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Mahābhārata – The Story of the Great War

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

305 Pages | 7th Reprint, 2017 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170591832.

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

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

Auteur: Besant. A
ISBN: 9788170591832
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Dharma

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

78 Pages | 6th Edition, 2011 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595687.

´Dharma´ is a term, which has now become part of the world vocabulary, but very few know the range and depth of its meaning. Annie Besant (1847 / 1933), having studied the great discourse on dharma of Bhisma in the Mahābhārata, introduces this complex and deep subject to the lay reader. Morality or dharma is subtle, varying from individual to individual, for it is the law by which inner nature unfolds in each one from his or her particular stage of evolution. This is a subject of great relevance to all individuals and nations of the world, treated in this book with the innate Wisdom and intuitive insight of the author.

Auteur: Besant, A
ISBN: 9788170595687
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Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) – Struggles and Quest

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

325 Pages | Published in 2017 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, London | ISBN: 9781999815707.

Social and political reformer, women’s rights activist, prolific writer and orator extraordinaire, was one of the best-known opinion-formers in late 19th-century- and early 20th century Britain and beyond. As president of the Theosophical Society from 1907 until her death, she made a major contribution to the occult and spiritual revival of the time.

In this new biography by Dr. Muriel Pécastaing-Boissière – senior lecturer in British civilization (Victorian Studies) at Sorbonne University, Paris –  links are explored between Besant’s freethinking socialism, feminism, criticism of the Empire and conversion to Theosophy.

 

Auteur: Pécastaing-Boissière
ISBN: 9781999815707
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The Ancient Wisdom – An Outline of Theosophical Teachings

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

440 Pages | Second edition, 2015 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595939.

The essence of Theosophical teachings, ‘sufficiently plain to serve the elementary student and sufficiently full to lay a sound foundation for further knowledge‘, is how Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) describes this work. It is an introduction to that ‘Universal Wisdom’, which has been called Theosophy, Brahmā vidyā, the Perennial Philosophy and so on, and provides an all-embracing religion and ethic, as well as a philosophy that is conducive to right understanding and right living.

Even those who have a little knowledge of the Ancient Wisdom can experience the illumination, peace, joy and strength it brings into one’s life. For more than one century, Annie Besant’s exposition has brought light to thousands of seekers.

Auteur: Besant, A
ISBN: 9788170595939
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The Divine Plan

By Geoffrey A. Barborka (1897-1982).

564 Pages | Sixth reproduction 2015 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House Adyar | ISBN: 8170591848.

Dutch translation: Het Goddelijk Plan (2 Delen) | Uitgegeven in 1973 | Hardcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750321.

This work could be best described as a guide for an in-depth exploration of The Secret Doctrine (1888). Learning topics concerning cyclic evolution, the big cosmic laws, the hiërarchical composition of the universe et cetera are discussed and their underlying cohesion is demonstrated. Challenging concepts – mostly Sanskrit – are explained in a simple way. Geoffrey A. Barborka seems to have mastered the art of letting complicated teachings explain themselves as it were, without the interference of his own opinions and interpretations.

Author: G.A. Barborka
ISBN: 8170591848
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The Story of Human Evolution

By Geoffrey A. Barborka (1897-1982).

147 Pages | Published in 2000 | Hardcover (gebonden) | The Theosophical Publishing House Adyar | ISBN:  8170593239.

Dit boek beschrijft hoe de eerste mensen naar de aarde kwamen en de opeenvolgende evolutionaire stadia waar zij doorheen gingen. Het is een commentaar op de tweede reeks van de Stanza’s van Dzyan, die handelen over Antropogenesis. De wijze van voortplanting wordt behandeld, zowel als de continentale systemen waarop de evolutie plaatsvond, zoals Hyperborea, Lemuria en Atlantis. Geoffrey A. Barborka heeft vele studiegroepen in De Geheime Leer (1888) begeleid. Andere boeken van hem zijn ook in onze webshop te bestellen.

Author: Barborka, G. A.
ISBN: 8170593239
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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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Reincarnation, Fact or Fallacy? – An Examination and Exposition of the Doctrine of Rebirth

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

87 Pages | First Edition 1951, 7th printing 1980 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: unknown.

From the remotest time, belief in the doctrine of reincarnation has proved an inspiration to countless people, while to others it has been a violation of true religious teaching. In this little book, Mr Geoffrey Hodson, who studied the subject carefully, discusses basic questions of life such as suffering and divine justice, human destiny, child prodigies and the remembrance of past lives in the light of the Ancient wisdom, to show that the doctrine is in fact, a fact and not fallacy.

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.

Auteur: Hodson, G.
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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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Music Forms – Superphysical Effects of Music Clairvoyantly Observed

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

35 Pages | First Edition 1976, First to Third Reprints 1979 – 2004 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book records the results of certain clairvoyant investigations carried out by Mr. Geoffrey Hodson on the effects produced by music upon the adjacent matter of the superphysical worlds. Eight compositions, including Handel, Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Wagner were studied and the results are recorded here in words and colour. Mr. Hodson’s observations arising from his clairvoyant research were carefully taken down while each performance was proceeding, and to these descriptions pictures were produced by artists later. The music was under the guidance of Dr. Gordon Kingsley of Beverly Hills Church in Hollywood, California, and he has provided notes on the compositions.

Also included is a study of the responses of physical substances to various vibrations, carried out by the Swiss scientist and artist Dr. Hans. Jenny, published here by the permission of the author and the Editor of THE UNESCO COURIER, 1969, in which it appeared.

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 8170590906
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Basic Theosophy – The Living Wisdom

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

571 Pages | First Edition (1981), Fifth Reprint, 2015 | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591708.

Today there is a growing dissatisfaction with the sterile mechanical framework that has come to dominate our lives. In Basic Theosophy – The Living Wisdom, Geoffrey Hodson, returns to us what we unconsciously gave up when we chose to pursue a culture of material production. The philosophy is not a dreamy world-negating doctrine but rather affirms the divinity of the universe, the immortality of the Soul of man and the ultimate unity of creation with the absolute.

This is the ‘Ageless Wisdom’ told of in the Veda-s, Purana-s and Upanishad-s. It is a message about reality, about science, art, philosophy, psychology, cosmology, medicine and mathematics forming integrated elements in a science of life. Hodson’s clairvoyance allowed him to attain an intimate understanding of the universality of being, knowledge and joy and to achieve a deep and genuine sympathy with creation. He has synthesized a vast body of material with an impressive clarity that makes this text ideal for those setting out on their spiritual journey.

Author: Hodson, Geoffrey
ISBN: 8170591708
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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 Wisdom of the Upanishads

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

101 pages | First edition, 9th reprint (2007) | Paperback | Four lectures ath the 31st anniversary Convention of the Theosophical Society at Adyar, December 1906 | The Theosophical Publishing House Adyar | ISBN: 8170590299.

From the Foreword:

” Little need be said in sending out this booklet to tge world. It is an attempt, a very humble attempt, to draw a few drops from the ancient wells of Aryan wisdom, and to offer them to quench the thirst of weary Souls, traveling through the desert of, seeking for Truth. The Upanishad-s are unique in the sacred literature of the world. They stand alone a beacon-lights on a mountain-peak, showing how high man may climb, how much of the Light of the Self may shine out through the vessel of clay, how truly God may speak through man. To speak on them, to write on them, seems presumption for such a one as myself, and yet it may be that help will come to some of my brethren even in this way . . .  “

 

Author: Besant
ISBN: 8170590299
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Vedic and Mesopotamian Interactions

By Prof. Nicholas Kazanas.

90 Pages | Published in 2007 | Softcover | The Adyar Library Pamphlet Series No. 62 | The Adyar Library and Research Center | ISBN: 818514155X.

The Rgveda retains a large portion of common Indo-European mythological heritage. The worship of sun, moon, fire etc. are universal motifs. In his essay, Kazanas conducts very interesting and serious studies on some common elements found in the Vedic and Mesopotamian traditions and cultures and shows that they are originated in India. Some of the themes and legends described here are the horse-sacrifice, the seven seers, the flood, the cow of plenty, the tortoise, kingship, mathematics, astronomy etc.

