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Onze boekhandel in de Tolstraat is geopend van woensdag t/m zaterdag van 13.00 uur tot 17.00 uur. Bekijk voor het volledige assortiment de boekenlijst.

Bhagavad Gita – A New Translation

223 Pages | Originally published by Harmony Books a divison of Random House Inc. in 2000, first paperback edition | Soft cover | Three Rivers Press – The Crown Publishing Group, New York

Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. His celebrated translations of the Tao Te Ching, Rilke, and The B0ok of Job have won the hearts of readers and critics alike. The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson to T.S. Eliot.

There have been more than two hundred English translations of the Gita, but none of them, until now, is a superlative literary text in its own right. This translation sings with the clarity, the vigor, and the intensity of the original Sanskrit.

From Chapter 4 – ‘The Yoga of Wisdom’, (p. 72 & 73) [4.3 – 6 / 4.7 – 11]:

The Blessed Lord said:

” Many times I have been born, and many times you (Arjuna) have also. All these lives I remember; you recall only this one. Although I am unborn, deathless, the infinite Lord of all beings, through my own wondrous power I come into finite form. Whenever righteousness falters and chaos threatens to prevail, I take on a human body and manifest myself on earth.  In order to protect the good, to destroy the doers of evil, to ensure the triumph of righteousness, in every age I am born. Whoever knows, profoundly, my divine presence on earth is not reborn when he leaves the body, but comes to me. Released from greed, fear, anger, absorbed in me and made pure by the practice of wisdom, many have attained my own state of being. However men try to reach me, I return their love with my love; whatever path they may travel, it leads to me in the end. “

 

 

auteur: Mitchell, S.
ISBN: 0609810340
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The Bhagavad Gita

234 Pages | First published by Penguin Classics in 2008 | Soft cover | Penguin Books, London 

” Know this: that with which all this world is woven is not to be destroyed. No one is able to effect the destruction of the imperishable . . . “

The Bhagavad Gita is an early epic poem that recounts the conversation between Arjuna the warrior and his charioteer Krishna, a manifestation of God. In the moments before a great battle, Krishna sets out the important lessons Arjuna must learn to understand his own role in the war he is about to fight. Krishna reveals to Arjuna his true cosmic form and counsels the warrior to act according to his sacred obligations. Ranging from instructions on yoga to dense moral discussion, the Gita is one of the most important Hindu texts, and has served for centuries as an everyday, practical guide to living well,

From the Ninth discourse 17 – 20:

The Blessed One said:

” I am the father of the world – its mother, its arranger and its grandfather; I am what is to be known; the purifier; the sound ‘OM’; the Rig, the Sama and the Yajur Veda.

I am the way, the bearer, the great lord, the one who sees. I am home, and shelter, the heart’s companion. I am birth, death and sustenance; I am the house of treasure, and the eternal seed.

I give off heat, and I am the rain. I hold back and I send out. I am sweet immortality, as well as death; being and non-being, Arjuna.

Those who know the Vedas and drink Soma, cleansed of their evils seek heaven, and offer to me with sacrifices. They reach the pure world of Indra, and enjoy the divine pleasures of the gods in heaven. “

 

auteur: Patton, L.L.
ISBN: 9780140447903
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Bhagavad Gita – The Song Divine

98 Pages | First printing 2000 | Hard cover | Torchlight Publishing, Badger

Based on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977).

The Bhagavad-gita, India’s greatest spiritual treatise, contains far too much drama to remain the exclusive property of philosophers and religionists. Woodham presents the timeless wisdom of the Gita in contemporary English poetry, bringing to life its ancient yet perennially applicable message. It recounts in metered stanzas the historic conversation between Krishna, the Supreme Mystic and the mighty warrior Arjuna as they survey the battlefield preparations for the greatest world war of all time.

Krishna’s illuminating conversation with Arjuna forms the core of the Mahābhārata’s teachings, that has proven so inspiring to millions. Yet, it’s easy to overlook Krishna in the thicket of Bhagavad-gita translations. Most dismiss Krishna as a myth or a mouthpiece for some greater formless Being. To do so is to miss the central point of the Bhagavad-gita: bhakti, or joyous loving devotion to Krishna. The greatest luminaries of India’s rich spiritual heritage, such as Ramanuja, Madhva and Caitanya, have all drawn this devotional conclusion from Bhagavad-gita.

 

 

 

 

auteur: Woodham, C.E.
ISBN: 1887089268
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100 Years of Modern Occultism – A Review of the Parent Theosophical Society

69 Pages | Independent Journal Edition | Soft cover | Theosophical History Center, London

From its Preface:

” Although this brief sketch, undertaken at the request of the General Council of the Theosophical Society, covers most of the important events in the first century of the Society, it is no wise a history, not even a condensed history. For that, several years of research would have been required, instead of a few weeks. The booklet is a personal appraisement of the period. “

Founded in 1985, the Theosohical History Centre seeks to promote interest in the history of the Theosophical Society and related fields.

 

auteur: Leslie-Smith, L.H.
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Pyramids and Stonehenge

27 Pages | Soft cover | First published in 1893, 3rd edition 1958, reprinted 1970 | Henry Ling Limited, The Dorset Press, Dorchester, Dorset

Two lectures delivered before The Theosophical Society, London, in 1892-93 and now reprinted in 1958 in respose to repeated requests arising out of modern interest in the Pyramids, Stonehenge and also Atlantis. Their value is felt to lie in the text as originally given, and no attempt has therefore been made to revise them.

– Publisher’s note.

 

auteur: Sinnett, A.P.
ISBN: 722952503
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Esoteric Psychology – The Theosophical Janus

36 Pages | Soft cover | August 2008 | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

* The Blavatsky Lecture * delivered at the Summer School of The Foundation for Theosophical Studies, Wills Hall, The University of Bristol, Sunday August 2008.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), as we know, at least once remarked that ‘Theosophy is not for dumbskulls!’ By that, her writings clearly demonstrate, she meant that the operative principles behind this all-embracing form of wisdom-philosophy have to be studied carefully and followed in practice before it can even begin to be properly understood. However, those principles are not be taken on board like some religious ritual, driven by blind faith and a happy assumption that somebody else will take up the full responsibility for explaining their full significance.

