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23 april 2020

Healing Without Medicine – From Pioneers To Modern Practice

By Albert Amao, PhD., Foreword by Mitch Horowitz.

323 Pages | First Quest Edition 2014 | Softcover | Quest Books U.S.A., | ISBN: 9780835609210.

‘How Millions have been healed through the Mind alone’.

The aim of this book is to demonstrate the power of thought to heal the mind and body. Amao examines the rationale behind so-called mind, spiritual, and faith healing and explain why this kind of treatment works where conventional medicine fails. Amao also examines the most prominent leaders of the New Thought movement, who used mental and spiritual means to recover their health from supposedly ‘incurable’ diseases, and he describes the mechanism that triggered their healing. Finally, he explains why some people do not respond to any kind of treatment, with medicine or without it.

Mainstream academia should be made aware that mental and spiritual healing is an authentic, American-made phenomenon, that originated in and has flourished since the nineteenth century, particularly in New England. This phenomenon continues to develop today through the emerging field of energy psychology, which includes Thought Field Therapy and its derivatives, such as the Emotional Freedom Technique and similar practices.

Amao’s main hypothesis is this: All methods of mind and spiritual healing are self-healing. Human beings have an inner capacity to heal themselves. Indeed, conventional medicine can be said to heal, because it removes obstacles so that the body can regain its recuperative capacity.

From Chapter 12 – ‘Thomas Jay Hudson, The Scientific Working Hypothesis’ (p. 114):

” Some student of Occultism approach metaphysical studies with the idea of surrendering their will and conscious mind to the direction of the subconscious. This is dangerous, because the subconscious cannot direct itself. The person, who allows his subconscious to control him runs the risk that dormant, anarchic, and destructive forces in the psyche will express themselves at the least, expected times in devastating ways. When the conscious mind surrenders it dominion over the subconscious, the person becomes at the mercy of untamed primeval instincts, which could result in mental illness. As Hudson wrote, the subconscious cannot direct itself, nor can direct us. Its marvelous powers must always be definitely limited if they are to do us any real good. The unrestrained expression of the subconscious is insanity. “

Auteur: Amao, A.
ISBN: 9780835609210
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Beyond the Postmodern Mind – The Place of Meaning in a Global Civilization (2003 edition)

By Huston Smith (1919- 2016).

295 Pages | First Quest Edition 1984, 2nd edition 1989, 3rd printing 1992, 3rd edition 2003 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835608301.

NB: This is the latest and third edition: the second, hence cheaper edition of this book can be purchased in our Webshop here.

This study was first published in 1982 and is considered a classic in its disciplined analysis of contemporary reductionist philosophy. It explores the limits of science and points society’s way out of the dark woods where science has stranded us. Smith uses the term ‘modern’ mind to denote the so-called Enlightenment outlook of Newtonian physics and rationalism, which cut the ground from under the religious foundations of Western life. In the ‘post-modern’ age of the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, people lost their humanistic confidence.

Although science may have won a battle ove religion, it has in the process undermined its own empirical foundation: and having destroyed confidence in intuitive revelation, the mind is (as H.G. Wells once suggested) ‘at the end of its tether’. Despite the ravages of analytical philosophy and existentialism, Smith feels there is a fundamental view of reality, that flourishes throughout the world under various disguises. The uneasy post-modern mind, Smith says, awaits discernment of a new metaphysics.

From Chapter 3 – ‘Perennial Philosophy, Primordial Philosophy’ (p. 64):

” A life, that identifies primarily with its physical pleasures and needs (getting and spending we lay waste our days) is superficial;

one that advances its attention to the mind can be interesting if it moves on to the heart (synonym for soul), it can be good.

And if it passes on to spirit – that saving self-forgetfulness and egalitarianism in which one’s personal interests loom no larger than those of others – it would be perfect. “

Auteur: Smith, H.
ISBN: 0835608301
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Evolution of the Higher Consciousness – An In-depth Study into H.P. Blavatsky’s Teachings

By Pablo Sender.

201 Pages | First edition 2018 | Soft cover | Fohat Production, Ojai, California | ISBN: 9780997553505.

Who are we? What is the purpose of life? How do we actualize our potential? These are the questions that thoughful people have asked since time immemorial. Evolution of Higher Consciousness is a comprehensive study of the teachings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831- 1891) on these issues.

Madame Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society, was the pioneer of the esoteric renaissance that took place at the end of the nineteenth century. Ever since, her writings have served as foundational source for modern spirituality. In his book, Pablo Sender presents Blavatsky’s profound but frequently puzzling statements systematically and in clear, concise language. He throws light on the nature of our spiritual essence, its evolutionairy unfoldment, and the work that we can do in daily life to consciously participate in this cosmic journey.

From page 178:

“Within yourself is the light . . . The light of the higher self and of the Mahatma are not different from each other.

