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Symbolic Directions in Modern Astrology

By Charles E.O. Carter (1887 – 1968).

88 Pages | First published in 1929, second edition 1946, reprinted in 1984 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | ISBN: 722951450.

In a sense of course, all Astrology is in part astronomical, for astronomy furnishes at least some of the symbols, which we use in the most abstract system, to wit, the Sun, Moon, and planets, and to some extent the Houses and the Zodiac, which begin from astronomical datum-points. But when we desire to progress the natus or radical figure and study its changes as indicative of the development of a human life, an acute difference may arise as between an astronomical method and a symbolic one. In both cases it is true that the measure of time is symbolic, be it a day to a year or the passage of a degree of right ascension over the meridian to a year. But in the primary and secondary systems, the movements of the planets are not symbolic but actual, whether denominated real or apparent. In the symbolic methods the movement is a mere arbitrary assumption, used for the sake of practical convenience.

From the Introduction (p. 11):

” In time, simplicity and completeness may be combined in one. Thus, we may look forward to the construction of a complete and harmonious system of Symbolic Directing, founded on basic but simple principles. However, it is well to recollect that the material plane can never perfectly reflect the Ideal Realm, and, therefore, such a system may require supplementing for practical purposes. This may well be the function of the astronomical methods, such as secondaries, transits and lunations. “

auteur: Carter, C.E.O.
ISBN: 722951450
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Essays on the Foundations of Astrology

By Charles E.O. Carter (1887 – 1968).

179 Pages | Softcover | First published in 1947, second edition 1978 | Theosophical Publishing House, London | ISBN: 0722951329.

Charles Carter (1887-1968), the greatest British astrologer of the twentieth century, wrote this book in London during World War II. It was his first book in more than a dozen years. It is the author’s hope that it may contain some ideas that are worth preserving and possess novelty, although much that it contains will necessarily be reminiscent of what has appeared in his earlier works.

From Chapter I – ‘The Sun, Moon and Minor Planets’ (p. 9):

” To the Ancients there were, of course, seven planets. That agreed admirably with, and perhaps was the origin and prime example of, the septenary principle they loved so well. The seven were the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The first two they call respectively the Greater and Lesser Luminaries. Mercury was a sort of odd man out; he was the messenger of the Gods, changeable by nature and accepting the value of whatever other planet or planets with which he might be in close aspect. Then came Venus and Jupiter, respectively the Lesser and Greater Benefits, naturally disposed to goodness in morals and to success and happiness; and lastly Mars and Saturn, were the Lesser and Greater Malefics, indicative of evil habits and dispositions and of difficult circumstances. This scheme simply and well-balanced, seemed to the medieval mind self-evidently true. In the arrangement of opposed good and evil planets, each considered as being ruled by an angel or archangel with innumerable subordinated spiritual beings, we seem to see a clear trace of Zoroastrian thought. The benefits are the servants of Ormuzd, the malefic are the agents of Ahriman. “

auteur: Carter, C.E.O.
ISBN: 0722951329
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Carter’s books, penetrating & full of unique insights, are ideal for intermediate & advanced astrologers. They are, in fact, virtually in a class by themselves. Carter’s books are organic wholes. He shows how individual astrological factors combine to create living, breathing people. It is this constant interplay of factors, and Carter’s brilliant, lucid exposition, that makes his books so precious. C.E.O. Carter (1887 – 1968) was the most outstanding British astrologer of the 20th century. After the death of Alan Leo, Carter ran Leo’s Astrological Lodge at the Theosophical Society, from 1920 to the 1952. He was first Principal of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, which he helped found in 1948. He edited The Astrologer’s Quarterly from 1926 until 1959. During his lifetime, most of his books were published by the Theosphical Society.

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An Encyclopaedia of Psychological Astrology

By Charles E.O. Carter (1887 – 1968).

199 Pages | First published in 1924, fourth edition in 1954, reprinted | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | ISBN: 722950691.

Together with:

‘OBSERVATIONS ON THE ASTROLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ABOUT FIFTY DISEASES, AND AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ON THE ZODIACAL SIGNS.’

This work is an attempt to produce a useful astrological Encyclopaedia of Character, and, as far as data permit, of Disease. That part of astrological study, which comes under the term ‘destiny’ (i.e. financial success, marriage etc.) I have omitted, because it is fully discussed in an increasing number of sound text-books. Naturally, in writing a book of this description, which is original in design, and to a large extent, in matter, the author has been strictly limited by data. Properly there can be no other limit to an ‘Encyclopaedia’ of any sort: so long as one’s studies continue. so long can one go on collecting and collating evidence. It is therefore the author’s hope, should this work appear to win the approval of the astrological world, at a later date to bring out a fresh recension, amplified by the results of further investigations and cleansed, if I may say so, by the purgatorial fires of criticism, which a book of this kind, in which almost every statement is fair game for discussion, is sure to arouse.

From the ‘Special Note’ (p. 11):

” Of late years it has been especially borne home to me that we are apt to exaggerate the difference between so-called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ aspects. Both in compiling cases for my book Astrological Aspects and in examining horoscopes for the present work, I have noticed that the same bodies will, in a class of similar cases, occur again and again in aspect, but that the nature of the aspect is far from constant. Further, in making lists of persons with two bodies in ‘good’ aspect and of other persons with the same bodies in ‘bad’ aspect, it was often difficult to see that the former had been any more fortunate in the matters involved than those in the second category, and, in other cases, those with ‘bad’ aspects seemed no worse off than those, who had ‘good’ ones. This statement may call forth the protests of many, but I invite the incredulous to collect a few dozen cases and study them, as I have done. “

auteur: Carter, C.E.O.
ISBN: 722950691
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The Astrology Of Accidents – Investigations and Research

By C.E.O. Carter.

123 Pages | First published in 1932, reprinted in 1978 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, London | ISBN: 722950594.

One of the most important areas in looking at a horoscope is interpreting from the aspects indications of possible accidents; and the subject is made all the more difficult by defining what constitutes an accident. The author defines it as ‘a bodily mishap occasioned without intent either on the part of the sufferer or the agent (if any) inflicting it’. There are various gradations of accidents, and in the research for this book, one of the primary considerations was to discover if possible any factors that are common to all serious accidents. Here with the evidence of statistics are 168 cases from Britain and the United States, which will assist astrologers in examining charts.

From the ‘Preliminary Considerations’ (p. 17):

” Our first investigations must be directed to discover, it possible, any factors that are common to all serious accidents, or at least occur more frequently than mere probability would explain. My total collection, at the time of ‘closing the lists’ for tables, comprised 168 cases. These may be roughly divided as follows: asphyxiation (5), drowning (14), burns (19), scalds (9), gunshots (4), blows (21), crushings (9), wounds and cuts (7), vehicular (22), falls (32), machinery (5), railway (3), poisons (1), explosions (4), miscellaneous (10) and animals (3). Some of this book was written before all of these had come to hand, hence the above figures may not exactly agree with others given in Part Two, which also contains cases that came in after the tables had been finished. “

auteur: Carter, C.E.O.
ISBN: 0722950594
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C.E.O. Carter (1887 – 1968) was the most outstanding British astrologer of the 20th century. After the death of Alan Leo, Carter ran Leo’s Astrological Lodge at the Theosophical Society, from 1920 to the 1952. He was first Principal of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, which he helped found in 1948. He edited The Astrologer’s Quarterly from 1926 until 1959. Carter’s books, penetrating & full of unique insights, are ideal for intermediate & advanced astrologers. They are, in fact, virtually in a class by themselves. Instead of a book on synastry, or forecasting, or horary or elections, Carter’s books are organic wholes. Instead of treating aspects in one chapter, signs in another, and planets in a third, Carter shows how individual astrological factors combine to create living, breathing people. For example, Carter tells us that a cardinal grand cross has one sort of effect if it falls in succedent houses, quite another if it falls angular. It is this constant interplay of factors, and Carter’s brilliant, lucid exposition, that makes his books so precious.

