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13 november 2019

Theosofia – Van Innerlijke Wijsheid naar Uiterlijke Transformatie

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

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

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

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

Afkomstig van bladzijde 34:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auteur: Robertson, R.
ISBN: 9780835608626
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To Be and How to Be

By Peggy Rubin.

287 Pages | First Quest Edition 2010 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:  9780835608534.

‘ The play of life is a daring adventure. Live it for all it’s worth and say yes! No matter what . . .

So says author and popular Sacred Theatre workshop leader Peggy Rubin. Drawing on decades of experience, she helps us take the leading role in our own life by tapping into the nine powers of the theatre, including Story, Expression, Point of View, Conflict and Celebration. With imaginative exercises throughout, her long-awaited book is fun, profound, and exuberantly transformative!

From the ‘Prologue’ (p. 2):

” This book uses the traditional theatre as a metaphor for framing and living life. I think of it as a dialogue between us. We will be talking about how actors work as they prepare and play their roles and how their training can provide ways for us all to live more buoyantly. First, may I share some thoughts about how I believe the theatre began as a sacred act, how your life is a sacred art form, and why I call what we are doing together Sacred Theatre.

Let us return to the ancient firelight and our ancestor’s celebration over the roasting meat. We can imagine the excitement as the first actor rises to enact the story of the hunt; we can almost hear the accompanying sounds and feel his listener’s enormous gratitude for the animal that gave its life to provide protein and also gave them this reason to celebrate – and, incidentally, to invent the theatre. “

Auteur: Rubin, P.
ISBN: 9780835608534
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Spiritualiteit en Energie – De Kundalinie Kwestie

Door Peter Kampschuur en Ad van Beckhoven.

336 Bladzijden | Eerste druk 2016, tweede druk 2010 en derde druk 2011 | Softcover | Uitgeverij Synthese | ISBN: 9789062710492.

Gezondheid en Spiritualiteit hebben alles te maken met energie. In ons bekken bevindt zich een bron van sterk geconcentreerde kracht, in India ‘kundalini’ genoemd. Op de juiste wijze circulerend draagt zij bij aan bewust- en heelwording. Maar dezelfde energie kan ook ernstige psychische en lichamelijke ontregelingen teweegbrengen. De achtergrond ligt vaak in een ongeluk(je), zoals een val op het staartbeen, of in heftige emoties, een psychotrauma of uitputting. Maar ook een onjuiste beoefening van yoga, meditatie of andere vormen van bewustzijnstraining kan tot grillige kundalini-problemen leiden.

Dit boek bevat vijftien persoonlijke verhalen van ervaringsdeskundigen over raadselachtige kwalen, waarvoor vaak geen organische oorzaak is te vinden, en psychiatrische stoornissen. Ook komen aan de orde paranormale en spirituele ervaringen, waardoor je onnodig van slag kunt raken. De auteurs geven nuttige aanwijzingen om je energieproces in harmonie te brengen en baseren zich daarbij op hun ruime praktijkervaring en kennis van zaken. Bovenal biedt het boek een nieuw perspectief op spiritualiteit, een heldere visie op energie, genezing en creatieve zelfverwerkelijking.

Uit Hoofdstuk 19: ‘Respect voor het Sacrale’ (blz. 305):

” Inwijding of ‘initiatie’ betekent ‘door de poort van het geheim gaan’, het geheim dat we zelf in wezen zijn. Het leven zelf kan je inwijden zonder dat je daar persoonlijks iets voor doet, maar je kunt je ook laten inwijden door iemand, die je op de innerlijke weg is voorgegaan. In de loop der geschiedenis zijn er vele inwijdingswegen ontstaan, de ‘vele wegen naar Rome’. Maar zoals we in dit boek hebben gezien, leiden niet alle wegen daarheen – sommige leiden er juist ver van af en zijn dan ook eerder dwaal- of omwegen. Het hoeft geen ramp te zijn om eens in een valkuil te belanden, ook dat kan leerzaam zijn. Maar als er extra kundalini-energie in omloop is gekomen, wordt het des te belangrijker – en zelfs noodzakelijk – om je af te stemmen op je verbinding tussen hemel en aarde, de ‘genezende leidraad’. Dat is universeel gegeven; het gaat bij iedereen om die verbinding. Voor het herstellen daarvan en je afstemming daarop is eigenlijk altijd wel enige assistentie nodig; vandaar dat er wordt gezegd dat niemand de hele weg zonder enige hulp kan volbrengen – was dat wel zo, dan zou het ego zich als een Baron van Münchhausen aan zijn eigen haar uit het moeras kunnen trekken. Als je je laat begeleiden op een inwijdingsweg en inderdaad in ‘Rome’ wilt uitkomen, zou zo’n weg moeten inhouden, dat je wordt geholpen om in oprechtheid je echte eigen weg te gaan – niet die van je ‘ik’ maar die van je Zelf. “

