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A Short History of the Theosophical Society

By J. Ransom.

591 Pages | First edition, 2nd reprint 2007 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595144.

THE GOLDEN STAIRS

” A clean life, an open mind, a pure heart, an eager intellect, an unveiled spiritual perception, a brotherliness for one’s co-disciple,a readiness to give and receive advice and instruction, a loyal sence of duty to the Teacher, a willing obedience to the behests of TRUTH, once we have placed our confidence in, and believe that Teacher to be in possession of it; a courageous endurance of personal injustice, a brave declaration of principles, a valiant defence of those who are unjustly attacked, and a constant eye to the ideal of human progression and perfection, which the secret science depicts – these are the golden stairs up the steps of which the learner may climb to the Temple of Divine Wisdom. “- Helena P. Blavatsky.

The year 1875 was a milestone for both the Eastern and the Western world. The Theosophical Society founded in that year, still thrives. This book traces its history over a period of sixty-two years, recording most of the important events and personalities of the time.

Mrs. Josephine Ransom (1879 – 1960), the author had access to more archival information than her precedessors, for example. Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (1875 – 1953), who edited The Golden Book of the Theosophical Society in 1925. Moreover, of additional value are the initial chapters, in which the authors traces the spiritualism that pervaded in the period prior to the founding of the Society. The absence of personal opinions and criticism adds to the historical value of the book.

auteur: Ransom, J.
ISBN: 9788170595144
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The Human and the Divine – Nine-fold Relationship to Śrī Piļļai Lokācārya and Madame Blavatsky

By N.C. Ramanujachary.

172 Pages | First limited edition 1995 | Softcover | Prapti Books, Madras, India | No ISBN.

The lives of Śrī Piļļai Lokācārya and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) were irradiated by the Great Ones who are ever seeking for interpreters of Occult Knowledge in the outer world . . . Their contribution and catholicity of thought remain a source of perennial inspiration to the true aspirants of Divine Wisdom.

From Section C – ‘Present and Future of the Thoughts: (p. 136):

” The teachings of any philosopher necessary are expressions of the Eternal Wisdom. Each one has dealt with the reality of the world, the organic relation of all life to the Divine Principle, the workings within the Cosmos, which are all matters of great appeal to a rational human. Stressing the solidarity of man, aiding him and his mind to the cosmic Mind, and leading each to the inevitable state of embracing the whole of the Universe has been the effort of both PL and HPB in their own chosen way. ” 

auteur: Ramanujachary, N.C.
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An Enduring Philosopher (T. Subba Row) – A Sequel to A Lonely Disciple

By N.C. Ramanujachary.

61 Pages | First limited edition 1995 | Softcover | Prapti Books, Madras, India | No ISBN.

T. Subba Row, an outstanding figure in the early days of the Theosophical Society after the Founders, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1917) came to India, was highly respected for his wide-ranging erudition and knowledge of esoteric philosophy and practice. He had many things to reveal on Occult Science and Philosophy. This slim volume, second in the series, includes seven essays vividly written.

From page VI:

” . . . You are wrong in distrusting Subba Row’s writings. He does not write willingly, to be sure, but he will never make a false statement. – Ten to one – it will never receive the attention it deserves – Why? Simply, because his statements contain sober facts, and that what your prefer generally is fiction so long as the latter dovetails with, and answers preconceived theories. ” 

  • Master K.H. in: ‘Letter No. 93’ (Winter 1883) The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett.

 

auteur: Ramanujachary, N.C.
ISBN: No ISBN
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Subba Row – A Lonely Disciple

By N.C. Ramanujachary.

59 Pages | First edition 1993 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592151.

T. Subba Row, an outstanding figure in the early days of the Theosophical Society after the Founders, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1917) came to India, was highly respected for his wide-ranging erudition and knowledge of esoteric philosophy and practice. Such, he played an important role during the formative years of the Society. His speeches and writings contained in two publications, The Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gītā and Esoteric Writings, strike the reader even today by their range and depth.

N.C. Ramanujachary born in 1935 at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, India, is a long-standing member of the Theosophical Society. A member of the Authors Guild of India, he is well known as short-story writer in Telugu, with the nom de plume SRIVIRINCHI.

From page 42:

” Madame Blavatsky had to face the accusation, that ‘Isis Unveiled’ was written with the help of Subba Row. She countered this in a letter dated January 9 1886:

I made Subba Row’s acquaintance on the day I first arrived to Madras, in 1882. Saw him for a week and then when we left Bombay for Madras to live, in January 1883, had exchanged with him a few letters till then. How could I write ‘Isis’ with his help, I in New York, he at Madras and perfect strangers to each other? “

 

auteur: Ramanujachary, N.C.
ISBN: 8170592151
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The Templars and the Grail – Knights of the Quest

By Karen Ralls.

261 Pages | Softcover | First Quest Edition 2003 | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835608077.

Who were the mysterious mediëval Knights Templar, and how can we separate fact from fiction? How does their mythos and its meaning live on today?

The powerful Knights Templar, famed monastic warriors of the Crusades, have long been shrouded in mystery. They were believed to conduct mystical rites, guard the Holy Grail, and possess the lost treasures of Jerusalem. They were also bankers to kings, trusted diplomats, farmers, business scions, and navigators. From Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival to Hollywood films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Templars continue to fascinate many today.

Dr. Karen Ralls presents the unfolding drama of the Knights Templar through time, examining the many beliefs and theories about their presumed powers and knowledge. Drawing on both academic and popular sources, she provides a solidly researched, up-to-date perspective and includes exclusive photos from Rosslyn Chapel and its museum exhibition. The result is a riveting read and a vital contribution to Templar history and their enduring spiritual legacy.

From Chapter 3 – ‘Organization and Beliefs’:

The Importance of Our Lady 

” The Templars showed a great reverence for Mary. Rule 306 states that ‘the hours of Our Lady should always be said first in this house . . .  because Our Lady was the beginning of our Order, and in her and in her honour, if it please God, will be the end of our lives and the end of our Order, whenever God wishes it to be. ‘ “

auteur: Ralls, K.
ISBN: 0835608077
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Indian Philosophy – Volume 1

By Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888 – 1975).

738 Pages | First published in 1923, 1999 edition | Oxford India Paperbacks | Softcover | Oxford University Press, New Delhi | ISBN: 0195638190.

Long acknowledged as a classic, this pioneering study of Indian thought charts a fascinating course through an intricate history. From the ṛg-veda to Rāmānujā, Radhakrishnan traces the development of Indian philosophy, while showing its growth as a single tradition of thought through the ages. Individual philosophers and their views are interpreted in the light of this broad argument. Throughout, the author’s concern is to show ancient philosophical texts at their best and relate these to contemporary issues of philosophy and religion. The essential elements of individual texts and philosophies are emphasized in order to prevent meaning and significance from being obscured by detail. Parallels between Indian and Western philosophical traditions are also regularly drawn.

From the Introduction (p. 25):

” The founders of philosophy strive for a socio-spiritual reformation of the country. When the Indian civilisation is called a Brāhmanical one, it only means that its main character and dominating motives are shaped by its philosophical thinkers and religious minds, though, these are not all of Brāhmin birth. The idea of Plato, that philosophers must be the rulers and directors of society is practised in India. The ultimate truths are truths of spirit, and in the light of them actual life has to be refined. “

auteur: Radhakrishnan, S.
ISBN: 0195638190
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Tarot for Life – Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth

By Paul Quinn.

344 Pages | First Quest Edition 2009 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608794.

This book is not just theory, it comes from someone who knows. . . .

You don’t need to have psychic abilities to read Tarot cards effectively. But you do need to be curious – curious about who you are and about the opportunities for growth in your daily life. Paul Quinn tranforms the Tarot from fortune-telling into the ultimate self-help tool for intuitive guidance, empowerment, and well-being. Discover how you can use the Tarot as a vibrant way to access inner Wisdom and to gain meaningful, practical insights into your relationships, career, family and personal development.

Quinn explains how the Tarot can offer Soul-directed advice to help you make wiser choices, and he shows how even the cards, that look most troubling can convey support. Newcomers and experts alike will value his thought-provoking examples and entertaining anecdotes, that explain complexities without reducing the cards’ mystical power. Quinn’s unique view opens the Tarot as a lifelong aid to enhancing awareness, self-knowledge and joy – right here, right now.

From the Epilogue (p. 331):

” The Journey Begins . . .

To thee no star be dark
Both heaven and earth
Friend thee for ever.
– William Shakespeare

[…]

Part of the practical beauty of the Tarot, is that it is a tool you can use forever, whenever you feel the need to understand yourself or situations in more objective, symbolic ways. But the word ‘Life’ in the title of this work, is not just about duration. It’s about the joy of using the cards to discover the spiritual opportunities in everyday and grow in compassion for the seventy-eight courageous, wise, wounded Tarot characters in yourself and in everyone. In seeing ourselves with more kindness and with a greater sense of creative potential, we cannot help, but view the world with the same generosity. “

auteur: Quinn, P.
ISBN: 9780835608794
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Paths to Wholeness (Study Guide)

By Willamay Pym.