In the presence of the Master the lower nature is spontaneously transformed. This is why in the taijasic state there is no need to fight, control or manipulate the lower. Passions and afflictions are powerful only when the pure awareness identifies with them. This practice, along with the a general ‘effort’ at leading a spiritual life, will eventually make the temporary state of ‘manas taijasa” more and more available, until it becomes permanent in the union of buddhi-manas. When we are aware of our innate divine Wisdom, conscious of our identity with everything , and aware of our transcendental and immutable nature, the human evolutionairy pilgrimage comes to an end. New field of self-expression open up to the liberated consciousness, which now becomes a beneficent force aiding human and planetary evolution.

.  .  .

Joy unto ye, O Men of Earth.

A Pilgrim hath returned back ‘from the other shore’.

A Saviour of Mankind is born. “

  • From: The Voice of Silence, fragment 3.
auteur: Sender, P.
ISBN: 9780997553505
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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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When the Sun moves Northward – The Way of Initiation (A Quest Miniature)

By Mabel Collins (1851-1927).

160 Pages | First Quest Edition 1987, A Quest Miniature | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835606141.

Dutch translation: Als de Zon Noordwaards Gaat | Published in 2004 | Uitgeverij Gabriël | ISBN 9080501735.

Mabel Collins, author of The Light On the Path, explores the link between the mystic recurrence of the Earth’s cycles of birth, death and rebirth with the seasonal regeneration of our own spiritual nature. Her meditative prose beautifully evokes the time-less sense of cosmic renewal and the consequent growth of consciousness that has its germination deep within those reflective months of quietude when the sun moves northward.

I am often asked about the question of Time in regard to the great Ceremonies which take place at midnight when the spirits of men are most completely released from their bodies during the recurrent periods of light and darkness on the earth. Midnight means the deepest depth of the darkness: it has no connection with the arbitrary hours. Therefore, in time there is necessarily a difference according to what places on earth the disciples are dwelling in: and, as time does not exist except as an arbitrary temporary convenience, once outside the body man loses the sense of it. ” – Mabel Collins (1923).

From Chapter VII (p. 86):

” Now comes the awful test of obedience. The moment of decision, which arrive to the man, and to the disciple, as a climax to a series of events, these come within the domain and power of mankind. There are other far more awful moments when the hand of a supreme power interferes in the affairs of men, and when the man, even though he be a disciple, is helpless. There are decisions made in a court above us all, from which there is no appeal, which are carried out inexorably. Then there is no decision to be made by the man himself; he can only rebel or obey. The religious man calls this supreme power which gives, and takes away, God: occultists see it in the working of the law of Karma. Be it what it may, if the man rebels against it, the disciple may not. “

auteur: Collins, M.
ISBN: 9780835606141
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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 Atman Project – A Transpersonal View of Human Development

By Ken Wilber.

240 Pages | First Quest 1980, second edition 1996 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607305.

The Atman Project is widely hailed as the first psychology, that succeeds in uniting East and West, conventional and contemplative, orthodox and mystical, into a single, coherent framework. This essential introduction to Ken Wilber’s ideas on the evolution of human consciousness feature a new Foreword linking this work to Wilber’s current thinking.

From Chapter 4 – ‘The Membership Self (p. 29):

” For a sorcerer, reality, or the world we all know, is only a description. For the sake of validating this premise Don Juan concentrated the best of his efforts into leading me to a genuine conviction that what I held in mind as the world at hand was merely a description of the world; a description that had been pounded into me from the moment I was born. He pointed out that everyone, who comes into contact with a child is a teacher, who incessantly describes the world to him, until the moment when the child is capable of perceiving the world as it is described. According to Don Juan, we have no memory of that portentous moment, simply because none of us could possibly have had any point of reference to compare it to anything else . . . For Don Juan, then, the reality of our day-to-day life consists of an endless flow of perceptual interpretations which we, the individuals who share a specific membership, have learned to make in common. “

auteur: Wilber, K.
ISBN: 0835607305
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Philosopher Ken Wilber has been mapping the territory of consciousness since the 1970s. His first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, published by Quest Books, launched the transpersonal psychology movement. Wilber’s current best-sellers are Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, and A Brief History of Everything.

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The Spectrum of Consciousness

By Ken Wilber.

362 Pages | First Quest Edition 1977, second Quest Edition 1993 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606953.

This book launched the transpersonal psychology revolution. In a profound, comprehensive, and unique study of consciousness, Wilber was the first to suggest a systematic way that the great psychological systems of the West could be integrated with the noble contemplative traditions of the East.

To this day, The Spectrum of Consciousness remains the unequivocal classic in the area of transpersonal psychology, and has been the prominent reference point for all subsequent attempts at integrating psychology and spirituality. Like radiation and light, consciousness, suggest Wilber, establishes a multiplicity of aspects as it ‘steps down’ into time and space. Thus, as a spectrum, it can be studied legitimately on one or more of its ‘wavelengths’. Viewing consciousness in this way, we can see that seemingly disparate disciplines each speak to a different wavelength of awareness.