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The Wisdom and Power of Music (4 CDs)

By Don Campbell.

4 CD’s | Releases in 1993, 2005 & 2006| CD-format | Quest Books (Audio), U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835689472.

An Innovative Program to Enhance Your Health, Creativity & Communication.

Four CD’s that reveal the healing and educational powers of music. Orchestrate your health, concentration, and creativity with Don Campbell, author, musician, and researcher. In this revolutionary program you will learn how to use a variety of musical styles to help you:

  • Sharpen your concentration
  • Spark your creativity
  • Relieve stress
  • Deepen your listening skills
  • Explore the powers of meditation and inspiration.

Since ancient times, music has been a tool to express emotions, hopes and inspirations. Now with the overload of sound in our home and work environments, Don Campbell helps us learn how to find the nutrition in sound for body, heart and mind.

” Whether you are a trained musician or just an avid music lover, you will discover new potentials for listening and a fuller life! “

auteur: Campbell, D.G.
ISBN: 9780835689472
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Music: Physician for Times to Come

By Don Campbell.

362 Pages | Second edition 2000, third printing 2006 | Paperback | Quest Books, Wheaton | ISBN: 9780835607889

Healing with Sound

Ancient peoples knew that music and sound deeply affect body, mind, and spirit. ”We are just beginning to realize the profound scientific, medical, psychological, and spiritual questions involved in the power of music,” says Don Campbell. These essays by noted musicians, scientists, music therapists, and spiritual leaders explore new paradigms integrating music’s age-old healing role with modern techniques, including:

– sonic entrainment
– the power of chant to relieve depression
– music as a pain reducer
– musical imagery in education and psychotherapy
– the effect of music on memory
– the influences of sound reported by Eastern, Western, Christian, and       esoteric spiritual teachers

auteur: Campbell, D.G.
ISBN: 9780835607889
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De Maya Kalender en de Transformatie van het Bewustzijn

Door Carl Johan Calleman met een Voorwoord door José Argüelles (1939 – 2011).

273 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 2004, tweede druk 2005 | Softcover | Ankh-Hermes B.V., Deventer | ISBN: 9789020283518.

Engels origineel: The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness | Bear & Company, Rochester, Vermont | ISBN: 9781591430285.

De Maya-kalender is een metafysische kaart van de evolutie van bewustzijn en registreert hoe de spirituele tijd verloopt. De kalender geeft negen kosmische cycli weer, die negen stadia van bewustzijn voorstellen. In 2011 zullen deze negen cycli die de aarde heeft doorlopen gelijktijdig aflopen. Dit markeert het einde van de lineaire, meetbare tijd en tevens het begin van een nieuwe verlichte wereld. Dit boek onthult dat de Maya-kalender een spiritueel en profetisch instrument is dat een groter begrip biedt van de bewustzijnsevolutie door de menselijke geschiedenis heen. Het voorspelt een fase van ingrijpende veranderingen voor de wereld en de mensheid. Tevens biedt het concrete stappen om onszelf op één lijn te brengen met deze groei naar verlichting.

Afkomstig van de Frontleaf:

” Kukulcan, de Gevederde Slang, de Mesoamerikaanse god die door de Azteken Quetzalcoatl werd genoemd. Hij symboliseert zowel het licht als de dualiteit en is de drager van de energie 9 ‘Ik’ in de Heilige Kalender. Kukulcan speelde een vooraanstaande rol in het wereldbeeld van de oude beschavingen van Mexico en trad in tal van verschijningsvormen op, zoals die van de God van de wind die hier is afgebeeld. Zo nu en dan is hij ook in menselijke vorm geïncarneerd en omdat hij in wezen het beginsel van het licht is, is wel gesuggereerd dat zijn aardse incarnaties verschijningsvormen waren van dezelfde energie als die van Christus. “

auteur: Calleman, C.J.
ISBN: 9789020283518
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Getting in Touch – Guide to New Body-Centered Therapies

Edited by Christine Caldwell, Ph.D.

264 Pages | First Quest Edition 1997 |  Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607615.

More and more people are turning to new mind-body therapies to address physical and emotional ills. But which type of body-centered therapy is best for each type of problem? And how can we choose the right therapist to meet our particular needs? This comprehensive collection brings together for the first time the founders and current leaders in the emerging field of body-centered therapy to explain how they developed their methods, what happens during a session, and who can best benefit from the technique.

Learn how Hakomi can help you become mindful of the inner meaning of body sensations from founder Ron Kurtz. ‘Explore The Moving Cycle’ with Christine Caldwell, ‘Dreambody Work’ with Arnold Mindell, ‘The Body Process’ with Carolyn Braddock, ‘The Relationship Dance’ with Kathlyn Hendricks, and many more. Chapters on the ethics of touch in psychotherapy and on choosing a somatic therapist round out this fascinating and useful survey.

From Chapter 11 – ‘The Braddock Body Process’ by Carolyn  Braddock, MA, PC (p. 224):

” Awakening from trauma is sometimes fearful. A client may wonder, ‘What will it be like to be without my pain?’ or ‘Is it OK to be OK?’ So, I keep inquiring, getting to know those parts of the client that have experienced trauma as well as those that have not and integrating both. My work is about life, vital life, with movement, breath, and sound increasing as the trauma is released from the body. Clients learn to move so their spirits can be alive again. “

auteur: Caldwell, C.
ISBN: 0835607615
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The Way of Self-Knowledge

By Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013).

62 Pages | First edition 1971, first reprint 1980, 2nd reprint 1984, 3rd reprint 1993, 2nd edition 2000 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594189.

The Blavatsky Lecture – delivered at the Annual Convention of the Theosophical Society in England, 26th May 1979.

To reach Nirvana one must reach Self-knowledge and Self-knowledge is of loving deeds the child’.

Progress in Theosophy is the journey from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. The beginning of that progress is in understanding that the infinite cannot be known by the finite. The imperishable cannot be found by involvement in the perishable and the compounded. The study of Theosophy in the true sense is the study not only of Theosophical literature; it is the study of the book of life, the observation of human nature, the contemplation of Nature and the phenomena of the created world in such a way that there is a sense of the One Existence.

From page 58:

Freedom from Attachment

” The unlimited creative power of consciousness can operate only when the limitation of attachment ends and identification is not made with objects. In  freedom from attachment, there is the discovery of another of the eternal values inherent in consciousness. Since in the absence of inward freedom the other absolute values are incapable of flowering, spiritual liberation has been spoken of in the East, as the fundamental aim of human existence. “

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 8170594189
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Regeneratie van de Mens – Lezingen en Discussies

Door Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013).

150 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1994 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750695.

Engels origineel: Human Regeneration – Lectures and Discussions | Uitgegeven in 1990 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750644.

