Sep 26, 2022

The Pioneers of the Future

 The Silent Work of Generating Good Karma

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

There are not too many citizens nowadays who dream of a better society or are willing to help build a brotherly civilization.
These individuals are theosophists, in fact if not in appearance. Whatever their number, there is one thing that they must know: cultural and karmic revivals depend on a rebirth of Contemplative Life, in the arts, in music, literature, Philosophy and Psychology. Narrow minds make life difficult; broad horizons produce harmony.
Good-willing individuals have as their dharma and duty the need to renew the collective karma of which they are a part, by pointing to higher possibilities.
With facts and words, the pioneers of the future unmask false views and disrupt established forms of delusion.
They are happy to work in silence.
They do so from an entirely new perspective, in which there is no place for hatred. For ill-will belongs to frustration, which provokes defeat, which results from ignorance. And renewal belongs to confidence in life, which provokes happiness, whose foundation is wisdom.
May the builders of our luminous future work with the highest ethics and in an effective, patient way.

And may spiritual light win the day. 

Om, shanti.
The above text is available as an independent item in the associated websites since 26 September 2022. An initial version of it is part of the December 2016 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, page 3. 
Read more:
* On Listening to the Trees, by Hermann Hesse.
* The Shock Doctrine, by James Richards.
* Other writings of Carlos Cardoso Aveline.

Sep 23, 2022

Thoughts Along the Road - 63

 Austerity and Contentment
Lead to the Victory of Peace

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

* One should not be too soft or too hard, with oneself or the others. Both an excessive kindness and a constant severity tend to throw life off balance. A certain amount of hardship is necessary for one to keep realistic. A degree of comfort is also welcome to the path of wisdom, if combined with moderation, austerity and voluntary simplicity.
* Trying to supress or forget the past is both vain and brainless. On the other hand, having a personal detachment regarding the past constitutes a decisive factor in being effective in whatever we do. One needs to look at the past with full independence, in order to take lessons from it, so as to build a better future in the short term and long term alike.
* No one can instantly attain perfection. However, all beings improve themselves in due time. We can always learn from our mistakes and do our best in the right direction.
* The true source of social peace is silent. It can be found in the soul of each one but cannot be produced by mere propaganda. External conditions can only - in the best scenario - accept the energy of the soul and adapt to it. An evolution of society in the right direction depends on the state of the inner being. The landscape that matters is the landscape of the soul, and this is closely related to the natural environment around us.
* Our collective loss of contact with the rhythms of nature has accelerated since the last decades of 15th century. It got worse after the industrial revolution of the 19th century. One hundred years ago, Paul Carton emerged as a strong Pythagorean voice teaching the need for a new cycle of natural health and close friendship with natural environment.
* In the 21st century, as the Western civilization faces growing problems, each of us can expand his physical and spiritual friendship with the trees and the living spaces that have resisted the cycle of urbanistic destruction. The result of such a practical decision is peace.
* Strengthening our personal closeness to nature, and more especially to the trees, is a powerful source of well-being and contentment for all. It can be put in practice here and now, in accordance with our daily reality and circumstances. The consequences are always beneficial.
The Key to Progress
* Personal desires open the door to confusion, while austerity and contentment lead to lasting victories. Lao-tzu said:
* “Earth is below and does not struggle for height, so it is secure and not dangerous. Water flows downward and does not struggle for speed, so it is not slow. Therefore sages grasp nothing and so lose nothing, contrive nothing and fail at nothing.” [1]
* Spiritual beauty flows above short term considerations. A knowledge of the Law enables the pilgrims to invisibly transcend external circumstances, while physically remaining where they are.
* A Master of the Wisdom wrote:
* “It is he alone who has the love of humanity at heart, who is capable of grasping thoroughly the idea of a regenerating practical Brotherhood who is entitled to the possession of our secrets. He alone, such a man - will never misuse his powers, as there will be no fear that he should turn them to selfish ends.” (Letter XXXVIII, p. 252, in The Mahatma Letters”.)
A Small Practical Action
* Theosophy must be applied to daily life. Look away from the above text and mentally examine those ideas from it which are more important for you. Write them down in a paper notebook, highlighting that which is useful to you at the current moment.
[1] “Wen-tzu, Further Teachings of Lao-tzu”, translated by Thomas Cleary, Shambhala Dragon Publications, 1992, see Chapter 47, page 47.
The above article was published as an independent item in the associated websites on 23 September 2022. An initial version of it - with no indication as to the name of the author - is part of the October 2020 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 21-22. The note “The Key to Progress”, also written by CCA, is reproduced from p. 16 in the same edition.   
Read more:
* On Listening to the Trees, by Hermann Hesse.
* The Shock Doctrine, by James Richards.
* Other writings of Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.

