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24 mei 2020

Theosofia – Van Innerlijke Wijsheid naar Uiterlijke Transformatie

Joy Mills (1920 – 2015) Special Theosofia, hoofdredacteur Els Rijneker.

59 Bladzijden | Juni 2019 | Tijdschrift | Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | Geen ISBN.

Deze maand, juni 2019, vindt u maar liefst twee Theosofia’s in uw brievenbus: het gebruikelijke nummer met gevarieerde artikelen, en deze special met de Nederlandse versie van een boek van Joy Mills: From Inner to Outer Transformation – Lectures on The Voice of the Silence (UTVN 1996 en 2002). U kent waarschijnlijk allemaal De Stem van de Stilte, het laatste boek van Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, die in 1875 samen met anderen in New York de Theosophical Society (TS) oprichtte. Deze Special bevat de Nederlandse vertaling van een lezingenreeks door Joy Mills over dit prachtige mystieke boekje op ons Internationaal Theosofisch Centrum (ITC) in Naarden, in de zomer van 1991. In april 1992 verschenen deze lezingen al eerder in Theosofia. Voor deze special zijn de teksten enigszins geredigeerd en zijn waar mogelijk de citaten uit De Stem van de Stilte overgenomen uit de meest recente Nederlandse vertaling in Drie Wegen, Eén Pad (UTVN 2006).

De aanleiding dat deze Special ‘Van Innerlijke Wijsheid naar Uiterlijke Transformatie’ juist nu verschijnt, mede op verzoek van de Esoterische School voor Theosofie, is het bijzondere Engelstalige seminar deze maand, juni 2019, met Martin Leiderman: ‘The Voice of the Silence, An Insight into the Mystery and Purpose of our Life’.

Afkomstig van bladzijde 34:

” Als u geen zon kunt zijn, wees dan de nederige planeet. Ja, als het u ontzegd is te stralen als de middagzon op de sneeuwbedekte berg van eeuwige zuiverheid, kies dan, neofiet, een bescheidener loop. Wijs anderen de ‘weg’ – hoe vaag ook, en ook al staat u alleen in de menigte – zoals de avondster doet aan diegenen die hun pad in duisternis bewandelen. ” – Uit: De Stem van de Stile, blz. 155 & 156.

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Indra’s Net – Alchemy and Chaos Theory as Models for Transformation

By Robert Robertson, Ph.D., Foreword by Allan Combs.

182 Pages | First Quest Edition 2009 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608626.

‘ Somewhere in the celestial palace of the dancing god Indra, there hangs a fabulous net, that spreads out boundlessly over the cosmos in every direction. The divine craftsman has so cleverly fashioned this net that at every knot there hangs a dazzling jewel, each one so brilliantly polished, that it reflects all the others. As Above, so Below . . . ‘

This image of Indra’s net from a Buddhist Sutra symbolizes the Mystery, that, through our own transformation, each of us is united with everyone and everything else. Author Robin Robertson finds parallel models in ancient Alchemy, which tried to change base metal into gold, and modern chaos theory, which posits that tiny initial changes can have huge and unexpected outcomes – as a butterfly in Brazil might cause a tornado in Texas. Robinson lucidly shows how these two systems reveal the pattern of inner development in any spiritual tradition. No matter what one’s particular calling, these surprising insights can enrich and accelerate the transformative stages of any spiritual seeker.

From Chapter 6  – ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’:

 ” Central to this book is the understanding that the Opus is within us as much as it is without. As I mentioned in the Introduction, Buddhist philosophy captures this relationship between the world and the psyche through the image of Indra’s net: a vast necklace of shining jewels, all interconnected. It is told thus in the Avatamsaka Sutra:

Far away in the heavenly abode of the great God Indra, there is a wonderful net, which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each ‘eye’ of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the Jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process ocurring. “

Auteur: Robertson, R.
ISBN: 9780835608626
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The Bhagavad Gita – The Song Celestial with Introduction and Notes

By Sir Edwin Lester Arnold (1832 – 1904), introduction by Alan Jacobs.

188 Pages | First published in 1885 as The Celestial Song, this is the 2006 edition | Hardcover | Watkins Publishing, London |  ISBN: 9781842931240.

” There lives a Master in the hearts of Men, maketh their deeds, by subtle pulling-strings, dance to what tune He will. With all thy Soul Trust Him, and take Him for thy succour, Prince! “

The Bhagavad Gita, or Song Celestial, is the sacred testament central to Hinduism, the most ancient of the great world religions. Brahman is the Absolute Supreme Reality underlying all forms. Human beings accumulate Karma as a result of their actions in innumerable incarnations, until they obtain liberation through the practices of devotion and knowledge. The Bhagavad Gita, as the essential gospel of Hinduism, explains mankind’s predicament and points the way to freedom.

This poetic gospel is attributed to the Divine Messenger, Lord Krishna, who on the battlefield gives the warrior-prince, Arjuna, detailed and profound spiritual guidance. Arjuna is perplexed by his involvement in a war and Lord Krishna unveils inspiring philosophical wisdom leading to the solution of Arjuna’s problem and his self-realization.

 

 

Auteur: Arnold, E.
ISBN: 9781842931240
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Unconditional Bliss – Finding Happiness in the Face of Hardship

By Howard Raphael Cushnir.

204 Pages | First Question Edition 2000 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607925.

Take a moment to breathe in with yourself. Are you . . . stressed . . . angry . . . lonely . . . anxious . . . sad?

No matter how difficult life may be, you can still live in a state of radiant bliss – even if you’re alone, sick, failed and broke. Pie-in-the-sky? This down-to-earth book shows us how. Based on universal spiritual principles, the message is profound, but the method couldn’t be more practical. All it takes is a simple two-step process called LIVING THE QUESTIONS, demonstrated here with compelling, real-life examples. This book is not getting about what you want, it is about how you FEEL the way you want by embracing life one precious moment at a time . . . starting right now!

From page 201:

” What is happening right now?

Can I be with it?

