Re: The Theosophical First Cause
Aug 11, 1994 05:21 AM
It really was just an example for the point I was trying to
make in my original post, but, WOW! ...
> The Theosophical First Cause
> When we speak of a "first cause," we are usually think-
> ing of an idea out of western philosophy. The idea is that
> everything is started or caused by something else, but that
> there was some first impulse, some first cause which origin-
> ated all that followed ...
This was excellent! I am still trying to grok it in fullness
(and lest I be accused of doing the same thing I was complaining
about in my post, let me define the word that I use *frequently*
which is borrowed from a work of fiction by Robert A. Heinlein
grok (grak) vi., vt. [< Martian, to drink]
1. a) to merge, blend, intermarry, lose
identity in group experience b) to become
one with c) being identically equal 2. to
understand something so thoroughly that you
merge with it and it merges with you 3. the
observer becomes part of the observed
Eldon, you did an admirable job of defining this concept for
me and I really appreciate it. Although there were still a few
words that you used that I was unfamiliar with (don't know the
definition of), I was impressed how well you were able to keep
the article relatively self-contained. That is to say that many
of the unfamiliar words were self defined in the article itself.
Thank you, very, very much.
Now, for the ultimate suggestion. There are a couple of post-
ers to this list that I have read saying that they are "theosoph-
ically published." If they believe they can write as clearly and
eloquently as Eldon did on this topic, why don't you all combine
your efforts and come up with a "theosophical encyclopedia" of
some sort. There is *nothing* like this published anywhere that
I am aware of. With no competition, I can't see how Quest books
could possibly turn such a project down. I am currently involved
with a non-fiction, technical writing project myself, but I would
be willing to help in any way that I can with editing, proof-
reading, and so on. What does everyone think about this idea?
... Any takers? ... A group effort from this list?
I am really glad that nobody took my original post as a flame
-- as a general rule, I don't like to do that. I am really glad
that everyone (seemed) to take it in the spirit it was intended
-- just an observation on my part as to one of the reasons *I*
see that the membership of the TS hasn't been expanding. (Does
John Algeo read this list?) I really appreciate the ability this
list has given me (at least nobody told me I couldn't) to pick up
my theosophical education without getting flamed for asking "sim-
Thank you all. May you always grok in fullness.
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