39 Pages | Copyright 1989 by The Theosophical Society in America | A4 Study Course | Quest Books, U.S.A. | No ISBN.

The course may be studied by an individual. In this case, the keeping of a journal, supplemental reading, and a willingness to discuss the material with others will be most useful in deepening and broadening one’s insights. Prior to each lesson is a section entitled ‘Preparation for Lesson…’ Many of the articles listed in these sections are from the American Theosophist special issues or from Quest Magazine.

From page 37:

” The desire for wholeness develops within the framework of human love. It is only when love has been sufficiently developed by means of different kinds of temporary relationships between different fragments of the Divine Life (that means us) that the love for the whole is born within it. Then, instead of seeking satisfaction in this piecemeal manner, the fragment seeks it in the whole and through the whole in other fragments . . . This coming together in whatever measure it may be achieved is the only source of happiness, bliss or ananda there is in this world. Love is the very nature of the Divine, the unity which is the One Reality. It alone is the force, which causes the unreal to be drawn into the Real – the many into the One. “

  • I.K. Taimni (1898–1978) in The Secret of Self-Realization.
auteur: Pym, W.
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What Death Really Is, Questions We All Ask – Journey through the Portals of Change to the Heart of the Universe

By Gottfried de Purucker (1874 – 1942).

122 Pages | Copyright 1986 | Softcover | Point Loma Publications, San Diego, California | ISBN: 0913004480.

Dutch translation: Wat de Dood Werkelijk Is, Vragen die Wij Allen Stellen | Copyright 1986 | Stichting ISIS, International Study-Centre for Independent Search for Truth, ‘s-Gravenhage ISBN: 9073257018.

‘ LIGHT for the Mind
LOVE for the Heart
UNDERSTANDING for the Intelligence

ALL THREE must be satisfied
Before One
Can have PEACE. ‘

What Death Really Is, is a concise handbook to understanding the processes of dying and the after death states. It answers some of the most pertinent questions, that one has about after-death consciousness. Drawing from various world Wisdom traditions, G. de Purucker reaches into the heart of the subject in a clear and understandable manner.

From Chapter ‘Summing Up’ (p. 114 & p. 115):

” Man is a god manifesting in a physical body, but through an intermediate psychological apparatus. He is a divine flame encased in gross substance or matter, manifesting feebly at the present time in his evolutionary journey the wondrous faculties and powers of the god within, but showing them nevertheless at least somewhat. For man can think, and thinking is a wondrous faculty. He can cast his thought beyond the stars. He can reason. He can draw deductions from premisses. He can raise himself aloft on the wings of his imagination, and, guided by reason, soar beyond the confines of the Polar Star. Man can feel. He has compassion. He has pity for the helpless, for the hopeless, a yearning to aid those, who need aid. All these are divine faculties. Even in so small a degree as these examples testify does man show forth the working of the god within him. “

auteur: Purucker, G. de
ISBN: 0913004480
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Clothed with the SUN – The Mystery-tale of Jesus the Avatara

By Gottfried de Purucker (1874 – 1942).

45 Pages | First published in 1938, second printing 1944, second edition and edited in 1972 | Softcover | Point Loma Publications, San Diego, California | ISBN: 091300406.

Dutch translation: Bekleed met de ZON – het Mysterie-verhaal van Jezus | Uitgegeven in 1972 | Stichting ISIS, International Study-Centre for Independent Search for Truth, ‘s-Gravenhage | ISBN: 9070163195.

Jesus lived. Whatever name he may have had, the individual known as Jesus (the Hebrew name being Jeshua or Joshua), was an actual man, a great Sage. He did indeed live. He was, furthermore, an initiate into the secret doctrine of his period; and around him, after his death, grew up legends and tales, which were woven in later days – say a century after his death- into the so-called Gospels.

But who was Jesus? Nobody really knows. There is not one, single definite, conclusive, and proving answer to this question – not a single answer, which is know to be a certainty. When did Jesus live? When was he born? The answers to these questions are still unfound and still occupy the attention of not a small army of scholars and students; but behind all the cloud of uncertainty and the dust of conflicting opinions and, through all the ages since Jesus, later called the Christ, came and taught his fellow-men, through all and behind all this, we nevertheless discern the sublime figure of a Great Teacher.

From page 23:

” Believe not, said in substance the Syrian Sage of old to his disciples, ‘men when they come to you and tell you: ‘Lo, I am the Christ, follow me!’ Or when another one comes and says: ‘Lo, I am the Christ follow me!’ Believe them not. But when one comes before you, in the name of the Christ-spirit, and tells you to follow Truth whose ringing tones are heard in every normal heart of man, and who speaks in the name of the god within, in the name of the inner Christ, in the name of the inner Buddha, then said in substance the Syrian Sage, ‘He is my own. Follow him. “
auteur: Purucker, G. de
ISBN: 091300406
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Uitzicht door Inzicht – Universele Wijsheid, het NU en onze Toekomst

Door Robert A. Pullen.

96 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 2008 | Softcover | Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes BV., Deventer | ISBN: 9789020202403.

Volgens de Oude Wijsheid waren in de archaïsche oudheid religie, filosofie en wetenschap onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden en vormden zij de drie aangezichten van één geheel: de Wijsheidsreligie. Vanuit deze esoterische traditie wordt in dit boekje de oorsprong van alles verklaard, in het bijzonder de mens en de hem omringde natuur, zowel geestelijk als stoffelijk. In zeven hoofdstukken schetst de auteur de grondslagen hiervan en de mogelijkheden om deze aloude universele kennis in het moderne dagelijkse leven toe te passen en te ervaren als levende werkelijkheid.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 2 – ‘Het Doel van het Bestaan’ (p. 18 & 19):

Universele Broederschap

” Zoals reeds uiteengezet, vormt het leven een eenheid. Alles hangt met alles samen, van atoom tot melkwegstelsel en alles daar tussenin. Op grond van de eenheid van al het bestaande vormen alle wezens automatisch een universele broederschap. Broederschap onder de mensen hoeft dus niet te worden gecreeerd of als een organisatie te worden ‘opgericht’, maar is een feit in de Natuur. Het is de levende uitdrukking van ons aller bestaan. Dat wij ons dit niet bewust zijn is een andere zaak. Wij moeten ervoor zorgen dat wij op grond van onze innerlijke natuur daar uitdrukking aan gaan geven in het licht van al het bovenstaande. Broederschap dient een vanzelfsprekendheid te worden, en niet iets om te overwegen. Ook dat is altijd de boodschap geweest van de grote leraren der mensheid, door alle tijden heen. “

auteur: Pullen, R.A.
ISBN: 9789020202403
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In zeven hoofdstukken schetst de auteur de grondslagen hiervan en de mogelijkheden om deze aloude universele kennis in het moderne dagelijkse leven toe te passen en te ervaren als een levende werkelijkheid. In een helder beeld worden maatschappelijke wantoestanden, misverstanden en de vele conditioneringen en traditionele patronen van het materialistische denken blootgelegd en worden perspectieven aangedragen om een nieuwe sprituele levensvisie op te bouwen, bewust in het NU te leven en daarmee zelf onze toekomst te bepalen.

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Dynamics of the Psychic World – Comments by H.P. Blavatsky

Comments by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), compiled by Lina Psaltis.

132 Pages | Reprint 1989 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 817059121X.

Psychic phenomena, magic, hypnotism, spiritualism, planes of perception, dreams, and spiritual progress – these are some of the subjects discussed in this collection of excertps from the writings of one of the most famous occultists of history: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

In this small book the compiler has drawn together from various sources some of the important and interesting statements made by H.P. Blavatsky more than a century ago on subjects, which are arousing wide interest today. Her comments not only reveal something of her profound knowledge and wisdom, but are also fascinating, informative and relevant. They contain valuable advice to those who would dabble in psychic realms without being aware of their dangers and pitfalls.

From page 104/105:

” The key in each degree is the ‘aspirant himself’. It is not the fear of God, which is the beginning of Wisdom, but the knowledge of SELF which is WISDOM ITSELF. How grand and true appears, thus, to the student of Occultism who has commenced to realize some of the foregoing truths, the answer given by the Delphic Oracle to all who came seeking after Occult Wisdom – words repeated and enforced again and again by the wise Socrates: MAN KNOW THYSELF . . . ” 

  • From: Collected Writings, Vol. IX, p. 162.
auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Psaltis, L. (comp.)
ISBN: 817059121X
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Madame Blavatsky Unveiled

By Leslie Price.

44 Pages | First edition February 1986 | Softcover; (paper) leaflet | Theosophical History Centre, London | ISBN: 0948753005.

A new discussion of the most famous investigation of The Society for Psychical Research.

Founded in 1985, Theosophical History Centre seeks to promote interest in the history of the Theosophical Society and related fields. The paper was first presented on 12 April 1983 and it was subsequently made available in draft in both the parapsychological and theosophical communities.

