THEOSOPHY, Vol. 85, No. 6, April, 1997
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STUDENT REFLECTIONS

[Article number (12) in this Department]

QUESTIONING OUR OPINIONS

CERTAINLY THERE EXISTS an enormous difference between an exchange of ideas regarding a topic and the criticism of it, and, obviously a different outcome. However, we cannot negate the facility with which our state of being or a little knowledge influence our determinations, thus distorting any future concepts. If the end in view is to share and coexist in a more meaningful way with our neighbors, we will develop the capacity to express any topic. In fact, this is the true purpose of the Masters, who inspire the work of Humanity, and the purpose of any humanitarian movement.

However, if our basic motive is one of controversy or criticism, it is not necessary to have great knowledge nor do we need a particular place to meet, in order to know beforehand the negative results these attitudes will stir. This very issue is addressed by William Q. Judge in the following words:

If we can accumulate a fund of good for all the others we will thus dissipate many clouds. The follies and the so-called sins of people are really things that are sure to come to nothing if we treat them right. We must not be so prone as are the people of the day, of whom we are some, to criticize others and forget the beam in our own eye. The Bhagavad Gitâ and Jesus are right in that they both show us how to do our own duty and not go into that of others. Every time we think that someone else has done wrong we should ask ourselves two questions:

(1) Am I the judge in this matter who is entitled to try this person?

(2) Am I any better in my way? Do I, or do I not offend in some other way just as much as they do in this?

(Letters That Have Helped Me, p. 117.)

Realizing that these questions and their solution can only be arrived at by each individual, does not mean, however, that we cease to affect all those within our atmosphere for better or for worse. In time, each of us discovers this. It occurs when we start feeling the ebb and flow of the wave of the law of cause and effect, which affords us always the opportunity to change positions since its movement is eternal in the evolution of life. Although our own deductions may be very different and valid for our own lives and progress, it does need to stop us from considering another's point of view and how it is valid for their life's progress. Eventually this process will bring us to the place where we are compelled to abandon our crystallized and worn-out opinions, because we will begin to feel the heavy and unnecessary load that they have upon us, particularly when we attempt to express and perceive the true meaning of universal brotherhood.

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TOWARD SELF-KNOWLEDGE

What were we before our advent into Theosophy? Truthfully, it doesn't matter. As those who are knowledgeable in the occult science of the soul affirm, it matters only what one now is, and not what one was before his or her transformation!

However we are drawn to lead a more significant life, it isn't belief in mere luck or "lucky stars," but how we face up to the reality of the responsibilities we meet in daily life.

To this end the philosophy of the Masters of Wisdom offers full support they are ever ready and ever willing to welcome the weary traveler comfort and help toward Self-realization.

Ever since Humanity began its march toward perfection, over some 18 million years ago, the human race has gone through countless cycles of evolution -- of light and darkness. And though we are new in the Kali Yuga, some have advanced to a higher degree of soul, one such notable one being Gautama Buddha.

Masters have served Humanity without seeking recognition -- being a servant of the Race is the mark of human nobility -- let us follow this example.


COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:

The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy
    rolling,

Doth glance from heaven to earth,
    from earth to heaven;

And, as imagination bodies forth

The forms of things unknown, the
    poet's pen

Turns them to shapes, and gives to
    air nothing

A local habitation and a name.

                    --WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE,
                A Midsummer Night's Dream


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