Living those questions is saying yes to life, to all of it, and especially to its radiant mystery. That mystery is what brought us both to this moment, and will stay with us for the rest of our days. Because no matter how well we live the questions right now , we never know what happens next. “

Auteur: Cushnir, H.R.
ISBN: 0835607925
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The Path of Transformation – Voyage to the Silent Self

By Susan Bayliss.

35 Pages | Softcover | Blavatsky Lecture 2014 | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | No ISBN.

Life is full of potentiality from ‘the circle of heaven’ to Mother Earth and all that live within her. The extent of this potential is hidden from us in our mundane world, concealed, according to the ‘Ancients’, behind a veil of illusion in which we live and experience our everyday lives. Out of nothingness came the ‘Great Illusion’ into a state of potentiality awaiting the impulse to become an expression of new life – a new universe. The same potentiality also lies within us and we too can awaken to a ‘new world’; a world in which we are transformed from a place of ignorance to a state of Knowledge and Wisdom. Our taks is to find the keys which open the the doorway to the higher life. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) (HPB) in the Secret Doctrine (SD) describes the process of Life awakening at cosmic level, from potential space to the abstract space of ‘divine immaculate Mother-Nature’.

From page 29:

” In The Key to Philosophy, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) tells us that the final goal cannot be reached in any way but through life experiences, and because most of this consists of pain and suffering, this is how we learn. Many of us will have seen the photograph of Einstein sittings at his desk with a copy of The Secret Doctrine lying there along with other books. He famously said that ‘The intellect has little to do on the road of discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why. All great discoveries are made in this way. “

auteur: Bayliss, S.
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Het Proces van Zelf-Transformatie – Onderzoek van Ons Hogere Potentieel om Effectief te Leven

Door Vicente Hao Chin, Jr.

300 Pagina’s | Eerste druk december 2017 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9789061750994.

English Original: The  Process of Self-Transformation – A Spiritual Guide for Effective Living | First edition, 2015 | Quest Books U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835609357.

Een zelfhulpboek voor persoonlijke, spirituele groei en voor wereldburgerschap, nu in het Nederlands verkrijgbaar.

Hao Chin verstaat de kunst om een moeilijk onderwerp als zelf-transformatie in heldere bewoordingen te beschrijven, zelfs zodanig dat de lezer er direct praktisch mee aan de slag kan. De auteur heeft inmiddels gedurende talloze seminars veel mensen door het proces van zelf-transformatie geleid.

Emoties, die zich vaak lichamelijk uiten, en moeilijkheden die wij met ons denken opwerpen kunnen een effectief leven, persoonlijke groei en meditatie in de weg staan. Met de in dit boek beschreven aanpak om problemen via het lichaam bewust gewaar te zijn (self-awareness processing) en vervolgens los te laten, kunnen deze blijvend worden aangepakt.

Het boek bespreekt de gevolgen, die een dergelijke bewuste, assertieve en positieve levenshouding kan hebben voor familierelaties, voor opvoeding en onderwijs, en voor wereldburgerschap en vrede.

Vicente Hao Chin, Jr. was president van The Theosophical Society (Adyar) in de Filippijnen, is actief in de Theosophical Order of Service, en is de grondlegger van het Golden Link College in de Filippijnen, transformerend onderwijs voor minder bevoorrechte kinderen en jonge mensen. Hij schreef verschillende boeken, stelde de chronologische uitgave samen van de The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, is een van de redacteuren van The Theosophical Encyclopedia en leidde zelf-transformatie seminars in meer dan twintig landen ter wereld.

auteur: Hao Chin Jr, V.
ISBN: 9789061750994
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Integrating and Managing the Personal Shadow – Intelligent Handling of Our Dark Energy

By I. Jauli and E. Reig.

116 Pages | Uitgegeven in 2016 | Softcover | Vijay Nicole Imprints Private Limited, Chennai | ISBN: 9788182094475.

For many of the ancient traditions and some psychological approaches the great obstructer of the inner development is fear. It generates insecurity; it pressures the searcher to decline his intentions and finally, in order to sleep peacefully, he assumes that retracting and not acting was smart, however he loses the opportunity to experience life.

” If we understand that fears are just thoughts, we can free ourselves from them. ” –  Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986)

These thoughts are part of the personal shadow. They destroy the possibilities of living and reduce our potential. This book explains the personal shadow and its effects on life. The bird’s meaning of life is flying, that’s why it has wings, the snake is to slither and therefore it has a body equipped for this movement. Likewise, human beings possess divine potential and therefore they need to develop that potential. Shadows affect the inner development.

This book discusses:

  1. Effect on inner development
  2. Effects of management of light and shadow in the human being such as wisdom, ignorance, darkness and shadow
  3. Explanation of shadow effects through fables
  4. Approach of shadow in psychology
  5. Methods to know our personal shadow and how to measure the effect of personal shadow in our lives?
  6. An alchemy model to face the shadow
  7. Transforming powers of change

This book also presents ideas and schemas, that combine science, philosophy and the ancient mystical traditions. It aims to help readers integrate their personal shadow and thus lead a fulfilling and productive life.

 

auteur: Jauli, I. and Reig, E.
ISBN: 9788182094475
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A Western Approach to Zen

By C. Humphreys.

212 Pages | 5th printing 1999 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605507.

‘ Satori is a stage along the way, a gateless gate that must be entered on the path to enlightenment. ‘

With profound inspiration and consummate compassion, the founder of the Buddhist Society in London invites serious students of spiritual evolution to us Western techniques to achieve satori, the experience of unity and divinity in all aspects of being. Each of us must stumble and bump our way in darkness and confusion along the path to enlightenment. In penetrating, genuine, and inspiring prose, Humphreys refocuses the Wisdom of Zen for the Western reader and illuminates that arduous road.

auteur: Humphreys, C.
ISBN: 0835605507
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The Pathway to Perfection. A treatise on the Path of swift Unfoldment.