From page 1:

” Madame Blavatsky, the co-founder of the T.S. was born in 1831. In ‘Spiritual Magazine’, April 1872, she was reported to be directing a Spiritualist society in Cairo, Egypt and after her arrival in New York in 1873 reports of paranormal phenomena around her began to appear regularly in the Spiritualist papers. She was corresponding secretary of the T.S., founded in New York in 1873, of which Col. Henry Olcott was president until his death in 1907. The two chief founders left the U.S.A. for India in 1878 via London, and transferred T.S. headquarters first to Bombay and in 1882 to Adyar. It was during a visit by the founders to Europe in May 1884 that the S.P.R. Committee was formed. The S.P.R, itself was only two years old, and the personnel of Spiritualism, Theosophy and Psychical Research were not then as polarised as they later became. “

 

auteur: Price, L.
ISBN: 0948753013
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Life and its Spirals – History in the Light of Theosophy

By E.W. Preston.

167 Pages | Softcover | Published in 1962, first reprint 1990 | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591376.

This companion Volume to The Earth And Its Cycles deals with history in the Light of Theosophy and is based on lectures delivered at the School of the Wisdom, Adyar, Madras. The general principles of evolutionary psychology were first expounded by Professor J.E. Marcault in The Evolution Of Man and were illustrated from the history of science in Studies In Evolutionary Psychology by E.W. Preston. and C.G. Trew. Both these books are now out of print. The present writer, convinced of the validity of these principles has, with permission, selected and expanded the material so that the theory may again be available to students.

  1.  PART I – Introduces the concept of life as an expanding spiral in Nature and man.
  2.  PART II – Deals with modern races and their psychology.
  3.  PART III – Is an attempt to see the working-out of these ideas in the present and future.

From Chapter IX – ‘The Fifth Root Race, Aryan or Indo-European’ (p. 70):

” The races of men are not end-on, but overlap in time as do the members of a family. Each has it own cycle and reaches the various levels of consciousness successively. Each is influenced by the other and, in the later stages, tends toward similarity of level. Before the Fifth Race was founded the Fourth Race had spread throughout the world and the majority of peoples of the world today are its descendants. […] In The Secret Doctrine Madame Blavatsky discusses this subject of the overlapping of the races. She points out that there is ‘an enormous overlapping of one Race over the Race that succeeds it, though in characters and external type the elder loses its characteristics, and assumes the new features of the younger Race’. Further, she adds that ‘even now (1888) the new Race and races are preparing to be formed’, and that it is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced. The Americans of the United States have already become a nation apart. They are, in short, the germs of the sixth sub-race, and in some few hundred years more, will become the pioneers of that race, which must succeed to the present European or fifth sub-race. After this, in about 25.000 years, they will launch into preparations for the seventh sub-race. “

auteur: Preston, E.W.
ISBN: 8170591376
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An Abridgement of The Secret Doctrine

260 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1996

Explore the Wisdom of the Ages

This abridgement presents the central insights of the original text in accessible form, simplified by the selection of those pasages that are most interesting and relevant for the contemporary reader.

The creation of the universe and the nature of humanity as taught by the Ancient Wisdom. An abridgement of the original 1500 page work, The Secret Doctrine.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Preston, E.W. (ed.)/Humphreys, C. (ed.)
ISBN: 9780835600095
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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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Initiation into Yoga

By Sri Krishna Prem, formerly known as Ronald Henry Nixon) (1898 – 1965).

128 Pages | First Quest Edition 1976 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835604845.

Yoga according to Sri Krishna Prem is nothing but an intense relating to life: ‘The aspirant must therefore guard himself carefully against any tendency to separate himself from his fellows. He must strive always to feel himself into the hearts of those he meets in his daily life‘. Surely these words are a far, far cry from what we are used to reading in the great array of yogic studies now available to the Western world. Initiation into Yoga is indeed a living experience between author and reader: therefore, a legitimate yogic experience in itself.

From Chapter I – ‘Initiation into Yoga’ (p. 35 & 36):

” The Guru is the pure Consciousness itself dwelling in the heart of every living being and particularly that Light as reflected in the ‘sattvic buddhi’ – the power that gives us certain knowledge beyond all the doubts and hesitations of the mind. That Light dwells in all beings and speaks (that is why some traditions have termed it the Logos, the Word) in our hearts with the voice of conscience; though only too often we confuse its voice with various other voices that speak with louder accents. “

 

auteur: Prem, Sri K.
ISBN: 0835604845
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Verzonken Continenten en Continentverschuiving

Door David Pratt.

62 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 2009, tweede druk 2010 | Softcover | Theosophy University Press Agency, Den Haag | ISBN: 9789070328740.

Engels origineel: Sunken Continents versus Continental Drift | www.davidpratt.info.

Volgens de platentektoniek hebben ‘legendarische’ verzonken continenten zoals Atlantis en Lemurië nooit echt bestaan. Ze beweert dat continenten duizenden kilometers kunnen verschuiven, maar dat het verrijzen en verzinken van grote continenten onmogelijk zou zijn. De platentektoniek ligt echter zwaar onder vuur. Een groeiende hoeveelheid bewijsmateriaal toont aan dat continenten niet als meubelstukken kunnen worden verplaatst, dat periodieke verticale korstbewegingen een sleutelrol spelen in de evolutie van de aarde, en dat grote delen van de zeebodem in het verre verleden continenten waren.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk ‘Het Verrijzen en Verzinken van Continenten’ (p. 26):

Verticale bewegingen

” De theosofische traditie leert dat de aardkorst zich voortdurend verheft of verzinkt, meestal langzaam maar op sommige momenten met cataclysmische intensiteit. Er is een voortdurende afwisseling van land en water: als één deel van de droge landen verzinkt, ontstaat elders nieuw land. Blavatsky schrijft:

Het opheffen en dalen van continenten gaat steeds voort. De hele kust van Zuid-Amerika is in een uur 10 tot 15 voet opgeheven en ook weer gedaald. Huxley heeft aangetoond dat de Britse eilanden vier keer onder de oceaan zijn gezakt en vervolgens weer zijn omhoog gekomen en opnieuw bevolkt. De Alphen, de Himalaya en de Cordilleras waren alle het gevolg van bezinksels, die zich op de zeebodem hadden afgezet en die door titanische kracht tot hun huidige hoogte werden opgeheven. “

auteur: Pratt, D.
ISBN: 9789070328740
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Conversations with J. Krishnamurti

116 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1990

The world renowned teacher J. Krishnamurti, comes uniquely alive in this six revealing interviews with journalist N. Lakshmi Prasad.

auteur: Prasad, N.L.
ISBN: 0835606619
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The Solar System

By Arthur E. Powell (1882 – 1969).

371 Pages | First published in 1930, first edition, third reprint 2015 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170594314.

The Solar System offers a comprehensive picture of the streams of life, passing from stage to stage of development to the level of humanity and beyond. This valuable work is the last of a series of books by the same author, that present a coherent and sequential account of the finer bodies of the human being and its role in the scheme of evolution. It was preceded by The Etheric Double – The Health Aura, The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena, The Mental Body and The Causal Body and the Ego.

Human evolution takes place as the Soul experiences birth in different races and civilizations. The vast panorama presented here and the details of the human constitution contained in the rest of the series, awaken insight into the glorious nature of the cosmic process and the great future awaiting humanity on its pilgrimage towards the Eternal.

From the Introduction: (p. xvii, p. xviii & p. xix):

” Up to the present, however, no one book has appeared covering the whole of this vast ground [of the Solar System], describing both the ‘field’ of evolution and the streams of life, which evolve in it as the ages roll by. The present Volume is therefore attempt to fill this need.

[…]

  1. The work is planned in three main sections. First, the field, in which evolution takes place, is described. This involves a study of the various globes, their successive periods of activity and obscuration, the chains and schemes of evolution. It is the form-side of our subject, a description of the places where life evolves.

  2. The second section deals with the various streams of life, which are poured into the prepared field, and the method by which those streams steadily evolve and pass through the various stages or levels of attainment or growth. These processes are here dealt with in broad outline only, giving the student a bird’s-eye view of the whole stately march of events.

  3. The third section describes in much more detail the progress of the component parts of certain of the kingdoms of life, more especially the human races and subraces. In this section, however, as already stated, full elaboration of detail is avoided, the object being, not so much to give the student an encyclopaedic mass of in-formation, as to enable him to perceive and understand the principles determining the mighty plan in obedience to which everything is ordered in this superbly ordered universe, in which ‘not a sparrow falls on the ground’ save by the Will of the Father of the System to which we have the honour to belong. “

 

auteur: Powell, A.E.
ISBN: 9788170594314
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The Great Awakening – Reflections on Zen and Reality

By Robert Powell.

179 Pages | Copyright 1961, first Quest book edition 1983 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605779.

Here is Krishnamurti – a living legend; one of the most creative minds of our time. And here is Robert Powell. Captivated by the stark truth he found in the Krishnamurti philosophy, he pondered over the dynamic equivalents he noted in Zen Buddhism, the exotic discipline that has so captured the imagination of the Western world.

Powell’s search for reality is not limited to exploring the Krishnamurti and Zen philosophies. He believes the mystical tradition of all major religions has been concerned with an immediate transformation of consciousness, and that all major religions are in fact, branches of the same tree. The tree of reality, symbol of the non-divisibility of life.