‘From Chapter VII – ‘Integrating the Shadow’ (p. 206)’:

” Thus the problem is not to get rid of any symptom, but rather to deliberately and consciously try to increase that symptom, to deliberately and consciously experience it fully! If you are depressed, try to be more depressed. If you are tense, make yourself even tenser. If you feel guilty, increase your feelings of guilt – and we mean that literally! For by doing you are, for the very first time, acknowledging and even aligning yourself with your Shadow, and hence are doing consciously what you have heretofore been doing unconsciously. When you, as a personal experiment, consciously throw every bit of yourself into actively and deliberately trying to produce your present symptoms, you have in effect thrown your persona and Shadow together. You have consciously contacted and aligned yourself with your opposites, and, in short, re-discovered your Shadow. “

auteur: Wilber, K.
ISBN: 0835606953
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Philosopher Ken Wilber has been mapping the territory of consciousness since the 1970s. His first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, published by Quest Books, launched the transpersonal psychology movement. Wilber’s current best-sellers are Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, and A Brief History of Everything. Other titles by the author: – The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development – Up from Eden: A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution

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Mindscape – Exploring the Reality of Thought-Forms

By Bruce A. Vance.

197 Pages | A Quest Original, first edition 1990 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606600.

. . . a daring and provocative voyage through the nocturnal landscape ‘.

In Mindscape, Vance further charts the still largely unknown fathoms of our mental depths. He shows us that thoughts are real, not just in our heads. They project outward and take on forms in the superphysical field around us. Thoughts have an energy all their own, that can affect others through telepathy. In addition to having a reality beyond our minds, Vance says our thoughts create our world. Beliefs are powerful and tend to ‘come true’. If we believe we are ineffectual or ill, we will be; if we believe we are capable or healthy, we will be.

The author cites experiments in subatomic physics to show how powerful our mindsets are. To further support his views, Vance looks to the work of clairvoyants like Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1943) and cites cases of shamanistic journeys and out-of-body experiences. By becoming aware of our self-imposed limitations and our greater potential, we can release our mental energies and use them to greater advantage. Vance explains how!

From Chapter 9 – ‘The extended Reach of Mind’ (p. 185):

” So, what are the boundaries of mind? None. What are the boundaries of selfhood? None. And what are the boundaries of consciousness? There are none. The infinity of reality is open to us through exploring our mindscape. But we are physically incarnated for a purpose. There is something important to learn here. It has to do with the powers of creation, some of which are at our disposal. “

auteur: Vance, B.A.
ISBN: 0835606600
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Psychism and the Unconscious Mind

Edited by H. Tudor Edmunds.

254 Pages | First Quest edition 1968, second edition 1974 | Softcover | Quest Books, USA | ISBN: 0835604128.

Collected Articles from the Science Group of the Theosophical Research Centre, London.

This book is the result of research and study by a group of distinguished British scientists, who have devoted much time and applied the training in their various disciplines to an unprejudiced investigation of the many areas of psychic manifestation. Their comments and discussions on such subjects as telepathy, clairvoyance, hypnosis, and effects of mindexpanding drugs, the human aura, and related subjects, are perceptive and informative. Because the writers are also students of Theosophy and Eastern philosophy, they have been able to add valuable insights to their considerations of the various phenomena without in any way lessening their objective and scientific approach to this still mysterious field of human experience.

From Chapter: ‘The Interior Organ of Perception (p.55):

Mind is the inner organ.

” So whether approached from within by the Eastern metaphysical insight or from without by an attempt to deduce an hypothesis to explain scientific observations, it would appear, that man’s mind is an inner organ, or instrument, of perception with a focus of ‘I-ness’ associated with the brain. It has the capacity of throwing up a three-dimensional field of imagined images, thoughts and feelings, themselves not spatial in a physical sense, but related to space by some method of direct correlation. They appear in a mental field, which is not the property of any one observer, but can only be termed a generalised mental field. “

 

 

auteur: Tudor Edmunds, H. (ed.)
ISBN: 0835604128
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The Ultimate Reality and Realization – Śiva-Sūtra with Text in Sanskrit, Transliteration in Roman, Translation in English & Commentary

By Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

215 Pages | 2004 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170594444.

Dutch translation: De Śiva-Sūtra – De Hoogste Werkelijkheid en hoe Deze te realiseren | 1976, Eerste druk 2013 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750949.

Dr I. K. Taimni was for many years Professor of Chemistry at the Allahabad University in India. He guided research and contributed many research papers to technical journals of several countries. In addition to his professional work, he made a deep study of Kashmir Saivism, and this combined with his profound knowledge of Theosophy, he brought to bear on his writings. He was awarded the Subba Row Gold Medal for his contribution to Theosophical literature. His books have run into many editions and are translated into several languages.