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

35 Pages | First Edition 1954, 4th Reprint 2005 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170590213.

In this book, which is a successor to his earlier work, Meditations on the Occult Life, Geoffrey Hodson communicates the essence of the teachings of Theosophy on the path of swift unfoldment. It gives us some understanding of the whole process of man’s evolution to a state of perfection. The reader glimpses the opportunities, difficulties, pitfalls and ups and downs of the entire journey from Man to Superman.

Mr Hodson wrote about forty theosophical books based on his occult investigations, and was awarded the Subba Row Medal in 1954 for his contributions to theosophical literature.

 

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 8170590213
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A Yoga of Light

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

26 Pages | 13th reprint 2014 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170590149.

The first objective of meditation is to discover one’s own Spiritual Selfhood. The second objective is to realize that the Spiritual Self is forever an integral part of the Spiritual Self of the universe. This booklet is offered as preliminary guidance to those who seek a well-tried and safe method.

Geoffrey Hodson was born and educated in England, but later lived in New Zealand. A serious student of the Ancient wisdom he strove continuously for the spiritual regeneration of mankind until his death in 1983. Throughout his seventy years of membership, he lectured for the Theosophical Society in most parts of the world. Mr Hodson wrote about forty theosophical books based on his occult investigations, and was awarded the Subba Row Medal in 1954 for his contributions to theosophical literature.

 

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN : 9788170590149
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Man’s Supersensory and Spiritual Powers

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

193 Pages | First Edition, 7th Reprint 2005 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170593220.

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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The Power of Thought – A 21st Century Adaptation of Annie Besant’s Classic Work ‘Thought Power’

By John Algeo.

172 Pages | First published in 1903, 2001 edition | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835607971.

Theosophist Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) drew from the Ancient Wisdom of the East to explore the deep recesses of the mind. The original edition was published in 1903 and has been in print ever since. Now leading contemporary Theosophists John Algeo and Shirley J. Nicholson have painstakingly revised the text to free its timeless truths from the time-bound language of the early 20th century and make it more accessible to today’s readers. The result is a clear discussion of subjects of increasingly high interest: concentration, memory, consciousness, telepathy, sleep and dreams, cultivation of the will, and access to your ‘Higher Self’.

From Chapter 12 – ‘The Secret of Peace of Mind’ (p. 152):

” We are the Self, and therefore the joys and the sorrow of others are ours as much as theirs. To the extent that we realise this and learn to live so that we share the life that flows through us with the whole world – to that extent we learn the secret of peace. That secret is knowledge of the Self, and the thought ‘That Self Am I’ (even if we have not yet experienced the reality) helps us gain a peace of mind that nothing can disturb. As the Bhagavad Gita [2.70] says: He attains peace, into whom all desires flow as rivers flow into the ocean, which is filled with water, but remains unmoved – not he who desires desire. “

Auteur: Algeo, John
ISBN: 9780835607971
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De Śiva-Sūtra – De Hoogste Werkelijkheid En Hoe Deze Te Realiseren

Door Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

272 Pagina’s | 1976, Eerste druk 2013 | Gebonden | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750949.

English Original: The Ultimate Reality and Realization – Śiva-Sūtra with Text in Sanskrit, Transliteration in Roman, Translation in English & Commentary | 2004 | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170594444.

De Śiva Sūtra behoort tot de school van het Kaśmir Śaivisme. De filosofie achter de Śiva-Sūtra is gebaseerd op het bestaan van een Allerhoogste Werkelijkheid die zich manifesteert als het gehele universum. Elke Monade vormt daarin een afzonderlijk centrum van bewustzijn en kracht en bezit in zichzelf in potentiele vorm in die Realiteit Universeel Bewustzijn en Kracht (Śiva en Śakti). De drie afdelingen in dit boek behandelen de ontvouwing van Bewustzijn, gezien vanuit Goddelijk Bewustzijn (Śiva), Goddelijke Kracht (Śakti) en de Monade (Aņu).

Afkomstig uit de inleiding:

” Steeds meer spiritueel ingestelde mensen over de gehele wereld keren zich af van de orthodoxe ideeën over religie en filosofie. Hun aandacht richt zich op de realisatie van een Allerhoogste Werkelijkheid, verborgen in het Hart van ieder mens, het uiteindelijk doel van iedere geestelijke inspanning en zelfdiscipline. Wat is de aard van deze Werkelijkheid, hoe kun je die realiseren, en wat is de aard van het werk dat die Grote Wezens verrichten, die hierin geslaagd zijn en die blijvend in die Werkelijkheid gevestigd zijn? Dit zijn enkele van de vragen, die van groot belang moeten zijn voor alle ernstige bestudeerders van de occulte wetenschap en die voor hen, die op weg zijn op het pad van praktisch occultisme. “

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 9789061750949
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Elke Monade vormt daarin een afzonderlijk centrum van bewustzijn en kracht en bezit in zichzelf in potentiële vorm in die Realiteit Universeel Bewustzijn en Kracht (Śiva en Śakti). De drie afdelingen in dit boek behandelen de ontvouwing van Bewustzijn, gezien vanuit goddelijk Bewustzijn (Śiva), goddelijke Kracht (Śakti) en de Monade (Aṇu).

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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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Vrije Wil en Vrijheid van Handelen

Door Dr. W.H. van Vledder.

27 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1981 | Lecture | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Utrecht | Geen ISBN.

De publicatie betreft de inhoud van een Rede uitgesproken bij het aanvaarden van het ambt van bijzonder hoogleraar in de metafysica in de geest van de Theosofie aan de Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden op vrijdag 3 april 1981.

Afkomstig van pagina 21:

” We kunnen het probleem van de vrije wil en de vrijheid van handelen nu ook als volgt benaderen. Uitgaande van de mens levend in wat wij het veld van openbaring hebben genoemd, zien wij de mens gebonden door zijn gericht zijn op al wat hem omringt. Wij hebben dat een horizontale relatie genoemd. De moeilijkheid is nu hierin gelegen, dat de mens zijn aandacht naar buiten richt, dat hij vraagt om meer ruimte voor zichzelf, waardoor een steeds grotere afgescheidenheid onstaat. die – paradoxaal – zijn wezenlijke vrijheid belemmert. Afgescheidenheid, begeerte naar vrijheid en ik-gerichtheid zijn omgekeerd evenredig met de wezenlijke, innerlijke geestelijk gerichte vrijheid. De naar buiten gerichte mens is zich daar echter niet van bewust. “

auteur: Vledder, W.H. van
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The Process of Self-Transformation – Exploring Our Higher Potential for Effective Living

By Vicente Hao Chin, Jr.

