Share the Wealth: The Idyll of the White Lotus by Mabel Collins

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What’s shakin’ Soul Rebels?!

Before we get to the fun stuff, I’ve purposely procrastinated putting pen to paper to provide you any pot-luck pontifications as of late partners. The topics usually addressed by yours truly just seem like idle idiocy when you examine the state of affairs confronting people in every corner of the globe – Palestine, Chiapas, Africa, Brazil, and of course, the home of the hot dog eating contest. Billions for bullets while water is no longer viewed as a basic human right? smh  As Israel molds Manifest Destiny in its own image, I must wonder whether Benito Juarez and Sitting Bull were similarly branded as “terrorists” as the historical narrative unfolded. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as the saying goes. There’s a great essay on the current status of the Palestinian genocide that a fellow blogger recently brought to my attention, click here for more.

For all men, women and children that choose to die on their feet rather than live on their knees in the face of wretched persecution, your stories do not always go unheard amigos. Not everyone is interested in watching a mass debasing of the digestive facility while children go to bed hungry within earshot of the resultant retching from rapidly eating entrails wrapped in a bun and topped with relish and mustard.

Whew! I had to get that off my chest.

If some two millenia ago Juvenal had failed to urge the inquiry “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” or “Who will guard the guardians?”, the timeless corruptibility of power seeking men may quite likely have remained somewhat obscure. Ergo, given the inherent corruption that plagues all systems of governance, one unfamiliar with such literature may likely posit that the reptilian shape-shifters really have seized control over the minds of the powers that be. This plot could be easily facilitated through a system of operant conditioning whereby anti–human values are positively reinforced via a brainwashing apparatus. Or as colloquially referenced, – an institution of higher learning.  But such fanciful postulates aside, ever peruse the curriculum of a random graduate school of management?

Trust me folks, the focus is squarely on reinforcing yield maximization and not facilitating the blossoming of human potential. The people aren’t necessarily bad, they’ve just been taught that humans are a resource to be used much like a AAA battery. Management training schools do not readily extol humanitarian values in the instructive process as these often cannot be readily reconciled with the pursuit of profit. Methinks that this doesn’t bode well for this human experiment as these institutions are the crucibles in which the decision makers of tomorrow are forged.  Hmmm, let’s see, poison the drinking water of an indigenous population or pay the costs of safe and appropriate waste disposal?

Well, it’s no secret how the fluffers of the corporate phallus align themselves on that and similar issues when the well being of people come into conflict with the profit motive. For you special people out there who reject this model and realize that you don’t manage individuated units of production but instead manage fathers, mothers and brothers, and that profound consequences arise from the decisions that you make, I sincerely admire and applaud your position (you know who you are, wink wink!). These are the folk I call the “Leaders of the New School” as the service model of leadership is definitely a monumental step in the right direction.

Before we progress any further I also wanted to express gratitude to my blogospheric kin who indulge my occasional Hyde Park soapbox routine. It’s nice to know that my ideas resonate with folks besides the Artful Dodger and the other Jedi here in Hyperborea. That being said, what I really wanted to share today was a little gem in the public domain I stumbled across while searching for a map to Shambhala. You know the drill peeps, always free and short. I thought about adding “impactful” to the list of criteria for this series, but it’s too subjective an abstraction for my liking. One man’s meat is another’s poison as they say.

This little book is a real treat especially when illumined by the suggested commentary. I’ll link to both at the end.  My position has always been grounded in the individual apprehension of truth thus any understanding I may share will only skew your reading of the text. So there’ll be no marring with my musings compadres. As with other parts of this series, I’ll provide a few brief quotes to ignite your interest.  If not your cup of tea, I wish you the utmost success on your journey of self discovery. Life after all is but a vehicle of interior transformation.

The Idyll of the White Lotus was written by Mabel Collins and published in the late 19th Century.  Esoteric symbolism aside (see Rao’s commentary), it‘s a fun narrative about an Egyptian hierophant and has been described by the publishers as:

“[A} story told in all ages, and among every people. It is the tragedy of the soul. Attracted by desire, it stoops to sin; brought to itself by suffering, it turns for help to the redeeming spirit within and in the final sacrifice achieves its apotheosis and sheds a blessing on mankind. It is a story of initiation written in tender and beautiful language, and bears on its face the stamp of verdicity in simplicity and dignity.”

From the text:

“There are three truths which are absolute, and which cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.

“The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.

“The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard or seen or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.

“Each man is his own absolute lawgiver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment.”

Pretty heavy stuff huh?

Links: The Idyll of the White Lotus by Mabel Collins

T. Subba Rao’s commentary on the text, click here

Till we meet again, guide your lives by compassion and truth amigos, and remember -Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

One love,

HJ

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

4 Responses to Share the Wealth: The Idyll of the White Lotus by Mabel Collins

  1. Wow, you’re really on fire today, aren’t you? Great post.

    “Trust me folks, the focus is squarely on reinforcing yield maximization and not facilitating the blossoming of human potential. The people aren’t necessarily bad, they’ve just been taught that humans are a resource to be used much like a AAA battery. ”

    You’ve nailed it.

  2. tubularsock says:

    Tubularsock was more like a D battery in his early school days rather than a Triple A battery. Management was difficult when dealing with Tubularsock.

    However Tubularsock enjoyed your post and looking forward to checking out Collins’ book.

    Keep the dream going H3nry! Love your contributions ………

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