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140Re: Esoteric Section Rules

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    Jul 15 5:09 PM
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      Here is the continuation of the rules- I won't go on.
      It was a common idea in the early days that fish eating was close enough
      to vegetarian. In Japan, vegetarian Buddhists were allowed to eat fish,
      hence today it is still a largely fish eating nation with red meat only
      recently making its way in. Deer was also eaten in Japan because it was
      deemed to be a "land whale"- don't ask for an explanation.
      You'll see later how Dr. Steiner altered these rules, while he was the
      leader of his own Esoteric Section.


      "13. The use of wine, spirits, liquors of any kind, or any narcotic or
      intoxicating drug, is strictly prohibited. If indulged in, all progress
      is hindered, and the efforts of teacher and pupil alike are rendered
      useless. All such substances have a directly pernicious action upon the
      brain, and especially upon the "third eye," or pineal gland (vide
      "Secret Doctrine," Vol.11, p.288 et seq.). They prevent absolutely
      the development of the third eye, called in the East "the Eye of Siva."

      14. The moderate use of tobacco is not prohibited, for it is not an
      intoxicant; but its abuse, like that of everything else-even pure water
      or bread-is prejudicial.

      15. As to diet: The eating of meat is not prohibited, but if the student
      can maintain health on vegetables or fish, such diet is recommended. The
      eating of meat strengthens the passional nature, and the desire to
      acquire possessions, and therefore increases the difficulty of the
      struggle with the lower nature.

      16. Each member is expected to set apart a certain time of the day or
      night, of not less than half an hour's duration, for meditation upon the
      instructions received, for self-examination and self-study. If possible,
      the place selected for this should be used by no other person, nor for
      any other purpose; but the providing of such a special place, if
      inconvenient, is not insisted upon.

      17. Harbouring doubt as to the existence of Masters in general is no
      crime, since it is often but the effect of ignorance, and comes
      involuntarily. But it will inevitably prevent the pupil in attracting
      the attention of the Master; and he will fail to draw to himself His
      influence. Suspicions as to the character of the members of the Section
      are also prejudicial to advancement. In short, any malevolent feeling,
      especially nialice, envy or revenge toward any person high or low,
      creates peculiarly obstructive conditions in the student's path, and
      will absolutely prevent progress of every sort. The elimination of the
      desire for reward aids the student in his development.

      18. No member of this Section shall belong to any other body,
      association, or organization for the purpose of mystic study or occult
      training, except Masonry and the Odd Fellows, if they so desire. But
      they must be as careful to guard the secrecy of this Section from Masons
      as they are to preserve the secrets of Masonry from Theosophists. The
      reason for this rule is so self-evident as to need no explanation.

      19. It is expected that all members of this Section shall have the
      following hooks and magazines where they can be referred to, as constant
      reference to them will be made in the course of the instruction, and no
      extended extracts will be furnished. Works on metaphysics and articles
      expounding the teachings of our Special School should be pro. cured. The
      following hooks and theosophical magazines should be especially attended
      to:-"The Secret Doctrine."
      "The Bhagavad-Gita." "Light on the Path."
      "Patanjali's Yoga Philosophy:" "The Theosophist." "Lucifer."
      "The Path."
      This rule is not intended to force members into the purchase of these
      books and magazines, but the undersigned has no time to copy extracts,
      giving explanations that have already appeared in print. Much has been
      already published, and it will be necessary to refer very often to such
      matter, and if a member is actually unable to procure the publications
      referred to, it is expected that others who are able will, upon request,
      furnish the desired hook or a copy of the matter referred to. And herein
      the plea of poverty-if a pretence-will he as prejudicial to the student
      as any other vice."
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