343 Pages | First Quest Edition 2015 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835609357.

Dutch translation: Het Proces van Zelf-Transformatie – Onderzoek van Ons Hogere Potentieel om Effectief te Leven | First edition 2017 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9789061750994.

This book is a modern restatement of this age-old Wisdom of humanity supplemented with specific tools that will help in accelerating the transformation of individuals. It was initially presented as a three-day workshop called the Self-Transformation Seminar. Because of the perceived effectiveness of its methods and approaches, it spawned a four-day youth camp for people from the ages thirteen to twenty-five called the Golden Link Youth Camp. Then, because of its impact on the young people who participated in the camps, the Golden Link School was established, which has since become an institution that offers tertiary courses and is now called Golden Link College.

From Appendix 3:

” Life is immensely complex. In understanding it more fully, we can’t limit ourselves to our respective areas of specialization, like a doctor who is good at curing diseases but fails miserably in dealing with marital or family problems. Genuine self-tranformation involves a well-balanced and well-rounded Wisdom regarding key-aspects of living. As facilitators, then, we need to widen our scope of comprehension such that we understand the dynamics of those key aspects – values, sorrows, pains, desires, fears, life’s purpose, relationships, the nature of consciousness, and so on. In deepening such understanding, our studies necessarily bring us to the fields of science, mysticism, psychology, religious experience, philosophy, physiology, social sciences and communication arts. “

auteur: Vicente Hao Chin, Jr.
ISBN: 9780835609357
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The Mystery Of Healing

By anonymous authors.

95 Pages | Published in 1958, First Quest Book revised edition 1968, third Quest printing 1981 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835601145.

In the last few decades, medicine has made vast strides, although there is still much to be learned about the basic problems of disease. At the same time, public interest in spiritual healing and unorthodox methods has greatly increased, often without critical or intelligent study of their results. Yet the most careful scientific scrutiny shows that in a small number of case quasi-miraculous cures do indeed occur.

In this book, the writers attempt to discuss the conditions, which allow exceptional cures to take place or which seem to prevent them. The fundamental question is: ‘What heals’? This raises further questions: Why does healing not always take place when all the apparently obvious conditions are there for it to do so? Moreover, why is it that sometimes a quite fantastic method will succeed when proved and tried medical treatment has failed?

The group, which produced this small book consists of qualified medical practitioners and psychotherapists, together with others who have had long experience with unorthodox methods of diagnosis and treatment. While acknowledging all that can be and has been done by medical science and psychotherapy to alleviate suffering, the conclusions arrived and emphasise the interior sources of healing that exist deep within each individual.

From Appendix A – ‘Karma and Health’ (p. 87):

” Thus in the case of illness – and for that matter in happy experiences also – the individual, who accepts the idea of karma can ask himself: ‘What am I doing to deserve this? And if he is in pain, ‘What is there in me that perpetuates this misery? In what way is my attitude towards it, or towards life itself, in error?’ And if this leads him to learn the lesson he has to learn, he may find himself quickly and unaccountably free of that situation. “

auteur: Anon.
ISBN: 0835601145
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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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Waarheid is een Land zonder Paden – Een Reis met Krishnamurti

Door Ingram Smith.

230 Pagina’s | 1991 Editie | Softcover |  Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750659.

Engels origineel: Truth is a Pathless Land – A Journey with Krishnamurti | Uitgegeven in 1989 | Theosophical Publishing House.

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986) reisde tijdens zijn leven de hele wereld rond om met mensen uit alle continenten de problemen des levens te bespreken. Daarbij stond hem steeds voor ogen, dat geen enkele organisatie of georganiseerde godsdienst de mens tot waarheid kan brengen. In spirituele aangelegenheden bestond er voor hem geen autoriteit, geen leider of goeroe. In plaats daarvan moet ieder mens zijn eigen leraar en leerling zijn.

Zijn toespraken zijn verschenen in talloze boeken, en over zijn levensloop zijn een aantal biografieën verschenen. De Australische radiopresentator Ingram Smith raakte in de veertiger jaren betrokken bij het opnemen en uitzenden van Krishnamurti’s toespraken. Jarenlang zou Smith van dichtbij meemaken hoe Krishnamurti omging met de vele zoekers naar waarheid, die naar hem toe kwamen.

In dit boek geeft Smith een persoonlijk verslag van zijn ervaringen met Krishnamurti. Hierin wordt op indringende wijze duidelijke gemaakt hoe men – met vallen en opstaan – iets van de visie van Krishnamurti in zijn eigen leven gestalte kan geven.

Afkomstig van bladzijde 224:

” Op andere momenten (zoals me onlangs overkwam) komt de oude vraag weer op: wat moet ik doen? Moet er iets worden gedaan? Is er iets dat ik kan doen? Ik vroeg het hardop, direct aan mezelf: Wat..kan..ik..doen? Ik luisterde. Geen antwoord. Ik wachtte. Er kwam.. niets. De leegheid bleef. Toen, in de stilte, heel plotseling kwam het besef dat de heelheid, die ik gezocht had (maar niet gevonden) aanwezig was – niet ‘daarbuiten’ in tijd en ruimte, niet ergens anders, maar werkelijk hier en nu. De stilte danste door me heen. Ik zag dat, zodra het brein/denken stopt met malen en stil is, de gezochte gelukzalige dimensie er al is.

