“India’s great misfortune was that the excercice of will (tapas,) has been oriented towards the “I”; instead of the non-“I”. That this exercise of will has been interiorized; when it should have been externalized. And that this exercice of the tapas had its results in ascetism, instead of being a tool to take possession of the world, and of the other men.”
Once said a great pundit (?) on Indian philosophy, and a theosophist.
Gee whiz! - what a difference between the elevated man and the one who pretends to be so. And what a contemptuous attitude towards the genuine ascetic.
I think this guy did not quite understand the issue at stake. Head upside down, I suppose…
There can be no “I”, no “mine”, no “self” to obviate; as long as the “external” steps in.
Where in scheol did Buddha speak about “taking the richness around” - or experiencing beauty, etc.? - as this man pretended to do.
Supernatural just means what it means. Above nature - not beyond it. Still in the kamma loka, or just slightly above or below the human state. A matter of lower gods and demons, for initiated men whishing more out of the kama loka. A sure way to hell, as Buddha said.
All these sects, lovers of mysteries and magic, pretend to be somewhat “buddhist” ; when all that count is to get out of this abyssal and nefarious and transient knowledge.
How pitiful indeed.
"They hope and extol, pray and sacrifice for things of the senses, Punnaka. For the sake of such reward they pray. These devotees of sacrifice, infatuated by their passion for existence, do not cross beyond birth and decay, I say."
The Tathāgata knows magic, but the Tathāgata is not a magician’? I understand magic, headman, and the result of magic, and I understand how a magician, faring along, with the breakup of the body, after death, is reborn in a state of misery, in a bad destination, in the nether world, in hell.