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9 januari 2019

Cycles of Eternity – An Overview of the Ageless Wisdom

By Tim Wyatt.

111 Pages | First published in 2016 | Paperback | Leeds Theosophical Society in association with Firewheel Books, West Yorkshire.

Everything in the universe, seen and unseen, is alive, connected and on an eternal evolutionary journey. Universal laws and inter-connected ideas, pre-dating and underpinning science, philosophy and religion, explain the ev0lution and workings of both the universe and human beings. This is known as The Ageless Wisdom, or Theosophy. This ancient knowledge offers a compelling, comprehensive and convincing view of ourselves and the cosmos, and yet it is entirely modern in its outlook.

Cycles of Eternity explains how and why this is important to you.

From Chapter 4. ‘Infinite Cycles’, p. 76:

” Central to the Ageless Wisdom, is that all life proceeds in regular cycles of activity and rest. Some occur in a fraction of a second. Others take trillions of years to complete. These life-cycles all have exactly the same pattern: birth, growth, maturity, decline and ‘death’ followed by re-birth. Nothing stays the same for a moment. There is always constant change. This applies to atoms, human beings, planets and galaxies. Everything is ultimately destroyed and recycled. Cyclic evolution underpins not only the unity of all life, but also other universal laws such as reïncarnation and karma. These patterns – long and short – are central to the unfoldment of the universe and everything in it. There are numerous types of cycles and many different names for them. They all have a greater or lesser influence on us. Exploring these great cycles of cosmic ev0lution can be mind-bendingly complicated and convoluted – especially since our knowledge of them remains incomplete. Examining where we are in the grand scheme of things, how we got here and where we are heading gives us a deeper perspective on our own lives and reinforces the idea, that each of us plays an immortal role. “

 

Auteur: Wyatt, T.
ISBN: 9780956145147
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Colonel Olcott and the Healing Arts – Blavatsky Lecture 2007

By Michael Gomes.

49 Pages | Blavatsky Lecture 2007 | Soft cover |  The Theosophical Publishing House, London.

On August 29, 1882, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), President-Founder of the Theosophical Society, was in Galle, Ceylon, on a lecturing tour to raise funds for the opening of the schools for Buddhist children. One of the people who came forward to contribute was a man, whose arm and leg had been paralyzed for eight years. Olcott, who had read the literature on animal magnetism, or mesmerism as it was also termed, and magnetic healing in his youth, says he was moved to try some healing passes with his hands over the man’s arm, telling him that he hoped he might feel better.

Later that evening the gentleman returned to thank the Colonel, saying indeed his condition had improved. This encouraged Olcott to treat the arm again. There was a marked improvement when he returned the next morning, and, after two more days of treatment, he could move his arm and open and close his hand. Olcott also tried working on the man’s leg, which responded well enough to allow his to walk freely and even run. To show his thanks, the now-healed man brought a friend, who was also paralyzed. When he was cured, others came in increasing numbers, to the point, the Colonel recalled, ‘within a week or so my house was besieged by sick persons from dawn until late night, all clamoring for the laying on of my hands’.

Within the space of a year, he would treat some 8.000 people, until, at the verge of his own health breaking down, he was ordered by his teacher to stop. This little-known episode in the work undertaken by Olcott offers and instructive glimpse into the revival of alternative healing that was occuring at the time and which has now entered the mainstream.

 

auteur: Gomes, M.
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This World and That – An Analytical Study of Psychic Communication

By Laurence J. Bendit and Phoebe D. Bendit.

192 Pages | First published in1950, Quest edition 1969 | Paperback | Quest Books, USA.

Is it possible to have genuine communication between the living and the dead and what are the obstacles, which stand in the way? Can we find some rational explanation for the phenomena of spiritualism and the seance room? These are some of the questions discussed in this book, written by a British psychiatrist, Dr. L.J. Bendit and his wife Phoebe D. Bendit-Payne, a natural clairvoyant. Her personal experience and his medical training uniquely qualified them to consider together these and other subjects, viewing them in the wider context of man’s nature and capacities. No pat answers are offered but rather the reader is encouraged to think for himself about the mystery of existence in this world and the next.