 

 

Auteur: Kampschuur, P. & Beckhoven van, A.
ISBN: 9789062710492
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Human Regeneration – Lectures and Discussions

By Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013).

154 Pages | Published in 1990, Adyar Edition Reprint 2006 | Hardcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 8170594995.

Dutch translation: Regeneratie van de Mens – Lezingen en Discussies | Uitgegeven in 1994 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750695.

Theosophists are all united by a common devotion to the Regeneration of Man. They may differ in their convictions or approach. The teachings of Buddha, Jesus, Blavatsky, Besant, Krishnamurti or some other teacher may inspire some and not others. But there is a strong common bond, namely profound concern for the progress and perfection of humanity, not merely at the material and intellectual levels, but morally and spiritually.

A Theosophist does not seek wisdom to benefit him or herself. ‘Not for him/herself but for the world he or she lives’. And the more deeply devotion is directed at the regeneration of mankind, the more ardently the understanding of self and the world and the penetration into the secret of life. Aim is to discover the source of Goodness and Happiness within, which is the birthright of all living beings.

From Chapter 3 – ‘Regeneration and the Objects of the Theosophical Society’ (p. 91):

” From a pratical view: does not Brotherhood begin with simple things? Just being oridnarily kind, beginning to think in terms of another person, instead of only ourselves. We like to enjoy ourselves, but somebody else has to work. Are we prepared to sacrifice a little of our enjoyment to help the person, who is working? Brotherhood begins like that. But when we are brotherly and kind in the ordinary sense of the word, still the feeling of difference from others does not go – one remains in a world of duality. So we must continue practising Brotherhood, until the tendency of the mind to see in terms of duality disappears. Even the word ‘Brotherhood’ suggests, that there is a brother and ‘myself’. “

 

Auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 8170594995
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Embodying Osiris – The Secrets of Alchemical Transformation

By Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D.

275 Pages | First Question edition 2010 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608800.

A ground-breaking integration of Jungian Psychology, Alchemy and Egyptian Mythology.

The myth of Osiris, dying and resurrecting Egyptian God of vegetation, marks a change that describes the earliest beginnings of the modern psyche. In excavating the myth. Jungian psychologist Thom Cavalli uses alchemy to transmute hidden secrets into sacred knowledge. Here for the first time is an alchemical interpretation of this timeless myth as a guide to spiritual transformation. Osiris’s rebirth symbolizes what alchemists have always seen as the creative power we all have for self-renewal. Cavalli shows us how to access this archetypical God in the quest to integrate body and Soul. To ‘become’ Osiris is to become whole.

From Chapter 2 – ‘Alchemy, Magic and Osiris’ (p. 67):

” Whether I live or die, I am Osiris

I enter in and reappear through you,

I decay in you. I grow in you.

I fall down in you. I fall upon my side.

The Gods are living for me for I live and grow in the corn

That sustains the Honored Ones.

I cover the earth,

Whether I live or die I am Barley,

I am not destroyed. “

– Mojsov, Osiris (8) (see intro., nr. 4). The quote is from The Coffin Texts.

 

Auteur: Cavalli, T.F.
ISBN: 9780835608800.
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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 | Hardcover (cloth) | Fohat Production, Ojai, California | ISBN: 9780997553512.

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.

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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.
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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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The Path of Transformation – Voyage to the Silent Self

By Susan Bayliss.

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

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

From page 29:

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

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

Door Vicente Hao Chin, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

auteur: Hao Chin Jr, V.
ISBN: 9789061750994
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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.

