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  • W.Dallas TenBroeck
    Apl 8 2005 Dear Friends: Definitions offered in part explanation -- there are many more if needed ... SAVIOURS OF NATIONS AND OF MEN -- TEACHERS OF TRUTH --
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      Apl 8 2005

      Dear Friends:

      Definitions offered in part explanation -- there are many more if needed

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      SAVIOURS OF NATIONS AND OF MEN --
      TEACHERS OF TRUTH -- ALIVE NOW


      "[The ADEPT]...serves humanity and identifies himself with the whole world;
      he is ready to make vicarious sacrifice for it at any moment--by living not
      by dying for it. Why should he not die for it? Because he is part of the
      whole, and one of the most valuable parts of it. Because he lives under
      laws of order which he does not desire to break. His life is not his own,
      but that of the forces which work behind him. He is the flower of humanity,
      the bloom which contains the divine seed. He is, in his own person, a
      treasure of the universal nature. which is guarded and made safe in order
      that the fruition shall be perfected. It is only at definite periods of the
      world's history that he is allowed to go among the herd of men as their
      redeemer." LIGHT ON THE PATH p. 72-3 [ see also S D I 207 -
      210 ]


      "At times they come to nations as great teachers and "saviours," who only
      repromulgate the old truths and systems of ethics. This therefore holds
      that humanity is capable of infinite perfection both in time and quality,
      the saviours and adepts being held up as examples of that possibility.

      From this living and presently acting body of perfected men H.P.Blavatsky
      declared she received the impulse to once more bring forward the old ideas,
      and from them also received several keys to ancient and modern doctrines.
      Added...to the testimony through all time found in the records of all
      nations we have this modern explicit assertion that the ancient learned and
      humanitarian body of adepts still exists on this earth and takes an interest
      in the development of the race." WQJ ARTICLES I pp. 1-2



      ARAHAT (Sk.) Also...Arhat, Arhan, Rahat, etc., "the worthy one,"
      lit. "deserving divine honors"...first given to the Jain and subsequently to
      the Buddhist holy men initiated into the esoteric mysteries. The Arhat is
      one who has entered the best and highest path, and is thus emancipated from
      re-berth." GLOS. 28


      MAHATMA (Sk.) Lit., "great soul." An adept of the highest order.
      Exalted beings who, having attained to the mastery over their lower
      principles are thus living unimpeded by the "man of flesh," and are in
      possession of knowledge and power commensurate with the stage they have
      reached in their spiritual evolution. Called in Pali Rahats and Arhats."
      GLOS 201


      Universe of Consciousness -- Range of the Initiate

      "That High Spirits work on Earth in bodies of men, while those spirits are
      still in the highest spheres [ see SD I 233-4 &fn, 235fn ]...it is clearly
      explained that the author [HPB] does not mean that which is called among the
      spiritualists "control" of mediums by a spirit, but the actual continuance
      of the status and functions of the incarnated spirit in the supersensuous
      regions, while actually using as its own and working in a mortal envelope on
      earth. So that, according to her, there are certain persons on this earth,
      living and working as ordinary human beings and members of society. whose
      informing divine part is so immeasurably high in development that they as
      such high beings have a definite status and function in the "supersensuous
      regions."

      We should say...that she herself was such a case, and that "H.P.B.," whether
      hourly in the day and night when all around was still, had a status and
      functions" in their spheres where she consciously carried on the work of
      that high station, whatever it was.

      There were many events in her daily life known to those who were intimate
      with her that this hint may reveal, or at least shed much light upon. And
      in one of her letters the sentence appears--in substance--"The difference
      between you and me is that you are not conscious except at day, while I am
      conscious day and night, and have much to do and to endure in both of these
      existences from which you, being thus half-conscious, are happily saved."

