Studies in Occultism, by H. P. Blavatsky.
"It is easy to become a Theosophist. Any person of average intellectual capacities, and a leaning toward the metaphysical; of pure, unselfish life, who finds more joy in helping his neighbor than in receiving help himself; one who is ever ready to sacrifice his own pleasures for the sake of other people; and who loves Truth, Goodness, and Wisdom for their own sake, not for the benefit they may confer—is a Theosophist.
But it is quite another matter to put oneself upon the path which leads to the knowledge of what is good to do, as to the right discrimination of good from evil; a path which also leads a man to that power through which he can do the good he desires, often without even apparently lifting a finger.”
A person who has evil thoughts of all men, who has vulgar desires and tastes, becomes the servant of them. They dictate to him, and he is obliged to exert himself to obtain means for their gratification, but he who has no ignoble desires, and always looks for and finds the good in mankind, dropping the evil, is his own master. He has conquered matter. His strife with the elements cease. Life is no longer a disappointment and a delusion. His illuminated and purified Soul finds rest in the bosom of its Divine Ideal, the Absolute Love.
They say that Good always defeats Evil, but does it really? I think the real lesson is that Patience always defeats Naiveté. Good or Evil can be extremely patient, or extremely eager to succeed and end up making a mistake. And the only reason patience is even necessary is when the opponent is oblivious to its oppression. So, how do you turn the tables? With an equally hidden hand.
Now, the context I’m using here is entirely about the eternal battle, not in general circumstances. Patience is a virtue in everything, but the real baddies out there — true intellectual evil — is extremely patient. It observes and manipulates its pawns because they are oblivious that they are pawns to begin with. This evil has no lust of result, because it is confident. These truths we know it knows, as well. We have to be equally patient in our methods to restore true order, and equally as surreptitious.
I admit that my visions can never mean to other men as much as they do to me. I do not regret this. All I ask is that my results should convince seekers after truth that there is beyond doubt something worth while seeking, attainable by methods more or less like mine. I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics, or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle.
The Healing of Serpents at Easter
"The original, pre-Christian name for Easter was Oestre, named after the goddess of the Spring Equinox, when painted eggs would be left as offerings to her in her serpent form, at her shrines. Oestre’s festival of healing and regeneration was always on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox."
In this episode of the Maraya Karena Show, Maraya confronts the “Shit New Age Girls Say” meme, the troubling spot in which the new age/spiritual subculture finds itself, and the parallels to what has happened in other Western subcultures.
I think with certain things (or perhaps in general) one either has an easy time understanding things as if it’s completely intuitive, or one does not. Those who have such an ability to grasp very intricate and complex things don’t necessarily have the ability to pass on that understanding. It’s highly unspoken, and I think it’s what inspired the quote “those with eyes to see and ears to hear”. It’s either part of you or it isn’t.
"Many are called; few are chosen."
You see in the scripture, the Christian scriptures, it says everybody is equal in the sight of god. Now that’s a mystical utterance. That means that from the standpoint of God, all people are divine, and are playing their true function. And that is something that is true on a certain plane of consciousness. But come down a step and try to apply the mystical insight in the practical affairs of everyday life and what do you get. You get a parody of mysticism. You get the idea not that everybody is equal in the sight of god, but that all people are equally inferior. That’s why all bureaucracies are rude; why the police are rude, and why you are made to wait in lines, and all that sort of person. Because everybody’s a crook, everybody’s equally inferior; you see that becomes the parody of democracy. And that kind of society – watch out for it. It turns in a quick click into fascism, because of its terror of the outsider.
Now a free and easy society loves outsiders. In fact it’s a little bad for the outsiders’ integrity, because he becomes holy man. And people make Salaams and give him food and they really take care of the outsider. Because they know that man is doing for us what we haven’t got the guts to do. That outside that lives up in the mountain is up at the highest peak of human evolution. His consciousness is one with the divine. And great just that there is someone like that around; makes you feel a little better. He has realized, he knows what it’s all about. And so we need a number of those people, even though they don’t join our game, they tell us, ‘You see, what you’re doing is only a game, it’s ok, i’m not going to condemn you, it’s only a game and we up on that mountaintop are watching you, we love you, we have compassion for you – but excuse please, we aren’t going to join.’ So that gives a community great strength, because it tells the government in no uncertain terms, that there is something more than government.
— Alan Watts