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11 december 2018

Jacob Boehme – Western Esoteric Masters Series

By Jacob Boehme (1575 – 1624), edited by Robin Waterfield. ISBN 1556433573

239 Pages | Copyright 2001 | Softcover | North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California.

Hihgly regarded among Christian mystics, Jacob Boehme was famous for his inspired and provocative analysis of the nature and being of God. Grounded in Paracelsus, the Kabbala, astrology, alchemy and the Hermetic tradition, Boehme articulated a revelatory theology, which emphasized the process, whereby God comes to know Himself.

Boehme reasoned that from His illimitable oneness, God was unable to truly apprehend Himself as God in all His splendor. Thus, God had to become an incarnated, limited being, for only through experience could He satisfy His need for self-understanding. Driven by a series of spiritual epiphanies, Boehme boldly proclaimed his new revelations, rejecting the narrow dogmatism and bibliolatry of mainstream sentiment. His subsequent prosecution by church authorities led to banishment from his home town of Goerlitz, and continued harassment by more orthodox thinkers. After his death in 1624, his writings continued to provoke debate among mystics and scholars investigating the nature of good and evil, creation and God’s will.

This anthology serves an an introduction to Boehme’s thought and will bring readers deeper into his philosophy. Part One gives biography and context of Boehme’s writings and their influence on later scientists, alchemical researchers and poets. Part Two contains selections from Boehme’s works grappling with his main themes including the birth of God and the vindication of His goodness. Of particular interest are a number of letters from Boehme, which have never appeared previously in English.


auteur: Boehme, J./Waterfield, R. (ed.)
ISBN: 1556433573

Prijs: € 16,00

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Praktische Mystiek – Voor Gewone Mensen

Door Evelyn Underhill.

171 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1978; dit boek maakt deel uit van de Lotusreeks I | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750178.

Engels origineel: Practical Mysticism – A Little Book for Normal People | Uitgegeven in 1914, reprint 1942, 2de reprint 2003 | Vintage Books, New York | ISBN 0375725709.

Dit bekende boekje, geschreven in Londen in 1914, gaat onder meer in op de vraag: Wat is Mystiek? Underhill geeft een beschouwing over de wereld van de ‘werkelijkheid’ en behandelt onderwerpen zoals: de voorbereiding van de mysticus, liefde en wilskracht, meditatie en bezinning, en de vernieuwing van het bewustzijn. Ze komt uiteindelijk tot de volgende definitie: ‘Mystiek is de kunst van het éénworden met de Werkelijkheid en een mysticus is iemand, die deze éénwording in meer of mindere mate heeft bereikt, of althans iemand, die streeft naar en gelooft in éénwording’.

Afkomstig van blz. 35:

” Hoe groter kunstenaar, hoe wijder en dieper de visie die hij heeft, hoe scherper hij zich bewust is van de bruisende levensstroom en levensschoonheid, van de overweldigende rijkdom en pracht in kleuren, klanken en vormen. Hij wil steeds dieper voortdringen, opdat zijn blik steeds wijder en rijker perspectieven ontwaren zal, totdat hij een wordt met de totaliteit van de Werkelijkheid, die hij altijd reeds om zich heen heeft geweten en waarvan hij beseft deel te zijn. Altijd door tracht hij over de drempel heen te komen, waardoor hij, de kunstenaar, een mysticus zal worden. “



auteur: Underhill, E.
ISBN: 9789061750178
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“Wat is Mystiek?”, blijven velen zich afvragen na lezingen, preken en anderszins te hebben aangehoord: kunnen wij westerlingen dat bevatten en er mee leven? Evelyn Underhill geeft “een” definitie:

“Mystiek is de kunst van het éénworden met de Werkelijkheid. Een mysticus is iemand, die deze éénwording in meer of mindere mate heeft bereikt, of althans iemand, die streeft naar en gelooft in zulk een éénwording.”
Dit boekje heeft in onze hedendaagse maatschappij nog niets aan actualiteit verloren.


Prijs: € 4,25

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Sema-Kanda: Threshold Memories – A Mystic’s Story

By Coulson Turnbull (1864 – xxxx).

253 Pages | Photo copy of the original 1898 edition | A4 Softcover | Kessinger Publications LCC, Montana U.S.A. | ISBN: 1564596923.

Dedicated in humility

  • To those who have watched the terrestrial  transformations and eruptions, have asked for Why, and have received None.
  • To those who, tired and home-weary, in a long and slow Journey , have yearned and sought for Justice and found her not.
  • Tho those, who have suffered, as humans suffer waiting in Faith for liberation.
  • To those hearts, who in Faith and Patience have mystic-wise found a golden thread so delicate, so strong, delicate as human frailty, yet strong to draw the tossed and home-weary from out the ocean’s tempest to the Harbor of Light, from out of the dark ocean’s tempest to the Light, divine in its cheer.
  • To men and woman, Regenerate, to the Illumined Ones.


auteur: Turnbull, C.
ISBN: 1564596923

Prijs: € 17,50

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Reflections on Time, Duration and Immortality

By Ianthe H. Hoskins (1912-2001).

37 Pages | Printed July 2000 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | No ISBN.

Ianthe Hoskins joined The Theosophical Society in 1936, and later served for two periods (1972-1978 and 1989-1992) as General Secretary of the English Section. As an international lecturer she has travelled widely, lecturing in English, French, Spanish and German, and conducting study courses at the International Headquarters at Adyar and in several Sections around the world. For a number of years she has been a member of the General Council (the governing body of the Society). Outside the Society, she is well known in the Yoga movement, speaking particularly on Vedanta.

From page 25:

” If the divine birth is to shine with reality and purity, it must come flooding up and out of man from God within him, while all man’s own efforts are suspended and all the soul’s agents are at God’s disposal. “



auteur: Hoskins, I.H.

Prijs: € 4,50

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The Common Experience – Signposts on the Path to Enlightenment

By J.M. Cohen and J-F. Phipps.

281 Pages |First Quest Edition 1992 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606791.

The mystical path is not mysterious. It is not the private path of monks and yogins‘, so begins this anthology of the spiritual experience of ordinary men and women as well as those of monks, philosophers, and spiritual teachers such as Lao Tzu, Krishnamurti, Aldous Huxley, William Blake, Plato and Paramahansa Yogananda. These selections on the ways to Enlightenment, drawn from both East and West, are grouped to illuminate such topics as meditation, compassion, time and eternity, mystical powers and death and rebirth. Although the writings and the authors’ commentary on them are variously colored by their separate traditions, their effect as a whole is to reveal ‘the white light, that combines the rainbow hues of the different mystical traditions‘, which are essentially one ‘common experience‘.

From Chapter 4 – ‘Enlightenment’ (p. 109):

” Q. How is it possible to become selfless, while leading a life of worldly activity?

A. There is no conflict between work and wisdom.

Q. Do you mean that one can continue all the old activities, in one’s profession, for instance, and at the same time get enlightenment?

A. Why not? But in that case one will not think that it is the old personality, which is doing the work, because one’s consciousness will gradually become transformed until it enters in That which is beyond the little self . . . “

auteur: Cohen, J.M./Phipps, J.F.
ISBN: 0835606791

Prijs: € 15,22

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