The Wolseley Hornet 1960s model
An upmarket version of the Mini
A 1930s Wolseley Hornet sports car
The bodywork for these was made to order by a coachbuilder
of the customer’s choice and there were many variations of this car.
The series ran from 1930 to 1935
The Wolseley Hornet both in its 1930s sports car
incarnation, and its 1960s posh mini version, has
very little (in fact nothing) to do with Theosophy
but we have found that Theosophists and new
enquirers do like pictures of classic cars
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The Ancient Wisdom
The Three Kinds of Karma
Ripe Karma is that which is ready for reaping and which is therefore inevitable. Out of all the karma of the past there is a certain amount which can be exhausted within the limits of a single life; there are some kinds of karma that are so incongruous that they could not be worked out in a single physical body, but would require very different types of body for their expression; there are liabilities contracted towards other souls, and all these souls will not be in incarnation at the same time; there is karma that must be worked out in some particular nation or particular social position, while the same man has other karma that needs an entirely different environment.
Part only, therefore, of his total karma can be worked out in a given life, and this part is selected by the Great Lords of Karma – of whom something will presently be said – and the soul is guided to incarnate in a family, a nation, a place, a body, suitable for the exhaustion of that aggregate of causes which can
be worked out together. This aggregate of causes fixes the length of that particular life; gives to the body its characteristics, its powers, and its limitations; brings into contact with the man the souls incarnated within that life-period to whom he has contracted obligations, surrounding him with relatives, friends, and enemies; marks out the social conditions into which he
is born, with their accompanying advantages and disadvantages; selects the mental energies he can show forth by moulding the organisation of the brain and nervous system with which he has to work; puts together the causes that result in troubles and joys in his outer career and that can be brought into a single life.
All this is the "ripe karma," and this can be sketched out in a horoscope cast by a competent astrologer. In all this the man has no power of choice; all is fixed by the choices he has made in the past, and he must discharge to the uttermost farthing the liabilities he has contracted.
The physical, astral and mental bodies which the soul takes on for a new life-period are, as we have seen, the direct result of his past, and they form a most important part of this ripe karma. They limit the soul on every side, and his past rises up in judgment against him, marking out the limitations which he
has made for himself. Cheerfully to accept these, and diligently to work at their improvement, is the part of the wise man, for he cannot escape from them.
There is another kind of ripe karma that is of very serious importance – that of inevitable actions. Every action is the final expression of a series of thoughts; to borrow an illustration from chemistry, we obtain a saturated solution of thought by adding thought after thought of the same kind, until another thought – or even an impulse, a vibration, from without – will produce
the solidification of the whole; the action which expresses the thoughts. If we persistently reiterate thoughts of the same kind, say of revenge, we at last reach the point of saturation, and any impulse will solidify these into action and a crime results. Or we may have persistently reiterated thoughts of help to another to the point of saturation, and when the stimulus of opportunity touches us they crystallise out as an act of heroism.
A man may bring over with him some ripe karma of this kind, and the first vibration that touches such a mass of thoughts ready to solidify into action will hurry him without his renewed volition, unconsciously, into the commission of the act. He cannot stop to think; he is in the condition in which the first
vibration of the mind causes action; poised on the very point of balancing, the slightest impulse sends him over. Under these circumstances a man will marvel at his own commission of some crime, or at his own performance of some sublime act of self-devotion. He says: " I did it without thinking," unknowing that he had thought so often that he had made that action inevitable. When a man has willed to do an act many times, he at last fixes his will irrevocably, and it is only a question of opportunity when he will act.
So long he can think, his freedom of choice remains, for he can set the new though against the old and gradually wear it out by the reiteration of opposing thoughts; but when the next thrill of the soul in response to a stimulus means action, the power of choice is exhausted.
Herein lies the solution of the old problem of necessity and free will; man by the exercise of free will gradually creates necessities for himself, and between the two extremes lie all the combinations of free will and necessity which make the struggles within ourselves of which we are conscious.
We are continually making habits by the repetitions of purposive actions guided by the will; then the habit becomes a limitation, and we perform the action automatically. Perhaps we are then driven to the conclusion that the habit is a bad one, and we begin laboriously to unmake it by thoughts of the opposite kind, and, after many an inevitable lapse into it, the new thought-current turns the stream, and we regain our full freedom, often again gradually to make another fetter.
So old thought-forms persist and limit our thinking capacity, showing as individual and as national prejudices. The majority do not know that they are thus limited, and go on serenely in their chains, ignorant of their bondage; those who learn the truth about their own nature become free. The constitution
of our brain and nervous system is one of the most marked necessities in life; these we have made inevitable by our past thinkings, and they now limit us and we often chafe against them. They can be improved slowly and gradually; the limits can be expanded, but they cannot be suddenly transcended.
