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    Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Aquarian Civilization

    “The universal Aquarian diffusion of the true ideal of spiritual science and lifelong learning will enable human beings to awaken a vibrant sense of universal justice, universal compassion and universal concord. ” — Aquarian Almanac

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Aquarian Civilization

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    June 18, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Aquarian Civilization

    So long as man imagines that he cannot do this or that, so long is he determined not to do it.

    -Benedict Spinoza

    The balance needed by faith is understanding; by peacefulness, energy; by intuition, reason; by feeling, intellect; by aspiration, humility; and by zeal, discretion.

    -Paul Brunton

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      Response to Paul Brunton’s Words

      A cup is a cup in part due to the space in it. This is normally unacknowledged. And so it is uncommon to give credit to logic and caution in the context of intuition, and zeal, respectively. When concepts such as aspiration, faith, and peace need a lending hand, it’s an oversimplification to conclude that they’re fruitful on their own (e.g. “all we really need is _______”).

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        Shen,

        Thanks for drawing the attention to this quote and for your insight.

        I was just thinking today that compassion, if not balanced by some form of (philosophical or Theosophical) acceptance, can lead either to utter despair or to some kind of psychological defense (denial, repression, etc.).

        In my own life, I know I have had difficulties with finding a balanced approach to the distance between the suffering in the world that we witness and our limited abilities to respond to it. Any thoughts on how this balance can be achieved?

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          Hi Pavel,

          This is a crucial and grave question that is faced often. I find it difficult too. One stepping-stone involves reframing “response” and “limited abilities” since visible, immediate, and global change is unlikely. We are still not ineffective when we…

          1) acknowledge and hold space for suffering, which is transformative and coincides with your point on acceptance
          2) influence progress via organizations with greater impact and outreach
          3) do our part where we are (even if it means saving someone’s day from displaced anger)

          The balance, I believe, to widespread and immobilizing suffering is consistency in local-scale efforts. This includes daily compassion and the willingness to try. Worldwide suffering is a collection of moments and lives over time. And so is global healing.

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    June 18, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Aquarian Civilization

    Magic is the greatest secrecy, for it is above Nature and makes Nature after the form of its will.

    -Jacob Boehme

    Man is the secret sense of all which seems.

    -Claude de St. Marin

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    June 19, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Aquarian Civilization

    Man is a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.

    -Blaise Pascal

    Raja Yoga encourages no sham, requires no physical postures. It has to deal with the inner man whose sphere lies in the world of thought.

    -D.K. Mavalankar

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    June 20, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Aquarian Civilization

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

    I took the one less travelled by,

    And that has made all the difference.

    -Robert Frost

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    June 21, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Aquarian Civilization

    A man must believe in his innate power of progress. — H.P. Blavatsky

    A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

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    June 22, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Aquarian Civilization

    What arose in him is gnosis,

    Which revealed itself so that oblivion might vanish.

    -Evangelium Veritatis

    The whole nature of man must be used wisely by the one who desires to enter the way.

    -Light on the Path

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