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The Universal Wisdom Tradition and the Theosophical Society

29 pages | 6th Reprint | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Every great religion has two parts, an inner and an outer, a spirit and a body, the ‘knowledge of God’, which is ‘Eternal Life’ and its dogmas, rites and ceremonies. The inner part, ‘the wisdom of God in a mystery’, spoken of by St. Paul as known to ‘the perfect’, is that which has, since the third century, been known in the West as Theosophy: in the East as Brahmā-vidyā, God-Wisdom, God-Knowledge or God-Science. Such Theosophy, or mysticism, the direct knowledge of God by man, belongs equally to all the great religions as their sustaining life. And it may be possessed by any individual, even outside any religious organization.

NB: This pamphlet was previously printed under the title of Theosophy and The Theosophical Society (1931, 1952 & 1985) as an excerpt from a larger work of that title by Annie Besant (1847 – 1933). The title has been changed to avoid confusion between the two works.

 

 

 

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8179593492
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The Universal Law of Life

49 pages | 2005 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

” Annie Besant s words strike at the very heart of the human problem : the need to realize and to live in accordance with the realization that all life is ONE.

These two lectures, delivered at the Chicago World Parliament of Religions 1893 by Annie Besant, are printed here with brief, historical comments by Joy Mills in a Preface, where she says : ‘In these, we may find both practical suggestions for a mode of living consonant with Theosophical ideals and inspiration to act in such a manner as may bring about that global Transformation which signals the dawning of the “Brotherhood” enunciated in the First Object of the Theosophical Society.

 

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170592143
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Annie Besant (1847-1933) was President of the Theosophical Society from 1907 to 1933. She inspired thousands of Men and Women all over the World by her great qualities of mind and heart, her selfless service to humanity and her teaching. She was an outstanding orator, a champion of human freedom, an educationist, reformer and author. She also worked unremittingly for the spiritual, cultural, and Political Renaissance of India which she loved as her ‘Spiritual Motherland’. Cover Design : Ayelet Hashachar

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Thought Forms

77 pages | 2nd Edition, 4th reprint, 2015 | Hard cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Hardly a moment of our waking life passes without thoughts. Are thoughts material? What do they look like? We assume, that being silent and unnoticed by others, ideas and thoughts are insignificant, but each one of them is that much of an unique power, positive or negative for us or others in the measure of its quality and intensity. This is clearly brought out in this publication – first published in 1901 – with the aid of many vivid coloured plates and graphic drawings conveying the power of thought.

 

auteur: Besant, A., Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9788170592020
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The Theosophic Life (Adyar Mini)

51 Pages | First edition, 9th reprint 2014 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

What is the Theosophic life? It is to live wisely. A distinguished and wise Theosophist tells us how to live wisely by understanding the principles of reïncarnation, karma and social service.

From p. 43:

” To live the life of service clears the mental atmosphere of the distorting fogs of prejudice, passion, temperament. Service alone makes the eye single, so that the whole body is full of light, and only those who serve are those who truly live… “

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170592013
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The Theosophic Life

52 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2008

What is the Theosophic Life? It is to live wisely. A distinguished and wise Theosophist tells us how to live wisely by understanding the principles of Reincarnation, Karma and Service.

An Adyar book, imported from India.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170592011
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Annie Besant (1847-1933) led the fight for the rights of women and laborers in her native England; later she worked with Mahatma Gandhi and spearheaded India’s struggle for freedom. Theosophist Joy Mills describes her as “a feminist before the movement for women’s rights was fully launched; she stood for freedom when half the world was held in the bonds of colonialism.” A student of India’s spiritual traditions, Annie Besant was famed as an orator, author, and international President of the Theosophical Society.

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The Spiritual Life

165 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1993

Illuminating the Path

The key to living spiritually in the modern world, says this classic writer, “depends upon one’s attitude.” The principles Besant set forth over 70 years ago are no different today. She shows that the value of the spiritual path is not in the goal but in the striving, and offers clear principles for those with the courage to try.

Annie Besant (1847-1933) led the fight for the rights of women and laborers in her native England; later she worked with Mahatma Gandhi and spearheaded India’s struggle for freedom. Theosophist Joy Mills describes her as “a feminist before the movement for women’s rights was fully launched; she stood for freedom when half the world was held in the bonds of colonialism.” A student of India’s spiritual traditions, Annie Besant was famed as an orator, author, and international President of the Theosophical Society.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 083560666X
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The Seven Principles of Man

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

111 Pages | First Adyar Edition, 12th reprint 2015 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

This book is the first in a series of manuals intended to meet the need for a simple exposition of Theosophy. It describes in clear terms the seven aspects of man’s nature based on theosophical precepts. Its aim is to lead the casual enquirer to a deeper study of the philosophy, science and religion of Theosophy and ultimately to a realization of the central objective of the Society, the brotherhood of man and the possibility of spiritual growth.

From page 2:

” Man, according to the Theosophical teachings, is a sevenfold being, or, in the usual phrase, has a septenary constitution. Putting it in another way, man’s nature has seven aspects, may be studied from seven different points of view, is composed of seven principles. The clearest and best way of all in which to think of man is to regard him as one, the Spirit or true Self; this belongs to the highest region of the universe, and is universal, the same for all: it is a ray of God, a spark from the divine fire. This is to become an individual, reflecting the divine perfection, a son that grows into the likeness of his father. “

 

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170590972
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The Riddle of Life

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

59 Pages | First edition 1911, 9th reprint 1984 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

The chapters appeared in serial form in The Theosophist, under the heading ‘Elementary Theosophy’. They are published in this small volume in answer to the great demand for clear statements of the answers, which Theosophy gives to the Riddle of Life. The illustrations are reproduced on a smaller scale from Man, Visible and Invisible, by Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854-1934).

