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5 december 2018

Basic Theosophy – The Living Wisdom

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

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

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 8170591708
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Theosofie – eeuwige wijsheid voor deze tijd

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

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

ISBN: 9789061750970
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Na kennismaking met een aantal fundamentele uitgangspunten van theosofie komen aan de orde: het scheppingsproces, het esoterisch mensbeeld, karma en reïncarnatie, tussen sterven en geboorte, het spirituele pad, meditatie, de Mahatma’s en praktische onderwerpen zoals ethische vraagstukken en wetenschap. De thema’s worden als concepten ter overweging aan de lezer voorgelegd, omdat wij allen zoekers naar waarheid zijn. De schrijvers hopen dat dit boek mag leiden tot verwondering, de leermeester van ware wijsheid.

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Theosophy Explained in Questions and Answers

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

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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Grondslagen van Esoterische Filosofie

80 blz., Woordenlijst, Literatuurlijst | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 1992

ISBN 9789061750673 Nederlandse vertaling van Foundations of esoteric philosophy

In dit zevende deel van de Adyar-reeks zijn enkele sleutelpassages samengebracht uit het zeer omvangrijke oeuvre van H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1891), de grondlegster van de theosofische beweging en auteur van theosofische standaardwerken als Isis Ontsluierd (1877) en De Geheime Leer(1888). De lezer kan zo in kort bestek kennis nemen van deze diepzinnige esoterische filosofie.

auteur: Hoskins, I.H.
ISBN: 9789061750673
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Zoals het zand, dat op zichzelf vormloos is, door de wind wordt beroerd en als gevolg daarvan een oneindige rijkdom aan patronen te zien geeft, zo zijn alle dingen voortgekomen uit een samenspel van stof en geest. Dit tweevoud van stof en geest is voortgekomen uit het Ene.

‘De esoterische filosofie legt er de nadruk op dat achter de veelvuldige wereld van onze ervaring één enkele Realiteit ligt, die de bron en oorzaak is van alles wat ooit was, is en zal zijn. Aangezien alle dingen zijn voortgekomen uit het Ene Allerhoogste, zijn ze zelf, in hun ware aard, dat Allerhoogste. De oneindige verschijnselen van het gemanifesteerde universum, van het hoogste tot het laagste, van het omvangrijkste tot het nietigste, zijn het Ene, gehuld in naam en vorm.’

Miss Ianthe Hoskins was onder meer algemeen-secretaris van de Engelse Afdeling van de Theosophical Society (Adyar). Zij heeft in vele landen seminars over diverse theosofische onderwerpen geleid.

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The Flower of Yoga – Introductory Notes for the Study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

By Ianthe H. Hoskins (1912 – 2001).

60 Pages | First edition 1994, second reprint 2004 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592399.

Ianthe H. Hoskins was a teacher by profession, who also had several years of experience in teacher-training. Her work for the Theosophical Society has been varied, including administration of the English Section of the Society, writing lecture around the world and talks to those interested in the philosophy of Yoga and Vedanta.

From the Foreword:

” These notes offer an introduction to the theoretical and practical study of yoga. Among the explanatory statements given here, of especial importance are the words ‘self-applied in an individual case’. In modern parlance, yoga is a ‘do-it-yourself’ science. Unless this is understood from the beginning, it is useless to embark on the study. Hidden treasure, says the Viveka-chudamani, does not come out at the mere mention of the word ‘out’: there must be reliable information, digging and the removal of stones. Similarly, the treasure of the Divine Indwelling – the goal of yoga – is not attained without the instruction of Wise Teachers, feminine or masculine, accompanied by the discplines of the yogic life.

The notes are intended to be used in conjunction with one – or preferably more than one – translation of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Some recommended versions are given at the end, together with a short reading list. 

I.H.H. “

 

auteur: Hoskins, I.H.
ISBN: 8170592399
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Foundations of Esoteric Philosophy – From the Writings of H.P. Blavatsky

By Helena Petrovna Blavatksy (1831 – 1891) with a foreword and notes by Ianthe H. Hoskins (1912 – 2001).

84 Pages | First Adyar Edition, Fifth reprint 2012 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar. | ISBN: 9788170592211.

Dutch translation: Grondslagen van de Esoterische Filosofie – Uit de Geschriften van H.P. Blavatsky (1992), Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland.

Some of the most important statements from the voluminous writings of Madame Blavatsky have been extracted and put together in this little book. It is a valuable introduction to the main teachings of the Ancient Wisdom, which Blavatsky said was the common spiritual heritage of humanity. Each passage is briefly introduced by Miss Hoskins, who has added short glossary of terms as an appendix.

For the inquirer, who wishes to learn the fundamental principles underlying the universal Wisdom tradition, this compilation is a stepping stone, but for more ardent students there is material for deep reflection and meditation.

From Chapter ‘Isis Unveiled: A Ten-point Summary’ (p. 72 & 73):

” To sum up all in a few words, MAGIC is spiritual WISDOM; Nature, the material ally, pupil and servant of the magician. One common vital principle pervades all things, and this is controllable by the perfected human will. The Adept can stimulate the movements of the natural forces in plants and animals in a preternatural degree. Such experiments are not obstructions of Nature, but quickenings; the conditions of intenser vital action are given.

The Adept can control the sensations and alter the conditions of the physical and astral bodies of other persons not Adepts; he/she can also govern and employ as he/she chooses the spirits of the elements. He/She cannot control the immortal spirit of any human being, living or dead, for all such spirits are alike sparks of the Divine Essence and not subject to any foreign domination. “

 

 

auteur: Hoskins, I.H.
ISBN: 9788170592211
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Wat is Theosofie?

By Robert Ellwood, vertaald door Marijke Koekoek.

