exoteric and esoteric
I would add that the difference in orientation (exoteric and esoteric) may be also life experience and balance
from one life to the next (which you may be referring to anyway).
There are many times in life when one may want to spend countless
hours in meditation or esoteric study but the circumstances of life pull one away. I knew a friend who
was spiritually committed and really wanted to spend more time in esoteric work but was the owner
of retail store and was "forced" out his tendency to monastic into intense public contact on daily basis. He
complained heartedly about this for years only to realize in his late 40's that nothing could have served
him better. He is now a ease and comfortable with a variety of people and can interact with virtually anyone
from any walk of life.
Carl Johansson wrote:
I should perhaps for completeness add that
I suspect the division between exoteric/esoteric
is dependant on soul experience ("age"), and that
those who are exoteric in one lifetime might
become esoteric in a future one. Although I suspect
that notion would not be any more appealing
(despite it being part of Steiner's teachings).
If you want to debate it however, emotional
judgments are not the way.
> > So, is one dogma cured by asserting another? What you say sounds
> me as
> > dogmatic as anything I've heard from these "emotionally
> ones you
> > referred to in your earlier post.
> The same phenomenon can also be seen in Hinduism, the Puranas which
> Hinduism builds on were written at a later stage than the Vedas. In
> the latter gods are hardly mentioned, while the former seems to be
> for the masses who need something to worship.
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