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Skull 04-10-2010 10:14 PM

Theosophy
 
Divine Wisdom (or theosophy) is timeless, but it does have eras when it is more public than others. In 1875 the Theosophical Society was formed by Helena Blavatsky. Blavatsky laid the philosophical and ethical foundation for Interfaith relations and well as much of the "New Age" teachings.

Here is a link to get one started: http://davidpratt.info/

Honza 05-10-2010 12:58 AM

Theosophy: any number of philosophies maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or special individual relations, especially the movement founded in 1875 as the Theosophical Society by Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott.

ORIGIN: mid 17th Century, from medieval Latin "theosophia", from late Greek, from "theosophos" 'wise concerning God', from "theos" 'God' + "sophos" 'wise'.

Gracey 05-10-2010 01:36 AM

thanks Skull for the link that has a wealth of information.

Skull 05-10-2010 05:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gracey
thanks Skull for the link that has a wealth of information.


You are very welcome Gracey.

Here is Pratt's short compilation on modern Theosophy and the Theosophical Society: http://davidpratt.info/theos-ts.htm

Skull 05-10-2010 01:32 PM

Basic Ideas of Theosophy
 
Geoffrey Farthing's short list of key ideas of original Theosophy as taught by Blavatsky's Adept gurus:

http://www.blavatskyarchives.com/2scope.htm

Roselove 06-10-2010 05:21 PM

interesting I've always wanted to look more in depth at this, thank you! will read it!

Skull 06-10-2010 08:13 PM

Adepts, Masters, Brothers, Initiates
 
G de Purucker's expounds on the theosophical notion of humans who have, over many lives, become Masters of their lower nature. They now radiate from their True Nature. Some are in bodies of flesh, some in subtle bodies. All are bodhisattvas - enlightened beings who live to help other beings advance spiritually.

http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/...gdp.htm#reader

Skull 14-10-2010 03:22 PM

new forum
 
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Skull 14-06-2011 06:25 PM

Another theosophical site that has both noble content and beautiful pages:

http://www.philaletheians.co.uk/

Bluegreen 14-06-2011 06:46 PM

Has anyone actually read The Secret Doctrine?

Skull 14-06-2011 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bluegreen
Has anyone actually read The Secret Doctrine?


Yes, I have. Here it is online:

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/sd/sd-hp.htm

Squatchit 14-06-2011 10:07 PM

Fashion plays a big part. I've heard of Blavatsky because of my interests in OBEs. Fashion comes and goes.

Spirituality and all it encompasses seems to be the theme of the day. :wink:

Christianity (at least in the UK) is taking a huge back seat for the time being (hurrah)...but no doubt it will return.

Cycles. Even bicycles. :smile:

Skull 24-06-2011 06:09 PM

WQ Judge Writings in ebook PDF
 
Volume one, with 2 & 3 to follow soon, are now available for free from Theosophical University Press. Judge was a disciple of Blavatsky and his theosophical writings are an excellent introduction to Theosophy.

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/wqj-echoes/wqj-echoes-hp.htm

Skull 06-08-2011 01:31 AM

I am happy to announce that all volumes of Dara Eklund's compilation, Echoes of the Orient, are now online as PDF eBooks. These three volumes of WQ Judge's teachings, plus the Index, are freely available thanks to the hard work and generosity of Theosophical University Press.

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/...-echoes-hp.htm

Skull 10-08-2011 12:04 AM

William Quan Judge
 
One of the best teachers of Theosophy was WQ Judge. Fortunately, much of this writings are still in print after 100 plus years:

http://www.iswara.com/wqj.html

Saspian 07-02-2012 03:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Honza
Theosophy: any number of philosophies maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or special individual relations, especially the movement founded in 1875 as the Theosophical Society by Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott.

ORIGIN: mid 17th Century, from medieval Latin "theosophia", from late Greek, from "theosophos" 'wise concerning God', from "theos" 'God' + "sophos" 'wise'.