What Theosophy is and how it works cannot really be understood other than through direct experience of the principles behind the operation of consciousness itself is regarded by the cutting edge of modern science as the next major frontier to be crossed, it is this subject which I propose to address today – although not perhaps in the manner which an orthodox scientist might adopt.

 

auteur: Gordon, J.S.
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Rainbow Body – A History of the Western Chakra System from Blavatsky to Brennan

516 Pages | 2016 Soft cover | Ibis Press /  NICHOLAS HAYS, Inc., Lake Worth

Scores of books have been written on the chakras – the psycho-energetic centers distributed along the spine, perceived clairvoyantly as wheels of light. Based on the teachings of Indian Tantra, the chakras have been used for centuries as focal points for healing, meditation, and achieving a gamut of physical. emotional, and spiritual benefits – from improved health to ultimate enlightenment.

Contemporary yoga teachers, energy healers, psychics, and self-help devotees think of the chakra system as thousands of years old. Yet the most common version in use in the West today came together as recently as 1977, the result of an unintentional, century-long collaboration between esotericists, clairvoyants, scholars of Indian philosophy, mythologists, psychologists, yogis, and energy healers.

Never before has the story been told of how the Western chakra system developed from its roots in Indian tantra, through Blavatsky to Leadbeater, Steiner to Alice Bailey, Jung to Joseph Campbell, Ramakrishna to Aurobindo, and Esalen to Shirley MacLaine and Barbara Brennan.

Kurt Leland  has written on astral projection, near-death experiences, and the transcendent possibilities of music. He is a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society America, and a classical musician and composer. He maintains a consulting and teaching practice called ‘Spiritual Orienteering’.

auteur: Leland, K.
ISBN: 9780892542192
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Esoteric Buddhism

212 Pages | Adyar First Edition 2008 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book was published in 1883 and probably constituted the earliest sketch of esoteric teachings given in plain language. ‘Karma’ and ‘Reincarnation’ and other such terms, almost unknown in the West, thereafter came to be used in literary and theological circles.

The author candidly acknowledges that it was the ‘favour’ (of the Adepts) rather than ‘effort’ on his part that helped the writing of the book. He received teachings of great Spiritual Teachers or Mahatmas through Helena P. Blavatsky (1831 – 1891). The book gives occult details concerning the Universe and its planets, going beyond the material world.

auteur: Sinnett, A.P.
ISBN: 9788170595434
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Hsün Tzu – Basic Writings

177 Pages | First edition 1963, 1966 | Paperback | Columbia University Press, New York

Hsün Tzu (born ca. 312 B.C.) set forth the most complete, well-ordered philosophical system of his day. Although basically Confucian, he differed with Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school, by asserting that the original nature of man is evil. To counteract this evil, he advocated self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and constant attention to ritual in all areas of life. He also expounded on such objects as military affairs, Heaven, music, and the rectification of names. On government, Hsün Tzu believed that the rulers of the nation should play a crucial role in the process of educating and uplifting the population.

With a translation by the noted scholar Burton Watson, Basic Writings includes an introduction to the philosopher in relation to Chinese history and thought. Readers familiair with Hsün Tzu’s work will find that Whatson’s lucid translation breathes new life into this classic. For those not yet acquainted with Hsün Tzu – Basic Writings will reach a new generation whol will find his ideas on government, language, and order and safety in society surprisingly close to the concerns of our age.

Translations from the Asian Classics

 

auteur: Watson, B.
ISBN: 0231086075
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Het Proces van Zelf-transformatie – Onderzoek van ons Hogere Potentieel om effectief te leven

300 Pagina’s | Eerste druk december 2017 | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging Nederland, Amsterdam

Een zelfhulpboek voor persoonlijke, spirituele groei en voor wereldburgerschap, nu in het Nederlands verkrijgbaar.

Vicente Hao Chin, Jr. verstaat de kunst om een moeilijk onderwerp als zelf-transformatie in heldere bewoordingen te beschrijven, zelfs zodanig dat de lezer er direct praktisch mee aan de slag kan. De auteur heeft inmiddels gedurende talloze seminars veel mensen door het proces van zelf-transformatie geleid.

Emoties, die zich vaak lichamelijk uiten, en moeilijkheden die wij met ons denken opwerpen kunnen een effectief leven, persoonlijke groei en meditatie in de weg staan. Met de in dit boek beschreven aanpak om problemen via het lichaam bewust gewaar te zijn (self-awareness processing) en vervolgens los te laten, kunnen deze blijvend worden aangepakt.

Het boek bespreekt de gevolgen, die een dergelijke bewuste, assertieve en positieve levenshouding kan hebben voor familierelaties, voor opvoeding en onderwijs, en voor wereldburgerschap en vrede.

Vicente Hao Chin, Jr. was president van The Theosophical Society (Adyar) in de Filippijnen, is actief in de Theosophical Order of Service, en is de grondlegger van het Golden Link College in de Filippijnen, transformerend onderwijs voor minder bevoorrechte kinderen en jonge mensen. Hij schreef verschillende boeken, stelde de chronologische uitgave samen van de The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, is een van de redacteuren van The Theosophical Encyclopedia en leidde zelf-transformatie seminars in meer dan twintig landen ter wereld.

auteur: Hao Chin Jr, V.
ISBN: 9789061750994
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Integrating and Managing the Personal Shadow – Intelligent Handling of Our Dark Energy

116 Pages | 2016 | Paperback | Vijay Nicole Imprints Private Limited, Chennai

For many of the ancient traditions and some psychological approaches the great obstructer of the inner development is fear. It generates insecurity; it pressures the searcher to decline his intentions and finally, in order to sleep peacefully, he assumes that retracting and not acting was smart, however he loses the opportunity to experience life.