Het was volkomen duidelijk dat zolang de zoeker doorgaat met zoeken, de zoeker ‘ikzelf’, zal blijven bestaan. En verder, dat de zoeker het gezochte is. Want wat je zoekt is de projectie van de zoeker. Ik had de zoeker gezocht, het ‘ik’. Dit zag ik allemaal doordat het bewustzijn niet met iets bezig was. Dat was alles. Een opwindende levendigheid was een dynamische leegheid geworden, die niet niet leeg is – ruimte gevuld met energie. Terwijl ik daar zat vloeiden plotseling innerlijke en uiterlijke ruimte in elkaar over en waren ondeelbaar een. Later besefte ik dat iedere ademhaling, iedere in- en uitademing de tijdloze eenheid herstelt. “

 

auteur: Smith, I.
ISBN: 9789061750659
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Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) reisde tijdens zijn leven de hele wereld rond om met mensen uit alle continenten de problemen van het leven te bespreken. Daarbij stond hem steeds voor ogen dat geen enkele organisatie of georganiseerde godsdienst de mens tot waarheid kan brengen. In spirituele aangelegenheden bestond er voor hem geen autoriteit, geen leider of goeroe. In plaats daarvan moet ieder mens zijn eigen leraar en leerling zijn. Zijn toespraken zijn verschenen in talloze boeken, en over zijn levensloop zijn een aantal biografieën verschenen. De Australische radiopresentator Ingram Smith raakte in de veertiger jaren betrokken bij het opnemen en uitzenden van Krishnamurti’s toespraken. Jarenlang zou Smith van dichtbij meemaken hoe Krishnamurti omging met de vele zoekers naar waarheid die naar hem toe kwamen. Ingram Smith is verbonden geweest aan de Australische omroeporganisatie ABC en is auteur of redacteur van vele boeken. Hij werd in Australië bekend als producent van het programma Scope (zienswijze).

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The Passionate Necessity – A View of Human Purpose

By Hugh Shearman, jacket design by Jane A. Evans.

135 Pages | First published in 1962 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835602001.

The author of this book offers a unique approach to the discovery of meaning and purpose, which he suggests involves the transformation of our lives by realizing our own infinite potential. He writes of the search for the One, which has been passionate necessity of mystics of all faiths throughout the ages. While speaking from the heart, he does not deny the value of reason and mind, but suggests the necessity of penetrating beyond to that center within, which is stable and firm and amid the changing universe.

Dr. Hugh Shearman, an honor graduate in history, in which he earned the Ph.D. degree, has long been interested in philosophical and metaphysical subjects. He is the author of some twenty titles, which include The Purpose of Tragedy and Desire and Fulfillment.

From Chapter XIX – Immortality (page 129:

” The One remains, the many change and pass.

Heaven’s light for ever shines; Earth’s shadows fly.

Life like a dome of many-coloured glass

Stains the white radiance of eternity. “

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822).

 

auteur: Shearman, H.
ISBN: 0835602001
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The Purpose of Tragedy

By Hugh Shearman.

88 Pages | First edition 1954, reprinted 1992 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591937.

The object of this little book is to introduce theosophy as an interpretation of human tragedy. It is the introduction and interpretation of one individual and excludes no other among an almost infinite variety of possible approaches to the subject. Much of it has necessarily been written in the spirit of ‘Thus have I heard.’ Yet, the principles that we receive and communicate in this spirit can often become alive and become our own as they are found to respond to the demands of experience. One short and simple interpretation of human tragedy, human freedom, and many other problems, has been a constant source of illumination to the writer. It is a Chapter from The Wonder Child, a little book by Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (1875–1953), a revered former President of the Theosophical Society and one, who devoted his life to the lightening of human sorrow and the healing of human conflict. This Chapter from The Wonder Child is printed as an Appendix at the back of this book.

From Chapter 11 – ‘Grace and Healing’:

” It has been the testimony of many that, for those who will remain steady and fulfil their life’s tragedy through to its end, there is always a gift at the bottom of the pit of darkness, and at the end of the longest tunnel shines a star. Sometimes, in the shorter conflicts and tensions of life, this gift comes in the form of a healing or harmonising of a new kind. Sometimes such terms as ‘spiritual healing’ or ‘divine healing’ are used. Sometimes expressions are used, which speak of ‘forgiveness of sins’ and the ‘bestowing of grace’. “

auteur: Shearman, H.
ISBN: 8170591937
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The Pilgrim and the Pilgrimage (Wisdom Tradition Books)

By Emily B. Sellon.

108 Pages | First Edition 1996 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607526.

This volume has been edited from a transcription of the Pumpkin Hollow tapes kindly made by Ann M. and Douglas L. Clemens. In it is offered as a concise statement of Emily’s philosophy and of the metaphysical foundation of Theosophy. Emily was herself president of the New York Lodge during 1950 – 1954 and 1964 – 1968.

From Chapter 1 – ‘Metaphysics and Machinery’ (p. 1):

” What we are going to talk about is essentially metaphysics. In Theosophical studies there are really two approaches. One is metaphysics or the ‘grand principles’ and the other is what I call ‘machinery’. That may seem like a derogatory or pejorative term, but nevertheless that is what it really is. Studies of reïncarnation and karma, or of the cycles and rounds and races and that kind of thing, are really studies of the machinery, that is, the consequences of the working out of metaphysical principles. ”  

 

auteur: Sellon, E.
ISBN: 0835607526
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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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Everyday Dharma – Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You

by Lama Willa Miller

297 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2009 ISBN: 9780835608831

“This is the kind of handbook I wish I had in those early days. My gift to you … this is the start of your spiritual journey, of discovering within the sage that you really are. Are you ready?” — Lama Willa Miller

Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You offers a simple guide to achieving real and lasting personal transformation. This book appeals to any who are open to Buddhism in the broader context, whether one subscribes to a specific religious view or to no view at all. Dharma, a Buddhist term for the actions taken to find one’s inner-wisdom, is really a universal concept. “If wisdom were a destination,” Lama Willa says, “Dharma—played out in our thoughts and actions—is the path leading there.” By applying Dharma’s essential truths to the modern world, Everyday Dharma teaches you how to do the spiritual, emotional and psychological work in order to bring about day-to-day well-being. Lama Willa believes the art of being happy is the true enlightenment available to us all!

auteur: Miller, Lama Willa
ISBN: 9780835608831
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Lama Willa has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1987, and was ordained a lama (Tibetan Buddhist minister) in 1999 after completion of ten years of study and retreat. “Like revered and profound spiritual teachers of the past, in this remarkable book, Lama Willa masterfully opens a door for us into our own hearts, where she helps us glimpse, and then bring forth, the profound goodness that we always were. Whoever takes up the meditations and teachings of this book will never be the same.”— Lama John Makransky, PhD, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Boston College, Buddhist teacher and author of Awakening Through Love, Buddhahood Embodied: Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet, and Buddhist Theology. “Here are words from a truly wise woman to help us live more fully, effectively and wisely, and to share our gifts with the world.” — Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., University of California Medical School, author of Paths Beyond Ego, Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices, A Sociable God, and World of Shamanism.