Auteur: Kazanas, Nicholas
ISBN: 818514155X
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Vedic Vac & Greek Logos as Creative Power – A Critical Study

By Prof. Nicholas Kazanas.

57 Pages | Published in 2009 | Softcover | The Adyar Library Pamphlet Series No. 65 | The Adyar Library and Research Center | ISBN: 8185141622.

The creation of this wonderful universe has always been problematic, and several theories are propounded in classical texts. Vedic Vac is a creative deity and the Vac-Brahman doctrine presents creation of the universe through speech. The Greek Logos doctrine also signifies creation through word and reason. In this book Kazanas introduces an interesting discourse on Word’s cosmogenic power as found in the Vedic, Christian, Judaic, Greek and Egyptian traditions and cultures.

Auteur: Kazanas, Nicholas
ISBN : 8185141622
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The Dialogues of Plato and The Upanisad-s

By Prof. Nicholas Kazanas.

35 Pages | Published in 2005, The Adyar Library Pamphlet Series No. 57  | Softcover | The Adyar Library and Research Center | ISBN: 8185141495.

The quest for Self-knowledge, or love of wisdom is the central theme of Greek philosophy and Upanisadic Tradition. Prof. Kazanas discusses in this paper some apparent similarities, as well as fundamental differences between the Upanisadic teachings and the Platonic dialogues on soul, body, desire, education, reincarnation, etc. His discussion is quite scholarly but very readable.

Auteur: Kazanas, Nicholas
ISBN: 8185141495
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Reïncarnatie in Kaart Gebracht

Door John Algeo.

152 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1990, onderdeel van de Adyar-Reeks | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging, Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750636.

Engels origineel: Reïncarnation Explored | Published in 1987 | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9780835606240.

Mensen zijn van nature nieuwsgierig naar het onderwerp reïncarnatie. Opnieuw de gelegenheid krijgen om onze diepste dromen, onze menselijke, zelfs bovenmenselijke mogelijkheden te realiseren, is inderdaad een opwindend vooruitzicht. In deze verkenning van het idee, dat mensen vele levens hebben, bespreekt John Algeo enkele van de meest gestelde vragen:

  1. Wie geloven er in reïncarnatie?
  2. Wat reïncarneert er?
  3. Wanneer reïncarneert iemand of iets?
  4. Hoe lang duurt de periode tussen twee levens?
  5. Waar worden we de volgende keer geboren?
  6. Waarom reïncarneren we?

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 12 – ‘Waarom reïncarneren we?’ (blz, 128):

” In zekere is het hele proces van manifestatie – het voortkomen van de Monade uit de uiteindelijke Eenheid en zijn terugkeer daarnaar – een enkele reusachtige incarnatie. Deze wordt gevolgd door andere soortgelijke incarnaties in reusachtige evolutionaire cycli. Want reïncarnatie is het patroon van het universum, waarvan onze kleine persoonlijke incarnaties slechts minder belangrijke cycli zijn. Toch vervullen deze minder belangrijke cycli onze reïncarnatie als opeenvolgende persoonlijkheden, ook hun rol in de kosmische huishouding. En die functie bestaat uit het verhogen van de kwaliteit van ons wezen, ons bewustzijn en onze vreugde. Door reïncarnatie kunnen we ons in de wereld gaan verheugen. Door reïncarnatie leren we alles wat er te leren valt. Door reïncarnatie ontwikkelen we ons tot volledige wezens. “

 

 

Auteur: Algeo, John
ISBN: 9061750636
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Addresses to new Members of the Theosophical Society

By an anonymous author with Adresses of several renown Theosophists.

46 Pages | Second edition 2010 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: unknown.

With Adresses of: Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), Charles W. Leadbeater (1854 – 1934), George S. Arundale (1878 – 1945), C. Jinarājadāsa (1875 –  1953), N. Sri Ram (1889 – 1973) and Radha Burnier (1923 – 2013).

From the Address of C. Jinarājadāsa:

” My Brother, I address you as a brother and not as a friend, because our whole basis of the work of our Society is based upon the attempt to realize and practise the significance of the great Law of Brotherhood. When you signed up your application to join, you read what are the Three Objects of the Society; but of these the first and foremost is that of Universal Brotherhood […] ” (p. 27).

Auteur: Anon.
ISBN: Unknown
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Lalitā Sahasranāma with Bhāskararāya’s Commentary

By Bhāskararāya (1690–1785), general editor K. Kunjunni Raya. hon. director. Translated into English by R. Ananthakrishna Sastry.

402 Pages | 6th Reprint 1988, 1st edition 1899 (T.P.H. ed.); Adyar Library General Series, Volume 11 | Hardcover | The Adyar Library & Research Center | ISBN: 8185141037.

The Lalitā Sahasranāma is a sacred text to Hindu worshippers of the Goddess Lalitā Devi, also called Tripurāsundarī or the Divine Mother. It contains the 1000 names of Lalitā organized in hymns (stotras) and represents the only sahasranāma not repeating a single NameLalitā translates etymologically as She Who Plays. Sahasranāma is a Sanskrit term, which means A 1000 Names. Bhāskararāya extensively highlights Name 1 – 1000 in this magnificent work. At the end, a Sanskrit compendium of the Lalitā Sahasranāma is enclosed.

Bhāskararāya is widely considered an authority on all questions pertaining to the worship of the Mother Goddess in Hinduism. The worship of Shakti involves many hidden meanings of mantras and coded passages. It is said that these meanings were revealed to Bhāskararāya by the Goddess Herself.

Auteur: Bhāskararāya
ISBN: 8185141037
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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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Theosofie – Eeuwige Wijsheid voor deze Tijd

Door een aantal leden van de Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, onder redactie van Arend Heijbroek en Els Rijneker

172 blz. | Uitgegeven in 2016, incl. woordenlijst en aanbevolen literatuurlijst | Paperback | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750970.

Dit boek gaat over die aspecten van Theosofie die betrekking hebben op ons eigen spirituele leven, en die ons kunnen helpen antwoorden te vinden op de uitdagingen van deze tijd. Het behandelt in korte inleidende hoofdstukken de meest relevante thema’s.

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

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Esoteric Instructions

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), compiled by Michael Gomes.

356 Pages | First edition 2015 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595830.

At the end of her life, H.P. Blavatsky wrote a series of instructions for the students of her newly formed Esoteric School where she gave material that could not be made public at the time. These instructions, which represent the last extended project accomplished during her lifetime, contains information not included in Blavatsky’s other writings and hold together as some of her best work.

From the Introduction:

” The Theosophical Society has never been a mere exoteric Society, without touch with the unseen world, explained Annie Besant in her 1895 history of Blavatsky’s Esoteric School. It has been ever since its foundation a ladder, with its foot on earth but its top in the heavenly places, and any one stepping off the ground on to its first rung might climb upwards, if he possessed the capacity to do so. The obstacles to climbing lay in the incapacity of the member, not in the absence of the necessary steps. As she shows, the notion of different grades of the Theosophical Society was referenced in its earliest rules. Fellowship in the TS admitted to the Third Section only. If fellows showed special earnestness and capacity, they were allowed to pass into the Second Section, and this Second Section is the original form of what was later called the Esoteric Section, and still later the Eastern School. “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P., comp. Gomes, M.
ISBN: 9788170595830
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The present book is an authentic reproduction of what she provided her esoteric students and offers the reader practical instruction in esoteric principles. This edition of HPB’s Esoteric Instruction has added benefit of an Appendix containing related matter that the editor, Michel Gomes, has found relevant to the Subject.

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De Mens, God en het Universum

By Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth

By Dana Micucci.

278 Pages | First Quest Edition 2011 |  Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608985.

One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth.

‘And there was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do – determined to save the only life you could save’. – Mary Oliver ‘The Journey’.

