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Skull 13-02-2021 01:28 PM

From Isis Unveiled:

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Our Ego, that which lives and thinks and feels
independently of us in our mortal casket, does more than
believe. It knows that there exists a God in nature, for the
sole and invincible Artificer of all lives in us as we live in
Him. No dogmatic faith or exact science is able to uproot
that intuitional feeling inherent in man, when he has once
fully realized it in himself. Difficult, nay, impossible, as it
seems to science to find out the invisible, universal motor
of all -- Life, to explain its nature, or even to suggest a
reasonable hypothesis for the same, the mystery is but half
a mystery, not merely for the great adepts and seers, but
even for the true and firm believers in a spiritual world. To
the simple believer, there remains divine faith. The latter is
firmly rooted in his inner senses; in his unerring intuition,
with which cold reason has naught to do, he feels it cannot
play him false. Let human-born, erroneous dogmas, and
theological sophistry contradict each other; let one crowd
off the other, and the subtile casuistry of one creed fell to
the ground the crafty reasoning of another; truth remains
one, and there is not a religion, whether Christian or
heathen, that is not firmly built upon the rock of ages --
God and immortal spirit.

Blavatsky

Skull 16-02-2021 03:59 AM

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Esoteric philosophers held that everything in nature is but a materialization of
spirit. The Eternal First Cause is latent spirit, they said, and matter from the
beginning. "In the beginning was the word . . . and the word was God." While
conceding the idea of such a God to be an unthinkable abstraction to human reason,
they claimed that the unerring human instinct grasped it as a reminiscence of
something concrete to it though intangible to our physical senses. With the first
idea, which emanated from the double-sexed and hitherto-inactive Deity, the first
motion was communicated to the whole universe, and the electric thrill was
instantaneously felt throughout the boundless space. Spirit begat force, and force
matter; and thus the latent deity manifested itself as a creative energy.

When; at what point of the eternity; or how? the question must always remain
unanswered, for human reason is unable to grasp the great mystery. But, though
spirit-matter was from all eternity, it was in the latent state; the evolution of our
visible universe must have had a beginning.


Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled

Skull 12-03-2021 09:16 PM

Karma & Reincarnation
 
Three recent video lectures in English:

https://blavatskyhouse.org/lectures/...ion-and-karma/

Skull 27-03-2021 09:42 PM

Intros to Theosophy
 
There are many fine Introductions, such as these two by Caldwell & McDavid, which can be found in printed form or free PDFs:

https://www.blavatskyarchives.com/Th...ne_Wisdom2.pdf


https://www.theosophical.org/files/r...riniciples.pdf

Skull 30-03-2021 05:58 PM

Glossary
 
Regular online updates to this very large Theosophical Glossary:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/etgloss/etg-hp.htm

Skull 08-05-2021 04:28 PM

Blavatsky, a pioneer in spiritual work for humanity, died 130 years ago, on 8 May 1891. Here is some of heritage:

http://theosophy.wiki/en/H.P.Blavats...e_modern_world

Today is called White Lotus Day by those admirers of HPB:

http://www.blavatskytrust.org.uk/htm...otus%20day.htm

Skull 14-05-2021 07:27 PM

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The same question stands open from the days of Socrates and Pilate down to our own age of wholesale negation: is there such a thing as absolute truth in the hands of any one party or man? Reason answers, “there cannot be.” There is no room for absolute truth upon any subject whatsoever, in a world as finite and conditioned as man is himself. But there are relative truths, and we have to make the best we can of them.

In every age there have been Sages who had mastered the absolute and yet could teach but relative truths. For none yet, born of mortal woman in our race, has, or could have given out, the whole and the final truth to another man, for every one of us has to find that (to him) final knowledge in himself. As no two minds can be absolutely alike, each has to receive the supreme illumination through itself, according to its capacity, and from no human light. The greatest adept living can reveal of the Universal Truth only so much as the mind he is impressing it upon can assimilate, and no more. Tot homines, quot sententiae [as many men, so many opinions] — is an immortal truism.

The sun is one, but its beams are numberless; and the effects produced are beneficent or maleficent, according to the nature and constitution of the objects they shine upon. Polarity is universal, but the polariser lies in our own consciousness. In proportion as our consciousness is elevated towards absolute truth, so do we men assimilate it more or less absolutely. But man’s consciousness again, is only the sunflower of the earth. Longing for the warm ray, the plant can only turn to the sun, and move round and round in following the course of the unreachable luminary: its roots keep it fast to the soil, and half its life is passed in the shadow. . . .

From "What is Truth?" article of Blavatsky

Skull 17-05-2021 07:30 PM

More from "What is Truth?" article:

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On the plane of spirituality,
to reach the Sun of Truth we must work in dead earnest for the
development of our higher nature. We know that by paralyzing gradually
within ourselves the appetites of the lower personality, and thereby
deadening the voice of the purely physiological mind—that mind which
depends upon, and is inseparable from, its medium or vehicle, the
organic brain—the animal man in us may make room for the spiritual;
and once aroused from its latent state, the highest spiritual senses and
perceptions grow in us in proportion, and develop pari passu with the
“divine man.” This is what the great adepts, the Yogis in the East and the
Mystics in the West, have always done and are still doing.

Skull 26-05-2021 08:26 PM

Blavatsky on timeless truths:

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The greatest philosopher of the pre-Christian
era mirrored faithfully in his works the spiritualism
of the Vedic philosophers who lived thousands
of years before himself, and its metaphysical expression.
Thus is warranted the inference that to Plato and the ancient
Hindu sages was alike revealed the same wisdom. So
surviving the shock of time, what can this wisdom be but
divine and eternal?

What was a demonstration and a success in the eyes of
Plato and his disciples is now considered the overflow of a
spurious philosophy and a failure. The scientific methods
are reversed. The testimony of the men of old, who were
nearer to truth, for they were nearer to the spirit of nature --
the only aspect under which the Deity will allow itself to be
viewed and understood -- and their demonstrations, are
rejected. The whole of the present work [Isis Unveiled]
is a protest against such a loose way of judging the ancients.

Skull 31-05-2021 02:02 AM

Blavatsky from "What Good Has Theosophy Done in India?"

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"There is but ONE Eternal Truth, one universal, infinite and changeless Spirit of Love, Truth and Wisdom, impersonal, therefore bearing a different name with every nation, one Light for all, in which the whole Humanity lives and moves, and has its being. Like the spectrum in optics, giving multicoloured and various rays, which are yet caused by one and the same sun, so theologies and sacerdotal systems are many. But the Universal religion can only be one, if we accept the real, primitive meaning of the root of that word. We, Theosophists, so accept it; and therefore say: We are all brothers—by the laws of Nature, of birth, and death, as also by the laws of our utter helplessness from birth to death in this world of sorrow and deceptive illusions. Let us, then, love, help, and mutually defend each other against this spirit of deception; and while holding to that which each of us accepts as his ideal of truth and reality—i.e., to the religion which suits each of us best—let us unite ourselves to form a practical ‘nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity WITHOUT DISTINCTION OF RACE, CREED, OR COLOUR.’ ”


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