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Soul Lessons of Love, Pain and Happiness

degas-dancersEVOLUTION as defined in the teachings of Theosophy is a multifaceted venture, a dance of spirit, soul, mind and matter.

True and lasting self-knowledge is acquired gradually in both loving and painful experiences, through a long, yet ultimately finite series of reincarnations in human form.

Such transitions occur within a triple evolutionary plan, Blavatsky wrote, and are “inextricably interwoven and interblended at every point.”

The key to our spiritual development lies in recognizing the unity and continuity of life, Theosophy says — and that for the soul, there is really no such thing as final extinction. We are first and foremost spiritual beings, and humanity is our field of necessary human experience.

But what happens to our human self after death? Does everything important, our consciousness and love, die with the body? Blavatsky, writing in The Key to Theosophy, assures her students that love and spirit are immortal. And further, that:

“Death comes to our spiritual selves ever as a deliverer and friend.”

Self-knowledge evolves gradually out of the recognition, as the philosopher-mystic Teilhard de Chardin famously said, we are “spiritual beings having a human experience,” not the other way around.

Our afterlife, once the dissolution of the body and Earthly desire body is complete, is blissful. That state “consists in our complete conviction that we never left the earth,” Blavatsky writes in the Key to Theosophy, “and that there is no such thing as death at all.”

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Kangaroo Care

baby-in-pouchSCHOLARS and students of theoretical metaphysics tend to experience the world through squinting intellectual eyes as if blinded by a bright light..

They prefer the force of reason to hammer out truth, dismissing feelings and emotions as irrational and imperfect tools.

But as W. Q. Judge wrote in the Ocean of Theosophy, the intellect by itself is inherently “cold, heartless and selfish.”

This phenomenon is demonstrated by psychologist Mark Robert Waldman‘s research on the neurological correlates of compassion and spiritual practices, at the University of Pennsylvania. (More at the conclusion of this post, “Your Brain on God”.)

Everyday practical, evidence based intellectual data are processed through the brain, but do not appear to stimulate areas such as the pineal gland — an area recognized by occultists as the prime channel for spiritual impulses such as compassion and altruism.

Buried in the brain, the pineal gland, Blavatsky wrote, is nevertheless “the very key to the highest and divinest consciousness in man – his omniscient, spiritual and all embracing mind.”

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“This seemingly useless appendage [pineal gland] is the pendulum which, once the clock-work of the inner man is wound up, carries the spiritual vision of the EGO to the highest planes of perception, where the horizon open before it becomes almost infinite.”

We are spiritual beings at core, but our behaviors on this physical plane — not unlike the relationship between a rider and her horse — are solely governed by how we have entrained our natures to perform seamlessly, as one mind, one heart. The inability to fully integrate these two demigods, leads unerringly to failure and disappointment.

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Love after Death

EVOLUTION as defined in the occultism of Theosophy, is a triple-faceted scheme — a blend of spirit, mind, and matter.

They are, Blavatsky wrote, “inextricably interwoven and interblended at every point.”

True and lasting self-knowledge is acquired gradually and lovingly — and painfully unawares at first — through a long, yet finite series of reincarnations in human form.

The key to spiritual development lies in recognizing the unity and continuity of life, Theosophy says — and that for the soul, there is really no such thing as death. We are first and foremost spiritual beings, and humanity is our field of experience.

But what happens to our human self after death? Does everything important, our consciousness and love, die with the body? Blavatsky, writing in The Key to Theosophy, assures her students that love and spirit are immortal. And further, that:

“Death comes to our spiritual selves ever as a deliverer and friend.”

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The Deathless Self

EVOLUTION as defined in the occultism of Theosophy, is a triple-faceted scheme — a blend of spirit, mind, and matter.

They are, Blavatsky wrote, “inextricably interwoven and interblended at every point.”

True and lasting self-knowledge is acquired gradually and lovingly — and largely unawares at first — through a long, but finite series of reincarnations in human form.

A major factor in our self-development lies in recognizing the continuity of life, Theosophy says — and that for the soul, there is really no such thing as death.

Self-knowledge evolves gradually out of the recognition, as the philosopher-mystic Teilhard de Chardin famously claimed, that we are “spiritual beings having a human experience,” not the other way around.

We are first and foremost spiritual beings, and humanity is our field of experience. But what happens to our human self after death? Does our consciousness die with the body?

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Spirit Matters

COMING to its senses from seeming insanity, a new humanity is “raising its voice.”

This view represented H. P. Blavatsky’s welcoming the New Age, publicized by her over a hundred years ago.

Humanity today speaks, as she hoped, “in those authoritative tones to which the men of old listened in reverential silence through incalculable ages.”

Emerging into this ‘new age’ the spirit in man “has returned like King Lear,” Blavatsky wrote in her article ‘The Tidal Wave.’

She was not the first to acknowledge and dramatize the arrival of a newly awakened humanity.

Humanity had in the long past listened to a higher voice, she says, but they were so “deafened by the din and roar of civilization and culture, they could hear it no longer.”

But “look around you and behold,” exulting as if writing today, and “think of what you see and hear, and draw therefrom your conclusions.”

