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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

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    Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

    “Spiritual conversion or resurrection is only possible if we wholeheartedly activate our vesture of immortality by sacrificial tapas and regenerative meditation.”    — Aquarian Almanac

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

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    August 20, 2015  Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

     

    “Lo! good deeds annul ill deeds.

     

    This is a reminder for the mindful.”

     

     – Qur’an

     

    “Life becomes  sacred because all its acts and events are looked upon as sacraments .”

     – B.P. Wadia

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    August 21, 2016   Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

     

    “Each failure is success, and each sincere attempt wins its rewards in time.

     

     — The Voice of the Silence

     

    “Measures taken by an Ego to repress tendency, eliminate defects, and to  counteract by setting up different causes, will alter the sway of Karmic tendency.”

     — Aphorisms on Karma

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    August 22,  2016  Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

     

    “Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repeneth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance.”

     

     — Jesus

     

    “Suffering is the teacher, the awakener of consciousness.”

     — Aquarian Axioms

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    August 23,  2016     Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

    “Do that which will not afflict thee afterwards, nor oblige thee to repentance.”

    — Pythagoras

    “Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy.”

    — Shakespeare

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    What is repentance from a theosophical perspective?  What is refinement?

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      Hi Gerry,

      Does Theosophy speak about repentance?  I don’t remember seeing anything on this subject.

      In terms of refinement, if we see spirit and matter as two ends of a stick,  moving away from the end of matter to the end of the spirit is the process of refinement.

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        Barb;

        Repentance is a religious idea and has a great deal of meaning in the Christian and Jewish traditions. Theosophy, being the timeless wisdom and source of all religion, has something to say about anything and everything under the sun, as manner of speaking.

        HPB takes up the subject herself in the Key to Theosophy pages 207-8, 213 and 223.

        I am not sure it is wise to think of “spirit =good”  and “matter = bad”.   I know that is not what you are saying here.  But some people get that impression.  Matter, or form is neutral, it is a medium of expression for the spirit. ( In fact ultimately they are two sides of the same coin.) Refinement might have something to do with expressing the spirit through matter in a fuller fashion, a  more complete rather than partial representation.  The statue of David is more complete, lets say, when the legs and feet are exposed from the marble by sanding down and chipping away what is extraneous in the stone.

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    I have come across a very nice portion of the Pahlavi texts: Dînâ Maînôg-Î-Khirad, the following question was asked by a Sage:

    “… <i>How is the reunciation of sin to be preformed for the preservation of the soul</i>?”

    Repentance and renunciation of sin can be seen as one in the same.  So the answer follows:-

    “… <i>For the existence of renunciation of sin the special thing is, that one commits no sin voluntarily; and if, through folly, or weakness and ignorance, a sin occurs, he should then renounce that sin by approaching the High Priest who is his good soul; and after that when he refrains from that sin, having learnt it’s lesson becomes removed from his body… Just as the wind, strong and fast sweeping over the plain that it carried away every single grass blade and anything not rooted in the soil.</i>”

    We can use some intuition regarding the philosophy behind this quotation, as to understand repentance and renunciation of sin.

    What do others think of, “…that one commits no sin voluntarily”?

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    Perhaps this quotation will add to some ideas on the topic, SD2.95-6:

    Perfection, to be fully such, must be born out of imperfection, the incorruptible must grow out of the corruptible, having the latter as its vehicle and basis and contrast. Absolute light is absolute darkness, and vice versa. In fact, there is neither light nor darkness in the realms of truth. Good and Evil are twins, the progeny of Space and Time, under the sway of Maya. Separate them, by cutting off one from the other, and they will both die. Neither exists per se, since each has to be generated and created out of the other, in order to come into being; both must be known and appreciated before becoming objects of perception, hence, in mortal mind, they must be divided.

     

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    August 24, 2016     Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

     

     “I can  but suffer the penalty of ignorance; and the penalty is to learn from the wise.

     

    — Plato

     

     “There is precious instruction to be got by finding we were wrong.

    — Thomas Carlye

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    August 25, 2016   Theme for Contemplation:  Repentance and Refinement

     

    ” If through inadvertence the yogin does some culpable deed, he should burn the sin thereof through yoga alone.  There is no other way.”

     

        Uddhava Gita

     

    ” After despair, deliverance.”

      Ibn Al-Farid

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    August 26, 2016  Theme for Contemplation: Repentance and Refinement

    “Despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction.”  

    — Proverbs

    “When a man repents out of love, the cosmic light of the world of unity shines upon him and everything is joined in oneness; evil joins with good and raises it to even a higher value.”  

    — Abraham Isaac Kook

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