2-The voice of the Candidates:
Shalt not thou, Master of thine own Mercy, reveal the Doctrine of the Heart? (1) Shalt thou refuse to lead thy Servants unto the Path of Liberation?
(1). The two schools of Buddha’s doctrine, the esoteric and the exoteric, are respectively called the “Heart” and the “Eye” Doctrine. Bodhidharma called them in China…[Read more]
In my eagerness, I have thoughtlessly undertaken this work. Would a firefly show its light in the presence of the sun? Just as the tithiba bird tries to sound the depth of the ocean with its tiny beak, similarly, with little knowledge I am setting out on this task. Therefore, I ask you to add whatever may be lacking and to reject whatever is…[Read more]
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…
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]
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]
Below is a list of Eastern (Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese) texts cited in the commentary of Fragment I:
Amritananda Upanishad (Aiyar, Narayanasvami (1914). “Thirty minor Upanishads”. Madras)
Bhagavad Gita. Pondicherry. All India Books. 1986. Aurobindo, transl.
Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad. The Upanishads. Valerie J. Roebuck, transl. Penguin, 2003.…[Read more]
Below is a list of Theosophical texts cited in the commentary of Fragment I:
Anon. Bestride the Bird of Life, if thou would’st know
Anon. Self knowledge. Lucifer Vol. 1, 1887, p. 89
Anon, The Dream of Ravan
J.Mr./P.S.H., Kuṇḍalinī. Theosophical Encyclopedia
Barker, A. T., ed.,Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnet,
Blavatsky, H. P., “Com…[Read more]
We have reached the end of the first fragment of the The Voice of the Silence. Thank you fellow lanoos, for participating in this ambitious undertaking. It was certainly a big learning experience for me. I was genuinely surprised to discover the rich supply of amazing texts related to these teachings. I will be taking a short break before adding…[Read more]
100-Om Tat Sat
Om Tat Sat is a mantra in Sanskrit found in verse 17.23 of the Bhagavad Gita. It means “Om, that is Truth”, “Om, it is Reality”, “Om it is good”. It is the threefold designation of the Hindu metaphysical concept called Brahman.
It is more perfectly illustrated by considering life as a grand musical movement that is brought to a…[Read more]
99-Behold! thou hast become the light, thou hast become the Sound, thou art thy Master and thy God. Thou art THYSELF the object of thy search: the VOICE unbroken, that resounds throughout eternities, exempt from change, from sin exempt, the seven sounds in one, the
VOICE OF THE SILENCE
46(b)-47(a). The sound proceeding from Pranava which is…[Read more]
98-And now, rest ‘neath the Bodhi tree, which is perfection of all knowledge, for, know, thou art the Master of SAMÂDHI — the state of faultless vision.
He went to sit under a banyan tree (Pippala), or tree of Bodhi. The god Indra brought him a straw seat. He sat here, resolved not to move till the transformation he was about to undergo should be…[Read more]
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]
We are rapidly approaching the end of the first fragment. This eighth and final section (stanzas 93-100) deals with the Four Noble Truths and the Five Hindrances.
93-Thou art acquainted with the five impediments, O blessed one. Thou art their conqueror, the Master of the sixth, deliverer of the four modes of Truth (43). The light that falls upon…[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]
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]
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]
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