To my knowledge Theosophy places an extreme emphasis on gurus. For example Hoot Koomi allegedly tutored Blavatsky.Annie Bessant, a former atheist leader was very prominent in London, later to gain high Theosophist status. Krishnamurti was designated to become god, or at least high priest of the movement; he declined.

Theosophists hold some strange notions regarding our genisis in Atlantas, Lumeria and other places......root races. Their Heaven, Devachan, is said to offer souls a review of past life and some opportunity to have input relevant to the next.................:confused:

Skull 07-02-2012 03:48 AM

Saspian,

Study The Ocean of Theosophy by WQ Judge, it is in PDF form at several sites.

Saspian 08-02-2012 02:52 AM

Thanks Skull, will check it out.:wink:

michaelsherlock 08-02-2012 10:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bluegreen
Has anyone actually read The Secret Doctrine?


I have and I quote it in my book which comes out this Fall/Autumn!

michaelsherlock 08-02-2012 10:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Saspian
To my knowledge Theosophy places an extreme emphasis on gurus. For example Hoot Koomi allegedly tutored Blavatsky.Annie Bessant, a former atheist leader was very prominent in London, later to gain high Theosophist status. Krishnamurti was designated to become god, or at least high priest of the movement; he declined.

Theosophists hold some strange notions regarding our genisis in Atlantas, Lumeria and other places......root races. Their Heaven, Devachan, is said to offer souls a review of past life and some opportunity to have input relevant to the next.................:confused:


Have you heard what Krishnamurti said on the day he was supposed to take the reigns of a new Theosophical Society branch?

He told the story of a man walking along with the devil. They come across another man crying as he was bending down to pick something up. The man walking with the devil asked; What is that guy doing? The devil answered he found a piece of truth! Following this, man enquired of the devil, so why is he crying? The Devil answered; I am putting him in charge of organizing it!

I think this speaks quite clearly with regards to Krishnamurtis objections to become tied down to a particular group's beliefs!

Saspian 11-02-2012 05:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaelsherlock
Have you heard what Krishnamurti said on the day he was supposed to take the reigns of a new Theosophical Society branch?

He told the story of a man walking along with the devil. They come across another man crying as he was bending down to pick something up. The man walking with the devil asked; What is that guy doing? The devil answered he found a piece of truth! Following this, man enquired of the devil, so why is he crying? The Devil answered; I am putting him in charge of organizing it!

I think this speaks quite clearly with regards to Krishnamurtis objections to become tied down to a particular group's beliefs!

Thanks m.s. a very pertinent point, well worth remembering......

Bluegreen 11-03-2013 06:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Honza
Theosophy: any number of philosophies maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or special individual relations, especially the movement founded in 1875 as the Theosophical Society by Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott.


Not according to what it says here:

Quote:

An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable Principle on which all speculation is impossible, since it transcends the power of human conception and could only be dwarfed by any human expression or similitude. It is beyond the range and reach of thought -- in the words of Mandukya [Upanishad] "unthinkable and unspeakable." -- The Secret Doctrine 1:14

Bluegreen 11-03-2013 06:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Saspian
To my knowledge Theosophy places an extreme emphasis on gurus. For example Hoot Koomi allegedly tutored Blavatsky.Annie Bessant, a former atheist leader was very prominent in London, later to gain high Theosophist status. Krishnamurti was designated to become god, or at least high priest of the movement; he declined.

Theosophists hold some strange notions regarding our genisis in Atlantas, Lumeria and other places......root races. Their Heaven, Devachan, is said to offer souls a review of past life and some opportunity to have input relevant to the next.................:confused:


Krishnamurti was considered by Theosophists to be the new World Teacher, the Maitreya.

Are their notions regarding the origin of our species which appeared in five different places on this planet (white, brown, red, yellow, and black) any stranger than that we were 'seeded' by aliens? It is certainly much more likely than being descended from one man and one woman. We would all be drooling idiots if that were the case, that is if we survived that long.