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The Science of Self-Realisation

By Śrī N.S. Marathey.

102 Pages | First edition 2002 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594014.

In simple language, but with great insight, the evolutionairy journey of consciousness from the mineral through the human kingdom is traced. We learn of the gradual transition from primitive man, who is ruled by his sense organs, to the awakened individual, who has gained full command over them. With clarity and a clear understanding of the subject, the author describes how man’s initial identification with a separate self eventually gives rise to his merging with the all-pervading consciousness, which is the true goal of his life.

Sri Marathey is author of several theosophical books in Marathi. In this, his first publication in English, we are invited toexamine the fundamental nature of the universe as a dynamic interplay of matter, energy, space, time, consciousness and life.

auteur: Marathey, N.S.
ISBN: 8170594014
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Dreams

Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934).

67 Pages | Sixth edition 2012 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595717.

Dreams are part of common experience, yet a mystery that is little understood. Psychologists and others, who are ignorant of the human being’s true constitution, ranging across several subtle levels, are only groping to learn their significance. Leadbeater, an eminent clairvoyant and author of many books, explains in the manual how human consciousness functions when the body is asleep and how it is affected by the experiences in the physical and the subtle worlds. These experiences take shape as dreams of different kinds – true, prophetic, symbolical, confused and so on.

The author emphasizes the importance of mastery over thought processes and lower passions in order to respond to the influences of the true Self within. The last thoughts before going to sleep must be about pure and holy things. Then dreams will not disturb the serene and joyful experience of higher worlds.

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9788170595717
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The Revolution from Within – Selections from the Decades II: The Fifties

Door Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

246 Pages | First edition 1999 | Softcover | Krishnamurti Foundation India, Chennai | ISBN: 8187326085.

The Revolution from Within is the second in the series titled ‘Selections from the Decades’ and consists of twenty-three public talks that Krishnamurti gave between 1952 and 1959. Whereas in the 1940s, Krishnamurti had to address a variety of contemporary social and political issues, here his focus is primarily, if not solely, on a radical change in the mind and heart of every human being. What brings about such a change is not knowledge or reason, nor new ideas or ideals, or the pursuit of some religious goals; nor does it come about through effort and will. It is only in understanding ourselves completely that this transformation takes place.

From Chapter – ’23 August’ (p. 23 & 24):

” Unless there is a transformation at the centre, not substitution, but a radical uprooting of the ‘me’, no fundamental change is possible. Realizing this, how is one to bring about a deep inner change? That is the problem, is it not? – for a serious person, not for the superficial who are seeking some comforting illusion, gurus, teachers and all the rest of the nonsense. So, how can that centre transform itself? Sirs, people who see that a change must take place, and do not know how it should come about, are easily caught by incentives, are they not? They are distracted by idealogical utopias, by the Masters, by worship, by churches, by organizations, by saviours, and so on and on and on; but when I put aside all distractions because they will not transform the centre, and I am concerned only with the transformation of the centre – when I really see the urgency, the necessity of that, then all these superficial reformations have very little significance. “

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326085
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Krishnamurti On Nature And The Environment

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

112 Pages | Published in 1992 | Softcover | Victor Gollancz, London Ltd. | ISBN: 0575053291.

As early as 1948 Krishnamurti said: ‘Because we do not love the earth and the things of the earth, but merely utilize them . . . we have lost touch with life . . . we have lost the sense of tenderness, that sensitivity, that response to things of beauty; and it is only in the renewal of that sensitivity that we can have understanding of what is true relationship’.

This is the first Volume of an unprecedented series of thematic selections from Krishnamurti’s works. Here, the world-renowned spiritual teacher explains eloquently how ‘true relationship’ is brought about by knowing how our inner world of thoughts and emotions is inextricably linked to the outer world of humanity and the environment.

From Chapter – ‘Talks in Europe 1968, Paris, 25 April 1968’ (p. 48):

” There is this immense complex problem of existence with all its fears, anxieties, hopes, fleeting happiness, and joys, but analysis is not going to solve it. What will do so is to take it all in swiftly, as a whole. You know you understand something only when you look – not with a prolonged trained look, the trained look of an artist, a scientist or the man, who has practised ‘how to look’. You see it if you look at it with complete attention; you see the whole thing in one glance. And then you will see you are out of it. Then you are out of time; time has a stop and sorrow therefore ends. A man that is in sorrow, or fear, is not related. How can a man who is pursuing power have relationship? He may have a family, sleep with his wife, but he is not related. A man, who is competing with another has no relationship at all. And all our social structure with its unmorality is based on this. To be fundamentally, essentially, related means the ending of the me that breeds separation and sorrow. “

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 0575053291
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As early as 1948 Krishnamurti said: ”Because we do not love the earth and the things of the earth but merely utilize them….we have lost touch with life….we have lost the sense of tenderness, that sensitivity, that response to things of beauty; and it is only in the renewal of that sensitivity that we can have understanding of what is true relationship.”

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Self Realization In Kasmir Shaivism

By John Hughes, Foreword by Lance Nelson.

139 Pages | Published in 1994 | Softcover | State University of New York | ISBN: 0791421805.

The Oral Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo.