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)

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.

auteur: Collins, M.
ISBN: 9780835606141
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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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Het begint bij jou – De weg naar vrede

159 blz. | Paperback | Inspiread, 2010

In Het begint bij jou legt Krishnamurti ons uit dat oorlog en vernietiging voortkomen uit de misplaatste waarde die wij hechten aan ons zelf en aan individualiteit. Dit leidt tot agressie, competitie, hebzucht en conflicten. Als we erkennen dat ons bewustzijn niet individueel is, kunnen we vol wederzijds begrip en compassie samenwerken. Het inzicht dat je verbonden bent met anderen is de eerste stap naar vrede. Die eerste stap moet worden genomen door jou.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9789045312347
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Jiddu Krishnamurti groeide vanuit zijn kleine geboortedorp in India uit tot een van de invloedrijkste spirituele denkers van de twintigste eeuw. Hij leert ons dat we om wereldvrede te bereiken allereerst vrede moeten sluiten met onszelf. Geen spiritueel pad, geestelijk leider of persoonlijke of politieke filosofie zal ons hierbij begeleiden. Bij de transformatie van onze geest, een verandering in ons denken, staan we alleen: het is een weg die eenieder voor zichzelf moet bepalen en bewandelen.

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is een van de meest revolutionaire denkers van de twintigste eeuw. Ondanks zijn verwerping van alle vormen van spirituele leer en dogmas kreeg hij een enorme aanhang en werd hij een van s werelds meest gelezen geestelijk leiders. Hij heeft meer dan zeventig boeken op zijn naam staan.

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Grammar for the Soul – Using Language for Personal Change

By Lawrence A. Weinstein.

155 Pages | First Quest edition 2008 | Hardcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. – ISBN 9780835608657

As unlikely as little punctuation marks and other grammatical elements may seem as tools for personal change, author Lawrence Weinstein shows how we use them can make a big difference in who we are and how we live. Consider these sentences of a job applicant:

What a great pleasure it was to meet you today!! The position sounds absolutely perfect for me!’

Such overuse of italics and intensifiers reflects a lack of trust in being heard. By cutting back on those devices – and discovering they aren’t needed – a person can begin to increase his or her capacity for trust in life. Topics of the book include:

  • Grammar to restore the Ego
  • Grammar for Mindfulness
  • Tolerating ambiguity
  • Getting out of one’s own way

Weinstein used to teach at Harvard, but don’t let that intimidate you. Though his book is ultimately serious in nature, drawing on both Western and Eastern traditions, his prose is witty, anecdotal, and packed with good, clear examples. He doesn’t claim that personal change occurs easily. But he muses, ‘for the right person, that mere featherweight, a comma can alter the course of a day’.

From the Introduction (p. 4):

” I have come to view the realm of grammar as a kind of rarified gymnasium, where – instead of weights, treadmill, mats, and a balance beam – one finds active verbs, periods, apostrophes, dashes and a thousand other pieces of linguistic equipment, each of which, properly deployed, can provide exercise for the spirit, like that which gym apparatus provides the body. Grammar can become a place to get in spiritual shape. “

 

auteur: Weinstein, L.A.
ISBN: 9780835608657
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The Secret of Self-Realization

By Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

82 Pages | 2004 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591287.

Dutch translation: Het Geheim van Zelf-Realisatie – Pratyabhijñā Hridayam van Kṣemarāja | Eerste druk 1997, tweede druk 2004 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750734.

This eleventh century Sanskrit text of Kṣemarāja epitomizes the teaching of the Kashmir Saiva philosophy, and was meant to aid aspirants to higher consciousness who were untrained in intellectual and dialectical excercises.

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 8170591287
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Het Geheim van Zelf-Realisatie – Pratyabhijñā Hridayam van Kṣemarāja

Door  Iqbal Kishen Taimni (1898–1978).

94 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 1997, tweede druk 2004 | Gebonden | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750734.

English original: The Secret of Self-Realization2004 | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591287.

Het geheim van Zelf-realisatie is een studie van dr. Taimni van de Pratyabhijñā Hridayam, een Sanskriet tekst uit de elfde eeuw. De schrijver van deze tekst, Kṣemarāja, geeft een bewonderenswaardige samenvatting van de non-dualistische leringen van een van de belangrijkste filosofische scholen van India, die bij velen bekend staat als het Kashmir-Shivaïsme.