From Chapter: ‘The Elder Brothers’ (p. 58/59).

” The Supreme Teacher is the ever-living Presence who over-shadows and inspire the world faiths, who founds them, as they are needed for human guidance, and who, through His Helpers among the ranks of Adepts, guides each religion so far as is permitted by the stubbornness and ignorance of men. Every great spiritual wave flows from this department of the White Brotherhood, and irrigates our earth with the water of life . . . “

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 0835671089
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The Path of Discipleship

153 pages | 14th Reprint, 2015 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

In these four lectures, Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) traces the Path of Discipleship through perceptible and subtle milestones. The experience that is gained by action done for self-gratification could be elevated in to a dutiful performance of rites and ceremonies for the settlement of karmic clearance, which in turn could ascend into a joyful and sacred dedication, that accomplishes union with Godhead.

 

 

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170591236
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The Nature of Memory

71 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2002

‘MEMORY is but a function of the mind, and the answer given to the question, ‘What is memory?’ must turn on the answer given to the larger question, ‘What is mind?’ ‘Is there a Self or Ego, of which mind, as we know it, is a part; or is mind only the outcome of matter in motion, so that the Self has no real existence? Is mind anything more than an ever changing succession of perceptions and congeries of perceptions, and these the outcome of nervous activity responding to stimuli, peripheral and central? Or is it a definite mode of being, with perceptions et hoc genus omne as material on which it works; with faculties whereby it perceives, reproduces, recollects, conceives; but no more as a whole to be identified with its functional activities than the body as a whole consists of eating, breathing or digesting?’

auteur: Besant, A./Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 817059023X
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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was born of a noble family in Russia. She became a student of metaphysical lore, and traveled to many lands, including Tibet, in search of hidden knowledge. In the 1870s she went to New York and, with Col. Henry S. Olcott and others, formed the Theosophical Society, an organization dedicated to: – Fellowship among all peoples of the world – Encouragement of the comparative study of religion, philosophy, and science – Investigation of the unexplained powers and forces at work in nature and in humankind.

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The Masters

54 Pages | 6th Reprint, 1998 (originally published in 1912) | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) was described as a ‘Diamond Soul’, for she had many brilliant facets to her character.The one silver thread, that ran through all her varied activities was her unswerving loyalty to the dictates of Truth as she saw it:

She (Truth) may lead me into the wilderness, yet I must follow her; she may strip me of all love, yet I must pursue her; though she slay me, yet will I trust in her; and I ask no other epitaph on my tomb but `She tried to follow Truth´.

One of the great Truths, that modern Theosophy has brought back to the attention of the world is the existence of the Masters of Wisdom. A Master is variously called an Adept, an Arhat, Rishi or Mahatma. These and similar other terms refer to some of the aspects of his (or hers) true being as ´Perfect Man´. He is a lifting force and necessary link in the chain of Cosmic Evolution.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170591597
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The Bhagavad Gītā (Samskrt text and word-for-word translation, Samskrt grammar)

460 Pages | Second edition, 1926 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

The Bhagavad Gītā (lit. Song of the Lord) is one of the most important basic texts for the study of Hinduism, and has attracted the attention and admiration of thinkers throughout the world. The first edition of this great world scripture with the English translation and notes by Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) and Bhagavan Das ((1869 – 1958) was published in 1905; since then many other excellent editions and expositions of the text have come out. Still, the Bhagavad Gītā by Annie Besant and Bhagavan Das holds a unique place.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170592895
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Talks on the Path of Occultism – Vol 3 – Light on the Path

474 Pages | First edition, 10th reprint 2010 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book is the third volume of a trilogy, being commentaries on three classics – At the Feet of the Master, The Voice of Silence and Light on the Path – considered the mystical gems of theosophical literature. They throw light on the deep significance and far-reaching implications of the perennial teachings embodied in these three classics, whose subject matter is the path of inner transformation and spiritual realization.

” Once having passed through the storm and attained the peace, it is then always possible to learn, even though the disciple waver, hesitate, and turn aside. The Voice of Silence, remains within him, and though he leave the Path utterly, yet one day it will resound, and rend him asunder and separate his passions from his divine possibilities. Then, with pain and desperate cries from the deserted lower self, he will return… “ – From Chapter ‘Rule 21’, page 285.

auteur: Besant, A./Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9788170592853
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Talks on the Path – Vol 2 – The Voice of the Silence

417 Pages | Eleventh reprint 2010 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book is the second volume of a trilogy, being commentaries on three classics – At the Feet of the Master, The Voice of Silence and Light on the Path – considered the mystical gems of theosophical literature. They throw light on the deep significance and far-reaching implications of the perennial teachings embodied in these three classics, whose subject matter is the path of inner transformation and spiritual realization.

Let not thy ‘heaven-born’, merged in the sea of Māyā, break from the universal Parent (Soul), but let the fiery power retire into inmost chamber, the chamber of the heart, and the abode of the world’s Mother. Then, from the heart that power shall rise into the sixth, when it becomes the breath of the One-soul, the voice which filleth all, thy Master’s voice. ” – From Chapter ‘The World’s Mother’, page 110.

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9788170591627
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Talks on the Path of Occultism – Vol 1 – At the Feet of the Master

474 Pages | Eleventh reprint 2004 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book is the first volume of a trilogy, being commentaries on three classics – At the Feet of the Master, The Voice of Silence and Light on the Path – considered the mystical gems of theosophical literature. They throw light on the deep significance and far-reaching implications of the perennial teachings embodied in these three classics, whose subject matter is the path of inner transformation and spiritual realization.

