This group discusses the practical applications of the theosophical philosophy and the therapeutics of the wisdom of the ages.
The art of living study group intends to discuss the relevance and connection of theosophical ideas to the challenges and hurdles of daily life. This group will focus on the ethical issues, psychological challenges and artistic applications of theosophy to the daily round and the common task. While the other three groups freely move back and forth between the universal and the particular, the theoretical and the practical, this group will make an attempt to stay focused on the practical side of the art of living equation.
The Bodhisattva vow is the vow taken by Mahayana Buddhists to attain complete enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. One who has taken the vow is nominally known as a Bodhisattva. Whereas the Prātimokṣa vows (taken at the ordainment of Buddhist monks – P.A.) cease at death, the Bodhisattva vow extends into future lives. There are tw…[Read more]
Kate, it’s interesting you write about this, for I have just recently read somewhere that the method of Sherlock Holmes was erroneously called deduction, while being, actually, induction (from the particulars to the general, right?). I think both have their place, but the problem with deduction (from the general to the particular), when it is…[Read more]
I think you might be right about that. A footnote in the Voice of the Silence says “This is an allusion to a well-known belief in the East that every additional Buddha or Saint is a new soldier in the army of those who work for the liberation or salvation of mankind.” And Shankaracharya talks about ” The Great and Peaceful ones live regenerating…[Read more]
May 22, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Buddha Vow
Everything is the product of one universal creative effort; the Macrocosm
and man (the Microcosm) are one. — PARACELSUS
In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary
self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart. As soon as you
compare t…[Read more]
The goal of the scientific method (in the broad sense) is not merely the search for “knowledge” (in which it may be not very effective), but protecting oneself from lies. False information abounds in the spiritual realm, both on the mundane human level, and in the lower astral. One needs rely on one’s experiences, coupled with the rational…[Read more]
Even though there are many limitations in the current scientific approach, notably, the reliance on empiricism and its positivism stance, modern science, nevertheless, has achieved stupendous success in many of its discoveries and inventions. The biggest change we experience in our present lifetime is the advancement of technology and the ways it…[Read more]
May 21, 2017 at 6:47 am #5689
I mean exactly that: that one should look within and take one’s inner experiences as facts, to which one would apply the scientific method of analysis, but not trying to explain everything from the materialistic points of view, rather explore the inner world (including feelings towards oneself and other…[Read more]
“Student.—How is one to know when he gets real occult information from the Self within?
Sage.—Intuition must be developed and the matter judged from the true philosophical basis, for if it is contrary to true general rules it is wrong. It has to be known from a deep and profound analysis by which we find out what is from egotism alone and what…[Read more]
In book three and four in The Light of Asia, Sir Edwin Arnold memorably articulates the motivation and resolve of the Buddha Vow:
“…The veil is rent
Which blinded me! I am as all these men
Who cry upon their gods and are not heard
Or are not heeded–yet there must be aid!
For them and me and all there must be help!
Perchance the gods have…[Read more]
I see no way science as we have today, founded on empiricism and inductive method, can ever make significant progress in unveiling the mystery of being.
It is admirably suited to ascertain the laws of physical phenomena that falls within the cognitive range of the five senses and the mind, by observation, gathering, collating facts, and…[Read more]
May 21, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Buddha Vow
The Self-shining witness of all is ever revealed in the vesture of wisdom. Make
this thy goal which stands apart from the unreal. — SHANKARACHARYA
I would not let one cry whom I could save. — SIR EDWIN ARNOLD
May 20, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Buddha Vow
Empty the boat, O bhikkhu; when emptied it will go lightly. — BUDDHA
Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you indeed sing. — KAHLIL GIBRAN
May 20, 2017 at 10:10 am #5680:
“I suppose it can be said that this is the limit of scientific method, and beyond that science has to step beyond empiricism enter into metaphysics, and adopt ontological principles, and also adopt science, philosophy and ethical practices of Yoga (method of Patanjali or its equivalent in Buddhism)…
Let us not miss, in our well-founded criticism, the positive elements that may be coming of age. What is happening in science is a major turn from the materialistic, positivistic outlook, which HPB fought against throughout all her works.
“Re-sacralization of nature” Kirk mentions (in a quote) is promoted, in part, by the new “religion” of…[Read more]
May 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm #5678
“In essence Transpersonal Psychology seeks to integrate non-scientific spiritual insights with observations and models associated with the rigorous methodological approach of psychological science.”
That is a great advance made towards open mindedness and admission of reality of the potentialities of higher…[Read more]
No doubt there are good, altruistic and earnest efforts being made everywhere, every day, mostly unseen and unnoticed. To suggest otherwise would indeed be bleak. Some of my dearest lifelong friends whom I trust and admire greatly (and who are also devoted students of Theosophy) teach or practice in scientific fields.
I am thrilled to…[Read more]
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