” If we understand that fears are just thoughts, we can free ourselves from them. ” Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986)

These thoughts are part of the personal shadow. They destroy the possibilities of living and reduce our potential. This book explains the personal shadow and its effects on life. The bird’s meaning of life is flying, that’s why it has wings, the snake is to slither and therefore it has a body equipped for this movement. Likewise, human beings possess divine potential and therefore they need to develop that potential. Shadows affect the inner development.

This book discusses:

  1. Effect on inner development
  2. Effects of management of light and shadow in the human being such as wisdom, ignorance, darkness and shadow
  3. Explanation of shadow effects through fables
  4. Approach of shadow in psychology
  5. Methods to know our personal shadow and how to measure the effect of personal shadow in our lives?
  6. An alchemy model to face the shadow
  7. Transforming powers of change

This book also presents ideas and schemas, that combine science, philosophy and the ancient mystical traditions. It aims to help readers integrate their personal shadow and thus lead a fulfilling and productive life.

 

auteur: Jauli, I. and Reig, E.
ISBN: 9788182094475
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De Gulden Treden van Helena P. Blavatsky

73 Pagina’s | Eerste druk mei 2015, 2de druk feb. 2018 | Paperback | Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam

Oorspronkelijke titel: Les Marches d’Or de Helena P. Blavatsky  – Commentées par Danielle Audoin. In het Nederlands vertaald door Saskia Campert.

Er bestaat een heel korte tekst, De Gulden Treden, die te weinig bekend is onder theosofie studenten. Men zegt meestal: De Gulden Treden van HPB. Feitelijk is het een tekst die Helena P. Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), evenals een groot deel van haar werk, heeft ontvangen van een van haar Meesters. Een van de ‘Adepten’, die via haar, aan hen die in 1890 haar discipelen waren een leidraad hebben overgedragen, niet allen voor de persoonlijke ontwikkeling, maar ook voor de spirituele ontplooiing en het relationele leven.

De dertien aansporingen:

  1. Een rein leven
  2. Een open geest
  3. Een zuiver hart
  4. Een wakker verstand
  5. Een onversluierde spirituele perceptie
  6. Een broederlijke liefde voor allen
  7. De bereidwilligheid om advies en instructie te geven en te ontvangen
  8. Een loyaal plichtsbesef ten opzichte van de leraar
  9. Een gewillig gehoorgeven aan de geboden van de Waarheid
  10. Een moedig verdragen van persoonlijk onrecht
  11. Een dapper opkomen voor onze principes
  12. Een onverschrokken verdediging van hen die onrechtvaardig worden aangevallen
  13. Een aandacht voortdurend gericht op het ideaal van menselijke vooruitgang en volmaaktheid dat de gewijde wetenschap beschrijft
auteur: Audoin, Danielle
ISBN: 9789061750963
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When the Sun moves Northward – The Way of Initiation (A Quest Miniature)

160 Pages | First Quest Edition 1987 | Paperback | Quest Books, USA  – A Quest Miniature

I am often asked about the question of Time in regard to the great Ceremonies which take place at midnight when the spirits of men are most completely released from their bodies during the recurrent periods of light and darkness on the earth. Midnight means the deepest depth of the darkness: it has no connection with the arbitrary hours. Therefore, in time there is necessarily a difference according to what places on earth the disciples are dwelling in: and, as time does not exist except as an arbitrary temporary convenience, once outside the body man loses the sense of it. ” – Mabel Collins (1923)

Mabel Collins (1851-1927), author of The Light On the Path, explores the link between the mystic recurrence of the Earth’s cycles of birth, death and rebirth with the seasonal regeneration of our own spiritual nature. Her meditative prose beautifully evokes the time-less sense of cosmic renewal and the consequent growth of consciousness that has its germination deep within those reflective months of quietude when the sun moves northward.

auteur: Collins, M.
ISBN: 9780835606141
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Light on the Path – And an Essay on Karma (Adyar Mini)

86 Pages | Third Adyar Edition, 1st reprint 2013 | Hardcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

‘These rules are written for all disciples’. As we have it present, this book was dictated by Master Hilarion through the mediumship of Mabel Collins (1851 – 1927). Master Hilarion received it from his own teacher, the ‘Great One’, who among Theosophical students is sometimes called ‘The Venetian’; but even He is the author only of part of it. It has passed through three phases.

Light on the Path was the first of three treatises, which occupy a unique position in our Theosophical literature – directions from those who have trodden the Path to those, who desire to read it.

 

auteur: Collins, M.
ISBN: 9788170595823
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Gifts of the Lotus – a Book of Daily Meditations (A Quest Miniature)

191 pages | Paperback | 4th pr. 1988 | Quest books | A Quest Miniature

Here are 366 meditations – one for each day of the year – each from the heart of a spiritually oriented philosopher – from Plato to Emerson to Sri Aurobindo to ahost of theosophical students and scholars.
Inside of this miniature Quest book is acomplete philosophy for living: quiet, short, engaging thoughts, each alive with the spirit of being. In truth, this is not a book to be studied. It is a book to be carried in the pocket or purse. It is a book to be treasured.

 

auteur: Hanson, V.
ISBN: 0835604500
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De I Tjing Stap voor Stap

174 Pages | Paperback | 2017 | Ankh-Hermes B.V., Utrecht

De I Tjing – Het Boek der Veranderingen wordt gezien als het belangrijkste boek uit de Chinese cultuur. De vierenzestig hoofdstukken van het boek bevatten een gesloten orderning, waarin alle veranderingen en situaties in het universum beschreven worden. De I Tjing toont je de wereld als een dynamisch geheel, waarin alles nauw met elkaar verbonden is, niets zonder reden gebeurt en waarin je zelf je levenspad kunt kiezen en bijsturen. Je kunt vragen stellen aan de I Tjing en in symbolische begrippen krijg je daar antwoord op.