Theosofen zijn met elkaar verbonden door een gemeenschappelijk streven naar de regeneratie van de mens. Ze verschillen misschien in hun overtuigingen, interessen of benadering. De leringen van Boeddha, Jezus, Blavatsky, Besant en Krishnamurti zijn voor sommigen van hen inspirerend, voor anderen niet. Maar er is een sterke gemeenschappelijke band, namelijk een diepgaande interesse in de vooruitgang en vervolmaking van de mensheid, niet alleen op de materiele en intellectuele niveaus, maar in moreel en spiritueel opzicht.

Een Theosoof zoekt niet naar wijsheid voor zichzelf. ‘Hij/Zij leeft niet voor zichzelf, maar voor de wereld‘, en hoe dieper de toewijding aan het ideaal van de regeneratie van de mensheid, des te groter het begrip van zichzelf en de wereld en het doordringen van het geheim van het leven. Doel is om de bron van Goedheid en Geluk te ont’dekken in zichzelf, dat het geboorterecht is van alle levende wezens.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 3 – ‘Regeneratie en de doeleinden van de Theosofische Vereniging’ (blz. 91):

” Vanuit een praktisch gezichtspunt bekeken: begint Broederschap niet met eenvoudige dingen? Gewoon aardig zijn, aan een ander denken, in plaats van alleen aan onszelf. Wij willen het graag prettig hebben, maar een ander moet het werk doen. Zijn we bereid iets van onze gemakzucht op te offeren om degene, die werkt te helpen? Zo begint Broederschap. Maar als we broederlijk en vriendelijk zijn in de gewone zin van het woord, dan blijft nog steeds het gevoel dat we anders zijn dan anderen – je blijft in een wereld van dualiteit. We moeten dus Broederschap blijven beoefenen, totdat de neiging van het denken om de dingen in termen van dualiteit te zien verdwenen is. “

 

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 9061750695
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Theosofen en aspirant-theosofen zijn met elkaar verbonden door een gemeenschappelijk streven naar de regeneratie van de mens. Ze verschillen misschien in hun overtuigingen, interessen of benadering. De leringen van Boeddha, Jezus, Blavatsky, Besant, krishnamurti zijn voor sommigen van hen inspirerend, voor anderen niet. Maar er is een sterke gemeenschappelijke band, namelijk een diepgaande interesse in de vooruitgang en vervolmaking van de mensheid, niet alleen op de materiële en intellectuele niveaus, maar in moreel en spiritueel opzicht. Een theosoof zoekt niet naar wijsheid voor zichzelf. “Hij leeft niet voor zichzelf maar voor de wereld”, en hoe dieper hij toegewijd is aan het ideaal van de regeneratie van de mensheid, des te meer zal hij proberen zichzelf en de wereld te begrijpen, en door te dringen in het geheim van het leven. Zijn doel is de bron te ontdekken van Goedheid en Geluk, die het geboorterecht is van alle levende wezens. Mrs. Radha Burnier, die sinds 1980 Presidente is van de Theosophical Society (Adyar), leidde in juli 1990 twee seminars over het onderwerp van de regeneratie van de mens. Dit boek bevat de tekst van haar lezingen en van de naar aanleiding daarvan onder toehoorders ontstane gesprekken. Van dit boek zijn tot nu toe vertalingen of edities verschenen in Brazilië, Duitsland, India, Italië, Rusland en Spanje.

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No Other Path To Go

Door Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013).

87 Pages | First edition 1985, second reprint 2005 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592763.

‘Within you is the light of the world- the only light that can be shed upon the Path. If you are unable to perceive it within you, it is useless to look for it elsewhere’.

The destiny of the human being is to travel on a path leading to perfection. the Upanishad says this spiritual path is like ‘the sharp edge of a razor, difficult to cross and hard to tread. A teacher or a guru may at best give a hint or indicate the direction of the path, but the aspirant has to tread the path by himself.

This little volume describes the nature of the path, the qualifications needed, and the pitfalls encountered. As the theosophical classic Light on the Path says: ‘Each man is to him- or herself absolutely the way, the truth and the life’.

From Page 56:

” One of the greatest of Masters, the Lord Buddha, said: ‘Be a lamp unto yourself.’ He taught: do not make an authority out of tradition, the Scriptures, other people, or me; find out for yourself what is the truth. The importance of enquiry (vichāra) is emphasized also in Vedānta. “

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 8170592763
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Living Truth – The Future of the Theosophical Society (Blavatsky Lecture 2005)

By Radha S. Burnier.

34 Pages | First edition 2006 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:

The Theosophical Society exists for the regeneration of humanity, beginning with establishing a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood, encouraging an open-minded quest for Truth, and investigating the essence of man and the universe. Because this is the main thrust of the Society, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), co-founder of tbe Theosophical Society with Colonel Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), discussed what would ensure the stability of the Society’s work and its future in her book The Key to Theosophy.

The ‘Blavatsky Lecture’ discusses in depth what she regarded as necessary for continuing the work of regeneration without a break. Apart from essential qualifications like earnestness, selflessness, devotion, knowledge and wisdom, ‘living truth’ must dynamize the workers of the Theosophical Society. But what is ‘living truth’? The reader will learn by perusing this lecture and realize how much we can ensure peace and goodness upon the earth.

From page 22:

. . . we never accept on faith any authority upon any question whatsoever; nor, pursuing as we do, Truth and progress through a full and fearless enquiry, untrammelled by any consideration, would we advise any of our friends to do otherwise. ” – Blavatsky – CW II, p. 433.

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 8170595029
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Human Regeneration – Lectures and Discussions

By Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013).

154 Pages | Published in 1990 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750644.

Dutch translation: Regeneratie van de Mens – Lezingen en Discussies | Uitgegeven in 1994 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750695.

Theosophists are all united by a common devotion to the Regeneration of Man. They may differ in their convictions or approach. The teachings of Buddha, Jesus, Blavatsky, Besant, Krishnamurti or some other teacher may inspire some and not others. But there is a strong common bond, namely profound concern for the progress and perfection of humanity, not merely at the material and intellectual levels, but morally and spiritually.

A Theosophist does not seek wisdom to benefit him or herself. ‘Not for him/herself but for the world he or she lives’. And the more deeply devotion is directed at the regeneration of mankind, the more ardently the understanding of self and the world and the penetration into the secret of life. Aim is to discover the source of Goodness and Happiness within, which is the birthright of all living beings.

From Chapter 3 – ‘Regeneration and the Objects of the Theosophical Society’ (p. 91):

” From a pratical view: does not Brotherhood begin with simple things? Just being oridnarily kind, beginning to think in terms of another person, instead of only ourselves. We like to enjoy ourselves, but somebody else has to work. Are we prepared to sacrifice a little of our enjoyment to help the person, who is working? Brotherhood begins like that. But when we are brotherly and kind in the ordinary sense of the word, still the feeling of difference from others does not go – one remains in a world of duality. So we must continue practising Brotherhood, until the tendency of the mind to see in terms of duality disappears. Even the word ‘Brotherhood’ suggests, that there is a brother and ‘myself’. “

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 9061750644
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From the book:

Without watching oneself and learning to live a truly religious and ethical life, it is impossible to reach the deeper spiritual nature. If we believe meditation to be apart from daily living, failure can be predicted right from the beginning. That is what many do. They give a little time to ‘meditation’, repeat formulas to quieten the mind for a while, and then that activity ends, and the daily life goes on a course that is quite different. But meditation is the touching of that deeper source of energy which belongs to the spiritual nature. (page. 48)

The book includes question and answer sessions and chapters on the following subjects: ‘T.S. Work and the Fundamental Change in Man and Society’, ‘The Nature of the Change’, ‘Regeneration and the Objects of the T.S.’, ‘Our Approach to Theosophy’, ‘Individual and Group work for Regeneration’ and ‘The Source of Spiritual Energy’.