From the ‘Personal Forewords’ (p 21/22):

This book is an attempt to clear up some of that confusion. To some it may seem that it is not suffficiently scientific and takes too much for granted. To others it may appear too much so, and too destructive of comfortable beliefs. That cannot be helped. We have tried to keep an objective, scientific attitude to the subject, and to carry this attitude into realms where the scientific experimental method cannot be applied. But we have not hesitated to go beyond the point to which objectivity can take us, and have expressed something of our own beliefs. That we have done this does not weaken our position. Even scientists must be permitted to have beliefs based on inner knowledge and experience, and all that can legitimately be demanded of them in this realm is that they shall be tentative and suggestive, not dogmatic. “

 

auteur: Payne, P.D. & Bendit, J.
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The Perfume of Egypt – And Other Weird Stories

By Charles Webster Leadbeater.

271 Pages | First edition, 7th reprint 2004 | Soft cover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

The author of this book, Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), was a clairvoyant whose range of experience of occult phenomena and unusual happenings waa extraordinary. The Perfume of Egypt is a collection of ‘weird stories’, mostly about ghosts, which is both fascinating and informative, because they represent either personal experiences of the author or what he had heard directly from authentic sources.

Mr. Leadbeater himself brings to attention in his Foreword (page viii):

” I have written other and more serious books, in which such things as these are scientifically explained; in this volume my only desire is to help my readers to pass pleasantly a few hours of leisure time. “

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 817059457X
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Dynamics of the Psychic World – Comments by H.P. Blavatsky

Comments by H. P. Blavatsky, comp. by Lina Psaltis.

132 Pages | 1972, Second reprint 2006 | Hard cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

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 (1831 – 1891).

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 . . . ” 

  • Collected Writings, Vol. IX, p. 162.
auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Psaltis, L. (comp.)
ISBN: 8170594863
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Man’s Supersensory and Spiritual Powers

193 Pages | First Edition, 7th Reprint 2005 | Paperback | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Man undoubtedly possesses, in however rudimentary a form, certain supersensory powers. Their unfoldment can be hastened through Raja Yoga as the chief means. Included in this volume are talks by the author broadcast over the air in Australia. They are a guide to managing human life and developing the character needed for such unfoldment. However it is not the development of psychic powers that is man’s supreme goal, but ‘Self-realization’. Psychic powers are only by-products in the spiritual process of seeking ‘Realization’ and are not ends in themselves . . .

 

 

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 8170593220
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Devas and Men – A Compilation of Theosophical Studies on the Angelic Kingdom

By anonymous authors. Authorities quoted amongst others: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky(1831 – 1891), Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), Alice Bailey (1880 – 1949) and Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

396 Pages | First edition 1977, 3rd reprint 2000 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

The concept of Deva-Man is both intriguing and immense; intriguing, because much of it still remains a mystery and what information is available is often carefully veiled; immense, because it appertains to the whole of man and to his relationship with nature and the Universe. […] What does ‘deva’ mean? The word is derived from the Sanskrit meaning ‘to shine’ – hence the ‘shining ones’, the ‘resplendent ones’. But the term is used very loosely and in Hindu Scriptures, for instance, may refer to all life which is invisible. It is suggested too, that devic life is the sum total of of substance itself, the basis of all manifestation, or, in other words, Spirit-Matter. It refers to a whole range of life that is evolving ‘pari passu’ with the human.

From page x:

” If we will but scan the records of history, legend and myth we can see the parts, which they played in the childhood of the race. We find records of these angelic beings, and their connection with man, in all the sacred scriptures of the world . . . “

” In the future, they will definitely take in charge the guidance of man’s evolution along special lines, and will constantly aid and instruct him. ” – Theos. Vol. 40, p. 186).

auteur: Anon
ISBN: 8170594200
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The Occult World

181 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 1984

In September and October 1880, H.P. Blavatsky and Colonel Henry Olcott visited A. P. Sinnett and his wife Patience at Simla in northern India. The serious interest of Sinnett in the teachings and the work of the Theosophical Society prompted H. P. Blavatsky to establish a contact by correspondence between Sinnett and the two Adepts who were sponsoring the Society, Mahatmas Koot Hoomi and Morya.

