learn the lessons, however, is rather limited.
 
One of the obstacles is the false impression that we know much already. Another one is our attachment to the habit of thinking as usual, thus remaining limited to the surface of things. It is in the wordless silence that one’s mind awakens from illusion and learns the art of living. Yet this is not easy, for truth is often rejected or underestimated by us. Let us see one basic principle that is hard to accept.
 
The Awakening of the Soul
 
It may seem too severe to say this in so many words, but there is a trap in thinking that human life can be improved by mere political action, or through economic prosperity.
 
He who can’t find happiness in a simple life will not find it in material opulence.
 
For millennia mankind has suffered from a sociological delusion: the idea that if we make this or that change in social structure, nations will attain happiness.
 
All forms of good intention are not equally effective in the short term. The right purpose can only produce real results here and now if there are both realism and discernment.
 
The superficial aspect of political and social life tends to create short-term expectations.  Leaders use to promise that there will be a magic improvement for all, if only such and such fact occurs. Yet real betterment in the life of a nation does not depend mainly on external events. It needs above all a certain progress in the soul and in the ethics of each citizen.  Hence the immortal sentence by Kahlil Gibran, once used by John Kennedy in a famous speech:
 
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” [2]
 
The challenge of theosophists includes publicly examining the central aspects of social reality so as to demonstrate where their lasting solution is, and where it is not.
 
The love of one’s country is important. Another basic step is to understand that the quality of the social world is a reflection of the reality of the soul. Therefore human life can be improved mainly from within, secondarily from the outside. Before harvesting, one must sow the right seeds. The energy of real progress flows from the soul to the periphery, from immortal consciousness to the outer world of passing forms of perception. Eastern wisdom invites us to work along these lines. And the Jewish tradition says:
 
“Better to be forbearing than mighty;
To have self-control than to conquer a city.” [3]
 
When people have a correct sense of unity and equilibrium, there is social justice.
 
Wherever human souls have a sense of ethics, there is ethics in Politics. Each time people love truth for its own sake and don’t want to distort it, social leaders are loyal to the community.  
 
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[1] Page 204 in “Letters From the Masters of the Wisdom - First Series”, Fourth edition, 1948, Letter II to Laura Holloway. In the 1973 edition, see p. 150.
 
[2] See the article “Kahlil Gibran on the Middle East”.
 
[3]Tanakh, the Holy Scriptures”, The Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia-Jerusalem, copyright 1985, 1624 pp., see Proverbs 16: 31-32, p. 1312.
 
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Read more:
 
* Getting Rid of Rousseau’s Delusion;
 
* Political Left, Ethics and Brotherhood;
 
* The Theosophy of Abraham Lincoln;
 
* Each Citizen is an Emperor, in Modern Democracy.
 
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Abandoning the Sociological Delusion” was published in the associated websites on 18 March 2021. An initial version of it is part of the February 2018 edition of The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 1-2. See also page 4. 
 
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