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Theosophy

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by Nicholas W., Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Nicholas W.

    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    "Far from us be the thought of the slightest irreverence — let alone blasphemy —
    toward the Divine Power which called into being all things, visible and invisible.
    Of its majesty and boundless perfection we dare not even think. It is enough for us
    to know that It exists and that It is all wise. Enough that in common with our fellow
    creatures we possess a spark of Its essence. The supreme power whom we revere is
    the boundless and endless one — the grand "Central Spiritual Sun" by whose
    attributes and the visible effects of whose inaudible will we are surrounded — the
    God of the ancient and the God of modern seers. His nature can be studied only in
    the worlds called forth by his mighty fiat. His revelation is traced with his own
    finger in imperishable figures of universal harmony upon the face of the Cosmos. It
    is the only infallible gospel we recognize."

    Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    "It was only when the theurgist desired divine help in spiritual
    and earthly matters that he sought direct communication through
    religious rites, with pure spiritual beings. With them, even, those spirits who remain
    invisible and communicate with mortals through their awakened inner senses, as in
    clairvoyance, clairaudience and trance, could only be evoked subjectively and as a
    result of purity of life and prayer. But all physical phenomena were produced
    simply by applying a knowledge of natural forces, although certainly not by the
    method of legerdemain, practiced in our days by conjurers.

    Men possessed of such knowledge and exercising such powers patiently toiled for
    something better than the vain glory of a passing fame. Seeking it not, they became
    immortal, as do all who labor for the good of the race, forgetful of mean self.
    Illuminated with the light of eternal truth, these rich-poor alchemists fixed their
    attention upon the things that lie beyond the common ken, recognizing nothing
    inscrutable but the First Cause, and finding no question unsolvable. To dare, to know, to will,
    and REMAIN SILENT, was their constant rule; to be beneficent, unselfish, and unpretending,
    were, with them, spontaneous impulses. Disdaining the rewards of petty traffic, spurning
    wealth, luxury, pomp, and worldly power, they aspired to knowledge as the most
    satisfying of all acquisitions. They esteemed poverty, hunger, toil, and the evil
    report of men, as none too great a price to pay for its achievement. They, who
    might have lain on downy, velvet-covered beds, suffered themselves to die in
    hospitals and by the wayside, rather than debase their souls and allow the profane
    cupidity of those who tempted them to triumph over their sacred vows. The lives of
    Paracelsus, Cornelius Agrippa, and Philalethes are too well known to repeat the old, sad story."

    Isis Unveiled 1:66-7
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    "Abuse of power, whether it proceeds from excess of wisdom or ignorance is alike obnoxious in its effects. Besides, the clergy are silenced now. Their protests would at this day [1877] be scarcely noticed in the world of science. But while theology is kept in the background, the scientists have seized the scepter of despotism with both hands, and they use it, like the cherubim and flaming sword of Eden, to keep the people away from the tree of immortal life and within this world of perishable matter."

    Blavatsky Isis Unveiled
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    PuerAzaelis Unknown Friend

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    Nicholas I'd be interested to get your opinion on Steiner at some point when convenient.
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    Read almost nothing of him (no attraction), so I am clueless.
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    Here is a blog that covers the history & influence of Blavatsky & the modern theosophical movement. Many good links & references for further study.

    Blavatsky News 2.0
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    Modern theosophy from Blavatsky has resulted in several organizations. The one with the largest membership in India has 16 or so federations within India. Here is the International President, Tim Boyd, narrating his visits to some centers giving a glimpse into their work:

     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    The theosophical movement is larger and more ancient than the Theosophical Society of Blavatsky. The Kriya yoga movement that appeared in India around 1860 is part of it. Here is Swami Yogananda commenting on New Testament Gospels:

    The Essence of the New Testament

    Yogananda also wrote an extensive commentary on the Bhagavad Gita:

    The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    WQ Judge, a friend of Blavatsky collected these deep teachings on Karma:

    Aphorisms on Karma
     
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    As an aspirant practices yoga or any other efficacious religious practice, they are swapping the karma associated with what they presently face on the path to that which is associated with that which they are to become. Iow, since the religious goal is to exist in a state beyond human karma, they must complete the stages that are prerequisite to the transcending of human karma. The aspirant should be ready to suffer the karmic consequences associated with being yet imperfect in understanding as to what and who they really are in the context of what is really real.
     
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    "So you have made yourself; and in your next life you will be just
    what you are now making yourself to be. You will be your own
    heritage. You are now writing, as it were, your last will and testament
    for yourself. When a man realizes this wonderful fact, he no
    longer blames others, no longer sits in judgment upon his brothers.
    He no longer says: I am holier than thou - an attitude which is the
    sure mark of the weak and of the poor in spiritual life.

    There is a wonderful French proverb which runs thus: Tout comprendre,
    c'est tout pardonner:
    To understand everything is to forgive
    all. To understand all the hid causes, the results, the past destiny,
    the present strength, the temptation, the virtue, whatever it may be
    - to understand all this is to have divine knowledge, and it means
    to forgive. It is a wonderful proverb and must have been uttered, I
    venture to say, first by some human being who had a touch of illumination."

    G. de Purucker, Wind of the Spirit.
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    One who has reached to the full comprehension of the name and nature of a theosophist will sit in judgment on no man or action.

    Letter from a Master, see HPB's CW VIII:146ff or Letters From The Masters Second series, letter 82.
     
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    Nicholas W. Bodhicitta

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    May 8 is White Lotus Day, the day HP Blavatsky died. She suggested reading some of Edwin Arnold's Light of Asia on the anniversary of her death. Here is a little from it...

    That night the wife of King Suddhôdana,
    Maya the Queen, asleep beside her Lord,
    Dreamed a strange dream; dreamed that a star from heaven —

    Splendid, six-rayed, in color rosy-pearl,
    Whereof the token was an Elephant
    Six-tusked and whiter than Vahuka’s milk —

    Shot through the void and, shining into her,
    Entered her womb upon the right. Awaked,
    Bliss beyond mortal mother’s filled her breast,
    And over half the earth a lovely light
    Forewent the morn. The strong hills shook; the waves
    Sank lulled; all flowers that blow by day came forth
    As ‘twere high noon; down to the farthest hells
    Passed the Queen’s joy, as when warm sunshine thrills
    Wood-glooms to gold, and into all the deeps
    A tender whisper pierced. “Oh ye,” it said,
    “The dead that are to live, the live who die,
    Uprise, and hear, and hope! Buddha is come!”
     
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