Thursday, October 22, 2020

SFTS Lodge Dharma Message (October-November-December 2020): The Three Fundamental Propositions of the Secret Doctrine

 

One of several images of H.P. Blavatsky adorning on the walls of the SFTS Lodge

Excerpts from Virginia Hanson's "What’s Practical About Them? The Three Fundamental Propositions of The Secret Doctrine" (Published in "The American Theosophist" July 1974):
In 1885, when The Secret Doctrine was in preparation, the Mahatma K. H. wrote to a German doctor, a member of The Theosophical Society: “The Secret Doctrine, when ready, will be the triple production of M. [the Master M.], Upasika [Mme. Blavatsky] and the Doctor’s most humble servant, K. H.” [1] Thus we have the assurance that this great work comes, in part at least, from as high a source as we are likely to find on this planet ...
H.P.B. herself said of these three propositions: “It would not be in place here to enter upon a defence or proof of their inherent reasonableness, nor can I pause to show how they are, in fact, contained in every system of thought or philosophy worthy of the name. Once the reader has gained a clear comprehension of them and realized the light which they throw on every problem of life [italics mine], they will need no further justification in his eyes, because their truth will be to him as evident as the sun in the heaven.” ...
But few of us, I think, would ever have become interested in Theosophy at all if we had not realized that back of everything that we see and hear and touch and taste and smell lies an abstraction – a “no-thing” which is not “nothing” but the hidden source of all things.
The first proposition speaks of this hidden source – an “omnipresent, boundless, and immutable principle” which, says H.P.B., is “the one absolute Reality which antecedes all manifested, conditioned being.” This is the “infinite and eternal cause . . . the rootless root of ‘all that was, is, or ever shall be.’ ” It is the Absolute, “Be-ness rather then Being.” [5]
It is worth our while to ponder this, not being turned aside by impatience or frustration, or by H.P.B.’s statement that this Be-ness is “beyond all thought or speculation.” ...
The second proposition states the absolute universality of the law of periodicity through which the One Life operates, the flux and reflux, the ebb and flow of activity. [8] H.P.B. adds that the alternations of day and night, life and death, sleeping and waking, are so common and so universal that it is easy to realize that the law of periodicity is one of the absolutely fundamental laws of nature. She refers to the universe itself as the periodic manifestation of the One Reality postulated in the first proposition.
So the law of periodicity extends to the outermost limits of anything we can know, and beyond. The universe is maya, she tells us, because its manifestation (and therefore the manifestation of all things) is temporary ...
The third proposition affirms the fundamental identity of every soul with the universal Oversoul, and the “obligatory pilgrimage of every soul through the cycle of incarnation or necessity.” [10] Further, this proposition makes our pilgrimage dependent upon “self-induced and self-devised effort” with no special privileges or gifts save those we win for ourselves.
Up to the time we reach humanhood – and perhaps for many lives after that – progress is accomplished through what H.P.B. calls “natural impulse.” This is evolution itself, which ever moves forward and cannot ultimately reverse itself. But from the time we awaken to the fact of our individual responsibility, the whole thing becomes a “do-it-yourself” project. Wherever we are going, we have to get there by our own efforts; we can’t ride on the coat-tails of anyone else. Although we have only to ponder this to recognize its truth, we still have the realization that we travel in the company of other pilgrims in mutual affection and helpfulness. Our enterprise is a common one, although our individual discoveries and accomplishments are unique expressions of that enterprise.


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Jupiter's Light: "You have been here before. You will be here again. Take nothing for granted"

 

An image of Jupiter taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (4/21/14)

From within the global ravages of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Climate Crisis, the indomitable nature of our humanness arises anew. And it is vital to celebrate this uprising.

There is so much mystical truth, so much poetical beauty, so much performance brilliance in this post from SFTS Lodge president Mary Power that it is difficult to select a passage to offer you as a sample. "Jupiter's Light" weaves defiant joy and profound grieving into an exquisite instrument of evolutionary movement. "Jupiter's Light" is a bold declaration of blessed humanness, a poignant call for justice and a dazzling celebration of deep Gaian magic. 

Here is a brief excerpt followed by an embedded You Tube video of the accompanying performance.
 

 -- SFTS Lodge

 "The California wildfires effected us like the Australian bush fires effected us, like the fires set in the Amazon rain forest effected us. Anyone reading that line thinking otherwise is facing that moment of choice to begin. Begin to unlearn in order to learn.

"Our ridge was burnt to the ground. All shelters of beautiful homes for humans were burnt to the ground. We were fortunate though that all the humans were evacuated safely. But the forest, wildlife and its ecosystems were destroyed. For decades our ridge was a sanctuary giving birth to dance, painting, art making films, producing for the mpowerdance project. The fire changed all that. The sanctuary mother home is wounded, dying and changing.
 
"Within this change an unexpected sorrow appeared. A specific grief not separated from the make up of 2020 thus far. Star gazing. Star bathing.
 
"Months had gone by without witnessing the night sky without feeling the flicker of starlight vibrate its resonance. In less than a week 13,000 lightening strikes and almost 600 wildfires started during an already severe heatwave. How do the firefighters survive this? The explosive fires created freakish "firenadoes" and after weeks months, some are unbelievably extinguished. Post-inferno nothing manmade remains in tact. Stones explode. There is no moisture left in smoky charred air, oxygen is scarce, carbon dioxide abundant. So how did one wooden star gazing adirondack chair survive when the others that sat next to it did not?
 
"The first star to rise yesterday, in the northern California southeast sky was actually a planet, Jupiter. It was bright clear light in the fading blue sky. Jupiter brings joy to grief like the archangel Gabriel or the great works of the Tao. It's healing light moves throughout whether noticed or unnoticed. When humanity cries out Jupiter sends its message 'We've been here before. We'll be here again.'
 
"You have been here before. You will be here again. Take nothing for granted.
 
"It is difficult the labor of love. It demands of us not without laughter and good company. May we continue to grow by an unusual effort, unlearning the nonsensical conditioned fears. So that, we can be alive through our many lessons in this lifetime, before death comes.
 
"We've come so far and there's further on.
 
"Below is a one minute clip called 'Jupiter's Light' a song and a message arrived from grief.
 
-- Mary Power, "Jupiter's Light" (10/12/20)
 
Again, for the full text, visit https://www.mpowerdance.net/2020/10/jupiters-light.html

(NOTE: If you're receiving this post via SFTS Lodge e-mail subscription, you will have to click on the link provided. Embedded videos do not appear in the e-mail format.) 

 Jupiter's Light (You Tube Video)

Friday, October 2, 2020

SFTS Lodge Online Events for October 2020


SFTS Lodge Buddha Room
 
NOTE: In response to the global pandemic. The suspension of our weekly Friday evening public meetings continues. To help flatten the curve. And to set a meaningful example. Meanwhile, you can engage with us online, via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sftslodge/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SFTSLodge)

SFTS Lodge Calendar of "Facebook Live" Events for October 2020

On Sunday, 10/18/20 at 6 pm, John Paul - "Yoga Nidra"   

On Sunday, 10/25/20 at 6 p.m.,  Marjory Mejia - "Shamanic Reiki Meditation" 

To enjoy these two offerings, just come to https://www.facebook.com/sfts.lodge at the appointed hour on the designated day. Free and available to the public. 

For more on the work of John Paul Gauer, visit https://www.jpgyoga.com/about
For more on the work of Marjory Mejia, visit http://marjorymejia.com
 
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