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10950Re: Four Means and Six Virtues

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  • nuchamber
    Mar 6, 2005
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      Hello Carel,

      A most magnificent tract by RS which makes reference to the vedantic,
      sangya and yonga streams is the 5 lectures 28th Dec 1912 to 1 Jan
      1913. "The Bhagavad Gita and the Epistles of St. Paul"

      Regards, Jud

      --- "Carel Van Oldenbeek" <mailing_lists@d...> wrote:
      > On 1 January 2005 Joksu started a discussion on " Beatitudes
      > <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/anthroposophy/message/10864> and
      etheric forces."
      > This is a quote from his first post:

      > In his book "Knowledge of the Higher Wordls" in chapter "Some
      Results of Initiation" Dr. Steiner has clarified the four necessary
      requirements in esoteric training. (Start of the quote):

      > " In esoteric training there is question of four attributes which
      must be acquired on the so-called preparatory path for the attainment
      of higher knowledge. The first is the faculty of discriminating in
      thoughts between truth and appearance or mere opinion. The second
      attribute is the correct estimation of what is inwardly true and
      real, as against what is merely apparent. The third rests in the
      practice of the six qualities already mentioned in the preceding
      pages: thought-control, control of actions, perseverance, tolerance,
      faith and equanimity. The fourth attribute is the love of inner
      freedom." (end of quote)

      > These attributes were known already in the old (vedantic) teachings
      of India. According to Mr. Ervast there they were expressed as 1)
      Viveeka - faculty of discriminating between real (essential) and
      unreal (non-essential) 2) Vairaagja - indifference concerning the
      non-essential (or unreal). 3) Shatsampatti - six qualities (most
      important is the thought-control) 4) Mumuksha - longing for

      > I have been trying to find more information on these "Four Means
      and Six Virtues" and found only a few web sites, including
      http://swamij.com/sadhana-chatushtaya-shatsampat.htm and
      http://www.yogaadvaita.org/text/jnana2.shtml , most seem to originate
      from the Ramakrishna/Sivananda/Divine life society movement.

      > Does anyone know the primary textual source of, or indeed any other
      reference to, these vedantic teachings on the Four Means and Six

      > Carel
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