240 Pagina’s | Eerste editie 1986, Theosophical Publishing House, Nederlandse vertaling 1994 | Soft cover | Kosmos – Z&K Uitgevers, Utrecht / Antwerpen. – ISBN 9021522586

De theosofische opvattingen over de schepping hebben in de loop van ruim een eeuw de aandacht en sympathie verworven van een nog steeds groeiend aantal mensen over de hele wereld. Er verschijnen steeds vaker boeken over reïncarnatie, karma, evolutie, de Eenheid van alle leven, de cyclische aard van de schepping en het mysterie van het bewustzijn. Allemaal begrippen die mede door de theosofische school zijn ontwikkeld.

Dat juist in onze tijd de belangstelling voor deze uiterst tolerante leer opnieuw krachtig groeit, heeft niet alleen alles te maken met de huidige drang van de mens naar dieper inzicht in zichzelf, maar ook met de modernste ontwikkelingen op wetenschappelijk gebied die tot inzichten leiden die vaak sterk verwant lijken met de spirituele opvattingen van de theosofen.

Uit Hoofdstuk 4 – ‘Op het Pad’ (p. 139):

Met een kenmerkende theosofische nadruk onderstreept Leadbeater het belang van dienstbaarheid. In het hoofdstuk over de Proeftijd haalt hij een Meester aan:

” Ik weet dat het enige doel in je leven het dienen van de Broederschap is; vergeet niettemin niet dat er hogere stappen voor je liggen, en dat er om vooruitgang op het Pad te boeken wakkere oplettendheid nodig is. Je moet niet alleen bereid zijn te dienen, je moet altijd uitkijken naar gelegenheden – nee gelegenheden scheppen – om in kleine dingen behulpzaam te zijn, zodat wanneer het groter werk komt, je dit niet over het hoofd zult zien. (p. 81). “

 

auteur: Ellwood, R.
ISBN: 9021522586
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Theosophy Simplified

By I.S. Cooper

107 Pages | First published in 1915, 1979 edition | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606511.

” Reincarnation…Karma…Evolution…The Soul… All lead us inexorably to The Splendid Goal. “

And, all of these things together for the basis of the ancient and sublime system of thought known as theosophy. That’s what this book is all about. There has been a dramatic upsurge of interest in this time-tested religio-philosophy during recent years. People everywhere are coming to know that there are many important aspects of life, that cannot be experienced through our five senses. People everywhere are becoming aware, that there is indeed a great and grand Divine Plan behind all of creation; that the people are participants in this plan; that knowledge of this plan is available to every human being.

With these facts in mind, The Theosophical Publishing House decided to re-issue this primer of theosophy. Simply put, it is about the creation of the world and the evolution of humankind. Everything else is but a commentary upon the methodology used by the instigator of the Plan. The instigator is called Brahma, God, Allah, Jehovah, The First Principle, the Causeless Cause, or any of a thousand other appellations. Theosophy Simplified is a brief, clear, highly readable explanation of the most basic and important questions that we may ask ourselves.

From Chapter 1 – ‘The Sources and Nature of Theosophy’:

” Theosophy is, then, the archaic Wisdom-Religion, the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient country having claims to civilization. This ‘Wisdom’ all the old writings show is an emanation of the Divine Principle; and the clear comprehension of it is typified in such names as the Indian Budh, the Babylonian Nebo, the Thoth of Memphis, the Hermes of Greece;  . . . and finally the Vedas, from the word ‘to know’.  – Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), A Modern Panarion (1895).

auteur: Cooper, I.S.
ISBN: 0835606511
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The Key to Theosophy – An Abridgement

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

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

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

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

ON GOD AND PRAYER

” Enquirer: Do you believe in God?

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

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

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

 

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Mills, J. (ed.)
ISBN: 0835604276
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-The Key to Theosophy

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), edited by Clara M. Codd (1876 – 1971).

296 Pages | First simplified Adyar edition, seventh reprint 2007 | Soft cover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

Dedicated by HPB to all her pupils that they may learn and teach in their turn.

‘Theosophy’ may sound outlandisch to many people. Is it some abstruse philosophy? Is it other-worldly? In this book such misapprehensions are dispelled by H.P. Blavatsky, one of the Founders of the Theosophical Society. She anticipates every likely question, and answers it forthrightly, vigorously and brilliantly. Theosophy is no armchair philosophy, but a do-it-yourself guide to sane living. Here we find no moralizing, but a stirring call to take charge of our own life and bow to no authority from outside. Theosophy is not other-worldly, but totally geared to the here and now. It offers nothing dull, but is a testament of joy, hope and fearlessness.

From Chapter 14: ‘The Theosphical Mahatmas’ (p. 277):

” Are They Spirits of Light or Goblins Damn’d?

Enquirer – Who are then, those whom you call your ‘Masters’? Some say they are spirits, or some other kind of supernatural beings, whole others call them ‘myths’.

Theosophist – They are neither. But if you listen to what people say, you will never have a true conception of them. In the first place they are living men, born as we are born and doomed to die as every other mortal. 

[…]

Enquirer – But what does the word ‘Mahatma’ really mean?

Theosophist – Simply ‘great Soul’- great through moral elevation and intellectual attainment. […] The term is Indian and a very old word.

Enquirer – And why do you call them ‘Masters’?

Theosophist – We call them ‘Masters’ because they are our teachers; and because from them we have derived all Theosophical ‘Truths’, however inadequately some of us may have expressed, and others understood them. They are (wo)men of great learning, and still greater holiness of life, whom we term Initiates. “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P., ed. by Codd, C.M.
ISBN: 9788170595311
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De Sleutel tot de Theosofie

402 blz. | Paperback | Theosophical University Press, 1998

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

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

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 9789070328207
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The Riddle of Life

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

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

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

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

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

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 0835671089
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