From Chapter 30 – ‘There is Nothing in It . . . (p. 169):

” In the end there can only be Silence; when no longer anything is said or done to describe or ‘act’ Zen consciously, comes the experience of the silent mind, in which there is constant renewal so that the mind is ever fresh and innocent. So let us wash out our mouths many times, for we have mentioned the Buddha, Christ, etc. many times, and consider ourselves lucky that for now we have been spared the pulling of the nose, the thirty blows or such treatment – and who would deny that we have deserved it? Thus there remains only to ‘walk on’! “

auteur: Powell, R.
ISBN: 0835605779
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The Mental Body

By Arthur E. Powell (1882 – 1969).

372 Pages | First published in 1927, second edition 2018 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170596080.

The mental body is the vehicle of thought and is one of the subtle bodies of a human being. To plant our feet firmly on the thought-world, and reach upwards to the very abstractions of thought will surely bring us to the treshold of a world higher and purer, not only in degree, but also in kind. Through those abstractions we shall rise to the world of the spirit, and draw appreciably nearer to the God-consciousness from which we now feel and know ourselves to be temporarily exiled.

This book describes the anatomy, nature and functions of the mental body based on the first-hand testimony of noted clairvoyants like Charles Webster Leadbeater and Annie Besant. It is the third in a series by Colonel Arthur E. Powell, attempting to provide a condensed synthesis of theosophical knowledge to all lovers of esoteric lore. The others in the series are: The Etheric Double – The Health Aura, The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena, The Causal Body and the Ego and The Solar System.

From Chapter 13 – ‘Physical or Waking Consciousness’ (p. 105):

” A man’s mental body is affected by almost everything in his environment. Thus, for example, the pictures, which hang on the walls of his rooms influence him, not only because they keep before his eyes the expression of certain ideas, but also because the artist puts a great deal of himself, of his inmost thought and feeling, into his work. This we may term the unseen counterparts of the picture, clearly expressed in mental and astral matter, and these radiate from the picture just as surely as scent inheres in and radiates from a flower. “

auteur: Powell, A.E.
ISBN: 9788170596080
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The Astral Body – And Other Astral Phenomena

By Arthur Edward Powell (1882 – 1969).

288 Pages | First published in 1926, 1927, 1954, second edition 2014 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595809.

This classic tekst has long been used as a principal resource by students and scholars of astral phenomena. A natural companion to Powell’s The Etheric Double – The Health Aura, its subject is the structure, nature, and powers of the astral body, the vehicle of feelings and emotions seen by clairvoyants as an aura of flashing colours. Based on first-hand testimony by noted clairvoyants, including Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934) and Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), Powell’s perceptive commentary is of enduring interest to all lovers of esoteric lore. Others in the Powell series are: The Mental Body, The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena, The Causal Body and the Ego and The Solar System.

From Chapter I  – ‘General Description’:

” Briefly, the astral body of (wo)man is a vehicle, to clairvoyant sight not unlike the physical body, surrounded by an aura of flashing colours, composed of matter of an order of fineness higher than that of physical matter, in which feelings, passions, desires and emotions are expressed and which acts as a bridge or medium of transmission between the physical brain and the mind, the latter operating in the still higher vehicle – the mind-body. “

 

auteur: Powell, A.E.
ISBN: 9788170595809
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The Art of Meditation – (Adyar Pamphlet New Series No. 5)

By Marie Poutz.

21 Pages| A talk delivered at ‘Olcott’, Wheaton, Illinois, in the Summer of 1935; first published in 2003 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594413.

When you succeed in building a bridge at first in meditation between the personal self and the world of intuïtion – where brotherhood, joy and beauty are facts – and then gradually spreading it all through your daily life, you will no longer ask whether you’re making progress. You will simply have forgotten all about yourself! And in precisely this forgetting lies your success and achievement . . .

From page 1 & 2:

” People are apt to think that meditation to be successful must be accompanied by some astral phenomenon – seeing forms, colours, hearing sounds, bells, and so forth. Even some purely physical sensations – a shiver along the spine, a tingling in the finger tips – those examples have come to me, and they are hailed with delight and proclaimed on the housetops, to the dismay of those who have had no such experiences, and therefore consider their own meditations as failures. Surely, such trivial and often foolish manifestations do not constitute a succesful meditation. They are rather an obstacle, because they draw the attention away from the inner realities. It is better to see and hear nothing on the psychic planes, so that the consciousness, wholly turned inwards, may reach communion with the Divine and gradually unify the personal self with the Ego consciousness. ” 

 

 

 

auteur: Poutz, M.
ISBN: 8170594413
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Tibetaans Boeddhisme – Een Verzameling Studies

Redactie: Ir. H.E. Ch. Poortman, Dr. J.H. Dubbink en Drs. R. Engelse.

93 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1975 | A4-formaat softcover incl. illustraties | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 0906175038.05.

Deze publicatie ziet het licht tijdens de viering van het 100-jarig jubileum van de internationale Theosophical Society. Moge zij bijdragen tot een juist inzicht in de oorsprong en het doel van het theosofisch werk, geworteld als het is in bepaalde universele leringen van het Tibetaans Boeddhisme. En moge zij helpen bij de verspreiding van mededogen en broederschap tot geluk van alle wezens.

Deze uitgave bevat een verzameling studies van diverse auteurs over de volgende onderwerpen:

  • De Dalai Lama en zijn boodschap
  • De Dalai Lama als mens
  • Tibetaanse mystiek
  • Dharmacakra, het levensrad van het bestaan
  • Het Tibetaanse Dodenboek van leven en sterven
  • Het Pad van de Bodhisattva
  • Tibetologie
  • Brieven van De Meesters
  • Erkenning van de esoterische school
  • De Mahatma’s over Tibet
  • Het Vajrayana (tantrisch) Boeddhisme
  • De zeven menselijke beginselen.
auteur: Poortman, H.E.Ch. (red.)/Dubbink, J.H./Engelse, R.
ISBN: 090617503805
Aauteur: Poortman, H.E.Ch. (red.)/Dubbink, J.H./Engelse, R.
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Kabbalah – An Introduction and Illumination for the World Today

By Charles Poncé.

297 Pages | Copyright 1973, seventh printing 1997 | Softcover, incl. illustrations | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605108.

This detailed and readable introduction to the Kabbalah – the ancient system of Jewish mysticism – illuminates its fascinating history and points out its striking parallels with astrology, yoga, numerology and tarot. Over 100 illustrations, many reproductions of historic book plates, diagrams, and charts, bring the theories of Kabbalah vividly to life. Students of Kabbalism and anyone interested in esoteric thought will find Kabbalah an essential handbook on the background, doctrines, and applications of this rich and important mystical system.

From Part Three – ‘The Kaballah Today’ (p. 259 & 260):

” In order mythically to reconstruct the universe, we must reconstruct of rediscover the original unity within us by calling forth and constellating the total man, who each and one of us has the potential to become. This then, is the unity of opposites: the marriage of all the contradictions one might find between what one would like to do and what one is, and what one does and pretends to be. To this end must we reawaken the heart of the hero in our daily encounter with the dragon of the world, the beast that mythology tells us demands fresh flesh daily, if not the spirit of our generation. 

To many of us the Kaballah is dead. In order to revive it we must bring to it a new mythology. In much the same way as the first Kabbalists brought to their sacred scriptures a new life and greater depth by the application of mythical structures, so too must we now approach the Kabbalah with a new mythical language. That has been the goal of this introductory work: not only to introduce the general public to to the basic ideas of the Kabbalah, but to the most recent method of interpretation with which Jewish mysticism may be understood. “

 

auteur: Poncé, C.
ISBN: 0835605108
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Charles Ponce, Ph.D., studied comparative religion, psychology, and the psychology of religion at New York University, Columbia University, and the New School for Social Research. He has written and lectured extensively on Jungian psychology, comparative religion, and related fields.

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From Atom to Kosmos – Journey without End

By Lafayette Gordon Plummer (1904 – 1999).

121 Pages | First published in 1940, second revised edition 1987, first Quest edition 1989 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. co-published with Point Loma Publications, San Diego | ISBN: 0835603083.

There is a type of the true clairvoyance on the spiritual and cosmic planes‘, writes Plummer. ‘There one hears the symphony of eternal life’.

Ever look through a telescope and feel spellbound at the wonders of the heaven? Seeing is believing – and to help us truly see, this book shows us how to ‘don the winged cap and sandals of Hermes‘ and ‘soar far above the Earth, beyond the pale moon, passing at a step the confines of the Solar System, until we found ourselves lost in the velvet blackness of the night sky. ‘

The author offers a riveting condensation of the ancient Wisdom. He opens readers to the universal powers latent in people, powers far greater than any psychic abilities. He also reviews astronomy’s speculations about one stupendous Super Universe, a speculation that coincides with Theosophy’s occult teachings.

From Chapter IV – ‘Life Without End’ (p. 25):

” A Master of Life is one who is able, not only to draw upon his or her own resources, inner and outer, but through the medium of his or her inner constitution, to contact the inner planes, and draw upon the resources of the Divine Being whose ‘principles’ are these planes of consciousness, and therefore a part of whose nature he or she him/herself is. And these resources are exhaustless. “

 

 

auteur: Plummer, L.G.
ISBN: 0835603083
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Man – A Universe in Miniature

By Joy Piper.

113 Pages | First printed in 2003, reprint 2012 | Soft cover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | No ISBN.