The Theosophists' Devachan or heaven (what's in a name?) sounds much like what I read in NDEs.

Skull 21-04-2013 05:45 PM

Letters That Have Helped Me
 
A spiritual classic by William Q Judge:

http://www.phx-ult-lodge.org/Aletters.htm

Skull 05-05-2013 06:36 PM

Universal Theosophy
 
A fine site with many PDFs of ancient texts:

http://www.universaltheosophy.com/

Skull 06-05-2013 12:02 AM

Daily Theosophy
 
Another recent site on Theosophy:

http://www.dailytheosophy.net/

Skull 25-05-2013 09:06 PM

Theosophy Conference
 
This is the TS Pt Loma of Holland holding a two-day event on Spirituality. Each session is archived and has both Dutch & English speakers and translations.

http://new.livestream.com/isisfoundation

Skull 20-10-2013 04:31 PM

A quick survey and introduction to Divine Wisdom:

http://www.dailytheosophy.net/01-1-i...-to-theosophy/

Skull 12-12-2013 09:38 PM

In Theosophy's Shadow Vanity Whispers
 
A recently revised old polemic:

http://www.philaletheians.co.uk/Stud...20Whispers.pdf

Skull 14-12-2013 06:48 PM

Self-reliance
 
From Purucker's Dialogues:

Student — Does not the aspirant himself have to make every effort to win the victory?

G. de P. — Certainly, he must walk every step along the pathway to victory. He is not carried there. Every step he himself must take. How could it be otherwise? Human adults are not fed like babes. We feed ourselves, we inform ourselves, we teach ourselves, we make our own way in the world; and if that is a necessity in ordinary human existence, I can tell you that it is tenfold the same necessity in the esoteric life. There we must ourselves win everything. And why? Because we are simply bringing out what is within us, our own will, our own consciousness, must become awakened, fully awakened, and by our own efforts.

You cannot see unless you use your own faculty of vision. You cannot understand by some one else's understanding. Is not that clear? You must gain everything you ever have in the esoteric training. And that is why, to those who do not understand, there are aspects of the esoteric training which may seem to be a little hard, because people in the Occident have been brought up with the idea that they must be carried to victory, saved by the "blood of the Lamb," and all that kind of tommyrot.

This reminds me of the teaching of the Blackies, of the Brothers of the Shadow, with the aim of sending you to sleep, trying to down the individual spiritual impulses of your own being!

No! The opposite is the truth. You cannot live by trusting to someone else to live for you. You yourself must awaken in your own soul the holy flame. And it is the same with every other step in spiritual and intellectual progress that you make. How can you experience the unspeakable delight of compassion, the ineffable feeling of being at one with the All, by hearing that some one else has thus achieved? You yourself must be the vehicle of the inner light, must gain it. It is both in you and above you, invigorating you and inspiring you. Be it!

kenowe 27-05-2014 07:32 PM

thanks
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gracey
thanks Skull for the link that has a wealth of information.



i am agree

Skull 28-07-2014 11:45 PM

ugly Darwinism
 
It is small wonder indeed that the world is in the perilous state in which it now finds itself, if its shaky ethical sense is founded on no more stable and stronger foundation than that derived from a materialism which bases the loftiest and noblest intuitions of the human spirit upon appetites, impulses, and the beastly qualities which man shares with the most savage representatives of the animal kingdom!

The causes of such materialistic nightmares, for they are nothing but scientific nightmares, have arisen in a complete, and in certain cases it would almost seem in a willful, ignoring or turning aside from every noble quality and impersonal attribute which the human constitution contains. One might well ask the scientific gentlemen whether they have never known of other qualities, attributes, impulses, powers, and faculties in the human constitution, besides those beastly instincts which we share with the beast, and which, when unleashed, sink man to depths of depravity that even the beasts are incapable of reaching.

