19 Feb Fundamental Theosophy – Self-Culture: A Spiritual Path (April 15, 2018)
– H.P. Blavatsky, Occultism versus the Occult Arts
For this “Astral” – the shadowy “double” (in the animal as in man) – is not the companion of the divine Ego but of the earthly body. It is the link between the personal SELF, the lower consciousness of Manas and the Body, and is the vehicle of transitory, not of immortal life. Like the shadow projected by man, it follows his movements and impulses slavishly and mechanically, and leans therefore to matter without ever ascending to Spirit. It is only when the power of the passions is dead altogether, and when they have been crushed and annihilated in the retort of an unflinching will; when not only all the lusts and longings of the flesh are dead, but also the recognition of the personal Self is killed out and the “astral” has been reduced in consequence to a cipher, that the Union with the “Higher Self” can take place. Then when the “astral” reflects only the conquered man, the still living, but no more the longing, selfish personality, then the brilliant Augoeides, the divine SELF, can vibrate in conscious harmony with both the poles of the human Entity – the man of matter purified, and the ever pure Spiritual Soul – and stand in the presence of the MASTER SELF, the Christos of the mystic Gnostics, blended, merged into, and one with IT for ever.
Self-culture–what does it mean? Is the physical body the ‘self”? When we speak of self-culture from a theosophical perspective, we speak of consciousness using not only a physical body but an astral and mental body for its expression on the associated physical, astral, and mental planes of existence. The biblical adage, “Be ye perfect as thy father in heaven is perfect”, infers one of the goals of human existence and development. Join us as we explore how we can develop our own spiritual nature through an understanding that theosophy teaches self-culture and not control.
When: Sunday, April 15th at 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: 332 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA 94801