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18 februari 2020

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.
ISBN: 9789061750987
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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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A Rebirth for Christianity (First Edition)

By Alvin Boyd Kuhn.

218 Pages | Published in 1976 | Hardcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835600157.

In this powerful book the author confronts the reader with many challenges regarding the orthodox approach to the life of Jesus and the history of Christianity. He points his critical finger at many of the rigid dogmas as well as the rigid dogmas as well as the literal interpretation of Biblical stories, which he asserts have created bigotry and mental servitude and stifled a real understanding of the Christian message.

For Dr. Kuhn the true meaning of Christianity is to be found in its mystical teaching. He calls for a revival of the effort to discover the esoteric significance of the Christian heritage, to understand the allegorical method of Biblical interpretation, and to find behind the myths, dramas, synbolks and allegories, the spiritual vision which they embody. Then, there will occur, he says, a new birth for Christianity and a new enlightenment.

From Chapter 21 – ‘Death Throes and Birth Pangs’ (p. 212):

” The spiritual science of every age has attempted to set forth the rationale of man’s approach to God, and God’s availability to man. A causal chain proceeds from the transcendent being of God through the complex orders of principalities and powers, archangels and angels to man. As the symbolism has it, the bodies of higher gods suffer dismemberment so that the fragments of their power may nourish the beings on the planes below. This is the true Eucharist, the true bread broken for all Souls. “

auteur: Kuhn, A.B.
ISBN: 0835600157

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Krishnamurti on God


auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 0062506072

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A Divine Vision of Man, Nature and God

By Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (1875–1953).

76 Pages | First Edition 1928, 1st – 3rd reprints 1949-1954, second edition 1986 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170590329.

These three Lectures were delivered by the Author at the Queen’s Hall London in May 1927, and formerly published  under the title ‘The Divine Vision’.

It is a true saying, and one experienced and proved by us all, that we rise to higher things on the stepping stones of our dead selves. The life of man is a continual change of vision; as experiences come to him one after another, it is as if he rose from one level to another as he climbs up a mountain side, and therefore his visions steadily changes.

We recognise that there are two kinds of vision possible for us, that of the ordinary man of the world, and that other vision, which is presented to us by the great leaders of humanity, the founders of the religions. But we are apt to imagine that that lofty vision of the great teachers is something reserved for them alone, that we men in these lower levels are not capable of a divine vision. Yet the whole purpose of the message of Theosophy is to show that what the greatest of mankind has achieved shall some day be the achievement of every human being. In the course of these three Lectures, I shall try to show there is possible for us a divine vision of man, of nature and of God.

From Page 26:

” The student of Nature wonders the more and is astonished the less, the more conversant he becomes with her operations; but of all the perennial miracles she offers to his inspection, perhaps the most worthy of admiration, is the development of a plant or of an animal from its embryo. Examine the recently laid egg of some common animal, such as the salamander or a newt. It is a minute spheriod in which the best microscope will reveal nothing but a structureless sac, enclosing a glairy fluid holding granules in suspension. But strange possibilities lie dormant in that semi-fluid globe. Let a moderate amount of warmth reach its watery cradle, and the plastic matter undergoes changes so rapid and yet so steady and purposelike in their succession, that one can only compare them to those operated by a skilled modeller upon a formless lump of clay. As with an invisible trowel, the mass is divided and sub-divided into smaller and smaller proportions until it is reduced to an aggregation of granules not too large to build withal the finest fabrics of the nascent organism. And, then, it is as if a delicate finger traced out the line to be occupied by the spinal column, and moulded the contour of the body, pinching up the head at one end, the tail at the other, and fashioning flank and limb into due salamandrine proportions in so artistic a way that, after watching the process hour by hour, one is almost involuntarily possessed by the notion that some more subtle aid to vision than an achromatic microscope would show the hidden artist, with his plan before him, striving with skilful manipulation to perfect his work. ” – Lay Sermons, Chapter – ‘The Origin of Species’.


auteur: Jinarajadasa, C.
ISBN: 8170590329

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