De I Tjing Stap voor Stap geschreven door Harmen Mesker is een handleiding bij de herziene editie van de I Tjing-vertaling van Richard Wilhelm. Op begrijpelijke wijze legt dit boek uit hoe je de I Tjing kunt gebruiken en hoe je de antwoorden van het boek kunt lezen en interpreteren. Je leert:

  • Hoe je vragen en situaties kunt voorleggen aan de I Tjing
  • Hoe je met de muntenmethode een antwoord krijgt
  • Hoe je de hexagrammen en hun gelaagde opbouw kunt duiden
  • Wat de betekenis is van veelgebruikte begrippen in de I Tjing
  • De achterliggende filosofie van het boek
  • De indeling van de I Tjing
  • Hoe je de duizendbladmethode voor het verkrijgen van een antwoord kunt uitvoeren.

 

auteur: Mesker, H.
ISBN: 9789020213515
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I Tjing – In Alle Eenvoud

160 Bladzijden | 2010 | Hard cover | George Hulskramer en Uitgeverij Altamira-Becht B.V., Haarlem

Of je nu op het punt staat een grote of een kleine beslissing te nemen, het meer dan oude Chinese Wijsheids- en orakelboek I Tjing helpt je een stap verder. Alles wat je nodig hebt om dit handzame boekje te gebruiken, zijn drie muntjes, een pen of potlood en een stuk papier. Raadpleeg een van de vierenzestig hexagrammen – zeslijnige patronen – , dat dan tevoorschijn komt en doe er je voordeel mee. I Tjing in alle eenvoud is door zijn formaat, opzet en uitwerking een betrouwbare metgezel, die je overal mee naartoe kunt nemen en die jou nooit in de steek laat.

auteur: Hulskramer, G.
ISBN: 9789069638874
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Tao – De Levende Religie van China

317 Bladzijden | Eerste druk 1988, 9de druk 2009 | Paperback | J.M. Meulenhoff

In Tao beschrijft Kristofer Schipper in heldere taal de geschiedenis van de Chinese leer. Hij verdiept zich in de rituelen, die erbij horen en de elementen, waaruit de leer is opgebouwd, zoals de grote aandacht voor het mensenlijk lichaam en de kosmologie. Tao is zowel een uitstekende inleiding voor buitenstaanders als waardevol studiemateriaal voor wie al meer vertrouwd is met de leer. Tao is veel meer dan een godsdienst, het is een manier van kijken en een manier van in het leven staan. Een religie zonder gelovigen en zonder canonieke leerstellingen.

Het boek biedt meerwaarde voor iedereen, die meer over China te weten wilt komen. In alles wat in de afgelopen eeuw in dit machtige rijk is voorgevallen, zowel onder het maoïsme als tijdens de gigantische industrialisatie, heeft de Tao bewust of onbewust doorgewerkt.

Kristofer Schipper (1934 – heden) was hoogleraar aan de Leidse Universiteit en aan de École Pratique des Hautes Études in Parijs en is opgeleid tot taoïstisch meester.

auteur: Schipper, K.
ISBN: 9789029077316
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Studies in the Middle Way – being Thoughts on Buddhism applied

169 pages | Paperback | Curzon Press and the Theosophical Publishing House USA, 1984

This work sets out to empasize the inner life as a constant moving on and the mover as a pilgrim travelling along an ancient Way. This Way to ulimate Reality was called by Gautama the Buddha the Middle Way, the path between the introverted life of contemplation and the extrovert life of action in the world of men. Whilst this book as a whole is of no one school of Buddhism, it aims toward an understanding and also an application of Buddhist priciples in Western society, and a means whereby that Way may be traversed.

auteur: Humphreys, C.
ISBN: 0835603067
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A Western Approach to Zen

212 pages | Paperback | Quest books, 5th printing, 1999

Satori is a stage along the way, a gateless gate that must be entered on the path to enlightenment.

With profound inspiration and consummate compassion, the founder of the Buddhist Society in London invites serious students of spiritual evolution to us Western techniques to achieve satori, the experience of unity and divinity in all aspects of being. Each of us must stumble and bump our way in darkness and confusion along the path to enlightenment. In penetrating, genuine, and inspiring prose, Humphreys refocuses the wisdom of Zen for the Western reader and illuminates that arduous road.

auteur: Humphreys, C.
ISBN: 0835605507
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The Pilgrim Soul – A Path to the Sacred, Transcending World Religions

120 Pages | First Quest Edition and printing, 2014 | Soft cover | Quest Books, USA

na vijānāmi yadivedamasmi niṇyaḥ samnaddho manasā carāmi.

” I know not whether I am the same as this cosmos: a mystery am I, yet burdened by mind, I wander. “

  • Rig Veda 1.164.37

From the Preface:

“There are two great mysteries: idam and aham, ‘cosmos’ and ‘myself’. What indeed is the person in this vast cosmos? In all the great traditions there are people, monuments, documents and ceremonies that can assist searchers. The Rig Veda is among the very earliest documents in which the sages speak of the call of Satyam, Ritam, and Brihat – ‘Truth’, ‘Order’ and ‘Vastness’. Similar mysteries are spoken of in Psalm 8: ‘When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, / the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; / What is man, that thou art mindful of him?’

