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by Nicholas
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: General Buddhist forum for all forms of Buddhism
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: General Buddhist forum for all forms of Buddhism

I am aware there is a general Dharma forum which includes all religions. But my humble suggestion is that in addition to what we have already to have a forum within Dharma Paths, encircling the the Buddhist schools (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana & Dzogchen). So that specific discussions can happen...
by Nicholas
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Yogananda on Christ's teachings
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: Yogananda on Christ's teachings

Here is how Yogananda's Introduction to The Second Coming of Christ begins: In titling this work The Second Coming of Christ , I am not referring to a literal return of Jesus to earth. He came two thousand years ago and, after imparting a universal path to God's kingdom, was crucified and resurrecte...
by Nicholas
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 72
Views: 14234

Re: Theosophy

There are many texts to study as an introduction to the theosophy of Blavatsky. The most difficult is The Secret Doctrine ; however, HPB gave suggestions on how to study it by focusing on certain basic portions of the book. This booklet is available online and in print: https://www.theosociety.org/p...
by Nicholas
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 72
Views: 14234

Re: Theosophy

It is needless to explain that this book is not the Secret Doctrine in its entirety, but a select number of fragments of its fundamental tenets, special attention being paid to some facts which have been seized upon by various writers, and distorted out of all resemblance to the truth. But it is pe...
by Nicholas
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 72
Views: 14234

Re: Theosophy

Esoteric philosophy reconciles all religions, strips every one of its outward, human garments, and shows the root of each to be identical with that of every other great religion. It proves the necessity of an absolute Divine Principle in nature. It denies Deity no more than it does the Sun. Esoteri...
by Nicholas
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Yogananda on Christ's teachings
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: Yogananda on Christ's teachings

Divine intercession to mitigate the cosmic law of cause and effect, by which a man suffers from his errors, was at the heart of the mission of love Jesus came to fulfill. Moses brought the law from God to man, emphasizing the awful justice that befalls willful heedlessness. Jesus came to demonstrat...
by Nicholas
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: Platonic traditions
Replies: 14
Views: 3682

Re: Platonic traditions

The English Platonist and translator Thomas Taylor published the creed he lived by:

Platonic_Philosophers_Creed-Taylor.pdf
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by Nicholas
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Roman Catholic catechism
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Roman Catholic catechism

The council of Trent in 1566 may be the most famous, but is passé for most Catholics today, I guess. There is also the 19th cent. Baltimore catechism, in three volumes, the first two for children. Pope St. John Paul II, appointed Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) to oversee the new catech...
by Nicholas
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Yogananda on Christ's teachings
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: Yogananda on Christ's teachings

In the New Testament, the curtain of silence comes down again on the life of Jesus after his twelfth year, not to rise once more until eighteen years later, at which time he receives baptism from John and begins preaching to the multitude. We are told only: And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature...
by Nicholas
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Theravada Buddhism
Topic: Sutta-nipata
Replies: 1
Views: 693

Re: Sutta-nipata

2. Guhaṭṭaka Sutta - The Cave 1 That man who is greatly attached to the cave of the body and sunk in delusion, such a one is far from detachment. Sensual pleasures are not easy to abandon in the world. (772) 2 Those who are bound to worldly pleasures, conditioned by craving, are difficult to libera...
by Nicholas
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Electro-magnetic Universe
Replies: 4
Views: 1282

Re: Electro-magnetic Universe

Reasons why the Universe is Electric:

by Nicholas
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Ahimsa
Topic: Most important Yama
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: Most important Yama

Probably an older text is the Laws of Manu . From chapter five: [45] Whoever does violence to harmless creatures out of a wish for his own happiness does not increase his happiness anywhere, neither when he is alive nor when he is dead. [46] But if someone does not desire to inflict on creatures wit...
by Nicholas
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Ahimsa
Topic: Most important Yama
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Most important Yama

Excerpt from Yoga Sutras of Patanjali , Edwin Bryant translator & editor: II.30 ahiṁsā-satyāsteya-brahmacaryāparigrahā yamāḥ ahiṁsā , nonviolence; satya , truthfulness; asteya , refraining from stealing; brahmacarya , celibacy; aparigrahāḥ , refrainment from acquisition or coveting; yamāḥ , the abst...
by Nicholas
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-82
Replies: 3
Views: 1025

Re: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-82

Persons are supplementary to the primary teaching of the soul. In youth we are mad for persons. Childhood and youth see all the world in them. But the larger experience of man discovers the identical nature appearing through them all. Persons themselves acquaint us with the impersonal. In all conve...
by Nicholas
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Heartening Poetry
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Re: Heartening Poetry

FATE Delicate omens traced in air To the lone bard true witness bare; Birds with auguries on their wings Chanted undeceiving things Him to beckon, him to warn; Well might then the poet scorn To learn of scribe or courier Hints writ in vaster character; And on his mind, at dawn of day, Soft shadows ...
by Nicholas
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 258
Views: 44504

Re: Gems of Wisdom

The heart will commonly govern the head; and any strong passion, set the wrong way, will soon infatuate even the wisest of men; therefore the first part of wisdom is to watch the affections.
Daniel Waterland
by Nicholas
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavad Gita
Replies: 7
Views: 2616

Re: Bhagavad Gita

Today 24 Aug 2019 and yesterday are celebrated in India as the birth day of Krishna. Here are a couple of verses from his "Song of the Lord", chapter Five: VERSE 14 na kartṛtvaṁ na karmāṇi lokasya sṛjati prabhuḥ na karmaphalasaṁyogaṁ svabhāvas tu pravartate The Lord God does not create in men the co...
by Nicholas
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Life, Death and Rebirth
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: Life, Death and Rebirth

I think the problem that causes this confusion is the dynamic of all belief being developmental. In this context, a majority of belief systems require sole focus to manifest theory into realization putting many adherents in the proper stance to dispute all foreign belief at face value. Sadly this s...
by Nicholas
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: Helping the Dying
Replies: 0
Views: 219

Helping the Dying

Buddhism has many methods to assist the dying Buddhist. Here is one for non-Buddhists that Tulku Thondup suggests. He has an entire chapter in his Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth on helping the dying. Even if the dying or dead person is not a Buddhist or not even open to Buddhism, the following formu...
by Nicholas
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 72
Views: 14234

Re: Theosophy

The self-validating certainty of direct awareness cannot in the very nature of things be achieved except by those equipped with the moral 'astrolabe of God's mysteries'. If one is not oneself a sage or saint, the best thing one can do, in the field of metaphysics, is to study the works of those who...