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Re: Tourist or Pilgrim

Jun 25, 1996 00:49 AM
by alexis dolgorukii

At 11:31 PM 6/24/96 -0400, you wrote:
>On Mon, 24 Jun 1996, Bee Brown wrote:
>> Yesterday I watched a video by Joy Mills,
>	<snip>
>> In it she brought up the concept that the world can be divided into two
>> sorts, the Tourists and the Pilgrims.
>	<snip>
>Actually, there *are* two sorts of people in the world: Those who think
>there are two sorts of people, and those who know what a ludicrous and
>arbitrary thought that is.

Hooray for YOU! That's right on! Joy Mills is an arrogant bitch! I agree
with everything below as well.
>Joy Mills and the "Tourist/Pilgrim" differentiation stikes me as being
>almost a perfect articulation of precisely what is wrong with modern
>organized Theosophy. What utter arrogance. As though *everyone* incarnate
>is not a "Pilgrim". Is theosophy *actually* going to hold that that
>miniscule percentage of the population that happens to want to study a
>particular and obscure set of books are "pilgrims", and that theosophy
>needs to *protect* itself from that huge majority that (gasp) may
>actually believe *other* books - or for that matter, may not read at all
>- but still be following the *path* every bit as fully as the studious
>elite? Just who the hell is *anyone* to judge the path of another? If one
>believes in re-incarnation ... is it not fully possible that (as one of a
>million for instances) a person's full immersion in
>child-raising, or business, or farming, may be *fully* in line with the
>lessons encoded in them for that incarnation, while another who has spent
>their life studying "occult" philosophy is actually well *off* their path
>- is actually hiding in it as one hides in a cave ... and hence
>*avoiding* "the path"? Is not someone who sits back ... not engaging life
>but drifting off into states of imagined "wisdom" - from whence they look
>*down* upon the vast majority of the human kingdom - is not such a person
>*more* of a "tourist" than one who engages in the full measure of life -
>experiences fully whatever ranges of experience is appropriate for where
>they are on their road ... even if they never speak a word of
>	Tell me ... how does the notion of "pilgrim/tourist" fit into the
>*intent of the First Object*? I would just love to hear Joy Mills
>discourse on what precisely she believes the word "Universal" actually means.
>							Regards, -JRC

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