Throughout my life, I have been struck by the mysteries these quotations articulate. This is perhaps true for each of us: we cannot not be engaged by such questions. The search to understand and to stand under these mysteries is the pilgrimage for every person and within every tradition.”

auteur: Ravindra, R.
ISBN: 2014020064
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The Bhagavad Gita – A Guide to Navigating The Battle of Life

302 Pages | First edition 2017 | Paperback | Shambhala Publications, Inc, Boulder, USA

” All there is, is KRISHNA “

Upon hearing this famous and enigmatic line from the Gita’s seventh chapter when he was a boy, Ravi Ravindra (1939 – present) embarked on a journey to understand its deep meaning. The search led him far beyond the tradition from which the text originally arose to an exploration of World Mystical Wisdom, including Zen, Christianity, Yoga, and particularly the teachings of J. Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986) and G.I. Gurdjieff (1866 – 1949). Dr. Ravindra’s fresh prose translation with wide-ranging commentary is the fruit of that life-long process. It stands out from the many other versions with its assertion, that the Bhagavad Gita is at heart a universal Guide to navigating the battle of life required of each and every one of us. It is through that navigation, he shows, that we can discover and connect with the KRISHNA deep within ourselves: the Eternal Witness, who is above the battle, and who is, ultimately and joyfully, All there is . . .

auteur: Ravindra, R.
ISBN: 987654321
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Sanatana Dharma / a Catechism for Boys and Girls in Hindu Religion and Ethics

19 Pages | Second  reprint, 2004 | Catechism | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

From the Foreword:

The teacher should not make the children learn this Catechism merely by rote. He should take only one question, or two or three connected questions. For a lesson, explain carefully the answer, and ascertain that the children understand it by putting to them questions on it. He should, where possible, illustrate it by familiar analogies and by stories. For instance, he should tell the children much more fully the nature of the contents of the books named in the answers to questions 4 to 9. The story of each avatāra should be told, simply and brightly under the answer to question 18, and so on. At the end of the lesson, the answer should be learnt by heart by the whole class, and (could be) repeated aloud together, special care being taken that every child takes part in this.

Auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170592305
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The Doctrine of the Heart – Extracts from Letters of Indian Friends to Annie Besant, with her Foreword

87 Pages | First edition, 5th reprint, 2011 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

” VERILY THOSE WHO HAVE EYES TO SEE MAY SEE, AND THOSE WHO HAVE EARS TO HEAR MAY HEAR “.

This series of papers consist chiefly of extracts from letters received by Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) from Indian friends. They contain thoughts that have been found helpful, and hence worth sharing with others. They are intended for those, who seek to learn to separate head-learning from soul-wisdom and to live the higher life.

Auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170594406
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The Bhagavadgītā – The Lord’s Song

243 Pages | Second edition, 11th reprint, 2005 (originally published in 1953) | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) wished, in adding this translation to those already before the public, ‘to preserve the Spirit of the original, especially in its deeply devotional tone; while at the same time giving an accurate translation, reflecting the strength and terseness of the Sanskrit’. She has been eminently succesful, as testified by the appreciation of generations of readers.

 

Auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170590493
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Mahābhārata – The Story of Great War

305 pages | 7th Reprint, 2017 | Soft cover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar 

Mahābhārata is ‘one of the greatest books in the world‘ says Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), eminent scholar of Hinduïsm as well as Comparative Religion, and International President of the Theosophical Society (1907 – 1933), in the introduction to this book. It is the story of the Aryan race in India some 5.000 years ago and includes an account of the epic war between the Pandavas and Kauravas.

This book is based on notes of lectures delivered by Besant at the Central Hindu College Beneras (now Varanasi) in the first decade of this century. She describes the Mahābhārata as a great teacher of Ethics and Philosophy, an it is also history. The original Sanskrit verse, she says, ‘is the greatest poem in the world’.

Auteur: Besant. A
ISBN: 9788170591832
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Dharma

78 pages | 6th Edition, 2011 | Paperback | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

´Dharma´ is a term, which has now become part of the world vocabulary, but very few know the range and depth of its meaning. Annie Besant (1847 / 1933), having studied the great discourse on dharma of Bhisma in the Mahābhārata, introduces this complex and deep subject to the lay reader. Morality or dharma is subtle, varying from individual to individual, for it is the law by which inner nature unfolds in each one from his or her particular stage of evolution. This is a subject of great relevance to all individuals and nations of the world, treated in this book with the innate Wisdom and intuitive insight of the author.

Auteur: Besant, A
ISBN: 9788170595687
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Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) – Struggles and Quest

325 pages | 2017 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, London

Social and political reformer, women’s rights activist, prolific writer and orator extraordinaire, Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) was one of the best-known opinion-formers in late 19th-century- and early 20th century Britain and beyond. As president of the Theosophical Society from 1907 until her death, she made a major contribution to the occult and spiritual revival of the time.

In this new biography by Dr. Muriel Pécastaing-Boissière – senior lecturer in British civilization (Victorian Studies) at Sorbonne University, Paris –  links are explored between Besant’s freethinking socialism, feminism, criticism of the Empire and conversion to Theosophy.

 

Auteur: Pécastaing-Boissière
ISBN: 9781999815707
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The Ancient Wisdom – An Outline of Theosophical Teachings

440 pages | Second edition, 2015 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

The essence of Theosophical teachings, ‘sufficiently plain to serve the elementary student and sufficiently full to lay a sound foundation for further knowledge‘, is how Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) describes this work. It is an introduction to that ‘Universal Wisdom’, which has been called Theosophy, Brahmā vidyā, the Perennial Philosophy and so on, and provides an all-embracing religion and ethic, as well as a philosophy that is conducive to right understanding and right living.

Even those who have a little knowledge of the Ancient Wisdom can experience the illumination, peace, joy and strength it brings into one’s life. For more than one century, Annie Besant’s exposition has brought light to thousands of seekers.

Auteur: Besant, A
ISBN: 9788170595939
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The Divine Plan

XXVI, 564 pages | Hardcover (gebonden) | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar | 6th repr. 2015

Dit boek kan beschouwd worden als een gids voor een diepgaande studie van De Geheime Leer. Leerstukken betreffende cyclische evolutie, de grote kosmische wetten, de hiërarchische opbouw van het heelal, etc. worden behandeld en de onderlinge samenhang aangetoond. De moeilijke woorden – veelal Sanskriet – worden op een begrijpelijke wijze uitgelegd.
Geoffrey A. Barborka verstaat de kunst deze ingewikkelde leringen als het ware zichzelf te laten verklaren, zonder er een eigen mening of interpretatie aan toe te voegen.
Dit boek is ook in het Engels verkrijgbaar The Divine Plan. Andere boeken van hem  zijn H.P. Blavatsky – Tibet and Tulku,The Mahatma’s and theit letters, The story of human evolution. Ook verkrijgbaar in deze webshop.

