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28 november 2018

The Human Journey – Quest for Self-Transformation

37 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 2002

The search for human identity has been the subject of great literature, great art and music, great philosophy throughout the ages. This work, the Adyar Pamphlet New Series #4, discusses the journey which gives our life its purpose or meaning.

Published in India.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 8170593549
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Joy Mills has been a member of The Theosophical Society since 1940. She has served as President of the Theosophical Society in America, General Secretary of the Australian Section, and International Vice-President. She has lectured in more than 50 countries, and worked as Director of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy, in Ojai, California.

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Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom – A Commentary on “The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett”

600 pages, Index and  Bibliography | Gebonden/Hardcover | Quest Books 2010

As K.H. so often counseled Sinnett: awaken your intuition, for intuition as the Mahatma wrote in Letter 49 is the key to occult knowledge. The letters, while written over a century ago, are still all living, breathing, vital testament to the existence of a Fraternity, a Brotherhood, singularly devoted to the amelioration of the present human condition of pain and sorrow…the letters invite us to share in some small measure the wisdom of which they are the custodians.
Joy Mills

Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom is the most comprehensive, pensive discussion of the Mahatma Letters since they were first published in 1923. The famed Mahatma Letters, a series of responses to A.P. Sinnett’s queries, controversial as they may be, continue to amaze and bewilder readers with their enigmatic, supernatural ambience!

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9780835608855
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In 1875 Madame Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society at the request of her occult teachers, whom she endearingly referred to as the “Mahatmas”, an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “Great Souls”. Blavatsky was clear to point out that the Mahatmas, also referred to as Masters and Adepts, were fully mortal men who through painstaking training and service, had evolved their highest psychic faculties. These teachers, whom Blavatsky claimed were among the Universal Brotherhood devoted to the spiritual evolution of humanity, were also the source of her remarkable and vastly extensive occult education. Blavatsky’s own psychic and paranormal feats astonished onlookers of her day, but it was the tremendous wisdom, compassion, and blunt honesty of her Mahatmas that invoked such ardent curiosity in Mr. Sinnett. The words of these mysterious Mahatmas continue to draw and inspire seekers on the quest for spiritual truth into this present day. Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom comes to us from one of Theosophy’s most respected and beloved veterans, Joy Mills! Joy brilliantly sheds new and profound insight into these 140 plus letters that first astounded Western society over a century ago. Her beautiful, intricate volume of heartfelt observations sequentially covers each of the Mahatma letters, highlighting messages most relevant for today. As Ed Abdill remarks, “In the spirit of a true Theosophist, Joy does not attempt to give us final answers. She asks questions of herself and suggests that we might ask ourselves the same questions.” Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom is an invaluable addition to any esoteric researcher’s library; a remarkable gift of inspiration for Theosophists, philosophical seekers, and researchers far and wide. Read Samples Table of ContentsForeword Endorsements Joy Mills has made the Letters more accessible to me than at any time since I discovered them at age nineteen. Not only does she give the Letters a place in history and in the spiritual history of each of us who providentially stumbles upon them, Mills does a remarkable job of letting us in on the personalities of both the Adepts and their endearingly mortal correspondents. Yes, this is a serious tome dealing with nothing less than the meaning of life, and yet, for those of us for whom the meaning of life is endlessly fascinating, it reads like a novel. —Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life, Lit from Within and Shelter for the Spirit The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett is “an essential part of the foundational literature” of modern Theosophy and a source of surprising insights into the realities of life. Joy Mills, a life-long student of the subject, is the most qualified living person to comment on these letters, which call us “to undertake the journey” to “timeless truths.” —John Algeo A new book by Joy Mills is always an occasion for celebration among serious students of Theosophy. Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom, the fruit of many years of studying and teaching The Mahatma Letters, can be expected to remain a definitive work on this basic theosophical text for many years to come. Both those coming to the Letters for the first time, and advanced students who enjoy a long familiarity with them, will find much here to stimulate thought and deeper insight. —Robert Ellwood, Ph.D., author of Frodo’s Quest and The Cross and the Grail Joy Mills’ commentary, Reflections on an Ancient Wisdom, brings invaluable insight and clarity to the mysterious letters of the Himalayan adepts who helped found the worldwide Theosophical Society. While shedding new light on the Perennial Philosophy, Mills shows how the letters illumine the sometimes strange, demanding world of Occultism, where unconditional love, compassion, and an uncompromising search for Truth reign supreme. —Maria Parisen, director, Krotona School of Theosophy Joy Mills has been a member of The Theosophical Society since 1940. She has served as President of the Theosophical Society in America, General Secretary of the Australian Section, and International Vice-President. She has lectured in more than 50 countries, and worked as Director of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy, in Ojai, California.

