August 1, 2015 Theme for the Week: Purity and
“One trembles to think of that mysterious thing in the
soul, which seems to acknowledge no human
jurisdiction, but in spite of the individual’s own
innocent self, will still dream horrid dreams, and
mutter unmentionable thoughts.”
It is probably good for us to acknowledge that within
each one of us is the capacity to create a Hitler or a
Gandhi, someone wicked or someone wonderful. The whole
range of human nature lies within each one of us.
I think your idea here is an important one to keep in
mind. Without it we are apt to fall into the trap of
judgmentalism. It is also important to remember that we
have lived thousands of lives some more pure or polluted
than others, and we too are experiencing the karmic
results of those choices and acts.
I've always understood Purity to be the most inherent
quality of any given thing- living or nonliving.
life's pure waters, clear and crystal, with the monsoon
tempest's muddy torrents cannot mingle.
Heaven's dew-drop glittering in the morn's first
sun-beam within the bosom of the lotus, when dropped on
earth becomes a piece of clay; behold, the pearl is now
a speck of mire."
The two cannot "mingle" because if anything were to
change Purity, then its Nature (that of Purity) would be
false- altered and corrupted. It isn't the
glistening dew-drop from Heaven which becomes changed
from its inherent state of Purity- it is the crust of
endless conditionings which haveseemedto
cause its modification, itself, forever untouched,
unable to mingle. Consider the relation of
the kaleidoscope and Light.
"The divine spark dwells in the still place where no
convulsion of Natire can shake the air; this is so
always. But the soul may lose its hold on that; it's
knowledge of it; even though these two are part of one
whole; and it is by emotion, by sensation, that this
hold is loosed. To suffer either pleasure or pain,
causes the vivid vibration which is, to the
consciousness of man, life."
the nature of buddhi - Eternal life's pure waters,
clear and crystal and the quality of kama - monsoon
tempest's muddy torrent. When desires are
activated and aroused, they disrupt the clarity of
buddhi or clear perception.
That is an interesting question. Pure and impure could be looked at
philosophically as the relation between real and unreal, real and
illusory. Psychologically it could be seen in terms of selfish and
unselfish motivations. Metaphysically it might be seen in terms of
degrees of universality. A pure thought might be thought of as one
that is true, detached and universal. A modern application of this
concept might be "Act locally, think globally."
I find Pythagoras' words akin to the Cherokee parable that discusses
a grandfather's talk with his grandson. The grandfather expresses
that there are two wolves that fight within him: one good and the
other bad. In response to the grandson's question of which wolf will
win, the grandfather says, "the wolf I feed."
Part of not being compelled to say or do what is "not profitable,"
regardless of the actions or words of others, is an acceptance of
unconditional responsibility for one's own words and actions.
" ... two wolves that fight within him: one good and the other
bad... of which wolf will win[?]... the wolf I feed."
As it is easily seen in this parable, the idea of Purity and
Pollution is quite relevant to every practical aspect of life if the
above is constantly applied. Pride, self-condemnation, selfness,
service, and the like are indeedfoodfor
like natures. Everything has a particular magnetic attraction and
repulsion, one ought to take responsibility for not only what one
emit, but for what one receives as well.
of the actions or words of others, is an acceptance ofunconditional
one's own words and actions."
This is very true. Responsibility, orDuty,
has been said to be the "Royal Talisman." Humanity, I believe, is
more of an atmosphere than a collective body or group of
individuals. One can imagine our earth for example- nothing cast
into the atmosphere leaves, it is truly a closed system. So the
Mind of Humanity. All gets eventually becomes digested, however,
not all is immediately felt. Taking responsibility for every
action, deed, and thought is an initiative that far extends beyond
the individual, a truly selfless act.
Taking responsibility for what is alsoreceivedis
an impactful yet subtle message that may easily be forgotten.
Regardless, it is an action.
Perceiving one's actions, deeds and thoughts to have permeating
effects in the human atmosphere, which is profoundly illustrated, is
a powerful recognition in order to carry forth one's responsibility