Sep 9, 2022

The Aquarian Theosophist, September 2022



The September edition starts with the article “To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World”, which says:
“Erich Fromm is relatively popular among theosophists. However, the number is not large of students of esoteric philosophy who know that Fromm’s wife, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, was an extraordinary psychiatrist who successfully treated schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders by psychoanalytic means and using no pharmaceutical drugs.”
But the text also discusses collective aspects of emotional and mental diseases:
The collective irruption of utter irrationality - a blind love of destruction in large scale - seems to be cyclic in human History. It is clearly recurrent, and Sigmund Freud studied it.”
Page 4 has the beginning of “Self-Knowledge and Inner Peace: Theosophy as a Spiritual Psychology”.
On page 6, “The Duty of Theosophists in the Present Moment of Our Planet”.
Helena P. Blavatsky: on Mexican Adepts and Initiates” starts on page 7.
On page 9 we have “The Mystery and Magic of Long-Term Love: The Philosophy of Spiritual Marriage”.
These are other topics:  
* What Happens After One’s Illusions Are Recognized As Such? 
* St. Francis de Sales: Keeping Your Emotions Under Control
* Thoughts Along the Road: In All Aspects of Life, Four Factors Are Essential Tools for One’s Victory

* Concerning the Finer Powers of Perception - 03 (Concluded), by Francis Hutcheson.
With 19 pages, the edition contains the List of New Items in the associated websites.
The above edition of The Aquarian was published on 09 September 2022. The entire collection of the journal is available HERE.
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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.

Sep 3, 2022

The Shock Doctrine

 Do Elites Fabricate
Crises? And What For?
James Rickards
James Rickards is an economist, former CIA adviser on strategic affairs, including
economic and financial warfare. He wrote “The Road to Ruin” and other best sellers. 
One of the most influential books among global power elites in the past 10 years is “Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism”, by Naomi Klein, published in 2007. The shock doctrine is an essential concept for understanding how power elites such as central bankers, finance ministers and the ultra-rich work behind the scenes to advance their agendas. It’s also how today’s world could quickly turn into the dystopian 2024 which I describe above. [1]
Shock doctrine is simple. Political leaders use crises to ramrod policies into place no one would accept in normal times.
The shock doctrine begins with the fact that power elites have agendas that take decades or even centuries to implement. These agendas include things like world money, global taxation, control of physical gold, population control and other plans intended to increase the power and wealth of the few at your expense. Political elites are not fools. They understand that their agenda is highly unpopular. They also understand that democracy empowers everyday citizens and makes their unpopular plans hard to implement. This is where the shock doctrine comes in useful.
A shock can take many forms. It can be a financial panic, terror attack, natural disaster, assassination or other extreme event of a kind that seems to come out of the blue but is actually somewhat regular and predictable. When the shock occurs, people become fearful [2] and look to their leaders for comfort. People begin to value order above liberty. It is at these critical moments that the elites stand ready with a “plan” that will restore order but also secretly advance their agenda.
In effect, inevitable shocks are used as a cover to implement plans that you would not accept in ordinary times. Order is restored at the expense of liberty. When the shock wears off, the new order remains but liberty is lost forever. This is the shock doctrine at work. After each episode, the elites retreat and wait for the next shock, which is always just a matter of time.
[1] Regarding James Rickard’s 2024 dystopia, see the article “The Power of Life”. (CCA)
[2] Or angry at some prefabricated “public enemy”, since the people can be emotionally manipulated by the big media, which are manipulated on their turn by money and political power. (CCA)
The above article was published as an independent item in the associated websites on the 3rd of September 2022.  It was reproduced from the book “The Big Drop”, by James Rickards, 2015-2016, copyright Agora Financial, Laissez Faire Books, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 289 pp., see pp. 5-6. A shorter version of the above fragment from Rickard’s book is included under the same title “The Shock Doctrine” in the March 2022 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist, pp. 4-5.
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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these revealing words: “Deserve, then desire”.