You enter the Path, because you have learnt that on it alone can be found those things, which are worth gaining. Men, who do not know, work to gain wealth and power, but these are at most for one life only, and therefore unreal. There are greater things than these – things which are real and lasting; when you have once seen these, you desire those others no more.. ” – From Chapter ‘True and False Aims’, page 55.

auteur: Besant, A./Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 8170591600
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Sanatana-Dharma, An Advanced Text-book of Hindu Religion and Ethics

268 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2000

The wisdom of inspired Seers is recorded in various Samhitas, Sutras, Smrtis and other fragments. The corpus of all these is Sanatana Dharma, Eternal Order of Dharma. Through millennia, Hindu society was moulded by it. Though necessarily Indian in garb, its principles have a timeless relevance to any society, anywhere, any time.

It is striking that the first ever serious attempt at drawing from the vast, nebulous, scattered sources the principles of Sanatana Dharma and codifying them was left to Annie Besant, foreign by birth, but more truly Indian than an Indian could be. In compiling this brilliant work, she was ably assisted by a team of eminent Sanskrit scholars headed by no less a savant than Bharata Ratna, Dr Bhagavan Das.

A reading of this book is in itself a liberal education.

auteur: Besant, A./Das, B.
ISBN: 8170593743
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Annie Besant, President of the Theosophical Society from 107 to 1933, was described as a ‘Diamond Soul’ for she had many brilliant facets to her character. As a spiritual teacher she inspired thousands of men and women all over the world. She was an outstanding orator of her time, a champion of human freedom, educationist, philanthropist and author with more than three hundred books and pamphlets to her credit. From 1893, she lived in India and worked indefatigably for the cultural and spiritual renaissance of the country. She organized the Home Rule movement and inspired Indian with a dynamic vision of India’s future. The keynote of all her varied activities was her unswerving loyalty to Truth. To quote her own words: She (Truth) may lead me into the wilderness, yet I must follow her; she may strip me of all love, yet I must pursue her; though she slay me, yet will I trust in her; and I ask no other epitaph on my tomb but ‘She tried to follow ‘Truth’.

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Sanatana-Dharma, An Elementary Text-book of Hindu Religion and Ethics

300 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 1998

Sanatana Dharma is the Eternal Wisdom or Order. Through millennia, India’s culture was moulded by it. Its principles have a timeless relevance to humanity in general. In this work, Annie Besant and Bhagavan Das have drawn the principles of Sanatana Dharma from the vast, nebulous, scattered sources, and have presented them in an integrated, abridged form for students below the college level.

auteur: Besant, A./Das, B.
ISBN: 8170592844
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Reïncarnation

95 Pages |Twelfth reprint, 1999 (first edition 1892) | Hard cove (Manual) | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

From the Preface:

´Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. It is a Manual designed to meet the public demand for a simple exposition of Theosophical teachings. Some have complained that our literature is at once too abstruse, too technical, and too expensive for the ordinary reader, and it is our hope that the present series may succeed in supplying what is a very real want. Theosophy is not only for the learned; it is for all. Perhaps among those who in these little books catch their first glimpse of its teachings, there may be a few who will be led by them to penetrate more deeply into its philosophy, its science, and its religion, facing its abstruser problems with the student’s zeal and the neophyte’s ardour. But these Manuals are not written for the eager student, whom no initial difficulties can daunt; they are written for the busy men and women of the work-a-day world, and seek to make plain some of the great Truths that render life easier to bear and death easier to face. Written by servants of the Masters who are Elder Brothers of our race, they can have no other object than to serve our fellow-men´.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170592348
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Śri Rāmachandra – The Ideal King (Ramayana Lessons)

By Annie Besant.

188 Pages | First edition 1915, second edition 2005 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

This book is constituted of the lectures Dr. Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), gave to students, highlighting the noble ideals and virtues embodied in the story of Rāma, the ideal king, as related by the Sage Vālmiki. It is a companion volume to another series of lectures published under the title Mahābhārata: The Story of the Great War. Dr. Besant’s deep understanding of ancient Indian culture and thought and her magnificent language will assist young Indians, and some older people also, to go back to their roots and enrich the present with the great values of the past.

From Chapter II – Youth and Marriage (p. 20):

” KING DAŚARATHA, it is written, ‘dwelt in Ayodhyā happily, expecting sons’, and the whole world was waiting with him, for Vishnu was coming in human form to this earth. All-pervading, all-supporting, He was to fill with his life these coming children, that they might manifest him in the world for the world’s helping. “

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170594774
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Annie Besant on Right Citizenship

93 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 1995

This booklet stresses the qualities which will help young people to contribute to society. It was inspired by the life of Dr Annie Besant who was an example of the perfect citizen. It is composed of selections from her talks and writings introduced by brief biographical notes. It is hoped that they will be as inspiring to readers as they were to the compiler.

auteur: Besant, A./Rodriguez, I. (comp.)
ISBN: 8170592658
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Meditations on the Path and Its Qualifications

253 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2008

Compiled by E. G. Cooper

A quotation a day to meditate upon! This charming little book contains thematic selections — a theme for every month — from the voluminous writings of Annie Besant.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170595571
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Man and His Bodies

166 Pages | Second edition, 2nd reprint, 2015 | Hard cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book attempts a simple exposition of Theosophical Teachings. It is a manual, which seeks to make plain some of the great Truths, that render life easier to bear and death easier to face. The first step, it is said, is to realize that we are not our body. We have bodies.