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 9788170594444
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Other titles by the author: – Gayatri – Glimpses into the Psychology of Yoga – Man, God and the Universe – Principles of Theosophical Work – Science and Occultism – The Science of Yoga: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – The Secret of Self-Realization – Self Culture: In the Light of the Ancient Wisdom – Self Realization Through Love

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Self-Realization Through Love – Nārada Bhakti-Sūtra

By Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

86 Pages | 2003 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170593735.

Dutch translation: Zelfrealisatie door Liefde – De Bhakti-Sūtra van Nārada | Eerste druk 2002 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750765.

Self-Realization through Love presents the spirit of Bhakti Yoga as outlined in the Bhakti-Sūtra of  Nārada (AD 4th century). This work contains the well-known Sanskrit aphorisms, transliteration in Roman, English version and commentary in a modern idiom.

Love in its purest form is the nature of God and pervades all life. Bhakti is the expression of Divine Love inherent in humankind directed towards the Divine in order to attain Divine Union or Self-realization. The author describes the book as ‘a sort of a manual for those who want to realize God through the power of love’. It is, however, useful to aspirants following other paths also, as eventually, all aspects of human nature must be perfected in the evolution towards Self-realization.

Dr. I. K. Taimni, author of several books on Yoga, brings to this one also his usual insightful wisdom and keen observation of human nature.

 

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 8170593735
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The Changing Face of the Hero

By Rodney Standen.

147 Pages | First Quest Edition 1987 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606163.

‘ The concurrent evolution of our story-book heroes and our collective consciousness. ‘

People need heroes. Heroes are at the heart of our fantasies. But our heroes change with the times. Beginning with Odysseus 2,500 years ago, the author develops his theme on an age to age basis. He demonstrates, that the hero of yesterday, the doer of miracles, has metamorphosed into today’s sophistocated James Bond. The engrossing study of man’s collective unconscious, that results from it, is supported with resource material drawn from Carl Jung, James Joyce, Nikos Kasantzakis, Tolstoy, Hesse, Maugham, and others.

From Chapter 13 – ‘The Ripeness of Time’ (p. 137):

” Were it not for this story and others like it, we could have imagined two vaguely parallel lines and two spirals of dissimilar size, all having as their origin the first Odysseus. One of our parallel lines would contain the ‘true-blue’ tradition of gentlemen, who always know what is and simply is not done. These heroes neither lie nor cheat nor, so far as we know, womanize. Their faces are unmarked by warts, their minds untroubled by temptation to commit even the most venial of sins. In our cynical age, this line may be somewhat undernourished. But in comic books there will always be a superhero; and in every police station or general hospital, at least one character who is, and forever will be, true blue. ” 

 

 

 

auteur: Standen, R.
ISBN: 0835606163
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Consciousness: Its Nature and Action

By Nilakanta Sri Ram (1889 – 1973).

28 Pages | First edition 2002 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170593921.

In this lecture,, known for his deep understanding of philosophical questions, explores how consciousness loses its sensitivity and gets obscured, but has the potency of awakening into the full light of wisdom. He says: ‘We do not notice the beauty of a cloud or the movement of a leaf or bird and many other things. An artist is needed to paint a picture and point out the beauty‘.

How can we achieve union with the living beings around us, and even to a slight extent be open to the truth and beauty, which are inherent and omnipresent in life? This book offers insights into how the quality of our consciousness can be transformed so that it is constantly renewed, remaining open to the truth of life as it reveals itself.

auteur: Sri Ram, N.
ISBN: 8170593921
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Beyond the Postmodern Mind – The Place of Meaning in a Global Civilization (1989 edition)

By Huston Smith. (1919- 2016).

281 Pages | First Quest Edition  1984, 2nd edition 1989, 3rd printing 1992. | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606473.

NB: This is the second edition (1989): its latest and third edition (2003) can be purchased in our Webshop here

This study was first published in 1982 and is considered a classic in its disciplined analysis of contemporary reductionist philosophy. It explores the limits of science and points society’s way out of the dark woods where science has stranded us. Smith uses the term ‘modern’ mind to denote the so-called Enlightenment outlook of Newtonian physics and rationalism, which cut the ground from under the religious foundations of Western life. In the ‘post-modern’ age of the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, people lost their humanistic confidence.

Although science may have won a battle ove religion, it has in the process undermined its own empirical foundation: and having destroyed confidence in intuitive revelation, the mind is (as H.G. Wells once suggested) ‘at the end of its tether’. Despite the ravages of analytical philosophy and existentialism, Smith feels there is a fundamental view of reality, that flourishes throughout the world under various disguises. The uneasy post-modern mind, Smith says, awaits discernment of a new metaphysics.

From Chapter 3 – ‘Perennial Philosophy, Primordial Philosophy’ (p. 70):

” A life, that identifies primarily with its physical pleasures and needs (getting and spending we lay waste our days) is superficial;

one that advances its attention to the mind can be interesting if it moves on to the heart (synonym for soul), it can be good.

And if it passes on to spirit – that saving self-forgetfulness and egalitarianism in which one’s personal interests loom no larger than those of others – it would be perfect. “

auteur: Smith, H.
ISBN: 0835606473
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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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Inner Adventures – Thought, Intuition and Beyond

By Ernest Lester Smith (1904 – 1992).

