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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:39 pm

A noble Canadian theosophist, Ted Davy, passed on 26 November at age 91. Here is his Blavatsky Lecture "The Descent into Hades" from 1983, condensed somewhat:

http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/wor ... e-davy.htm
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:29 pm

A blog by contemporary theosophist, Vic Hao Chin:

https://insightsonlife.net
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Re: Theosophy

Post by PuerAzaelis » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:27 am

Nicholas:

I have a feeling you may have a view on the connections between Chinese Buddhism and HPB-phase theosophy. Were there any, either implicit or explicit?
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:29 pm

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:27 am
Nicholas:

I have a feeling you may have a view on the connections between Chinese Buddhism and HPB-phase theosophy. Were there any, either implicit or explicit?
Nope, I have not noticed any particular emphasis or connection, except when she quoted from old scholars' books on the subject.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:01 pm

He who would be an occultist must not separate either himself or anything else from the rest of creation or non-creation. For, the moment he distinguishes himself from even a vessel of dishonor, he will not be able to
join himself to any vessel of honor. He must think of himself as an infinitesimal something, not even as an individual atom, but as a part of the world-atoms as a whole, or become an illusion, a nobody, and vanish like a breath leaving no trace behind. As illusions, we are separate distinct bodies, living in masks furnished by Mâyâ. Can we claim one single atom in our body as distinctly our own? Everything, from spirit to the tiniest particle, is part of the whole, at best a link. Break a single link and all passes into annihilation; but this is impossible. There is a series of vehicles becoming more and more gross, from spirit to the densest matter, so that with each step downward and outward we get more and more the sense of separateness developed in us. Yet this is illusory, for if there were a real and complete separation between any two human beings, they could not communicate with, or understand each other in any way.
Blavatsky in Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge
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Re: Timeless Truths

Post by Nicholas » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:04 pm

A new topical compilation of some of Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine, put together by Fiona Odgren. It will have an appeal to those who wish not to read the entire 1400 pages of the original.

http://www.powells.com/book/timeless-tr ... 82263/61-0

Copy arrived today and it will not cause those with poor vision to squint - maybe 15 pt type! Nice little glossary, but no index, several photos of the principals involved with HPB in SD project, Masters included. She quoted from the Theosophical University Press edition

Odgren's Foreword about the production of The Secret Doctrine is thorough & good, yet she does not say how she chose the 56 "major themes" in this compilation. They are arranged alphabetically starting with the Absolute One Eternal Be-ness, then Angels etc.

It is a unique approach and will, because of its wide range of themes in all three areas of Science, Philosophy and Religion, attract a differing group of thinkers. The Stanzas of Dzyan are not emphasized or quoted much, which is just as well, for they are off putting to many.

Paperback, also in hardcover.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:41 pm

I feel that the work of the Theosophical Society should consist primarily in an
understanding of the nature of life—as it is in ourselves, as it is in others; in plants, in
animals; everywhere, the one Life of which the great Teachers have spoken—and in
understanding the nature of consciousness which is interblended with life and is
really an aspect of life.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:25 am

Undoubtedly moral elevation is the principal thing insisted upon in the Theosophical Society. He who would be a true Theosophist must bring himself to live as one.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:26 pm

Recent issue of a theosophical magazine from the Netherlands:

http://www.blavatskyhouse.org/pdf/Lucif ... e-2018.pdf
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true reverence & prayer

Post by Nicholas » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:23 pm

Nothing is so holy to us human beings as to feel the divine presences around us and with us, helping us and guiding us. I think every theosophist should pray in his heart — not the open prayer, although it is not the words, it is the attitude; not a piacular or petitionary prayer, whether spoken or unspoken; but the prayer of the theosophist —

"O god within me, thy child, make me to feel thy presence with me always.
Let me be conscious that thou art with me and guiding me.
Not my will, but thine always be done."

Do you see, prayers of that kind, a prayer of reverence, the raising of the human heart not only in aspiration towards what is above itself, but in the true sense of the word worthship, worship, feeling the presence not only of cosmic divinity, but of the divinities around us, feeling the companionship of the gods around us and in our own soul — this kind of prayer, this feeling in the heart, and the raising of the heart out of the little petty personality upwards to the divinity within, and recognizing the other divinities around us and even in our fellow human beings — is true reverence and prayer.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:11 pm

Happiness cannot exist where Truth is absent. Erected upon the shifting sands of human fiction and hypotheses, happiness is merely a house of cards tumbling down at the first whiff; it cannot exist in reality as long as egotism reigns supreme in civilized societies. As long as intellectual progress will refuse to accept a subordinate position to ethical progress, and egotism will not give way to the Altruism preached by Gautama and the true historical Jesus (the Jesus of the pagan sanctuary, not the Christ of the Churches), happiness for all the members of humanity will remain a Utopia.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:37 pm