Afkomstig van bladzijde 27:

” Onze waarneming wordt in zo sterke mate door de conditie van ons eigen denkvermogen en bewustzijn bepaald, dat iemand die Zelf-realisatie heeft bereikt in staat is het hele universum te zien als de uitdrukking van de Ene Werkelijkheid en niets anders. Deze hoogste vorm van perceptie vrij van bheda-bhāva (gedachte gekleurd door een gebrek aan besef van eenheid) is in wezen een perceptie van onze ware aard. En deze maakt ons vrij van de Grote Illusie en de beperkingen en gebondenheid van de lagere werelden. De bovengenoemde ideeën worden in enigszins andere terminologie in de sūtra’s IV-12 en IV-15 uit de Yoga Sūtras onder woorden gebracht:

atitānāgatam svarūpato ‘sty adhva-bhedād dharmānām |

vastu-sāmye citta-bhedāt tayor vibhaktah panthāh |

 

 

auteur: Taimni, I.K.
ISBN: 9789061750734
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In twintig korte aforismen worden diepzinnige begrippen omtrent de Uiteindelijke Werkelijkheid, haar zelfrealisatie in het geopenbaarde universum, het proces van inperking van oneindig bewustzijn in eindigheid, de weg van begrenzing naar vrijheid en daarmee verband staande kwesties geschetst. Dr. Taimni vermijdt de technische termen in de originele tekst en leidt de lezer naar het begrijpen van de verhelderende waarheden zoals die vanuit een theosofisch standpunt worden weergegeven. Zijn oogmerk loopt parallel aan dat van Ksemaraja: het helpen van de niet-gespecialiseerde lezer om de fundamentele waarheden in zich op te nemen die noodzakelijk zijn voor voortgang op het spirituele pad. Van dr. I.K. Taimni zijn ook verschenen bij de Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging De Yoga Sutra’s van Patanjali, Een weg tot Zelfontdekking en Zelfrealisatie door liefde, waarin de theorie en de praktijk van Zelfrealisatie behandeld worden.

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De Diepere Zin van het Leven

Door N. Śrī Ram.

108 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1970; dit boek maakt deel uit van de Lotusreeks II | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9789061750246.

Engels origineel: Life Deeper Aspects | Eerste editie 1968 | The Theosophical Publishing House | ISBN: 9780835671729.

Śrī Ram geeft een serie toespraken over uiteenlopende kwesties: leven, dood en onsterfelijkheid, de werking van het denkvermogen, de mens als een bewustzijnsverschijnsel, slaap en dood als tweelingbroers, vernieuwing van binnenuit, ontwaken tot het besef van ‘waarheid’, het ware, het goede en het schone en de betekenis van het ‘Nu’.

Elke gehechtheid betekent een belemmering voor onze ontwikkeling. Door onze verlangens bouwen wij een muur om het bewustzijn en sluiten het hiermee als het ware op in een gevangenis, waarin we een bekrompen en nauw bestaan leiden. Ook het denken blijft hierdoor gevangen binnen deze zelf gecreëerde muren. Pas wanneer het lukt om gehechtheden aan deze toestand los te laten, lossen de muren en betreden we een grotere ruimte van bewustzijn vol nieuwe mogelijkheden.

Afkomstig van blz. 107:

” Wanneer het bewustzijn weer tot zijn oorspronkelijke staat is teruggekeerd en volkomen wakker is, zal alles waarmee het in aanraking komt het zijn diepste zin onthullen. Ieder gebeuren wordt dan een sleutel, die een poort in het bewustzijn opent en een aspect van het Mysterie openbaart. Dan straalt elk moment met een eigen glorie van uniekheid en schoonheid. Alles, wat in die toestand ervaren of beleefd wordt, is nieuw, want het is de nieuwheid van het bewustzijn zelf. “

auteur: Sri Ram, N.
ISBN: 9789061750246
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Elke gehechtheid betekent een belemmering voor onze zijns-ontwikkeling. Door onze hunkeringen en verlangens bouwen wij een muur om het bewustzijn; wij sluiten het als het ware op in een gevangenis waarbinnen wij een bekrompen eng bestaan leiden. Ook ons denken blijft binnen deze nauwe begrenzingen gevangen. Wanneer ons denkvermogen al deze gehechtheden zou kunnen loslaten, zou dit de meest verstrekkende consequenties hebben. Dit boekje bevat toespraken, die over een periode van enkele jaren op verschillende plaatsen zijn gehouden. Hoewel de voordrachten enigszins zijn bijgeschaafd en herzien, zijn ze toch gegeven in de vorm waarin ze werden uitgesproken. N. Sri Ram was Internationaal President van de Theosophical Society van 1953 tot 1973.