233 Pages | A Quest Original, First Edition 1988 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606279.

‘Adventures in Higher Thought! Probes Mind and Beyond’!

This book explores Mystical Consciousness, Intuition, Holism, Dreaming, Memory, Bio-Feedback, Brain Rhythms, Information Processing, Mind-Brain Interface. Smith shows how ancient seers and Eastern mystics already have reached greater Wisdom through higher states of consciousness. Whole truth, he reasons, generally available only to a person, who has made considerable progress in spiritual living and reached the higher self inside each one of us.

From the Epilogue:

” If a worldly person were to ask me if I believe in reincarnation, I should be tempted to answer, ‘No, what you regard as yourself will not reincarnate.’ It is the inner being, barely recognized through a worldly life, that returns. Thus, we may say that the personality is immortal, though not everlasting, since it persists for a while after death. The individuality, the transpersonal spiritual nature, is everlasting though not eternal, since it persists through a long series of incarnations. Only the Spirit, the divine nature, of which we are as yet only dimly aware, is eternal. It abides quiescent in its timeless realm, until we are ready to return to the Source whence we came, following in the footsteps of men like the Buddha and the Christ. “

auteur: Lester Smith, E.
ISBN: 0835606279
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The Monad – And other Essays on the Higher Consciousness

By Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934).

167 Pages | Second edition, 8th reprint, 2012 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170592884.

The Monad is a collection of essays written by Leadbeater and published in Theosophical magazines between 1913 – 1920, pertaining to the Higher Consciousness of man. It casts light with a clairvoyant insight and Theosophical understanding on topics, such as psychic development, the Buddhic consciousness and the meaning of Time. This small volume deals with subjects, that are of the highest importance for students of Theosophy, and over the years it has become a classic of Theosophical literature.

An extract from the first Chapter:

” Even when clairvoyance is developed – even when a man opens the sight of his causal body, and looks at the causal body of another man – even then, though he sees a manifestation of the ego on his own plane, he is still far from seeing the real man. “

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9788170592884
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Truth and Actuality – Talks and Dialogues (1991 Edition)

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

171 Pages | Published in 1977, first published in Gollancz Paperbacks 1985; this edition was first published in 1991 | Softcover | Victor Gollancz Ltd., London | ISBN: 0575037652.

Truth and Actuality consists of both talks and dialogues by J. Krishnamurti. It opens with three discussions taken from a longer series with the eminent theoretical physicist Dr. David Bohm; these deal with the problem of truth, the actuality in which we live as perceived by the senses, reality as appears to our consciousness, and the relationship between them.

In the main part of the book, Krishnamurti considers how man’s consciousness is made up of all sorts of misconceptions about the ‘me’, or the ego centre; he also points out how solidly conditioned it is. ‘You cannot go through reality to come to truth; you must understand the limitation of reality, which is the whole process of thought’, he says. The book ends with some questions and answers which throw light on certain issues previously touched upon.

From Chapter 9 – ‘The Sacred, Religion, Meditation’ (p. 144 & 145):

” The many religions throughout the world have said that there is an enduring, everlasting truth, but the mere assertion of truth has little significance. One has to discover it for oneself, not theoretically, intellectually or sentimentally, but actually find out if one can live in a world that is completely truthful. We mean by religion the gathering together of all energy to investigate into something: to investigate if there is anything sacred. That is the meaning we are giving it, not the religion of belief, dogma, tradition or rituals with their hierarchical outlook. But we are using the word ‘religion’ in the sense: to gather together all energy, which will then be capable of investigating if there is a truth, which is not controlled, shaped, or polluted by thought. “

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 0575037652
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Truth and Actuality – Talks and Dialogues (2003 Edition)

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

171 Pages | Published in 1977, reprinted in 1992, 1995, 2000 & 2003 | Krishnamurti Foundation India | Softcover | ISBN: 8187326182.

Truth and Actuality consists of both talks and dialogues by J. Krishnamurti. It opens with three discussions taken from a longer series with the eminent theoretical physicist Dr. David Bohm; these deal with the problem of truth, the actuality in which we live as perceived by the senses, reality as appears to our consciousness, and the relationship between them.

In the main part of the book, Krishnamurti considers how man’s consciousness is made up of all sorts of misconceptions about the ‘me’, or the ego centre; he also points out how solidly conditioned it is. ‘You cannot go through reality to come to truth; you must understand the limitation of reality, which is the whole process of thought’, he says. The book ends with some questions and answers which throw light on certain issues previously touched upon.

