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The Silent Sage

Welling in a body like the air-ships of the gods, he tastes boundless joys freely presented to him.  The knower of the Suprene SELF is a child obedient to a higher will; he is of form unmanifest, untouched by allurement. Clothed in space, or wearing a vesture, clothed in skin or in pure thought, as a madman or child or a ghost, he walks the earth. Withdrawing desire from things of desire, the silent sage wl ...

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Act thou for them "to-day," and they will act for thee "to-morrow." 'Tis from the bud of Renunciation of the Self, that springeth the sweet fruit of final Liberation. To perish doomed is he, who out of fear of Mara refrains from helping man, lest he should act for Self. The pilgrim who would cool his weary limbs in running waters, yet dares not plunge for terror of the stream, risks to succumb from heat. In ...

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Attraction and Repulsion

What is the WILL? Can "exact science" tell? What is the nature of that intelligent, intangible, and powerful something which reigns supreme over all inert matter? The great Universal Idea willed, and the cosmos sprang into existence. I will, and my limbs obey. I will, and, my thought traversing space, which does not exist for it, envelops the body of another individual who is not a part of myself, penetrate ...

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The Great Master’s Letter

The doctrine we promulgate being the only true one, must, — supported by such evidence as we are preparing to give become ultimately triumphant as every other truth. Yet it is absolutely necessary to inculcate it gradually enforcing its theories, unimpeachable facts for those who know, with direct inferences deducted from and corroborated by the evidence furnished by modern exact science. That is why Col H. ...

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The Private Life

The Private Life Theosophy Magazine, Vol. 36 p. 15 One mark of a philosopher is his power to live a private life. He may not live alone, he does not avoid his fellowmen, but his existence is self-contained. The philosopher’s life is not private for the sake of a special pleasure or peace; he does not aim for an impossible personal condition wherein enjoyments are uninterrupted, unshared, and need not be des ...

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He Knows No Change

          He knows no change who knows the true, And on it keeps his eye, Who always still the unseen doth view; Only the false and the apparent die.   Things change, but change not far From what they are not but to what they are, Or rather 'tis our ignorance that dies; Forever lives the knowledge of the wise. — Henry David Thoreau ...

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The Banner of Becoming

What a handful of dust is man to think such thoughts! Or is he, perchance, a prince in misfortune, whose speech at times betrays his birth? I like to think that, if men are machines, they are machines of a celestial pattern, which can rise above themselves, and, to the amazement of the watching gods, acquit themselves as men. I like to think that this singular race of indomitable, philosophising, poetical b ...

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Purity and Corruption

          By the sun and his midday brightness; by the moon, which rises after him; by the day, which reveals his splendour; by the night, which veils him! By the heaven and Him that moulded it and inspired it with knowledge of sin and piety: blessed shall be the man who has kept it pure, and ruined he that has corrupted it! — The Qu'ran ...

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There are six forces -hearing, pondering, mindfulness, awareness, effort and intimacy.  These forces affect the nine stages of thought that lead to one-pointedness of mind. First, by the force of hearing, thought focuses upon the object of meditation.  Merely hearing from another the precepts for focusing the mind, however, only tethers the mind to the object of meditation — it does not by itself cultivate ...

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Dying to the Self

Lord, make me an instrument of thy Peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is  despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy;   Oh Divine Maker! Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled, as to console. To be understood, as to understand. To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving th ...

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