Sojourns of the Soul is the quintessential armchair travel book for the spiritual seeker. Dana Micucci’s touching memoir chronicles seven sacred journeys that span 14 years of Micucci’s life, during which she explores the connection of inner growth to world travel that eventually leads to her own enlightenment. Unlike other inspirational travel books, Sojourns of the Soul provides a rare mix of in-depth wisdom and literary insights from the holistic view of an experienced female traveler.

From Chapter 3: ‘Egypt to Eternity’ (p. 101):

” ‘This mystery must be unveiled some day’, wrote H.P. Blavatsky in Isis Unveiled. ‘The answers are there. They may be found on the time-worn granite pages of cave-temples, on sphinxes, propylons, and obelisks . . . . They key was in the keeping of those who knew how to commune with the invisible Presence, and who had received, from the lips of mother Nature herself, her grand truths. And so stand these monuments like mute forgotten sentinels on the threshold of that unseen world’. “

auteur: Micucci, D.
ISBN: 9780835608985
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Dana Micucci gives a compelling account of her growing spiritual illumination through visits to some of the most sacred places on earth. Her lively, engaging narrative takes us through the Australian outback, Angkor in Cambodia, the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, Lhasa in Tibet, Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico and Machu Picchu in Peru. As her travels progress, Micucci links each visit to the awakening of a particular chakra – the chakras being the seven energy centers of the body in Hinduism, associated with progressive enlightenment. In the afterword, Micucci reflects on how her experiences continue to shape her life after resuming her career as a journalist in New York City. She finds she is more tolerant, can engage in daily activities with more heart-centered awareness, and can sustain states of joy and gratitude for longer periods of time. Readers who yearn for long-delayed adventure won’t be able to put this book down. With the added benefit that it is not just a journey log but more of a seeker’s manual in which travel is simply the vehicle, they will find it’s unnecessary to travel to far-flung places for the spiritual inspiration available in their everyday lives. As Micucci says, “Each day brings new remembrances of our divinity, of the Divine presence in all beings, and of our eternal connection to each other. I am so grateful to be here NOW . . . with you.” Sojourns of the Soul is neither a theoretical tome nor an otherworldly quest; rather, Micucci takes you on an actual journey as she interacts with the wisdom on the earth in a natural and colorful manner. She returns ‘home’ with wonderful insights and a clearer vision of what matters most. The same thing will happen to you as you tag along with Sojourns of the Soul. This book has universal appeal. You will appreciate this delightful journey as a skillful, professional writer engages those magic places and people that continue to live in our souls. —Dr. Don Beck, founder of the Center for Human Emergence and CEO of Spiral Dynamics Integral. Sojourns of the Soul is a rainbow bridge through time and space. Dana Micucci uses her colorful journeys into diverse cultures to learn for herself and teach us, her readers, about the powers of transformation—and the ecstasy of being fully present in every moment. —John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Hoodwinked and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. In Sojourns of the Soul, Dana Micucci delves into the wisdom and spiritual traditions of other cultures. This is a powerful and rich book describing a passionate journey towards wholeness that emphasizes movement beyond fears and judgments. Dana’s brilliant prose carries you along as if you were journeying right alongside of her. This is an important book in a time when the search for meaning is so urgent. —Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and How to Thrive in Changing Times. An easy read, elegantly written, this is the gripping story of a woman’s profound transformation, with travel as a spiritual teacher. It is a vivid experience, both well researched and inspiring. —Gay Luce, Ph.D, transpersonal psychologist, author and three-time recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Journalism. Nothing opens the eyes of a soul like a dive into an unknown pool. Dana Micucci’s journeys into the unknown have transformed her life and she unravels the exciting details in these masterful tales. Sojourns of the Soul is an uplift to the spirit of any armchair traveler. —Jan Phillips, author, No Ordinary Time—The Rise of Spiritual Intelligence and Evolutionary Consciousness. Reading Dana Micucci’s memoir, Sojourns of the Soul, was like ‘being there too’, as she eloquently describes her powerful and evocative life changing experiences at some of the most sacred and ancient energy centers on the planet. On one hand her story is extremely entertaining. It makes me laugh. It brings tears to my eyes. I see myself more deeply and gain greater clarity of my own journey of the soul through her words. Dana also gives the reader much interesting background information about each of the ancient civilizations she profiles. These people are no more, but they have left their legacy and their messages in stone for us to find and decode. . On a deeper level I am reminded of the timeless nature of my own sojourns of the soul and of the guiding lights within each of us that assist all of us on our eternal journey. I am reminded that faith, love and the trust to follow my own inner light is the generative power that will allow me to create all that I am and all that I have the potential to become, now and forever. —Judy Satori, Spiritual Channel, Author, Teacher

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Changing Reality: Huna Practices to Create the Life You Want

332 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2013 by Serge King

“Reality is experience, and experience is reality,” says Hawaiian shaman Serge King, speaking of Huna, the esoteric tradition in which he was reared. King emphasizes that all of us have the ability to shift from one world to another. The difference is that shamans do it purposefully, while the rest of us are unaware of it. He trains us to engage in the process consciously in order to expand our human potential. Among books on Huna, this one is unique for offering actual practices for changing our reality to create the life we want.

auteur: King, S.K.
ISBN: 9780835609111
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In a user-friendly, conversational style, King’s chapters explain the four worlds of a shaman and basic Huna principles. Then, citing case studies, he guides us in how to change reality in each of the four worlds, bringing in ESP, telepathy, the perception of auras, telekinesis, dreaming, magical flight, and, finally, soul retrieval and the great power of healing. “It sounds simple,” says King, “and it is. The most difficult part is to accept the simplicity, because that means changing one’s idea about what reality is. And that’s what this book is all about.” “I am a huge fan of Serge Kahili King’s books, and his latest offering, Changing Reality, offers tools for understanding reality at a deeper level, and for changing your life in amazing ways.” — Mary Olsen Kelly, author of Path of the Pearl; Discover Your Treasures Within, Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul and Finding Each Other “If you want to go from aligning with reality to actually creating it, this book is your guide. Brimming with solid shamanic techniques for bringing the extraordinary into the realm of the ordinary, it will help you transcend your beliefs and assumptions so that you can not only experience, but live, the spirit of Aloha.” — Tamarack Song, author of Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature. “As an energy healer, I found the exercises, especially on how to increase your aura, both easy and effective. Whether you want to increase your own health and happiness, or work as a healer, this book clearly and concisely explains how to use the special shamanic tools available to us all. King has let out the secrets to shamanism!” — Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries Serge Kahili King, PhD, a master Hawaiian shaman, is the world’s foremost author of books on Huna; he founded Huna International, which leads workshops in personal effectiveness and trains shamanic healers to work in urban settings. Other titles by the author: Earth Energies: A Quest for the Hidden Powers of the Planet Kahuna Healing Mastering Your Hidden Self: A Guide to the Huna Way

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Theosophy as the masters see it, as outlined in the “Letters from the masters of the Wisdom”

250 pages | Paperback | TPH Adyar, 2000

A summary of the teachings of the Mahatmas by a noted Theosophist and feminist.

Clara Codd was born in England in 1876 and early in life rejected conventional mores. Rebelling against all oppression and injustice she plunged into the suffragette movement. But her meeting Col. H. S. Olcott, President-Founder of the Theosophical Society proved a turning point in her life. Foregoing her active role in the women’s social and political union, she joined the Theosophical Society. As an International Lecturer for the Society, she had an unrivaled opportunity to observe human nature, which enabled her to speak and write lucidly on various aspects of life.

auteur: Codd Clara M.
ISBN: 8170593360
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The Technique Of The Spiritual Life

125 pages | paperback | TPH Adyar, 2002

More and more Souls are seeking inwardly, trying to find the way to divine realization. It is man’s destiny that one day he must learn to plunge into the mysterious depths of his own glorious being, for only there is to be found true wisdom and the real power to help.

auteur: Codd Clara M.
ISBN: 8170593824
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Clara Codd was born in England in 1876 and early in life rejected conventional mores. Rebelling against all oppression and injustice she plunged into the suffragette movement. But her meeting Col. H. S. Olcott, President-Founder of the Theosophical Society proved a turning point in her life. Foregoing her active role in the women’s social and political union, she joined the Theosophical Society. As an International Lecturer for the Society, she had an unrivaled opportunity to observe human nature, which enabled her to speak and write lucidly on various aspects of life.

