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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan Yin

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    Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan Yin

    “It is only by the karmic force of a vow made on behalf of all that the dawn of universal enlightenment may be hastened.”

    — Aquarian Almanac

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan Yin

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    December 31, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan Yin

    “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
    — Soren Kierkegaard

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    January 1, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan Yin
    ” Never will I seek nor receive private, individual salvation; never will I enter into final peace alone; but forever and everywhere, will I strive for the redemption of every creature throughout the world from the bonds of conditioned existence.”
    — Kwan-Yin

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    “…For Vach — the daughter and the female portion, as is stated, of Brahma, one “generated by the gods” — is, in company with Kwan-Yin, with Isis (also the daughter, wife and sister of Osiris) and other goddesses, the female Logos, so to speak, the goddess of the active forces in Nature, the Word, Voice or Sound, and Speech. If Kwan-Yin is the “melodious Voice,” so is Vach; “the melodious cow who milked forth sustenance and water” (the female principle) — “who yields us nourishment and sustenance,” as Mother-Nature. She is associated in the work of creation with the Prajapati. She is male and female ad libitum, as Eve is with Adam. And she is a form of Aditi — the principle higher than Ether — in Akasa, the synthesis of all the forces in Nature; thus Vach and Kwan-Yin are both the magic potency of Occult sound in Nature and Ether — which “Voice” calls forth Sien-Tchan, the illusive form of the Universe out of Chaos and the Seven Elements.”
    Vol 1, pg 137

    The above is just one of several passages one could point to in the Secret Doctrine which connects the Logos of all-Nature with beings who consciously, beneficiently and sacrificially initiate the entire cosmic process. If the Logos itself is inherantly and naturally Bohisattvic, wouldn’t the effort to resonate in mind and heart to the Kwan Yin pledge be a mode of “tuning” oneself to the great cosmic heart, the purposes of the entire evolutionary process and the highest beings who ceaselessly guide and protect all of humanity?

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      Excellently phrased sir!

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      If it is natural be be attuned then what is getting in the way?

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        Good question Tamiko,
        I doubt if we are naturally attuned to it, as it requires effort (will power), a certain amount of awareness (waking up), and study and devotion to answer that call. The path is indicated and explained in The Voice of the Silence, The Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali, and is called Antaskarana or Antahkarana. These three books represent the spirit, soul and body so to speak of “the Path”. What is getting in the way is our everyday kama-manasic consciousness preferring to remain attached to its desires. These desires are the aggregate of and pretty much cover all human errors and problems that define “what is getting in the way?” As the Mahatmas point out: “Try, ever keep trying”. This time of the year, between the winter solstice and the the spring equinox is particularly suited to give it another shot 🙂 as the astral light is being “refreshed” and enhances our new years resolutions that can carry us through the rest of the year.

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        To add to Pierre’s excellent response:
        As the Secret Doctrine, as well as the Gita and Voice point out, our divine heritage and dharma as human beings embraces both “action and inaction.” We must realize our identity as the Perciever, the Absolute, THAT which transcends even the coming and going of universes, while also eventually gaining effortless mastery of the process, energies and vestures of incarnation, learning by stages to use them only on behalf of the greatest good. This appears to be the standard set by the Kwan Yin pledge and to be part of the mystic meaning behind the idea of Kalahansa, the Dark Swan of Everlasting Duration which manifests as the White Swan of Eternity in Time. This linking of Heaven and Earth we know inevitably involves the “slaying of the personal ego,” the paralyzing of the desire-ridden, self-seeking shadow that obscures and deflects the light, wisdom and higher purposes of the spiritual soul. Both Buddhism and Vedanta confirm that “avidya,” ignorance is the core sin/error and that a fundamental and radical shift of identity is needed in order for desire to be conquered. We must gain a foothold in the Boundless Self, in order to securely step away from the prison-house of the bounded. At one with “Nature’s soul-thought,” says the voice, we are invincible. In separation, we become “the playground of Samvritti, origin of all the world’s delusions.”

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        It is natural to be attuned but if we read the second volume of the Secret Doctrine we discover that humanity in ages past and perhaps continuing into our own times deviated from the programme of Nature and lost its way. The simple fact is that unless we are enlightened we are not attuned and hence the efforts pointed to in the previous two comments are in order.

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    January 2, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin

    “The life which is unexamined in not worth living.”

    — Plato

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    January 3, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin

    “While there’s life, there’s hope.”

    —Cicero

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    January 4, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin

    “The great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

    —Sir Isaac Newton

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    January 5, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
    “A craftsman, if he means to do good work, must first sharpen his tools.”
    — Confucius

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    To start with there are few things written in any language as beautiful as the Kwan Yin Pledge. It is more beautiful than Olympus, and deeper than the Aegean.

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    Good point Alex, we were naturally attuned, but that was a long time ago 🙂 It proves that our willpower (desire, more accurately speaking in our present case) can override certain laws of nature, but only for a time until karma catches up. It seems that the time allotted to catch up is limited to the 5th round – as expressed in the Secret Doctrine – and then the time for reckoning comes which is our own doing.

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    January 6, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin

    “Altruism should actuatee us in every thought, word and deed.”

    — Robert Crosbie

    “Quietude is the holding of mind and heart steadily on the goal.”

    — Sri Shankaracharya

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