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13 februari 2019

Mahābhārata – The Story of Great War

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

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

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

Auteur: Besant. A
ISBN: 9788170591832
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De Mens, God en het Universum

By Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

508 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 2015 | Hardcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750987.

English original: Man, God and The Universe | First edition 1969, revised edition 1974, 2nd edition 2014 | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835604475.

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

De diepste interesse van de denkende mens moet ongetwijfeld liggen in de aard van, en de relatie tussen de drie grote factoren, die in de titel van dit boek worden genoemd: de mens, zijn oorsprong, zijn reden van bestaan en zijn bestemming: God, niet als een op een mens gelijkende Godheid, maar als de bron van al het leven zelf en elk wezen: en het universum, de omgeving, waarin het verbazingwekkende schouwspel van de evolutie – zowel de goddellijke als de menselijke – wordt opgevoerd.

Ondanks de verheven reikwijdte van de ideeën, die in dit boek worden aangeboden, zijn ze eenvoudig te begrijpen door hun helderheid van presentatie en door de vele diagrammen en tabellen, waarmee zij worden toegelicht. De verhelderende synthese van Oosterse en Westerse benaderingswijzen zou het boek de moeite waard moeten maken voor nadenkende mensen over de gehele wereld.

 

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

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

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

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The Self and Its Problems

By Charlotte W. Woods.

182 Pages | The Blavatsky Lecture for 1919 | Photo copy (1992) from the first edition published by The Theosophical Publishing House, London in 1922 | Kessinger Publishing Company, Montana U.S.A. | ISBN: 1564592642.

CONTENTS:

1. The Problem of the Self from Descartes to Kant.
2. The Problem of the Self in Current Philosophy.
3. The Problem of the Self in Theosophic Mysticism.
4. An Examination of the Forgoing Standpoints.
5. Conclusion.

From Chapter 4: ‘An Examination of the Forgoing Standpoints’:

” We have thus arrived at a definition of the self in our philosophy; it is the ground and condition of the manifold of experience, the unity, purpose, and wholeness, which give meaning to bare multiplicity and stability to that which is mobile and changing . . . “

auteur: Wood, C.W.
ISBN: 1564592642
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Hammering Hot Iron – A Spiritual Critique of Bly’s ‘Iron John’ (1990)

By Charles Upton.

246 Pages | First Quest Edition 1933 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 083560697X.

Hammering Hot Iron is a rare work, that raises important questions, draws vital distinctions, and elevates discourse within the spiritual community on the Men’s Movement, Jungian psychology, archetypical and mythological studies, and polytheistic religions. Drawing on the perennial philosophy, the universal expression of absolute truth, Upton offers a metaphysical and cultural critique of Robert Bly’s Iron John (1990). Upton adopts Bly’s shadow in the Jungian sense. His intellectual argument is masterfully intertwined with his own personal and spiritual journey, often expressed through original poetry.

From Chapter – ‘The Rejection of Transcendence (p.15):

” The Men’s Movement is a cultural phenomenon unique to our time. We’ve reached the point as a society, where the assumption that man are the dominant sex no longer protects them from a sense of radical imbalance and alienation. As almost anyone who looks can see, the storm of cultural and technological change now assaulting us had called all traditional male roles into question and replaced them with cartoonlike creatures. Caricatures, however, are not enough to live by. […] But what would it be like if men were simply – men? This is the question the Men’s Movement is trying its best to answer, on the wing in any way it can. The tradition of working consciously to redefine masculinity in the face of radical social transformation goes back at least as far as D.H. Lawrence, and includes, among others, writers like Henry Miller and perhaps Jack Kerouac. “

 

 

auteur: Upton, C.
ISBN: 083560697X
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The Science of Nature

By Oluf Tyberg.

79 Pages | Published in 1993 | Softcover | Point Loma Publications, San Diego | ISBN: 0913004871.

The three fundamentals of classical physics were Space, Time, Matter; but Einstein has introduced a four-dimensional space-time, and all objects thus become events. This, together with other recent scientific pronouncements, helps Mr. Tyberg to establish his main-point – that behind extrinsic physical Nature there lies an intrinsic organic Nature.

 

From page 4:

” Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise

From outward things, whate’er you may believe.

There is an inmost center in us all,

Where truth abides in fulness; and around,

Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,

This perfect clear perception – which is truth. “

  • Browning – Paracelsus.

