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By Christmas Humphreys

Comprehensible review of the 3 major colleges of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.

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We can call it ‘a discrete continuum of karmic impulse’ if that repellent phrase is any help to us. Or we can call it ‘character’, a more human and helpful term. We can call it ‘the Buddha within’ still wrapped in the coils of illusion, burning with the three fires of hatred, lust and illusion, covered with ‘defilements’, bound in a hundred fetters of its own past binding. And we can if we like, we Westerners, even call it ‘soul’, but this is dangerous, for the Christians talk of an Immortal Soul, and one thing we know quite well of this middle section of our total being is that, like all else, it is changing rapidly and is quite unknown to immortality.

There can be no permanent rest and happiness as long as there is some work to be done, and not accomplished, and the fulfil­ ment of duties brings its own reward’ (H. P. Blavatsky). It has been said that all men need a God, even though they change him regularly like a library book. Some men deify Dharma, and the world has known worse gods. This sense of right and the due performance of it embraces philosophy, psychology, religion and morality.

P. Blavatsky, as usual on instructions, was writing her own greatest work, The Secret Doctrine, which may one day be accepted as the most remarkable single publication of the nineteenth century. This work, followed by The Key to Theosophy and The Voice of the Silence, provides the West, as she said herself, with more than enough for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Concerning the nature and value of The Secret Doctrine it seems that many Theosophists have failed to appreciate the significance of Sri Krishna Prem’s Man the Measure of All Things.

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