This book presents the oral teachings of the twentieth century’s great Kashmir Shaivite master. The last of his long lineage, Swami Lakshmanjoo preserved, as did his precedessors, the oral knowledge that illuminates this ancient philosophy – that clarifies the often deliberately obscure tantric texts.

Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the essence of the way and the means to self-realization. Here in his own original discourses, as well as in his English renderings of Abhinavagupta and Kshemarāja, he unveils the essential teachings of this yoga philosophy. He reveals the tantric understanding of the purpose and reason for creation. He offers instruction on the greatness and importance of the supreme mantra sauh. In his presentation of effective practice he explains why meditation is both effortless and, at the same time, difficult. In his discussion of discipline he clarifies  why personal habits and dispositions play an important part in spiritual growth. Finally, in his unveiling of the path of Kundalini yoga, he is intent on exposing and thereby preserving this hidden elevated process while warning of its pitfalls.

From the Foreword (p. xxviii):

” Swami Lakshmanjoo traces his lineage back to the great Kashmir Śaiva polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth-eleventh centuries C.E.) and beyond. Śaivism had flourished in the Kashmir Valley for several centuries before the time of Abhinavagupta, and it continued to thrive for several hundred years after. The nondual Śaiva teaching was passed down through illustrious preceptors such as Somānanda (tenth century C.E,), his pupil Utpaladeva, and Utpaladeva’s pupil Lakshmanagupta, who  – as mentioned above – was one of Abhinavagupta’s preceptors. Also worthy of mention are Kshemarāja (eleventh century), a disciple of Abhinavagupta, and Jayaratha (twelfth century), who commented on the great master’s masterpiece, the tantrāloka. “

auteur: Hughes, J.
ISBN: 0791421805
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Self Realization In Kasmir Shaivism

By John Hughes, Foreword by Lance Nelson.

139 Pages | Published in 1994 | Hardcover | State University of New York | ISBN: 0791421791.

The Oral Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo.

This book presents the oral teachings of the twentieth century’s great Kashmir Shaivite master. The last of his long lineage, Swami Lakshmanjoo preserved, as did his precedessors, the oral knowledge that illuminates this ancient philosophy – that clarifies the often deliberately obscure tantric texts.

Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the essence of the way and the means to self-realization. Here in his own original discourses, as well as in his English renderings of Abhinavagupta and Kshemarāja, he unveils the essential teachings of this yoga philosophy. He reveals the tantric understanding of the purpose and reason for creation. He offers instruction on the greatness and importance of the supreme mantra sauh. In his presentation of effective practice he explains why meditation is both effortless and, at the same time, difficult. In his discussion of discipline he clarifies  why personal habits and dispositions play an important part in spiritual growth. Finally, in his unveiling of the path of Kundalini yoga, he is intent on exposing and thereby preserving this hidden elevated process while warning of its pitfalls.

From the Foreword (p. xxviii):

” Swami Lakshmanjoo traces his lineage back to the great Kashmir Śaiva polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth-eleventh centuries C.E.) and beyond. Śaivism had flourished in the Kashmir Valley for several centuries before the time of Abhinavagupta, and it continued to thrive for several hundred years after. The nondual Śaiva teaching was passed down through illustrious preceptors such as Somānanda (tenth century C.E,), his pupil Utpaladeva, and Utpaladeva’s pupil Lakshmanagupta, who  – as mentioned above – was one of Abhinavagupta’s preceptors. Also worthy of mention are Kshemarāja (eleventh century), a disciple of Abhinavagupta, and Jayaratha (twelfth century), who commented on the great master’s masterpiece, the tantrāloka. “

auteur: Hughes, J.
ISBN: 0791421791
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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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Wisdom, Bliss and Common Sense – Secrets of Self-Transformation

By Darshani Deane.

229 Pages | A Quest Original 1989 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606449.

Whether your tradition is Christian, Judaic, Buddhist, or something else – your life is a jourmey. Knowingly or unknowingly, we are all going Home. Being human is a process. Yet behind it lies the goal we seek. Your first questions:

  • Where do you stand on the Path?
  • How far have you come?
  • What obstacles fight your progress?
  • Do your shadows of anger, attachments, fear, ego, guilt, impatience, indecision or jealousy eclipse your inner Light?

Your second questions Do you lack know-how to still your flow of restless thoughts (without drugs), meditate, and dispel negative emotions – not by repression or expression, but by release? And your third questions: Is your meditative goal clear? Do you understand and love self, God, or the state of being you want to experience? Is your means of attainment clear? Do you meditate in the morning and then leave your meditation on your coat hanger?

These pages will bridge the chasm between your spiritual and secular life. They will help you to bring your meditation into the office, classroom, and supermarket. The author translates arcane secrets of self-transformation into kitchen language and breaks down one obstacle after another on your Path to Enlightenment.

From Part I – ‘Getting Out of Your Own Way’ (p.5):

” There is something dearer than wealth, dearer than family, dearer than life. That dearest something is your own Self, the Indweller of all beings. That all-pervading Essence is hidden in all names and forms like butter in milk and electricity in a wire. That inner Self whom the mind does not know but who knows the mind is your higher Self, Pure Consciousness. Attainment of That is called Self-Realisation. That is the goal of human birth. “

auteur: Deane, D.
ISBN: 0835606449
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Our Glorious Future

By Mabel Collins (1851 – 1927).

115 Pages | First edition 1915, second edition 1917; this is the facsimile of 1917 | Kessinger Publishing Company, Montana | ISBN: 156459503X.

‘The Interpretation of Light on the Path’.

CONTENTS:

PART I  – SELF CONQUEST.

  1. The Disciple
  2. Attend You to Them
  3. The Masters
  4. Sight
  5. Hearing
  6. Speech
  7. Stability.

PART II  – THE TRANSMUTATION OF DESIRE.

  1. The Transmutation of Desire
  2. Work and Effort-Separateness-Sensation
  3. The Retreat – The Advance – The Blooming of the Flower
  4. Contemplation – The Study of Mankind – The Study of the Self – The Logos
  5. The Gifts of the Disciple – The Use of the Gifts – The Victory
  6. Epilogue – ‘I and my Father’.