In this work, the author attempts to explain the nature of man’s existence and his place in the overall scheme of things. It is concerned with challenges concerning ‘human-ness’ and all that it implies: joys, sorrows and a sense of bewilderment and frustration when one faces, as one ultimately must, the depths of one’s own ignorance as how to live a life on Earth in the truest and most spiritual sense.

It is the author’s hope, that this work may provide a basic structure for the reader’s own research and study. Feel encouraged to embark upon your own quest for knowledge of this wonderful Universe, in which we live. Discover the Great Cosmic Laws governing the way in which all solar systems with their planets in orbit follow their pre-destined pattern of movement in space: the way in which a man’s seven bodies ‘orbit’ his own ‘Spiritual Sun’ or ‘Spark of the Divine’. Because these same Great Laws apply to the macrocosm (the large) and to the microcosm (the small). As it is above, so it is below, as it is within, so it is without: by learning about humankind – ourselves – we can begin to find the answers to questions about the Universe.

From page 107:

” Although the Masters may not actively intervene in human affairs, they can and do constantly observe the progress of events on our planet Earth. They are aware of those individuals, who have willingly committed themselves to the rigours of self-training necessary to equip them with the knowledge and stamina, which are essential for carrying out the Masters’ work. This work involves spreading the Ageless Wisdom Teachings – Theosophy – as widely as possible, so that others also may become helpers in the work of the Masters. In this way, the Masters’ influence for Good will greatly undermine the dark forces, so that in time a greater harmony will prevail in life on our world. ” 

auteur: Piper, J.
ISBN:
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Yoga Beyond Fitness – Getting More than Exercise from an Ancient Spiritual Practice

By Tom Pilarzyk, Ph.D.

267 Pages | First Quest Edition 2008 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608633.

Exotic yoga vacations, designer clothing, new hybrid forms; yoga for weight loss; yoga for your dog . . . Author Tom Pilarzyk believes something essential has been lost as the 5.000-year-old spiritual practice has become a $6 billion pop culture industry. We tap its true power only by returning to yoga’s roots: Holding daily intention, welcoming difficulties that test resolve, opening the heart when feeling victimized, and remembering to breathe deeply and witness the spontaneous play of energy all around. Yoga beyond Fitness offers a bridge to yoga’s serious meaning for the millions, who use it for exercise, but want more. It traces America’s love affair with yoga while offering an overview of diverse teachings.

From Chapter – ‘The Frog under our Mat’:

” Social recovery and personal metamorphosis begin by examining our own perceptions and intentions and our own expectations and judgements of ourselves. It cannot be otherwise. Only in this way do we begin to gain freedom from clinging to past deficiency where we are never good enough, strong enough, straight enough, long enough, wise enough, or young enough just to be who and how and what we are at this very moment. The natural outcome of our transformation is happiness, at peace with ourselves and the world. This is Yoga’s promise, what Krishnamacharya once called India’s greatest gift. We must not waste it on what it was never meant to be.  “

 

auteur: Pilarzyk T.
ISBN: 9780835608633
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Marry Your Muse – Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity

By Jan Phillips.

255 Pages | First Quest Edition 1997 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607593.

Fall in love with the Artist within and help your Creative Spirit soar!

Witers, photographers, painters, journal keepers, sculptors, musicians, poets, and everyone who wants to live life as a work of art will find inspiration in this wonderful work:

  • Become more productive and confident through stirring affirmations of ‘The Artist’s Creed’.
  • Discover a deep and satisfying form of self-expression through easy exercises, personal anecdotes, inspiring quotations and pictures.
  • Learn tricks to overcome ‘Artist Blocks’ and find new ideas from the shared experiences of other artists.

Committing to our own creativity is an act of faith, a promise that we will keep at it despite our fears and failings and despite whatever obstacles we find in our paths. It is a promise to believe in ourselves, to honor the creative process and to open our lives to the gifts of the ‘Muse’.

Jan Phillips is an award-winning photographer and feature writer, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Utne Reader, and many other national and regional publications. She developed Marry Your Muse during workshops sponsored by Women’s Writing Guild.

From Part One – ‘What matters is the Newness’ (p. 59):

” The artist Wassily Kandinsky writes in ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art’, that ‘the artist must search deeply into his own soul, develop and tend it, so that his art has something to clothe, and does not remain a glove without a hand . . .’. The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal, but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning. ” 

 

 

auteur: Phillips, J.
ISBN: 0835607593
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ESP of Quarks and Superstrings

248 Pages | First edition 1999, reprint 2005 | Hardcover | New Age International Limited Publishers, New Delhi | ISBN: 8122412092.

In his forthcoming book The Image of God in Matter, Phillips provides further confirmation of the validity of the yogic psychic ability exercised by Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) and Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934) to magnify subatomic particles. The source of this independent support is the Jewish mystical tradition called Kabbalah, which is based upon the cosmic blueprint of the so-called ‘Tree of Life’.

Phillips proves that this geometrical object embodies the mathematics of superstring theory and encodes the structure of the superstring constituents of quarks as clairvoyantly described by the two Theosophists. He shows that Jewish mysticism, as well as Pythagorean mathematics, share a common ground with recent scientific discoveries about the nature of matter and space-time, whose relation to higher  realities is proved to confirm certain Theosophical teachings. Clairvoyant, mystical and scientific insights are shown to be in harmony with one another, because each expresses in its own way the profound truth, that matter ultimately embodies the nature of God symbolised by the ‘Tree of Life’.

From the Conclusion (p. 243):

” With the information revealed in ‘Occult Chemistry’ a great expansion of our knowledge of Chemistry lies in front of us. It is just because this expansion is inevitable, that our clairvoyant investigators have toiled patiently for thirty years. They have claimed no recognition from chemists or physicists, because clearly will sooner or later be woven into the whole fabric of truth. The fact that this generation of scientists hardly knows anything at all of an extraordinary work of research extending for thirty years matters little, when we contemplate the long vistas of scientific investigations which the imagination sees awaiting mankind. “

 

 

 

 

auteur: Phillips, S.M.
ISBN: 8122412092
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Anima, Evidence of a Yogic Siddhi – Remote Viewing of Subatomic Particles

By Stephen M. Phillips.

66 Pages | First edition 1996, first reprint 2003 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592976.

This paper presents evidence of how facts of nuclear particle physics have confirmed purported, psychic descriptions of subatomic particles. It is because Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) and Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934) finished their observations many years before pertinent scientific knowledge became available that their work cannot be dismissed as fraudulent. Nor can their observations be interpreted as precognitive visions of future ideas and discoveries of physics. Besant and Leadbeater claimed that they used one of the eight yogic siddhis (aṇimā) to study the structure of the atoms in every element.

From Chapter – ‘Micro-psi Investigations’ (p. 1):

” The Vedas and books on yoga mention siddhis, or psychic powers, which a yogi may acquire as a result of meditation, drugs, incantations or austerities. The Yoga-Sūtra’s, the earliest exposition of yoga written by Patañjali about 400 BC., describes eight siddhis. In Aphorism 3.26 of the Sūtra’s he states that a yogi can acquire ‘knowledge of the small, the hidden or the distant by directing the light of the superphysical faculty’:

pravr̥tty-āloka-nyāsāt sūksma-vyavahita-viprakr̥ṣṭa-jñānam |

In parapsychological terms the ability to acquire ‘knowledge of the hidden or the distant’ is ‘remote viewing’ of the world at large. The ability to obtain ‘knowledge of the small’ can, likewise, be interpreted as remote viewing of the microscopic world. It has the Sanskrit name of animā and is defined by writers on yoga as ‘minuteness, the power to become as small as atom, at will’. It has been given the self-explanatory name of ”micro-psi’. “

 

 

auteur: Phillips, S.M.
ISBN: 8170592976
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A Geometry of Space-Consciousness

By James S. Perkins (1899 – 1991).

147 Pages | First edition 1964, 2nd revised edition 1973, 3rd revised edition 1978, 1st reprint 1986 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170590205.

In this little volume, a new approach to the understanding of that ultimate mystery, Space, has been indicated. Physical space is viewed as the outer, visible appearance of an invisible ‘inner space’. The explanation given herein of major concepts are treated visually as well as verbally to render precisely the geometrical patterns of movement. There are two geometries:

  1. The geometry of form in physical space.
  2. The geometry of motion in man’s consciousness.

The object of this manual is to describe for practical use the movements of consciousness and their inter-orbital transpositions as a means of creative self-discovery.

From the Introduction (p. v):

” HERMES Trismegistus proclaimed that the greatest ill among men is ignorance of God. Since the greater sages and teachers of mankind have ever taught that the above is reflected in the below, the statement attributed to Hermes is tantamount to saying that the greatest ill among men is the ‘igorance of men’ – ignorance of man’s God-self. “

auteur: Perkins, J.S.
ISBN: 8170590205
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And a Time to Die

By Mark Pelgrin. 159 Pages | First Re-Quest Edition 1962 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835603059.

ed. by Sheila Moon and Elizabeth B. Howes

When a man stands alone . . . 