Once the distinction between the self (the human being) and our bodies is accepted, the study of the various bodies proceeds smoothly. The study concludes that the bodies are our instruments, our servants, adapting to our various needs and growing powers. Ultimately, we go beyond our bodies and realize our ´true Self´, in ourselves as also in others.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170593506
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The Laws of the Higher Life

67 Pages | First edition, ninth reprint 2012 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

In three inspiring and illuminating lectures, Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) reveals the Reign of Law in the Universe and the need for man to understand and act according to that Law for his material, moral and spiritual progress. Man can realize his/her true nature as the Higher Consciousness only in proportion as he ‘tranquillizes the senses and retrains the mind‘. He or she advances towards that realization in proportion as he obeys ‘Dharma’, the Law of Duty, by setting himself definitely and resolutely to the fulfilment of all his/her obligations. Ultimately, Dharma lifts man up by leading a life of daily dedication to ‘Self’ realise himself/herself and supporting herewith the liberation of all sentient beings.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170593027
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Liberation or Salvation

9 Pages |Reprint, 1961 | Booklet | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

‘In the early days of Christianity, ere the mass of te unlearned had crushed out the Gnostic minority; ere the loss of the teaching of Reïncarnation had attached the everlasting fate of man to his conduct during a few brief years on earth; in those early days the word SALVATION had a grandiose meaning. It meant that the man who was saved possessed the knowledge of God which is Eternal Life; it meant that he had overcome death and achieved immortality; it meant that he had become a pillar in the Temple of God, to go out in reïncarnation no more’ […]

auteur: Besant, A.
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Karma

By Annie Besant.

82 pages | Second edition 2016 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

In response to public demand for a simple exposition of theosophical teachings, Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), designed a set of seven Theosophical manuals, and Karma is the fourth in that series. These were written for the busy men and women of the workday world, rather than the undaunted eager student, and seek to make plain and lucid some of the eternal truths, that render life easier to bear and death easier to face.

According to Master KH:

” Every thought of man upon being evolved . . . becomes . . . an active Intelligence for a longer or shorter periode proportionate with the original intensity of the cerebral action which generated it . . . Man is continually peopling his current in space with a world of his own . . . a current which reacts upon any sensitive or nervous organization, which comes in contact with it, in proportion to its dynamic intensity . . . [This is given] the name of ‘Karma’. The Adept evolves these shapes consciously; other men throw them off unconsciously. “

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170595908
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In the Outer Court

160 pages | Second edition, 2017 | Hard cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Spirituality never ages. This little volume contains lectures held in 1895, but which are as relevant today as then, if not more so.

A Temple on a Mountain top is described. It is encircled by courts, quite similar to the concentric courtyards (prakāram) of a Hindu temple. Aspirants are climbing up the ‘Mountain of Evolution’ and waiting in the enclosure outside the Temple – ‘The Outer Court’. None are in the Outer Court save those who have definitely dedicated themselves to service. Much has to be accomplished in the Outer Court, classified by the author as purification, thought control, character building, spiritual alchemy and ‘On the Threshold’. These are to be practised simultaneously, sincerely and continuously.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170595037
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Islam

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

42 Pages | First edition 1966, second edition 2005 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), second President of the Theosophical Society (1907 – 1933) was described as a ‘Diamond Soul’, for she had many brilliant facets to her character. She was an outstanding orator of her time, a champion of human freedom, educationist, philanthropist and author with more than three hundred books and pamphlets to her credit. She also guided thousands of men and women all over the world in their spiritual quest.

In 1896, Dr. Annie Besant gave four Convention Lectures on Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Chrisitianity at Adyar, Madras, on the twenty-first anniversary of the Theosophical Society, the President-Founder, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), being in the Chair. In 1901, she continued the series with another four lectures on Islam, Jainism, Sikhism and Theosophy or ‘Divine Wisdom’ as the common source of all religions at the twenty-sixth anniversary, Colonel Olcott again presiding. Each of the lectures on the seven religions has been published as a separate booklet with the exception of the lecture on Divine Wisdom, and the whole series as a single volume under the title Seven Great Religions.

From page 36/37:

” We have seen that religion must have its mystic side and this is true of Islam. Ali, again, was the beginner, and the followers of Ali the transmitters. In the year following the flight from Mecca, forty-five poor men bound themselves together to God and his Prophet, to live as a community, and to observe ascetic practices. This was the seed of Sufism, the mystic side of Islam. They teach that ´all is from God´. They teach that there is naught save God and that the universe is but a mirror of Him. They teach that there is one perfect beauty and that all that is beautiful is only a ray from Him. They teach there is only one love, the love of God, and all other loves are true if they come from that. They teach that He alone is true Being and that all else is non-being; and that man who is himself can by illumination rise from non-being to Being and return whence he came. “

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170594669
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In Honour of Dr. Annie Besant – Lectures by Eminent Persons, 1952 – 1988

339 pages | 1990 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar

Foreword by Radha Burnier – 7th international president (1980 – 2013) of the Theosophical Society. Preface by Dr. C.V. Agarwal, general secretary of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society.

This publication highlights lectures delivered by eminent persons (1952 – 1988) in memory of the great servant of India and of humanity, Dr. Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) – ‘Lover of Truth’ and ‘Friend to all Creatures’. Twenty-four lectures by for instance I.K. Taimni (1898–1978), Achyut Patwardhan (1905 – 1992), Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (1917 – 1984) and C.P. Ramaswami Iyar (1879 – 1966) are included, dealing with:

  1. The role of India
  2. Man: his problems and role
  3. Philsophical presentations
  4. The modern crisis

 

auteur: Agarwal, C.V. (ed.)
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Hints on the Study of the Bhagavad Gita

158 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2001

Annie Besant unfolds in this book the spiritual message of the Bhagavadgita, after having studied it deeply, translated it into English and, more than anything, also practised yoga.