The argument becomes immediately preposterous, because it wilfully turns its face away from everything that the human constitution contains which makes man man, that has built the great civilizations of the past, that has brought about the efflorescence of all the activities of human genius, that has established the great works of moral splendor and intellectual light which have given hope and inspiration and inestimable comfort to the human race for ages past. On the basis itself that these materialistic evolutionists lay down, they fail to show any origins for such sublime qualities in the human soul as self-forgetful devotion, impersonal love, the strong ethical instinct of altruism, and the spiritual and intellectual fruits of its activity which the human spirit has produced in the world.

Purucker, The Esoteric Tradition, 1:291-2

Skull 13-10-2014 08:17 PM

The Secret Doctrine
 
Her magnum opus, The Secret Doctrine is now online for free in a handsome pdf by TS Pasadena:

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/sd-pdf/sdpdf-hp.htm

Skull 19-10-2014 06:28 PM

An excerpt from the new pdf of The Secret Doctrine:

Quote:

The fundamental Law in that system, the central point from
which all emerged, around and toward which all gravitates, and upon
which is hung the philosophy of the rest, is the One homogeneous
divine Substance-Principle, the one radical cause.

It is called “ Substance-Principle,” for it becomes “ substance ” on the
plane of the manifested Universe, an illusion, while it remains a
“ principle ” in the beginningless and endless abstract, visible and
invisible Space. It is the omnipresent Reality : impersonal, because it
contains all and everything. Its impersonality is the fundamental conception
of the System. It is latent in every atom in the Universe, and is the
Universe itself.

Skull 31-10-2014 08:23 PM

Idyll of the White Lotus
 
A story of ancient Egypt that has lessons for modern spiritual aspirants:

http://www.philaletheians.co.uk/Stud...te%20Lotus.pdf

Skull 26-11-2014 04:07 PM

Charles Johnston
 
The collected writings of this Sanskrit scholar and Theosophist are now available. Here is a taste from one volume of the new series of books, Hidden Wisdom vol. III, p. 492:

Quote:

So, calling to our aid the divine powers that touch our
consciousness from above, we are once more to reverse the inversion
of Buddhi; to invoke our inherent sense of Truth, that we may see
things as they really are, and may then break the fascination of things
perceived and the thrill of feeling; that we may also discern the true
character of the usurping and tyrannous personal self and invoke the
power of the God within us, and all co-operating divine powers, to
break the tyrant’s domination, so that the man may rightly worship
and render obedience to the God. We are to invoke the divine
powers of Beauty and Holiness, perpetually shining on our
consciousness from above, in order that we may be so enkindled with
the beauty of holiness, that we may be not only willing, but ardently
eager, progressively to subject the lower in us to the higher, the worse
to the better.

Miss Hepburn 28-11-2014 03:15 PM

This is some thread Skull...I'm glad you've kept it up!
Fantastic links...haven't seen Bluegreen forever.
Misplaced your email address, computer issues, if you read this BG.

primalbliss 02-12-2014 12:33 AM

Hello friends,

Thanks for this thread... Im new to the forum and have long been a big fan of the theosophical movement... this is the no-nonsense, honest spirituality that really inspires me... tales of miracles are boring by comparison!

Hugs,
Lucas

Skull 02-12-2014 01:00 AM

Here are all the Johnston series of translations & articles:

http://www.universaltheosophy.com/kshetra-books/

Skull 02-12-2014 03:01 AM

Katherine Tingley
 
One of the early leaders of the TS Point Loma used this Invocation based on theosophical notions:

Quote:

INVOCATION

O my Divinity! thou dost blend with the
earth and fashion for thyself Temples
of mighty power.

O my Divinity! thou livest in the heart-life
of all things and dost radiate a Golden Light
that shineth forever and doth illumine even the
darkest corners of the earth.

O my Divinity! blend thou with me that
from the corruptible I may become Incorruptible;
that from imperfection I may become
Perfection; that from darkness I may
go forth in Light.


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