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
September 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Seals of Wisdom
Love, from its awful throne of patient power
In the wise heart, from the last giddy hour
Of dread endurance, from the slippery, steep,
And narrow verge of crag-like agony, springs,
And folds over the world its healing wings.
— PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
“The creation of Life by the Sun is as continuous as his light; nothing arrests or limits it. Around him, like an army of Satellites, are innumerable choirs of genii. These dwell in the neighbourhood of the Immortals, and thence watch over human things. They fulfill the will of the gods (Karma) by means of storms, tempests,…[Read more]
That makes sense to me. Everything that comes into the world (manifestation) must run its cycle. Knowing that everything naturally has a beginning, middle and end and then a new beginning suggests the need for detachment from form of any kind.
Saith the Great Law:—“In order to become the knower of ALL SELF,9 thou hast first of self to be the knower.” To reach the knowledge of that self, thou hast to give up Self to Non-Self, Being to Non-Being, and then thou canst repose between the wings of the GREAT BIRD. Aye, sweet is rest between the wings of that which is not born, nor dies, but i…[Read more]
A human being is a cycle; an atom is a cycle — in this technical sense. We say that the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, and we call it a cycle, a day. The time-illusion produced by the moving object — in this case our earth — gives us the notion that a day is produced by an absolute entity called Time, or is an integral part…[Read more]
August 30, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
Love being the greatest majesty, is the power of all powers, from whence they severally operate. And it is the holy magical root, or spiritual power from whence all the wonders of God have been wrought.
August 29, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
The mind roams bewildered in its repeated births in this tumultuous world so long as it does not find its ultimate felicity in the Supreme, unto which it may fly like a bee to its honeycomb. — VALMIKI
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras list the Ashtanga or eight-branch system of Yoga, which is progressive:
· Yama – the five restraints or the “don’ts”
o Ahimsa – Non-violence
o Satya – Truthfulness
o Brahmacharya – Control of the senses and celibacy
o Asteya – Non-stealing
o Aparigraha – Non-covetousness and…[Read more]
79- The pupil must regain the child-state he has lost ‘ere the first sound can fall upon his ear.
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles h…[Read more]
August 25, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
The heart is the key to it all, and the brain is only
the servant of the heart. — W. Q. JUDGE
Only in the sacredness of inward silence does the soul truly meet the secret hiding God. The strength of resolve which afterwards shapes life, and mixes itself with action, is the fruit of those s…[Read more]
August 24, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
In the supreme Brahman eternal mind and eternal substance brood in sublime communion. Infinite thought is at one with infinite potentiality.
— HUGH I’ANSON FAUSSET
The next section, the seventh (stanzas 79-92) is quite difficult, the text skips and jumps somewhat and there are technical descriptions that resemble Ashtanga Yoga, but are rather cryptic. And since this fragment is more on the Hinduistic side, it could be useful to present a passage from an early esoteric discussion of Sankara’s Four Q…[Read more]
This is actually two posts merged into one; since I tend to add complementary texts, hence less stanzas, so I figured it would be good to maintain a pace of at least one stanza a day (although we made the 10 stanza quota this – I plan on posting roughly six stanzas per week, because I realized that I have too much material to fit in 10 stanzas per…[Read more]
August 21, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception
I am borne darkly, fearfully, afar;
Whilst, burning through the inmost veil of Heaven,
The soul of Adonais, like a star,
Beacons from the abode where the Eternal are.
— PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
70-Kill thy desires, Lanoo, make thy vices impotent, ere the first step is taken on the solemn journey.
For he has conquered once for all that shifting serpent in himself which turns from side to side in its constant desire of contact, in its perpetual search after pleasure and pain. (Gates of Gold 5, 2)
August 19, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception
Like the sun flashing forth light unto one enshrouded in darkness, like the boat rescuing a person sinking in the sea, like the cloud showering forth its refreshing waters on the thirsty, like the storehouse of wealth removing the distress of the penniless, and like the physician…[Read more]
August 18, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception
Does the fish soar to find the ocean,
The eagle plunge to find the air —
That we ask of the stars in motion
If they have rumour of thee there?
— FRANCIS THOMPSON
What we need is that interior tenderness shall be elevated into seership, that what in most is only yearning or blind lov…[Read more]