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    Theme for Contemplation: Elementals

    “When a person becomes a self-conscious transmuter of atoms, who regroups and rearranges them in superior patterns, he can truly renovate his vestures.”

    — Aquarian Almanac

     

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Elementals

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    Oct. 8, 2016  Theme for Contemplation: Elementals

    “Spirit of Beauty, that dost consecrate

    With thine own hues all thou dost shine upon.”

    —Percy Bysshe Shelley

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    October 9, 2016   Theme for Contemplation:  Elementals

    “Every spirit produces its own form, according to the essence of its thought.”

     — Claude de St.Martin

    “Clarity is gained through breath.”

     — Niels Bohr

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    October 10,  2016  Theme for Contemplation: Elementals

    “The Self-energized will -full and thought-full offering which Wisdom makes for the growth of the weak and the ignorant joyously because with a purpose, is Sacrifice or jagna.”

    — B.P. Wadia

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    “Every labourer is worthy of his hire, saith Wisdom in the Gospel; every action, good or bad, is a prolific parent, saith the Wisdom of the Ages. Put the two together, and you will find the ‘why.’ After allowing the Soul, escaped from the pangs of personal life, a sufficient, aye, a hundredfold compensation, Karma, with its army of Skandhas, waits at the threshold of Devachan, whence the Ego re-emerges to assume a new incarnation. It is at this moment that the future destiny of the now-rested Ego trembles in the scales of just Retribution, as it now falls once again under the sway of active Karmic law. It is in this rebirth which is ready for it, a rebirth selected and prepared by this mysterious, inexorable, but in the equity and wisdom of its decrees infallible LAW, that the sins of the previous life of the Ego are punished. Only it is into no imaginary Hell, with theatrical flames and ridiculous tailed and horned devils, that the Ego is cast, but verily on to this earth, the plane and region of his sins, where he will have to atone for every bad thought and deed. As he has sown, so will he reap. Reincarnation will gather around him all those other Egos who have suffered, whether directly or indirectly, at the hands, or even through the unconscious instrumentality, of the past personality. They will be thrown by Nemesis in the way of the new man, concealing the old, the eternal EGO, and . . . .”

    – H. P. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy, Sect. 8

    http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/key/key-8.htm

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      What does it mean to ‘atone’ for a thought or a deed?  How do we deliberately atone for wrongs we have done in the past?  How are elementals involved in the process?

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        My understanding of atonement is that, as in the example cited above, we experience a degree of suffering in a subsequent life equivalent to the degree of suffering we have caused in a previous life, basically.

        An example from the literature could be a situation where someone’s life is difficult, full of obstacles and then rather suddenly at a certain point things become easier, the difficulties fade away. This can be understood as a case where past karma had to be worked out, and the improvement in one’s life circumstances correspond to a karmic atonement.

        Another take on atonement, and I think this can be found in the literature, is that it is good to actively make amends for mistakes done in this lifetime, it can help one’s karma; so repairing gaffes, offenses – offering restitution could be viewed as another form of atonement.

        In terms of the role of elementals, Judge has an early article that gets into this (otherwise, the scenes in Aeschylus’ Oresteian trilogy with the Furies exacting punishment and mercifully transforming into the Graces, offers an interesting glimpse into how this was viewed in ancient times):
        http://theosophy.org/Judge/Articles/moral-law-of-compensation.htm

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          there is a concept called ‘nullification’ that is related to this:
          “What might be called the doctrine of the nullification of karma is an application in this department of the well-known law in physics which causes an equilibrium when two equal forces oppose each other. A man may have in his Karmic account a very unpleasant cause and at the same time a cause of opposite character. If these come together for expression at the same time they may so counteract each other as that neither will be apparent and the equilibrium is the equivalent of both. In this way it is easy to understand the Biblical verse: “Charity covereth a multitude of sins,” as referring to the palliative effect of charitable deeds as opposed to deeds of wickedness, and giving a reason for the medieval knight devoting some of the years of his life to almsgiving.”
          http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/echoes/echoes17.htm
          Nor does it follow that every minute portion of Karma must be felt in the same detail as when produced, for several sorts of Karma may come to a head together at one point in the life, and, by their combined effect, produce a result which, while, as a whole, accurately representing all the elements in it, still is a different Karma from each single component part. This may be known as the nullification of the postulated effect of the classes of Karma involved.”
          http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/theos/th-wqjep.htm

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    Can someone please define Elementals?

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      Hi Tamiko,

      This should help: http://theosophy.wiki/w-en/index.php?title=index.php&title=Elemental

      It breaks down the classes of elementals, which are essentially intelligences/spirits that can be shaped by, and react to the thoughts (specifically intentions) of human beings.