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The other half of my soul – B. Griffithsand the Hindu-Christian Dialogue

395 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1996

Every age has its visionaries. Bede Griffiths, the gentle Benedictine monk who traveled to India to seek the other half of his soul was one such spiritual giant. Like Mother Teresa and Thich Nhat Hanh, Father Bede’s spirituality transcends sectarian labels. His Shantivanam (“Forest of Peace”) monastery in India is Christian in faith but Hindu in lifestyle. The essays and stories in the moving tribute to Father Bede by such luminaries as Thomas Berry dissolve the boundaries between Christian belief and Eastern practice.

Foreword by the Dalai Lama.

auteur: Bruteau, B. (comp.)
ISBN: 0835607178
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Evolution Toward Divinity – Teilhard de Chardin and the Hindu Traditions

By Beatrice Bruteau (1930 – 2014).

270 Pages | Published in 1974 | Hardcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835602168.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881 – 1951), the great French Jesuit scientist-priest, whom one reviewer described as ‘an inescapable intellectual presence of the age’, offered a new and powerful synthesis as the solution to the West’s dilemma of the double commitment to contemporary science and to traditional religion. His germinal insights into the processes of evolution, his joyous vision of a driving purpose in life manifesting in all things and culminating in man as a creature destined to fulfill his divinity, introduced fresh and challenging concepts into this troubled and confused area of thought. In constructing his synthesis, Teilhard developed a number of ideas and images which find more or less close parallels in the various strands of Hindu philosophy. Teilhard, however was not only unaware of these similarities but even denounced what he termed ‘authentic’ Hinduism as a system and an outlook fundamentally inimical to the world-view he was setting forth.

The purpose of this Volume is to point out the irony of this situation by refuting Teilhard’s criticisms and by showing how, on the contrary, the Hindu contribution to world thought could have been most advantageous to him if he had studied it with care.

From the Introduction (p. 3):

” The root of Teilhard’s rejection of oriental philosophical and religious thought can be found in his judgment that these systems would not justify and inspire work for the progress of the world. Pierre Leroy tells us that Teilhard had a great intolerance for anything that suggested ‘disgust with life contempt for the works of man, fear of the human effort’. Following the oriental path, Teilhard believed, we could be lulled to sleep in ‘the cradle of nirvana’, having obtained ‘a sort of abstraction of God’ . . . by loosening the effort of differentiation whereby we engage the cosmic phenomenon. “

auteur: Bruteau, B.
ISBN: 0835602168
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Magical Christianity – The Power of Symbols for Spiritual Renewal (with CD)

By Coleston Brown.

171 Pages | First edition, 2007 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton | ISBN: 9780835608558

Linking Magic with Christianity is less controversial than som may think, says Coleston Brown. All spiritual traditions are potentially magical in containing myths and symbols that enable the mediation of energies between levens of reality. And mediation by its very nature brings about change. To speak of ”Magical Christianity,” then, refers to the use of certain potent Christian symbols as a means to self-transformation and spiritual service.

When studying with Gareth Knight—renowned authority on Qabalistic magic—Brown became fascinated by how specific Christian symbols also appear in esoteric traditions worldwide. He later explored these images using special methods of ritual and inner vision. Here he makes that experience available to you, explaining the esoteric meaning of symbols such as:
– the cross                  – the center            – the chalice
– the three realms    – the holy fire        – the wheel of life

This edition also includes new material on the Divine Feminine. On the CD, Brown narrates the experiential meditations given in each chapter to guide you more deeply into the renewing power of the imagery.

”Magic is an age-old means of using the imagination in a self-transformative way, and applying it to the symbolism of mystical Christianity has startling potential. Brown brings the two together to safe and rewarding effect. This is practical mysticism and enlightened magic in formidable combination!”
— Gareth Knight, author of Experience of the Inner Worlds

auteur: Brown, C.
ISBN: 9780835608558
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Astrology – A Handbook for Beginners (Study Guide)

By Louise C. Bromley.

64 Pages | Copyright 1998 by The Theosophical Society in America | A4 Study Course | Quest Books, U.S.A. | No ISBN.

From the Publisher’s Foreword:

Astrology is an ancient and complex symbolic system linking human temperament, behavior. and events to the position of the heavenly bodies. On one level we may think of astrology as a symbolic system, in which human experiences are represented by the intricate interactions of the stars and planets. On another level we may think of it as exemplifying the concept of the universe as an orderly place, in which everything is connected with, influences, and is influenced by everything else.

If we think of astrology as expressing the order of the universe, we may ask whether the relative position of the planets can be causes for earthly conditions, or whether some other principle may be involved. Do the stars cause earthly events? Or is the connection coincidental, though meaningful? We can consider both of those alternatives.

How could the position of the planets, which are so far away, cause changes in my life? What connection could there be? Causal relationships can be so complicated that they look like random chance, like chaos. If astrology is a science of causes connecting the stars with the earth, perhaps the causes are like that.

auteur: Bromley, L.
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Cradle to Cradle – Afval is Voedsel

Door Michael Braungart en William McDonough.

237 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 2007 | Softcover | Search Knowledge, Heeswijk | ISBN: 9789055945771.

Engels origineel: Cradle to Cradle – Remaking the Way We Make Things | North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York | ISBN: 9780865475878.

Het huidige milieudenken spoort aan tot ‘beperken, hergebruiken en recyclen’, ofwel: doe meer met minder om de schade te beperken. Maar dat leidt, zoals chemicus Michael Braungart en architect William McDonough in dit visionaire boek aangeven, alleen maar tot het instandhouden van het productiemodel van ‘cradle to grave’, dat enorme hoeveelheden afval en vervuiling produceert. De visie van Braungart en McDonough klinkt provocerend: ‘We moeten niet minder consumeren, maar juist meer’.

Dat kan. Als we ophouden met het maken van ‘minder slechte’ producten en uitsluitend nog intelligente producten ontwerpen, gemaakt van materialen die steeds weer kunnen teruggeven aan technische of biologische kringlopen. Met dit grondbeginsel als richtlijn leggen de auteurs uit hoe dingen van meet af aan kunnen worden ontworpen en puttend uit hun ervaringen met het (her)ontwerpen van producten – voor grote opdrachtgevers als Ford, Unilever, Nike, Herman Miller, BP en Rohner Textil – bouwen Braungart en McDonough een revolutionaire argumentatie op om eco-effectiviteit in de praktijk te brengen.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 4 – ‘Afval is Voedsel’ (p. 114):

” De natuur werkt volgens een ingenieuze kringloop waarin afval niet bestaat. Een kersenboom maakt een schat aan bloesems en fruit aan, waarvan maar een klein deel (misschien) ontkiemt en tot groei komt. Alleen daarom bloeit de boom. Toch zijn de extra bloesems allesbehalve nutteloos. Ze vallen op de grond, verteren, voeden diverse organismen en micro-organismen en verrijken de grond. Overal ter wereld ademen dieren en mensen kooldioxide uit, wat planten weer opnemen om voor hun eigen groei te gebruiken. Stikstof uit afval wordt door micro-organismen, dieren en planten omgezet in proteine. Paarden eten gras en produceren mest die als meststof dient en als voeding voor de larven van vliegen. De belangrijkste voedingsstoffen van de aarde – koolstof, waterstof, zuurstof en stikstof – worden in omloop gebracht en en gerecycled. Afval is voedsel. “

auteur: Braungart, M./McDonough, W.
ISBN: 9789055945771
Auteurs: Braungart, M./McDonough, W.
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The Beautiful Necessity – Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture

By Claude Fayette Bragdon (1866 – 1946).

