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In the Light of Theosophy – Expectations

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This article appeared in the June 202w issue of The Theosophical Movement. For more articles published in this excellent magazine follow this link: https://www.ultindia.org/previous_issues.html 

We have expectations from others, ourselves and the world at large. When we have expectations not based on facts or analysis, then we are in for disappointment. “We live in a largely uncertain world, consequently this desire for certainty often sets us up for disappointment and pain. While some things might be in our control, many are not,” writes Marguerite Theophil. An old man used to sit outside the gates of a palace. One winter day the king noticed him shivering and promised to arrange for a warm coat and blanket to be sent out immediately. However, the king had to attend to some urgent business and could not keep his promise. The next day, the old man was found dead with a note that read: “For all these years I shivered and yet survived, but the expectation of warm clothes makes the cold unbearable, and will be the death of me.”

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The Golden Thread – Part one

Sri Raghavan Iyer – USA

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The Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 in New York with three objects, the first of which was the formation of a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood. The second object was the comparative study of religions, sciences and philosophies, ancient and modern, so that all men and women, including Americans, might come to salute every true witness in a long, largely unknown but unbroken history of accumulated wisdom. Isis Unveiled taught the perennial philosophy (Philosophia Perennis) and invited its true students to find Ariadne's thread, a golden thread hidden behind the veil of form and symbol, in every great tradition of thought, philosophy, religious aspiration and myth. It is the very basis of real science, and it is the forgotten inspiration behind the founding of the Royal Society as well as much of the significant work of men like Edison, a Fellow of the Theosophical Society, and some other scientists influenced by the wisdom of The Secret Doctrine.

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Seek Out the Way: Experiential Reflections on the Inner Life

Juliana Cesano – USA

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I would like to reflect on the intrinsic and dynamic connection between challenge and the inner life, and how these two aspects play a major part in what we sometimes call “inner awakening”, or “inner unfoldment”.

Challenges are normally seen as circumstances that come to us from the outside, an external force in the shape of an event that presents itself in our lives. But if we look closer, and especially if we look back into the moments in which we were challenged, we may be able to see that those challenges were not random, and instead, they were aligned with the next step we needed to take. There was something inside of us, still very tender, very new, sometimes not even conscious, that needed a catalyst to unfold, and as the experience or challenge arises, if we take it fully, without reservations, that part of us that was incipient and somewhat ready pushes through and finds expression.

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Living In Kali Yuga

David M. Grossman – USA

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                                                                                     “It is better to light a single candle than curse the darkness."                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                          Old Proverb 

When our main view of human history only takes us back four or five thousand years, and here in the west it all fades away prior to the Greeks for the most part; it becomes difficult to entertain concepts of human cycles of development that could span hundreds of thousands more less millions of years. When we consider that relatively recently, a few centuries back, the world’s continents and countries for all practical purposes were like separate planets, the present situation is actually a very recent phenomenon. There was very little communication between countries and even regions within a single country; and for the “average person” working in mainly agrarian societies the main occupations were growing food, building shelters and most people never traveled much beyond a few miles from where they were born. If you add to that the fact that literacy for the majority is a relatively recent milestone it becomes apparent that there was not really a great deal of meaningful communication in the world.

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Who can change the World?

Barbara Hebert – USA

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The challenges we face in our world today seem almost impossible to overcome. We often look to our leaders—religious, political, and spiritual—to make a difference, but it doesn’t happen. Instead of looking outside of ourselves to make change happen, it is time to start looking within. Each of us has the power—as well as the responsibility—to change the world. We cannot wait for others to step up...each one of us needs to take matters into our own hands.

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