From this correspondence Sinnett wrote The Occult World (1881) and Esoteric Buddhism (1883), both of which had an enormous influence in generating public interest in Theosophy. In The Occult World, Sinnett gave lengthy excerpts from his early correspondence with Mahatma KH. Sinnett also related in detail many of the occult phenomena Mme. Blavatsky performed when she was in Simla.

auteur: Sinnett, A.P.
ISBN: 0722900805
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Dynamics of the Psychic World – Comments by H.P. Blavatsky

Comments by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, comp. by Lina Psaltis.

132 Pages | Reprint 1989 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

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 (1831 – 1891).

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 . . . ” 

  • Collected Writings, Vol. IX, p. 162.

 

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Psaltis, L. (comp.)
ISBN: 817059121X
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Man – A Universe in Miniature

By Joy Piper.

113 Pages | First printed in 2003 | Soft cover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London.

In this book I have attempted to explain the nature of man’s existence and his place in the overall scheme of things. It is concerned with the problems associated with his ‘human-ness’ and all that it implies – his joys and sorrows, his sense of bewilderment and frustration when he faces, as he ultimately must, the depths of his own ignorance as to how he should, in the truest, spiritual sense, live his life on Earth.

It is my hope, that this work may provide a basic structure for your own research and study and that you will feel encouraged to embark upon your own quest for knowledge of this wonderful Universe, in which we live and move and have our being; of the great Cosmic Laws governing the way in which all the solar systems with their planets in orbit follow their pre-destined pattern of movement in space, and the way in which a man’s seven bodies ‘orbit’ his own Spiritual Sun – his Spark of the Divine. By learning about man – ourselves – we can begin to find the answers to some of the questions about the Universe. The same great laws apply to the macrocosm (the large) and to the microcosm (the small).

 

auteur: Piper, J.
ISBN:
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The Hidden Side of Things

560 Pages | Third edition, 2nd reprint 2012 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

” A classic work of clairvoyant investigation. “

Why is there so much Chaos in this world? This book may help the reader to understand the influence thoughts and actions have on the way we relate to our inner selves, to human and non-human beings and to the universe.

From Chapter One:

“The term ‘occultism’ is one which has been much misunderstood. In the mind of the ignorant it was, even recently, synonymous with magic, and its students were supposed to be practitioners of the black art, veiled in flowing robes of scarlet covered with cabalistic signs, sitting amidst uncanny surroundings with a black cat as a familiar, compounding unholy decoctions by the aid of satanic evocations. 

Even now, and among those whose education has raised above such superstition as this, there still remains a good deal of misapprehension. For them, its derivation from the Latin word ‘occultus’ ought to explain at once, that it is the science of the hidden; but they often regard it contemptuously as nonsensical and unpractical […] Students, who should know better, perpetually speak as though the hidden side of things were intentionally concealed, as though knowledge with regard to it ought to be in the hands of all men, but was being deliberately withheld by the caprice or selfishness of a few: whereas the fact is, that nothing is or can be hidden from us by our own limitations, and that for every man as he evolves, the world grows wider and wider, because he is able to see more and more of its grandeur and its loveliness.”

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9788170593386
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The Hidden Life in Freemasonry

376 Pages | Eight reprint 2001 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

From the Foreword by Annie Besant (1847 – 1933)

“It is once more my privilege to usher into the world, for the helping of the thoughtful, another volume of the series on the hidden side of things written by Bishop Charles W. Leadbeater. True Mason that he is, he is ever trying to spread the Light, which he has received, so that it may chase away the darkness of Chaos. To look for the Light, to see the Light, to follow the Light, were duties to all Egyptian Masons, though the darkness in that Ancient Land never approached the density which shrouds the West today.

This book will be welcomed by all Freemasons, who feel the beauty of their ancient Rite, and desire to add knowledge to their zeal. The inner History of Masonry is left aside for the present, and the apprentice is led by a trustworthy guide through the labyrinth which protects the central Shrine from careless and idle inquirers. Places, that were obscure become illuminated; dark allusions are changed to crystal clarity; walls which seemed solid melt away; confidence replaces doubt; glimpses of the goal are caught through rifts in the clouds; and the earth-born mists vanish before the rays of the rising sun… “

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 8170591066
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The Science of the Sacraments

By Charles Webster Leadbeater.

