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
March 20, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: William Quan Judge
By truthfulness, indeed, by penance, right knowledge,
and abstinence, must that Self be gained; the Self whom
spotless anchorites gain is pure, and like a light within the
body. — MUNDAKA UPANISHAD
March 13, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Ladder of Love
But every man’s soul has by the law of his birth been a spectator of eternal
truth, or it would never have passed into this our mortal frame, yet still it is no easy matter for all to be reminded of their past by their present existence. — PLATO
March 12, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Ladder of Love
You ascend by understanding and love beyond any kind of intellect, to life itself, pure existence, absolute being. Understanding is not sufficient for you unless you not only understand well, but understand Good itself.
March 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Ladder of Love
And as the soul rises upwards the life-breath rises upwards with it; and as the life-breath rises upwards with it, the powers rise up with the life-breath. The soul become conscious and enters into Consciousness.
— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD
March 9, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Ladder of Love
When they are freed from the dominion of self, they clap a hand;
When they transcend their own imperfection, they make a dance.
— JALALUDDIN RUMI
True Love in this differs from gold and clay,
That to divide is not to take away.
— PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
March 8, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Will Prayer
The lesser must always be working towards the increase of its Being; this will be its imitation of what is immediately complete, self-realized, endless without stage: only thus can its Being reproduce that of the Higher.
March 6, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Will Prayer
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God.
— ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING
Now the ancients having contemplated this mutual sympathy of things, applied for occult purposes both celestial and terrene natures, by means of which through a certain similitude they deduced div…[Read more]
The initial steps of this momentous journey have to be taken now and here by every earnest student of the Wisdom.
The first of these is to reject, without any mental reservation, without any equivocation whatever, all religious, philosophic or scientific creeds which teach the existence of an Intelligent Ruler of men, Father of His children;…[Read more]
It may be interesting, in this connection, to remind the reader of what Mr. Subba Row said of the Forces—mystically defined. See “Five Years of Theosophy” and “The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac.” Thus he says:
“Kanya (the sixth sign of the Zodiac, or Virgo) means a Virgin, and represents Sakti or Mahamaya. The sign . . . is the 6…[Read more]
This fundamental law in Occult Science is the basis of the “Law of Correspondences”, which in so many cases has been hit upon by Mystics and used by them intuitionally and, very often it would seem, fancifully. And being acquired merely intuitionally, and no basis or foundation being given, this law has come to be regarded by many as a mere emp…[Read more]
February 28, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Marcus Aurelius
May all beings grasp the golden staff of wisdom
And unfurl the flag of spiritual learning
Adorned with shila, samadhi and prajna,
That Truth’s banner may everywhere be seen.
— GYALWA GENDEN DRUB, 1ST DALAI LAMA