This group focuses on the world’s Sacred Texts, encouraging study from a theosophical perspective.
The purpose of the Sacred Texts group is twofold. First, it is intended to help students delve deeper into their understanding of the core ideas presented by the sages of human history. Second, it is intended to help students see and appreciate the commonalities among these various teachings. This group will point to the diverse expressions of the central theosophical tenets and give evidence to the Parent Doctrine from which all the sacred texts are an expression in different cultures and times.
225 – “Hast thou attuned thy heart and mind to the great mind and heart of all mankind? For as the sacred River’s roaring voice whereby all Nature-sounds are echoed back (10), so must the heart of him ‘who in the stream would enter,’ thrill in response to every sigh and thought of all that lives and breathes.”
(10). The Northern Buddhists, and all…[Read more]
222- Before thou standest on the threshold of the Path; before thou crossest the foremost Gate, thou hast to merge the two into the One and sacrifice the personal to SELF impersonal, and thus destroy the “path” between the two — Antahkarana (9).
(9). Antahkarana is the lower Manas, the Path of communication or communion between the personality a…[Read more]
Happy White Lotus Day One and All-
Dwight Goddard’s rendering of the Lankavatara Sutra is very interpretative, condensed, and freely re-arranged, yet is probably more accessible and has quite a theosophical outlook. If one replaces the word Mind with Soul, the description of Alaya would fit quite well with the theosophical definition:
THEN SAID M…[Read more]
Similar notions to the concept of Alaya, short for Alaya Vijnana as the Universal Soul, can be found in the more mystical forms of Buddhism, notably with the main writings of the Tathagatagharba concept (I suggest this because stanza 116 mentions an equivalent term for Tathagatagharba, Wuwei zhenren). S. T. Suzuki’s introduction to his t…[Read more]
220- So shalt thou be in full accord with all that lives; bear love to men as though they were thy brother-pupils, disciples of one Teacher, the sons of one sweet mother.
In brief, directly or indirectly,
I will offer help and happiness to all my mothers,
And secretly take upon myself
All their hurt and suffering.
(Tangpa, Langri. Eight Verses of…[Read more]
217 – Before thou canst approach the foremost gate thou hast to learn to part thy body from thy mind, to dissipate the shadow, and to live in the eternal. For this, thou hast to live and breathe in all, as all that thou perceivest breathes in thee; to feel thyself abiding in all things, all things in SELF.
For a similar description of mystical…[Read more]
216 – For, O Disciple! Before thou wert made fit to meet thy Teacher face to face, thy MASTER light to light, what wert thou told?
[“Face to face,” means in this instance a study independent or apart from others, when the disciple gets his instruction face to face either with himself (his higher, Divine Self) or–his guru. It is then only that…[Read more]
Section 2 (Stanzas 215-229) Attuning to Alaya, the World-Soul.
215 – Before thou canst approach the last, O weaver of thy freedom, thou hast to master these Pâramitâs of perfection — the virtues transcendental six and ten in number — along the weary Path.
Paramitas of perfections: a somewhat odd term because paramita means perfection, so the t…[Read more]
Lanoo-Sravakas, we have completed the first section, Section 1 (Stanzas 196-214) Introduction to the Paramitas, a heady introduction wherein were presented the ten Paramitas, the Four-fold Dhyana, Four Stages of Enlightenment, to which we added the Sixteen Stages of Vipassana Knowledge, the Seven Stages of Purification, the Ten Fetters, the Eight…[Read more]
213 – 7. Prajñâ, the key to which makes of a man a god, creating him a Bodhisattva, son of the Dhyânis.
Without wisdom, the five perfections
Are not enough to attain full awakening.
Cultivate wisdom, endowed with skill
And free from the three domains — this is the practice of a bodhisattva (Zong-po, Tokmé, 30).
Pragna (Sk.) or Prajna. A synon…[Read more]
210 – 4. Virâg’, indifference to pleasure and to pain, illusion conquered, truth alone perceived.
Vyragya, one of the four qualifications in Advaita Vedanta, is a term rarely used in Buddhism (Spierenburg , Henk J. The Buddhism of H.P. Blavatsky. Pasadena. Point Loma Publications, 1991, p.165). There is however, a similar term, upekkha. To…[Read more]
Please note that the previous TG definition Jhana or Jnana is slightly askew. Jhana is Pali for the Sanskrit Dhyana, although the definition corresponds to Jnana, so it is correct if you disregard Jhana.
207 – 1. Dâna, the key of charity and love immortal.
If those who want to be awake have to give even their bodies,
What need is there to talk…[Read more]
205 – “Yea, Lord; I see the PATH; its foot in mire, its summits lost in glorious light Nirvânic. And now I see the ever narrowing Portals on the hard and thorny way to Jñâna.”*
Mire: See Stanza 69
Jhâna (Sk.) or Jnana. Knowledge; Occult Wisdom (Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary).
“Theosophy is synonymous with the Jnana…[Read more]
202 – Look on. What see’st thou before thine eye, O aspirant to god-like Wisdom?
Theosophy can be defined as god-like wisdom.
203 – “The cloak of darkness is upon the deep of matter; within its folds I struggle. Beneath my gaze it deepens, Lord; it is dispelled beneath the waving of thy hand. A shadow moveth, creeping like the stretching…[Read more]
For more on Dhyana/Jnana/Jhana/Gnosis see https://universaltheosophy.com/research/etymology-dzyan/
201 – Be of good cheer, Disciple; bear in mind the golden rule. Once thou hast passed the gate Srotâpatti (6), “he who the stream hath entered”; once thy foot hath pressed the bed of the Nirvânic stream in this or any future life, thou hast but seven other births before thee, O thou of adamantine Will.
Good Cheer: Who master is of self, will e…[Read more]
It looks like this first section will be somewhat lenghty, because I think that it is useful to present some basic Buddhist meditation and ethical concepts. Also, the four factors of enlightenment have some interesting theosophical commentary, although I do not plan on covering the full esoteric commentary on Buddhism from Blavatsky’s…[Read more]
197 ‘Tis well, Śrâvaka (3). Prepare thyself, for thou wilt have to travel on alone. The Teacher can but point the way. The Path is one for all, the means to reach the goal must vary with the Pilgrims.
(3). Śrâvaka — a listener, or student who attends to the religious instructions. From the root “Śru.” When from theory they go into practice or per…[Read more]
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