Well the image of the guitar player is interesting in
that respect. Timing is everything in music.
We start with rhythm which is a kind of timing, it
creates a pace. Rhythm is important in all actions it
seems. A sense of proportion and measure were very
important to the Greek tradition starting with
due measure is excellent in these things." Having a
regular time for practicing something, or for a period
of meditation, is always good advice, as a practical
example of the idea.
Looking for the moment when the deed or word will make
the most impact is always good.
March 15, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Skillful
“The great man does not think beforehand of his words
that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they
may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be
resolute — he simply speaks and does what is right.”
Intentions are crucial but they are incomplete without
being put into action. Thus I think both of these quotes
are correct. Thus "actionswill
be judged according to intentions" but mere intentions
are not productive of anything and pave the road to
The group had a lot to say, I will do my best to summarize.
Not my thoughts but the group as best I remember it:
Theosophical ethics is at its core altruism, putting the good of
others before oneself. This is the key idea behind duty,
giving what is due or needed to each person we encounter. To
do that requires wisdom and insight. Theosophy is urging us to
apply wisdom in action, meaning to give a turn to the wheel of
evolution, however small or insignificant it might seem. It is
the role of man (humanity) to instantiate wisdom, to bring it into
the manifest world. Duty then, with these ideas in mind is the
royal talisman of the spiritual path and not personal progress per
These are a few things I remember.
I might add that we get better at doing our "duty" the more we
practice. It is an art and a science I suppose.