180- The One becomes the two, the Open and the Secret (35). The first one leadeth to the goal, the second, to Self-Immolation.
(35). The “Open” and the “Secret Path” — or the one taught to the layman, the exoteric and the generally accepted, and the other the Secret Path — the nature of which is explained at initiation.
In short, this doc…[Read more]
Section 6 (Stanzas 164-178), dealt with the combat between the lower self and the higher Self, the quest for Nirvana and more on the Nirmanakaya vesture.
Restrain the lower Self by the Divine self. Restrain the Divine by the Eternal. Great is the slayer of desire. Greater is one who has slain the very knowledge of desire. Guard the Lower self lest…[Read more]
177- But if thou would’st Nirvâna reach, or cast the prize away (33), let not the fruit of action and inaction be thy motive, thou of dauntless heart.
(33). Vide infra Part III. par. 34.
See stanza 130 ‘’Both action and inaction may find room in thee; thy body agitated, thy mind tranquil, thy Soul as limpid as a mountain lake’’. To further…[Read more]
174- For, either he shall win, or he shall fall.
Those who believe in Karma have to believe in destiny, which, from birth to death, every man is weaving thread by thread around himself, as a spider does his cobweb; and this destiny is guided either by the heavenly voice of the invisible prototype outside of us, or by our more intimate astral, or…[Read more]
171- Unpraised by men and humble is the mother of all Rivers, in Tîrthika’s proud sight; empty the human form though filled with Amrita’s sweet waters, in the sight of fools. Withal, the birth-place of the sacred rivers is the sacred land (29), and he who Wisdom hath, is honoured by all men.
(29). Tîrthikas are the Brahmanical Sectarians “…[Read more]
167- Still greater he, in whom the Self Divine has slain the very knowledge of desire.
6. Kill out desire for sensation.
7. Kill out the hunger for growth. (Collins, Mabel, Light on the Path)
He whose reason is not attached anywhere, whose self is subdued, from whom desire has fled, he by renunciation attains the supreme state of freedom from…[Read more]
In the preceding section (Section 5, Stanzas 147- 163) it was taught that if one does not feel ready for the esoteric path, then one can pursue the exoteric path, accumulate merit and wait for the chance to pursue the secret path in future lives. One is also advised to accept the law of Karma and be patient with your fate. One is advised to be…[Read more]
My apologies for this lengthy text, which may seem digressive. Because the page count for Fragment 2 is still well below that of Fragment 1, I felt that this lengthy insert would be tolerable. This post ends section 5, we move on to section 6 (of 7) next, which deals with the notion of the spiritual combat.
For the fuller of pride any one is…[Read more]
161-Be humble, if thou would’st attain to Wisdom.
By thinking of all sentient beings
As more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel
For accomplishing the highest aim,
I will always hold them dear.
Whenever I’m in the company of others,
I will regard myself as the lowest among all,
And from the depths of my heart
Cherish others as s…[Read more]
158- Be, O Lanoo, like them. Give light and comfort to the toiling pilgrim, and seek out him who knows still less than thou; who in his wretched desolation sits starving for the bread of Wisdom and the bread which feeds the shadow, without a Teacher, hope or consolation, and — let him hear the Law.
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
Help s…[Read more]
157- Behold Migmar,* as in his crimson veils his “Eye” sweeps over slumbering Earth. Behold the fiery aura of the “Hand” of Lhagpa† extended in protecting love over the heads of his ascetics. Both are now servants to Nyima‡ (26) left in his absence silent watchers in the night. Yet both in Kalpas past were bright Nyimas, and may in future “Da…[Read more]
154- Follow the wheel of life; follow the wheel of duty to race and kin, to friend and foe, and close thy mind to pleasures as to pain. Exhaust the law of Karmic retribution. Gain Siddhis for thy future birth.
He cometh, reaper of the things he sowed, / Sesamum, corn, so much cast in past birth; / And so much weed and poison-stuff, which mar /…[Read more]
151- ‘Tis from the bud of Renunciation of the Self, that springeth the sweet fruit of final Liberation.
The Supreme Path of Altruism is a short-cut,
Leading to the Realm of the Conquerors,-
A track more speedy than that of a racing horse;
The selfish, however, know naught of it. (Dawa-Samdup, Lama Kazi, transl. The Ocean of Delight for the Wise…[Read more]
148-Thou canst create this “day” thy chances for thy “morrow.” In the “Great Journey,” (25) causes sown each hour bear each its harvest of effects, for rigid Justice rules the World. With mighty sweep of never erring action, it brings to mortals lives of weal or woe, the Karmic progeny of all our former thoughts and deeds.
(25). “Great Journey” or…[Read more]
Section four taught us to have patience, as one who fears no failure, courts no success; fix your Soul’s gaze upon the star whose ray you are. Have perseverance as one who for evermore endures; sow with the seeds of merit the fields of future harvests; accept the woes of birth; step out from sunlight into shade, to make more room for…[Read more]
146-Know, O Disciple, this is the Secret Path, selected by the Buddhas of Perfection, who sacrificed The SELF to weaker Selves. Work for tomorrow
DHARMAKAYA (Tib. Cos kyi sku) lit. the spiritual body. (1.) The first of the 3 qualities (v. Tiikaya) belonging to the body of every Buddha, viz. luminous spirituality. (2) The 4th of the…[Read more]
143-Know, O beginner, this is the Open Path, the way to selfish bliss, shunned by the Bodhisattvas of the “Secret Heart,” the Buddhas of Compassion.
In Sufism, there is a doctrine of subtle bodies, one of which is the Sir, secret of secrets, which can mean secret heart:
The heart is the secret inside the secret (Jalaluddin Rumi in Barks, Coleman.…[Read more]
Sorry to be posting long texts, but since Blavatsky presents some important esoteric ideas about the Trikaya, I thought it might to be useful to share some basic notions about the Trikaya from an exoteric, or semi-esoteric perspective, in order to compare. In Fragment 3, I will post some more material by Blavatsky on the Trikaya.
The Trikaya…[Read more]
140-Step out from sunlight into shade, to make more room for others. The tears that water the parched soil of pain and sorrow, bring forth the blossoms and the fruits of Karmic retribution. Out of the furnace of man’s life and its black smoke, winged flames arise, flames purified, that soaring onward, ‘neath the Karmic eye, weave in the end the…[Read more]
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