How the western residents in Cairo see it? worthy to be read, if you are planning to visit Egypt,
The author’s viewpoint is quite accurate.
Originally posted on Hong Kong & Beyond: Bite into the World:
I spent the last year living in Cairo through its chaos and ridiculousness, enjoying its unpredictability and contradictions to the fullest. You either love Cairo or you hate it. If you can’t learn to let go of your expectations and laugh at your disasters the city will only make you cry and pull your hair out. In order to survive Cairo you just kind of have to accept it for what it is; the chaos is kind of charming, and it grows on some of us. Despite all the hell Cairo gave me, I will always have a place in my heart for it (mostly because of my dear friends that are still there, inshallah they are always safe). That said, it’s not for everyone, but here are some tips everyone should know about Cairo and Egyptians before traveling or living in Egypt.
- Egyptians have no sense of…
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The founder and guiding light of theosophy was a woman named Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891). She spent more than twenty years traveling the world, meeting with experts in the occult. She was initiated into secret societies all over the globe. She studied in Egypt, Mexico, Tibet, Canada, and the United States, where she met Colonel Henry Olcott (1832-1907). He was a scientist and a lawyer who had been investigating the new phenomenon of Spiritualism for years. The two of them formed the Theosophical Society in 1875, convinced that science and the occult supernatural could expand both mind and spiritual power. In 1878 Blavatsky published Isis Revealed, in which she looked to the wisdom of the ancient masters for guidance in the modern world.
It soon became obvious to them that real wisdom could only be found in the East. So they traveled to India, where they established their headquarters in Madras, thus they linked their understanding of Theosophy with both Buddhism and Hinduism. They took such a proactive position for Indian independence from Britain and so become friends with the local Hindu intellectual community, and then Theosophy began to flourish.
Mrs Blavatsky published her most important work, The Secret Doctrines, in 1888 . It shows a lot of Hindu spiritual influence with its imagery of the One universal principle, which flows through all things, fighting through creation and then returning to the One. All reality is one universal consciousness. Humans, existing at different spiritual levels, are linked to the One.
Later Theosophical leaders developed a whole master hierarchy. Solar Logos rules the
Selon sa signification spirituelle, le meurtre des enfants mâles ( des Israélites, meurtre ordonné par Pharaon ) dans le but de détruire le prophète ( dont la naissance lui avait été prédite) eut lieu pour que la vie de chaque enfant tué dans cette intention affluât à Moise, car ce fut en supposant qu’il était Moïse que chacun de ces enfants fut tué; or, il n’y a pas d’igorance dans l’ordre cosmique , de sorte que la vie c’est à dire l’esprit vital de chacune de ces victimes dut nécessairement revenir à Moïse. C’était de la vie pure , primordiale, n’ayant pas été souillée par des désirs égoïstes. Moïse était donc de part sa constitution psychique la somme des vies de ceux qui avaient été tués dans l’intention de le détruire. Dés lors, tout ce qui était préfiguré dans la prédisposition psychique de chaque enfant tué se retrouvait en Moïse, ce qui représente une faveur divine exceptionnelle que personne avant lui n’avait reçues.
Moïse est donc né comme une synthèse de beaucoup d’esprit vitaux, qui étaient au tant de forces actives.
Pour ce qui est de la sagesse impliquée dans le fait que Moïse a été mis dans une arche et abandonné au Nil, Ibn Arabi explique que l’arche correspond à son réceptacle humain ( Anasut) et le Nil à la connaisance qu’il dut assimiler par l’entremise de ce corps; c’est à dire par le moyen de la pensée et des facultés de sensation et d’imagination, facultés qui ne sauraint transmettre quelque chose à l’âme humaine sans
هرج و مرج في كل مكان, قتل و تشريد و اعتقال و ذبح و شريد أسر و عائلات, حروب هنا و ثورات هناك, أنه الجنون , انه الغضب المستعر الذي لا يمكن اطفائه
حقد و غلّ مرعب طاقات سلبية في كل مكان, كل حزب مستعد للفتك بالحزب المضاد له بدون اي رحمة !
بيوت مفتتة و مشتتة ما بين مؤيد و معارض
تلوث في الجو مرعب و زحام خانق , و حزن مستمر , لا سعادة في الافق قد نقنع أنفسنا اننا ان صبرنا قد ننشدها
الوضع اصبح سيء للغاية !
طبقات الناس متصارعة بشكل غير مرئي , تنتظر الطبقة الدنيا الفتك بالطبقة الاعلى منها بدون رحمة لكن بقية خوف من قانون و شبه نظام و دولة متعثرة تمنعهم من ذلك
الحقد و الحسد يملأ النفوس
و تطاحن الطبقات يثير الاشمئزاز و لا يشعرك بحالة ارتياح
Without this understanding , no teaching can lead to an efficient result , and teaching that does not awaken in those who received it a personal resonance can not provide any kind of knowledge. This is why Plato said that ” everything that man learns is already in him.” All experiences , all the external things around are indeed an opportunity to help him realize what is in himself . this awakening is what Plato calls anamnesis , which means ” remembrance “.
If this is true for all knowledge, this is even more for a higher and deep knowledge, and when the man advance to this knowledge, all exterior and sensitive resources become increasingly inadequate, until ‘ they finally lose all utility . If they can help to get close to the wisdom to some degree , they are powerless to actually acquire it and it is commonly said in India that the real guru or master is in man himself and not in the outside world , although an exterior help may be useful in the beginning to prepare man to find in himself and by himself what he can not find elsewhere, and particularly what is above the level of rational knowledge . In order to achieve this knowledge ,it s necessary to realize some states which get more deep towards the center , which is symbolized by the heart , where the consciousness of man must be transferred to make him able to reach the real knowledge.
So there is a preparation for the wisdom which is higher than philosophy , which doesnot concern the reason, but the soul and spirit , and we can call it inner preparation , and it seems it had been the highest levels of the school of Pythagoras . It has extended its influence through the school of Plato to the neo -Platonism of the Alexandrian school , where it appears clearly again . If for this inner preparation words are still used , these could no longer be taken only as symbols for fixing the inner contemplation.By this preparation , man is led to some states that allow him to exceed the rational knowledge that he previously achieved , and as all this is above the level of reason , its was also above philosophy since the name of philosophy is always used in fact to describe something that belongs only to the reason . However, it is surprising that modern consider philosophy as if it were complete in itself , and so they forget what is higher . .
The first philosophers, especially Pythagoras , had consider their education , as being a new expression of the old ideas . There were several kinds of mysteries with diverse origins. Those that inspired Pythagoras and Plato were related to the cult of Apollo . “Mysteries” always had a reserved and secret character , the word “mystery” itself means etymologically the total silence , since things which are related to could not be expressed by words , but only taught by a silent way . But modern who ignore any other method which doesnt involve the use of words, falsely believed , that there was no teaching . We can say that this silent teaching was using figures , symbols, and other means designed to bring man to the inner states allowing him to gradually achieve the real knowledge or wisdom . This was the essential and ultimate goal of all the “mysteries” .
As for the “mysteries” that were specifically related to the cult of Apollo and Apollo himself , it must be remembered that he was the God of sun and light ,in the spiritual sense it s the source from where all knowledge , arts and sciences derive.