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The Passionate Necessity – A View of Human Purpose

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

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

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

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

From Chapter XIX – Immortality (page 129:

” The One remains, the many change and pass.

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

Life like a dome of many-coloured glass

Stains the white radiance of eternity. “

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822).

 

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

By Hugh Shearman.

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

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

From Chapter 11 – ‘Grace and Healing’:

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

auteur: Shearman, H.
ISBN: 8170591937
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Desire and Fulfilment

By Hugh Shearman.

84 Pages | First edition 1956, first reprint 1988 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170591007.

The great problems of all, who try to lead a good life lie not in knowledge, but in volition. It is often said, that the great barrier is ignorance; but if ignorance is to be taken to mean mere lack of information, this is not the whole truth. Our difficulties often arise, not because we do not know what to do. but because we do not want to do it. In fact, our main problems are in the emotive aspect of our lives. They lie in our sense of purpose and in our experience of emotional and creative fulfilment. If they are problems of ignorance, it is a lyrical and intuitive ignorance and not predominantly an intellectual one. Although several excellent works of long established authority in theosophical literature have expounded the nature of the creative and lyrical aspect of our world and the place of desire and emotion in human life, this is a subject, which, without apology, may be interpreted afresh in a new generation.

From Chapter ‘The Source of Motive’ (p.15):

Earth’s humanity today is just entering upon the transition from one kind of motivation to the other. It is a vast and long transition, extending over many ages and shaping many cultures. Great teachers have given such help as they can, and there are many hints and intimations in the religions, philosophies and poetry of the world. But the great problem cannot be solved for us vicariously. The great transition has to be made by each as well as by all. Exhortation and explanation are not enough; for the great truths are alive in a realm that is beyond the scope and limits of rational or systematic thinking. They cannot be caught and conveyed within a cage of rational explanation. It is more often in the dignity of an act, in the perfect response to a situation, in the rare fragrance of a great teacher’s presence, that the truth is worldlessly conveyed and recognised. ” 

 

 

auteur: Shearman, H.
ISBN: 8170591007
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Beyond Individualism – The Psychology of Transformation

By Dane Rudhyar (1895 – 1985).

148 Pages | A Quest Original, published in 1979 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605183.

Beyond Individualism is, we suggest, a book for the serious student, who may feel that today’s psychology would do well to include an added dimension of thought. Rudhyar provides this dimension. The result is a transpersonal, transcultural, beyond individualism psychology.

From Chapter 1 – ‘A Holistic Approach’ (p. 7):

” However individualized and separate modern men and women may be, the basic, yet almost totally forgotten fact is that their physical organisms, from which all forms of activities and all types of consciousness are primordially derived, are constituted mainly by ‘sea water’. It is the same kind of sea water, however different the races, cultures and personalities. The original oceanic state remains the the foundation of life in every living organism, be it the body of the greatest genius, saint or ‘perfect Master’. It is primordial stuff out of which the ‘generic’ unconcious develops. One might call it the foundation of planetary life serving as a substratum for the process of generic differentiation of Earth-life into a multitude of animal species, with homo sapiens as the present apex of the differentiating biological evolution. “

auteur: Rudhyar, D.
ISBN: 0835605183
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Personal Transformation in the Tradition of Annie Besant – A Study Course

By Mary Jane Newcomb.

49 Pages | Published in 1990 | A4 – Study Course, softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A | ISBN: 9780835600781.

This Study Course, based on the published works of the significant theosophist Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) is written for the use of theosophists and friends of the Theosophical Society. For all those, who are interested in the Ancient Wisdom, that is at the core of theosophical studies and for all those, who are seeking personal unfoldment. The Course can be used by individuals or for group study. Its lessons are on topics chosen from an extensive bibliography, that focuses on some of the areas that lie at the very center of individual life and growth.

The following topics are discussed:

  1. Karma
  2. Reïncarnation
  3. Education and Art
  4. Consciousness & Meditation
  5. Dharma and Morality
  6. Pleasure & Pain: Happiness & Sorrow

 

 

auteur: Newcomb, M.J.
ISBN: 9780835600781
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The Primal Power in Man or the Kundalini Shakti (1950)

By Swami Narayanananda (1902 – 1988).