630 Pages | First edition 1920, 11th reprint 1999 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

The Science of Sacraments can be defined as ‘a new idea of Church worship’ for it presents a clairvoyant description of the inner or invisible side of the traditional Catholic rites. The central theme of the book is that a sacrament is ‘an outer and visible sign of an inner, spiritual grace’. The author examines the far-reaching effect of ceremonies like the Holy Eucharist. which benefit not only those attending, but also the community at large with its strong radiance of peace.

The Rt. Revd Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), was acclaimed as one of the great clairvoyants in this century. He wrote many books including The Chakras, Man Visible and Invisible, The Hidden Side of Things and Thought Forms (with Annie Besant). He was for a number of years Presiding Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, which seeks to combine the preservation of the Catholic sacraments with the widest measure of freedom of thought and interpretation of the scriptures.

 

 

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 8170591813
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Man, Visible and Invisible

123 Pages | First edition, 10th reprint 2008 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book starts with the basic assertion, that clairvoyance is a reality. It proceeds to describe what is seen by its means. The layman, who is not familiair with it has first to clearly comprehend the wonderful complexity of the world – the limited that is visible and the unlimited vast area that is not visible. The author traces the development of the bodies, the consciousness, the emotions, their significant colours, the aura and the Divinity enveloping all. Our faith in human nature may increase when we see how entirely Man is part of the Divine Nature. The more we see this glorious scheme of evolution, the greater will be the urge to seek further and see man’s infinite potential.

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9788170595526
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How Theosophy Came to Me

154 Pages | Reprinted 2001 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

Eminent clairvoyant, C.W. Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), relates in this autobiographical sketch how he came into contact with H.P. Blavatksy (1831 – 1891) and other leading Theosophists in England, and what curious events and phenomena occured during the voyage he made with her to India. The reader will find also vivid world-pictures of Adyar in the early days of the Theosophical Library, an account of Leadbeater’s journeys with H.S. Olcott (1832 – 1907) in Buddhist countries, and of the occult training he received from an Adept.

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 8170590132
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Clairvoyance

230 Pages | First edition, 21st reprint, 2015 | Hard cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book explores the nature of clairvoyance, partial and full clairvoyance as well as clairvoyance in space and time plus methods of development. The style of presentation is simple and objective, while showing the vast possibilities, which are open to anyone, who develops such an extended sight into some of the inner realities of life.

C.W. Leadbeater (1854 – 1934) was a trained clairvoyant and the author of over thirty books on the spiritual life and the inner nature of the human being. His investigations of the unseen realms around us have had a marked influence on the contemporary world, one of them being the discovery of J. Krishnamurti’s (1895 – 1986) potential as a spiritual teacher.

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9788170593195
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The Book of Enoch The Prophet

Translated by Richard Laurence.

192 Pages | 1995, Secret Doctrine Reference Series | Softcover | Wizards Bookshelf, San Diego, U.S.A. | ISBN 091351067x.

In the  year 1773, after a period of almost total obscurity lasting 1500 years, the Scottisch explorer, James Bruce, discovered in what is now Ethiopia, The Book of Enoch. He writes:

‘Amongst the articles I consigned to the library at Paris was a very beautiful and magnificent copy of the prophesies of Enoch, in large quarto.; another is amongst the books of scripture, that I brought home., standing immediately before the Book of Job, which is its proper place in the Abyssinian Cannon: and a third copy I presented to the Bodleian Library at Oxford, by the hands of Dr. Douglas, the Bishop of Carlisle’. 