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The One True Adventure – Theosophy and the Quest for meaning

361 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2008

Theosophy is a vision of wholeness for all humanity that inspires a fellowship united in study, meditation, and service. It is an open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore their own spiritual path. The ultimate goal: self-transformation.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9780835608688
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Mills balances these words of caution with words of inspiration and hope from notable scientists, theologians, philosophers, mystics, novelists, poets, and public servants. Whether citing The New York Times or Madame Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine; quoting the 19th century British explorer Edward Whymper or the Secretary-General of the UN, Mills leads her readers on a fascinating pilgrimage where all those who dare to partake are sure to find love in the pursuit of wisdom. The journey toward transformation is what Joy Mills calls “the one true adventure.” Now in her eighties, Mills shares her remarkable Theosophical insights with audiences across the globe in this thought-provoking collection of essays. The One True Adventure: Theosophy and the Quest for Meaning features a cross-section of her best writings spanning six decades. Revealing a youthful vibrancy throughout the text, she explores ideas that are “eternally applicable to the human condition.” While she acknowledges that the human condition often seems riddled with endless misery and folly, Mills asserts that we have not yet become fully human and that there is great hope in our potential for growth. Before that can happen, however, we must turn our gaze inward. “The struggle to become a person, to become human, takes place within,” she expounds. To become fully human is to uncover “our essential unity, our immortal destiny; our potential divinity.” In The One True Adventure Mills groups her essays to correspond with the four stages in the quest for meaning: The Human Condition, Our Hidden Potential, Esoteric Teachings, and Self-Transformation. This text is not simply the summary of a wise woman. They are also a guidebook to the acquisition of wisdom by anyone who follows their guidance. In her essay “Seek Out the Way,” for instance, Mills employs the metaphor of life as a journey. On the journey of life we participate either as tourists, enjoying life in a superficial sort of way, or as pilgrims, seeking a deeper sense of life’s meaning and purpose. The true quest is not for the passive spectator. To engage fully requires that we are willing to pay the price by assuming full responsibility for our own choices, and “a readiness to risk all for the sake of the journey.”

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Op de drempel van het Heilige Pad – Psychologisch commentaar op Licht op het Pad

188 blz. | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 2004

Het idee van een heilig pad is in alle religieuze tradities te vinden. Het gaat uit van een doel dat tal van benamingen heeft: Zelfrealisatie, verlichting, moksha, satori, bevrijding of redding. Het spirituele pad kent voorwaarden en regels. Joy Mills noemt er een paar:
aandacht; een zuiver leven; begeerte zonder gehechtheid; ‘doden’ zonder geweld; onophoudelijke waakzaamheid.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9789061750864
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De schrijfster gaat in op het paradoxale karakter van sommige van deze regels. Mills spreekt helder, met ernst en met psychologisch inzicht, over zaken die bedoeld zijn voor de serieuze zoeker naar spiritualiteit. Zij laat zien dat de oude wijsheid nog altijd actueel is. De teksten van “Licht op het Pad” en “Karma” zijn in een bijlage opgenomen.

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The Myths of our Lives – A Way to Personal Transformation (Study Course)

By Joy Mills (1920- 2015).

41 Pages | Copyright 1990, 1996 by The Theosophical Society in America | A4 Study Course | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN 9780835601160

While the program is divided in four parts, each part can be expanded into several sessions or compressed into one session. Participants in the program may determine how long or short a course they want it to be. Not included, but recommended, is a fifth section in which group members meet to share in total the myths they have written. Such a sharing is both personally valuable and provides a useful review to the material covered in the course.

From Chapter 4: ‘Creating Rituals’ (p. 26):

” Myth, symbol and ritual are all closely related and are all expressions of archetypical realities, that may or may not be conscious within us. In fact, as we become familiar with the myths of our lives, we may find that we have been performing many rituals quite unconsciously. Sometimes people, who are very much opposed to ritual and ceremony, or who think these are outmoded by contemporary scientific and rational ways of acting, discover they have been performing rituals all their lives and in fact have even been quite unconsciously governed by them. Just as in the preceding sessions we have become aware of the myths of our lives and discovered what archetypes of the heroic journey we are living out, we may now explore whether we can find new ways to live in the world, and even how we can activate the archetypes, that we would like to experience on our hero journey. “

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9780835601160
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Living in Wisdom – Lectures on “The Secret Doctrine”

60 blz. | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 2000

In the summer of 1988 Joy Mills gave a series of lectures celebrating the centenary of the publication of The Secret Doctrine, by H.P. Blavatsky. This book contains the texts of these lectures.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9789061750680
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In the lectures, Joy Mills places a special emphasis on the ethical conclusions to be drawn from study of this book. She elaborates on the mythological nature of the content of The Secret Doctrine, particularly where it refers to the origins and development of man. In contemporary language, and with frequent references to the latest developments in physics and biology, the essence of The Secret Doctrine is made more accessible to the modern reader. Joy Mills has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1940 and has served as General Secretary of the American Section and the Australian Section, and she was International Vice-President of the T.S.. She was director of the Krotona Institute School of Theosophy in Ojai, California. Her lecture tours have taken her to more than 50 countries.

