Dharma Message for January, February 2004

81720569BD351_46664_Concert Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

– Nelson Mandela

Dharma Message for November, December 2003

IN HONOR OF FOUNDER’S DAY (Nov. 18th), here is a powerful statement from William Q. Judge, who along with Madame Blavastky and Colonel HS Olcott, founded the Theosophical Society in New York on November 17, 1871:

Dogmatism in Theosophy

William Quan Judge THE Theosophical Society was founded to destroy dogmatism. This is one of the meanings of its first object – Universal Brotherhood. And Col. H. S. Olcott in his inaugural address in 1875, at Mott Memorial Hall, New York, said that such was the object in view, citing the bad effect that intolerance had had in the past…

In the Key to Theosophy, in the “Conclusion,” H.P.B. again refers to this subject and expresses the hope that the Society might not, after her death, become dogmatic or crystallize on some phase of thought or philosophy, but that it might remain free and open, with its members wise and unselfish. And in all her writings and remarks, privately or publicly, she constantly reiterated this idea. Of this the writer has direct evidence as to her statements in private. If our effort is to succeed, we must avoid dogmatism in theosophy as much as in anything else, for the moment we dogmatise and insist on our construction of theosophy, that moment we lose sight of Universal Brotherhood and sow the seeds of future trouble.
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Dharma Message for September, October 2003

Annie Besant

Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.

– Annie Besant

Dharma Message for July, August 2003

Mabel Collins

Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears.
Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness.
Before the voice can speak, it must have lost its power to wound.
Before the soul can stand in the presence of the Masters,
its feet must be washed in the blood of the heart.

– Mabel Collins, Light on the Path

Light on the Path
Light on the Path; Mabel Collins

Dharma Message for May, June 2003

Ramana Maharshi

He alone that has realized the Self in the Heart has known the Truth. Having transcended the dualities, he is never perplexed. That alone is True Knowledge, which reveals the Self through enquiry, “To whom pertains the interdependent pair of knowledge and ignorance?”

Self-knowledge, in which both knowledge and phenomena fall off, is alone True Knowledge, because the Self is the Source of all. To know all else except the knower is but ignorance.

The Self being Knowledge Absolute, it is neither knowing nor not knowing. It can never be nescience. The Self being one and universal, knowledge of diversity is but ignorance which too is not apart from the Self.

– Ramana Maharshi, Excerpted from “Forty Verses”

Dharma Message for March, April 2003

Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol

Your prime goal
must always be
to generate and nuture
in your heart a love
that is such that the pain of others
is unbearable to you.
carry on like this until the birth
of true compassion
natural and spontaneous

– Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol

Dharma Message for January, February 2003

Martin Luther King, Jr.

…Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.

…All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

…The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.