Another form of this ripe karma is where some past evil-thinking has made a crust of evil habits around a man which imprisons him and makes an evil life; the actions are the inevitable outcome of his past, as just explained, and they have been held over, even through several lives, in consequence of those lives
not offering opportunities for their manifestation. Meanwhile the soul has been growing and has been developing noble qualities.
In one life this crust of past evil is thrown out by opportunity, and because of this the soul cannot show his later development; like a chicken ready to be hatched, he is hidden within the
imprisoning shell, and only the shell is visible to the external eye.
After a time that karma is exhausted, and some apparently fortuitous event – a word from a great Teacher, a book, a lecture – breaks the shell and the souls comes forth free.
These are the rare, sudden, but permanent "conversions," the "miracles of divine grace," of which we hear; all perfectly intelligible to the knower of karma, and felling within the realm of the law. The accumulated karma that shows itself as
character is, unlike the ripe, always subject to modifications. It may be said to consist of tendencies, strong or weak, according to the thought-force that has gone to their making, and these can be further strengthened or weakened by fresh streams of thought-force sent to work with or against them.
If we find in ourselves tendencies of which we disapprove, we can set ourselves to work to eliminate them; often we fail to withstand temptation, overborne by the strong out-rushing stream of desire, but the longer we can hold out against
it, even though we fail in the end, the nearer are we to overcoming it. Every such failure is a step towards success, for the resistance wears away part of the energy, and there is less of it available for the future. The karma which is in the course of making has been already studied.
A “G” reg Aug 1968 – July 1969 Wolseley Hornet MK III
The 1960s Wolseley Hornet was produced by the British Motor Corporation
(BMC) from 1961 to 1969 and was upgraded thro’ MKI, II & III models
although the outward design remained the same.
The Wolseley Hornet was similar to the more expensive Riley Elf which ran
for the same period with only the Riley grill and badge to distinguish
it to the casual observer.
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A 1931 Wolseley Hornet saloon style convertible
The Wolseley Hornet was a lightweight saloon car produced by the Wolseley Motor Company from 1930 to 1935.
It had a six cylinder (1271cc) engine with a single overhead cam, and hydraulic brakes. The engine was modified in 1932 to make it shorter and it was moved forwards on the chassis. In 1935 the engine size was increased to 1378 cc.
Wolseley supplied the firsts cars as either an enclosed saloon with steel or fabric body or open two seater. From 1931 it was available without the saloon body, and was used as the basis for a number of sporting specials for which the customer could choose a styling from a range of coachbuilders. In 1932 Wolsley added two and four seat coupés to the range. For its final year of production the range was rationalised to a standard saloon and coupé.
A three speed gearbox was fitted to the earliest cars but this was upgraded to a four speed in 1932 and fitted with synchromesh from 1933. A freewheel mechanism could be ordered in 1934.The engine was also used in a range of MG cars.
1930s Wolseley Hornet racing car circuiting the track in modern times
Wolseley Hornet on a rally circa 1963
Early 1930s Wolseley Hornet customized roadster design
Basic front mudguards not extending to runner boards.
Only the driver gets a windscreen wiper
Patriotic Wolseley Hornet on the race track in 1965
Early 1930s Customized Wolseley Hornet with integrated front mudguards
and runner boards. Two windscreen wipers on this one.
Four views of the car in the picture above
Swallow Wolseley Hornet 1932
A leaflet promoting the new hydrolastic suspension introduced in the mid sixties.
This became standard on many BMC models including the Mini, 1100, 1300
& 1800 models. Suspension was maintained by means of a sealed fluid system
which was claimed to be very comfortable but appeared to make some people
seasick in the larger cars. As the cars got older, the suspension might burst
causing the car’s suspension to collapse on one side meaning a difficult
drive home or to a garage.
A 1966 Wolseley Hornet convertible by Crayford Engineering
Convertible 1960s Hornets were not standard and were very rare as
were all convertibles in the Mini range.
Crayford did a run of 57 Hornet convertibles for Heinz to be given
as prizes in a competition
Another good example of a 1930s Wolseley Hornet
1960s Riley Elf
Outwardly the same as the Wolseley Hornet except for the badge & grill
A bit more expensive
1930’s Wolseley Hornet on a hill climb trial
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Side and rear view of a 1960s Wolseley Hornet
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1960s Wolseley Hornet promotional leaflet