Re: theos-talk Cass's Altruism Quote
- My apologies
I took it that it was a quote from the SD.
Without hesitation it can be asserted that the teachings contained in The Secret Doctrine will not be thoroughly understood by one who is not actively altruistic. It will remain a sealed book in spite of higher understanding and intuitive perceptions, unless these two are made use of on the plane of action. What distinguishes a Theosophist from a student of Theosophy is this altruism. In The Key to Theosophy it is said, "Theosophist is, who Theosophy does," -- not thinks, not studies, not feels, but does.Speaking of the pledged member of her esoteric school, H.P.B. said that he "has to become a thorough altruist." (Key, p. 20.) Her writings are full to the brim of this teaching concerning altruism, and it is unnecessary here to quote her further on the subject. "...the only palliative to the evils of life is union and harmony -- a Brotherhood IN ACTU, and altruism not simply in name." (S.D., I, 644.) Let it be clearly understood, however, that
this altruism must be founded on the rock of knowledge of the universals, and devotion to the Law of which they are the manifested aspects. If there is danger in head learning, if there are risks involved in the lower devotion to which reference has been made, so also there is a peculiar glamour which the life of charity and service throws on the Soul. Altruism engendered by the lower mind and energized by the lower devotion is not true altruism. Activities of the lower mind vitalize our passional nature -- not always and necessarily evil -- and they impel us to actions which under the impacts of civilization very often become philanthropic and altruistic. The mind free from attacks of kama is energized by the compassionate reason or Buddhi, and thus wedded is ensouled by the Self of Creative-Power, which is the true doer of deeds. Then comes into manifestation the higher altruism in which charity is just and not merely kind, altruism which enables man
to discard the crutch of dependence and to stand on his own feet in self-trust. From this it will be seen how all three powers of the Spirit must work conjointly if spirit-life is to prevail.
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> From: Mark Jaqua <hozro@...>
>Sent: Tuesday, 24 January 2012 8:03 AM
>Subject: theos-talk Cass's Altruism Quote
>Cass: Looks like it is not a real quote, although "signed" HPB by you (I'm fore-warned now) - but your paraphrase from Blavatsky viewpoints - pretty good, but a little off maybe. Good article you posted the link to. On Scribd.com there is a short file "Blavatsky on Altruism" of quotes by Blavatsky on Altruism.
>>5a. Re: 1000 HPB reference books
>Posted by: "Cass Silva" silva_cass@... silva_cass
>Date: Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:52 pm ((PST))
>> From: Mark Jaqua <hozro@...>
>>Sent: Sunday, 22 January 2012 3:11 AM
>>Subject: theos-talk 1000 HPB reference books
>>Cass writes and quotes:
>>>Altruism engendered by the lower mind and energized by the lower devotion is not true altruism.
>>>The mind free from attacks of kama is energized by the compassionate reason or Buddhi, and >thus wedded is ensouled by the Self of Creative-Power, which is the true doer of deeds. Then >comes into manifestation the higher altruism in which charity is just and not merely kind, altruism >which enables man to discard the crutch of dependence and to stand on his own feet in self-trust. HPB
>>Great quote. I am wondering if you have the reference on it.
>>I have just re-read what has to be one of HPB's best articles on practical psychology: "Are Dreams but Idle Visions?" (Jan., 1882, Theosophist) The one before it in The Theosophist is good too.
>>1000 "Isis Unveiled" references: In the back of the Theosophical Publishing House's " vol. 2 "Isis," the is a long bibliography (composed by Boris de Zirkoff, I suppose) of about a 1000 most formerly arcane and impossible to find books, and series, supposedly referred to by Blavatsky in Isis. Now, I'd say about 3/4 of these books can be found on Google books, Archive.org, and elsewhere. It is a real gold-mind. Maybe most of the books are incidentally referred to by Blavatsky, but many are worth reading in themselves.
>>Loeb Classical Library books are not listed individually (like Lucian, 3 books referred to in Isis.) I'd recommend Lucian's "De Dea Syria," (The Goddess Syria) for an interesting account of a Mystery Temple of 2000 years ago. All that is available is over-whelming.
>>- jake j.
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