The Golden Dawn was a magical (not a religious) society that appeared at the end of the 18th century. It encouraged its members to empower themselves with divine energies, through mantra (incantation) and ritual. It represented a revival of the ancient practice of theurgy, an ancient practice very much similar to that by which deities are installed . It counted many notable contributors to the rise of the later half of the 20th century’s interest in the Occult arts and to the New Age phenomenon, dur not only to individual contributions but to the wide distribution of the orders teachings which ranged the gamut from astral projection to the Enochian evocations pf Dr. Jon Dee. Queen Elizabeth’s councilor and personal astrologer. Due to its open door policy it contained in it’s ranks many notable literary figures, but the two most famous Initiates of that tradition, magically speaking were Dion Fortune and Aleister Crowley, very profound and important contributors to the New Age indeed.harsi wrote:By the way, what is the Golden Down you wrote about and who is Jonathan Harker?
Jonathan Harker was Count Dracula’s real estate agent who purchased an abbey for him in England in the novel Dracula (and btw, their really are vampires, no matter that no one in the know of them believes that Vlad Tepes needs anymore monstrous practices added to his infamy)
harsi wrote: But I think the next issue under discussion should be, who is really such an awakend soul to the spiritual reality of things?
Besides all the theory, what are his characteristic attributes really...?
But why are you asking me questions that you should already know the answer of if you have been reading Srila Prabhupad’s books since 1982?.
The qualities of a devotee are mentioned all throughout them, but if you need to have them listed all in one place, they are listed in Caitanya caratamrita Madya 22.78-80. Numbering 26, they are these:
Krpalu, akrta-droha, satya-sara, sama nidosa, vadanya, mrdu, suci (which is next to Godliness ;), akincana, sarvopakaraka, santa, krsnaika-sarana, akama, aniha, sthira, vijita-sad-guna,mita-bhuk, apramatta, manada, amani, gambhira, karuna, maitra,. kavi, daksa, mauni, and yes, some are dual qualities.
But before looking at these qualities one should also be conversant with both the qualities of the conditioned soul and what Sri Rupa Goswami, Srila Bhaktisiddhata Sarasvat, and Srila Bhativinode Thakur have to say about the Vaisnava's apparent display of them, lest we confuse the material with the transcedental perspective. We may see also how even the display of apparently negative physical and psychological character traits can be part of a presentation made according to time, place and capacity of those that it is being presented. Just as in the case of the therapist and the his patient where considerations that the therapist is without any bad character traits can occaision unplesent reactions when the patient finds out that the thereapit isn't wholey good we may see how such considerations by the disciple towards guru may afflict his mission by causing him to forget that God takes care of those who take care of themselves, and how it is our own responsibility to disriminate and act upon Gurus behalf to safegurd his mission.