Century Path; A Magazine Devoted to the Brotherhood of Humanity, the Promulgation of Theosophy and the Study of Ancient and Modern Ethics, Philosophy, Science, and Art Volume 12, PT. 1

Century Path; A Magazine Devoted to the Brotherhood of Humanity, the Promulgation of Theosophy and the Study of Ancient and Modern Ethics, Philosophy, Science, and Art Volume 12, PT. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... of interest to note that Jesus also spoke of the necessity (by inference) of an instrument for the action of the Karmic law, " for," said he, " it must needs be that offenses come; but woe unto that man by whom the offense cometh." (Matthew xviii. 7.) In the light of the above teachings, the answer to the question is clear. It is not the law that places tyrants on thrones, in the sense of acting arbitrarily (in which case it would not be law) or independently of man; but it is man himself who has produced the causes that result in such an effect. The presence of a tyrant on the throne or in power in any degree, is the nation's Karma; it is the result of the nation's own previous acts, and it is the way by which the nation reaps what it has sown in the past. In addition, it is an opportunity for the nation to awake and to realize its responsibility as a nation. No tyrant can remain on the throne except by the apathy or consent of the nation. Once that a nation realizes its own power as a collective body, in other words as an entity, once that its higher powers are aroused, tyranny becomes impossible. Remember that "the aggregate of individual Karma becomes that of the nation to which those individuals belong," as was quoted above. If the individuals of a nation give way to self-indulgence and so establish, each over himself, a tyranny of the senses, what more natural than that this should at last find expression in a tyranny over the whole nation, as embodied in a ruler. Then comes the awakening, then in the effort to shake off the external tyranny the necessity is seen of self-denial, of fortitude, of selfconquest. Look at the pages of history, and mark the rise of some nations after a period of tyranny, and...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,134g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123691158X
  • 9781236911582