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16 januari 2019

The Lotus Fire – A Study in Symbolic Yoga

By George Sydney Arundale (1878–1945).

776 Pages | First edition 1939, 1st reprint 1976, 2nd reprint 2001 | Soft cover| Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 817059412X.

In his Preface to this great study in symbolic yoga, Dr. G.S. Arundale says it consists of notes taken at the time of his own personal exploiration in the field of symbology, ‘explorations which were fortunate enough to have the guidance of One whose discoveries in innumerable fields have constituted Him a ‘Master of the Wisdom of Life’. But even this guidance gives the notes no special authority, for both the guidance and the explorations are individual to myself. ‘

Dr. Arundale also says;

 ” One night one of the Great Beings, who is a Messenger of the Lord Śiva, disclosed to me, one after another, certain Symbols in their cosmic significance . . . The whole vista of the meaning and purpose of evolution gradually unveiled itself before me, and I have done my best to write it down as I perceived it, and where I could, to obtain corroboration from the great book of our Theosophical classic literature. “

The work is divided into five Books:

  1. The Vigil of Purification
  2. Symbols living and radiant
  3. Symbols real and dynamic
  4. From the Symbol to no-symbol
  5. Symbols at work.

From Section ‘Motherhood’ (p. 619):

THE GRAIL OF MOTHERHOOD

” Even more glorious than the sacred offices of the King, Priest and Teacher is the priesthood of every woman without exception – priest of the Motherhood of God, and of the Love of God in mysterious exaltation. This Motherhood may be a  Motherhood in pure Will, or it may be a Motherhood in pure Wisdom, or it may be a Motherhood in Creative Activity. Ever is it the heart of Life and the Holy Grail of all noble virtues. Hear the words of the mighty Lawgiver of the Aryan Race, Him whom Hindus call Lord Vaivasvata the Manu:

Where women are honoured, the Gods rejoice. Where they are not honoured, the family perishes. […] In every religion throughout the world God incarnating as Mother shines no less gloriously than God incarnating as Father, or as Son, or as the very Fire of Life, the Holy Ghost. God is the Creator, God the Sustainer, God the Regenerator – in all Three dwells God the Mother as heart of each.

Almost is the priesthood of Motherhood too holy for any act of dedication in the merely human world. The very physical body of a woman is an altar already consecrated to a sacrifice. She is a bright shadow of God the Mother, and about the sacred acts of her ministering, of the exercise of her priesthood, hovers in sure benediction the Queen of Motherhood herself . . . “

 

auteur: Arundale, G.S.
ISBN: 817059412X
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Nirvana – An Occult Experience

By George Sydney Arundale (1878–1945).

259 Pages | Arundale Centenary Edition, second reprint 2007 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170591481.

This book is a description of Nirvana and Nirvanic consciousness as experienced by the author. ‘Each section is the pen impression of the Nirvanic landscape just as it impressed upon me at the time’, writes DR. G.S. Arundale. Here is for example a remarkable passage:

” Bathed in the lightning-standing-still which is Nirvana, I perceive the imprisoned lightnings in all things . . . the Light, which is bright – [in] the man evolved; the Light, which is glory – the Superman, the Master. “

Mr. Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), the distinguished clairvoyant, described the book as ‘a very remarkable production – a valiant attempt to describe the indescribable . . . There is living fire in his (author’s) works.’

auteur: Arundale, G.S.
ISBN: 9788170591481
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George Arundale was international President of the Theosophical Society from 1934 to 1945. He was principal of the Central Hindu college, Varanasi, India, and later of the National University of India. He worked closely with Annie Besant in her educational efforts.

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Mount Everest – A Book on Discipleship

By George Sydney Arundale (1878–1945).

196 Pages | Reprinted in 1978 in commemoration of the birth centenary of Dr. Arundale | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 978817059.

From this book:

  • If you desire you can quite definitely set your feet on the way to discipleship . . . You can dedicate yourself to Them and Their representative in the outer world . . . If you will take every opportunity, make every effort, you will soon come to know Them.
  • If an individual can intensify in himself or herself the spirit of service, he or she is well on the road to discipleship, for service is a great characteristic of those, who desire to attain.
  • If you are in the presence of the Master you always know what to do. Why? Because He/She lifts you out of your smaller Self into your higher Self. When in the presence of your higher Self, you know what to do.

From page 196:

” We make everything entangled. Life is extremely simple. If you will endeavor to put aside pride and control mind and emotions, then you will not have the slightest difficulty in making any decision or coming to any conclusion. […] One of God’s greatest gifts is to give us sufficient power to meet all emergencies. You are never encouraged to ask questions or to bring your troubles to the Elder Brethren. You are expected to shoulder your own troubles. You have Buddhic, Nirvanic and Monadic consciousness at your disposal, ultimately but not afar off. Get to work to see all these laws much more clearly. Make this your slogan: ‘I can do it!’ “

 

 

 

auteur: Arundale, G.S.
ISBN: 978817059
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Kundalini, an Occult Experience

By Georges S. Arundale

76 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 1999 ISBN 9788170594093

The story of the “Serpent Fire.” The author describes in lyrical graphic language the awakening of consciousness as Kundalini moves from its base in the human body through the force centers, causing illumination and realization of universal Life, Light, Sound, and Power.

 

auteur: Arundale, G.S.
ISBN: 817059409X
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