155 Pages | Photocopy of the 1950 edition | Kessinger Publishing Company, Montana U.S.A. |  ISBN: 1564598403.

Arthur Avalon has written a voluminous book on Serpent Power (Kundalini Shakti). I heartily thank him for his great efforts and the service rendered. In this book, I have purposely avoided diagrams, depicting the different Chakras (Centres) and their Lotuses. No doubt, it helps some, but with many it has created and it creates grave misunderstanding and doubt. The Lotuses and the different Chakras are the mental visions. As such, they are very subtle things. And people in bringing these subtle visions into gross forms, in the form of diagrams, often have committed and commit blunders. In order to avoid all these confusions, I have omitted all sorts of diagrams. I am not giving mere book knowledge here. What I have ventured to write, is my own little experience of the subject. And I would request my readers not to believe me blindly, but to carry on experiments, and then to test and see the validity of the facts stated here. This will clear all doubts. Lastly, I thank heartily all those, who have helped me in bringing out this book successfully.

CONTENTS:

  • Creation
  • Yoga Nadis
  • Chakras
  • What is Meant by Primal Power of Kundalini Shakti?
  • How the Kundalini Shakti Rises to Higher Planes
  • Dreams
  • Supernatural Power
  • Inspiration
  • Wrong Uses
  • Its Connection with Food
  • Drink
  • Weather
  • The Three Gunas
  • Full Rising of the Kundalini Shakti
auteur: Narayanananda, Swami
ISBN: 1564598403
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The Myths of our Lives – A Way to Personal Transformation (Study Course)

By Joy Mills (1920- 2015).

41 Pages | Copyright 1990, 1996 by The Theosophical Society in America | A4 Study Course | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835601160.

While the program is divided in four parts, each part can be expanded into several sessions or compressed into one session. Participants in the program may determine how long or short a course they want it to be. Not included, but recommended, is a fifth section in which group members meet to share in total the myths they have written. Such a sharing is both personally valuable and provides a useful review to the material covered in the course.

From Chapter 4: ‘Creating Rituals’ (p. 26):

” Myth, symbol and ritual are all closely related and are all expressions of archetypical realities, that may or may not be conscious within us. In fact, as we become familiar with the myths of our lives, we may find that we have been performing many rituals quite unconsciously. Sometimes people, who are very much opposed to ritual and ceremony, or who think these are outmoded by contemporary scientific and rational ways of acting, discover they have been performing rituals all their lives and in fact have even been quite unconsciously governed by them. Just as in the preceding sessions we have become aware of the myths of our lives and discovered what archetypes of the heroic journey we are living out, we may now explore whether we can find new ways to live in the world, and even how we can activate the archetypes, that we would like to experience on our hero journey. “

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 9780835601160
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Everyday Dharma – Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You

by Lama Willa Miller

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

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

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

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

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Mind Games – The Guide to Inner Space

By Robert Augustus Masters and Jean Houston.

222 Pages | First Quest Original Edition 1998 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607534.

‘ Classic Mind-training exercises for Imagination, Inspiration and Self-Exploration. ‘

This updated edition of Robert Masters’ and Jean Houston’s classic mind-training Manual explains how these fascinating exercises can be applied in a host of contemporary settings. Clear instructions suggest how teachers, therapists, workshop, Church and community leaders, and everyone, who wants to live and work with more focus, flow and mental flexibility can use these Games to maximize their potential for:

  • Problem solving, team building and conflict resolution
  • Concentration and productivity
  • Creativity and visionary thinking
  • Stress reduction and relaxation
  • Focused listening and super communication.
auteur: Masters, R.A./Houston, J.
ISBN: 0835607534
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Krishnamurti on Education

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

158 Pages | First published in 1954, this is the 1998 edition | Softcover | Krishnamurti Foundation, India | ISBN: 818732600X.

This book is the outcome of talks and discussions held by Krishnamurti with the students and teachers of Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh and Rajghat Besant School in Varanasi. Krishnamurti regards education as of prime significance in the communication of that which is central to the transformation of the human mind and the creation of a new culture. As the topics in these stimulating talks and discussions reveal, he questions the very roots of our culture so that a comprehensive view on education emerges.

Krishnamurti’s challenge is addressed not only to the structure of education, but to the very nature and quality of man’s mind and life. Unlike all other attempts to salvage or suggest alternatives to the educational system, his approach breaks through the frontiers of particular cultures and establishes an entirely new set of values. To Krishnamurti, a new mind is possible only when the religious spirit and the scientific attitude form part of the same consciousness. While he gives emphasis to the cultivation of the intellect, he lays far greater stress on a heightened critical awareness of the inner and outer world.

