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
Section four taught us to have patience, as one who fears no failure, courts no success; fix your Soul’s gaze upon the star whose ray you are. Have perseverance as one who for evermore endures; sow with the seeds of merit the fields of future harvests; accept the woes of birth; step out from sunlight into shade, to make more room for…[Read more]
January 23, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word
If one but tell a thing well, it moves on with undying voice, and over the
fruitful earth and across the sea goes the bright gleam of noble deeds ever
unquenchable. — PINDAR
The Word is the sole Truth, eternal and constant.
All else fails, illusory, deceptive. — KABIR
143-Know, O beginner, this is the Open Path, the way to selfish bliss, shunned by the Bodhisattvas of the “Secret Heart,” the Buddhas of Compassion.
In Sufism, there is a doctrine of subtle bodies, one of which is the Sir, secret of secrets, which can mean secret heart:
The heart is the secret inside the secret (Jalaluddin Rumi in Barks, Coleman.…[Read more]
January 17, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity
That which makes for evil can be turned into that which makes for good;
that which makes for destructiveness can be turned into that which makes for constructiveness; that which makes for separation and selfishness can be turned into that which makes for unity and…[Read more]
Sorry to be posting long texts, but since Blavatsky presents some important esoteric ideas about the Trikaya, I thought it might to be useful to share some basic notions about the Trikaya from an exoteric, or semi-esoteric perspective, in order to compare. In Fragment 3, I will post some more material by Blavatsky on the Trikaya.
January 15, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity
Harmony does not come through likeness. harmony comes from a balancing of diversities, and discord from any effort to make harmony by force. — W.Q. JUDGE
We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love; we must meet
physical force with soul force. — MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
140-Step out from sunlight into shade, to make more room for others. The tears that water the parched soil of pain and sorrow, bring forth the blossoms and the fruits of Karmic retribution. Out of the furnace of man’s life and its black smoke, winged flames arise, flames purified, that soaring onward, ‘neath the Karmic eye, weave in the end the…[Read more]
“. . . the essence of Theosophy is the perfect harmonizing of the divine with the human in man, the adjustment of his god-like qualities and aspirations, and their sway over the terrestrial or animal passions in him. Kindness, absence of every ill feeling or selfishness, charity, goodwill to all beings, and perfect justice to others as to o…[Read more]
“The Secret Doctrine is the accumulated Wisdom of the Ages, and its cosmogony alone is the most stupendous and elaborate system: e.g., even in the exotericism of the Puranas. But such is the mysterious power of Occult symbolism, that the facts which have actually occupied countless generations of initiated seers and prophets to marshal, to set d…[Read more]
Section 3 (123-136) gave the following advice: love all beings, do not neglect your parents, non-action does not mean inaction, the lamp burns bright when wick and old are clean, one can face physical agitation and still have a tranquil mind, solitary forest asceticism is not the way to final liberation, physical punishment and conquering…[Read more]