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Trust yourself to life

133 pages | paperback | TPH Adyar, 1994

Clara Codd has long been a popular theosophical writer. She writes with an eloquence and spontaneous naturalness about the most profound aspects of living. In this gentle little book she tells how she feels about God and man, death and life, and love – both human and Divine.

auteur: Codd Clara M.
ISBN: 8170592291
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Meditation its practice and results

109 pages | paperback | TPH Adyar, 2005

Learn how to realize your inner possibilities and solve life’s riddles through meditation.

Clara Codd was born in England in 1876 and early in life rejected conventional mores. Rebelling against all oppression and injustice she plunged into the suffragette movement. But her meeting Col. H. S. Olcott, President-Founder of the Theosophical Society proved a turning point in her life. Foregoing her active role in the women’s social and political union, she joined the Theosophical Society. As an International Lecturer for the Society, she had an unrivaled opportunity to observe human nature, which enabled her to speak and write lucidly on various aspects of life.

auteur: Codd Clara M.
ISBN: 8170590442
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The ageless wisdom of life

269 pages | hardcover| TPH Adyar, 1993

Clara Codd was born in England in 1876 and early in life rejected conventional mores. Rebelling against all oppression and injustice she plunged into the suffragette movement. But her meeting Col. H. S. Olcott, President-Founder of the Theosophical Society proved a turning point in her life. Foregoing her active role in the women’s social and political union, she joined the Theosophical Society. As an International Lecturer for the Society, she had an unrivaled opportunity to observe human nature, which enabled her to speak and write lucidly on various aspects of life.

auteur: Codd Clara M.
ISBN: 8170592194
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She joined the Theosophical Society at age 27. In her autobiography, So Rich a Life, Clara states, “I had come home at last after long wandering. I had found the beginning of the way.” Three years later Clara was appointed the first national lecturer for the English Section. Later she served as National Secretary (president) of the Australian and South African Sections. Clara Codd’s Theosophical career lasted nearly 70 years, during which time she traveled to virtually every continent

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De Stem van de Stilte – De Wereld achter het Werk

Door Ingmar de Boer.

48 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 2013 | Brochure | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9789061750932.

De schrijver van deze brochure, Ingmar de Boer, neemt ons mee in de denkwereld van De Stem van de Stilte van H.P. Blavatsky (HPB), waarin we allereerst het voorwoord van de Stem bekijken, in een poging daaruit zo goed mogelijk een beeld te construeren van de oorsprong van de aforismen, zoals HPB die zelf schetst. We lopen door de tekst van het werk en we gaan eerst de herkomst na van alle technische termen. Daarna proberen we verder aan de hand van deze analyse een concreet idee te formuleren omtrent de oorsprong van De Stem van de Stilte.

Afkomstig van blz. 12:

” Weet je, wat ik doe is het volgende. Ik maak iets wat ik alleen kan beschrijven als een soort vacuum in de lucht voor mij, en richt mijn blik en mijn wil erop, en al snel komt scene voor scene langs als de opeenvolgende beelden van een kijkdoos, of, als ik een verwijzing nodig heb of informatie uit een boek, concentreer ik mij, de astrale tegenhanger van het boek verschijnt en ik neem eruit wat ik nodig heb. Hoe beter ik mijn geest vrij kan maken van afleidingen en fixaties, hoe meer energie en concentratie er is, hoe makkelijker me dit lukt. ” 

auteur: Boer, I. de
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H.P. Blavatsky’s De Stem van de Stilte is een werk waarin krachtig geformuleerde aanwijzingen staan voor de reiziger op het pad naar wijsheid. Het heeft een bijzondere poëtische kwaliteit. De boeken en artikelen die over de Stem zijn geschreven sinds zijn verschijnen, handelen vaak vooral over de uitleg van de inhoud van het boek. Soms worden daarbij de achtergronden van het werk wat vergeten, waardoor de interpretaties oppervlakkig of subjectief van karakter blijven. Verder zijn in de loop van de tijd de wetenschappelijke opvattingen op het gebied waar de Stem naar verwijst zodanig voortgeschreden, dat het voor de lezer steeds moeilijker wordt het werk in zijn context te zien en door te dringen tot de werkelijke betekenis. Veel van de oosterse termen die in de Stem worden gebruikt zijn niet gemakkelijk terug te vinden in hedendaagse woordenboeken of studieboeken, waardoor het moeilijk is verbanden te leggen met moderne literatuur.

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The Language of MA – The Primal Mother: The Evolution of the Female Image in 40,000 Years of Global Venus Art

By Dr. Annine van der Meer.

587 Pages | Published in 2013 | Softcover | Uitgeverij A3 Boeken | ISBN: 9789082031300.

This is the first pioneering study of global ‘Venuses’, who are part of an ancient and contemporary art traditionally called ‘Venus Art’ – the Art of Primal Mother(s), the Art of the female ancestors. Venus Art reflects the consciousness of egalitarian societies of peace, in which women and feminine values play or have played a central role, in which MA or the MATER or MOTHER and the primal mothers of the clan are central.

To date Venus Art has been understood, neglected and not integrally researched. The Art has become eroticised and sexualised. The purpose of this book is to rehabilitate Venus Art with Venus seen and honored as manifestation of the divine Mother MA.

From Chapter 2 – ‘The Book in a Nutshell’ (p. 15):

” Part 1 consists of eight chapters, part 2 the same. This is no coincidence. Three and four make seven. Seven plus one makes eight. In eight begins a new octave, a new time, a new mankind. In the lemniscate of the eight. the independent feminine and masculine come together in perfect balance. By bringing the forgotten feminine into the picture, balance and connection is created with the masculine. Unity. “

 

 

Auteur: Van der Meer, A.
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Remember MA • Welcome a new art historical approach that defi nitively maps the contribution of woman to evolution and brings to an end a male world history without women. • Remember the primal mothers, who much later were called ‘Venuses’ and sometimes pin-ups. This book rehabilitates them as the first leaders of humanity. • Learn about a global feminine system of symbols that shows an astonishing consistency and coherency. • Witness how prehistoric cultures produced much more feminine art than masculine art. • Understand why the feminine was pictured so often in old and modern female-friendly societies of peace and balance. • Learn to discern an ancient primal mother from a later goddess, priestess and worshipper. • See how a male system of symbols is laid over the older feminine system of symbols; now the female image is devalued and the world is changed in a valley of tears. • Meet the lost Lady of Old Israel in images and texts and see how she is transculturally transformed into Mary, the Lady of all Nations in Christianity. Dr Annine E.G. van der Meer (1953) is a Dutch historian of religion and holds a PhD in theology from the University of Utrecht. She is the author of several books. She has travelled widely to retrace the universal hidden Mother in sacred texts, art and symbols. She is founder and president of the Dutch PanSophia Academy, school of Wisdom, where she also teaches. In July 2010 33 women of international standing in their particular fields were honoured in the ‘Manifest Female Energy’. Annine van der Meer was one of six Dutch women to be decorated. According to the manifest, they have contributed to transformation processes in the world; a new world, in which feminine and masculine energies mutually inspire each other and are growing towards a new, powerful and creative world order.

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Inleidingen in Mystiek en Esoterie (5 Delen Lotusbundel 1)

Door 5 bekende auteurs binnen de Theosofie.

722 Pagina’s | De Lotusreeks I is gepubliceerd in 2012 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750925.

De 5 boeken van de Lotusreeks I zijn nu samengebundeld te bestellen voor maar €12,50! Ieder boek is evenzo los verkrijgbaar in onze Webshop.

