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
38- Then from the heart that Power shall rise into the sixth, the middle region, the place between thine eyes, when it becomes the breath of the ONE-SOUL, the voice which filleth all, thy Master’s voice.
A very mystical sloka – referring apparently to the the sixth chakra, the Ajna or to the third eye or eye of Shiva, called the eye of Dangma i…[Read more]
July 18 , 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
The universe is even as a great temple, the stars are its lights, the earth is its altar, all corporeal beings are its fiery sacrificers, and man, the priest of the Eternal, offers the sacrifices. — CLAUDE de SAINT-MARTIN
Secrecy is the power of meditation and the key
to i…[Read more]
On breaking the silver thread:
“From the First-Born ( primitive, or the first man) the Thread between the Silent Watcher and his Shadow becomes more strong and radiant with every change (re-incarnation) (a)”. …. the “Watcher” and his “Shadows”-the latter numbering as many as there are re-incarnations for the monad-are one. The Watcher, or the d…[Read more]
July 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire — the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain.
— THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE
True knowledge consists in a right sense of dis…[Read more]
Is the ‘death of the soul’ something that concerns/affects the only the individual? Might it be something that could take place in a group, an organisation, a religion, a nation, or even a Race? Are there wider implications for this doctrine that we don’t normally consider?
July 16, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
When, O Lord of the Word, the Wise established
Name-giving, the first principle of language,
Their inmost excellence, pristine and pure,
Hidden deep within, was brought to light through love.
— RIG VEDA
July 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
Thou canst at a moment’s notice retire into thyself.
For nowhere can a man find a retreat more full of peace
or more free from care than his own soul.
Hold fast to that which has neither substance
nor existence. — LIGHT ON THE PATH
‘’but the Raj Yogi, without using either of these methods, has a way of rousing the Kundalini, The means the Raj Yogi employs belong to the mysteries of initiation’’ (T. Subba Row – Notes on Hatha Yoga – Theosophist 1886 v8 December p.138).
Perhaps what Subba Row was referring to can be glimpsed in the following by Bhavani Shankar:
In stanza 37, There is mention of the ‘’death of the soul’’ doctrine (see stanza 14, breaking the silver thread)
This passage also has some echoes from a Tantric Kundalini practice description from the Jnaneshvari (Verses 192 -318). The Jnaneshvari is a commentary on the Gita, this passage is from Chapter 6, The Yoga of Meditation.
See also TH…[Read more]
July 12, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
Know that Self alone, the One without a Second,
On which are strung Heaven and Earth,
Inner space, Mind, Vital Energy, all the organs.
Leave off other words, for this is the Bridge to Immortality.
— MUNDAKA UPANISHAD
July 11 , 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
The path is very narrow.
All the while my mind sways hither and thither.
Each stage I climb, the sentinels keep watch.
The way is infested with robbers.
37- Let not thy “Heaven-born,” merged in the sea of Mâyâ, break from the Universal Parent (SOUL), but let the fiery power retire into the inmost chamber, the chamber of the Heart (23) and the abode of the World’s Mother (24).
(23). The inner chamber of the Heart, called in Sanskrit Brahmapura. The “fiery power” is Kundalinî.
(24). The “Power” an…[Read more]
July 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
Mankind will not be reasoned out of the feelings
of humanity. — SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE
All we have willed or hoped or dreamed of good shall exist;
Not its semblance, but itself; no beauty, nor good, nor power
Whose voice has gone forth, but each survives for the melodist
When e…[Read more]
32- That which is uncreate abides in thee, Disciple, as it abides in that Hall. If thou would’st reach it and blend the two, thou must divest thyself of thy dark garments of illusion. Stifle the voice of flesh, allow no image of the senses to get between its light and thine that thus the twain may blend in one. And having learnt thine own Ajñâna (…[Read more]
July 7, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
The body is not to be put off; it is to be refined and made spiritual — a help and not a hindrance to the spirit. It is like metal that has to be refined by fire and transmuted. — RIFA’I
Cultivate calmness and confidence; by them one preserves one’s
best judgement and highest…[Read more]
27- If thou would’st cross the first Hall safely, let not thy mind mistake the fires of lust that burn therein for the Sunlight of life.
28- If thou would’st cross the second safely, stop not the fragrance of its stupefying blossoms to inhale. If freed thou would’st be from the Karmic chains, seek not for thy Guru in those Mâyâvic regions.