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Leven in Wijsheid – lezingen over “De Geheime Leer”

76 blz., Index, Noten, Literatuurlijst | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 1989

In eigentijdse bewoordingen en met verwijzingen naar nieuwe ontwikkelingen in de wetenschap wordt De Geheime Leer van H.P. Blavatsky voor de lezer toegankelijk gemaakt.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9789061750611
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“Leef het leven, als je tot wijsheid wilt komen” De Geheime Leer van H.P. Blavatsky verscheen in 1888 en is nog steeds het belangrijkste werk op het gebied van de theosofische filosofie. In de zomer van 1988 hielt de Amerikaanse theosofe Joy Mills in Nederland een serie lezingen over dit werk. Dit boek bevat de tekst van deze lezingen. Zij gaat hierin onder meer in op het mythisch karakter van hetgeen in De Geheime Leer geschreven staat over het ontstaan van de wereld en de wording van de mens. Ook legt zij sterk de nadruk op de ethische gevolgen die voortvloeien uit deze studies.

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From Inner to Outer Transformation – Lectures on “The Voice of the Silence”

94 blz. | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 2002

We sometimes feel that if we can transform the world, then all will be well but unless something has occurred within us, there can be no outer transformation and so the progress is in a sense that we live what we believe. We make it living.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9789061750833
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Quotes from the first chapter of this book:

Rooted in one ultimate reality, the universe and all within it proceed by a process of emanation into being. When we say “one ultimate reality” we should not really say “One,” because One implies two. So, rooted in a non-dual ultimate reality, the process was radiation through which emanation occurred and within that inherent lawfulness of the system gave rise to an evolutionary cycle of becoming, which in the human stage is self-directed and self-consciously chosen. The pivotal doctrine of the esoteric philosophy is that there are no special gifts in man, save those won by his own Ego [reincarnating self] throughout a long series of reincarnation and metempsychosis. This is important because it is not simply by living a certain number of lives, reïncarnation, that we come to transformation.
… Consciousness is primary. … Only in the human stage does consciousness become reflective upon itself and therefore self-conscious decision and effort become not only possible but constitute the priveleged choice and the responsible act of every human being. We must choose: responsibility is there.
Joy Mills has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1940 and has served as General Secretary of the American Section and the Australian Section, and she was International Vice-President of the T.S.. She was director of the Krotona Institute School of Theosophy in Ojai, California. Her lecture tours have taken her to more than 50 countries.

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Entering on the Sacred Way – A Psychological Commentary on “Light on the Path”

201 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2000

The Light on the Path is, according to Joy Mills, “a genuine exposition of age-old rules for those who would walk the upland slopes of Wisdom, seeking the Sacred way to inner illumination.” The aim of her commentary then, in part, was to indicate “the essential work that must be done on our psychological natures, for it is there that the genuine transformation must take place.” This is a Wisdom Tradition Book.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 0835607895
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Joy Mills has been a member of The Theosophical Society since 1940. She has served as President of the Theosophical Society in America, General Secretary of the Australian Section, and International Vice-President. She has lectured in more than 50 countries, and worked as Director of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy, in Ojai, California.

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Dharma: de wet van ons beste wezen

18 blz. | Brochure | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 2008

Misschien is de vervulling van onze individuele unieke roeping wel datgene waardoor wij op onze pelgrimstochten worden geroepen, ofwe nu in staat zijn deze roeping helder en bondig uit te drukken, of dat we alleen maar intuïtief aanvoelen dat er een doel is waarheen wij ons begeven, maar dat we nog niet in woorden kunnen uitdrukken.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9789061750895
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Er bestaat een begrip dat een bruikbaar antwoord zou kunnen zijn op het onderzoek dat voor ons ligt. Dat begrip heet ‘dharma’. Dit woord heeft vele betekenissen, maar gaat tegelijkertijd dieper dan elk van de betekenissen die er aan gegeven kunnen worden.

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The Key to Theosophy – An Abridgement

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), edited by Joy Mills (1920 – 2015).

176 Pages | 1972, Third Quest printing 1992 | Paperback | Quest Books, USA.

The Key to Theosophy unlocks the door to understanding the perennial Wisdom. H.P. Blavatsky makes theosophy accessible to the average reader by presenting theosophical concepts in a question-and-answer format. Some fo the topicis covered are evolution, reincarnation, karma, spiritualism, prayer, and spiritual masters. Even though this classic was written in 1889, its answers are still relevant, especially with the current revival of interest in spirituality. Ideal for both spiritual seekers and students of theosophy, this book gives readers a solid introduction to a worldview which gives meaning and purpose to life.

From Chapter V: ‘The Fundamental Teachings of Theosophy’ (p. 35):

ON GOD AND PRAYER

” Enquirer: Do you believe in God?

Theosophist: That depends on what you mean by the term.

Enquirer: I mean the God of the Christians, the Father of Jesus. and the Creator: the Biblical God of Moses, in short.

Theosophist: In such a God we do not believe. We reject the idea of a personal, or an extra-cosmic and anthropomorphic God, who is but the gigantic shadow of man, and not of man, at his best either. The God of theology, we say is a bundle of contradictions and a logical impossibility. Therefore we will have nothing to do with him. “

 

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Mills, J. (ed.)
ISBN: 0835604276
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