De Lotusreeks I bestaat uit 5 titels:

  1. Zoek Naar de Weg – Studies in ‘Licht op het Pad’ – Rohit Mehta.
  2. De Scheppende Stilte – Overpeinzingen over ‘De Stem van de Stilte’ – Rohit Mehta.
  3. Praktische Mystiek – Voor Gewone Mensen – Evelyn Underhill.
  4. Meditatie – Een Praktische Studie met Oefeningen – Adelaide Gardner.
  5. De Zeven Menstypen – Geoffrey Hodson.

1. Zoek Naar de Weg – Studies in ‘Licht op het Pad’ – Rohit Mehta.

Licht op het Pad geschreven door Mabel Collins staat bekend als ‘een der kostbaarste juwelen van de moderne Theosofie’. Het bestaat uit 30 aforismen van geestelijke lering met een diepe betekenis, die integraal in dit werkje zijn opgenomen. Ze zijn afkomstig uit een serie toespraken door Rohit Mehta, gehouden in Benares in het hoofdkwartier van de Indiase afdeling van de Theosophical Society.

2. De Scheppende Stilte – Overpeinzingen over ‘De Stem van de Stilte’ –  Rohit Mehta.

Rohit Mehta heeft getracht in deze Overpeinzingen over het bekende werk van Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s (1831 – 1891) De Stem van de Stilte, een verklaring te geven van een van de merkwaardigste boeken die ooit over het geestelijk leven zijn geschreven. Blavatsky geeft in haar werk de mystieke leer van de Boeddha en de leer van de Vedanta weer. Beide kunnen als nagenoeg identieke wijsgerige stelsels worden beschouwd. Zo noemt Blavatsky de Vedanta ‘vergeestelijkt Boeddhisme’ en het Boeddhisme ‘radicaal Vedantisme’.

3. Praktische Mystiek – Voor Gewone Mensen – Evelyn Underhill.

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

4. Meditatie – Een Praktische Studie met Oefeningen – Adelaide Gardner.

Gardner biedt een eenvoudige, tegelijk zeer praktische handleiding in meditatie voor alle leeftijden. Per hoofdstuk zijn oefeningen opgenomen voor individuele toepassing en groepsmeditatie. De volgende onderwerpen komen onder meer aan de orde: het doel van meditatie, verschillende methoden, concentratie en contemplatie, hindernissen en hulpmiddelen, groepsmeditatie, het helpen van anderen door gedachten en aanbevolen literatuur voor verdere studie.

5. De Zeven Mensentypen – Geoffrey Hodson.

‘Het leven gelijkt enigermate op een geweven tapijt: aan de onderzijde ziet men een wirwar van kleuren, knopen en draden; een patroon kan men echter niet ontdekken. Zodra de bovenzijde wordt bekeken ziet men de bedoeling van het weefsel en, hòe alles – juist in die volgorde – werd gerangschikt’, aldus Hodson. Het menselijk verstand, dat begrensd is, kan de ‘waarheid’ niet geheel bevatten, want deze is onbegrensd. Maar het begripsvermogen van de mens kan worden getraind en vergroot, wanneer het leven vanuit verschillende invalshoeken wordt waargenomen. Zo kan iemand een berg waarnemen, iedere keer vanuit een ander gezichtspunt. Ook al blijft de berg hetzelfde; de aanblik is iedere keer weer anders en zo kan de berg steeds beter worden begrepen. Zo werkt het precies met het leren kennen van ‘waarheid’.

auteur: Mehta. R./Underhill, E./Gardner, A./Hodson,G.
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1. Zoek Naar de Weg – studies in “Licht op het Pad” (Rohit Mehta) Licht op het Pad door Mabel Collins wordt wel “een der kostbaarste juwelen van de moderne theosofie” genoemd. Het bestaat uit dertig aforismen die geestelijke lering van diepe betekenis bevatten. Ze zijn integraal in dit boekje opgenomen dat is ontstaan uit een serie toespraken door Rohit Mehta, gehouden in Benares in het hoofdkwartier van de Indiase afdeling van de Theosophical Society. 2. De Scheppende Stilte – overpeinzingen over “De Stem van de Stilte” (Rohit Mehta) Rohit Mehta heeft in deze overpeinzingen over het bekende werk van H.P. Blavatsky De Stem van de Stilte, getracht een verklaring te geven van een van de merkwaardigste boeken die ooit over het geestelijk leven zijn geschreven. Blavatsky geeft daarin de mystieke leer van de Boeddha en de leer van de vedanta weer. Beide zijn nagenoeg identieke wijsgerige stelsels. Zo noemt zij vedanta vergeestelijkt boeddhisme en boeddhisme radicaal vedantisme. 3. Praktische Mystiek – voor gewone mensen (Evelyn Underhill) Dit bekende boekje, geschreven in Londen in 1914, gaat onder meer in op de vraag wat mystiek is. Het geeft een beschouwing over de wereld van de Werkelijkheid en behandelt onderwerpen als de voorbereiding van de mysticus, liefde en wilskracht, meditatie en bezinning, en de vernieuwing van het bewustzijn. “Wat is Mystiek?”, blijven velen zich afvragen na lezingen, preken en anderszins te hebben aangehoord: kunnen wij westerlingen dat bevatten en er mee leven? Evelyn Underhill geeft “een” definitie: “Mystiek is de kunst van het éénworden met de Werkelijkheid. Een mysticus is iemand, die deze éénwording in meer of mindere mate heeft bereikt, of althans iemand, die streeft naar en gelooft in zulk een éénwording.” Dit boekje heeft in onze hedendaagse maatschappij nog niets aan actualiteit verloren. 4. Meditatie – een praktische studie met oefeningen (Adelaide Gardner) Dit boekje geeft een eenvoudige doch zeer praktische handleiding in meditatie voor alle leeftijden. Per hoofdstuk zijn oefeningen opgenomen voor individuele en groepsmeditatie. De volgende onderwerpen komen onder meer aan de orde: – het doel van meditatie – de verschillende methoden – concentratie en contemplatie – hindernissen en hulpmiddelen – groepsmeditatie – het helpen van anderen door gedachten – aanbevolen literatuur voor verdere studie 5. De Zeven Mensentypen (Geoffrey Hodson) “Het leven gelijkt enigermate op een geweven tapijt: aan de onderzijde ziet men een wirwar van kleuren, knopen en draden; een patroon kan men echter niet ontdekken. Zodra de bovenzijde wordt bekeken ziet men de bedoeling van het weefsel en, hòe alles – juist in die volgorde – werd gerangschikt.” Zo is het ook met de schijnbare wanorde in de levens van mensen en volkeren. Het menselijk verstand, dat begrensd is, kan de Waarheid niet ten volle bevatten, die onbegrensd is. Het begripsvermogen van de mens neemt toe, indien men de aspecten van het leven vanuit verschillende gezichtshoeken gaat aanschouwen. Vergelijk de benadering b.v. van een berg vanuit verschillende standpunten: de berg blijft ongewijzigd, echter de (Uw) aanblik is steeds anders. Ten slotte leert U die berg kennen en zo is het ook met het zoeken naar Waarheid.

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Theosofia – Holisme en Oude Wijsheid

64 blz. | Paperback | Theosofische vereniging in Nederland, 1989

Het speciale nummer van Theosofia, de zg. special, heeft deze keer als onderwerp het holisme.

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Mens en Evolutie

By Gottfried de Purucker (1874 – 1942).

379 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 1982 | Hardcover | Theosophical University Press Agency, Pasadena, Den Haag, München | ISBN: 9789070328078.

Engels origineel: Man in Evolution | tweede en herziene druk | bewerkt door Grace F. Knoche (1909 – 2006).

Mens en Evolutie is een boek dat aan waarde wint naarmate antropologen hun onderzoek naar het ‘begin’ van ons ras voortzetten. De feiten van de evolutie zijn niet in het geding zegt de schrijver, maar alleen de vele theorieën die het denken hebben beïnvloed sinds de tijd van Darwin. Dr. de Puruckers kritische analyse van de resultaten van het biologisch en antropologisch onderzoek met betrekking tot de theosofische leer levert in ruimte mate het bewijs dat het bewustzijn en niet de stof oorzakelijke factor achter de evolutie is.