111 Pages | First Quest Edition 1978, originally published in 1910, with illustrations | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A | ISBN: 0835605078.

‘Let us build altars in the Beautiful Necessity’. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This is both a historical and contemporary overview of the parallels between the evolution of architecture and the evolution of mankind. Nothing can be said about this book that is not said better by the author through the prolific use of this finely crafted diagrams. Please leaf through these pages. You’ll surely be impressed with the 91 exquisite designs and the stark clarity of the message they convey.

I have difficulty in convincing Masons, who have read this book that I am not an Initiate in the 33rd Masonic Degree, and I was conscious of a strong Egyptian influence during the writing of it. Some impulse prompted me to try to present my thought solely by means of pictures and symbols, as was the Egyptian method.

From Chapter VI – ‘The Arithmetic of Beauty’ (p. 91):

” Although architecture is based primarily upon geometry, it is possible to express all spatial relations numerically: for arithmetic, not geometry, is the universal science of quantity. The relation of masses one to another – of voids to solids, and of heights and lengths to widths – forms ratios; and when such ratios are simple and harmonious, architecture may be said, in Walter Pater’s famous phrase, to ‘aspire towards the condition of music’. The trained eye, and not an arithmetical formula, determines what is, and what is not, beautiful proportion. Nevertheless the fact that the eye instinctively rejects certain proportions as unpleasing, and accepts others as satisfactory, is an indication of the existence of laws of space, based upon number, not unlike those which govern musical harmony. The secret of the  deep reasonableness of such selection  by the senses lies hidden in the very nature of number itself, for number is the invisible thread on which the world are strung – the universe abstractly symbolized. “

auteur: Bragdon, C.
ISBN: 0835605078
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Freedom through the Balisier (A Quest Miniature)

By Cyril H. Boynes.

113 Pages | First edition 1984 – A Quest Miniature | Softcover| Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605841.

‘I go to prepare a place for you… that where I AM, there you may be also…’

The colorful balisier is indigenous to Trinidad. The fiery plant has taken on deep mystical overtones for many of the natives, because of its unusual characteristics. It represents a symbol of life’s conflicts and eventual victory over our temporal nature. It might be said, it represents eternity itself, because of its almost indestructable nature. Because of the snake, that makes the balisier its home, it represents the dangers we encounter in our search for Truth. All this and more is brought to light in this Quest Miniature booklet. A native of Trinidad, points to many symbolic correspondences between the balisier and Christianity in an ecumenical sense.

From Chapter 3 – ‘A Symbol for a full Heart (p. 31 & 32):

” I decided to take Emerson’s concept splitting a word and watching it bleed to study this silence that flows into our stilled Souls. So I broke the word ‘silence’ and watched it bleed:

S = See | I = Into | L = Life | E = Every | N = New | C = Creative | E = Experience.

That means to me that in silence we can look at life in a new way and see in every experience a newly created thing flowing out from God. Seeing this new creation, our hearts, which are the dwelling place of God, can both appreciate and participate in the creation of new experiences. This is what our natural Self yearns to do. “

auteur: Boynes, C.H.
ISBN: 0835605841
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The Occult Way (Part II)

By Captain P.G. Bowen (1882 – 1940).

36 Pages (NB: the book begins on page 188 with page 224 as its final page) | 1985 edition | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | No ISBN.

From the Foreword:

” Instead of Notes, which are a usual and indeed a necessary accompaniment to lessons, such as those given in Part I of this book, I give in the lessons that follow some questions asked by Learners, and my own answers thereto. The questions are not inventions of my own, but are selections from a volume of queries actually propounded by students, who have heard the subject matter of the various lessons expounded by me in lectures, or have had private correspondence with me concerning it. 

The question I have chosen to answer here have been selected for two reasons: first, because a majority of students appear to be interested in the points, upon which they bear, and second, because the answers they evoke serve in some measure to fill up the wider gaps, which the lessons inevitably contain. To fill all gaps in teachings, such as I have given would naturally be impossible, and even if possible would not be desirable. To give just enough leading to induce in the Learner a desire to travel for himself/herself is always my aim, not give him/her so much as to cause him/her to feel that effort of his/her own is unnecessary. 

Each question in each of the lessons, which follow is designated by a letter (Question A, Question B. etc.), and related to the passage or paragraph similarly marked in the lesson in Part I to which that in Part II corresponds. Each lesson in Part II related to a lesson of corresponding number in Part I. “

P.G.B. 

auteur: Bowen, P.G.
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The Occult Way

By Captain P.G. Bowen (1882 – 1940).

176 Pages | Original edition 1936, revised edition 1978 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House London | ISBN: 0722950713.

Among the strongest influences in the literary life of Ireland in the early Decades of this Century was the Hermetic Society founded by ‘AE’ for the study of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s (1831 – 1891) teachings. It was a meeting place for young writers, poets, and intellectuals, and in 1933 there arrived Captain P.G, Bowen, whose father had been among Madame Blavatsky’s circle of students in London. Recognizing in Bowen a kindred spirit, ‘AE’ put him in charge of the Hermetic Society and urged him to write an account of the path of self-development taught in the Schools of the Mystery tradition. The Occult Way is Bowen’s attempt to present this practical aspect of the Hermetic philosophy. Written in the austere spirit of Light on the Path, the seven Lessons seek to teach the aspirant to know himself and to depend on himself alone. A book for all serious students of practical occultism.

From page 76:

” Look, O my son, for the STAR! The STAR, O Child, who would be a Man or Woman, will gleam upon you as the Night wanes, and the Storms of the Dark Hours die away into a Peace that is Herald of the Dawn. That STAR does not rise nor does it set: IT holds a fixed place beyond the clouds in the depths of a speckless sky; but not until the Thunders are hushed and the Storm Fog shreds apart can its Golden Light descend to earth and dispel the gloom of your Night.

Know, O son, that this Nature in which you live and labour is, like the mid-air about high mountains, the Playground and the Battleground of the Gods of Storm. Not until you dominate those Angels of Strife, and marshal them in legions obedient to your word, will the Clouds of their Breath of Fury lift and the DAWN STAR illumine the Sleeping Earth. Then, and only then, while STAR FIRE flames upon the WAY, may you rest with PEACE, and raise the veil from her face.

auteur: Bowen, P.G.
ISBN: 0722950713
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Madame Blavatsky on How to Study Theosophy

By Robert Bowen (1815 – 1908).

18 Pages | First published in 1960, reprinted in 1967, first Indian edition 1979, 3rd reprint 1973 – 1992, 4th reprint 1997 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591910.

Robert Bowen’s personal notes on the teachings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) provide an invaluable aid to the student today. They offer insights into the study and understanding of the essentials of Theosophy, particularly of Madame Blavatsky’s major work The Secret Doctrine (1888). They also point to their impact on the mind of the serious student, who is urged to go beyond verbal expositions of Theosophy to the depth of experience where alone truth is revealed.

From page 12:

” (D) Fourth and last basic idea to be held is that expressed in the Great Hermetic Axiom. It really sums up and synthesizes all the others. As is the Inner, so is the Outer; as is the Great so is the Small; as it is Above, so it is Below; there is but ONE LIFE AND LAW; and he that worth it, is ONE. Nothing is Inner, nothing is Outer; nothing is Great, nothing is Small; nothing is High, nothing is Low, in the Divine Economy. “

auteur: Bowen, R.
ISBN: 8170591910
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Hatha Yoga – The Occult Science of Health

By Captain P.G. Bowen (1882 – 1940).