From Chapter 9 – ‘The Sacred, Religion, Meditation’ (p. 144 & 145):

” The many religions throughout the world have said that there is an enduring, everlasting truth, but the mere assertion of truth has little significance. One has to discover it for oneself, not theoretically, intellectually or sentimentally, but actually find out if one can live in a world that is completely truthful. We mean by religion the gathering together of all energy to investigate into something: to investigate if there is anything sacred. That is the meaning we are giving it, not the religion of belief, dogma, tradition or rituals with their hierarchical outlook. But we are using the word ‘religion’ in the sense: to gather together all energy, which will then be capable of investigating if there is a truth, which is not controlled, shaped, or polluted by thought. “

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326182
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The Nature of the New Mind – Selection from the Decades III (The Sixties)

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

276 Pages | First Edition 2001, reprint 2003 | Softcover | Krishnamurti Foundation India | ISBN: 8187326190.

The Nature of the New Mind is the third Volume in the series titled ‘Selections from the Decades’, and consists of twenty-three public talks that Krishnamurti gave between 1961 and 1968.

Whereas in the 1950s, Krishnamurti dwelt largely on individual change, his focus here is on a radical mutation in human consciousness as a whole. Addressing large international audiences in different parts of the world; Krishnamurti points out that the present crisis is not just what we perceive outwardly in society; it really lies in the unconscious, deep within oneself.

So what is required is not more knowledge or more collective action, but a totally new mind. And that is needed, says Krishnamurti, ‘to deal not only with the everlasting, but also with the immediate problems of existence‘. It is important to see the urgency of having such a mind now and not wait for time to bring it about. The new mind is not merely logical or intellectual; rather, it is mind that is completely free of all its old patterns and has, therefore, the quality of stillness, love and compassion. ‘What the world needs is compassion, not schemes. And compassion is the very nature of the new mind. Because the new mind is the unknown mind, it is not to be measured by the known’, says Krishnamurti.

From Chapter – ‘Talks 1965 Bombay’ (p. 145):

” So, one has to know oneself, not the higher self, not the Atman, not God, all that is theory, absurdity, invented by some people; it is not a fact; you just repeat what is merely a tradition. Therefore, you must be free from the authority of tradition to find God. To know yourself is to be aware. Do not give a mystical meaning or some complicated meaning to that very simple phrase ‘to be aware’: to be aware of those crows, to the noise of those crows. Just listen; please listen; be aware of the light that is in the sky; be aware of the dark trunk of the mango tree; be aware of that palm; be aware of your neighbour, his colour, his dress, just be aware – not condemning it, not comparing, not saying, ‘this is good, that is bad’, not explaining, not justifying – just be aware. “

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326190
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The third volume in the series titled ‘Selections from the Decades’, this book consists of twenty-three public talks that Krishnamurti gave between 1961 and 1968. Whereas in the 1950s, Krishnamurti dwelt largely on individual change, his focus here is on a radical mutation in human consciousness as a whole.

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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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Beyond Violence

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

186 Pages | Hardbound edition 2003 | Hardcover | Krishnamurti Foundation India | ISBN: 8187326425.

Violence’, Krishnamurti says, ‘is like a stone dropped in a lake: the waves spread and spread; at the centre is the ‘me’. As long as the ‘me’ survives in any form, very subtly or grossly, there must be violence’. Many can smell a flower that has perfume, or only one can smell it, but the flower does not care: it is there. And that is the beauty of love: it can give to one or to many. That is only possible when there is compassion.

The theme of violence and Krishnamurti’s approach to it are as relevant today as they were when he spoke in 1970 to vast audiences. In discussing the nature of violence, Krishnamurti also unravels the other psychological factors, such as hurt, competition, insecurity, and fear, which are closely related to violence. He shows us a way of looking  the fact of violence directly, without condemning, suppressing or analysing it, and thus going beyond it. In doing so, he calls for a fundamental change in the human psyche, which is the mark of a truly religious mind.

From Chapter 4 – ‘Religion’ (p. 49):

” We are inquiring together into the question of the religious mind – not what religion is, but what a mind is that is religious, that is capable of finding out truth. The root meaning of the word ‘religion’ is rather uncertain; we can give any meaning to it we like, and we generally do. But to have no opinion of what religion is, is  to be free to inquire into it, into the quality if the mind that is religious. That quality of mind is not separated from the daily living of pain, pleasure, sorrow and confusion. To inquire into this there must be freedom from all authority. You are alone to find out, there is no book, nobody to help you. Please see how important it is, because we have given our trust, our faith to others – to the priest, to the saviours, to the teachers and so on – and having given our faith, we have looked to them to lead us and they have led us nowhere. “

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326425
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Looking In, Seeing Out – Consciousness and Cosmos

By Menas Kafatos and Thalia Kafatou.

290 Pages | Copyright 1991 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606740.

Most b0oks on science and mysticism attempt to link modern physics to philosophic views of consciousness. This book explores the two as parallel processes – one outer, one inner. Our outward search is for objective reality – ‘out there’ in the world. But what we experience as outer is linked to what we can know in ourselves subjectively. The inward search is for that level of consciousness that underlies all subjective experience, spoken of by the mystics. Like other recent authors, Drs. Kafatos and Kafatou find parallels between Eastern thought and recent scientific developments in quantum theory and cosmology. But they go farther and hold that the realms of consciousness and the objective world are complementary aspects of the same reality. Their approach is fresh and unique and show how we are involved in the cosmic process.