From page 9:

” If you begin to think, to observe, to learn, not from books, but learn for yourself by watching, listening to everything that is happening around you, you will grow up to be a different human being. One who cares, who has affection, who loves people. Perhaps if you live that way, you might find a truly religious life. “

 

 

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 818732600X
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Regeneratie van de Mens – Lezingen en Discussies

Door Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013).

150 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1994 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750695.

Engels origineel: Human Regeneration – Lectures and Discussions | Uitgegeven in 1990 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750644.

Theosofen zijn met elkaar verbonden door een gemeenschappelijk streven naar de regeneratie van de mens. Ze verschillen misschien in hun overtuigingen, interessen of benadering. De leringen van Boeddha, Jezus, Blavatsky, Besant en Krishnamurti zijn voor sommigen van hen inspirerend, voor anderen niet. Maar er is een sterke gemeenschappelijke band, namelijk een diepgaande interesse in de vooruitgang en vervolmaking van de mensheid, niet alleen op de materiele en intellectuele niveaus, maar in moreel en spiritueel opzicht.

Een Theosoof zoekt niet naar wijsheid voor zichzelf. ‘Hij/Zij leeft niet voor zichzelf, maar voor de wereld‘, en hoe dieper de toewijding aan het ideaal van de regeneratie van de mensheid, des te groter het begrip van zichzelf en de wereld en het doordringen van het geheim van het leven. Doel is om de bron van Goedheid en Geluk te ont’dekken in zichzelf, dat het geboorterecht is van alle levende wezens.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk 3 – ‘Regeneratie en de doeleinden van de Theosofische Vereniging’ (blz. 91):

” Vanuit een praktisch gezichtspunt bekeken: begint Broederschap niet met eenvoudige dingen? Gewoon aardig zijn, aan een ander denken, in plaats van alleen aan onszelf. Wij willen het graag prettig hebben, maar een ander moet het werk doen. Zijn we bereid iets van onze gemakzucht op te offeren om degene, die werkt te helpen? Zo begint Broederschap. Maar als we broederlijk en vriendelijk zijn in de gewone zin van het woord, dan blijft nog steeds het gevoel dat we anders zijn dan anderen – je blijft in een wereld van dualiteit. We moeten dus Broederschap blijven beoefenen, totdat de neiging van het denken om de dingen in termen van dualiteit te zien verdwenen is. “

 

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 9061750695
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Theosofen en aspirant-theosofen zijn met elkaar verbonden door een gemeenschappelijk streven naar de regeneratie van de mens. Ze verschillen misschien in hun overtuigingen, interessen of benadering. De leringen van Boeddha, Jezus, Blavatsky, Besant, krishnamurti zijn voor sommigen van hen inspirerend, voor anderen niet. Maar er is een sterke gemeenschappelijke band, namelijk een diepgaande interesse in de vooruitgang en vervolmaking van de mensheid, niet alleen op de materiële en intellectuele niveaus, maar in moreel en spiritueel opzicht. Een theosoof zoekt niet naar wijsheid voor zichzelf. “Hij leeft niet voor zichzelf maar voor de wereld”, en hoe dieper hij toegewijd is aan het ideaal van de regeneratie van de mensheid, des te meer zal hij proberen zichzelf en de wereld te begrijpen, en door te dringen in het geheim van het leven. Zijn doel is de bron te ontdekken van Goedheid en Geluk, die het geboorterecht is van alle levende wezens. Mrs. Radha Burnier, die sinds 1980 Presidente is van de Theosophical Society (Adyar), leidde in juli 1990 twee seminars over het onderwerp van de regeneratie van de mens. Dit boek bevat de tekst van haar lezingen en van de naar aanleiding daarvan onder toehoorders ontstane gesprekken. Van dit boek zijn tot nu toe vertalingen of edities verschenen in Brazilië, Duitsland, India, Italië, Rusland en Spanje.

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Living Truth – The Future of the Theosophical Society (Blavatsky Lecture 2005)

By Radha S. Burnier.

34 Pages | First edition 2006 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:

The Theosophical Society exists for the regeneration of humanity, beginning with establishing a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood, encouraging an open-minded quest for Truth, and investigating the essence of man and the universe. Because this is the main thrust of the Society, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), co-founder of tbe Theosophical Society with Colonel Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907), discussed what would ensure the stability of the Society’s work and its future in her book The Key to Theosophy.