19 Pages | A rare edition from 19xx | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | No ISBN.

The interpretation of the term Hatha Yoga, suggested by the sub-title of this paper, is one which may cause a little surprise, and perhaps, disagreement. Speaking in the widest sense, however, the interpretation is entirely correct, as I hope to make clear before I finish.

From: ‘Yoga What It Is’ (p. 3):

” The teWm YOGA literally translated means UNION. It refers to the process of harmonising, or unifying all departments or aspects of the individual Man with the inner, or central Principle, until the whole Life, and all that goes to make up that very comprehensive term, becomes balanced accurately, as it should be, on its AXIS. When this condition is attained all the outer departments swing accurately about the mathematical point (position, without dimension) which is the centre, and which itself, being merely abstract POSITION, does not move at all, and because of this fact governs the relative movements of outer sections of the wheel. This condition of balance constitutes perfection of individual development.

auteur: Bowen, P.G.
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TAO Te Tjing

Door Lao Tse (601 BC – unknown), bewerkt en ingeleid door Prof. H. van Praag, vertaald door J.A. Blok.

159 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 1910, 13de herziene druk 2013 (Klassiekers) | Softcover | Ankh-Hermes BV., Utrecht | ISBN: 9789020209952.

Het boek Tao Te Tjing is een van de belangrijkste geschriften van het Taoïsme. Centraal staan ‘het volgen van het Tao’ en ‘woe-wei’, het niet ingrijpen, het loslaten dat wil zeggen, je niet verzetten tegen de loop der dingen, maar daar spontaan in meegaan. De Tao Te Tjing is een Wijsheidsboek, dat door zijn diepgang en oorspronkelijkheid wordt gerekend tot de hoogtepunten van de wereldliteratuur. Het werk wordt toegeschreven aan Lao Tse,  een oudere tijdgenoot van Confucius (551 – 479 v. Chr.).

Uit Hoofdstuk 8 zoals vermeld in de Inleiding (p. 33):

Het hoogste goed is als water.

Water doet alle wezens goed en strijdt niet.

Het woont op plaatsen door alle mensen veracht.

Daarin komt het goede Tao nabij.

Hij leeft gaarne op lage plaatsen.

Zijn hart houdt van de diepte.

In weldoen houdt hij van de liefde,

in spreken van de waarheid,

in bestuur van de orde,

in werken van bekwaamheid,

in handelen van de geschikte tijd.

Hij strijdt niet, daardoor treft hem geen blaam.

auteur: Blok, J.A. (vert.)/Praag, H. van (bew. & inl.)/ Lao-Tseu
ISBN: 9789020209952
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The Voice of the Silence

122 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2007

A facsimile reprint of the 1889 edition exactly the way Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) wrote it, laying out the path of spiritual development. Includes an index and introduction by Boris de Zirkoff. The cloth edition (€13,50) is gilt-edged and has a ribbon marker.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 9780835606806
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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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Two Books of the Stanzas of Dzyan

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891).

235 Pages | First edition, 8th reprint 2013 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170590064.

The Stanzas of Dzyan are the skeleton as it were, around and attached to which the massive body of H.P. Blavatsky’s great work The Secret Doctrine, is built up. The Book of Dzyan – from the Sanskrit dhyāna (mystic meditation) – is the first Volume of the Commentaries [in fourteen volumes] upon the seven secret folios of Kiu-ti, and a glossary of the public works of the same name. Thirty-five volumes of ‘Kiu-ti’ for exoteric purposes and the use of the laymen may be found in the possession of the Tibetan Gelugpa lamas, in the library of any monastery. Yet not in the possession of European libraries being highly unknown to our philologists.

From page 231:

” The present is the child of the past; the future the begotten of the present; and yet, o present moment! Knowest Thou not that Thou hast no parent! Nor canst Thou have a child; that Thou art ever begetting but Thyself? Before Thou has ever began to say ‘I am the progeny of the departed moment, the child of the past, Thou has become that past itself. Before Thou utterest the last syllable, behold! Thou art no more the present but verily that future. Thus are the past, the present, and the future, the ever-living trinity in ONE – The great illusion of the Absolute is . . . “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 9788170590064
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The Original Programme of the Theosophical Society

70 pages Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2002

This volume is of great interest for all, who wish to delve into the historical roots of the Theosophical work, both exoteric and esoteric. The programme of the Theosophical Society is mentioned in an article written by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) in 1886:

  1. Universal Brotherhood;
  2. No distinction to be made by the member between races, creeds, or social positions, but every member had to be judged and dealt by on his personal merits;
  3. To study the philosophies of the East — those of India chiefly, presenting them gradually to the public in various works that would interpret exoteric religions in the light of esoteric teachings;
  4. To oppose materialism and theological dogmatism in every possible way, by demonstrating the existence of occult forces unknown to science, in nature, and the presence of psychic and spiritual powers in man; trying, at the same time to enlarge the views of the Spiritualists by showing them that there are other, many other agencies at work in the production of phenomena besides the “Spirits” of the dead. Superstition had to be exposed and avoided; and occult forces, beneficent and maleficent — ever surrounding us and manifesting their presence in various ways — demonstrated to the best of our ability.

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auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 8170593557
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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 Key to Theosophy – An Abridgement

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

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

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

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

ON GOD AND PRAYER

” Enquirer: Do you believe in God?

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

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

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

 

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Mills, J. (ed.)
ISBN: 0835604276
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A Blavatsky Quotation Book – Being an Extract for Each Day of the Year

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), compiled by W.A. Parley.

182 Pages| Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2000

Extractions from the many writings of H.P. Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society.  The selected texts are presented as meditations or readings suitable for each day of the year.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Parley, W.A. (comp.)
ISBN: 817059314X
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Praktisch Occultisme – Twee Verhandelingen

Door Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), vertaald door Helma Kool.

52 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1952, derde druk 1973 | Brochure | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9789061750048.

Engels origineel: First Steps in Occultism, later published as Practical Occultism | Published in 1952, second edition 2011 | Softcover | ISBN: 9788170595595.

‘ Deze artikelen zijn van zo grote waarde, voor allen die zich wensen voor te bereiden voor het Leerlingschap, dat ik ze gaarne uit Lucifer liet overdrukken, ten einde ze binnen het bereik van alle bestudeerders te brengen. ‘ – Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

Er zijn velen, die praktisch onderricht wensen in het occultisme. Derhalve wordt het noodzakelijk eens voor al vast te stellen:

A) Het inwezenlijke verschil tussen theoretisch en praktisch occultisme; of wat in het algemeen bekend is als Theosofie enerzijds en Occulte Wetenschap anderzijds.

B) De aard der moeilijkheden, welke de studie van de laatstgenoemde met zich brengt.

Het is gemakkelijk een Theosoof te worden. Elk mens van gemiddelde verstandelijke vermogens, en met een neiging tot het bovenzinnelijke; ieder, die rein en onzelfzuchtig leeft en meer vreugde vindt in het helpen van zijn of haar naaste dan in het zelf hulp ontvangen; iemand, die steeds klaar staat zijn of haar eigen genoegens ter wille van andere mensen op te offeren, en die Waarheid, Goedheid en Wijsheid om huns zelfs wil lief heeft, niet om de voordelen die zij kunnen schenken – is een Theosoof.

