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by Nicholas
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

Harmony between devas & Buddha is not automatic, it depends on the deva. Mara, the Buddhist demonic power & his minions obstruct Buddhas & his teachings to this day. (Devas live much longer lives than we.) Even in the Hindu tradition there are devas that try to interfere with the meditations & pract...
by Nicholas
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Lotus pix
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Lotus pix

by Nicholas
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

I have found that putting doctrine as primary in discussions with those of other spiritual views will usually result in conflict or at best separation. Thus dump doctrine (difficult for intellectuals) and share values, virtues, meditative practices etc. One curious fact I discovered, at least in Chi...
by Nicholas
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Forum activity
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Forum activity

There is another one, an Interfaith discussion site which I have visited over the years. But it also is v e r y quiet. Conflict or at least animated back & forth is what seems to appeal to most. Avoiding boredom/craving excitement is a major driver for most of we humanoids. If a place or site or per...
by Nicholas
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Dionysius (ca. 500)
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: Dionysius (ca. 500)

The specific individual was probably not Peter the Fuller, however John Dillon seems to have found the circle he belonged to: https://www.academia.edu/7919496/Proclus_and_Dionysius It is probably futile to speculate as to the precise identity of this remarkable figure, but he can be situated with gr...
by Nicholas
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Dionysius (ca. 500)
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: Dionysius (ca. 500)

The Philokalia note introducing the St Maximos section says the Two Hundred text of his did make use of Dionysios: Two Hundred Texts on Theology and the Incarnate Dispensation of the Son of God . This seems to have been written in Africa between 630 and 634, and is far more complex in its argument [...
by Nicholas
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Great Compassion
Replies: 0
Views: 46

Great Compassion

The Mahayana panacea for all that ails humanity: From the noble Dharmasamgiti Sutra : Then the bodhisattva great being Avalokiteśvara said to the Blessed One, “Blessed One, bodhisattvas should not train in too many qualities. Blessed One, bodhisattvas should serve and understand one quality well, an...
by Nicholas
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Great Compassion Mantra
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Re: Great Compassion Mantra

Just bumping up this powerful mantra/meditation practice again:

http://www.drbachinese.org/online_readi ... ntents.htm
by Nicholas
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

Dr. Heiser has quite an internet presence, perhaps because his teaching resume does not feature much (if any) work at a major university, mainly community colleges. Still I admire his emphasis on the reality of non-human beings, without calling them aliens from another planet. In Buddhism among the ...
by Nicholas
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

More of the works of Dr. Heiser, the narrator/author of the OP video:

https://www.amazon.com/Michael-S.-Heise ... dp_epwbk_0

If for no other reason than he debunks those stupid monomaniacs at Ancient Aliens TV show, I like him - so far.
by Nicholas
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

That is correct, the hebrew word elohim actually means "gods" not a singular God as many believe. It was translated that way (God with a capital G) to make the "God" more universal. In original biblical hebrew the god of Israel was their god, but the Israelites probably believed there were other ot...
by Nicholas
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Judaism, Kabbalah-Jewish mysticism
Topic: Rational Bible
Replies: 3
Views: 2078

Re: Rational Bible

Although I do have an e-pub version of his Exodus volume, my old eyes really do not like to spend much time reading off a screen. So finally ordered the book. Then noticed that Prager's Genesis volume will be released in early May, thus that book was also ordered.
by Nicholas
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: YHWH, The Divine Council = The Devas

Greetings tlxxxviii, your first video-post looks very interesting.

[off topic - is T 88 the right way to read your screen name?]
by Nicholas
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Ratnamegha Sutra
Replies: 0
Views: 72

Ratnamegha Sutra

Another seminal sutra that gives much detail about the Mahayana path of bodhisattvas. The translation can be read online or downloaded in pdf, e-pub or Kindle formats:

http://read.84000.co/translation/toh231.html
by Nicholas
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Gender transition not for kids
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: Gender transition not for kids

Totalitarian repression for adults who do not praise the trans movement:

https://stream.org/fined-55000-for-call ... le-a-male/
by Nicholas
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Gender transition not for kids
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Gender transition not for kids

A site useful for cutting thru much of the pro-trans propaganda:

https://www.transgendertrend.com
by Nicholas
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Post-enlightenment religion is impossible
Replies: 6
Views: 979

Re: Post-enlightenment religion is impossible

In our post-enlightenment age, in which all religion is being reduced to social justice or secular humanism, is it possible any more to be truly "religious"? Certainly it is. Faith-based religiosity is followed still by most of humanity. Secularism is also faith-based for the majority. In the case ...
by Nicholas
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 10977

Re: Theosophy

We have said that we believed in the absolute unity of nature. Unity implies the possibility for a unit on one plane, to come into contact with another unit on or from another plane. We believe in it. Thus, unity of everything in the universe implies and justifies our belief in the existence of a k...
by Nicholas
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 10977

Re: Theosophy

The assertion that “Theosophy is not a Religion,” by no means excludes the fact that “Theosophy is Religion” itself. A Religion in the true and only correct sense, is a bond uniting men together—not a particular set of dogmas and beliefs. Now Religion, per se , in its widest meaning is that which b...
by Nicholas
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 10977

Re: Theosophy

The Theosophy taught by Blavatsky, WQ Judge and their gurus was ignored or twisted out of shape by some followers like CW Leadbeater & Alice A. Bailey among others. Here is a short article pointing out some major differences:

In Theosophy's Shadow, Vanity Whispers.odt
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