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
Thanks Peter for the valuable contribution. Translator rendered the Greek tern anamnesis as recollection probably because the English word Reminiscence is not as much in use as the other two cognate terms–remembrance and recollection–and, moreover, all the three terms are used generally as synonyms.
I believe the term Plato uses is anamnesis which is rendered as recollection in the English translation. It first arises in the Meno which is an inquiry into how virtue arises, i.e. is it something which is teachable, acquired practice or by nature or by some other means. One of the views put forward in the Meno is that recollection is bring…[Read more]
I don’t see an analogy but it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Thinking about the idea of analogy I came to the conclusion that this law should be used carefully. When we know both objects we compare it is easy to see the analogy between them but when one object or both of them are unknown we can easily come to the wrong conclusions. The simplest…[Read more]
What did Plato mean by “Recollection ?” It couldn’t be recollection in the ordinary sense we use in daily life. What is the original Greek word which is rendered as Recollection, I wonder ? It must mean recalling to memory what we have forgotten of our true Self and nature, our real being, unborn, deathless.
I wonder if the efficacy of analogy in human communication and in spiritual and philosophical education is evidence or perhaps a clue to the meaning of Plato’s statement, that all learning is recollection?
And so one might go on indefinitely did time and space permit, for the mission of the poet is to point out to those who see it less clearly than himself, the spiritual meaning of temporal things, the ideal which underlies what most people call the real. The poets are the interpreters of human nature and of life, so also are the best novelists from…[Read more]
Because the subtle body possesses detachment, it is not stained by the acts of its vesture. This form body carries out all activities as the instrument of the higher Self, the spiritual man; it is as the sharp tools in the hand of the carpenter. Therefore the Self is free from attachment.
The characters of blindness, slowness or keen vision have…[Read more]
I don’t see any real difference between morality and ethics, in essence. Probably, today, the term ethics has a much wider use than the term morality. For example, we find various professions (medical, psychological, financial etc) have specific codes of ethical practice which are more complex in their detail than the general moral c…[Read more]
There are philosophical arguments about how to live, what to strive for and what to avoid, what is good and right and what is evil and wrong at the heart of ethics. The morality or a set of certain values and rules are the result of these philosophical arguments. Therefore it is necessary to distinguish secular and religious ethics. They have…[Read more]
You asked “Why does HPB say ethics is applied metaphysics?”
I believe that ethics is really applied metaphysics because although often it is treated with disdain but being the main practice it quite naturally opens up hidden forces in a person, which from the point of view of physics are metaphysical. HPB sometimes mentioned it in…[Read more]