      In the Hindu books and teachings there is a reference to this when the speak
      of high gnanees --that is, persons full of knowledge and spiritual
      power--being attracted to this earth by certain acts and at certain times in
      the history of nation, race or city." "Hidden Hints in the S. D." WQJ
      Art I 615-6


      MAN'S EGO -- ATMA-BUDDHI -- A RAY OF UNIVERSAL MIND


      "This is precisely what occult philosophy claims: our Ego is a ray of the
      Universal Mind, individualized for the space of a cosmic life-cycle, during
      which space of time it gets experience in almost numberless reincarnations
      or rebirths, after which it returns to its Parent-Source.

      "The Occultist would call the "Higher Ego" the immortal Entity, whose shadow
      and reflection is the human Manas, the mind, limited by its physical senses.
      The two may be well compared to the Master-artist and the pupil-musician.

      "In the course of natural evolution our "brain-mind" will be replaced by a
      finer organism, and helped by the 6th and the 7th senses.

      "The "sensing principle" in us is an entity capable of acting outside as
      inside its material body; and it is certainly independent of any organ in
      particular, in its actions, although during its incarnation it manifests
      itself through its physical organs. T A & N 208-9




      NIRMANAKAYA (Sk.) Occultism.says: that Nirmanakaya, although meaning
      literally a transformed "body;" is a state. The form is that of an adept or
      yogi who enters, or chooses that post mortem condition in preference to the
      Dharmakaya or absolute Nirvanic state. He does this because the latter kaya
      separates him for ever from the world of form, conferring upon him a state
      of selfish bliss, in which no other living being can participate, the adept
      being thus precluded from the possibility of helping humanity, or even
      devas.

      As a Nirmanakaya, however, the man leaves behind him only his physical body,
      and retains every other "principle" save the Kamic--for he has crushed this
      our for ever from his nature, during life, and it can never resurrect in his
      post mortem state.

      Thus, instead of going into selfish bliss, he chooses a life of
      self-sacrifice, an existence which ends only with the life-cycle, in order
      to be enabled to help mankind in an invisible yet most effective manner.
      (See The Voice of the Silence, third treatise.pp. 69fn, 74, 77 & footnote.)

      Thus a Nirmanakaya is.verily one, who whether a Chutuktu or a Khubilkhan, an
      adept of a yogi during life, has since become a member of that invisible
      Host which ever protects and watches over Humanity within Karmic limits.
      Mistaken often for a "spirit," a Deva, God himself, etc., a Nirmanakaya is
      ever a protecting, compassionate, verily a guardian angel, to him who
      becomes worthy of his help..no one will be bold enough to say that this idea
      of helping suffering mankind at the price of one's own almost interminable
      self-sacrifice, is not one of the grandest and noblest that was ever evolved
      from human brain." THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY p. 231 -- HPB


      "NIRMANAKAYA...is that ethereal form which one would assume when leaving his
      physical he would appear in his astral body--having in addition all the
      knowledge of an Adept. The Bodhisattva develops it in himself as he
      proceeds on the Path. Having reached the goal and refused its fruition, he
      remains on Earth, as an Adept; and when he dies, instead of going into
      Nirvana, he remains in that glorious body he has woven for himself,
      invisible to uninitiated mankind, to watch over and protect it...Thus, to be
      enabled to help humanity, an Arhat who has won the right to Nirvana,
      "renounces the Dharmakaya body" in mystic parlance; keeps, of the
      Sambhogakaya, only the great and complete knowledge, and remains in his
      Nirmanakaya body. The Esoteric School teaches that Gautama Buddha, with
      several of his Arhats, is such a Nirmanakaya higher than whom, on account of
      the great renunciation and sacrifice for mankind, there is none known."
      VOICE 77-8



      NIRMANAKAYA -- INVISIBLE, SPIRITS OF LIVING SAGES


      "...those EGOS of great Adepts who have passed away, and are also known as
      Nirmanakayas;...for whom--since they are beyond illusion--there is no
      Devachan, and who, having either voluntarily renounced it for the good of
      mankind, or not yet reached Nirvana, remain invisible on earth...they are
      re-born over and over again...Who they are, "on earth"--every student of
      Occult science knows..." SD II 615