One way how ethical progress leads to the Highest, as Buddha taught in AN 10.1:
Thus, Ānanda, (1)–(2) the purpose and benefit of wholesome virtuous behavior is non-regret; (3) the purpose and benefit of non-regret is joy; (4) the purpose and benefit of joy is rapture; (5) the purpose and benefit of rapture is tranquility; (6) the purpose and benefit of tranquility is pleasure; (7) the purpose and benefit of pleasure is concentration; (8) the purpose and benefit of concentration is the knowledge and vision of things as they really are; (9) the purpose and benefit of the knowledge and vision of things as they really are is disenchantment and dispassion; and (10) the purpose and benefit of disenchantment and dispassion is the knowledge and vision of liberation. Thus, Ānanda, wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:42 pm

HP Blavatsky was interviewed in 1887 by her friend Charles Johnston, a Sanskrit scholar:

http://www.philaletheians.co.uk/study-n ... hnston.pdf
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:46 pm

Deeply sensible of the Titanic struggle that is now in progress between materialism and the spiritual aspirations of mankind, our constant endeavor has been to gather into our several chapters, like weapons into armories, every fact and argument that can be used to aid the latter in defeating the former. Sickly and deformed child as it now is, the materialism of To-Day is born of the brutal Yesterday. Unless its growth is arrested, it may become our master. It is the bastard progeny of the French Revolution and its reaction against ages of religious bigotry and repression. To prevent the crushing of these spiritual aspirations, the blighting of these hopes, and the deadening of that intuition which teaches us of a God and a hereafter, we must show our false theologies in their naked deformity, and distinguish between divine religion and human dogmas. Our voice is raised for spiritual freedom, and our plea made for enfranchisement from all tyranny, whether of SCIENCE or THEOLOGY.
From HPB's 1877 first book, Isis Unveiled.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:39 pm

Student.—How is one to know when he gets real occult information from the Self within?

Sage. [HPB]—Intuition must be developed and the matter judged from the true philosophical basis, for if it is contrary to true general rules it is wrong. It has to be known from a deep and profound analysis by which we find out what is from egotism alone and what is not; if it is due to egotism, then it is not from the Spirit and is untrue. The power to know does not come from book-study nor from mere philosophy, but mostly from the actual practice of altruism in deed, word, and thought; for that practice purifies the covers of the soul and permits that light to shine down into the brain-mind. As the brain-mind is the receiver in the waking state, it has to be purified from sense-perception, and the truest way to do this is by combining philosophy with the highest outward and inward virtue.

Student.—Tell me some ways by which intuition is to be developed.

Sage.—First of all by giving it exercise, and second by not using it for purely personal ends. Exercise means that it must be followed through mistakes and bruises until from sincere attempts at use it comes to its own strength. This does not mean that we can do wrong and leave the results, but that after establishing conscience on a right basis by following the golden rule, we give play to the intuition and add to its strength. Inevitably in this at first we will make errors, but soon if we are sincere it will grow brighter and make no mistake. We should add the study of the works of those who in the past have trodden this path and found out what is the real and what is not. They say the Self is the only reality. The brain must be given larger views of life, as by the study of the doctrine of reincarnation, since that gives a limitless field to the possibilities in store. We must not only be unselfish, but must do all the duties that Karma has given us, and thus intuition will point cut the road of duty and the true path of life.

From article series “Conversations on Occultism” .
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:08 pm

The whole of our literature proves that real Theosophists, worshipping universal wisdom, worship in reality the same wisdom which has been proclaimed by St. James in the third chapter of his Epistle [verse 17], i.e., “the wisdom that is from above (δοΦία ἄνωθεν [which] is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy,” avoiding, on the advice of the same Apostle [verse 15], wisdom that “is earthly, sensual, devilish (ψυχική δαιμονιώδης).”
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:26 pm

Far from us be the thought of the slightest irreverence — let alone blasphemy —
toward the Divine Power which called into being all things, visible and invisible.
Of its majesty and boundless perfection we dare not even think. It is enough for us
to know that It exists and that It is all wise. Enough that in common with our fellow
creatures we possess a spark of Its essence. The supreme power whom we revere is
the boundless and endless one — the grand "Central Spiritual Sun" by whose
attributes and the visible effects of whose inaudible will we are surrounded — the
God of the ancient and the God of modern seers. His nature can be studied only in
the worlds called forth by his mighty fiat. His revelation is traced with his own
finger in imperishable figures of universal harmony upon the face of the Cosmos. It
is the only infallible gospel we recognize.
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Re: Theosophy

Post by Nicholas » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:03 pm

There are three truths which are absolute, and which cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.

The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.
The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard or seen or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.
Each man is his own absolute lawgiver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment.

These truths, which are as great as is life itself, are as simple as the simplest mind of man. Feed the hungry with them.
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