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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

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    “As an individual sifts from inessentials an essential core by which he consciously intends to live, he recovers the seed of Buddhahood.”     — Aquarian Almanac

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

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    March 6, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

    The mortal does all it can to put on immortality. — PLATO

    Out of the cotton of compassion, spin the thread of contentment, tie the knot of
    continence, give it the twist of virtues; make such a sacred thread.
    — GURU NANAK

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    March 4, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

    Hold fast to that which has neither substance
    nor existence. — LIGHT ON THE PATH

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    March 6, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

    The mortal does all it can to put on immortality. — PLATO
    Out of the cotton of compassion, spin the thread of contentment, tie the knot of
    continence, give it the twist of virtues; make such a sacred thread.
    — GURU NANAK

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    March 7, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

    Inject quickly, by all its channels, the incorruptible elixir; it
    is for thee to resuscitate it. — CLAUDE de ST.-MARTIN

    The attempt to do good to mankind is the highest morality. — M. K. GANDHI

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    Reviewing the synopsis of the discussion on embryology in Ch. 11 of Isis Unveiled, kindly provided by Mark Casady, and pondering the current theme, I was reminded of the thought I had the other day, that nature teaches us great lessons if we just have an eye for it: The embryo develops from a tiny, white and transparent spherule, a microscopic dot — the fertilized egg. Does everything begin in such fashion, from an imperceptible beginning?

    PD Ouspensky, the primary expounder on the Fourth Way teachings, has noted that everything new (e.g. new abilities, new understandings) first come in glimpses, then they come back again for a short time, then they come back and stay for longer, and, finally, they become our permanent assets.

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    Sit quietly doing nothing,
    spring comes,
    and the grass grows by itself.

    — ZEN SAYING

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    March 8, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

    The Spiritual Will cannot act so long as there is any selfishness
    in the action or the desire for its results. — ROBERT CROSBIE

    Have faith and pursue the unknown end. — OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, Jr.

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      “… and who is prepared to believe that trees of so enormous a height and magnitude, as we find some elms, planes and cypresses, some hard as iron and solid as marble…should be swaddled and involved within so small a dimension (if a point may be said to have any) without the least luxation, confusion, or disorder of parts, and in so weak and feeble a substance; being at first but a kind of tender mucilage, or rather rottenness, which so easily dissolves and corrupts substances so much harder when they are buried in the moist womb of the earth, whilst this (seed), tender and flexible as it is, shall be able in time to displace and rend asunder whole rocks of stones, and sometimes to cleave them beyond the force of iron wedges, so as even to remove mountains? For thus no weights are able to suppress the victorious palm; and thus our tree (like man whose inverted symbol he is), being sown in corruption, rises in glory by little and little ascending into a hard, erect stem of comely dimensions–into a solid tower, as it were; and that which but lately a single ant would easily have borne to his little cavern is now capable of resisting the fury and braving the rage of the most tempestuous storms.”

      -Evelyn

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      Seed bearing plants are the epitome of the evolutionary process in the plant kingdom. Their survival and success over all other forms of vegetation on this earth can be attributed to the production of these mysterious, germinal, mobile packages of latent plant life. Not only does the seed contain the substances and supply of energy necessary for its own initial stages of growth, but it also encapsulates the essential “genetic” intelligence garnered from the successful, preceding cycles of its species. The seed is therefore the traveling “colonizer”, carrying the essential code and archetypal form of its parent to new territory and new conditions and thereby offers the possibility for a new and unique unfoldment, a new and continued life, a new beginning. As a living symbol of the omnipresent, generative principle in nature it seems to be a potent theme for contemplation and replete with analogy when thought of in relation to any effort to make a new beginning on the spiritual path. What might it mean then, to truly and properly “plant the seed of spiritual wisdom” within our own nature?

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        Very nice explanations Kirk, is the reference by Evelyn from a book or an article?

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          It was a quotation I discovered probably 15 years ago and did not keep the exact reference. I believe the author is John Evelyn (1620-1706) who was a founding member of the Royal Society in London and wrote a book called “A Discourse on Forest Tree and the Propagation of Timber in His Majestie’s Dominions,” among other works.

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        As a living symbol of the omnipresent, generative principle in nature it seems to be a potent theme for contemplation and replete with analogy when thought of in relation to any effort to make a new beginning on the spiritual path. What might it mean then, to truly and properly “plant the seed of spiritual wisdom” within our own nature?

        Hi Kirk:

        What an exquisite summary!

        Many seeds are scattered but only some will grow into a healthy, living plant, while others decompose back to the earth. It is remarkable, to be concise, miraculous, that a tiny seed could transform into a giant, majestic tree. Spiritually speaking, if the “seed of wisdom” is planted in the right soil, that which is fertile with purity of heart and strength of mind, along with an ardent love for Truth, always ready to sacrifice the lower for the Higher, and a sense of indifference to pleasure and pain, then the tree will develop strong roots to protect against the stormy winds of human frailties.

        Selecting an appropriate region to sow the seed, ensuring there is regular exposure to the warmth of the sunlight is necessary, because the power of the spiritual sun can penetrate through the fogs of ignorance and dispel illusions. Like the air all around the planet, the seed of wisdom needs the breadth of knowledge to mature. It also requires continuing sustenance from the water of life derived from daily contemplation, study, and experience, plus added nutrients from insights as theories are put into practice. With these vital ingredients, the seed may transform into a tree and provide shades for others.

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          Thank you Barbara. Your two short paragraphs synthesize and bring to mind many sacred teachings; from the parables attributed to Jesus (The Sower) to Pythagoras (who apparently coined the term Philosophia as ‘the Love of Truth”) as well as many passages from the Voice of the Silence.

          “The seeds of Wisdom cannot sprout and grow in airless space. To live and reap experience the mind needs breadth and depth and points to draw it towards the Diamond Soul.” -Fragment 2

          Apparently, both the seeds of wisdom and the Diamond Soul, exist already within all. We do not have to “create” them, they are simply lying dormant. It seems to be a matter of “activation” then and as you say, providing the proper internal environment in which the seed can begin to take root. In Northern Buddhsim, the first stage of the Path is cultivating the seed of Bodhichitta, the ‘wisdom-seeking mind,’ the resolution to reach towards enlightenment on behalf of all beings. In Theosophical teachings, we discover that the seed of the “man-plant” is universally and unconditionally Boddhisattvic in essence.

          Even as a blind man may find a gem in a heap of dust, so have I found Bodhichitta within myself.
          The Bodhichitta elixir emerged to destroy death in the world. It is the imperishable treasure which removes the worlds poverty.
          Bodhichitta is the complete medicine, the cure for the world’s disease; it is a tree giving refuge to wayfarers on life’s journey.

          -Shantideva

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    Dear moderator, can we perhaps “seed” a discussion on the concept of Universal Brotherhood in the Key Concepts/Theosophical Tenets study group?

    Thank you for taking care of the seeds ‘n weeds on this forum 😉

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    March 10, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

    A Magus is one who has by nature the godlike faculty. — APOLLONIUS

    Truth is truth
    To the end of reckoning.
    — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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    March 9, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Seed of Enlightenment

    Calm in thought, calm in speech, calm in actions is he who
    has obtained freedom through true knowledge. — BUDDHA

    The secret of morals is love; or a going out of our own natures and an
    identification of ourselves with the beautiful which exists in thought, action, or
    person, not our own. — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

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