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The Oakland Science, Spirit and Consciousness Meetup Group Message Board › Notes from last session on Gita, prayer, healing and theosophy

Notes from last session on Gita, prayer, healing and theosophy

Garrett R.
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Excerpt from Notes (see MORE/ files for 2 more pages):  

We began with four pages of excerpts from The Key to Theosophy dealing with prayer.  Madame Blavatsky echoed the words of Jesus in criticizing rote public prayers.  Instead she encourages prayer that is intentional, personal and private.  Group prayer can have great strength and benefit but not if people are acting out of a sense of conformity or showing off their alleged piety.

The other thing that makes prayer effective is to raise our vibration to our highest self and to let go of the selfish or egocentric outlook.  The real prayer is to tune in to our higher selves and to be guided by that indwelling divine spirit.  This, she suggests, is the ultimate key to real health.

The excerpts from The Intention Experiment took this theme from a scientific point of view.  Studies by psychiatrists and academics showed that effective healers let go of their own thoughts and personalities and identify and tune in completely to the person being healed.  The healer then also tries to tune in to the presence and the power that comes from the One Source of All.  McTaggart used the term "Absolute" to describe that presence and that ultimate reality.  This is the same word used, perhaps for the first time in that sense, in English, by Madame Blavatsky in her Secret Doctrine and other books.  It is a way of emphasizing the impersonal, all pervading power behind the universe which for our puny intellects can be described in its lower levels as universal consciousness, love or intelligence.

This tied back into our earlier discussion of the three Fundamental Propositions and how each one implies or is explained by the other ones.  In childhood terms I described those Propositions as Life, Law and Evolution.

We continued our reading of pages 14 to 17 in the Bhagavad Gita.  Many of us were uncomfortable with the analogy of a civil war and all the killing that would go on.  I suggested that the battle scene was a dramatic device to keep suspense and the attention of those who would not grasp the higher lessons of psychology.  As Gandhi pointed out, the real battle is always within our own mind.  We are fighting with and slaying our own bad habits, dearly held opinions and tendencies to judge and separate.
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