Examining Seven Questions A Practical Exercise in Self-Responsibility Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Transcript of the above letter from a Master: Foolish are the hearts doubt of our existence! or of the powers our community is in possession of for ages and ages. Would that you would open your hearts to the reception of the blessed truth, and obtain the fruits of Arhatship if not in this then in another and better rebirth. M ? Who is for us - answer! [Image reproduced from Letters From the Masters of the Wisdom , TPH, Second Series, Letter 76, 1977 edition, p. 146]

Students of esoteric philosophy have practical tools and methods with which they can obtain wisdom in a gradual and safe way. One of the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali says: Correct Cognition results from Perception, Inference, and Testimony. [1]

The following exercise consists of seven questions and includes the practice of inference. It can be made regularly or from time to time. In different moments i n the life of a truth-seeker, the feelings and the answers to these questions wi ll vary. If the student writes them down and records the dates of his reflection s, he will be able to perceive over the years and decades an evolution in his re actions to the queries. They will acquire insightful shades of meaning and degre es of intensity. Before the first question is examined, he might want to take into consideration these words written by a Master of the Wisdom: Nature has linked all parts of her Empire together by subtle threads of magnetic sympathy, and, there is a mutual correlation even between a star and a man; thou ght runs swifter than the electric fluid, and your thought will find me if proje cted by a pure impulse, as mine will find, has found, and often impressed your m ind. ( ..) Like the light in the sombre valley seen by the mountaineer from his pe aks, every bright thought in your mind, my Brother, will sparkle and attract the attention of your distant friend and correspondent. [2] The above words are one clear indication - among thousands of others - that the Masters are not separated from humanity. Keeping this idea in mind, it is possible to make a contemplative exercise in in ference with seven open questions, in two phases. The five initial questions are : 1) Do I understand the fact that the Masters of the Wisdom really exist? 2) Since they exist, do they observe humanity and human individuals of goodwill?

my friend: see the three poisons raging within the heart of man anger. then desire . which refer to himself. I will not be ambitious : it is not so easy to say. s . This uncomfortable purification results from his essential meeting with himsel f. is no real knowledge. Blavatsky wrote on section XIV of The Key to Theosophy : The Masters look at the future. understands . The final questions are: 6) Since there is a creative co-responsibility of theosophists regarding the fut ure of humanity. and symmetry often includes paradox. will they also watch and pay closer attention to those initiati ves in it which try to look at the present situation of mankind from the point o f view of the Historical Duty of the movement. They emerge from the fact that every process of learning is directly linked to some specific level of duty. When the Maste r reads my heart he will find it clean utterly . and vanity? Or do they rather observe that part of the theosophical mo vement which. greed. Challenges are many. Helena Blavatsky writes in her well-known text Che las and Lay Chelas : Deserve. In considering them it is usefu l to think of what H.3) If Masters observe our humanity. permeating its various societies and associations. the commentary to Rul e number one in Part I says: It is easy to say. therefore investigating how to co nstantly renew both the esoteric movement and our civilization? The above questions deserve careful observation. whose creation they directly inspired and cooperated with? 4) If they observe the movement.envy. do they watch the modern theosophical moveme nt. delusion. as a hu man and septenary individual. do they mainly watch that theosophical movement which is but nominal and gravitates around rituals. he finds it correct and ready for new steps to be taken? The axiom is well-documented. but he mu st take practical measures so that. the student should evaluate the two final questions. portraits of masters (mostl y false). and abandons the worst aspects of himself. In the ex perience of meeting higher sources of inspiration. and every mistake is so much more accumulated wisdom for days to come. and the five obscurities . [3] After the first phase of the exercise is completed. or is used in the wrong way. passion. A k nowledge which is not used. and they are inner. when the Master observes his aura. [4] Pointing to the same teaching. the student sees. not at the present. his mechanisms of perpetuating pain . in the field of observation of such Initiates? 7) Do I understand the implications of the classical idea according to which the candidate to lay discipleship should not worry about meeting the Master . vacillation. P. In the book Light on the Path . studies and tri es to live by the original teachings as taught by Them? 5) If the Mahatmas observe the broad lines of the original movement as it is in t he 21st century. am I fully aware of the implications of being situated. It is written in one of the Mahatma Let ters: Look around you. Life follows the Law of symmetry.

Theosophy Co. wicked hearts. Los Angeles. Pasadena. TUP. pp. [7] Light on the Path . A phorism I. and on the other by the good karma of right action. [4] Light on the Path . Letter XLV. p. which perhaps onl y now he fully understands. M.. And the very ignorance slowly starts to dissolve in the air. an interpretation by William Judge. 15.. Before the voice can speak in the presenc e of the Masters it must have lost the power to wound. pp. 299.ever preventing them seeing truth. C. Los Angeles.for the sake of shortening the distance betw een us . [7] Suffering due to the surprising strength of his own ignorance. Mumbai. [5] The Mahatma Letters .to disentangle yourself from the net of life and death in which they ar e all caught ( .. the student perseveres in the right action independe ntly from any hope in external circumstances. Theosophy Co. Thus he gets to live in closer uni ty with the deeper substance of his own inner being. India. They will never get rid of the pollution of their vain. M. Will you not try . the student reads this warning: Before the eyes can see. Aphorism 7. Book I. p. which is not his . they must be incapable of tears. NOTES: [1] The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali .C. but univers al. and unbelief . Commentary to Part I. Mumbai. as it is destro yed by the fire of probation. see p. but you must draw me by a purified heart and a graduall y developing will. TUP. Before the soul can stand in the presence of the Masters its feet must be washed in the blood of the hear t. nor perceive the spiritual portio n of themselves. 264-265 [6] The Mahatma Letters . [6] In the first paragraph of Light on the Path . . 266.. TUP. 01. Theosophy Co. Before the ear can hear .)? [5] And the Master added: I can come nearer to you. on one hand. India. [2] The Mahatma Letters .. 267-268 [3] The Key to Theosophy . Theosophy Co. it must have lost its sensitiveness. p..loth.

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