Afkomstig van blz. 23:

” De sleutel in elke graad is de aspirant zelf. Het is niet de vreze des Heren die het begin van Wijsheid is, maar de kennis van het Zelf, welke is de Wijsheid Zelve. 

Hoe groots en hoe waar blijkt dan voor de bestudeerder van het occultisme, die enige der voorgaande waarheden is gaan beseffen, het antwoord dat het orakel van Delphi gaf aan allen, die occulte wijsheid kwamen zoeken – de woorden, die telkens weer met nadruk worden herhaald door de wijze Socrates – ‘ MENS, KEN UZELF! ‘ “

 

 

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 9789061750048
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Deze brochure bevat twee artikelen:

  1. Praktisch occultisme – belangrijk voor bestudeerders
  2. Occultisme versus de occulte kunsten
Uit het voorwoord:
Deze artikelen zijn van zo grote waarde voor allen die zich wensen voor te bereiden voor het Leerlingschap, dat ik ze gaarne uit “Lucifer” liet overdrukken, ten einde ze binnen het bereik van alle bestudeerders te brengen. Annie Besant
De vertaalster schrijft vervolgens:
Al mogen enkele van de door H.P.B. genoemde regels van het Occultisme nauwelijks opvolgbaar schijnen in een verwrongen wereld als die van vandaag, toch kan men trachten in het diepere beginsel, dat er aan ten grondslag ligt, door te dringen en het zo allengs in het leven in te weven.Ieder kan beginnen zich te oefenen. Klaarheid van visie en wakkerheid in handeling zullen daarvan het gevolg zijn. H.K.

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Practical Occultism

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891).

90 Pages | Second Edition 2011 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595595.

Dutch translation: Praktisch Occultisme – Twee Verhandelingen | Uitgegeven in 1952, derde druk 1973 | Brochure | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9789061750048.

There are many people, who are looking for practical instruction in Occultism. It becomes necessary, therefore, to state once for all:

A) The essential difference between theoretical and practical Occultism; or what is generally known as Theosophy on the one hand, and Occult science on the other.

B) The nature of the difficulties involved in the study of the latter.

It is easy to become a Theosophist. Any person of average intellectual capacities, and a leaning toward the metaphysical; of pure, unselfish life, who finds more joy in helping his or her neighbour than in receiving help him- of herself, one who is ever ready to sacrifice his own pleasures for the sake of other people; and who loves Truth, Goodness and Wisdom for their own sake, not for the benefit they may confer – is a Theosophist.

But it is quite another matter to put oneself upon the path, which leads to the knowledge of what is good to do, as to the right discrimination of good from evil; a path which also leads a man to that power through which he can do the good he desires, often without even apparently lifting a finger.

From page 55:

” RISE early, as soon as your are awake, without lying idly in bed, half-waking and half-dreaming. Then, earnestly pray that all mankind may be spiritually regenerated, that those who are struggling on the Path of Truth may be encouraged by your prayers and work more earnestly and successfully. “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 9788170595595
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The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky – Volume 1 1861-1879

656 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Quest Books, 2003

A Psychological Enigma, A Puzzle for Future Generations, a Sphinx!

This unparalleled offering contains all known letters H.P.B. wrote between 1860 and the time just before she left for India in 1879. Meticulously edited by John Algeo, former President of the Theosophical Society in America and current Vice President of the international Society, the volume also contains letters to and about Blavatsky, articles, and editorial commentary.

Helena P. Blavatsky (1831-1891) is widely celebrated as the leading esoteric thinker of the nineteenth century who influenced an entire generation of artists and intellectuals and introduced Eastern spirituality to the West. Until now, however, readers have been able to know this fascinating woman only through her public writings. Few may have realized that H.P.B. was also a tireless correspondent with family and colleagues, friends and foes, the learned and the simple. Her personal correspondence reveals for the first time the private H.P.B. in all of her sphinx-like complexity rarely visible in her published material.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Algeo, J. (ed.)
ISBN: 0835608360
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Among them are controversial and colorful letters, like the one H.P.B. sent to the director of the Russian secret police offering to join their ranks. Also documented are her attempts to begin a Society of Spiritualists in Cairo, Egypt and the tragic and at times comedic troubles she experienced in doing so. You will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the establishment of the Theosophical Society and of the heated debates, both internal and external, surrounding its emergence. And you will experience H.P.B.’s infectious enthusiasm as she corresponds about beginning her first published work, Isis Unveiled. The first of four planned volumes being presented as the H. P. Blavatsky Collected Letters Series, this book delivers all you didn’t know about H.P.B. and with the humor and eloquence of her spellbinding personality. 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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Een Introductie tot de Geheime Leer

Door Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s (1831 – 1891).

127 bladzijden | Paperback | 4de herziene druk| Theosophical University Press, 2018. ISBN 9789491433214

Een Introductie tot de Geheime Leer bevat de essentie van HPB’s meesterwerk De Geheimer Leer.

Opgenomen zijn fragmenten uit De Geheime Leer, zoals het voorwoord, de proloog, de Stanza’s van Dzyan, en de samenvatting en conclusie die op de stanza’s volgen. Zo krijgt de lezer een beknopt overzicht van de hoofdlijnen van De Geheime Leer.

Het werk bevat daarnaast een artikel van Robert Bowen, waarin Blavatsky’s aanwijzingen voor het bestuderen van De Geheime Leer zijn opgenomen, en een artikel van Kirby Van Mater over het schrijven van De Geheime Leer.

Uit Afdeling 1 – ‘Kosmische Evolutie’, vertaling van zeven stanza’s met toelichtingen uit het geheime boek van Dzyan (blz. 28):

” Wie kent het geheim? Wie verkondigde het hier? Wie weet waaruit die veelvoudige schepping ontstond? De Goden zelf ontstonden later pas – Wie weet waaruit die schepping plots ontstond? Wie kent Dat waar die grote schepping uit voortkwam? Wie weet of zijn wil haar schiep of dat die zweeg? De hoogste ziener in de hoogste hemel, Hij weet het – of misschien zelfs deze niet. ” Rig-Veda 10:129.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 9789491433214
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In Memory of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky – By Some of Her Pupils

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891).

198 Pages | Original Edition 1891, Death Centenary Edition 1991 | Softcover | Theosophy Company Private LTD., India | ISBN: 817059037X.

PREFACE

The articles on Helena Petrovna Blavatsky that appeared in the monthly magazine ‘Lucifer’, after her death in 1891, were published the same year in a Memorial Volume. In 1931, to commemorate the centenary of her birth, a reprint of that book, with some additional material, was published by The Blavatsky Association of London.

Both the earlier editions have long been 0ut of print. The present photo-offset reprint is being published in the year of the hundredth anniversary of her passing as a tribute to this greatest Theosophist of our age.

THE PUBLISHERS.

Bombay, 8th May 1991.

From page XI:

” The inspiration given by Madame Blavatsky has indeed been incalculable in regard to this inborn desire and determination to find the PATH, and to attain, at whatever cost, the realisation of the true SELF. For she showed, as has been shown from time immemorial, that the WAY lies within; that each man has the power to work out his own salvation without the intervention of any deity other than his own highest SELF. In the Doctrines of Reincarnation and Karma with which Madame Blavatsky familiarised the West, are to be found the arbiters of Man’s fate – wholly just, yet, when rightly understood, wholly merciful, and the ultimate appeasers of mortal sorrow. “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN:
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H.P.B. Speaks – Volume 2

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), edited by Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (1875–1953)

181 Pages | First edition 1951, reprint 1986 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 817059037X.

It is a strange series of events that letters written by H.P.B. to a friend of her youth, Prince Alexander Mihailovich Dondukov-Korsakoff – some of them written from the Adyar Headquarters – should finally find their resting place in the Archives of the Theosophical Society in Adyar.