‘De mens is zijn eigen geschiedenis’ Fysiek, de oorsprong van alle stammen onder hem waarvan hij de bron is en niet het eindprodukt; geestelijk, de drijvende ‘intelligente kracht’ die door alle vormen heen naar evolutionaire vervolmaking streeft.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk – ‘Evolutie en Transformatie’ (p. 76 & 77):

” Alles leeft, maar is niet noodzakelijk als een bezield wezen gevormd; maar daar het levende dingen zijn moeten ze vooruit- of achteruitgaan of tijdelijk stilstaan – welke drie processen alle te eniger tijd kunnen plaatsvinden, ofschoon de algemene beweging voor alle een vooruitgaande is. 

In de oudheid werd met betrekking tot deze kwestie van ‘bezielde’ entiteiten hetzelfde onderscheid gemaakt. Die menselijke of submenselijke entiteiten die een ‘anima’, een vitaal astrale ziel bezitten, noemen we bezielde organismen. In het oude Sanskriet werden ze jangama’s genoemd, dat wil zeggen, ‘lopers’ of ‘bewegers’, in tegenstelling tot die entiteiten die geen anima bezaten, of liever gezegd waarin de anima slechts in kiem bestond. In het Sanskriet werden deze laatste aangeduid als ‘vaste dingen’ en sthāvara’s genoemd,  wat ‘niet bewegend’ betekent. De ‘vaste dingen’ zijn derhalve de mineralen en de plantenwereld, terwijl de ‘lopers’ of ‘bewegers’ de dieren en mensen zijn en in veel mindere mate zelfs de entiteiten van het plantenrijk. Uit het hele hierboven geschetste beeld kunnen we begrijpen dat de evolutie zich voor de theosoof over veel grotere terreinen uitstrekt en tot veel groter hoogten reikt; en we zien hoe ze in de natuur op een veel ingewikkelder manier werkzaam is dan de betrekkelijk eenvoudige leer van het moderne wetenschappelijke transformisme. “

auteur: Purucker, G. de
ISBN: 9789070328078
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Wind van de Geest

By Gottfried de Purucker (1874 – 1942).

351 Pagina’s | Vertaling van de tweede herziene editie 1992, tweede herziene druk 2001 | Softcover | Theosophical University Press Agency, Den Haag | ISBN: 9789070328573.

Engels origineel: Wind of the Spirit | Eerste druk 1944, tweede herziene editie 1984 | Theosophical University Press, Pasadena California.

De oneindigheid, de eeuwigheid ligt voor u. Treed die moedig tegemoet. Dat leert de Goddelijke Wijsheid: een leer van hoop en vol beloften van de toekomst. Niemand hoeft ooit te zeggen dat het te laat is . . . Elk moment is er een nieuwe kans. Zoals een mens zich in het verleden heeft gemaakt tot wat hij nu is, zo kan hij ook in de toekomst zijn lot scheppen en zich precies vormen overeenkomstig het beeld dat hij zich heeft gevormd van hoe hij in de toekomst zou moeten worden.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk – ‘Het Wegen van het Hart’ (p. 98):

” Ons leven, onze bestemming als mens, worden ons niet door een grillig noodlot toebedeeld; alles wat we denken, alles wat we voelen en alles wat we doen wordt gewogen op de weegschaal van het lot, zoals in de Egyptische ceremonie of rite van het Wegen van het Hart van de overledene symbolisch wordt voorgesteld. Die weegschaal weegt twee dingen, zoals dit Egyptische ritueel zo knap demonstreert: op de ene schaal bevindt zich het levenscentrum, het hart van de mens, die leefde, maar nu dood is; en op de andere schaal ligt de veer van de waarheid, van de werkelijkheid, die niet kan worden omgekocht, die zich door niets laat afleiden., die zich door niets laat overhalen of beïnvloeden. Dit symbolische ritueel geeft dus een prachtige verklaring van de leer van karma, het onontkoombare lot, dat door niets en niemand ooit kan worden veranderd, want het is de goddelijke wet zelf, die we vergelding noemen als het de gevolgen van onze verkeerde daden betreft, en beloning als het om de gevolgen van het goede in ons of van onze goede werken gaat. “

auteur: Purucker, G. de
ISBN: 9789070328573
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“De oneindigheid, de eeuwigheid ligt voor u. Treed die moedig tegemoet. Dat leert de goddelijke wijsheid: een leer van hoop en vol beloften voor de toekomst. Niemand hoeft ooit te zeggen dat het te laat is . . . Elk moment is er een nieuwe kans. Zoals een mens zich in het verleden heeft gemaakt tot wat hij nu is, zo kan hij ook in de toekomst zijn lot scheppen en zich precies vormen overeenkomstig het beeld dat hij zich heeft gevormd van hoe hij in de toekomst zou moeten worden.” – blz. 18 Gottfried de Purucker werd geboren op 15 januari 1874 in Suffern, New York. Hij was de zoon van een Anglicaanse dominee die enige tijd als chaplain diende bij de Amerikaanse kerk in Genève, Zwitserland. Als voorbereiding op het ambt van dominee specialiseerde hij zich in het Hebreeuws, Latijn, Grieks, en de geschriften van de vroege kerkvaderen. De studie van oosterse filosofie en Sankrietliteratuur leidde hem naar de theosofie met haar ruime opvattingen over religie, filosofie en wetenschap. Nadat hij nauw had samengewerkt met Katherine Tingley, volgde hij haar in 1929 op als hoofd van de Theosophical Society tot zijn dood in Covina, Californië, op 27 september 1942. Misschien wel zijn grootste bijdrage aan de theosofische beweging was zijn toelichting van de geschriften van H.P. Blavatsky, vooral haar Geheime Leer.

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The Power of the New Spirituality – How to Live a Life of Compassion and Personal Fulfillment

258 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2012

Everyone has religious experiences, but most people just don’t know how to identify them, claims author William Bloom. Today’s society makes ever-increasing demands on us, but in the practice of modern spirituality, we can find heartening new solutions that give us the energy, motivation and inspiration to develop ourselves and transform our world.

The Power of the New Spirituality uniquely straddles mainstream and alternative forms of belief in commonsense, everyday language. Bloom speaks directly to the legions of people who seek to replace a single-faith tradition with a more generalized spirituality. He identifies the core similarities in all spiritual traditions and explains how everyone-regardless of background, beliefs or personality type – can immediately put them into practice.

auteur: Bloom, W.
ISBN: 9780835609067
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Bloom shows how to develop the key aspects of connection, reflection and service in the context of today’s challenges in order to gain greater meaning in our lives. He also explains the phenomenon of spiritual voices in a psychological context, and he describes how modern spirituality’s ethical core is stronger even than that of traditional faiths because it includes green values and insights from developmental psychology. Written in a lively and inspiring style and drawn from Bloom’s popular workshops, The Power of the New Spirituality helps us explore ourselves more deeply. It is an invaluable tool for increasing a sense of integrity, inner strength and personal joy. It will also help readers connect more strongly with family members, friends and colleagues, and forge a sense of being in the driver’s seat of their lives.

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The Brightened Mind – A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation

107 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2011

Helps You Tap Into An Infinite Reservoir of Clarity and Calm

Modern times have created a siege of chaos. Struggling economy, political turmoil, media bombardment and a general culture of isolation all contribute to this unrest. Buddhist author Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu presents a simple path to freedom from such chaos in The Brightened Mind.