Guidance can be found here for learning yoga in its many aspects.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170593662
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Giordano Bruno – An Apostle of Theosophy

109 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2000

The story of a profound philosopher and religious reformer who incurred the wrath of the Catholic Church for his attacks on Aristotelian logic and his championship of Copernican cosmology. After lifelong persecution he was burnt at the stake as a heretic in 1600. He taught with eloquence the Immanence of God who is Universal Life; the eternity of the Spirit, being part of the Universal Life; and based on these two facts, a life dedicated to the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.

An Adyar book, imported from India.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170594138
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Annie Besant (1847-1933) led the fight for the rights of women and laborers in her native England; later she worked with Mahatma Gandhi and spearheaded India’s struggle for freedom. Theosophist Joy Mills describes her as “a feminist before the movement for women’s rights was fully launched; she stood for freedom when half the world was held in the bonds of colonialism.” A student of India’s spiritual traditions, Annie Besant was famed as an orator, author, and international President of the Theosophical Society.

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-From the Outer Court to the Inner Sanctum (A Quest Miniature)

Paperback | Quest Books | A Quest Miniature

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auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 0835605744
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Death and After

Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar

This Theosophical Manual by Annie Besant helps us face death more easily. Death and dying are the greatest human fears. Clearly and simply, Dr Besant explains that although the body perishes at death, Life survives. We are each a spark of the Divine life that survives the dissolution of the gross body. Life is a conscious existence unbroken by death, and the soul that escapes from earthly life is but a means to spiritualize the material before we pass on to the life after death.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170595755
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This useful book has been written for the busy men and women of the work-a-day world, to make plain some of the great truths that render life easier to bear and death easier to face or accept.

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Christianity

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

57 Pages | First edition 1941, reprinted 1953, 1962, 1983 & 1995 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), second President of the Theosophical Society (1907 – 1933) was described as a ‘Diamond Soul’, for she had many brilliant facets to her character. She was an outstanding orator of her time, a champion of human freedom, educationist, philanthropist and author with more than three hundred books and pamphlets to her credit. She also guided thousands of men and women all over the world in their spiritual quest.

In 1896, Dr. Annie Besant gave four Convention Lectures on Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Chrisitianity at Adyar, Madras, on the twenty-first anniversary of the Theosophical Society, the President-Founder, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), being in the Chair. In 1901, she continued the series with another four lectures on Islam, Jainism, Sikhism and Theosophy or ‘Divine Wisdom’ as the common source of all religions at the twenty-sixth anniversary, Colonel Olcott again presiding. Each of the lectures on the seven religions has been published as a separate booklet with the exception of the lecture on Divine Wisdom, and the whole series as a single volume under the title Seven Great Religions.

From page 55:

” My appeal to Christians, as to men of other religions, would be an appeal for unity, for the breaking down of divisions; why should they not come on a common platform with all the rest of the great religion of the world? Why should not this young religion, with only ninenteen centuries of life behind it, come and join with Buddhism with its two thousand five hundred years of existence; with Zoroastrianism and with Hinduism, with their ten thousands and twenty thousands of years rolling backward into the past? Can they not see how they blaspheme God, when they declare that he has kept Himself for only one religion amongst all religions, and that well night the youngest of all? “

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 817059264X
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Beauties of Islam

62 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2002

First Paragraph:
I AM to speak this evening on Islam in the light of Theosophy. Let me begin by saying a word or two as to the relation of that which is called “Theosophy” to the great religions of the world. As you can at once see by the name, if we translate it into English, it means simply “Divine Wisdom”.

By that name is indicated THE WISDOM in its relation to all the religions of the world. Every religion in its turn has grown up from the great Root of the Divine Wisdom.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170591430
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Every religion in its place is an exposition of the Divine Life in humanity, and so this teaching which takes only the name of the Divine Wisdom, without any sectarian limitation, is the fervent helper and defender of every religion which has uplifted and consoled humanity. It is no one religion, but every religion, that has in it a friend and a defender. About the Author: Annie Besant (1847-1933), second President of the Theosophical Society (1907-1933) was described as a ‘Diamond Soul’, for she had many brilliant facts to her character. She was an outstanding orator of her time, a champion of human freedom, educationist, philanthropist and author with more than three hundred books and pamphlets to her credit. She also guided thousands of men and women all over the world in their spiritual quest. In her earlier days in England, she did remarkable work as a Freethinker and Fabian socialist, and supported many noble causes including women’s suffrage. From 1893, she lived in India and worked indefatigably for the cultural and spiritual renaissance of the country. She organized the Home Rule movement and inspired Indians with a dynamic vision of India’s future.

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Avatāra-s

137 Pages | Reprinted 2002 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Through immensely long ages or kalpā-s, climbing steadily the ladder of evolution, the ‘Liberated Ones’ merge with eternal life. Within them burns the flame of Love for all that exists. It is they who, from time to time, descend into manifested forms (avatāra-s) to accelerate the course of evolution. So says Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), who had a profound knowledge of Hindu religious philosophy and tradition, while answering the question: what is an avatāra? in a series of four lectures delivered in 1899.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170593654
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An Introduction to Yoga

150 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2002

Not an exercise book, but an explanation of yoga as a way of life, a first step toward understanding the chief treatise on yoga, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

An Adyar book, imported from India.

auteur: Besant, A.
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A Study in Consciousness

347 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Second edition | second reprint | Theosophical Publishing House  Adyar, 2014

Human Psychology through the mind of Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), English feminist, reknown theosophist and scholar of the Eastern religion. The book was first published in 1907.