Author: G.A. Barborka
ISBN: 8170591848
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The Story of Human Evolution

147 pages | Hardcover (gebonden) | Theosopical Publishing House Adyar | 2000

Dit boek beschrijft hoe de eerste mensen naar de aarde kwamen en de opeenvolgende evolutionaire stadia waar zij doorheen gingen. Het is een commentaar op de tweede reeks van de Stanza’s van Dzyan, die handelen over Antropogenesis.
De wijze van voortplanting wordt behandeld, zowel als de continentale systemen waarop de evolutie plaatsvond, zoals Hyperborea, Lemuria en Atlantis.
Geoffrey A. Barborka heeft vele studiegroepen in de Geheime Leer begeleid. Andere boeken van hem zijn ook in onze webshop te bestellen.

Author: Barborka, G. A.
ISBN: 8170593239
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The Pathway to Perfection. A treatise on the Path of swift Unfoldment.

35 Pages | First Edition 1954, Third Reprint 1986 | Hard cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

In this book, which is a successor to his earlier work, Meditations on the Occult Life, Geoffrey Hodson communicates the essence of the teachings of Theosophy on the path of swift unfoldment. It gives us some understanding of the whole process of man’s evolution to a state of perfection. The reader glimpses the opportunities, difficulties, pitfalls and ups and downs of the entire journey from Man to Superman.

Mr Hodson wrote about forty theosophical books based on his occult investigations, and was awarded the Subba Row Medal in 1954 for his contributions to theosophical literature.

 

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 81-7059-021-3
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Reincarnation, Fact or Fallacy? – An Examination and Exposition of the Doctrine of Rebirth.

87 Pages | First Edition 1951, 7th printing 1980 | Hard cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

From the remotest time, belief in the doctrine of Reincarnation has proved an inspiration to countless people, while to others it has been a violation of true religious teaching. In this little book, Mr Geoffrey Hodson, who studied the subject carefully, discusses basic questions of life such as suffering and divine justice, human destiny, child prodigies and the remembrance of past lives in the light of the Ancient wisdom, to show that the doctrine is in fact, a fact and not fallacy.

Mr Hodson wrote about forty theosophical books based on his occult investigations, and was awarded the Subba Row Medal in 1954 for his contributions to theosophical literature.

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A Yoga of Light

26 Pages | 13th reprint 2014 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

The first objective of meditation is to discover one’s own Spiritual Selfhood. The second objective is to realize that the Spiritual Self is forever an integral part of the Spiritual Self of the universe. This booklet is offered as preliminary guidance to those who seek a well-tried and safe method.

Geoffrey Hodson was born and educated in England, but later lived in New Zealand. A serious student of the Ancient wisdom he strove continuously for the spiritual regeneration of mankind until his death in 1983. Throughout his seventy years of membership, he lectured for the Theosophical Society in most parts of the world. Mr Hodson wrote about forty theosophical books based on his occult investigations, and was awarded the Subba Row Medal in 1954 for his contributions to theosophical literature.

 

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN : 9788170590149
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Music Forms – Superphysical Effects of Music Clairvoyantly Observed

35 Pages | First Edition 1976, First to Third Reprints 1979 – 2004 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book records the results of certain clairvoyant investigations carried out by Mr. Geoffrey Hodson on the effects produced by music upon the adjacent matter of the superphysical worlds. Eight compositions, including Handel, Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Wagner were studied and the results are recorded here in words and colour. Mr. Hodson’s observations arising from his clairvoyant research were carefully taken down while each performance was proceeding, and to these descriptions pictures were produced by artists later. The music was under the guidance of Dr. Gordon Kingsley of Beverly Hills Church in Hollywood, California, and he has provided notes on the compositions.

Also included is a study of the responses of physical substances to various vibrations, carried out by the Swiss scientist and artist Dr. Hans. Jenny, published here by the permission of the author and the Editor of THE UNESCO COURIER, 1969, in which it appeared.

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 8170590906
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Basic Theosophy – The Living Wisdom

571 Pages | First Edition (1981), Fifth Reprint, 2015 | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

Today there is a growing dissatisfaction with the sterile mechanical framework that has come to dominate our lives. In ‘Basic Theosophy’; The Living Wisdom, Geoffrey Hodson, returns to us what we unconsciously gave up when we chose to pursue a culture of material production. The philosophy is not a dreamy world-negating doctrine but rather affirms the divinity of the universe, the immortality of the Soul of man and the ultimate unity of creation with the absolute. This is the ageless wisdom told of in the Veda-s, Purana-s and Upanishad-s. It is a message about reality, about science, art, philosophy, psychology, cosmology, medicine and mathematics forming integrated elements in a science of life. Hodson’s clairvoyance allowed him to attain an intimate understanding of the universality of being, knowledge and joy and to achieve a deep and genuine sympathy with creation. He has synthesized a vast body of material with an impressive clarity that makes this text ideal for those setting out on their spiritual journey.

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 8170591708
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Man’s Supersensory and Spiritual Powers

193 Pages | First Edition, 7th Reprint 2005 | Paperback | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Man undoubtedly possesses, in however rudimentary a form, certain supersensory powers. Their unfoldment can be hastened through Raja Yoga as the chief means. Included in this volume are talks by the author broadcast over the air in Australia. They are a guide to managing human life and developing the character needed for such unfoldment. However it is not the development of psychic powers that is man’s supreme goal, but ‘Self-realization’. Psychic powers are only by-products in the spiritual process of seeking ‘Realization’ and are not ends in themselves . . .