      THE ETERNAL MAN


      "...the true esoteric meaning is that most of them (the Agnishwatta Pitris)
      were destined to incarnate as the Egos of the forthcoming crop of Mankind.
      The human Ego is neither Atman nor Buddhi, but the higher Manas; the
      intellectual fruition and the efflorescence of the intellectual
      self-conscious Egotism--in the higher spiritual sense. The ancient works
      refer to it as Karana Sarira on the plane of the Sutratma, which is the
      golden thread on which, like beads, the various personalities of this higher
      Ego are strung...these beings were returning Nirvanees, from preceding
      Maha-Manvantaras--ages of incalculable duration..."
      SD II 79


      "This article is meant for members of the T.S...Those members who believe
      that such beings as the Masters may exist must come to one of two
      conclusions in regard to H.P.B.: either that she invented her Masters, who
      therefore have no real existence, or that she did not invent them but spoke
      in the names and by the orders of such beings.

      If we say she invented the Mahatmas, then, of course, as so often
      was said by her, all that she has taught and written is the product of her
      own brain, from which we would be bound to con clude that her position on
      the roll of great and powerful persons must be higher than people have been
      willing to place her.

      But I take it most of us believe in the truth of her statement that
      she had those teachers whom she called Masters and that they are more
      powerful beings than ordinary men.

      The case I wish to deal with...is this: H.P.B. and her relations to
      the Masters and to us; her books and teachings; the general question of
      disciples and chelas...Chelas and disciples are of many grades, and some of
      the Adepts are themselves the chelas of higher Adepts...[they are those who
      have] devoted himself or herself to the service of mankind and the pursuit
      of knowledge of the Self...[Some] have gained through knowledge and
      discipline those powers over mind, matter, space, and time which to us are
      the glittering prizes of the future...So much being laid down, we may next
      ask how we are to look at H.P.B.

      ...every one has the right to place her if he pleases for himself on
      the highest plane...But taking her own sayings, she was a chela or disciple
      of the Masters, and therefore stood in relation to them as one who might be
      chided or corrected or reproved. She called them her Masters, and
      asseverated a devo tion to their behests and a respect and confidence in and
      for their utterances which the chelas has always for one who is high enough
      to be his Master.

      But looking at her powers exhibited to the world, and as to which
      one of her Masters wrote that they had puzzled and astonished the brightest
      minds of the age, we see that compared with ourselves she was an Adept...

      ...Subba Row [said to the writer] in 1884: "The Mahatmas are in
      fact some of the great Rishis and Sages of the past, and people have been
      too much in the habit of lowering them to the petty standard of this age."
      But with this reverence for her teachers she had for them at the same time a
      love and friendship not often found on earth. All this indicates her
      chelaship to Them, but in no way lowers her to us or warrants us in deciding
      that we are right in a hurried or modern judgment of her.

      Now some Theosophist ask if there are other letters extant from her
      Masters in which she is called to account, is called their chela, and is
      chided now and then, besides those published. Perhaps yes. And what of it
      ? Let them be published by all means, and let us have the full and complete
      record of all let ters sent during her life; those put forward as dated
      after her death will count for naught...since the Masters do not indulge in
      any criticisms on the disciples who have gone from earth. As she has
      herself published letters and parts of letters from the Masters to her in
      which she is called a chela and is chided, it certainly matte if we know of
      others of the same sort.

      For over against all such we have common sense, and also the
      declarations of her Masters that she was the sole instrument possible for
      the work to be done, that They sent her to do it, and that They approved in
      general all she did. And she was the first direct channel to and from the
      Lodge, and the only one to date through which came the objective presence of
      the Adepts. We cannot ignore the messenger, take the message, and laugh at
      or give scorn to the one who brought it to us. There is nothing new in the
      idea that letters are still unpublished wherein the Masters put her below
      them, and there is no cause for any apprehen sion. But it certainly is true
      that not a single such letter has anything in it putting her below us; she
      must ever remain the greatest of the chelas...

