How Individual Responsibility
Can Cause a Healing Chain Reaction
Carlos Cardoso Aveline
The Universe is an infinite circle, whose center is everywhere
The following text reproduces Chapter 26 of
the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical
Literature”, by Carlos Cardoso Aveline, The
Aquarian Theosophist, Portugal, 255 pp., 2013.
“…The primordial form
of everything manifested, from
atom to globe, from man to angel, is
spheroidal, the sphere having been with all
nations the emblem of eternity and infinity
(….). It is the symbolical circle of Pascal and
the Kabalists, ‘whose centre is everywhere
and circumference nowhere’ (…).”
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
In all time, at any place, fellow truth-seekers need a shared understanding of a common task to be accomplished. Such a purpose must be wide enough and universal enough to respect the outward differences among individualities. It must be also challenging and stimulating.
It is no use to complain about present times. It is a loss of time to ascribe the limitations and failings of one’s theosophical efforts to the decay of this civilization or to the presence of materialism in the minds of “common citizens”.
The correct point of view is the other way around: it is our responsibility, as citizens of goodwill, if the world is as it is. Present humanity is subconsciously waiting for the healing chain reaction of buddhi-manasic activation. In fact, such a karmic chain reaction was started in 1875, and it has been taking place since then. What human beings are “waiting” for is in fact the moment when its due acceleration reaches enough critical momentum to help them awaken. It might take five months, say, or five centuries, from any point in time. This should be of no concern, for theosophists don’t work mainly for short term results and don’t worry too much for them. It is up to the theosophists and citizens of goodwill to locate the point that changes it all, the center of the wheel of life, and then to patiently act upon it, from it and around it, leaving aside the peripheral elements of planetary karma.
An effective way to do so is to work for the universal goal of awakening oneself from ignorance by awakening mankind – and of awakening mankind by awakening oneself, towards an altruistic life. It is correct to concentrate on understanding how to help more minds and hearts to have a deeper contact with their own consciences.
The sharing process involved is challenging and stimulating. At first it tends to spread slowly. It takes some time before gradually accelerating.
According to Esoteric Philosophy, there is one single point from which every earnest student can cause his own and the world’s awakening. It has to do with the circle of Pascal, and H.P. Blavatsky wrote about it:
“…The primordial form of everything manifested, from atom to globe, from man to angel, is spheroidal, the sphere having been with all nations the emblem of eternity and infinity – a serpent swallowing its tail. To realize the meaning, however, the sphere must be thought of as seen from its centre. The field of vision or of thought is like a sphere whose radii proceed from one’s self in every direction, and extend out into space, opening up boundless vistas all around. It is the symbolical circle of Pascal and the Kabalists, ‘whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere’ (…).” 
According to his or her capacity, each student of theosophy is the creative center of the whole wheel of life. The theosophical movement is itself a living, flexible, human, potentially decisive level of Pascal’s sphere.
The secret to the turning point from which a “sudden” or easier enlightenment process can take place is to be found therefore in the circle of Pascal. 
The awakening spiritual soul in each citizen of goodwill must make the difference that changes it all. The theosophical movement exists in order to provide people with opportunities to act in that direction.
 “The Secret Doctrine”, H.P. Blavatsky, Theosophy Company, Los Angeles, volume I, page 65. A few interesting sentences, which further explain this awakening, can be found in the last lines of “Introductory”, in “The Secret Doctrine”, vol. I, pp. xlvi-xlvii.
 In order to read more on this topic, see the article “Pascal’s Sphere”, by Jorge Luis Borges, which can be found in our websites.
The texts “Meditation on the Awakening of Mankind” and “Meditating on Peace in the Middle East”, by Carlos C. Aveline, can be seen at our associated websites. See also the articles “The Tree of Universal Brotherhood”, by Helena P. Blavatsky, and “Pascal’s Sphere”, by Jorge Luis Borges.
In September 2016, after a careful analysis of the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to form the Independent Lodge of Theosophists, whose priorities include the building of a better future in the different dimensions of life.