Every man is born and every man dies. None is born conscious of the significance of this birth in time, and most are unaware of the significance of this death. Some do have an intimation of the meaning of dying, and a few achieve an intensified relationship to the purpose behind the final life experience. Even fewer have ever chronicled the ways by which they came to that place, where death seemed the ultimate step in self-fulfilment. This book is therefore a rare account, coming from a man, who died at the age of 47 of cancer, but who gave the last year of his life to a heightening and hastening of his search for all the seasons of God – a man who came, at the end, to where he could say yes to both sides of the paradoxes of Ecclesiastes.

From the beginning of the book:

” For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. “

  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
auteur: Pelgrin, M.
ISBN: 0835603059
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Space, Time and Self

By Edward Norman Pearson (1887 – 1975).

288 Pages | First published in 1957, reprint 1964, second reprint 1994 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592224.

It is the author’s thesis that all life’s problems arise from three illusions, which were drawn over mankind at the beginning of history when the Solar Deity, seeking to manifest, drew over himself three limitations giving rise to three primary illusions of:

  1. Space or objects existing in space as dimensions.
  2. Time as succession of events.
  3. Self as separated existence.

The mind of a human being vainly tries to measure Boundless Space dimensionally, Eternity in terms of our terrestial Time and fails to conceive Self except in terms of separate existence. Grasp of Infinity, Eternity and Unity appear to elude its grasp.

The author has sought to bring all the Theosophical Wisdom relating to Matter and Cosmogenesis, Involution and Evolution and the Laws governing these under the three sections 1. Illusions of Space, 2. Time and 3. Self. He contends that Science, Philosophy and Religion are the means for grappling with these illusions.

From Chapter – ‘Physical and Super-Physical’ (p. 61):

” Light, according to science, is either a wave undulating in a non-material medium or a succession of particles of energy known as ‘photons’. While the first three senses, we found, operated primarily for the benefit of the body and the next one contributed to the development of the mind, the sense of sight, which we now come to consider, extends its reaches still higher to contribute to the spiritual welfare of man. Who has not reveled in the ever-changing enchantments of Nature, the exquisite beauties she exhibits day by day? Through the sense of sight we can even break through the boundaries of earth and soar unhampered to lose ourselves in the sublimities of the vast empyrean. “

 

auteur: Pearson, E.N.
ISBN: 8170592224
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Theosophy Explained in Questions and Answers

By P. Pavri

438 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 1999 ISBN 8170593433

This volume, presented in a question and answer format, is intended to be a primer for students of Theosophy. The material collected here is drawn from over seventy books and pamphlets, mainly the works of the wonderful occultist, C.W. Leadbeater, and the famous President of the Theosophical Society, Mrs. Annie Besant. Contents: What Theosophy Is; God and the Solar System; The Constitution of Man; Reincarnation; Karma; Life after Death; Thought-Power, Its Action and Use; The Evolution of Life; Brotherhood; and The Masters and the Way to Them.

auteur: Pavri, P.
ISBN: 8170593433
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Theosophy is the wisdom underlying all religions when they are stripped of accretions and superstitions. It offers a philosophy, which renders life intelligible and demonstrates that justice and love guide the cosmos. Its teachings aid the unfoldment of the latent spiritual nature in the human being, without dependence or fear. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875, is a worldwide body whose primary object is Universal Brotherhood based on the realization that life, in all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisibly One. The Society imposes no belief on its members, who are united by a common search for truth and the desire to learn the meaning and purpose of existence by engaging themselves in study, reflection, purity of life and loving service. The work of the Theosophical Society involves a way of life, which leads to self-knowledge and knowledge of the laws of being.

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The Living Wisdom – An Introduction to Theosophy in Questions and Answers

By P. Pavri

157 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, 2000 ISBN 8170594103

The work of the Theosophical Society involves a way of life which leads to self-knowledge and knowledge of the laws of being. Only when man begins to act, think, feel and ‘be’ in accordance with the unchanging and unchangeable laws which pervade and regulate all things in the visible as well as the invisible worlds, does his psyche permit spiritual energy to flow through from hidden depths. Both individual regeneration end the reordening of human society in such a way that harmony, freedom and creativity flourish, depend on discovering the right way of living.

auteur: Pavri, P.
ISBN: 8170594103
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Nachtzicht – Over het Spirituele in onze Dromen

Door Johan M. Pameijer.

271 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 2004 | Softcover | Sigma Uitgeverij BV., Tilburg | ISBN: 9065562338.

Ieder mens heeft zijn eigen droomruimte, de stille onbewuste binnenkant van onze persoonlijkheid. Soms doen dromen je versteld staan en stemmen ze tot nadenken. Wat willen ze je duidelijk maken? Zijn dromen bedrog?

Johan Pamerijer tracht in dit boek nieuwe spirituele perspektieven toe te voegen aan het droomonderzoek vanuit de zienswijze dat dromen ons kunnen helpen en ons innerlijk kunnen helen. Betekenis en zin van dromen verwijzen naar een diep reservoir van kennis, dat ontoegankelijk is voor het dagbewustzijn, maar zicht tijdens de slaap voorzichtig kenbaar maakt. De droom laat iemand zien, zoals hij werkelijk is: het uiterlijk masker valt weg en de innerlijke waarheid treedt onverbloemd aan het daglicht. In dit boek voert de schrijver ons langs de oude Egyptische, Assyrische en Griekse droomuitleggers naar het meer modern op Freud en Jung gebaseerde droomonderzoek. Hij maakt daarbij gebruik van vele persoonlijke en hem ter hand gestelde indrukwekkende droomverslagen.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 6 – ‘De Collectieve Oerdroom’ (p. 207):

Het spanningsveld van Eros

” Het totale cultuurgebied van de Middelandse Zee-volken geloofde in een mannelijke scheppersgod en een vrouwelijk natuurbeginsel. Het spanningsveld tussen de uiteengedreven godenparen werd ingevuld door Eros, de god met zijn liefdespijl. Liefde is sindsdien het ultieme bindmiddel tussen de gescheiden partners, de zoektocht geldt als drijfveer van ons leven en de hereniging gloort aan de verre horizon van onze bewustzijnsreis. Alle Griekse mysterieen zoeken de eenwording van de tegendelen langs ingrijpende trainingstages, aangeduid met de namen zuivering, verlichting en vereniging, naar Plato, die sprak van reinmaking, inwijding en aanschouwing. Ze mondden uit in een doodslaap die de myste in het aangezicht van de god bracht. Het streven om van het zinnelijke naar het geestelijke op te stijgen, de drang van de sterveling om zich naar het geestelijke te verheffen, is door Plato Eros genoemd. “

auteur: Pameijer, J.M.
ISBN: 9065562338
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The Gnostic Gospels

By Elaine Pagels

182 Pages | Copyright 1979, Vintage Books Edition 1989 | Softcover | Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, Inc. | ISBN: 9780679724532.

‘ Groundbreaking . . . the first direct look at texts termed heretical by early church fathers. ‘

In 1945, an Egyptian peasant unearthed what proved to be the Gnostic Gospels, the sacred books of one of the earliest Christian sects. This now-classic landmark study draws on those texts to illuminate the world of the first Christians and to examine the different ways, in which both Gnostics and the orthodox constructed God, Christ, and the Church. Did Jezus literally rise from the dead? Was there only one God, and could He be both Father and Mother? Whose version of Christianity came down to us and why did it prevail? Brilliant, provocative, and stunning in its implications, The Gnostic Gospels is a radical yet accesible reconsideration of the origins of the Christian faith.

From the Introduction (p. XVII):

” For I am the first and the last,
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin . . .
I am the barren one,
and many are her sons . . .
I am the silence that is incomprehensible . . .
I am the utterance of my name “

Thunder, Perfect Mind, a Text from the Nag Hammadi find.

 

 

 

auteur: Pagels, E.
ISBN: 9780679724532
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N. Sri Ram – A Life of Beneficence and Wisdom

223 pages | 2009 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar

Biography of Nilakanta Sri Ram (1889-1973), former international president of the Theosophical Society, written by Pedro Oliveira.

“ Theosophy exists to change ourselves and change the world. Its truths must ever be, and are even now, the means of transcending present difficulties, whether national, international or individual. And we cannot change the world without identifying ourselves with its interests and problems. ”

– Sri Ram in a letter to the Secretary of the Tamil Theosophical Federation, March 1949.

auteur: Oliveira, P.
ISBN: 9788170595618
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Sri Ram was the father of the current President of the Theosophical Sociey, Mrs Radha Burnier. Radha has continued in the footsteps of his humanitarian and educational work. Pedro’s biography casts light upon Radha by showing us family influences and inspiration.

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Old Diary Leaves – Volume VI 1896 – 1898

By Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

403 Pages | First edition 1935, second printing 1975 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835674916.

The Chapters of this Volume, originally published in The Theosophist from January 1905 to December 1906, complete the story of The Society as written by the President-Founder. No revision of the Leaves as they originally appeared has been attempted. The Editor’s work is confined to a few explanatory notes, and the correction of typographical and a few other obvious errors.