      There only remains...the position taken by some and without a
      knowledge of the rules governing these matters, that chelas sometimes write
      messages claimed to be from the Masters when they are not. this is an
      artificial position not supportable by law or rule. It is due to ignorance
      of what is and is not chelaship, and also to confusion between grades in
      discipleship. It has been used as to H.P.B. The false conclusion has first
      been made that an accepted chela of high grade may become accustomed to
      dictation by the Master and then may fall into the false pre tense of giving
      something from himself and pretending it is from the Master. It is
      impossible. The bond in her case was not of such a character to be dealt
      with thus. One instance of it would destroy the possibility of any more
      communication from the teach er. It may be quite true that probationers now
      and then have imagined themselves as ordered to say so and so, but that is
      not the case of an accepted and high chela who is irrevocably pledged...This
      idea, then, ought to be abandoned; it is absurd, contrary to law, to rule,
      and to what must be the case when such relations are established as existed
      between H.P.B. and her Masters."
      W. Q. Judge
      "Masters, Adepts, Teachers and Disciples" WQJ Art. II p. 9



      "Every Buddha meets at his last initiation all the great adepts who reached
      Buddhahood during the preceding ages...every class of adepts has its own
      bond of spiritual communion which knits them together...The only possible
      and effectual way of entering into such brotherhood...is by bringing oneself
      within the influence of the Spiritual light which radiates from one's own
      Logos...such communion is only possible between persons whose souls derive
      their life and sustenance from the same divine RAY, and that, as seven
      distinct rays radiate from the 'Central Spiritual Sun,' all adepts and Dhyan
      Chohans are divisible into 7 classes, each of which is guided, controlled,
      and overshadowed by one of the 7 forms or manifestations of the divine
      wisdom." (S. Rao quoted - THEOSOPHIST, AUG. 1886) SD I 574



      SEVEN-FOLD GROUP OF DHYAN CHOHANS -
      WATCHERS OVER EVOLUTION

      "There are 7 chief groups of such Dhyan Chohans...the primeval SEVEN Rays.
      Humanity, occultism teaches, is divided into 7 distinct groups and their
      sub-divisions, mental, spiritual, and physical (fn) ...(FN) Hence the 7
      chief planets, the spheres of the indwelling 7 spirits, under each of which
      is born one of the human groups which is guided and influenced thereby.
      There are only 7 planets (specially connected with this earth), and 12
      houses...countless...each of which varieties is born under one of the 7
      planets and one of the said countless planetary combinations." SD I
      573 & fn


      "...'the MIND'...the collective body of Dhyan Chohans, we say--began to work
      upon and communicated to it motion and order..." SD I 595


      "The hosts of these Sons of Light and "Mind-born Sons" of the first
      manifested Ray of the UNKNOWN ALL, are the very root of spiritual man." SD
      I 106


      "...the 7 wise ones (rays of wisdom, Dhyanis) fashion 7 paths (or lines as
      also Races in another sense)...they are primarily beams of light falling on
      the paths leading to wisdom...the 7 Rays which fall free from the
      macrocosmic centre, the 7 principles in the metaphysical, the 7 Races in the
      physical sense."
      SD II 191 fn


      "It is then the "Seven Sons of Light"--called after their planets (by the
      rabble) often identified with them--namely Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars,
      Venus...the Sun and Moon, which are...our heavenly Parents, or "Father,"
      synthetically...the 4 exoteric planets, and the 3 others...were the heavenly
      bodies in direct astral and psychic communication with the Earth its Guides,
      and Watchers--morally and physically...their "Regents" or Rectors with our
      Monads and spiritual faculties." SD I 575


