Very well worded Kirk,
HPB mentions somewhere (and I can’t find the ref anymore) that “Ethics is applied metaphysics”.
The misapprehension and lack of application of this statement could – apart from other considerations – lie at the basis of the failure of exoteric religions to live up to their promises as it would provide a thoroughly grounded…[Read more]
That’s indeed a good question Grace, and Barbara’s comment is certainly applicable. Essentially there is no difference between karma and cycles (just like spirit and matter are essentially one). So we could say that karma corresponds to spirit, as cycles (the manifestations of karma) correspond to matter. Cycles ARE karma in operation, or the…[Read more]
Thanks Peter, love the quote from CW 3, 267.
To your last ref. on aim and purpose we may well add what HPB already mentioned in Isis, II:143
“Thus, whether we say that Kabalism and Gnosticism proceeded from Masdeanism or Zoroastrianism, it is all the same, unless we meant the exoteric worship — which we do not. Likewise, and in this sense, we m…[Read more]
Slow on the uptake as well here.
“’To promote the study’ and ’to vindicate the importance’ are quite definite and powerful phrases urging action. I find it hard to believe the Founders would suggest either of these if such study only led students down an exoteric dead end path.”
Yes I agree Peter, on the other hand HPB is also quick enough,…[Read more]
Thanks David for all your elucidations of the terminology in Hindu and Advaita philosophy, as I learn a lot from it, idem ditto for Peter’s explanations.
My question to you – within the context of your explanations – (or anyone else who’d like to chime in) would be:
How would you understand HPB’s comment in the Transactions pp. 107 and 111, when…[Read more]
re: “Rather than focusing on whether or not parabrahm mean beyond-brahma (neuter) which is problematic (though not so if claiming greater than brahmā) why not come at it from a different angle – brahman as the great breath, for example?”
I don’t know if I understand your last question within the right context, so please correct me if…[Read more]
To add to Jon’s application, if it be true that man’s fundamental essence is identical with the Absolute, and with “God in Nature”, we may have to come up with a stronger platitude than “the sky is the limit”! If we truly are the monad or that infinite potential, then it opens up infinite possibilities of expression, even though the capacity of…[Read more]
Interesting tidbit: Bhagavad Gita Ch. 10, p. 71-72 (Judge rendition)
“Thou art Parabrahm!* the supreme abode, the great Purification; thou art the Eternal Presence, the divine Being, before all other Gods, holy, primeval, all-pervading, without beginning! Thus thou art declared by all the Sages – by Narada, Asita, Devala,(72) Vyasa,…[Read more]
Thanks for your excellent reply Peter, and the many good refs as to Brahma and Parabrahm.
My response was primarily related to Jon’s question. As to whether these distinctions are those of esotericists per se, or “simply students’ differing views as to the meanings of terms and how those terms are used” is something I’m unable to answer. I…[Read more]
Terminology aside, including distinctions such as nirguna and saguna, Jon raises some interesting questions as to where esoteric and exoteric might meet:
“is there a way that both may be partially correct, does context matter, etc.? Is the latter interpretation more fitting within the theosophical approach but fails in the exoteric vedanta s…[Read more]
here’s the definition by HPB in The Key to Theosophy p. 1. I’m leaving out the Greek terms here and use the equivalent English terms – you can look them up in the book)
ENQUIRER. Theosophy and its doctrines are often referred to as a new-fangled religion. Is it a religion?
THEOSOPHIST. It is not. Theosophy is Divine Knowledge or…[Read more]
That there are mistakes (“many” is of course a relative concept) being made in the theosophical literature, has certainly been acknowledged by HPB, since she points out that nothing in the manifested world is perfect, especially not when viewed from an illusory perspective, let alone the physical plane.
If this be true, then that concept is…[Read more]
It’s an intriguing question Giles, that even people like ourselves, notwithstanding our acquaintance with the law of karma and realizing the possible consequences following from its effects, will, given the “right circumstances and desires”, go against our better judgment and “sin” against the law of karma.
Indeed, as you pointed out, and…[Read more]
“To some extent, it is admitted that even the esoteric teaching is allegorical. To make the latter comprehensible to the average intelligence, requires the use of symbols cast in an intelligible form. Hence the allegorical and semi-mythical narratives in the exoteric, and the (only) semi-metaphysical and objective representations in the…[Read more]
just throwing in a few thoughts regarding archetypes and evolution, hoping it can contribute to your ideas on evolution.
It seems clear from theosophical teachings that the Platonic archetypes pretty much accord with the theosophical understanding of it, and one may even ask – since Plato was initiated into the Mysteries – if these may…[Read more]
As HPB points out in the Secret Doctrine, there is something to say for “natural selection”, but only in its ultimate modification:
“The day may come, then, when the “Natural Selection,” as taught by Mr. Darwin and Mr. Herbert Spencer, will form only a part, in its ultimate modification, of our Eastern doctrine of Evolution, which will be…[Read more]
From Transactions pp. 85-86:
“Similarly the “Germ” is a figurative expression; the germ is everywhere, even as the circle whose circumference is nowhere and whose center is everywhere. It therefore means all germs, that is to say, unmanifested nature, or the whole creative power which will emanate, called by the Hindus Brahma, though on every…[Read more]
Pierre Wouters replied to the topic Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Language of the Future in the forum Art of Living Study Group 1 year, 8 months ago
In fact, French was the number one language used in the world way before HPBs time. Between the 17th and 20th centuries, thanks to the Enlightenment and French colonisation, France became the leading power in Europe and spread the language even further across the globe between the 17th and 18th centuries. The French language quickly became the…[Read more]
Pierre Wouters replied to the topic Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Language of the Future in the forum Art of Living Study Group 1 year, 9 months ago
great response and I see that we are actually seeing eye to eye but approaching the subject from a different angle. My response limited speech obviously only to the use of it within the lower-manasic context and it’s daily use on the material plane, whereas you bring in the context of the 3 other Vâchs relating it to speech in a much…[Read more]
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