      Kate

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        Kate’s link is pretty good – I think the first good exposition on the topic was in Isis I pp. 310-313 –
        http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/isis/iu1-09.htm

        Since the wiki page ahs a lot of dead links – here’s another good basic piece:
        http://www.phx-ult-lodge.org/articles_of_william_q.htm#64

        A few succinct bits from Judge:
        “WHAT ARE ELEMENTALS? In describing the groups of the Hierarchies the 6th and 7th groups are touched on at page 221, where it is said that elementals are a part of the numberless side groups “shot out like boughs of a tree from the first group of the four.” And they are all subject to Karma (19th line, p. 221), which they have to workout during every cycle. As it is said, lower on the page, “A Dhyan Chohan has to become” such, it must follow that even a Dhyan Chohan was once at work in the planes of being where elementals are, and from that rose up to the higher place; this must be under the laws of evolution, of Karma, of Reincarnation.

        MAN’S GREAT DESTINY. Following the argument hinted at about elementals, on p. 221, it is said that the celestial Hierarchy of this Manvantara will be transferred in the next cycle of life to higher, superior worlds, in order to make room for a new hierarchy, of the same order, which will be composed of the elect ones of our own human race. Such is our destiny, and such the path up which we climb; and when that point is reached, we must work still on for the benefit of those below us. This is the basis of altruism, and without altruism the consummation cannot be reached.” Hidden Hints in the Secret Doctrine

        “The world of the elementals is an important factor in our world and in the course of the student. Each thought as it is evolved by a man coalesces instantly with an elemental, and is then beyond the man’s power.

        It can easily be seen that this process is going on every instant. Therefore, each thought exists as an entity. Its length of life depends on two things: (a) The original force of the person’s will and thought; (b) The power of the elemental which coalesced with it, the latter being determined by the class to which the elemental belongs. This is the case with good and bad thoughts alike, and as the will beneath the generality of wicked thoughts is usually powerful, we can see that the result is very important, because the elemental has no conscience and obtains its constitution and direction from the thought it may from time to time carry.

        Each human being has his own elementals that partake of his nature and his thoughts. If you fix your thoughts upon a person in anger, or in critical, uncharitable judgment, you attract to yourself a number of those elementals that belong to, generate, and are generated by this particular fault or failing, and they precipitate themselves upon you. Hence, through the injustice of your merely human condemnation, which cannot know the source and causes of the action of another, you at once become a sharer of his fault or failing by your own act, and the spirit expelled returns “with seven devils worse than himself.”

        This is the origin of the popular saying that “curses, like chickens, come home to roost,” and has its root in the laws governing magnetic affinity. ” An Epitome of Theosophy http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/theos/th-wqjep.htm

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          This is very interesting, Mark. So, how would the effects of our Karma being enacted by elementals? It seems a little inexplicable if we have the ability to effect them with our own thoughts.

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            In response to that I would say that perhaps if we had perfect control of our thoughts to the extent that they no longer engendered any karmic demerit or even merit, then the elementals would no longer be required to convey karmic effects upon us.

            But as our mind is like a crazy monkey, as the Tibetans would say, our ability to effect them with our thoughts is quite a haphazard process in general. At the same time, it is probable that other classes of elementals are conveying karmic action on other planes as well – hence outside of our power to effect them on the mental plane -emphasis on the mental plane, thinking, is given in the literature, I presume, because it is the most powerful in relation to human nature.

            The way I see it is that, there are two cases of thoughts affecting elementals – the first is the when forming a thought, an elemental attaches itself to it and gives it a kind of embodiment – the other is the example of by condemning the faults of others, one attracts elementals of that nature upon ourselves.

            In both cases, the elementals are seen to enhance the effects of our thoughts and hence can potentially increase the karmic impact of our action on this plane, which is possibly why a work like the Dhammapada, in the first chapter, the power of our thoughts are so greatly stressed:

            http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/dp01.htm

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    October 11,  2016     Theme for Contemplation: Elementals

    “Great persons are able to do great kindness.”

    —Miguel de Cervantes

    “Respect life as those do who desire it.”

    —  Light on the Path

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    October 12, 2016     Theme for Contemplation: Elementals

    “For the soul, the Good is its own natural act.

    — Plotinus

    “All bodies are capable of communicating the magnetic principle.

    — Franz Anton Mesmer

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    October 13, 2016   Theme for Contemplation:  Elementals

    “Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.”

    — Plato

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    October 14, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Elementals
    “The Present contains nothing more than the past.”
    — Henri Bergson

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    From William Q. Judge’s Article, LAWS GOVERNING ELEMENTALS:

    There is a very important thing you should not overlook. Every time you harshly and unmercifully criticize the faults of another, you produce an attraction to yourself of certain quantities of elementals from that person. They fasten themselves upon you and endeavor to find in you a similar state or spot or fault that they have left in the other person. It is as if they left him to serve you at higher wages, so to say.

    Link: http://www.phx-ult-lodge.org/articles_of_william_q.htm

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      Nice complement to the earlier quote Odin – That ”Conversations on Occultism” piece is one of the more remarkable documents on practical occultism in the literature, IMO –

      http://www.universaltheosophy.com/articles/wqj/conversations-on-occultism/

      I think they add greater meaning to verses like these from the Dhammapada (3, 42-43):
      Whatever foe may do to foe,
      or haters those they hate
      the ill-directed mind indeed
      can do one greater harm.

      What one’s mother, what one’s father,
      whatever other kin may do,
      the well directed mind indeed
      can do greater good.

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