From Chapter XXI – ‘Magic: Black and White’ (p. 316):

” The phenomena of H.P.B. and other Adepts in occult science prove superabundantly that when there is present the dominating will, the ceremonials may be dispensed with. When it is a question of a less developed thaumaturge, the consecrated sword, the triangular altar, the prepared lamb-skin, the circle of burning lamps, the lighted incense sticks, the flowers, the solemn invocations would be useless. In the Abra-Melim book the veil is partially raised so as to give the reader a quite sufficient peep into the penetralia of Black Magic. It dates from 1458 A.D. and it purports to have been given by Abraham, the author, to his son Lamech, and to compromise the Magic taught by God to Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, and other Patriarchs and Prophets. “

 

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 0835674916
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Old Diary Leaves – Volume V 1893 – 1896

By Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

507 Pages | First edition 1932, reprint 1975 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835674878.

The year 1893 now opens up before us, and its events will be found to be very important. As previously shown, the rumblings of the coming tempest about Mr. William Quan Judge (1851 – 1896) were beginning to be heard. Towards the end of the year the arrival of Mr. Walter G. Old of the London staff, with the budget of notes and memoranda, which he had taken, enabled me by comparing documents to see the depth and fullness of treachery, which Mr. Judge had long been planning. I find from my Diary of 1893 that the greater part of the first day was spent by Messrs, Keightley, Old and myself in summarising the evidence in the case; and needless to say, all our hearts were filled with sorrow, for this was almost if not the very first case of downright perfidy in our Society’s history.

From Chapter IX 1894 – ‘Mrs. Besant’s Tour in the United Provences’ (p. 111):

It was almost as though they were wading through a stream of human beings. On every side, to great distances, stretched the swarthy multitude; the river banks were crowded with bathers; streams of people moved hither and thither to visit the camps of notabilities – rajahs and maharajahs, zemindars and talukdars, declaiming teachers of various sects, hatha yogis by the score, making a public show of their austere practices, some smeared with ashes and streaked with saffron caste-marks, some with their long dishevelled locks, supplemented with chignons or vegetable fibre built up into high dusty cones, like exaggerated rats’nests, on top of their heads, some lying on beds of spikes, some sitting in the different ‘asans’ prescribed by Patanjali, some decorating their bodies after their baths, some with eyes closed as if in meditation, etc. – but with very few exceptions, each having spread on the ground before him a cloth on which the pious pilgrims could cast their alms of copper coin: pious humbugs in short. “

 

 

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 08356748788
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Old Diary Leaves – Volume IV 1887 – 1892

By Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

537 Pages | First printed 1910, second edition 1931, third printing 1975 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835674843.

It is six years since the Third Series of Old Diary Leaves appeared in book form. and it is nine years since the contents of the present Volume were published in the pages of The Theosophist. The author, Henry Steel Olcott, passed over in 1907, and as all who knew him well are aware, the publication of the whole of this ‘true history of the Theosophical Society’ was a matter that lay near his heart. There still remains sufficient material to fill one, if not two, additional Volumes, and it is hoped this will appear in due course, for the longer the lapse of time that separates the present membership of the Theosophical Society from its early history, the more important it is that the facts should be placed on record.

For the earlier part of the story, relating to America and India, there was no living authority so well able to bare witness to the facts as the late Co-Founder of the Society. In this present Volume, however, we traverse a period when, owing to to the world-wide spread of the organisation, the touch of the President with the whole of the Society was not so close, and maybe there are those well qualified to write of the development of different Sections, who could effictively supplement the present history so far as their own country is concerned. But such sectional or national histories remain to be written, and in the meantime the record of Colonel Olcott is here to read – and inwardly digest.

From Chapter XXIII – ‘From Stockholm to Kyoto (p. 407):

” The ladies of our local Branch had organised a charming scheme of moral and religious instruction for children, to which they gave the name ‘The Children’s Hour’. A special exhibition of it was given for my information, and it delighted me very much. The motive was to impress upon the youthful minds the idea of the fundamental resemblance between the world religions and the advisability of learning to be kind and tolerant to all men, of whatsoever race or creed. A senior girl represented Theosophia, and other the Founders of religions – Krishna, Zoroaster, Gautama Buddha, Christ, Mohammed, etc. Each of these held a staff carrying a symbolical pennant. A simple, yet excellent dialogue was framed, in which Theosophia put questions to each of the flag-holders, to give him or her the chance to quote from the Scriptures of the Founder of that religion; verses, which embodied the Theosophical spirit. The children wore pretty dresses, there was some little marching and other exercises, and all seemed to enjoy the occasion. “

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 0835674843
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Old Diary Leaves – Volume III 1883 – 1887

By Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

460 Pages | First printed 1904, second edition 1929, reprinted in 1972 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835674800.

The first Volume of these historical sketches covered the period from the meeting of Madame Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) and myself, Henry Steel Olcott, in 1874, to our departure from New York for Bombay in December, 1878. The second Volume tells of our adventures in India and Ceylon, the formation of Branches, the giving of lectures, healings of the sick by hundreds, occult phenomena produced by H.P.B. etc., and brings us down to the Autumn of 1883: at this time we take up the thread of narrative, and go forward to the Month of May, 1887.

I think the reader will agree with me that the subject-matter of this third Volume possesses absorbing interest, quite equal to that in its two preceding Volumes, if not greater. Accounts are given among other things of my meetings with several of the ‘Masters’ in the course of my travels, and of the results of the same, of our removal of the Society’s Headquarters from Bombay to Madras, of H.P.B.’s last departure from her beloved Indian home into exile of an European residence. The troublous time of the Coulomb conspiracy are dealt with in this Volume and the true story of the S.P.R.

From Chapter XXVII – ‘The Opening Ceremony’ (p. 403):

” We are together, Ladies and Gentlemen, upon an occasion that is likely to possess an historical interest in the world of modern culture. The foundation of a Library of such a character as this is among the rarest of events, indeed, it be not unique in modern times. We need not enumerate the great libraries of Western cities, with their millions of Volumes, for they are, rather, huge storehouses of books; not the collections of Oriental literature at the India Office, and in the Royal and National Museums of Europe; nor even the famed Saraswati Mahal, of Tanjore: all these have a character different from our Adyar Library, and do not compete with it. Ours has a definite purpose behind it, a specific line of utility marked out for it from the beginning. It is to be an adjunct to the work of the Theosophical Society; a means of helping to effect the object for which the Society was founded, and which is clearly stated in its constitution. Of the three declared aims of our Society, the first is to form a  nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, or color. The second is to promote the study of Aryan and other Eastern literatures, religions and sciences. “

 

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 0835674800
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The Buddhist Catechism

By Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

116 Pages | First edition 1881, 3rd edition, 7th reprint 2007 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar. | ISBN: 8170590272.

Dutch translation: De Boeddhistische Catechismus | Published in 2003 | Hardcover, incl. bibliography, word list and reading ribbon | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9061750814.

The Buddhist Catechism is an invaluable textbook for those wishing to familiarize themselves with the basic principles of Buddhism. Since it first edition in 1881 it has been published in more than twenty languages, mainly by Buddhists for Buddhists, and was widely used in the Buddhist educational movement which used in the Buddhist educational movement, which Colonel Henry Steel Olcott established in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

The book is constructed in an easy to follow question-answer form, together with an appendix, which outlines the fourteen fundamental Buddhistic tenets. These fourteen items were accepted as fundamental in both the Southern and Northern sections of Buddhism, by authoritative committees to whom they were submitted by the author personally.

From its Preface:

” The unpretending aim in view is to give to succinct and yet comprehensive a digest of Buddhistic history, ethics and philosophy as to enable beginners to understand and appreciate the noble ideal taught by the Buddha, and thus make it easier for them to follow out the Dharma in its details. “

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 8170590272
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De Boeddhistische Catechismus

Door Kolonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

124 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 2003 | Hardcover, incl. bibliografie, woordenlijst en leeslint | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9061750814.

English origineel: The Buddhist Catechism | Uitgegeven in 1908, copyright 1947, 42ste editie, 5de herdruk 1986 | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:

De verdiensten en de actualiteit van de activiteiten van Henry Steel Olcott hebben sinds 1881 nauwelijks of niet aan waarde ingeboet. Daarom kan dit elementair boeddhistisch handboekje nog steeds in een behoefte voorzien. Omdat de schrijver geen voorkeur kent voor een specifieke boeddhistische stroming, biedt het werkje voor een groot aantal lezers wellicht onverwachte perspectieven. Het leven van de Boeddha, zijn (ethisch-filosofische) leer en de volgelingen van deze leer worden erin beschreven, maar ook het (vermeende) conflict tussen religie en de wetenschap komt aan bod. Dit alles in een vraag-en-antwoord-vorm. Als bijlage zijn de 14 gemeenschappelijke grondbeginselen van alle boeddhistische scholen, van de hand van Olcott, opgenomen.