From the Epilogue – ‘I and my Father’ (p. 115):

” ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions’, said the Master. One I have now seen myself, and it proves to me more plainly even than the experiences of the wondrous day when I saw the glorious writing (Light on the Path) on the wall, that now it is before the Christ those who are disciples must be strong enough to stand with the feet washed in the blood of the heart. I have seen Him with His feet stained with His own heart’s blood, and only so can we present ourselves before Him in His own likeness. “

auteur: Collins, M.
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The Way of Self-Knowledge

By Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013).

62 Pages | First edition 1971, first reprint 1980, 2nd reprint 1984, 3rd reprint 1993, 2nd edition 2000 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594189.

The Blavatsky Lecture – delivered at the Annual Convention of the Theosophical Society in England, 26th May 1979.

To reach Nirvana one must reach Self-knowledge and Self-knowledge is of loving deeds the child’.

Progress in Theosophy is the journey from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. The beginning of that progress is in understanding that the infinite cannot be known by the finite. The imperishable cannot be found by involvement in the perishable and the compounded. The study of Theosophy in the true sense is the study not only of Theosophical literature; it is the study of the book of life, the observation of human nature, the contemplation of Nature and the phenomena of the created world in such a way that there is a sense of the One Existence.

From page 58:

Freedom from Attachment

” The unlimited creative power of consciousness can operate only when the limitation of attachment ends and identification is not made with objects. In  freedom from attachment, there is the discovery of another of the eternal values inherent in consciousness. Since in the absence of inward freedom the other absolute values are incapable of flowering, spiritual liberation has been spoken of in the East, as the fundamental aim of human existence. “

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 8170594189
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The Seven Principles of Man

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

111 Pages | First Adyar Edition, 12th reprint 2015 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170590972.

This book is the first in a series of manuals intended to meet the need for a simple exposition of Theosophy. It describes in clear terms the seven aspects of man’s nature based on theosophical precepts. Its aim is to lead the casual enquirer to a deeper study of the philosophy, science and religion of Theosophy and ultimately to a realization of the central objective of the Society, the Brotherhood of man and the possibility of spiritual growth.

From page 2:

” Man, according to the Theosophical teachings, is a sevenfold being, or, in the usual phrase, has a septenary constitution. Putting it in another way, man’s nature has seven aspects, may be studied from seven different points of view, is composed of seven principles. The clearest and best way of all in which to think of man is to regard him as one, the Spirit or true Self; this belongs to the highest region of the universe, and is universal, the same for all: it is a ray of God, a spark from the divine fire. This is to become an individual, reflecting the divine perfection, a son that grows into the likeness of his father. “

 

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170590972
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Liberation or Salvation

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

9 Pages |Reprint, 1961 | Booklet | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | No ISBN.

 ” In the early days of Christianity, ere the mass of te unlearned had crushed out the Gnostic minority; ere the loss of the teaching of Reïncarnation had attached the everlasting fate of man to his conduct during a few brief years on earth; in those early days the word SALVATION had a grandiose meaning. It meant that the man who was saved possessed the knowledge of God which is Eternal Life; it meant that he had overcome death and achieved immortality; it meant that he had become a pillar in the Temple of God, to go out in reïncarnation no more […] “

auteur: Besant, A.
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The Healing Energy Of Love – A Personal Journal

By Prof. John Allan.

175 Pages | Softcover | First published in 1986 | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606031.

‘ One man’s journey into the heart of all that lives’.

The book takes the form of Prof. John Allan’s diary entries over the course of a year showing how it is possible to escape from the confines of the world of matter and open oneself to the profound and timeless Love of the world of Spirit. It is a supremely practical book which, among other things, will make clear how illness is caused and how you, like the author, can heal yourself. It also deals with such issues as overcoming grief and conquering the fear of death. Furthermore, it enables you to see what keeps you from feeling the joy that is inherent in life and from experiencing the love that is everyone’s birthright. These and many other problems in living (and dying) yield to the overwhelming presence of Spirit.

In this book, John Allan, in prose as pellucid as the mountain streams he frequents, beckons you to follow him into the world of Spirit and to learn for yourself how Spirit works – and how it can work for you. Can any of us afford not take this journey at some time in our life? You are fortunate to have a guide like John Allan to help illuminate your Way.

From page 12:

Tuesday May 10, 1983:

” The ‘way’ one uses to find God doesn’t really matter unless we get focused on the way and make that our truth. What does matter is the losing of self. And if this comes through prayer, church, or other means, then so be it; for the life we find when having lost self will teach us, show us better to be with that Life. Thus there will come a time when the way will drop away, for the experiencing of Spirit and its life will be sufficient. “

auteur: Allan, J.
ISBN: 0835606031
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The Vision Keepers – Walking for Native Americans and the Earth

By Doug Alderson.

292 Pages | Published in 2007 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608510.

We are all seekers… Some find their path on pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Temple in India or the Haji Ali mausoleum as they embark on a journey to Mecca. Others find God at the burial site of St. James in the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Author and environmentalist Doug Alderson meets ‘the Great Spirit’ through the ancient spiritual practice of walking. The Vision Keepers is the compelling true story of a seeker who, under the guidance of Bear Heart, a Muskogee Creek Indian and Medicine Man, finds unity with our nation’s native people and reconnects with the earth through profound and mysterious means.

From the Epilogue (p. 260 & 261):

” The Hopi, along with traditional people worldwide, believe it is their role to uphold global balance through their ceremonies and lifestyles. As tribal life has eroded, the hefty burden has fallen on fewer and fewer people. It is now up to everyone, through prayers, thoughts, and actions, to share the responsibility of keeping life in harmonious synchronisation. To create a peaceful and beautiful world for the unborn is perhaps our highest purpose. A great adventure lies ahead, one that will present us with critical choices and challenges. I pray that we will adhere to that old Quaker adage slightly altered, to ‘live simply so that others – and the earth’s creatures – may simply live. “

auteur: Alderson, D.
ISBN: 9780835608510
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