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
December 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; rejoice in it; and, as you can, try to imitate it; and your faults will drop off, like dead leaves when their time comes. — JOHN RUSKIN
December 7, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
That low man seeks a little thing to do,
Sees it and does it:
This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
Dies ere he knows it.
— ROBERT BROWNING
The moment of choice exists all the time for
every individual. — ROBERT CROSBIE
From the writings of H. P. Blavatsky
Definitions from the Theosophical Glossary
Emanation, the Doctrine of. In its metaphysical meaning, it is opposed to Evolution, yet one with it. Science teaches that evolution is physiologically a mode of generation in which the germ that develops the foetus pre-exists already in the parent, the development and…[Read more]
It is written in an old book on the Occult Sciences: “Gupta Vidya (Secret Science) is an attractive sea, but stormy and full of rocks. The navigator who risks himself thereon, if he be not wise and full of experience, (1) will be swallowed up, wrecked upon one of the thousand submerged reefs. Great billows, in color like sapphires, rubies and…[Read more]
The ancient occult axiom, “Man, know thyself,” is familiar to all; but very few have apprehended the real meaning of the Delphic Oracle. We think we know our earthly pedigree when we have looked at the genealogical family-tree; science thinks it knows the physical pedigree of man and humanity, having traced his form from the protoplasm, and its…[Read more]
December 6, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
If want, sorrow or pain come to one, why resist or cry out? In the resistance or war against them we create greater evils. Coming to one’s self, they should have little weight, while at the same time they carry invaluable lessons in their hands.
— W.Q. JUDGE
December 4, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
Life is built up by the sacrifice of the individual to the whole. Each cell in the living body must sacrifice itself to the perfection of the whole; when it is otherwise, disease and death enforce the lesson. — Aquarian Axiom
Thanks Gerry – it was quite an educational odyssey, most def – stay tuned for fragment 2, which I’ll be starting in a week or two – although with the the holiday season just around the corner, it probably won’t really take off until the new year…
December 4, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.
— HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in
us long before it happens. — RAINER MARIA RILKE
Below is a final list of references, mainly general western sources.
Anon, Mara. New World Encyclopedia, 2008 web
Attar. Conference of the Birds. Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis transl. Penguin Classics 1984
Buswell Jr.; Robert E., Donald S. Lopez Jr. The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. Princeton University Press,…[Read more]
December 2, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
Say not the struggle naught availeth,
The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
And as things have been, things remain.
— ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH
December 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
Have perseverance as one who doth for evermore endure. Thy shadows live and vanish; that which in thee shall live for ever, that which in thee knows, for it is knowledge, is not of fleeting life; it is the Man that was, that is, and will be, for whom the hour shall never…[Read more]
I was reading the three objects of the Theosophical Society and was surprised to see that in 1875, there was only one object when the society was formed, “The objects of the Society are to collect and diffuse a knowledge of the laws which govern the universe.” Since then, the objects have evolved several times and the last modification was made…[Read more]
I think your surmise that Gurudeva is a Solar Angel is correct. This is borne out by the teaching in the S.D. regarding the mystical ray which connects our Ego with the particular Hierarchy of which there are seven (six synthesised by the seventh) which form the manifested Logos – the Blazing Dragon of Wisdom (Verse 7, Stanza III of S.D.…[Read more]
Hi Peter and Ram, thanks for your comments, realised I should have asked how the Gurudeva might relate/contribute to our own personal human life and growth.
Looking from this angle, I would suggest that Gurudeva is our Solar Angel, the ones who endowed man with his conscious, immortal EGO by incarnating in animal man as described by HPB SD2 88.…[Read more]
November 28, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
When insight is attained, the root of Pure Mind and the activity of the
phenomenal world are manifest without obstacle, spontaneously showing forth the capability of all things pure and impure. — HUI-SSU
November 27, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
Just as fire without fuel abides in its place,
So the actionless mind abides in its source.
Manas abides in its place when desire is true.
— MAITRAYANA UPANISHAD
In the mint of Truth, a man may coin the Word. — GURU NANAK