This post is uber-basic. Most of the quotes are very-well known ; (googling virtually any sentence in this post will yield a plethora of fine expositions), the only claim to originality bein... Read more
The second volume of Isis Unveiled, dealing with religion, although looser in structure, is nonetheless a sprawling, ambitious study in comparative religion. The first seven chapters mainly... Read more
Chapter 1 (The Church! Where is it?”) Christianity’s relation to Spiritualism and Paganism 1- Christianity’s attitude towards paganism and spiritualism (p.1) 2- Origin of Christian belief in... Read more
Chapter 9 Principles of Esoteric Evolution: Symbolism and Astrology in the Bible and the Vedas (The Vedas and the Bible) 1- Seven in Ancient Scriptures (405) Myth Interpretation 405/Seven in... Read more
Chapter 12 – Eastern Magic, Shamanism and Conclusion (Conclusions and Illustrations) This final chapter serves as a conclusion for both volumes, so there is a return to the more occult and p... Read more
Chapter 11– Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity Compared (Comparative Results of Buddhism and Christianity) This chapter is a concise comparative study of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianit... Read more
Chapter 10 – The Origin and History of the Dogma of Satan (The Devil-Myth) We leave the historical and esoteric theology for a specialized critique of a specific Christian dogma, and so this... Read more
Chapter 9 Principles of Esoteric Evolution: Symbolism and Astrology in the Bible and the Vedas (The Vedas and the Bible) This chapter is another section of the spiritual evolutionary concept... Read more
Chapter 8 – Jesuits, Templars, Rosicrucians, Masons, and the Lost Word (Jesuitry and Masonry) This chapter is an important statement about Blavatsky’s secret lodge of eastern adepts relation... Read more
As the only works now extant upon the subject under consideration within reach of the profane of the Western “civilized” races are the above-mentioned Hermetic Books, or rather Hermetic Fragments, we may contrast them in the present case with the teachings of Esoteric philosophy. To quote for this purpose from any other would…[Read more]
Great passage on karma; it underscores the impersonality of this law and possibly any laws in nature. If karma is the law of harmony and equilibrium, which is essentially propelling the chain of becoming and existence. If and when everything is in harmony and in a state of equilibrium, does it mean that we enter in the realm of non-being?
Perhaps we could add that the Law of Karma is not presented to us as a law which judges our moral acts, motives and intentions as either good or bad. It is simply the Law of Harmony and Equilibrium. It is through our own volitions that we create the chain of causes and effects which stretch before us. The Law of Karma does not punish us because…[Read more]
I appreciate these thoughtful remarks. What is the relationship between ethics and Karma? Is Karma a law of ethical adjustment? What role does Karma play in the ethical life of man? And would we want to say that Karma is a metaphysical law because it is a spiritual law?
Here are some opening thoughts, Gerry. Other people may want to add to or improve on them.
When we talk about Ethics we are, in large part, referring to judgements we make about human actions concerning our treatment of others (human, animal or nature in general). We don’t tend to raise ethical questions with regards to how other kingdoms of n…[Read more]