THEOSOPHY, Vol. 20, No. 7, May, 1932
(Pages 317-319; Size: 10K)


[Article number (19) in this Q&A Department]

COULD there be any special reason why H.P.B. took a Russian body in the last century?

Russia, on the map, occupies the position of a vast link between the East and the West. Her culture is a mixture of the Orient and the Occident; she is the doorway to both of these civilizations which together comprise the whole of humanity. H.P.B. brought a system of thought and action which synthesized the great religions of all the world into a philosophic whole. The customs and traditions of races in all parts of the world are analyzed and explained in her works. From the Popol-Vuh of the ancient Mayas of Central America to the intricate and highly metaphysical theologies of Asia, meanings are made clear and one source of truth shown to be the basis of all. The mission of H.P.B. was to the whole of humanity, and she took a body in a race which represented both the East and the West.

There seem to be many tales afloat as to H.P.B.'s having already incarnated again; one says in the body of a Hindu girl; another in the form of a Hindu boy. What do you make of this?

The date set for the next appearance of an agent from the Lodge of Masters is 1975. As to the identity of the Messenger, it is intimated by Mr. Judge that H.P.B. will herself come again. But what will be gained by speculation on idle rumors and "tales"? Agents of the Masters are known to arrive unheralded and begin their work quietly and in secret. Our duty lies in the promulgation and practice of the teaching on the spot, wherever we are. It is the task of the present generation to weld the link between 1875 and 1975. When this alleged incarnation of H.P.B. begins to follow H.P.B.'s own injunction: "Be theosophists, work for Theosophy," then will be time enough to regard the tale as perhaps having a basis of fact.

What was the reason that H.P.B. met so much opposition in the world, when she was trying to do nothing but benefit it?

H.P.B. came with doctrines which opposed those of her day. It is not possible in this space to more than hint at the various religions and scientific attitudes. The Church, especially the Roman Catholic, was on a crusade against the new scientific doctrine of evolution, trying to assert at the same time her absolute spiritual and mental authority -- not to mention the political activity of the Roman Catholics. It is quite natural that any body of knowledge claiming that the source of wisdom is within should meet with opposition, and the stronger the new opposing force, the stronger the opposition -- so, in this light, the church's great denunciation and ridicule of H.P.B. was a sign of Theosophy's strength. Science at that time was feeling greater confidence in its materialistic attitude. All were not influenced by the Roman Catholics, the Church of England, and the efforts of the weaker denominations. A spirit of doubt was becoming popular in Europe. Nationalism, a strong sense of pride, and individual initiative were developing. This materialistic spirit was a new force and resented interference; it was at war with all intolerance, and it mistook Philosophy for another religion; with faith in scientific method it was at odds with everything that smacked of inspiration or revelation. But although science jeered at H.P.B.'s scientific theories and called her a charlatan, today it has proved and is proving by slow degrees, the very ideas she knew so well. With spiritualism, again, H.P.B. met violent opposition, because she struck right at the core of the emotional basis of their theories. Thus, it is apparent that any force, moral or mental, which controverts the established order of things, is bound to meet with opposition, and most especially in the instance of truth and enlightenment working against narrow-mindedness and selfishness.

The statement is made that the Masters can overcome space and time. What does this mean and was H.P.B. able to do it?

The Masters are those who have attained great powers. Such powers that they possess seem to us miraculous, but Masters tell us that their development is in strict accord with the Law of Evolution. Their doctrine of evolution embraces the whole of nature. They consider evolution in its threefold aspect, physical, mental and spiritual. The Masters have perfected their bodily, their mental and their spiritual instruments to the utmost degree, and they teach that the same powers are latent in every being. To acquire this high state of development requires ages of training and many reincarnations. It may be hastened or retarded by Karma. "To them time and space are no obstacles" -- to sight, to action, knowledge or consciousness. For example, if we wish to go to California, we have to take a train, pay a fare and stay on the train until we get there. The Master has the power to be in California instantaneously. The best evidence we have that H.P.B. had such power is shown in the fact that when she wrote the Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled, in New York City, she had no notes, yet she quoted perfectly -- many of her quotations being from volumes in the British Museum and in the Vatican.

Why was it that H.P.B. asked that the anniversary of her death-day be observed by Theosophists, rather than her birth-day?

The questioner probably has in mind Washington's birthday, Lincoln's birthday, and other birthdays of famous men -- probably his or her own birthday to boot. Why not celebrate H.P.B.'s birthday? We are influenced more by custom than by reason. There is no particular mental, moral, or spiritual significance in the day that a baby is born, naked mentally as well as physically, so far as this life is concerned; but there is a significance in a man's mental, moral and spiritual growth. There is no significance in the celebration of successive birthdays, but there is in the taking account of one's own self, which may be done at any time. What then is the proper time to commemorate the life of a noble person? One should remember the fulfillment of a life rather than the beginning. The significance of anything lies in the whole not in the part. Death is the fulfillment of life. Then we may judge a man, as at sunset we determine whether a day has been profitable or useless. The last thought of each day carries with it the summation of the day's experience; the last thoughts of death carry with them the fruition of life. When the last thoughts of a life have been for the world's ultimate good, the recognition of their cycle is a benefit to all concerned.

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:


Question: What is the Will?

Answer: Will is the energy of Consciousness expressed in action, on any plane of manifestation. There are many aspects of the Will, from the ordinary one which is "the will to live" and is expressed in the automatic physical action, such as the heart-beat, digestion, etc.; that of the actions following on ordinary thought, desires and wants; that which is developed by various forms of practice; to the highest phase, that of the Spiritual Will. This phase is developed by true unselfishness, a sincere and full desire to be guided, ruled and assisted by the Higher Self, and to do that which, and suffer or enjoy whatever, the Higher Self has in store for one by way of discipline or experience. 

--Robert Crosbie

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