It rested there, forgotten, until 1821 when Laurence issued his first translation of which there were many editions, culminating in the revised edition of 1883, compiled from notes in his estate. As a former professor of Hebrew at Oxford, Laurence’s familiarity with Kabbalah and the Zohar (as shown in the introductions of earlier editions) gave him unique qualifications that were especially useful in translating a work of this type. The very profound and encyclopedic work on comparative religion and hermetic philosophy. The Secret Doctrine by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, refers to this edition on 37 occasions. It is reprinted here verbatim.

auteur: Laurence, R. (tr.)
ISBN: 091351067x
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Verborgen Krachten in de Natuur en in de Mens

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

189 blz. | 1970 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750314.

Nederlandse vertaling van: Occult Power in Nature and in Man (1988) | The Theosophical Publishing House, London.

In zes prachtige voordrachten heeft Geoffrey Hodson het gehele overzicht tezamen gebracht van het scheppingsproces, in al zijn grootheid, zoals dat in het algemeen wordt opgevat door bestudeerders van De Geheime Leer. De schrijver vertelt ons, dat hij zich in gedachten drie dingen ten doel gesteld heeft:

  1. Aan de lezers enig begrip te geven van de scheppende Godheid zelf.
  2. Enig begrip van de ontwikkeling van zonnestelsels
  3. Een diepere kennis van de plaats van de mens in de schepping, in het Grote Werk.

Afkomstig uit Deel 2, Hoofstuk 4: ‘De invloed en het werk van de Wereld-moeder (p. 182, 187 & 187):

” Indien ik hier even een persoonlijke toon aan mag slaan, dan herinner ik mij zeer goed, hoe ik vele jaren geleden me voor het eerst bewust werd van het werkelijk bestaan van de Wereld-moeder. Ik denk, dat ik hoe vaag ook, het voorrecht had Haar te zien, niet alleen als een ideaal of zelfs als een in een reeks van Personificaties van het Moeder-aanzicht van de Godheid, maar ook als een wonderbaar levend Wezen, het schitterend Juweel in de Hierarchie van de Adepten der aarde, de Wereld-moeder van deze periode, de Sterre der Zee, zoals zij dikwijls wordt genoemd. “

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” In de naam van Hem, dien ik lang geleden gedragen heb, kom ik u te hulp. – Ik heb elke vrouw opgenomen in mijn hart, om een deel van haar daar te houden, zodat ik daardoor haar kan helpen in het uur van haar grootste nood. Hef de vrouwen van uw ras op, tot zij alle gezien worden als koninginnen en laat voor zulk vorstinnen elke man zijn als een koning, opdat de een de ander zal leren door het zien van elkanders koningschap. Laat elke woning, hoe klein ook, worden tot een hof, elke zoon een ridder, elk kind een page. Laat ieder de ander ridderlijk behandelen, in elk hun vorstelijke afkomst eren, hun koninklijke geboorte; want er is koninklijk bloed in ieder mens; het zijn allen kinderen des Konings.”

auteur: Hodson, G.
ISBN: 9789061750314
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De stof voor deze voordrachten wordt in twee gedeelten gegeven. In het eerste hoofdstuk is in een allesomvattende visie, een algemene beschouwing gegeven over het geheel, dat in de volgende vijf hoofdstukken in onderdelen uitgewerkt wordt. Met buitengewone helderheid wordt een theosofische voorstelling opgebouwd van de zich ontwikkelende Kosmos, de emanatie van zonnestelsels uit hun goddelijke oorsprong. De schrijver verklaart de evolutie van het zich ontplooiende goddelijke Plan, beginnende met de prekosmische toestand, waarop gezinspeeld wordt als: “de duisternis zweefde over de wateren.” De overige hoofdstukken geven een synthese van theosofische denkbeelden over de aard van de mens en zijn betrekking tot zijn herkomst. Degenen, die bekend zijn met Mr. Hodson’s vroegere geschriften, zullen in dit kleine werkje de verstandelijke en metafysische helderheid terugvinden, welke het resultaat is van jaren van grondige studie van deze soort diepzinnige onderwerpen, die hier behandeld worden. Het boek is een nuttige en waardevolle aanvulling van de theosofische litteratuur, die het geordende plan van de goddelijke gedachte weergeeft, dat binnen het bereik van de mensheid is gebracht door de grote Adepten, de Oudere Broeders der Mensheid, doormiddel van Hun boodschapper – H.P. Blavatsky. Dit boek is het resultaat van een serie lezingen die Geoffrey Hodson gehouden heeft gedurende de gedenkwaardige “Summer School” van 1953 in “Olcott”, het hoofdkwartier van de Theosofische Vereniging in Amerika.