      "The 7 Beings in the Sun are the 7 Holy Ones, Self-born from the inherent
      power in the matrix of Mother substance. it is they who send the 7
      Principal Forces, called rays, which at the beginning of Pralaya will center
      into 7 new Suns for the next Manvantara. The energy from which they spring
      into conscious existence in every Sun, is what some people call Vishnu (fn)
      which is the Breath of ABSOLUTENESS. (FN) In the same manner as a man
      approaches a mirror placed upon a stand, beholds in it his own image, so the
      energy or reflection of Vishnu (the Sun) is never disjointed but remains in
      the Sun as in a mirror that is there stationed."(Vishnu Purana) SD I 290



      OTHER TITLES


      AVATARA (Sk.) Divine incarnation. The descent of a god or some exalted
      Being, who has progressed beyond the necessity of Rebirths, into the body of
      a simple mortal. Krishna was an avatar of Vishnu...There are two kinds of
      avatars: those born from woman, and the parentless, the anupadaka." GLOS
      44


      ANUPADAKA (Sk.) "parentless," "self-existing"...A term applied to
      certain self-created gods, and the Dhyani Buddhas." GLOS 25

      "The term Anupadaka, "parentless," or without progenitors, is a mystical
      designation...[of] celestial beings, the Dhyan-Chohans or Dhyani-Buddhas,
      are generally meant. But as these correspond mystically to the human
      Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, known as the "Manushi (or, human) Buddhas," the
      latter are also designated "Anupadaka," once that their whole personality is
      merged in their compound 6th and 7th principles--or Atma-Buddhi, and that
      they have become the "diamond-souled" (Vajra-sattvas), the full
      Mahatmas...The mystery in the hierarchy of the Anupadaka is great, its apex
      being the universal Spirit-Soul, and the lower rung the Manushi-Buddha; and
      even every Soul-endowed man is an Anupadaka is a latent state." SD I
      52 [GLOS 25]


      BODHISATTVA - NIRMANAKAYA (Sk.) "Remember, thou that fightest for man's
      liberation,* each failure is success and each sincere attempt wins its
      reward in time." * This is an allusion to a well-known belief in the
      East...that every additional Buddha or Saint is a new soldier in the army of
      those who work for the liberation, or salvation of mankind. In Northern
      Buddhist countries, where the doctrine of the Nirmanakayas--those
      Bodhisattvas who renounce well-earned Nirvana or the Dharmakaya vesture
      (both of which shut them out forever from the world of men) in order to
      invisibly assist mankind and lead it finally to Paranirvana--is taught,
      every new Bodhisattva, or initiated great Adept, is called the "liberator of
      mankind." VOICE OF THE SILENCE, p. 69


      "A Bodhisattva is, in the hierarchy, less than a "perfect Buddha." In the
      exoteric parlance these two are very much confused. Yet the innate and
      right popular perception, owing to that self-sacrifice has placed a
      Bodhisattva higher in its reverence than a Buddha.

      This same popular reverence calls "Buddhas of Compassion" those Bodhisattvas
      who, having reached the rank of an Arhat (i.e., have completed the fourth or
      seventh Path), refuse to pass into the Nirvanic state or "don the Dharmakaya
      robe and cross to the other shore," as it would then become beyond their
      power to assist men even so little as Karma permits. They prefer to remain
      invisibly (in Spirit, so to speak) in the world, and contribute towards
      man's salvation by influencing them to follow the Good Law, i.e., lead them
      on the Path of Righteousness..." VOICE OF THE SILENCE, p. 77



      BUDDHA (Sk.) "The Enlightened." The highest degree of knowledge. To
      become a Buddha one has to break through the bondage of sense and
      personality; to acquire a complete perception of the REAL SELF and learn
      not to separate it from all other selves; to learn (65) by experience the
      utter unreality of all phenomena of the visible Kosmos foremost of all; to
      reach a complete detachment from all that is evanescent and finite, and live
      while yet on Earth in the immortal and the everlasting alone, in a supreme
      state of holiness."
      GLOS 64-5