Afkomstig uit Deel IV – ‘De Opkomst en de Verspreiding van het Boeddhisme (p. 95 & 96):

310. Hoe komt het dat het boeddhisme, ooit de grootste religie van India, daar nu bijna helemaal is verdwenen?

” Het boeddhisme was in het begin zuiver en nobel, de ware leer van de Tathāgata; zijn Sangha was deugdzaam en hield de voorschriften in acht; het won de harten van allen en verspreidde vreugde in vele landen, zoals de morgenzon leven schenkt aan  de bloemen. Maar na enkele eeuwen bleken de slechte monniken te zijn toegetreden (upasampadā), werd de Sangha rijk, lui en zinnelijk; de Dharma raakte bezoedeld en vervolgens liet India de leer links liggen. “

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 9061750814
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Samen met H.P. Blavatsky was Henry Olcott essentieel voor de hernieuwde opbloei van het Boeddhisme in onder andere Japan en Sri Lanka. Dit boekje schreef hij om het boeddhisme nieuw leven in te blazen. Het werd gecontroleerd en goed bevonden door hooggeplaatste boeddhisten. Uit het voorwoord:

Het doel van dit bescheiden werkje is om een beknopte, maar niettemin begrijpelijke samenvatting te geven van de historie, ethiek en filosofie van het boeddhisme, waardoor nieuwelingen in staat worden gesteld om het nobele ideaal dat door de Boeddha is onderwezen te leren begrijpen en te waarderen, en het daarom makkelijker maken de dharma in al zijn details te volgen.
De vragen en antwoorden zijn in de volgende categorieën onderverdeeld:
  1. Het leven van de Boeddha
  2. De Leer
  3. De Sangha of kloosterorde
  4. Een korte historie van het boeddhisme, zijn leiders en propaganda
  5. Enige overwegingen omtrent boeddhisme en wetenschap

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The Goddess Reawakening – The Feminine Principle in Spirituality

280 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1994

This anthology, with essays by Riane Eisler, June Singer, and others, considers Goddess myths, current psychological perspectives, and the feminine principle in spirituality today. It offers a worldview that integrates intuition, intellect, and feeling.

Shirley J. Nicholson is past executive editor of Quest Books, and recent director of the Krotona School of Theosophy in Ojai, California. She is author of Ancient Wisdom – Modern Insight, co-author of The Power of Thought and editor of several Quest anthologies.

auteur: Nicholson, S.
ISBN: 0835606422
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Oude Wijsheid, Modern Inzicht

Door Shirley Nicholson, vertaald door Wim D. Margadant en Frank Visser.

220 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1989 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750598.

Engels origineel: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight | First Adyar Edition 2011 | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9788170595281.

De Oude Wijsheid verschijnt als Theosofie opnieuw in de geschiedenis en brengt omstreden begrippen als reïncarnatie, karma, evolutie, het Goddelijke dat in ieder van ons aanwezig is en de onderlinge verbondenheid van al wat bestaat, in de Westerse wereld. Nicholson laat zien, dat een aantal van de denkbeelden die in De Geheime Leer (1888) van Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) zijn geschetst, overeenkomsten toont met wetenschappelijke ontwikkelingen in gang gezet door bijvoorbeeld Albert Einstein(1879 – 1955), Ilya Prigogine(1917 – 2003), David Bohm (1917 – 1992), Niels Bohr (1885 – 1962) en vele anderen.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 10 – ‘Goddelijk Denkvermogen’ (p. 129):

” Een manier om te beginnen aan het proces van toenemende innerlijke orde is te letten op de symmetrie overal om ons heen, in vormen in de natuur, in de kunst, architectuur, muziek, zelfs behang en textiel. Als we volledig doordrongen raken van het idee van symmetrie, kunnen we verder gaan naar een dieper begrip van orde. We zouden de hele natuur kunnen ervaren als een bewegende orde, zoals in de muziek, waar al de ritmen en de tonen geharmoniseerd zijn, alle delen samen verbonden in een dynamische structuur.

We zouden zelfs een glimp kunnen opvangen van de werkelijkheid van zuivere orde als een beginsel, dat niet van objecten afhankelijk is. Dit besef kan innerlijke orde herstellen en ons regenereren en vernieuwen. Zoals kristallen neerslaan rondom een kern in een chaos van bewegende moleculen in een oplossing, zo kunnen we een innerlijke kern van orde scheppen, die voortdurend zal aangroeien als deze put uit een vormloze massa ervaringen. Ons uiterlijke, wereldlijke zelf kan geladen worden met orde en schoonheid, net als de diepere niveaus van het hogere denkvermogen geladen zijn met de orde van het Goddelijke Denkvermogen. Hoewel we deze werkelijkheid in het diepste van ons wezen veel te weinig aanraken, zijn we dragers van een Goddelijke Orde en kunnen we leren deze in onszelf en buiten in de wereld tot uiting te laten komen. “

 

 

auteur: Nicholson, S.
ISBN: 9789061750598
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1875: De Oude Wijsheid verschijnt als theosofie opnieuw in de geschiedenis en brengt omstreden begrippen als reïncarnatie, karma, evolutie, het Goddelijke dat in ieder van ons aanwezig is en de onderlinge verbondenheid van al wat bestaat, in de Westerse wereld. Wetenschap en religie verwerpen dit wereldbeeld ten stelligste. Ruim een eeuw later: Shirley Nicholson geeft een overzicht van de Oude Wijsheid. Heeft de theosofie in al die jaren invloed gehad op de Westerse cultuur? Erkennen wetenschap en religie nu de geldigheid van zulke begrippen? Geheel en al? Gedeeltelijk? In het geheel niet? In deze levendige uiteenzetting van het theosofische denken laat de schrijfster zien dat een aantal van de denkbeelden die in De Geheime Leer van H.P. Blavatsky zijn geschetst, nu in onze cultuur opgenomen zijn en dat nieuwe ontwikkelingen in de wetenschap en nieuwe religieuze denkwijzen deze “Wijsheid van de goden” beginnen te bevestigen. Dit is te zien in de toenemende belangstelling voor onderwerpen als meditatie, yoga, holistische geneeskunde, ritueel, kernfysica, enzovoort. Dit alles zou men het geleidelijk spiritueler worden van de samenleving kunnen noemen.

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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight

By Shirley Nicholson.

242 Pages | First Adyar Edition 2011 | Hardcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9788170595281.

Dutch translation: Oude Wijsheid, Modern Inzicht | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750598.

The Secret Doctrine (1888) by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) presented compelling evidence for the existence of a timeless Wisdom Tradition, which has a world view based on the fundamental principles of oneness, interconnectedness and periodicity. The essential teaching of this Tradition points to the unity of all life, the interdependence of all natural processes and the profound identity between the human being’s true Self and the cosmos.

This book, in its second and revised edition. identifies remarkable parallels between the Ancient Wisdom and the insights of both modern science and contemporary thought. The author correlates main ideas from Blavatsky’s Magnum Opus with the views of eminent scientists like Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), Ilya Prigogine (1917 – 2003), David Bohm (1917 – 1992), Niels Bohr (1885 – 1962) and many others. She succesfully shows, that the findings of modern science have a resonance with the insights of ancient seers about the nature of Reality.

From Chapter 15 – ‘Self-Transformation’ (p. 213):

” The work of self-transformation on the path is to enlarge the scope of our conciousness to include all the levels of our being and to integrate all the layers and levels into a dynamic whole. The aim of evolution, which the path hastens, is to release all our potentials and place them at the service of the Self, which can then integrate the newly developed powers into its sphere of ever-expanding activity. Our unfoldment is not merely the awakening of spirituality, but gaining the conscious use of all that is in us at every level. ” 

auteur: Nicholson, S.
ISBN: 9788170595281
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Personal Transformation in the Tradition of Annie Besant – A Study Course

By Mary Jane Newcomb.

49 Pages | Published in 1990 | A4 – Study Course, softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A | ISBN: 9780835600781.

This Study Course, based on the published works of the significant theosophist Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) is written for the use of theosophists and friends of the Theosophical Society. For all those, who are interested in the Ancient Wisdom, that is at the core of theosophical studies and for all those, who are seeking personal unfoldment. The Course can be used by individuals or for group study. Its lessons are on topics chosen from an extensive bibliography, that focuses on some of the areas that lie at the very center of individual life and growth.

The following topics are discussed:

  1. Karma
  2. Reïncarnation
  3. Education and Art
  4. Consciousness & Meditation
  5. Dharma and Morality
  6. Pleasure & Pain: Happiness & Sorrow

 

 

auteur: Newcomb, M.J.
ISBN: 9780835600781
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Adyar- Historical Notes & Features up to 1934

By Mary Katherine Neff (1877 – 1948) and others with a foreword by Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (1875 – 1953).

54 Pages | First edition 1934; published as A Guide to Adyar, second edition 1999 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170593328.

From Java westwards to Vancouver, from Iceland southwards to New Zealand, through the three Americas, North, South and Central, and in the islands of the Antilles, wherever live and work the Theosophists among whom I have been, the word Adyar represents not only a place but a vision of hope for mankind. The home of the Theosophical Society – the ‘Parent Society’ as it has been called, from which have now branched several independent offschoots – is for tens of thousands that place where flies a wonderful flag of idealism.

This idealism, which Adyar bodies forth is represented by a group of theosophical workers from many lands, and representing all the world faiths, who toil to make of all the nations and of all the religions one indivisible whole. To build bridges between people and people by proclaiming the power of the ideal of brotherhood, to build bridges between faith and faith, science and religion, between work and art, by stating to a modern world the old truths of Divine Wisdom, this is Adyar’s work day by day . . .

From page V:

” A place between the river and the seas,
Divine and filled with an almighty peace.
You, who have heard the sound of angel’s wings
And, answerless, have questioned without cease,
Rest here, and learn the very Scheme of Things. “

  • Isabel Foulkes.

 

 

 

auteur: Neff, M.K.
ISBN: 8170593328
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