Aug 28, 2022

Escalation Toward a Nuclear War

‘It’s Time to Send U.S. Troops to Ukraine’
James Rickards
James Rickards, the author of “The Road to Ruin” and other best-sellers
On 26 April 2022, the following text was distributed by as a circular letter to its readers. It is also
available here. Original title: ‘It’s Time to Send U.S. Troops to Ukraine’.
Dear Reader,
It seems that more and more commentators and political figures are calling for an increased U.S. role in Ukraine, even the deployment of ground troops.
For example, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware recently argued, “We in Congress and the administration [must] come to a common position about when we are willing to go the next step and to send not just arms but troops to the aid in defense of Ukraine.”
Coons later walked back his comments, but he’s not the only one who’s argued for sending troops to Ukraine.
Gen. Philip Breedlove, former NATO supreme allied commander, has suggested that NATO should deploy troops “into western Ukraine to carry out humanitarian missions and to set up a forward arms supply base.”
Well, that’s fine, but setting up an arms supply base in western Ukraine drags us right into the middle of the conflict. Do they think Russia is going to just sit back and watch NATO arms pour in to help Ukrainians kill more Russians?
Russian missiles have already destroyed weapons supplied to Ukraine by the U.S. and its NATO allies. What happens if Russia attacks an arms supply base and kills a number of American soldiers?
The pressure would be to attack Russian forces in retaliation. The U.S. and Russia would then be on the escalation ladder (more on that below).
Oh, Stop Your Worrying!
Meanwhile, retired Gen. Ben Hodges says, “It still does not feel like we are all-in to win. We have exaggerated the potential for a so-called World War III to the point that we’re making policy decisions based on an exaggerated fear.”
But maybe it’s not fear that’s keeping us out of direct involvement in Ukraine, but prudence.
These people are gambling that a conventional conflict with Russia wouldn’t escalate into nuclear war. And maybe they’re right. Maybe it wouldn’t. But is that a risk we’re willing to take?
Nuclear warfighting is not a topic that has been much discussed in the past 30-odd years since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
It’s certainly not a topic that nonexperts want to think about because the implications are both horrific and existential. Still, no topic is more critical today.
‘Don’t Go There’
The theories around nuclear warfighting were mostly developed in the 1950s and 1960s by scholars such as Herman Kahn, Henry Kissinger and Albert Wohlstetter.
I read their work beginning in the late 1960s as part of my studies in international relations and I continued to study the topic through graduate school and beyond.
Scholarly approaches varied in some respects related to doctrines of counterforce (aiming missiles at missiles), countervalue (aiming missiles at cities), first-strike, second-strike and mutual assured destruction.
But there’s one rule they all agreed on: Don’t go there.
What this means is that nuclear war is not a place where anyone begins an attack and it’s not a place where anyone wants to end up. But it can happen anyway.
Climbing the Escalation Ladder
The process by which nuclear war happens is called escalation. Two nuclear powers start out with a grievance of some kind. The grievance may be played out using proxy powers such as Vietnam in the 1960s and Afghanistan in the 2000s.
One side escalates the conflict by doing something unexpected or extreme. The other side does not stand still; they take an extreme retaliatory action. The first actor then retaliates to the retaliation and so on. Now we have a dynamic where two sides are climbing the escalation ladder.
Again, it’s important to emphasize that neither side really wants a nuclear war, but once they start climbing the ladder, it’s hard to stop. Eventually one side pushes the other so far that the only response is to use nuclear weapons.
At that point, you’re no longer just escalating; you’re at the brink of a nuclear launch.
Use It or Lose It
To make matters worse, the other side sensing that their opponent may go nuclear will be under pressure to go nuclear first in order to avoid being hit themselves. This then goes into another branch of theory involving first-strike, second-strike, counterforce and countervalue strategies, etc.
I don’t have to do a deep dive on these theories in order to make the point that a nuclear war doesn’t begin with a nuclear attack. It begins with small steps that spin out of control.
Because of the war in Ukraine, the world is closer to this apocalyptic state than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. That doesn’t mean both sides would launch ICBMs at each other right out of the gate.
Any nuclear conflict would likely begin with tactical nuclear weapons, which are lower-yield devices designed to take out enemy troop formations, military bases, etc.
Russia has already warned that it may use tactical nuclear weapons. The U.S. and NATO seem to believe Russia is bluffing and it is therefore safe to continue escalating. Again, maybe that’s true, but maybe it isn’t.
Unlike the U.S., which regards any nuclear weapons deployment only as a last resort, Russian military doctrine is much more open to the use of tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield.
And it’s believed that Russia has about 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons, while the U.S. has under 250. Given Russia’s conventional inferiority against the U.S. and NATO, it’s not surprising that Russia fields so many tactical nukes.
To be clear, I’m not predicting nuclear war. I’m simply pointing out the risks involved once both sides get on the escalation ladder toward nuclear war.
It’s easier to get on than to get off.
Stumbling Into War
Meanwhile, there are credible reports that British special forces are in Ukraine instructing the Ukrainians in sabotage and other special operations tactics. Similar reports are circulating about U.S. and French special forces in Ukraine.
The U.S., U.K. and France are all members of NATO. If any of those troops are killed or confront Russia forces, it could be viewed as a war between Russia and NATO, which is tantamount to World War III.
Russia is investigating the claims. By itself, these special forces may seem like a small escalation. But it’s exactly the kind of action that can escalate into something far worse.
The White House would do well to study the same work that I learned in the late 1960s. Instead, it seems like no one is home at the White House. We’re playing with fire as the potential for escalation continues.
And unfortunately, so does the potential march toward a nuclear war we’re told not to worry about.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a little worried.
Jim Rickards
for The Daily Reckoning
P.S. While I’m not necessarily predicting nuclear war, I’m deeply worried about the stock market. In these risky times, I advise you to pursue wealth-generating opportunities outside of the stock market. (…)
James G. Rickards is the editor of Strategic Intelligence. He is an American lawyer, economist, and investment banker with 35 years of experience working in capital markets on Wall Street. He is the author of The New York Times bestsellers “Currency Wars” and “The Death of Money”.
The above article is available at the associated websites since 28 August 2022. It was published - under the title of “The Automatic Dynamics of Escalation Toward a Nuclear War” - in the May 2022 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 4-7.
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Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these revealing words: “Deserve, then desire”.