The ‘Blavatsky Lecture’ discusses in depth what she regarded as necessary for continuing the work of regeneration without a break. Apart from essential qualifications like earnestness, selflessness, devotion, knowledge and wisdom, ‘living truth’ must dynamize the workers of the Theosophical Society. But what is ‘living truth’? The reader will learn by perusing this lecture and realize how much we can ensure peace and goodness upon the earth.

From page 22:

. . . we never accept on faith any authority upon any question whatsoever; nor, pursuing as we do, Truth and progress through a full and fearless enquiry, untrammelled by any consideration, would we advise any of our friends to do otherwise. ” – Blavatsky – CW II, p. 433.

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 8170595029
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Human Regeneration – Lectures and Discussions

By Radha S. Burnier (1923 – 2013).

154 Pages | Published in 1990 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750644.

Dutch translation: Regeneratie van de Mens – Lezingen en Discussies | Uitgegeven in 1994 | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750695.

Theosophists are all united by a common devotion to the Regeneration of Man. They may differ in their convictions or approach. The teachings of Buddha, Jesus, Blavatsky, Besant, Krishnamurti or some other teacher may inspire some and not others. But there is a strong common bond, namely profound concern for the progress and perfection of humanity, not merely at the material and intellectual levels, but morally and spiritually.

A Theosophist does not seek wisdom to benefit him or herself. ‘Not for him/herself but for the world he or she lives’. And the more deeply devotion is directed at the regeneration of mankind, the more ardently the understanding of self and the world and the penetration into the secret of life. Aim is to discover the source of Goodness and Happiness within, which is the birthright of all living beings.

From Chapter 3 – ‘Regeneration and the Objects of the Theosophical Society’ (p. 91):

” From a pratical view: does not Brotherhood begin with simple things? Just being oridnarily kind, beginning to think in terms of another person, instead of only ourselves. We like to enjoy ourselves, but somebody else has to work. Are we prepared to sacrifice a little of our enjoyment to help the person, who is working? Brotherhood begins like that. But when we are brotherly and kind in the ordinary sense of the word, still the feeling of difference from others does not go – one remains in a world of duality. So we must continue practising Brotherhood, until the tendency of the mind to see in terms of duality disappears. Even the word ‘Brotherhood’ suggests, that there is a brother and ‘myself’. “

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 9061750644
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From the book:

Without watching oneself and learning to live a truly religious and ethical life, it is impossible to reach the deeper spiritual nature. If we believe meditation to be apart from daily living, failure can be predicted right from the beginning. That is what many do. They give a little time to ‘meditation’, repeat formulas to quieten the mind for a while, and then that activity ends, and the daily life goes on a course that is quite different. But meditation is the touching of that deeper source of energy which belongs to the spiritual nature. (page. 48)

The book includes question and answer sessions and chapters on the following subjects: ‘T.S. Work and the Fundamental Change in Man and Society’, ‘The Nature of the Change’, ‘Regeneration and the Objects of the T.S.’, ‘Our Approach to Theosophy’, ‘Individual and Group work for Regeneration’ and ‘The Source of Spiritual Energy’.

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Death and After

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170595755.

This Theosophical Manual by Annie Besant helps us face death more easily. Death and dying are the greatest human fears. Clearly and simply, Dr Besant explains that although the body perishes at death, Life survives. We are each a spark of the Divine life that survives the dissolution of the gross body. Life is a conscious existence unbroken by death, and the soul that escapes from earthly life is but a means to spiritualize the material before we pass on to the life after death.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 9788170595755
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This useful book has been written for the busy men and women of the work-a-day world, to make plain some of the great truths that render life easier to bear and death easier to face or accept.

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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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The Mirror of Life and Death

By Laurence J. Bendit (1898-1974).

199 Pages | Published in 2004, third reprint | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835675548.

The book suggests according to its author, that the basis of life is in timeless and universal Being, which becomes projected for evolutionairy purposes into the space-time world of existence. Existence can only be significant when seen against its root in pure Being. Birth, growth, decay, death and, if tradition be true, rebirth, are part of a single process. They are moreover, not separate parts, but each one co-exists all the time with the others, even when one aspect predominates.

auteur: Bendit, L.J.
ISBN: 0835675548
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