Submitted by Lloyd Standish on Fri, 06/24/2011 - 21:54
by Robert Epstein (Wheaton, IL : Quest Books, 2011, 176pp.) book review by Rene Wadlow
There is the true story of the Westerner who goes to India and is asked to give a short talk at a conference. “How long?” he asks. “Not more than two hours” was the reply. Thus J. Krishnamurti’s short talks were nearly all two hours in length. I used to attend them at Saanen in the Swiss mountains. Usually one got the point that was to be made in the first 15 minutes, and then there was another hour and 45 minutes. However, there was a small stream near the large tent where the talks were given, and I would listen to the water running and every so often focus back to see that the talk was still going on.
There is, in a period of transition, a need for individuals with the specific talents of organization and the ability to translate doctrines into social policy. Henry Steel Olcott was such an individual.
The last quarter of the 1800s was a period very much like our own — a period of transition with no firm guidelines as to the shape of the period to come. It was a period, like ours, of cross currents, of strong positive and negative movements.
Cancer is the sign of manifestation and is perfectly represented by the crab that comes up out of the water carrying its home on its back. Within the influence of Gemini we saw the process of the manifestation of the etheric body taking place.
Humanity’s love affair with trees is a long-standing one. As Joyce Kilmer confessed, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree” [unless, of course, it’s theosophy . . . but I digress]. What follows is an appreciation of what trees give to the world, and then an invitation to humanity to keep the symbiotic magic flowing by giving back to trees.
It's so easy to become imprinted with fear and anxiety just from watching the news. As we watch tragedies and natural disasters, we naturally feel empathy for those involved, but also can become fearful, even subconsciously, that something similar might happen to us or those we love. Personal stresses, such as job loss (or fear of job loss), financial pressures, or loss of a relationship adds to the emotional load so many are carrying.
Leaves are falling off trees in the height of summer, railway tracks are buckling, and people are retiring to their beds with deep-frozen hot-water bottles, as much of Australia swelters in its worst-ever heatwave.
Gemini is the sign of relationship, communication, and interplay of forces. As we saw the slow decent of divine force into ever more dense fields of reality, first into impulse and thought forms and then into the form of developing emotion and cohesion, now we see that force becoming concretized into the etheric body, or the true “physical” essence. At this stage on the path into density the Soul has fully organized a mental and an emotional body and is in the process of completing the set with the establishment of the etheric body. The completion of these three bodies for the use of the Soul establishes what we understand as the personality.