Ancient Axioms for an Age of Virtual Spirituality
Jul 02, 1997 12:10 PM
by JOSEPH PRICE
1. Life is built up by the sacrifice of the individual to the whole. Each cell
in the living body must sacrifice itself to the perfection of the whole; when
it is otherwise, disease and death enforce the lesson.
2. Harmony is the law of life, discord its shadow; whence springs suffering,
the teacher, the awakener of consciousness.
3. To obtain the knowledge of Self is a greater achievement than to command
the elements or to know the future.
4. Self-knowledge is unattainable by what men usually call 'self-analysis.' It
is not reached by reasoning or any brain- powers.
5. Real Self-knowledge is the awakening to consciousness of the divine nature
6. Will creates intelligently; Desire blindly and unconsciously.
7. When desire is for the purely abstract -- when it has lost all trace or
tinge of 'self' -- then it has become pure.
8. Spirituality is not what we understand by the words 'virtue' and
'goodness.' It is the power of perceiving formless, spiritual essences.
9. The discovery and right use of the true essence of Being -- this is the
whole secret of life.
10. You cannot build a Temple of Truth by hammering dead stones. Its
foundations must precipitate themselves like crystals from the solution of
(Ancient axioms from a compilation made by H.P. Blavatsky in 1890)
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Keith Price: This is the clearest exposition of the fact that Blavatsky never
meant to focus on the Eye Doctrines, but the Heart Doctrines. The senses
encode maya into useful data for negotiating this treacherous and beautiful
thing we call the world, the earth.
The brain analyses and gives meaning to the data using templates from past
lives, animal instincts, learned philosophies and sciences of the present
incarnation and intuitions from the Master within - the Higher Self.
I wonder if death would be like plunging into a sea of computer like code,
bland HTML without color or form. Our brains provide the reality browsers
to get the graphics and interactivity we enjoy as beauty and love.
Can we download an improved browser from the Master to really read and
organize the code, so we can see Being, Enter the Temple of Truth, and
percipitate the crystals of the Diamond Body the Masters possess? I think
many would say like Jung: (to rephrase) I don't need to be told, I have been
And as for Unity: this is the natural Will, not desire, once one has been
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