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
February 9, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude
Listen, ye Sons of the Earth, to your Instructors–the Sons of the Fire.
Learn, there is neither first nor last, for all is One: Number issued from No
Number. — STANZAS OF DZYAN
He who gets there must have ceased to be a number and become all
numbers. He must have forgotten the…[Read more]
February 8, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude
Every soul is centered in her intelligent part, where
she is truly and most fully one; but because of her
plurality she traverses a circle in her desire to embrace
the Nous within herself. — PROCLUS
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion
— all in one. — JOHN RUSKIN
My apologies for this lengthy text, which may seem digressive. Because the page count for Fragment 2 is still well below that of Fragment 1, I felt that this lengthy insert would be tolerable. This post ends section 5, we move on to section 6 (of 7) next, which deals with the notion of the spiritual combat.
February 5, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle
Say not that It is One, as there can be no second, nothing other than That.
There is neither uniqueness nor commonality, neither entity nor non-entity; this secondless One is neither void nor plenum.
158- Be, O Lanoo, like them. Give light and comfort to the toiling pilgrim, and seek out him who knows still less than thou; who in his wretched desolation sits starving for the bread of Wisdom and the bread which feeds the shadow, without a Teacher, hope or consolation, and — let him hear the Law.
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
Help s…[Read more]
157- Behold Migmar,* as in his crimson veils his “Eye” sweeps over slumbering Earth. Behold the fiery aura of the “Hand” of Lhagpa† extended in protecting love over the heads of his ascetics. Both are now servants to Nyima‡ (26) left in his absence silent watchers in the night. Yet both in Kalpas past were bright Nyimas, and may in future “Da…[Read more]
February 3, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle
Appearances refute the extreme of existence,
Voidness refutes the extreme of non-existence;
When you understand the arising of cause and effect
From the Profound View of Voidness,
You are not captivated by either extreme.
If this is correct then why does The Voice Of The Silence actually say “The “Secret Way” leads also to Paranirvânic bliss—but at the close of Kalpas without number”. It seems to imply here that the work of the Bodhisattva will end at some point. I think it’s safe to assume that “Kalpas without number” is a figure of speech and it is…[Read more]
This is still one concept that to me is very elusive in the Theosophical literature. I just don’t understand where the teaching of the “impermanence” of Parinirvana comes from and how it could be possible. If it’s true, all spiritual effort is basically pointless, since the individuality is compelled into existence with the beginning of each…[Read more]
154- Follow the wheel of life; follow the wheel of duty to race and kin, to friend and foe, and close thy mind to pleasures as to pain. Exhaust the law of Karmic retribution. Gain Siddhis for thy future birth.
He cometh, reaper of the things he sowed, / Sesamum, corn, so much cast in past birth; / And so much weed and poison-stuff, which mar /…[Read more]
151- ‘Tis from the bud of Renunciation of the Self, that springeth the sweet fruit of final Liberation.
The Supreme Path of Altruism is a short-cut,
Leading to the Realm of the Conquerors,-
A track more speedy than that of a racing horse;
The selfish, however, know naught of it. (Dawa-Samdup, Lama Kazi, transl. The Ocean of Delight for the Wise…[Read more]
January 26, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Wheel
Only, while turns the wheel invisible,
No pause, no peace, no staying-place can be;
Who mounts will fall, who falls may mount; the spokes
Go round unceasingly!