“Sumano Bikkhu’s The Brightened Mind is a most precious little jewel, introducing the spiritual armchair traveler to the wonders of the Universal Mind as taught in the Buddhist meditative tradition.” — Glenn Mullin, author of Female Buddhas, The Fourteen Dalai Lamas, and Living in the Face of Death.

auteur: Sumano Bhikku, A.
ISBN: 9780835608992
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Sumano speaks to the modern seeker from a unique perspective, as a former law school graduate and real estate professional in Chicago. He abandoned his comfortable American lifestyle for the begging bowl and simple cave home of an ordained Buddhist monk in the tradition of the Thai forest meditation masters. Now a spiritual teacher in Tibet, Sumano walks the reader through the workings of the mind and how thought processes often affect our experiences. He shows how to quiet the mind, turning off the “rolling documentary of your past and future” to experience the freedom of quiet focus. Through easy-to-follow guided meditations called “mind trainings” or “mind-fitness techniques,” he teaches the reader how to think productively tapping into the ultimate source of wealth, our own divine consciousness. Sumano posits that we all have within us this abundance simply waiting to be utilized. Using these practices readers will find themselves free from the body and the mundane, the I-ego mind. From this place of insight life’s challenges can be navigated with much less stress and with much more hope. As Sumano says, “In order to progress and prosper in peace, we must respond to the challenges of our times not from fear and anxiety but from a place of circumspection —from a brightened mind.”

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The Reality of ESP – A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities

By Russel Targ. Foreword by Stephan A. Schwartz.

306 Pages | First Quest Edition 2012 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608848.

On February 4, 1974, members of The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped the nineteen-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her apartment situated in Berkeley, California. Desperate to find her, the police called physicist Russell Targ and Pat Price; a psychic retired police commissioner. As Price turned the pages of the police mug book filled with hundreds of pictures, he suddenly pointed out to one of them and announced: ‘That’s the ringleader’! The man’s name turned out Donald DeFreeze and he was indeed subsequently so identified. Price also described the type and location of the kidnap car, which then enabled the police to trace the vehicle within minutes.

This remarkable event depicts one reason Russell Targ believes, so the speak, in the existence of ‘extra sensory phenomena’ (ESP). Another reason is that his group earned $120.000,- by forecasting changes in the silver-commodity futures market for nine weeks in a row. In his research, with all the proof Targ has assembled (and there is more besides), he suggests all life is interconnected and interdependent. There is an aspect of human consciousness that exists independent of time and space, that is susceptible to volitional control; and there is an interconnection between all life forms, that must be understood if the universal impulse humans feel toward the spiritual component of their lives is to mature properly. This assertion is not just a scientific fact: it is a worldview. If you accept it, you will make different life choices. Targ’s proof is a beginning, not an end.

From Chapter 12 – ‘Naked Awareness’ (p. 242):

” From thirty-five hundred years ago the Hindu Vedas teach us that our awareness, or Self (Ātman), is one with and unseparated from ultimate transcendent reality, the physical and  non-physical universe, or Brahman. We need experience, no separation from any aspect of the universe in consciousness. More recently, the great physicist Erwin Schrodinger, who perfected quantum mechanics, has written in his thoughtful monograph ‘What is Life’, that the teaching that Ātman equals Brahman is the greatest of all metaphysical principles. He goes on to write about non-separation: ‘Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown. There is only one thing, and that which seems to be a plurality is simply a series of different aspects that one thing produced by a deception (Māyā). The same illusion is produced in a gallery of mirrors’. “

auteur: Targ, R.
ISBN: 9780835608848
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As a scientist, Targ demands proof. His experience is based on two decades of investigations at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), which he cofounded with physicist Harold Puthoff in 1972. This twenty-million dollar program launched during the Cold War was supported by the CIA, NASA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Army and Air Force Intelligence. The experiments they conducted routinely presented results could have happened by chance less than once in a million. Targ describes four types of experiments: Remote Viewing, in which a person describes places and events independent of space and time. For example, while in California Price drew to scale a Soviet weapons factory at Semipalitinsk with great accuracy later confirmed by Satellite photography. In another remote viewing, Targ accurately sketched an airport in San Andreas, Columbia himself. Distant Mental Influence, where the thoughts of the experimenter can positively or negatively affect the physiology (heart rate, skin resistance, etc.) of a distant person. Whole field isolation, where someone in a state of sensory isolation accurately describes the visual experiences of someone else in another place. Precognition and retrocausality, showing that the future can affect the past. That is, the elephant you see on television in the morning can be the cause of your having dreamed about elephants the previous night. Final chapters present evidence for survival after death; explain how ESP works based on the Buddhist/Hindu view of ourselves as nonlocal, eternal awareness; discuss the ethics of exercising psychic abilities,and show us how to explore ESP ourselves. “I am convinced,” Targ says, “that most people can learn to move from their ordinary mind to one not obstructed by conventional barriers of space and time. Who would not want to try that?” This book contains, among many other things, a comprehensive yet concise description of the government programs the author helped developed to research psi phenomena. For this reason alone, the book is an historically important contribution. In addition, it contains many compelling first-person descriptions of psi. This is a book I can feel comfortable recommending to skeptical colleagues. Very important! — David E Presti, University of California, Berkeley This book, detailing its author’s many successful investigations into the paranormal, should make those who deny the possible existence of such phenomena think again”. — Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor, Physics, University of Cambridge Russell Targ is a physicist and author, and was a pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications. He holds his B.S. in Physics from Queens College, and did graduate work in physics at Columbia University. Targ has received two National Aeronautics and Space Administration awards for inventions and contributions in lasers and laser communications, and has published over one hundred scientific papers on lasers, plasma physics and ESP research.

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Faith Beyond Belief – Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind

By Margaret Placentra Johnston.

300 Pages | First Quest Edition 2012 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835609050.

Faith Beyond Belief seems to give us a good way to understand those, who have rejected their own church, but are still engaged in a spiritual search beyond the conventional language and categories, that left them feeling empty. It is an excellent way to get a feel for the issues as they are experienced by a growing number of Americans, who are spiritual but not religious. You can feel the difference in the openness, the inquiring mind and the caring Soul, that this book unveils.

From Chapter 23 – ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ (p. 278):

” Rather than keep its adherents mired in childish myths, the religion of the future will lead its members toward the more fluid form of faith that can develop ‘beyond belief’. It will encourage them to undertake the critical reflection required to begin the progression to mature faith. Rather than suppress diversity and self-expression in religious experience, the religion of the future will promote the spiritual exploration that is necessary to reach the Mystic level. Where the religion of the past was exclusionist, ethnocentric, judgemental and triumphalist, the religion of the future will be inclusive, universal, unitive, and accepting, The religion of the future will be Love! “

auteur: Johnston, M.P.
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Some of these real-life accounts are by nonbelievers; others are by those among the growing numbers of the “spiritual but not religious.” The stories of the nonbelievers-including an ex-Catholic, a former Mormon and a clandestine Muslim apostate who left his community after the attacks of 9/11- show how complete confidence in human reason can lead away from literal religious interpretation, as exemplified in New Atheist writings. But, Johnston points out, while that step is a necessary one on the spiritual path, it is only intermediate. Beyond it, a person rejects human reason as the ultimate gauge of reality. Her second set of stories are of people at this “mystic” level who can tolerate paradox, see truth and reality as multidimensional and view spiritual concepts metaphorically. They may even have returned to their original church, but now with the more evolved traits of humility, forgiveness, gratitude, acceptance and a unitive worldview in which religious differences are seen as mere details. While over half of Americans claim to be Christian, the number of the unaffiliated has increased from 14 million in 1990 to 34 million in 2008. Insulated Christians rank atheists below criminals on their moral scale. Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind challenges this attitude by giving a much-needed voice to the “good” people who have left their church but whose spirituality continues to mature. An ophthalmologist, Johnston has made a career of helping people with their eyesight. Now she offers to correct blurred misconceptions on another level. Faith Beyond Belief points beyond the atheist/believer controversy wrecking such divisive havoc in our culture today. It will help doubters as well as those who are struggling to clarify their own spiritual vision to see things in a new light.

