Human Regeneration – part twelve
Published: Sunday, 25 September 2016 13:32
Radha Burnier – India
[Recognizing regeneration as the kernel of all Theosophical work, the International Theosophical Centre at Naarden, the Netherlands, jointly with the Federation of Theosophical Societies in Europe, organized two seminars in July 1990, with a number of office bearers, workers and members of the Society from different countries as participants. Proceedings of the seminar were published as a book under the title Human Regeneration: Lectures and Discussion (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 1990). This chapter (discussions) is here slightly revised.]
A shining Radha Burnier (middle) at the opening of the centennial exhibition of the Dutch Section in Amsterdam, in 1997. On the left and rather young your editor, and on the right the former General Secretary of the Dutch section, Ali Ritsema
Discussion – continued
EA: I think regeneration is an ongoing thing. It is not only a new birth. Re-generation is constantly going on.
WV: Regeneration cannot be put into words although it is spoken of in all religions. Real regeneration, real transcendence, or birth to something perfectly new, may become clearer to the Christians among us if we follow the important events in the life of Christ. Then we see what a moment of supreme experience we have to go through before we can talk of regeneration
There is a satori-experience in Zen Buddhism related as follows: “Before I got satori, a tree was a tree, a river was a river and a house was a house. Now, a tree is a tree, a river is a river and a house is a house. And yet, everything is new.” Regeneration points to an experience with a real spiritual meaning, which is difficult to understand and explain in words. This experience has to be lived, which implies total change from the old level to a new level of being, of consciousness. In any case it implies much suffering.
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