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 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
Thou shalt have the power to degenerate into the lower forms of life, which are brutish. Thou shalt have the power, out of thy soul’s judgement, to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine. — PICO della MIRANDOLA
94-And of these modes of Truth: —
Hast thou not passed through knowledge of all misery — Truth the first?
The Chinese term for the Four Noble Truths is sìshèngdì. The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, “Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion”:
Now this, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffer…[Read more]
The seventh section (stanzas 82-92) is completed. A kind of sevenfold Raja Yoga system is outlined, similar to the Eightfold yoga system, beginning with the Pratyahara stage, where a process of merging the five inner senses is explained. The next three stages correspond to the to three Sanyama practices. Upon achieving accomplishment in Samadhi,…[Read more]
September 11, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
And when thou sendest thy free soul thro’ heaven
Nor understandest bound nor boundlessness,
Thou seest the Nameless of the hundred names.
— ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
September 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
Consider the example of the mountaineer. If our spirit loses itself in desire for the things that are passing far below, it is soon caught in a maze of infinite distractions and crooked ways; the soul is divided from itself, dissipated and torn into as many pieces as there are…[Read more]
90- And now thy Self is lost in SELF, thyself unto THYSELF, merged in THAT SELF from which thou first didst radiate.
‘The “Master” in the Sanctuary of our souls is “the Higher Self” – the divine spirit whose consciousness is based upon and derived solely (at any rate during the mortal life of the man in whom it is captive) from the Mind, which we…[Read more]
September 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
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
89- And this, O Yogi of success, is what men call Dhyâna (41), the right precursor of Samâdhi (42).
(41). Dhyâna is the last stage before the final on this Earth unless one becomes a full mahatma. As said already in this state the Râja Yogi is yet spiritually conscious of Self, and the working of his higher principles. One step more, and he wil…[Read more]
88- When thou hast passed into the seventh, O happy one, thou shalt perceive no more the sacred three (38), for thou shalt have become that three thyself. Thyself and mind, like twins upon a line, the star which is thy goal, burns overhead (39). The three that dwell in glory and in bliss ineffable, now in the world of Mâyâ have lost their names. T…[Read more]
September 5, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Seals of Wisdom
When like the sun rising above the mountains,
The Buddha of Love appears at the Diamond Throne,
May the wisdom-lotus open its petals
And sentient beings gather to drink the nectar of Truth.
— GYALWA GENDUN DRUB, 1st DALAI LAMA
I just finished Rav Berg’s “Essential Zohar” and post my review here. Comments welcome of course:
Reading Berg’s “Essential Zohar”
I’ve explored a lot of esoteric literature both in reading and in practice. I was looking forward to the Zohar, which is often referred to as Judaic esotericism. I came away disappointed. For the most part, I would s…[Read more]
I think the Rav is more of a new age Kabbalist, a movement which he pretty much started, so not the most orthodox Kabbalist- although his teacher is pretty respected, a good Kabbalist. Although without him, there might not have been half the amount of quality Kabbalah literature out there. As far as I know, esoteric texts imply an interpretation…[Read more]
85- And in the fifth, O slayer of thy thoughts, all these again have to be killed beyond reanimation (36).
(36). This means that in the sixth stage of development which, in the occult system is Dhâranâ, every sense as an individual faculty has to be “killed” (or paralyzed) on this plane, passing into and merging with the Seventh sense, the most s…[Read more]
September 3, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
He whose actions are for me alone, who esteemeth me the supreme goal, who is my servant only, without attachment to the results of action and free from enmity towards any creature, cometh to me, O son of Pandu.