From page 16:

” My dear prince, you are interested in my life? Yes, you are right, for never has one of your compatriots been led by his mocking destiny into more original and unexpected situations than I have; situations both terrible and grotesque; heights and depths; one day on the level of the stars beyond the solar system, the next day in bottomless abysses. Such is my life and my fate that stake on my rise and fall like drunken stock-brokers. I am now on the rise and by God I will remain there even though I should be obliged to allow my army of Theosophists to crown me Queen-Prophet of Ceylon or Assam- and this under the very nose of the English, of whom half in India adore me and the other half detest me! “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 817059037X
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H.P.B. Speaks – Volume 1

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), edited by Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (1875–1953)

248 Pages | First edition 1950, reprint 1986 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170590361.

There exist in the Archives of the Theosophical Society at Adyar certain manuscripts of H.P.B. Among them all, the most interesting historically is her Diary for 1878, which is published in this work. Furthermore, letters written by H.P. Blavatsky  from 1875 onwards and some extracts from Scrapbook No. 1. are included.

From page 105:

” That I was called Heliona (not Helen as people call me) – a Greek name derived from that of the Sun-Helios- because (1st) there was an eclipse of the luminary on that day, who knew prophetically, one must infer, that it would be eclipsed for long years by the newly born babe, and also (2nd) because of the possibility it gave the clergy and missionaries of the 19th century to spell it with a double ‘ll’ (thus – Helliona) and assure the more readily their congregations that I was an imp of Hell . . . “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P., ed. by Jinarājadāsa, C.
ISBN: 8170590361
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Drie Wegen, Eén Pad

Door Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986), Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) en Mabel Collins (1851 – 1927), vertaald door Louis Geertman en Ali Ritsema.

223 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 2006 | Hardcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9061750881.

English edition: Inspirations from Ancient Wisdom: At the Feet of the Master, Light on the Path, the Voice of the Silence | published in 1999 | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 978-0835607735.

Deze bundel omvat drie standaardwerken – drie ‘Gidsen’ voor het spirituele pad – op het gebied van spirituele ontwikkeling: De Stem van de Stilte, Licht op het Pad en Aan de Voeten van de Meester. De waarde van hun verschijning in de moderne wereld in de 19de, vroeg 20ste eeuw valt niet eenvoudig te omschrijven. Met gemak kan evenwel worden gezegd, dat zij mede aan de basis hebben gestaan van al wat men vandaag weet over de spirituele reis, het Pad, de verlichting, of de ultieme bevrijding uit het bestaan van aardse beperkingen. Zij geven lessen over ethiek, over de universeel geldende wet van compassie, over karma – of de wet van evenwicht – over hoe te handelen in onze zoektocht naar spiritualiteit.

Hun doel beperkt zich niet tot een algemeen gevoel van welzijn, maar is uiteindelijk om een omvattend beeld te geven van de heiligheid van het leven en een helpende hand te zijn voor de innerlijke mens, die worstelt om zijn ware gedaante aan de wereld te tonen.

Afkomstig van blz. 223:

LIEFDE

” Wachtend op het Woord van de Meester,

Uitziend naar het Verborgen Licht;

Luisterend om zijn bevelen op te vangen

In het heetst van de strijd;

Zijn kleinste teken ziend

Over de hoofden van het gewoel;

Zijn zwakste fluistering horend

Boven het luidste aardse gezang. “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Collins, M./Alcyone (Krishnamurti, J.)
ISBN: 9061750881
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De waarde van de verschijning van deze drie werken in de moderne wereld in de negentiende, vroeg twintigste eeuw valt niet eenvoudig te omschrijven. Met gemak kan evenwel worden gezegd dat zij mede aan de basis hebben gestaan van al wat men vandaag weet over de spirituele reis, het Pad, de verlichting, of de ultieme bevrijding uit het bestaan van aardse beperkingen. Zij geven lessen over ethiek, over de universeel geldende wet van compassie, over karma – of de wet van evenwicht – over hoe te handelen in onze zoektocht naar spiritualiteit. Hun doel beperkt zich niet tot een algemeen gevoel van welzijn, maar is uiteindelijk om een omvattend beeld te geven van de heiligheid van het leven en een helpende hand te zijn voor de innerlijke mens die worstelt om zijn ware gedaante aan de wereld te tonen.

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De Sleutel tot de Theosofie

H.P. Blavatsky

402 blz. | Paperback | Theosophical University Press, 1998 ISBN 9789070328207

Na publicatie van De geheime leer kreeg H.P. Blavatsky veel verzoeken om een eenvoudiger uiteenzetting van de oude wijsheid. Ze reageerde hierop met De sleutel tot de theosofie, geschreven in vraag-en-antwoord-stijl. Wat is theosofie? Wat is het beleid van de Theosophical Society? Wat maakt iemand tot theosoof? Wat is karma? Wat is reïncarnatie? Wat gebeurt er na de dood? Wat is praktische theosofie? Wie zijn de mahatma’s?

Ze besluit het boek met een blik op de toekomst van de TS. Achterin is een verklarende woordenlijst opgenomen.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 9789070328207
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A Modern Panarion – A Collection of Fugitive Fragments

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891).

504 Pages | A facsimile of the original edition of 1895 | Hardcover | The Theosophical Company, USA. | ISBN: 0938998226.

The title A Modern Panarion has been taken from the controversial Panarion of the Church Father Epiphanius, in which he attacked the various sects and heresies of the first four centuries of the Christian era. The Panarion was so called as being a ‘basket’ of scraps and fragments. We are told. that this Panarion was ‘ a kind of medicine chest, in which he had collected means of healing against the poisonous bite of the heretical serpent. ‘ A Modern Panarion is of a like nature with the intent of the Christian Father; only in the nineteenth century, heresy has in many instances become orthodoxy, and orthodoxy heresy, and the Panarion of H.P. Blavatsky is intended as a means of healing against the terrors of ecclesiasticism, dogma and bigotry, and the blind negation of materialism and pseudo-science.

– Editors.

 

 

 

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 0938998226
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Zoroastrianism

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

44 Pages | First edition 1963, second edition 2005 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594685.

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 37:

” Zarathustra gave the words of power that could call down the fire down from above, and century after century, the fire that blazed on the Zoroastrian altar in the fire-temple was no mere mingling of material flames. The sacred fire was called down from fiery ākāśa; at the word of the priest, it fell upon the altar, and blazed there as the living symbol of God. When the lower priesthood had to act (when the higher one was not available), they were given the rod, in which the living flame or fire was ever flashing, and, as when they touched the altar fuel with it, the heavenly fire blazed forth. “

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170594685
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The Universal Wisdom Tradition and the Theosophical Society

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

29 Pages | 6th Reprint | Pamphlet | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8179593492.

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. 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

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

77 Pages | First edition 1901, second edition, fourth reprint, 2015 | Hardcover, incl. illustrations | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170592020.

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)

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

51 Pages | First edition, 9th reprint 2014 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:

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 | ISBN: 9788170590972.

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 | Softcover, incl. illustrations | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835671089.

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

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

153 Pages | 14th Reprint, 2015 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591236.

In these four lectures, Annie Besant 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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