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The Seven Human Temperaments

88 Pages | Second edition, 1st reprint 2011 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

In the occult tradition, the number seven occurs frequently. The Seven Rays refer to the seven different human temperaments. Geoffrey Hodson describes the characteristics of people in each of these rays, their strengths and weaknesses, ideals and methods. He also points out that most people show forth in daily life the characteristics of the seven rays. Ultimately, we must develop the qualities of all the rays, although the unique characteristics of one of them will predominate.

Included is an enfolded A2-diagram mapping out the seven rays and their characteristics.

auteur: Hodson, G.
ISBN: 8170590523
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Science, Consciousness and the Paranormal (Blavatsky Lecture 1998)

By Prof. Emeritus Arthur Ellison (1920 – 2000).

34 Pages | Blavatsky Lecture 1988 | A6 Softcover | Theosophical Books Limited | No ISBN.

This Blavatsky Lecture was delivered at the Summer School of The Theosophical Society in England, The University of Leicester, Sunday 26th of July, 1998.

In this lecture, Professor Emeritus Ellison will discuss his approach to the Theosophical descriptive model of the universe at all its levels and consider the way, it seems to him, members were evidently intended to approach this model as indicated by the Three Objects. He will consider and briefly review the work of the Science Group, some of which was reviewed in the book Psychism and the Unconscious Mind (First Quest edition 1968, second edition 1974), and possible lessons to be drawn from the Group’s subsequent demise. Finally, he will briefly consider the activities of other bodies, who have taken up the pioneering research on Third Object matters dropped by the Science Group.

From page 10:

” The Buddha and the Theosophical Masters said, that we were not to believe something because it was written in some book that men considered sacred, nor indeed presumably in any other book. So it seemed to me right to find a good medium and try a séance. (Such things are forbidden in the Esoteric Section). This was to be a piece of open-minded scientific research and of course psychical research is an important part of the Third Object of the Theosophical Society. To my delight my wife came through ‘like a bomb’, as the saying goes, enormously glad to be able to reassure us all that she was in good shape and happy. She referred to many things related to her interests and there seemed to me little doubt that it was indeed she. The script – received by automatic writing – gave her relative exactly what he needed to continue his life. He never needed another communication from her. “

 

 

auteur: Ellison, A.
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The Occult Way (Part II)

By Captain P.G. Bowen (1882 – 1940).

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

From the Foreword:

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

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

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

P.G.B. “

 

 

auteur: Bowen, P.G.
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The Occult Way

By Captain P.G. Bowen (1882 – 1940).

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

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

From page 76:

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

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

auteur: Bowen, P.G.
ISBN: 0722950713
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Hatha Yoga – The Occult Science of Health

By Captain P.G. Bowen (1882 – 1940).

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

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

Yoga what it is (p. 3):

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

 

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Practical Occultism

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

90 Pages | Second Edition 2011 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar.

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

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

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

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

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

From page 55:

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

 

 

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 8170590760
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The Spiritual Life

165 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1993

Illuminating the Path

The key to living spiritually in the modern world, says this classic writer, “depends upon one’s attitude.” The principles Besant set forth over 70 years ago are no different today. She shows that the value of the spiritual path is not in the goal but in the striving, and offers clear principles for those with the courage to try.

Annie Besant (1847-1933) led the fight for the rights of women and laborers in her native England; later she worked with Mahatma Gandhi and spearheaded India’s struggle for freedom. Theosophist Joy Mills describes her as “a feminist before the movement for women’s rights was fully launched; she stood for freedom when half the world was held in the bonds of colonialism.” A student of India’s spiritual traditions, Annie Besant was famed as an orator, author, and international President of the Theosophical Society.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 083560666X
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Our Psychic Sense – A Clairvoyant and a Psychiatrist Explain How It Develops

By Laurence J. Bendit and Phoebe D. Bendit.

