May 2012 Newsletter
The following articles are reproduced from the May 2012 Newsletter to members.
Non-members may or may not be able to relate to the contents.
The Great Wesak Blessing
Bishop Charles W. Leaderbeater a renowned
theosophist and occultist writes:
"The Lord Gautama Buddha,
instead of devoting Himself wholly to other and higher work after His
Mahaparanirvana, has remained sufficiently in touch with our world to be
reached by the invocation of His successor when necessary, so that His
advice and help can still be obtained in any great emergency.
He also undertook to return to the world once in each
year and shed upon it a flood of blessing.
The Lord Buddha has His
own special type of force, which He outpours when He gives His blessing
to the world, and this benediction is a unique and very marvellous
thing; for by His authority and position, a Buddha has access to
planes of nature which are altogether beyond our reach, hence He can
transmute and draw down to our level the forces peculiar to those
planes. Without this mediation of the Buddha these forces would
be of no use to us here in physical life; their vibrations are so
tremendous, so incredibly rapid, that they would pass through us
unsensed at any level we can reach, and we should never even know of
their existence. But as it is, the force of the blessing is scattered
all over the world; and it instantly finds for itself channels through
which it can pour (just as water instantly finds an open pipe), thereby
strengthening all good work and bringing peace to the hearts of those
who are able to receive it.
The occasion selected for this wonderful outpouring is
the full moon day of the Indian month of Vaisakh (Wesak), and
usually corresponding to the month of May, the anniversary of all the
momentous occurrences of His last earthly life—His birth, His attainment
of Buddhahood and His departure from the physical body.
In connection with this visit of His, and quite apart
from its tremendous esoteric significance, an exoteric ceremony is
performed in the physical plane at which the Lord actually shows Himself
in the presence of a crowd of ordinary pilgrims. All Members of the
Great Occult Hierarchy, except the Lord of the World and the
three Kumaras, usually attend this ceremony.
The place selected for this stupendous occasion is a
small plateau surrounded by low hills, which lies on the northern side
of the Himalayas, not far from the frontier of Nepal, about 400 miles
west of Lhasa. This location is commonly referred to as the Wesak
Valley and the occasion is referred to as the Wesak Festival."
Bishop C. W. Leadbeater gave a first-hand account from
his personal participation and the Wesak Festival is described in
great detail in his book The Masters And The Path which was first
published in 1925. There are several entries in Geoffrey Hodson’s occult
diary, Light of the Sanctuary, chronicling his attendance at the
Wesak Festival. In his entry of May 30, 1949 he writes “This is a
most vivid conscious experience and completely satisfies me concerning
C.W. Leadbeater’s account”.
Normally this day coincides with
the 15th (full-moon) day of the Fourth Month in the Chinese Lunar
calendar, which is always a public holiday in Singapore. This year,
Wesak Day, as we know it esoterically, falls on 6 May 2012
the day after the official Wesak Day public holiday. We shall hold our
traditional annual Wesak Day celebration on the public holiday on
Saturday, 5 May 2012 at 11 a.m.
White Lotus Day
Madame H. P. Blavatsky
has always been a tremendous source of inspiration for all students of
occultism. Not only was she well loved and remembered by members of the
original Theosophical Society, she also had many friends and followers
outside of the Theosophical Society. Indeed, many movements were founded
outside the Theosophical Society to study her teachings. Even today,
more than a century after her death, new movements are still being
formed pledging personal allegiance to H.P.B. and faithfully adhering to
her original teachings. This is especially true in the cyberworld of the
Internet. We could almost say that many people are fiercely loyal to our
founder, Madame Blavatsky.
We join all these followers and students throughout the
world to commemorate the passing of Madame H.P. Blavatsky on May
8. This is the 121st anniversary of the death of one of the greatest
occultists in recent history. We call this day White Lotus Day to
remember with fondness the founder of the Theosophical Society.
White Lotus Day was declared by the co-founder and President
Col. H. S. Olcott in 1892 as a Day of Remembrance to "express the
feeling of loving regard for her who brought us the chart of the
climbing Path which leads to the summit of knowledge".
We shall celebrate Wesak Day on Saturday 5 May
at 11 a.m. As we normally do, we will have a talk giving a detailed
account of the esoteric Wesak Festival including a video recording made
by an Australian TV station of pilgrims gathering at the legendary Wesak
Valley. We will then have group meditation for 49 mins. A vegetarian
buffet lunch will be served thereafter.
Introduction and Proem to The
Secret Doctrine Study Class
prelude to our Study Class on A Study in Consciousness we shall, on White
Lotus Day, commence our Study Class on The Introduction and Proem to The
preface to The Secret Doctrine Madame H. P. Blavatsky wrote:
Author — the writer, rather — feels it necessary to apologise for the long delay
which has occurred in the appearance of this work. It has been occasioned by
ill-health and the magnitude of the undertaking. Even the two volumes now issued
do not complete the scheme, and these do not treat exhaustively of the subjects
dealt with in them. A large quantity of material has already been prepared,
dealing with the history of occultism as contained in the lives of the great
Adepts of the Aryan Race, and showing the bearing of occult philosophy upon the
conduct of life, as it is and as it ought to be. Should the present volumes meet
with a favourable reception, no effort will be spared to carry out the scheme of
the work in its entirety.
author does not feel it necessary to ask the indulgence of her readers and
critics for the many defects of literary style, and the imperfect English which
may be found in these pages. She is a foreigner, and her knowledge of the
language was acquired late in life. The English tongue is employed because it
offers the most widely-diffused medium for conveying the truths which it had
become her duty to place before the world.
truths are in no sense put forward as a revelation; nor does the author
claim the position of a revealer of mystic lore, now made public for the first
time in the world’s history. For what is contained in this work is to be found
scattered throughout thousands of volumes embodying the scriptures of the great
Asiatic and early European religions, hidden under glyph and symbol, and
hitherto left unnoticed because of this veil. What is now attempted is to gather
the oldest tenets together and to make of them one harmonious and unbroken
whole. The sole advantage which the writer has over her predecessors, is that
she need not resort to personal speculations and theories. For this work is a
partial statement of what she herself has been taught by more advanced students,
supplemented, in a few details only, by the results of her own study and
observation. The publication of many of the facts herein stated has been
rendered necessary by the wild and fanciful speculations in which many
Theosophists and students of mysticism have indulged, during the last few years,
in their endeavour to, as they imagined, work out a complete system of thought
from the few facts previously communicated to them.
needless to explain that this book is not the Secret Doctrine in its entirety,
but a select number of fragments of its fundamental tenets, special attention
being paid to some facts which have been seized upon by various writers, and
distorted out of all resemblance to the truth.
of this work may be thus stated: to show that Nature is not 'a fortuitous
concurrence of atoms,' and to assign to man his rightful place in the scheme of
the Universe; to rescue from degradation the archaic truths which are the basis
of all religions; and to uncover, to some extent, the fundamental unity from
which they all spring; finally, to show that the occult side of Nature has never
been approached by the Science of modern civilization.
is in any degree accomplished, the writer is content. It is written in the
service of humanity, and by humanity and the future generations it must be
judged. Its author recognises no inferior court of appeal. Abuse she is
accustomed to; calumny she is daily acquainted with; at slander she smiles in
above (abridged) preface, she commences the writing of her magnum opus
beginning with a chapter simply titled Introductory, followed with the
Proem to The Secret Doctrine, both of which we shall study when we commence
our Study Class at 7 p.m. on White Lotus Day, 8 May 2012, a day of
remembrance for Madame H. P. Blavatsky. With 100 students registered, this
promises to be a very vibrant class.