Theosophical Society in England & Wales

We are students of the spiritual tradition established by H P Blavatsky in 1875.

The Society was formed to assist in showing to men that such a thing as Theosophy exists, and to help them to ascend towards it by studying and assimilating its eternal verities. Welcome to the information page of The Theosophical Society in England, English Section of the Theosophical Society (International headquarters Adyar, Chennai, India.) Our aim is both to present the original, unadulterate

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Sri Ramana maintained that the individual self is nothing more than an ever-changing thought or idea.
This thought he called the ‘I’-thought.
The mind, which is but a bundle of thoughts, is an illusion that is generated when the rising ‘I’-thought identifies itself with the body and imagines that he or she is an individual person.

This illusion, that the ‘I’ is the mind-body complex, is then sustained by the perpetual stream of thoughts that the mind generates. The ‘I’-thought identifies with all of these thoughts and thus is sustained and maintained by the illusion that the individual self or the mind is a continuous and real entity.
The mind lives by dividing, distinguishing and discriminating.
It creates knowing subjects distinct from known objects and yet, all it creates are nothing but illusions.

In the waking state, the mind functions due to the reflection of Consciousness in it. The same holds true with regard to the dream state.
In the deep sleep state, there is no definite knowledge of objects because the mind is not functioning. Only Consciousness is present in the deep sleep state and this is demonstrated by an individual’s exclamation upon waking,
“I slept so well that I do not remember
anything last night.”

Sri Ramana declared that a person can reverse this process by depriving the ‘I’-thought of all thoughts and perceptions that it normally identifies with.
If one can break this false connection between the ‘I’-thought and all the thoughts that it identifies with, then the ‘I’-thought itself will subside and eventually disappear.

Sri Ramana said that the ‘I’-thought originates from what he called the Heart.
He said,
“That from which all thoughts of embodied beings issue forth is called the Heart. All descriptions of it are only mental concepts.”
(Ganapati Muni, Sri Ramana Gita, ch.5, v.2.)

“Search for the source of the ‘I’-thought. That is all that one has to do. The universe exists on account of the ‘I’-thought. If that ends there is an end to misery also. The false ‘I’ will end only when its source is sought.”
(Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, §222 & §347)

The fact is that the mind is only a bundle of thoughts.
How can you extinguish it by the thought of doing so or by a desire?
Your thoughts and desires are part and parcel of the mind. The mind is simply fattened by new thoughts rising up. Therefore it is foolish to attempt to kill the mind by means of the mind. The only way of doing it is to find its source and hold on to it. The mind will then fade away of its own accord.

If the mind becomes introverted through enquiry into its source, its mental habits or tendencies (vasana) become extinct. The light of the Self, Consciousness, falls on these mental habits and produces the phenomenon of reflection that individuals interpret as thoughts, as the mind. Thus, when mental habits become extinct, the mind also becomes extinct as it is absorbed into the light of the Self.

The mind is like a river that ceaselessly flows in the bed of the body.
How can an ever-fluctuating mind make itself steady?
It cannot.
It is the very nature of thoughts to roam. Thus, one must go beyond the mind. One should not think of changing the mind – it already is changing all the time.
The mind covers the Self like the clouds that obscures the sun. The mind with its thoughts, is like a thief. One must constantly watch it, not because you want anything from it, but because you don’t want it to steal attention away from what is real, Consciousness.

It is not enough to declare that one is not one’s body or one’s mind. That is still a thought within the mind. Deciding that one is not the mind is an activity of the mind. Experiencing anything is still an experience of the mind. One must pursue the quest to its logical conclusion.
Seek the source of thoughts. Eventually the ‘I’-thought will go back to its source and become extinct.
Thus, the Upanisadic saying,
“Whence words return along with the mind, not attaining it.”
(Taittiriya Upanisad, 2.4.1. yato vaco nivartante aprapya manasa saha.)

Sri Ramana said that an enquiry into the source of the ‘I’-thought will render all one’s habitual tendencies (vasana) extinct. Thus arises a question, if all one’s vasanas are destroyed, why is the mind’s dissolution then necessary?
In other words, isn’t the mind nothing other than the entire collection of its vasanas? The response is that the life of the lower self forms one type of bo***ge, i.e., vasanas cause misery directly, but another type of bo***ge, i.e., the mere sense of duality, remains in the mind. Thus, not only vasanas, but also the mind must be dissolved.

Secondly, when the mind is dissolved, the effects of all accumulated past actions (prarabdha karma) are also dissolved. When the mind is dissolved, the recurrence of any vasana whatsoever is also stopped forever.

16/04/2024

Yoga in "The Voice of the Silence"
Pablo Sender

April 17 Wednesday
10:00 am – noon PT / On-site and Zoom
Session $15

Krotona Institute of Theosophy, 46 Krotona St., Ojai CA 93023
• 805 646-1139 • [email protected] • krotonainstitute.org

In this presentation we will explore the spiritual practice presented in the First Fragment of The Voice of the Silence. This Theosophical classic, published by Blavatsky in 1889, describes a meditative approach that includes elements of the system known as nāda-yoga, which describes a path of union with the Self by meditating on the inner sound.

Pablo Sender, PhD, has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1996. He has lived and worked at the international headquarters of the TS in Adyar, India, at the national center of the TS in America, and is currently residing in the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California. He has presented programs and retreats in India, Europe, Oceania, and the three Americas. He writes for many Theosophical journals and is the author of The Evolution of the Higher Consciousness. www.pablosender.com

Krotona is a non-profit organization dedicated to deepening understanding and realization of the Ageless Wisdom, spiritual Self-transformation, and the Unity of all Life.


13/03/2024

Esoterica Magazine:

The in-house magazine of The Theosophical Society in England & Wales

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Welcome to the information page of The Theosophical Society in England, English Section of the Theosophical Society (International headquarters Adyar, Chennai, India.) We are students of the spiritual tradition established by H P Blavatsky in 1875. Our aim is both to present the original, unadulterated teachings of H P Blavatsky and her Initiate teachers and to relate these teachings to the times we live in.

We recommend that students wishing to develop spiritual intuition should study the works of H P Blavatsky, the Mahatma Letters, W Q Judge, T S***a Row, Geoffrey Farthing and other sources which base themselves on the original message of the Theosophical Movement.

People wishing to contact us should use the contact form on our website: http://theosophicalsociety.org.uk/ That site also contains information for residents of England wishing to join the English Section.

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