      BUDDHA SIDDARTHA (Sk.) The name given to Gautama, the Prince of
      Kapilavastu, at his birth...he would not have been a mortal man, had he not
      passed through hundreds and thousands of births previous to his
      last...through every stage of transmigration from the lowest animate and
      inanimate atom and insect, up to the highest--man, ...the hidden symbolism
      in the sequence of these re-births (jataka) contains simply [that] every
      human being who has ever existed has passed through the same evolution...as
      soon as Gautama had reached the human form he began exhibiting in every
      personality the utmost unselfishness, self-sacrifice and charity...the 4th
      of the Sapta (7) Buddhas and Sapta Tathagatas...Esoteric teachings claim
      that he renounced Nirvana and gave up the Dharmakaya vesture to remain a
      "Buddha of compassion" within the reach of the miseries of this world. And
      the religious philosophy he left to it has produced for over 2,000 years
      generations of good and unselfish men. His is the only absolutely bloodless
      religion among all existing religions...[if the] simple, humane and
      philosophical code of daily life left to us by the greatest Man-Reformer
      ever known, should ever come to be adopted by mankind at large, then indeed
      an era of bliss and peace would dawn on Humanity." GLOS 65-67



      "KUMARAS" -- THE CUSTODIANS OF THE MYSTERIES --
      THE UNDYING RACE


      "Alone a handful of primitive men -- in whom the spark of divine Wisdom
      burnt bright, and only strengthened in its intensity as it got dimmer and
      dimmer with every age in those who turned it to bad purposes--remained the
      elect custodians of the Mysteries revealed to mankind by the divine
      Teachers. There were those among them, who remained in their Kumaric
      condition from the beginning; and tradition whispers, what the secret
      teachings affirm, namely, that these Elect were the germs of a Hierarchy
      which never died since that period:--

      "The inner man of the first * * * only changes his body from time to time;
      he is ever the same, knowing neither rest nor Nirvana, spurning Devachan and
      remaining constantly on Earth for the salvation of mankind ..." "Out of the
      seven virgin-men (Kumara) four sacrificed themselves for the sins of the
      world and the instruction of (282) the ignorant, to remain till the end of
      the present Manvantara. Though unseen, they are ever present. When people
      say of one of them, "He is dead;" behold, he is alive and under another
      form. These are the Head, the Heart, the Soul, and the Seed of undying
      knowledge (Gnyana). Thou shalt never speak, O Lanoo, of these great ones
      (Maha...) before a multitude, mentioning them by their names. The wise
      alone will understand." (Catechism of the Inner Schools.) SD II 281-2


      "...the early sub-races had evolved an intermediate race in which...the
      higher Dhyan Chohans had incarnated. ( fn.) This is the "undying race" as
      it is called in Esotericism, and exoterically the fruitless generation of
      the first progeny of Daksha, who curses Narada, the divine Rishi ... by
      saying "Be born in the womb; there shall not be a resting place for thee in
      all these regions;" after this Narada, the representative of that race of
      fruitless ascetics, is said, as soon as he dies in one body, to be reborn in
      another." SD II 275 - fn


      "Happily for the human race the "Elect Race" had already become the vehicle
      of incarnation for the (intellectually and spiritually) highest Dhyanis
      before Humanity had become quite material. When the last sub-races...of the
      3rd Race had perished with the great Lemurian Continent, "the seeds of the
      Trinity of Wisdom" had already acquired the secret of immortality on Earth,
      that gift which allows the same great personality to step ad libitum from
      one worn-out body into another." SD II 276


      "...there exists a power which can create human forms--ready-made sheaths
      for the "conscious monads" or Nirmanakayas of past Manvantaras to incarnate
      within ... (653) a living Entity consolidating the astral body with
      surrounding materials..." SD II 652-3


