Jan 21, 1995 12:05 PM
by Dara Eklund
In 1882, one of Master M.'s disciples wrote:
"In ancient times the ordinary multitude had implicit confidence
in their initiates and Rishis. The never asked for reasons for
any of the truths revealed to them; and the Rishis never cared to
demonstrate the truth of their teachings according to the formal
rules of logic. A student of Occult Science generally realises
the truth of his Guru's teaching by actual *perception*, and not
by assuring himself that his Guru's *reasoning* is correct. But
now... the attitude of the student and the enquirer is
altogether different. Every proposition, however plain it may
be, must be supported be reasons thrown into the proper
syllogistic form before it can be accepted by those who are
supposed to have received the so-called liberal education. If a
Guru for instance, were to tell his disciple that he should not
commit murder or theft, the disciple is sure to turn round and
ask him `Well sir, what are your reasons for saying so.' Such is
the attitude of modern mind..."
Verily, verily, it is so.
Since acceptance of even the old moral standards is often seen by
us moderns as sheep-like stupidity, rather than an intuitive
recognition of their truth, I'll quote an occult rationale more
in fitting with our ?advanced? status.
In 1880 Master K.H. wrote:
"Every thought of man upon being evolved passes into the inner
world and becomes an active entity by associating itself --
coalescing, we might term it -- with an elemental; that is to say
with one of the semi-intelligent forces of the kingdoms. It
survives for a longer or shorter period proportionate with the
original intensity of the cerebral action which generated it.
Thus, a good thought is perpetuated as an active beneficent
power; an evil one as a maleficent demon. And so man is
continually peopling his current in space with a world of his
own, crowded with the offspring of his fancies, desires,
impulses, and passions..."
Now a quotation, from HPB, on the question of masturbation:
"The Biblical sin of *Onan*. Involuntary & natural, or
physiological is not held as sin, if one is *irresponsible*,
though it is a *wall* against progress; but *mental* Onanism is
1000 times worse than the physical. You can hardly have control
over your nerves -- You can have over your thoughts &
imagination. *It is worse than the very (natural) act.*"
Next -- even "flaming" or harsh criticism has an esoteric danger
to it. HPB wrote:
"Every time you harshly and unmercifully criticise the faults of
another, you produce an attraction to yourself of certain
quantities of elementals from that person. They fasten
themselves upon you and endeavour to find in you a similar state
or spot or fault that they have left in the other person. It is
as if they left him to serve you at higher wages, so to say."
Finally -- as to the current notion that "it is *only*
imagination, *only* thought" -- a disciple of KH wrote in 1883:
"A given amount of energy expended on the spiritual or astral
plane is productive of far greater results than the same amount
expended on the physical objective plane of existence."
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