Jun 5, 2023

Thoughts Along the Road - 69

Going Slow One Goes Far, Provided
That One Knows Where One Wants to Go
Carlos Cardoso Aveline

* The sensible spiritual pilgrim maintains a correct ratio between his intellectual life and his emotional world. If there is an appropriate balance between these two factors, the spiritual soul will be clearly perceived.
* The study of theosophical and philosophical literature must be done from an experiential point of view. It is necessary for the pilgrim to observe his own feelings regarding the sacred knowledge he seeks to obtain. If he has a feeling of vanity and personal possession, or seeks prestige, the study becomes useless, and often worse than useless. When the feeling is not one of vanity, the pilgrim feels devotion, reverence, gratitude, or a combination of these three factors. Such feelings must come naturally; trying to fabricate them can only lead to hypocrisy and self-delusion.
* It is false to think that “through the study of sacred topics we transcend the entire emotional world”. Eliminating emotions is impossible. They are part of the soul. When someone expels his feelings from the field of self-awareness, he is just pushing them into the subconscious and refusing to look at them. They thus become even worse. Numerous students of esoteric philosophy do this. They then develop an enthusiasm about their supposed talent for using beautiful words; they nurture feelings of envy towards their colleagues, consider themselves better than others, adopt emotional and intellectual poses as if they were great sages, and seek to gain the admiration of other people. As a result, they often have bad thoughts about their colleagues.
* He who wants to obtain the applause of others does not aim at reaching the truth, nor to improve himself. He wants instead to escape from the undeniable truth of the fact that he is spiritually ignorant. And he also intends to ignore the blissful fact that, if he is willing to make a constant effort, and if he is patient enough, he will gradually overcome his own ignorance, prepare himself and learn something. He who abandons childishness takes responsibility for his own life.
* Going slow one goes far, provided that one knows where one wants to go. Making progress along the road is possible, if the pilgrim walks with calm vigilance.
The Church of Theosophists
* Both Christian mystics and Theosophists know that the thoughtful person goes to his or her temple every day, and that such a temple is his own personal soul. Just like the temple of Solomon, the sanctuary of every theosophical and philosophical pilgrim is built without noise.
* In this work there is no need for physical walls or any hammering that can be heard. Good habits are its walls. Good deeds, its bricks.[1] A noble intention is the cement that holds things together. The windows, a correct way of looking at life. Humbleness is the ceiling. The floor and foundation is the decision to seek the Supreme. When the personal soul is ready, the divine beings get near. The deity in the temple is one’s immortal soul. It is the celestial intelligence, one and multiple. It is the Law of the universe.
The Basis of a Social Reality
* Social structures depend on a shared view of life and on the notion of a common future for which one is glad to make sacrifices. Mutual confidence, and above all mutual reliability, are the substance of a lasting cooperation. In the absence of these conditions, social structures are unsustainable. The inner substance of every true civilization is situated on the realm of spirit and soul.
Jesus and the Cycle of Initiations
* H. P. Blavatsky wrote: “Every act of the Jesus of the New Testament, every word attributed to him, every event related of him during the three years of the mission he is said to have accomplished, rests on the programme of the Cycle of Initiation, a cycle founded on the Precession of the Equinoxes and the Signs of the Zodiac.” [2]
[1] The actions, or bricks, must be regular, stable, firm, and as uniform as possible.
[2] Helena P. Blavatsky, in her “Collected Writings”, TPH, USA, Vol. IX, p. 225.
The above article was published as an independent item in the associated websites on 05 June 2023. An initial version of it - with no indication as to the name of the author - is part of the April 2021 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 14-15.   
Read more:
* Other writings of Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
Print the texts you study from the associated websites. Reading on paper helps us attain a deeper view of philosophical texts. When studying a printed text, the reader can underline sentences and make handwritten comments in the margins that link the ideas to his personal reality.
Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.