From the Foreword:

This book is intended as an aid to student in their study of the growth and development of consciousness, offering hints and suggestions which may prove serviceable to them. It does not pretend to be a complete exposition, but rather, as its sub-title states, a contribution to the science of Psychology “.

 

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170593395
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The Yoga of Beauty

By Dr. Laurence J. Bendit.

24 Pages | First edition, third reprint 2004 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

Here, the author Dr. Laurence J. Bendit, has dealt with the subject of beauty from the Theosophical point of view, principally to say that beauty transforms consciousness. It links the spiritual with the psychical. In his words, ‘ takes down shutters in the mind‘, and the real artist must be open to the inner world of Nature, who is the greatest creative artist, being unconditioned by past experiences. The search for beauty is a form of yoga.

From page 19:

” The discipline of the seeker after God as Beauty, here consists, as in all other forms of seeking, in removing the factors which stand between him and what he seeks. Patañjali tells us that if we want to find Truth, we do not have to move from where we are, but simply to take down the shutters in our minds, to stop letting the mind interfere with our perceptions. We then see what has been within reach of us all of the time. So it is with the aesthetic: a matter of allowing the vision of the Beautiful to flow into us freely and without obstruction. “

 

auteur: Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 817059281X
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-The Transforming Mind

By Laurence J. Bendit and Phoebe D. Bendit.

160 Pages | Second Quest printing 1983 | Paperback | Quest Books, USA

Many seers, mystics, artists and poets seem to have an inkling about the purpose of life – the mystery of creation. Such an experience is something each of us must seek and find for ourselves. Such an experience can happen ‘in a moment’, in the twinkling of an eye. We must come upon such a transformative vision of reality, declare the authors, we must, or we die.

Clairvoyant, Phoebe Bendit, has ‘seen’ our potential for undoing the harm we have done, and are doing, to our personhood and to our planet. With her Jungian trained psychiatrist husband, Laurence, they have written this, sometimes frightening, but essentially optimistic, spiritual/psychological study of the mind and the supermind of man. Attractive in its simplicity, extra-ordinary in its potential. The Transforming Mind suggests that once man looks inward to encompass the whole of Nature, he will automatically re-order his world and save it for peaceful use by his children and their children.

From Chapter VII ‘Jacob’s Ladder’:

” Jacob dreamt, and behold, a ladder set up on earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the Angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham . . . And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee withersoever thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land, for I will not leave thee until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of . . . ” – Gen. 28.23.

 

auteur: Bendit, P.D. / Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 0835600122
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The Etheric Body of Man – The Bridge of Consciousness

By Laurence J. Bendit and Phoebe D. Bendit.

124 Pages | 1977, third Quest printing 1989 | Paperback | Quest Books, USA.

A clairvoyant and a psychiatrist pool their talents in a study of the human health aura! No other work can speak to this subject with such confidence. Imagine:

  1. Taking one of the most respected clairvoyants in the world.
  2. A psychiatrist recognized for his fine contributions to his field.
  3. Having the clairvoyant study the aura of a human subject using her unusual talents.
  4. Having the psychiatrist study the psyche of the same subject.
  5. Then finally integrating their observations to arrive at new and startling conclusions concerning the subtle (physically invisible) human bodies. It has never been done before. It may never be done again.

From page 20:

” A particular feature of the aura, which stands out to the vision of every competent clairvoyant is a series of quickly moving vortices of energy situated at certain points of the body. These were known of old, and are often found represented in ancient diagrams, whether of East or West, on statues or carvings, and so on. Sometimes – as in the halo of Christian saints, or in the caste-marks of Hindus – a particular one of these centers is emphasized and the rest left out. But in any case they appear pretty constant both in ancient traditions and in the perceptions of modern sensitives. Moreover, it is not by any means essential to be able to see to realize their existence, and many people become aware of them through their hands when examining a person with an extra-sensory touch. “

auteur: Bendit, L.J./Bendit P.D.
ISBN: 0835604896
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Our Psychic Sense – A Clairvoyant and a Psychiatrist Explain How It Develops

By Laurence J. Bendit and Phoebe D. Bendit.

225 Pages | First Quest book edition, 1967 | Paperback | Quest Books, USA.

If we are ever to become knowledgeable about the ‘whole man’ we must learn to understand his deeper invisible nature. This book, authored by a Jungian psychiatrist and his clairvoyant wife, helps us to do just that. Combining their talents, the Bendits provide us with a unique and enthralling overview of man’s latent powers.

Our Psychic Sense has also been referred to as the ‘sixth sense’. It can be considered as a window opening onto the real world of our inner consciousness; not just a valuable adjunct to our personality, but our actual ground of being. Together, the Bendits describe this mysterious power within us, then explain how it manifests, and finally evaluate its uselfullness to humanity.