225 Pages | First Quest book edition, 1967 | Paperback | Quest Books, USA.

If we are ever to become knowledgeable about the ‘whole man’ we must learn to understand his deeper invisible nature. This book, authored by a Jungian psychiatrist and his clairvoyant wife, helps us to do just that. Combining their talents, the Bendits provide us with a unique and enthralling overview of man’s latent powers.

Our Psychic Sense has also been referred to as the ‘sixth sense’. It can be considered as a window opening onto the real world of our inner consciousness; not just a valuable adjunct to our personality, but our actual ground of being. Together, the Bendits describe this mysterious power within us, then explain how it manifests, and finally evaluate its uselfullness to humanity.

From page 223:

” Many people are extremely frightened of psychic invasion or, as it is commonly called, possession or obesession. There is no need for this: no psychic force or entity can invade the aura of a human being unless he himself opens the door to it. That is to say, in principle, that if a person’s mind is positive, he is perfectly safe. If he becomes frightened, however, he is in a negative state, and he may then feel himself to be a prey to forces, which do not seem to belong to him. But the ‘entity’ or force is almost certain to be really only an unconscious part of himself: something which psychological re-education can help him to deal with. […] In any case, if one realizes that one is master in one’s own house, and that any intruder can be dealt with by positive thought and self-assertion, there is no need for fear. “

auteur: Bendit, P.D. / Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 0835600343
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Nirvana – An Occult Experience

By George Sydney Arundale (1878–1945).

259 Pages | Arundale Centenary Edition, second reprint 2007 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170591481.

This book is a description of Nirvana and Nirvanic consciousness as experienced by the author. ‘Each section is the pen impression of the Nirvanic landscape just as it impressed upon me at the time’, writes DR. G.S. Arundale. Here is for example a remarkable passage:

” Bathed in the lightning-standing-still which is Nirvana, I perceive the imprisoned lightnings in all things . . . the Light, which is bright – [in] the man evolved; the Light, which is glory – the Superman, the Master. “

Mr. Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), the distinguished clairvoyant, described the book as ‘a very remarkable production – a valiant attempt to describe the indescribable . . . There is living fire in his (author’s) works.’

auteur: Arundale, G.S.
ISBN: 9788170591481
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George Arundale was international President of the Theosophical Society from 1934 to 1945. He was principal of the Central Hindu college, Varanasi, India, and later of the National University of India. He worked closely with Annie Besant in her educational efforts.

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Essentials of Occult Chemistry and Modern Science

By H.J. Arnikar, Ph.D.

122 Pages | First edition 2000 | Hardcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594065.

The very words ‘occult’ and ‘chemistry’ would seem to most people to be strange bedfellows. However, Professor Arnikar, a distinguished scientist with an international reputation in radiochemistry research and chemical education and teacher of renown has written a fascinating book, which will be of interest to layman and scientist alike.

It presents the remarkable results of the pioneer occult chemists over the period 1890-1933. The book highlights equally their conformity to or divergences from the findings of modern science. The treatment is as scientifically rigorous as it is warmly appreciative.

Occult Chemistry was published by Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) and Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), (Adyar), 1908 and 1919. Eastern philosophy firmly believes that every person has latent powers, which developed by yogic training under a qualified Master can equip him with various extraordinary powers or siddhis as they are called. One siddhi is to be able to see the smallest of the small by the naked eye unaided. Besant and Leadbeater could point with uncanny accuracy to certain findings in the field of atomic structure and nuclear constitution, which decades later experimental scientists endorsed in the main.

From Chapter 5 – ‘Contributions of Contemporary Scientists to Occult Chemistry’ (p. 107):

” Who is to investigate the latent powers in man? “

” Our Elders have always sounded a word of caution against the overzealous enthusiasts from dabbling into the grave esoteric truths of life, while still lacking in necessary mental discipline. To acquire this last, there is no way other than devoted study at the lotus feet of the ‘Master’. Before the period of apprenticeship is over, one may be tempted to test unauthorizedly one’s skills, knowledge and capabilities to know if they are not adequate to acquire one of the siddhis, as the aṇimā. “

auteur: Arnikar, H.J.
ISBN: 8170594065
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