NB: The Point Loma Series is dedicated to publishing creative writings from the Wisdom Religion, that express the essential underlying unity of life, including philosophy, science, ethics, myth, sacred literature, and the world’s religions.

auteur: Tyberg, O.
ISBN: 0913004871
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The Secret of Self-Realization

By Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

82 Pages | 2004 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591287.

Dutch translation: Het Geheim van Zelf-Realisatie – Pratyabhijñā Hridayam van Kṣemarāja | Eerste druk 1997, tweede druk 2004 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750734.

This eleventh century Sanskrit text of Kṣemarāja epitomizes the teaching of the Kashmir Saiva philosophy, and was meant to aid aspirants to higher consciousness who were untrained in intellectual and dialectical excercises.

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 8170591287
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Het Geheim van Zelf-Realisatie – Pratyabhijñā Hridayam van Kṣemarāja

Door  Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

94 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 1997, tweede druk 2004 | Gebonden | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750734.

English original: The Secret of Self-Realization2004 | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591287.

Het geheim van Zelf-realisatie is een studie van dr. Taimni van de Pratyabhijñā Hridayam, een Sanskriet tekst uit de elfde eeuw. De schrijver van deze tekst, Kṣemarāja, geeft een bewonderenswaardige samenvatting van de non-dualistische leringen van een van de belangrijkste filosofische scholen van India, die bij velen bekend staat als het Kashmir-Shivaïsme.

Afkomstig van bladzijde 27:

” Onze waarneming wordt in zo sterke mate door de conditie van ons eigen denkvermogen en bewustzijn bepaald, dat iemand die Zelf-realisatie heeft bereikt in staat is het hele universum te zien als de uitdrukking van de Ene Werkelijkheid en niets anders. Deze hoogste vorm van perceptie vrij van bheda-bhāva (gedachte gekleurd door een gebrek aan besef van eenheid) is in wezen een perceptie van onze ware aard. En deze maakt ons vrij van de Grote Illusie en de beperkingen en gebondenheid van de lagere werelden. De bovengenoemde ideeën worden in enigszins andere terminologie in de sūtra’s IV-12 en IV-15 uit de Yoga Sūtras onder woorden gebracht:

atitānāgatam svarūpato ‘sty adhva-bhedād dharmānām |

vastu-sāmye citta-bhedāt tayor vibhaktah panthāh |

 

 

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 9789061750734
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In twintig korte aforismen worden diepzinnige begrippen omtrent de Uiteindelijke Werkelijkheid, haar zelfrealisatie in het geopenbaarde universum, het proces van inperking van oneindig bewustzijn in eindigheid, de weg van begrenzing naar vrijheid en daarmee verband staande kwesties geschetst. Dr. Taimni vermijdt de technische termen in de originele tekst en leidt de lezer naar het begrijpen van de verhelderende waarheden zoals die vanuit een theosofisch standpunt worden weergegeven. Zijn oogmerk loopt parallel aan dat van Ksemaraja: het helpen van de niet-gespecialiseerde lezer om de fundamentele waarheden in zich op te nemen die noodzakelijk zijn voor voortgang op het spirituele pad. Van dr. I.K. Taimni zijn ook verschenen bij de Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging De Yoga Sutra’s van Patanjali, Een weg tot Zelfontdekking en Zelfrealisatie door liefde, waarin de theorie en de praktijk van Zelfrealisatie behandeld worden.

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Seeking Wisdom

233 Pages | Second reprint, 2004 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

From the first chapter I – Seeking Wisdom:

” In the Dialogue dealing with the death of Socrates, Plato explains that the true philosopher meets death as a friend and not as an enemy., because he understands the nature of the change, which death brings about. It is a natural and happy change. One’s attitude towards death depends on one’s understanding of life, the true nature of which is inseparable from the truth with regard to death. Philosophy means literally ‘Love of the Wisdom’. These are two words, each of which has an extraordinary and beautiful meaning. It would be well worth while for us to try to understand what the true nature of Love is, and what is really meant by Wisdom, which of course is not mere knowledge. “

auteur: Sri Ram, N.
ISBN: 8170590701
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Consciousness: Its Nature and Action

28 Pages | First edition, 2002 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

In this lecture, Mr. Sri Ram (1889 – 1973), known for his deep understanding of philosophical questions, explores how consciousness loses its sensitivity and gets obscured, but has the potency of awakening into the full light of wisdom. He says: ‘We do not notice the beauty of a cloud or the movement of a leaf or bird and many other things. An artist is needed to paint a picture and point out the beauty‘.