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A Timeless Spring – Krishnamurti at Rajghat

216 pages | Paperback | Krishnamurti Foundation India, 1993

The book is a historical record of Krishnamurti’s relationship to Rajghat on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi; it was a place where he founded a school and came every winter till his death in 1986. Rajghat’s classical past, its philosophical and religious traditions, its extreme conservatism, the beauty of the countryside and the poverty of its villagers form the background against which Krishnamurti spoke – to students, teachers and to the public.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326093
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In Case of Spiritual Emergency – Moving Successfully Through Your Awakening

205 pages | Paperback | Findhorn Press, 2011

Encouraging, supportive, and life-saving, this book is essential for avoiding the mental, emotional, or spiritual paralysis or exhaustion that can result from underestimating the current age of increased individual and global emergencies.

When spiritual emergencies, such as mystical psychosis and dark nights of the soul, are understood, managed, and integrated, they can offer enormous potential for growth and fulfillment, and this book offers three key phases for successful navigation. Personal stories of spiritual crises are presented alongside practical and effective guidance in this exploration of a fascinating phenomenon.

“This book is going to be very helpful to many people.” — Dr Andrew Powell, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Special Interest Group on Spirituality

auteur: Lucas, C.L.
ISBN: 9781844095469
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“The phenomenon of Spiritual Emergency is growing – but hugely misunderstood by the public and health professionals alike. Hence why books such as Catherine’s are desperately needed.” — Hazel Courteney, journalist and author “The strength of this book lies in the willingness of its author to share her own experiences as well as draw on those of others to give the reader a real taste of what spiritual emergency is – in all its many wonders and occasional horrors.” — William West, reader in counselling at University of Manchester, Therapy Today Journal

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The Human Journey – Quest for Self-Transformation

37 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 2002

The search for human identity has been the subject of great literature, great art and music, great philosophy throughout the ages. This work, the Adyar Pamphlet New Series #4, discusses the journey which gives our life its purpose or meaning.

Published in India.

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 8170593549
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Joy Mills has been a member of The Theosophical Society since 1940. She has served as President of the Theosophical Society in America, General Secretary of the Australian Section, and International Vice-President. She has lectured in more than 50 countries, and worked as Director of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy, in Ojai, California.

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Inzicht is Nu – De Pocket Krishnamurti

Door Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986), vertaald door Hans van der Kroft.

143 Pagina’s | Softcover 2012 | Synthese, een imprint van Milinda Uitgevers B.V. | ISBN: 9789062711079.

Engels origineel: The [Shambala] Krishnamurti Reader | 2009 editie | Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd., Hampshire, England | ISBN: 9780834827592.

De wereldberoemde Indiase leraar Jiddu Krishnamurti wilde geen goeroe zijn en noemde zichzelf evenmin een filosoof. Toch wordt hij gezien als een van de meest oorspronkelijke denkers van onze tijd. Hij gaf teachings over de hele wereld en bood praktische antwoorden op belangrijke levensvragen. In Inzicht is Nu zijn deze waardevolle lessen gebundeld in een handzaam boekje.

De kunst van het leven is, volgens Krishnamurti, leven in het nu zonder gisteren of morgen. Inzicht in het nu kan ons in vele opzichten verder helpen. Door alleen te kijken naar dat wat is en vooroordelen, negatieve herinneringen  en persoonlijke ervaringen los te laten, kunnen we leren leven zonder conflicten. Leven in het nu betekent bovendien een leven vrij van angsten. In Inzicht in het Nu gaat Krishnamurti in op onderwerpen als kwaliteiten en helderheid van handelen, leven en sterven, meditatie en het tijdloze in het dagelijks leven.

Deze compacte uitgave is een klein juweeltje. In heldere taal geeft Krishnamurti ons adviezen om eenvoudig en verstandig te leven.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 7 – ‘Levenskunst’: (blz. 53):

” De meesten van ons leiden een verbrokkeld leven, opgedeeld in zakenleven, religieus leven, gezinsleven, seksleven, enzovoort. We zijn als mens niet holistisch, we zijn niet ‘heel’. We bekijken het leven vanuit een bepaald gezichtspunt, een bepaalde conclusie of vanuit het een of andere idealistische idee. Dat alles geeft een verbrokkelde kijk op het leven. Zijn wij in staat problemen onder ogen te zien vanuit een heel andere visie, die totaal niet verbrokkeld is? Als we zouden erkennen, zouden beseffen dat we een verbrokkeld leven leiden, een versplinterd, innerlijk verdeeld, tegenstrijdig leven, waarbij we de ene begeerte tegenover de andere stellen, zouden we dan onze problemen niet vanuit een heel ander gezichtspunt het hoofd kunnen bieden? “

 

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9789062711079
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De kunst van het leven is volgens Krishnamurti leven in het nu, zonder gisteren of morgen. Inzicht in het nu kan ons in vele opzichten verder helpen. Door niet verder te kijken dan wat is en vooroordelen, negatieve herinneringen en persoonlijke ervaringen los te laten, kunnen wij leren om te leven zonder conflicten. Leven in het nu betekent bovendien een leven vrij van angsten. In Inzicht is nu gaat Krishnamurti in op onderwerpen als kwaliteit en helderheid in handelen, leven en sterven, meditatie en het goddelijke in het dagelijkse leven.

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Adyar Through the Lens (DVD)

DVD | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, 2011

A presentation of the buildings and places, flora and fauna of a unique campus.

Established by the Founders of the Theosophical Society, H.P. Blavatsky and H.S. Olcott, in December 1882, Adyar has been the Society’s International Headquarters ever since. Besides its peaceful and uplifting atmosphere this centre is rich in historical and architectural features. It is widely recognized as a safe sanctuary for many animals, birds and plants. This DVD presentation captures the beauty and importance of Adyar as an ashrama dedicated to the unity of Life.

auteur: Anonymous
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An Autobiography

322 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, 2008

This book, first published in 1893, contains a candid description of the first forty-two years of Annie Besant’s life: a relatively happy childhood, an unfortunate marriage, followed by domestic, social, religious and political trials and tribulations. It reveals her remarkable courage and a strong sense of social justice.

This autobiography is a shining example of the unlimited potential of one who is convinced of his or her goal.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788172595151
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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.

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You are the world – Talks and Discussions in American Universities

164 pages | Paperback | Krishnamurti Foundation India, 1998

There is today a strange and deep discontent among the young people. Responding to this malaise, the words of J. Krishnamurti direct each person to become his own teacher as well as his own disciple. He asks us to use his words as mirror to look at ourselves as we actually are and to see the totality of existence. To look in such a manner, the mind must be completely free – not bound by authority of any kind.

But this freedom should not be misunderstood to mean freedom to lead an undisciplined, self-indulgent life. The freedom of which Krishnamurti speaks requires a total revolution in the psyche itself. When the mind empties itself of the known, then the human being can undergo complete transformation.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326026
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Thoughts for Aspirants Vol. 1

164 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, 1977

The “thoughts” are short quotes gathered into themes such as Love, Peace, Humility and Simplicity, Brotherhood, and Spirituality. About Unity, he writes, “Whether in a speck of dust, or in a leaf or flower, or in the least living thing, it is the One Life which exists as the innermost reality, the Truth of truths.”

An Adyar book, imported from India.

auteur: Sri Ram, N.
ISBN: 083569195X
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N. Sri Ram, was international President of the Theosophical Society for over 20 years, from 1953-73. He brings to his writings a background of eastern wisdom combined with keen awareness of modern thought and knowledge, as well as a sensitive understanding of human problems. His special felicity of style enables him to convey profound ideas in a lucid and absorbing manner.

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Man, His Origins and Evolution

99 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 1961

A series of talks given in 1951 and 1952 by a past international President of the Theosophical Society. Topics include: What Is Man?, Evolution of Man, The Subtle Nature of Man, Seeking, and Integrating Our Knowledge and Ourselves.

auteur: Sri Ram, N.
ISBN: 817059233X
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N. Sri Ram, was international President of the Theosophical Society for over 20 years, from 1953-73. He brings to his writings a background of eastern wisdom combined with keen awareness of modern thought and knowledge, as well as a sensitive understanding of human problems. His special felicity of style enables him to convey profound ideas in a lucid and absorbing manner.

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