 

 

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 8170593220
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The Wisdom of the Upanishad-s

101 pages | First edition, 9th reprint (2007) | Paperback | Four lectures ath the 31st anniversary Convention of the Theosophical Society at Adyar, December 1906 | The Theosophical Publishing House Adyar

From the foreword:

” Little need be said in sending out this booklet to tge world. It is an attempt, a very humble attempt, to draw a few drops from the ancient wells of Aryan wisdom, and to offer them to quench the thirst of weary Souls, traveling through the desert of, seeking for Truth. The Upanishad-s are unique in the sacred literature of the world. They stand alone a beacon-lights on a mountain-peak, showing how high man may climb, how much of the Light of the Self may shine out through the vessel of clay, how truly God may speak through man. To speak on them, to write on them, seems presumption for such a one as myself, and yet it may be that help will come to some of my brethren even in this way” . . .

 

Author: Besant
ISBN: 8170590299
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Vedic and Mesopotamian Interactions

90 p. | 2007 | Paperback | The Adyar Library Pamphlet Series No. 62 | The Adyar Library and Research Center

The Rgveda retains a large portion of common Indo-European mythological heritage. The worship of sun, moon, fire etc. are universal motifs. In his essay Prof. Nicholas Kazanas conducts very interesting and serious studies on some common elements found in the Vedic and Mesopotamian traditions and cultures and shows that they are originated in India. Some of the themes and legends described here are the horse-sacrifice, the seven seers, the flood, the cow of plenty, the tortoise, kingship, mathematics, astronomy etc.

Auteur: Kazanas, Nicholas
ISBN: 818514155X
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Vedic Vac & Greek Logos as Creative Power – A Critical Study

57 p. | 2009 | Paperback | The Adyar Library Pamphlet Series No. 65 | The Adyar Library and Research Center

The creation of this wonderful universe has always been problematic, and several theories are propounded in classical texts. Vedic Vac is a creative deity and the Vac-Brahman doctrine presents creation of the universe through speech. The Greek Logos doctrine also signifies creation through word and reason. In this book Prof. Nicholas Kazanas introduces an interesting discourse on Word’s cosmogenic power as found in the Vedic, Christian, Judaic, Greek and Egyptian traditions and cultures.

Auteur: Kazanas, Nicholas
ISBN : 8185141622
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The Dialogues of Plato and The Upanisad-s

35 p. | 2005 | Paperback | The Adyar Library Pamphlet Series No. 57 | The Adyar Library and Research Center

The quest for Self-knowledge, or love of wisdom is the central theme of Greek philosophy and Upanisadic tradition. Prof. Nicholas Kazanas discusses in this paper some apparent similarities, as well as fundamental differences between the Upanisadic teachings and the Platonic dialogues on Soul, body, desire, education, reincarnation, etc. His discussion is quite scholarly and readable.

Auteur: Kazanas, Nicholas
ISBN: 8185141495
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Reïncarnatie in Kaart gebracht

152 blz. | 1990 | Paperback | Adyar-reeks | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging, Nederland

Dit werk biedt geen nieuwe bewijzen voor of tegen reïncarnatie. In plaats daarvan biedt het een overzicht van verschillende argumenten, die zijn geformuleerd in licht van dit fenomeen. Daarnaast verschaft het werk een samenhangende conceptualisering van reïncarnatie binnen 1 zienswijze.

Auteur: Algeo, John
ISBN: 9789061750635
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Addresses to new Members of the Theosophical Society

46 pages | 2nd Edition 2010 | Paperback | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

With Adresses of: Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), Charles W. Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), George S. Arundale (1878 – 1945), C. Jinarājadāsa (1875 –  1953), N. Sri Ram (1889 – 1973) and Radha Burnier (1923 – 2013).

From the Address of C. Jinarājadāsa:

” My Brother, I address you as a brother and not as a friend, because our whole basis of the work of our Society is based upon the attempt to realize and practise the significance of the great Law of Brotherhood. When you signed up your application to join, you read what are the Three Objects of the Society; but of these the first and foremost is that of Universal Brotherhood […] ” (p. 27).

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Lalitā Sahasranāma with Bhāskararāya’s Commentary

402 pages | 6th Reprint 1988, 1st edition 1899 (T.P.H. ed.) | Hardcover | Adyar Library General Series, Volume 11 | The Adyar Library & Research Center

General editor K. Kunjunni Raya. Hon. Director. Translated into English by R. Ananthakrishna Sastry

The Lalitā Sahasranāma is a sacred text to Hindu worshippers of the Goddess Lalitā Devi, also called Tripurāsundarī or the Divine Mother. It contains the 1000 names of Lalitā organized in hymns (stotras) and represents the only sahasranāma not repeating a single NameLalitā translates etymologically as She Who Plays. Sahasranāma is a Sanskrit term, which means A 1000 Names. Bhāskararāya (1690–1785) extensively highlights Name 1 – 1000 in this magnificent work. At the end a Sanskrit compendium of the Lalitā Sahasranāma is enclosed.

Bhāskararāya (1690–1785) is widely considered an authority on all questions pertaining to the worship of the Mother Goddess in Hinduism. The worship of Shakti involves many hidden meanings of mantras and coded passages. It is said that these meanings were revealed to Bhāskararāya by the Goddess Herself.

Auteur: Bhāskararāya
ISBN: 8185141037
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The Power of Thought – A 21st Century Adaptation of Annie Besant’s Classic Work ‘Thought Power’

172 p. | 2001 Edition, 1903 | Paperback | Quest Books

Theosophist Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) drew from the ancient wisdom of the East to explore the deep recesses of the mind. The original edition was published in 1903 and has been in print ever since. Now leading contemporary Theosophists John Algeo and Shirley J. Nicholson have painstakingly revised the text to free its timeless truths from the time-bound language of the early 20th century and make it more accessible to today’s readers.

The result is a clear discussion of subjects of increasingly high interest: concentration, memory, consciousness, telepathy, sleep and dreams, cultivation of the will, and access to your ‘higher self’.

