FW: Simplistic Teaching.
Jul 24, 1997 06:08 AM
by Anna S. Bjornsdottir & E.A.
Jerry S. wrote:
>The doctrine of cycles is too simplistic in Theosophical
>literature and leads to tail-chasing IMO.
I agree, Paul. Also with karma, reincarnation, and most other topics.
Things are really a whole lot more complex then they look on the
surface. And modern Theosophy only scratches the surface (I think
HPB would agree with this).
Things are simple - they simply are.
It is our mind and out mode of thinking that is complex.
"Mind is the slayer of the real" according to Blavatsky, and when we have finally entered the "direct mode of percepting" i.e. Intuitive understanding, "things", including manvabtaras, cycles karma and reincarnation will become simple again - and totally different from what we thought before.
This is why the saints and sages tell us not to bother too much about this "thinking about" things and instead turn our mind to the "direct perception". For this we need to turn inwardly, by meditation, by inrtospection, by trying to understand ourselves, our mode of thinking, our fellings, seeking intuition, direct understanding, rather than outward connfirmation.
According to Patanjali yoga is the art of inhibiting or controling the modes of thinking (simply stated) or being able to stay in the mode of "silent mind", a condition where no thoughts enter the mind for a peolonged period of time. Then, states Patanjali in his third sutra, "the chela will see himself [and the world] as he really is".
We will never "really" understand the world by pondering over it, trying to think our way to an understanding of it. Only direct intuitive seeing will bring us to that real understanding, and then we will understand that convaying that truth to others is almost impossible.
There exists no chaos in the entire Universe. The only "chasos" there is, is the chaos in our head, which is called "Maya" or ignorance. Remove Maya and the world will return to harmony - automatacally!. (In reality - to tell the truth - Maya is also part of the universal harmony, as has be peceived in every profound mystical experience thrughout the ages).
Be in peace.
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