From Chapter 8 – ‘The Physics of Consciousness’ (p. 252):

” Without going outside you may know the whole world. Without looking through the window you may see the ways of Heaven. – Lao Tsu

Finally, whatever is meant by the word ‘reality’, it is clearly non-local and not independent of the observing process. The world of quanta is probablistic by nature. Physical attributes of quanta cannot be determined in a precise way; only the probabilities of these attributes can be determined a priori. Seemingly, ‘God is playing dice’, and we, observers, seem to be part of the game. Moreover, in the quantum domain, the reality of solid matter and the apparent permanence of particles dissolves into a dance of ever-changing quantum interactions. What is real is the process, not the substance. “

auteur: Kafatos, M./Kafatou, T.
ISBN: 0835606740
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The Heavens Declare – Astrological Ages and the Evolution of Consciousness

By Alice O. Howell.

281 Pages | Copyright 1990, second edition 2006 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608350.

‘The implications are staggering! Why don’t more people know about these things!’ So wonders Alice O. Howell, one of the most profound astrologers of our time and an authority on C.G. Jung’s depth psychology. Her view of astrology as symbolic of archetypical processes provides a tool for the deep healing of the psyche. It also presents a bold synthesis of history, religions, mythology, and Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious. Supported by irrefutable archaeological evidence, Howell traces the evolution of consciousness through five of the great astronomical Ages of the past ten thousand years. She explains the logic of the signs first, so that we can then marvel at the synchronicities.

Her findings imply a resolution of the Piscean dichotomy of faith and reason, that has reigned for two millennia. (Consider the current movement to marry physics and spirituality). This leads her to speculate on humanity’s future tasks and traps. ‘As foretold, it’s not the world that’s ending‘, she laughs. ‘It’s just the Age. And here comes the next!’. Simply written as letters to a friend and analyst, The Heavens Declare offers warm advice as it inspires us to experience one flash of insight after another.

From Chapter 1 – ‘The Ring of Quiddity’ (p. 13):

” Each star
is a kiss
I would give you –
should others
wake to a starless night
you would be lying
in my arms
covered with light. “

 

auteur: Howell, A.O.
ISBN: 9780835608350
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Science, Consciousness and the Paranormal (Blavatsky Lecture 1998)

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

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

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

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

From page 10:

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

 

 

auteur: Ellison, A.
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I Send a Voice

By Evelyn Sybil Mary Eaton (1902 – 1983).

178 Pages | First Quest Book edition 1978, 5th printing 1990 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605116.

A FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT of the consciousness expanding, transforming rites of an Amerindian Sweat Lodge.

Evelyn Eaton writes of her compelling determination to become worthy of participating in a Sweat Lodge healing ritual. Later, after undergoing ordeals inside and outside the Lodge, she dared to ask Power Man for a Pipe. I Send a Voice provides an unusually authentic picture of the Amerindian during one of his most sacred and esoteric rites. With Evelyn, we live through the deep drama of numerous experiences of physical and spiritual healings: grow to love, admire, and respect the powerful Grandfathers.

From page 36:

” Sharing was the point. Someone gathered and brought the tule reeds. Someone brought the rocks and the wood for the fire. Someone drew the water and carried it in pails. Many hands must have built the Sweat Lodge, cutting and trimming the willow trees, planting them in the ground, bending them symmetrically together to support the roof. In the old days someone would have cured the deerskin or the buffalo hide to stretch on the framework. Then there would be a ritual to bless it, in which everyone concerned would take part.

The description of such a ritual was in Chapter III of Brown’s The Sacred Pipe. There was a diagram showing the Inipi, the purification lodge. The Sweat Lodge here was made by another tribe, but the principle was the same. I thought of the circle, in all its symbolism, from a glyph of the Creator, that Point within the Circle, whose center is everywhere, to its representative, the sun, source of light, life and spiritual illumination. From there, I went to meditation on the Medicine Wheel, a mandala of concentric depths and intricate designs, where everything in the universe has its appropriate place. “

 

auteur: Eaton, E.
ISBN: 0835605116
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Hindu Ethics, Purity, Abortion and Euthanasia

By Harold G. Coward, Julius J. Lipner and Katherine K. Young.

139 Pages | 1989 | Soft cover | State University of New York Press, Albany | ISBN: 0887067646.

Modern Western approaches to India often have focused on metaphysics at the expense of ethics, leading many to see Hinduism as only concerned with the esoteric and the otherwordly. The chapters of this book offer case study explorations, that are selected and presented to invite comparisons with the modern West. Such comparisons will help to remove the apparent otherworldly nature of Hindu thought from the minds of Western readers, as well as give depth to and new significance to Indian ideas in the areas of medical ethics, social ethics, and human rights. The case studies demonstrate that Indian thought has not ignored deep reflection on ethical problems that are presenting serious challenges to the modern world. They demonstrate, that Hinduism has a firm grounding in ethics, even when the most difficult questions are raised.