From page 223:

” Many people are extremely frightened of psychic invasion or, as it is commonly called, possession or obesession. There is no need for this: no psychic force or entity can invade the aura of a human being unless he himself opens the door to it. That is to say, in principle, that if a person’s mind is positive, he is perfectly safe. If he becomes frightened, however, he is in a negative state, and he may then feel himself to be a prey to forces, which do not seem to belong to him. But the ‘entity’ or force is almost certain to be really only an unconscious part of himself: something which psychological re-education can help him to deal with. […] In any case, if one realizes that one is master in one’s own house, and that any intruder can be dealt with by positive thought and self-assertion, there is no need for fear. “

auteur: Bendit, P.D. / Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 0835600343
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The Mirror of Life and Death

199 Pages | 2004, Third Reprint | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar

The book suggests according to its author Laurence J. Bendit (1898-1974), that the basis of life is in timeless and universal Being, which becomes projected for evolutionairy purposes into the space-time world of existence. Existence can only be significant when seen against its root in pure Being. Birth, growth, decay, death and, if tradition be true, rebirth, are part of a single process. They are moreover, not separate parts, but each one co-exists all the time with the others, even when one aspect predominates.

auteur: Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 0835675548
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The Mysteries Today – And Other Essays

By Laurence J. Bendit and Phoebe D. Bendit.

154 Pages | First printed in 1973 | Hardcover | Quest Books, USA

Theosophy in the true sense is the perennial and unchanging philosophy of mankind, but its presentation needs to be adapted to the times. In these essays an attempt is made to discuss some of the principles of this philosophy in modern terms, and especially related to the presentation of it as set out by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) and others. It can safely be assumed that, were these older writers doing their work today, they would do so in quite other language than in that of the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries. They would have to take into account the vast mental revolution which has been taking place in the last thirty or forty years, which has altered our views on so many things, and in particular in our knowledge. These collected articles rest very much on the modern – and probably temporary – mental climate of the second half of the twentieth century.

From the Introduction:

” Theosophy, the Wisdom of the enlightened mind, is unchanging for ever. It existed before history began – for man was already inhabitant of the earth – and it will endure lonf after history had ended as a record of events in time: when it will, in some form, remain as part of the heritage of the universe. It is the Pearl of Great Price fo the Gnostic Christian, it is the Jewel in the Lotus, the Clear Light of the Buddhist, the Tao of the mind; it is known by many names, yet it is always the same Wisdom . . . “

auteur: Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 0722950241
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Daily Meditations – Extracts from Letters of the Masters of the Wisdom

Compiled by Katherine A. Beechey

175 Pages |1949, Second edition, fourth reprint 2015 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

The Wisdom contained in the published letters of the Masters, is not merely for those to whom they were addressed but also for all those seeking to tread the Path of Holiness along the line of Devotion.

Glimpses of that Wisdom can be had through the extracts incorporated by the author into Daily Meditations. She has selected passages suitable to be meditated upon – one each for every day of the year. They are arranged as twelve virtues, with one quality assigned for each month, namely: Unselfishness, Compassion, Truth, Devotion, Purity, Sympathy, Courage, Intuition, Tolerance, Self-reliance, Equilibrium and Perseverance.

From page 43:

DEVOTION

” Relative to the population of the world

you may be few in numbers,

but spiritual strength and power depend

not upon numbers.

Rather do they depend upon burning sincerity. “

auteur: Beechey, K.A. (comp.)
ISBN: 9788170591443
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The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett – in chronological sequence

600 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2003

The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett is one of the classics of Theosophical literature. First published in 1923, they are letters written by the Mahatmas Koot Homi and Morya to A.P. Sinnett and A.O. Hume during the early years of the Theosophical Society. The depth and profundity of the teachings therein have been a source of inspiration to students all over the world.

This volume also includes all the other known letters and notes of the Mahatmas to Sinnett and Hume, including the famous letter of the Mahachohan regarding the Theosophical Society.
A new expanded index has been prepared for this edition.

auteur: Barker, A.T. (comp.)/Vicente Hao Chin Jr. (ed.)
ISBN: 8170592720
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This edition arranges the letters in their chronological sequence, based on the extensive search of George Linton and Virginia Hanson. Cover Illustration: The Pleiades

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The Mahatmas and Their Letters

422 pages | bGebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2006

Two Mahatmas inspired the founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875. But who are the Mahatmas? Are they real persons? How authetic are their letters? What is the story behind their origin?
These and many more questions are answered in the seventeen chapters of this book, which contain facsimiles of the letters and other material of much interest.

An Adyar book, imported from India.

auteur: Barborka, G.A.
ISBN: 8170593948
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Geoffrey Barborka (1897-1982) was a profound student of oriental philosophy, particularly, The Secret Doctrine, source book and classic of modern Theosophy. Professionally, he was a printer, but distinguished himself as a scholar, author, and lecturer on Theosophical topics. Other titles by the author: – The Divine Plan – Glossary of Sanskrit Terms: Pts 1-2 (CD) – H. P. Blavatsky, Tibet and Tulku – The Story of Human Evolution

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H.P. Blavatsky, Tibet and Tulku

476 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2006

This work is not intended to be a biography of H P Blavatsky. A major portion is devoted to her writings, particularly to the manner in which they are written. The predominant motif is to describe the superior spiritual status she attained before she commenced her stupendous work as a benefactor of the human race. As there is no single English word that conveys the spiritual powers she acquired, the author turns to the orient, to the land of Tibet, for a suitable term – Tulku. This Tibetan term is clarified along with other little known words and a philosophical exposition is given in an illuminating manner, dealing as it does with some of the mysteries of human life which have been studied for ages in the East.

auteur: Barborka, G.A.
ISBN: 8170590086
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The Theosophist Geoffrey Avery Barborka (1897-1982) was a serious and deep student of H.P. Blavatsky’s life, work and teachings. He conducted for many years classes on Madame Blavatsky’s magnus opus The Secret Doctrine. Probably his most well-known books are The Divine Plan (an indepth commentary on The Secret Doctrine), H.P. Blavatsky, Tibet and Tulku and The Mahatmas and Their Letters.

