Re: White Flag
Sep 05, 1994 10:15 AM
by Lewis Lucas
> >Gerald> Most Christians are taught to be ethical. In fact,
church attendance and ethics are quite sufficient to get most
Christians into heaven. The problem that I have with ethics is
Motive is everything was once written by one of HPB's Masters. A
point which has stuck with me many years.
> Christians (and I shouldn't really pick on Christians, because it is
> true across the board) are ethical because they believe that this
> will get them into heaven. In other words, ethics are a means to an
> end, and this end involves the inflation of ego. Theosophists are
> not supposed to be interested in inflating the ego, but rather the
> As a theosophist, has the thought ever come to you that by
> being more ethical you will move toward spirituality? The thought
> often sounds something like this: "If I am ethical, I will tread the
> path, I will become enlightened, I will increase my good karma, I
> will further my spiritual evolution." Has it? If so, then please
> tell me the difference between the theosophist and the Christian.
> Are not both on similar ego trips? Even the tiny little thought
> that by helping someone, I will lessen my karmic burden and thus
> my next life will be better, is an ego trip...
While I agree these kind of thoughts do contain an element of
selfishness, I wouldn't characterize them as "ego trips". That
seems overly harsh. Besant, I think, suggested it was at least a
step in the right direction and one shouldn't expect everyone to
be perfectly unselfish in the beginning. Acting in self-interest
is a part of natural law which motivates in the immature personal
ego, but that same law slowly confinces us that acting
unselfishly is even more in our own Self-interest--once we begin
to percive we are all One.
>...And yet I hear this kind of stuff in
> theosophical literature all the time. I submit that it matters very
> little whether we seek to enter heaven or seek a better future life
> on Earth - both ideas are egoistic.
> Any ideas?
> Peace, aki.
> Oulu, Finland.
Here's a few of mine.
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