How can we achieve union with the living beings around us, and even to a slight extent be open to the truth and beauty, which are inherent and omnipresent in life? This book offers insights into how the quality of our consciousness can be transformed so that it is constantly renewed, remaining open to the truth of life as it reveals itself.

auteur: Sri Ram, N.
ISBN: 8170593921
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An Approach to Reality

263 Pages | First edition 1951, 3rd edition revised & enlarged 1968, reprinted 1992 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This volume is based on adresses delivered in different places over a period of years, and carefully revised. It contains portions written to elucidate points touched upon in the adresses. They are being printed in this form in the belief, that they may be of some help to those interested in such matters. The subject of Reality is a difficult one, and whatever is in the following pages represents the writer’s approach and is essentially an attempt on his part to define his own understanding. The standpoint with regard to all matters in the book is that of a student of Theosophy; what Theosophy is as seen from his own and unique point of view. To one, who seeks true understanding without that dogmatism, which ever negates the seeking, there is no finality. Seeking implies discovery, and fundamentally, each must come to Truth by him or herself. But there is a value in exchange of views.

Mr. N. Sri Ram (1889 – 1973) was International President of the Theosophical Society from 1953 – 1973, a period of twenty years. He brings to his writings a background of Eastern Wisdom combined with a keen awareness of modern thought and knowledge, as well as a sensitive understanding of human problems. His special felicity of style enables him to convey profound ideas in a lucid and absorbing manner.

 

 

auteur: Sri Ram, N.
ISBN: 8170591856
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From Inner to Outer Transformation – Lectures on ‘The Voice of the Silence’

By Joy Mills (1920- 2015).

94 Pages | First edition 1996, reprint 2002 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750830.

‘ Bestride the bird of life, if thou would’st know. ‘

It is the nature of a bird to fly upwards. When one moves to a higher position, for example to a mountain’s peak, one’s vision is greatly extended. There is much more to be seen from an airplane than from a train or an automobile. This does not mean, that the closer view of the terrain, which is seen when one is walking or driving in a car, is not important, but to gain a wider perspective of the entire area one wishes to explore, a view from the heights is essential.

The theosophical worldview gives a panoramic view, and this is an essential part of its uniqueness. Many philosophies and much of science start from a very limited view and stay there; for example, in some cases, the view is only of the physical world, and then the existence of anything beyond the physical or material is posited as perhaps plausible, but not very likely. On the other hand, the theosophical philosophy encourages us to gain the widest view possible, to start not with the physical, but with that which is the ground of our being, the ultimate reality underlying all phenomenal existence.

From Chapter II – ‘Waking up’ (p. 29):

” In the Voice of Silence, we are encouraged to take a wider view, the view a bird would have. And what is that view? From the theosophical perspective, it is a view of the universe. which brings about the profound realization of the unity of all existence. You realize, that our generation, of all generations that have lived on this planet, is the first to have seen our globe whole, that is there are no boundaries. Where are the boundaries? Where are the frontiers? 

[…]

If our aim is as The Voice of Silence tells us, to ‘follow in the steps of holy Tathagata’, which is to take the Bodhisattva path, then we must see the world and all within it as does a Bodhisattva. It has been said, that a Bodhisattva sees the single thread, that unites all consciousnesses, all beings. […] We know, that there are groups in which there is ancestor worship. There is a truth in this, because the blood is symbolic of the living thread, which connects us with all ancestors and if one goes back far enough, there is only one ancestor, which is the Great Man, Purusha. We are all linked as bloodbrothers then. This was one of the great symbols in mediaeval time, to become bloodbrothers, to mingle the blood. ” 

 

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9061750830
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Quotes from the first chapter of this book:

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

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The Bhagavad Gītā (Samskrt text and word-for-word translation, Samskrt grammar)

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

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

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8170592895
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In Honour of Dr. Annie Besant – Lectures by Eminent Persons, 1952 – 1988

339 pages | 1990 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar

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

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

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

 

auteur: Agarwal, C.V. (ed.)
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