      MAHATMA (Sk.) Lit., "great soul." An adept of the highest order. Exalted
      beings who, having attained to the mastery over their lower principles are
      thus living unimpeded by the "man of flesh," and are in possession of
      knowledge and power commensurate with the stage they have reached in their
      spiritual evolution. Called in Pali Rahats and Arhats." GLOS 201


      "The real Mahatma is then not his physical body but that higher Manas which
      is inseparably linked to the Atma and its vehicle (6th principle) -- a union
      effected by him in a comparatively very short period by passing through the
      self-evolution laid down by the Occult Philosophy." HPB ART I 293


      SRAMANA (Sk.) Buddhist priests, ascetics and postulants for Nirvana, "they
      who have to place a restraint on their thoughts." GLOS 307


      VISVAKARMA -- THE "CARPENTER" -- "ARTIFICER OF THE "GODS" (Sk.)
      "...remember the allegory of Visvakarma, the creative power, the great
      architect of the world, called in the Veda "the all-seeing god," who
      "sacrifices himself to himself" (the Spiritual Egos of mortals are his own
      essence, one with him, therefore)...he is called Deva Vardhika "the builder
      of the gods" and that it is he who ties (the Sun) Surya, his son-in-law, on
      his lathe, in the exoteric allegory; on the Swastika, in esoteric
      tradition, as on earth he is the Hierophant Initiator, and cuts away a
      portion of his brightness. Visvakarma...is the Son of Yoga-Siddha, i.e.,
      the holy power of Yoga, and the fabricator of the "fiery weapon;" the magic
      Agneyastra..." SD II 559



      WORLD REFORMERS

      "...there never yet was a great World-reformer, whose name has passed into
      our generation, who (a) was not a direct emanation of the Logos (under
      whatever name known to us), i.e., an essential incarnation of one of "the
      seven," of the "divine Spirit who is sevenfold;" and (b) who had not
      appeared before, during the (359) past Cycles..." SD II 358-9


      YOGIS AND MAHATMAS

      "..."yug"--to join. A real Yogi is a person who, having entirely divorced
      himself from the world, its attractions and pleasures, has succeeded after
      a more or less long period of training, to re-unite his soul with the
      "Universal Soul" or to "join" with Parabrahm...one who has linked his 7th
      and 6th principles or Atman and Buddhi and placed thereby his lower
      principles or Manas (the animal soul and the personal ego) en rapport with
      the Universal Principle, then...He may be classified with the Mahatmas,
      since this word means simply a "great soul"... The Rishis--at any rate those
      who can be proved to have actually lived (since many of those who are
      mentioned...are more or less mythical) were of course "Mahatmas," in the
      broad sense of the word...The real Yogis, the heirs to the wisdom of the
      Aryan Rishis, are not to be met, however, in the world mixing with the
      profane and allowing themselves to be known as Yogis. Happy are they to
      whom the whole world is open, and who know it from their inaccessible
      ashrams; while the world (with the exception of a very few) knowing them
      not, denies their very existence... The exposition of "Occultism"... has
      been clear enough to show that it is the Science by the study and practice
      of which the student can become a MAHATMA. The articles "The Elixir of
      Life" [ FIVE YEARS OF THEOSOPHY, p. 1 ] and...are clear enough on this
      point. They also explain scientifically the necessity of being a vegetarian
      for the purposes of psychic development. Read and study, and you will find
      why Vegetarianism, Celibacy, and especially total abstinence from wine and
      spirituous drink are strictly necessary for "the development of Occult
      knowledge"...
      HPB ARTICLES III 165-167

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      I hope this is of help,

      Best wishes,

      Dallas

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      -----Original Message-----
      From: krishtar
      Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 11:42 AM
      To:
      Subject: definitions


      Friend Dal and all:

      Can you offer us the definition in the light of theosophy, the most
      objective you can on the following ?

      thanks!

      Adept ( and their atributes )
      Mahatma
      Rishi
      Chela

      Thanks
      Krishtar

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