Auteur: Algeo, John
ISBN: 0835607976
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De Śiva-Sūtra – De hoogste werkelijkheid en hoe deze te realiseren

272 blz., Index en verklarende woordenlijst, Uitvouw schema, Twee leeslinten | Gebonden | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 2013

De Śiva Sūtra behoort tot de school van het Kaśmir Śaivisme. De filosofie achter de Śiva-Sūtra
is gebaseerd op het bestaan van een Allerhoogste Werkelijkheid die zich manifesteert als het gehele
universum.

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 9789061750949
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Elke Monade vormt daarin een afzonderlijk centrum van bewustzijn en kracht en bezit in zichzelf in potentiële vorm in die Realiteit Universeel Bewustzijn en Kracht (Śiva en Śakti). De drie afdelingen in dit boek behandelen de ontvouwing van Bewustzijn, gezien vanuit goddelijk Bewustzijn (Śiva), goddelijke Kracht (Śakti) en de Monade (Aṇu).

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Theosofie – eeuwige wijsheid voor deze tijd

172 blz. met woordenlijst en aanbevolen literatuurlijst | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 2016

Dit boek gaat over die aspecten van theosofie die betrekking hebben op ons eigen spirituele leven, en die ons kunnen helpen antwoorden te vinden op de uitdagingen van deze tijd. Het is geschreven door een aantal leden van de Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, onder redactie van Arend Heijbroek en Els Rijneker, en behandelt in korte inleidende hoofdstukken de meest relevante thema’s.

ISBN: 978 90 6175 097 0
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Na kennismaking met een aantal fundamentele uitgangspunten van theosofie komen aan de orde: het scheppingsproces, het esoterisch mensbeeld, karma en reïncarnatie, tussen sterven en geboorte, het spirituele pad, meditatie, de Mahatma’s en praktische onderwerpen zoals ethische vraagstukken en wetenschap. De thema’s worden als concepten ter overweging aan de lezer voorgelegd, omdat wij allen zoekers naar waarheid zijn. De schrijvers hopen dat dit boek mag leiden tot verwondering, de leermeester van ware wijsheid.

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Esoteric Instructions

356 blz. | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2015

At the end of her life, H.P. Blavatsky wrote a series of instructions for the students of her newly formed Esoteric School where she gave material that could not be made public at the time. These instructions, which represent the last extended project accomplished during her lifetime, contains information not included in Blavatsky’s other writings and hold together as some of her best work.

auteur: Blavatsky H.P.
ISBN: 9788170595830
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The present book is an authentic reproduction of what she provided her esoteric students and offers the reader practical instruction in esoteric principles. This edition of HPB’s Esoteric Instruction has added benefit of an Appendix containing related matter that the editor, Michel Gomes, has found relevant to the Subject.

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De Mens, God en het Universum

508 blz., Index, Leeslint | Gebonden/Hardcover, met goud opdruk en stofomslag | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 2015

Is de mens, zoals sommigen stellen, een toevallige indringer in een in essentie vijandige wereld? Is hij tot zelfvernietiging voorbestemd door zijn eigen onbeteugelde begeerten en gewelddadigheid? Of schuilt zijn bestemming in het tot bloei brengen van de zaden van de ultieme Werkelijkheid die in de geheime plekken van zijn eigen wezen verborgen ligt en die hij in zichzelf moet ontdekken en koesteren? In dit diepzinnige en inspirerende boek neemt een wetenschapper en filosoof en specialist op het gebied van yoga een beslissend standpunt in.

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 9789061750987
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De diepste interesse van de denkende mens moet ongetwijfeld liggen in de aard van, en de relatie tussen de drie grote factoren die in de titel van dit boek worden genoemd: de mens, zijn oorsprong, zijn reden van bestaan en zijn bestemming; God, niet als een op een mens gelijkende godheid, maar als de bron van al het leven en elk wezen; en het universum, de omgeving waarin het verbazingwekkende schouwspel van de evolutie – zowel de goddelijke als de menselijke – wordt opgevoerd. Ondanks de verheven reikwijdte van de ideeën die in dit boek worden aangeboden, zijn ze eenvoudig te begrijpen door hun helderheid van presentatie en door de vele diagrammen en tabellen waarmee zij worden toegelicht. De verhelderende synthese van oosterse en westerse benaderingswijzen zou het boek de moeite waard moeten maken voor nadenkende mensen over de gehele wereld.

Dr. I.K. Taimni (1898-1978) was vele jaren professor in de scheikunde aan de Universiteit van Allahabad in India. Hij begeleidde toegepast onderzoek en heeft vele artikelen geschreven voor technische tijdschriften in verscheidene landen. Naast zijn professionele werk heeft hij het Kaśmir Śaivisme diepgaand bestudeerd en dit laatste heeft, gecombineerd met zijn grote kennis van de theosofie, vorm gekregen in dit boek. Hij was onderscheiden met de Subba Row Gouden Medaille voor zijn bijdragen aan de theosofische literatuur. Zijn boeken hebben vele herdrukken gezien en zijn vertaald in verscheidene talen.

Van I.K. Taimni verschenen ook: De Yoga-Sūtra’s van Patañjali; Een weg tot zelfontdekking; Het geheim van Zelf-realisatie; Zelf-realisatie door liefde; De Śiva-Sūtra.

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Theosophy as the masters see it, as outlined in the “Letters from the masters of the Wisdom”

250 pages | Paperback | TPH Adyar, 2000

A summary of the teachings of the Mahatmas by a noted Theosophist and feminist.

Clara Codd was born in England in 1876 and early in life rejected conventional mores. Rebelling against all oppression and injustice she plunged into the suffragette movement. But her meeting Col. H. S. Olcott, President-Founder of the Theosophical Society proved a turning point in her life. Foregoing her active role in the women’s social and political union, she joined the Theosophical Society. As an International Lecturer for the Society, she had an unrivaled opportunity to observe human nature, which enabled her to speak and write lucidly on various aspects of life.

auteur: Codd Clara M.
ISBN: 8170593360
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