Re: Self-Indulgence (reply to Jerry)
Jun 07, 1997 09:53 AM
by Eldon B. Tucker
>>The passionate energies don't go away. Instead, I'd say, they become
>>the wind in our sails, the driving power behind the acts of
>>creativity, originality, and expressiveness that we perform in
>Eldon, I certainly don't disagree. I was arguing with the idea
>of self-indulgence. The ML quote implies that self-indulgence is
>ALWAYS wrong. My point is that just to sit down and rest,
>have a cup of tea, breathe fresh air, and so on are all
>examples of self-indulgence and are perfectly natural,
>are human, and are OK.
The MAHATMA LETTERS quote that we're both referring to was written
in Victorian times, and needed to be expressed in a certain way in
order to have the desired effect on Sinnett. Perhaps part of the
intent was to get Sinnett to "shape up", lighten up on his drinking,
and bring more of as ascetic element in his life. Elsewhere they
mention that chelas have a hard time visiting his home because of
the "obnoxious fumes".
To enjoy life a little bit does not lead to a "slippery slope",
downwards to compulsive self-indulgence and general destruction
of one's life. On the other hand, in chelaship, latent karma
is awakened and one's outer life is turned into chaos and turmoil.
One's life has changed from calm waters to something like
white-water rafting. Exceptional skill is required to stay in
control -- or to go the course without being overcome by
external events -- and continual alertness and skillful means
Something passionate won't ruin one's chances for the Path, but
even in moments of the enjoyment of life one needs to be ever
alert, responsive to life, and ever ready to point again to
"true north", like a good compass.
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