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Het Goddelijk Plan – Menswording en Evolutie (2 Delen)

Door Geoffrey A. Barborka (1897-1982).

697 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1973 | Hardcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750321.

English Original: The Divine Plan | Sixth reproduction 2015 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar | ISBN: 8170591848.

In Het Goddelijk Plan wordt de lezer stap voor stap binnen geleid in de belangrijkste en meest interessante leringen van de Theosofie. Men kan dit boek beschouwen als een gids voor een diepgaande studie in het magnum opus van Mevrouw Blavatsky, De Geheime Leer; ook wordt het verband tussen De Geheime Leer en De Mahatma Brieven aan A.P. Sinnett, De Stem van de Stilte en de werken van T. Subba Row duidelijk naar voren gebracht.

Leerstukken betreffende cyclische evolutie, reïncarnatie en de toestanden na de dood, de opbouw van het heelal en de constitutie van de mens, inwijding, enzovoorts worden stuk voor stuk uitvoerig behandeld en vervolgens wordt de onderlinge samenhang ervan aangetoond. Talloze ‘moeilijke woorden’ – voor velen een struikelblok – worden op voor ieder begrijpelijke wijze verklaard. Alleen al door deze woordverklaringen is Het Goddelijk Plan een kostbaar bezit voor iedere serieuze bestudeerder van de Theosofie.

auteur: Barborka, G.A.
ISBN: 9789061750321
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Geoffrey A. Barborka bezocht de “Theosophical School” en daarna de “Theosophical Universiteit” in Point Loma (Californië). Gedurende zijn studietijd kreeg hij volop de gelegenheid zich te verdiepen in de werken van Mevrouw Blavatsky, toen hij als letterzetter meewerkte aan de Engelse uitgave van Isis Ontsluierd, De Geheime Leer, De Sleutel tot Theosofie en De Stem van de Stilte. In zijn lezingen, tijdschriftenartikelen en boeken tracht Barborka steeds iets van zijn intense belangstelling en liefde voor de theosofische leringen, zoals deze in hun oorspronkelijke vorm door Mevrouw Blavatsky verbreid werden, aan anderen over te dragen. Daarbij verstaat hij de kunst deze vaak ingewikkelde en moeilijk te doorgronden leringen als het ware zichzelf te laten verklaren, zonder er een eigen mening of interpretatie aan toe te voegen. Andere boeken waardoor G.A. Barborka grote bekendheid kreeg zijn onder andere H.P. Blavatsky, Tibet and Tulku (over de paranormale gaven van Mevrouw Blavatsky), The Pearl of the Orient (over de Bhagavad Gita) en The Christmas Story (over de occulte en mystieke betekenis van het kerstfeest).

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On Knowing Oneself

118 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 1995

This is a clearly presented introducion to an important aspect of the Ageless Wisdom, highligtingits fundamental teachings about the human journey to Ultimate Reality.

auteur: Audoin, D.
ISBN: 8170592747
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Een Benadering van Theosofie

Door Danielle Audoin (1926 – 1917).

74 Bladzijden | 1990 | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750628. uit het Frans vertaald

Frans origineelConnais-toi Toi-même – A la lumière de la Théosophie (laatste editie 2004)The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

Engelse vertaling: On Knowing Oneself – A Theosophical Approach (2005) | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar. 

Theosofie is kennis van het Goddelijke. “

Maar wat is het Goddelijke? Voor de Westerse mens is God een onbereikbaar iets, dat met de mens geen andere band heeft, dan die van Schepper ten opzichte  van schepsel. In de uitdrukking ‘kennis van het Goddelijke’ handelt het niet over deze God.

De theosofie leert dat de hele manifestatie van de schepping een emanatie is van het Goddelijke en dat daardoor al het leven in wezen goddelijk is. De kennis van het Goddelijke is de bewustwording van het feit dat het leven in wezen goddelijk is. De ontdekking van het werkelijke, van de waarheid die schuilgaat achter een ongelooflijke verscheidenheid van verschijnselen, is de ontdekking van het Goddelijke is onszelf en in elke levensvorm.

Afkomstig van blz. 26:

” Het lichaam is altijd uw lastdier – het paard waarop u rijdt. Daarom moet gij het goed behandelen en het goed verzorgen: gij moet het niet overwerken, gij moet het behoorlijk voeden uitsluitend met zuiver voedsel en drinken, en gij moet het altijd volkomen rein houden, vrij van de kleinste modderspat. Want zonder een volkomen rein en gezond lichaam, kunt gij de inspannende taak van voorbereiding niet volbrengen, gij zoudt de voortdurende spanning ervan niet kunnen verdragen. Maar altijd moet gij het zijn, die het lichaam beheerst, niet het lichaam u. “

  • Alcyone, Aan de Voeten van de Meester.

auteur: Audoin, D.
ISBN: 9789061750628
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Voor de westerse mens is God een onbereikbaar iets dat met de mens geen andere band heeft dan die van Schepper ten opzichte van schepsel. In de uitdrukking “kennis van het Goddelijke” handelt het niet over deze God. De theosofie leert dat de hele manifestatie van de schepping een emanatie is van het Goddelijke en dat daardoor al het leven in wezen goddelijk is. De kennis van het Goddelijke is de bewustwording van het feit dat het leven in wezen goddelijk is. De ontdekking van het werkelijke, van de waarheid die schuilgaat achter een ongelooflijke verscheidenheid van verschijnselen, is de ontdekking van het Goddelijke in onszelf en in elke levensvorm. Lees een voorbeeld hoofdstuk: Hoofdstuk 1 – Wat is theosofie? Hoofdstuk 2 – De samenstelling van de mens

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