 

auteur: Coward, H.G./Lipner, J.J./Young, K.K.
ISBN: 0887067646
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The Yoga of Beauty

By Dr. Laurence J. Bendit.

24 Pages | First edition, third reprint 2004 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 817059281X.

Here Dr. Laurence J. Bendit  has dealt with the subject of beauty from the Theosophical point of view, principally to say that beauty transforms consciousness. It links the spiritual with the psychical. In his words, ‘ takes down shutters in the mind‘, and the real artist must be open to the inner world of Nature, who is the greatest creative artist, being unconditioned by past experiences. The search for beauty is a form of yoga.

From page 19:

” The discipline of the seeker after God as Beauty, here consists, as in all other forms of seeking, in removing the factors which stand between him and what he seeks. Patañjali tells us that if we want to find Truth, we do not have to move from where we are, but simply to take down the shutters in our minds, to stop letting the mind interfere with our perceptions. We then see what has been within reach of us all of the time. So it is with the aesthetic: a matter of allowing the vision of the Beautiful to flow into us freely and without obstruction. “

auteur: Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 817059281X
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The Transforming Mind

By Laurence J. Bendit and Phoebe D. Bendit.

160 Pages | Second Quest printing 1983 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835600122.

Many seers, mystics, artists and poets seem to have an inkling about the purpose of life – the mystery of creation. Such an experience is something each of us must seek and find for ourselves. Such an experience can happen ‘in a moment’, in the twinkling of an eye. We must come upon such a transformative vision of reality, declare the authors, we must, or we die.

Clairvoyant, Phoebe Bendit, has ‘seen’ our potential for undoing the harm we have done, and are doing, to our personhood and to our planet. With her Jungian trained psychiatrist husband, Laurence, they have written this, sometimes frightening, but essentially optimistic, spiritual/psychological study of the mind and the supermind of man. Attractive in its simplicity, extra-ordinary in its potential. The Transforming Mind suggests that once man looks inward to encompass the whole of Nature, he will automatically re-order his world and save it for peaceful use by his children and their children.

From Chapter VII ‘Jacob’s Ladder’:

” Jacob dreamt, and behold, a ladder set up on earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the Angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham . . . And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee withersoever thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land, for I will not leave thee until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of . . . ” – From: Genesis 28.23.

auteur: Bendit, P.D. / Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 0835600122
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Mount Everest – A Book on Discipleship

By George Sydney Arundale (1878–1945).

196 Pages | Reprinted in 1978 in commemoration of the birth centenary of Dr. Arundale | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 978817059.

From this book:

  • If you desire you can quite definitely set your feet on the way to discipleship . . . You can dedicate yourself to Them and Their representative in the outer world . . . If you will take every opportunity, make every effort, you will soon come to know Them.
  • If an individual can intensify in himself or herself the spirit of service, he or she is well on the road to discipleship, for service is a great characteristic of those, who desire to attain.
  • If you are in the presence of the Master you always know what to do. Why? Because He/She lifts you out of your smaller Self into your higher Self. When in the presence of your higher Self, you know what to do.

From page 196:

” We make everything entangled. Life is extremely simple. If you will endeavor to put aside pride and control mind and emotions, then you will not have the slightest difficulty in making any decision or coming to any conclusion. […] One of God’s greatest gifts is to give us sufficient power to meet all emergencies. You are never encouraged to ask questions or to bring your troubles to the Elder Brethren. You are expected to shoulder your own troubles. You have Buddhic, Nirvanic and Monadic consciousness at your disposal, ultimately but not afar off. Get to work to see all these laws much more clearly. Make this your slogan: ‘I can do it!’ “

 

 

 

auteur: Arundale, G.S.
ISBN: 978817059
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The Radiant Child

By Thomas Armstrong.

203 Pages | A Quest Original, first published in 1985, second printing 1988 | Soft cover| Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606007.

Thomas Armstrong believes, that children come into this life radiating and reflecting the mystery of creation; that their spiritual nature as well as their basic instincts are close to the surface of their awareness. Unfortunately, for most part, parents, teachers, and child therapists have not recognized this delightfully useful aspect of the childhood psyche. The author notes, that this hidden sight of youthful consciousness has been noticed and appreciated primarily by poets, mystics, authors of fairy tales, and world mythologists. These folks identify with the wonder-child, the divine child, the child-god, the child hero. This practical guide is heavily documented with case-histories of ‘radiant’ experiences, the reality of which is supported by telling testimony from the author’s peers.

From page 101:

” The child is potential future . . . the ‘child’ paves the way for a future change of personality. In the individuation process it anticipates the figure, that comes from the synthesis of conscious and unconscious elements in the personality. It is therefore a symbol, which unites the opposites; a mediator, a bringer of healing; that is, one who makes whole. “

 

auteur: Armstrong, T.
ISBN: 0835606007
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