Please note, this post was updated and republished at:

A New Humanity

Confucius and Black Holes

The hunters didn’t have the decency this past Christmas morn to lay down their arms. Forget sleeping in, or reveling in the silence of a new day. They were equal opportunity–blasting away on the Solstice and Hanukkah, too.

And the neighbor with his rock band who begin “practicing” at, oh, midnight or 1 a.m. in the middle of the week, pounding their cacophonic distress signals into the night air.

Whatever happened to the Golden Rule taught by Confucius 2,500 years ago? Poor Confucius; it was rough for him being ahead of his time. He traveled throughout China looking for a job, believing that if he had the right opportunity he could really change the world. He never found one.

Do you understand why he said, as I translate it:

“If people don’t recognize your divine qualities and gifts, and that doesn’t faze you; well then, that’s the sign of a true spiritual aspirant.”

THE DUKE OF ZHOU

Confucius didn’t see himself as an innovator-he just wanted to bring back the foundations for a Golden Age taught by the Duke of Zhou, who lived a good 500 years before him. The Duke of Zhou masterminded the overthrow of the degenerate slavocracy Shang dynasty, fulfilled by his brother and nephew.

His brother is the one who, while jailed earlier by the Shang, compiled a manual on statecraft and cultivating intuition we now know as the I-Jing or Book of Changes. Confucius later edited this work along with other classics. And the Duke of Zhou, who wrote a comprehensive treatise on governing principles, actually appeared to Confucius in his dreams, instructing him.

Towards the end of his life-still unemployed-Confucius felt like a failure, moaning “I don’t even dream about the Duke of Zhou anymore!”

Duke of Zhou

Duke of Zhou

WHICH AGE ARE YOU IN?

Was Confucius one of those embodying the consciousness of a Golden Age while trudging the Earth in the dark age of Kali Yuga that began 3,102 B.C.? “[A]t one and the same time races may be on the earth running each for itself through one or other of the periods,” William Judge explains:

“Some might be in the Golden Age and others in the Black. At present it is admitted that the Aryans are in the Kali Age, but certain childlike races are not so. Within the present five thousand year period we know that races have absolutely finished their Kali Yuga and gone out of existence. This happened to that which ruled a part of the American continent, and hence for them in particular their Kali Yuga must have begun earlier than ours did.”

Perhaps these days, we might call Confucius a “change agent,” someone ahead of his time holding the vision of utopia. My astrologer friend Kathleen Goodyear (“Goodyear” being her married name), might call Confucius a “black hole person.” She believes black holes are powerful portals of transformation.

BLACK HOLE PEOPLE

“People who have planets (especially the faster ones) or other important points in their charts actively relating to black holes seem to live atypical lives,” Kathleen says in her article Astrological Aspects of Black Holes.

“On the positive side, they may be very creative, out-of-the-box folks bringing fresh perspectives to life. Indeed, I have found black-hole activity common in charts of historical figures who changed the course of their professions. The outflow of black-hole energy is dynamic, and many black-hole people are dedicated workers who have an inner drive to work hard…. black-hole people frequently also experience time-warping.

The Greeks held that there are two types of time: kronos, clock time, and kairos, subjective, non-linear time. Kairos is black-hole time. Interacting with a black-hole person can be like entering a place where the clock has stopped. Hours can pass while intimately sharing in this womb-like environment; indeed, transformation can occur. “

PORTALS OF TRANSFORMATION

Clearly, this view of black holes as powerful portals of transformation doesn’t jibe with some scientists’ view of black holes as phenomenon whose gravity is so great that nothing, even light, escapes their pull. Madame Blavatsky would scoff at the idea of gravity being a compelling force in black holes.

“The anti-Aristotelian formula that gravity causes all bodies to descend with equal rapidity, without reference to their weight, the difference being caused by some other unknown agency, would seem to point a great deal more forcibly to magnetism than to gravitation,” she explains on page 244 of Isis Unveiled,

the former attracting rather in virtue of the substance than of the weight. A thorough familiarity with the occult faculties of everything existing in nature, visible as well as invisible; their mutual relations, attractions, and repulsions; the cause of these, traced to the spiritual principle which pervades and animates all things; the ability to furnish the best conditions for this principle to manifest itself, in other words a profound and exhaustive knowledge of natural law – this was and is the basis of magic.

"I told you so!"

"I told you so!"

The theory of black holes has always stirred controversy; Theosophy-bent Albert Einstein didn’t believe they existed at all and the video below illustrates other contrary views.

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES

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But scientists’ understanding of black holes is changing.

BBC News recently reported a study by Germain astronomers who confirm that a giant black hole is in the center of our galaxy. The article quotes Dr Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society suggesting that galaxies form around giant black holes in the way that a pearl forms around grit: “[black holes] may have had a role in helping galaxies to form – not just our own, but all galaxies.”

Perhaps scientists will soon see black holes more akin to the Theosophical concept of laya centers.

“When a planetary chain is in its last Round… before finally dying out, [its globe] sends all its energy and ‘principles’ into a neutral centre of latent force, a ‘laya centre,'” Madame Blavatsky explains in The Secret Doctrine, “and thereby informs a new nucleus of undifferentiated substance or matter, i.e., calls it into activity or gives it life.” In other words, the nursery for building galaxies.


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“Confucius the Just One” by Nicholas Roerich (1925/26)