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Jessica R. Huffmeyer left a comment for Katinka Hesselink
"Greetings Katinka,  I lost track of friends from the old site when it closed down. Happy to see familiar faces and names :) Hope all is well with you. "
Nov 10, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Katinka Hesselink's discussion Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?
"An HPB factoid (Editorial comment on W.W.Westcott's Alchemy, Lucifer, Dec. 1889, p. 294): "The cycle of the 46 Fires, the period between death and new rebirth, on Devachan. The cycle of the 49 Fires is the period between two…"
Sep 15, 2012
Ferran Sanz Orriols left a comment for Katinka Hesselink
"Nice post!!! :-)"
May 9, 2012
Hannes Frischat replied to Katinka Hesselink's discussion Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?
"If I may, here are three contributions regarding the life as animals: - First, our lower upadhis decay after death, and in several steps. They are in a constant process of diffusing to other beings which is already active during our life this…"
Feb 15, 2012
Lady Line left a comment for Katinka Hesselink
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Oct 31, 2011
Katinka Hesselink replied to Lady Line's discussion Theosophical view about Wicca?
"Since wicca didn't exist yet in Blavatsky's time (or didn't exist in the way it does today), she didn't say anything about it. However, she would consider any ritual sex (actual sex during ritual) a form of black magic. I guess…"
Oct 21, 2011
David Reigle replied to Katinka Hesselink's discussion Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?
"Go to the "main" page of The Theosophical Network. At top center you will see "Sanskrit Documents." Click on "Buddhist Documents." Scroll down to "sukhavativyuha_sutra.""
Sep 28, 2011
David Reigle replied to Katinka Hesselink's discussion Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?
"As far as I know, no one has published an identification of the Buddhist text that is quoted at the beginning of Mahatma letter #16 (chronological #68), the "devachan" letter. I had hoped to do so earlier, when I said on Sep. 10 that it is…"
Sep 27, 2011
K. Paul Johnson commented on Katinka Hesselink's blog post I'm no longer a member of the Theosophical Society
"With no offense intended to those who remain members, I think that the roster of ex-FTS is a very honorable one.  Contrasts I find instructive: Sinnett in, Hume out; Judge in, Brittens out; Kislingbury in, Kingsford out; Leadbeater in, Mead…"
Sep 20, 2011
David Reigle replied to Katinka Hesselink's discussion Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?
"Thanks, David Melik,for the additional information. Yes, it does seem that almost everyone, whether Theosophist or Buddhist, takes Devachan to be a Hindu term and idea because of the supposed "deva" beginning it. But it is not, and the…"
Sep 19, 2011
Joe Fulton replied to Katinka Hesselink's discussion Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?
"Isn't the equivalent Sanskrit word "Sukhavati"?"
Sep 18, 2011
David Reigle replied to Katinka Hesselink's discussion Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?
"Thanks, David, for your comments. I am not aware of a Hindu devachan, nor of the idea that devachan is the atmic plane. Perhaps you could elaborate. Thanks."
Sep 15, 2011

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Katinka Hesselink's Page

Introducing myself

I've been studying world religions for years - even went to university to study them there for a few years. The Theosophical Society is a great help to me in that study - right now for instance we're studying the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali in the lodge in The Hague (The Netherlands).

I share my insights on my blog All Considering.
I archive interesting material on any religion I'm studying at my website Katinka Hesselink Net. It has a large section on theosophy and theosophical history. See also the sections on Jiddu Krishnamurti, Buddhism, Sufism and Alternative Christianity.

My hope for the Theosophical Society (and the Theosophical Movement) is that it will continue to be a force for interfaith dialog, based on the understanding that ultimately Truth is ONE.

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At 7:16am on May 9, 2012, Ferran Sanz Orriols said…

Nice post!!! :-)

At 4:23pm on October 31, 2011, Lady Line said…
Thank you for answearing my discussion!
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I am very happy to see your website. I am a member of TS for more than 40 years. I am sending to you link of my website:

 

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Katinka Hesselink's Discussions

Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marcus Casadeus Sep 15, 2012. 34 Replies

This question is really very specifically for David and Nancy Reigle, our resident Tibetan Buddhism experts, though of course anybody else who wants to chime in is welcome as well. I've been getting…Continue

Tags: after, death, reincarnation, rebirth, life

Karma and free will

Started this discussion. Last reply by Katinka Hesselink Feb 16, 2011. 16 Replies

I'm preparing a lecture for our local lodge on this topic and was wondering what you all thought about it. Do karma and freedom conflict? How does neurological evidence fit in? What IS free will, or…Continue

Tags: neurology, will, free, freedom, karma

Alien contact: a form of clairvoyance?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Keidan Aug 10, 2011. 14 Replies

I'm wondering what you all think of contact with aliens. Is it a form of clairvoyance? If so, does that mean that aliens are not on…Continue

Tags: psychics, clairvoyance, alien, aliens

Quantum physics, spiritual freedom & evolution...

Started this discussion. Last reply by L.k.A. Kirui Aug 12, 2011. 1 Reply

I've been reading 'creative evolution' by quantum physicist Goswami. He does have some interesting points on…Continue

Tags: choice, humanity, freedom, consciousness, evolution

Animals have a moral sense

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Fulton May 31, 2009. 5 Replies

At last scientists are acknowledging that animals too are not led purely by survival, but by morals too. This is important, because it helps us keep morals as an important point of interest in our…Continue

Tags: humans, evolution, human, animals, ethics

What is your most basic belief?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Ihle Apr 11, 2011. 13 Replies

Since us theosophists are supposed to be questioners and ponderers - I have something to ponder for you all: what is your most basic belief,…Continue

Tags: existence, questions, question, spirituality, religion

New online theosophical bookshop from TS Adyar

Started May 23, 2009 0 Replies

Glad to announce that the Theosophical Society - it's headquarters in Adyar - has started their own online shop: http://www.adyarbooks.com/.The shop doesn't…Continue

Tags: theosophy, theosophical, society, adyar, literature

Do Human Hearts Carry Memories?

Started this discussion. Last reply by L.k.A. Kirui Aug 12, 2011. 6 Replies

Just interesting - how do heart transplants affect people?Do Human Hearts Carry Memories?…Continue

Tags: kindness, traits, personality, neurology, love

Visual memory in Vajrayana Buddhist monks: better after meditation :)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Katinka Hesselink May 5, 2009. 2 Replies

As science is getting deeper into the mysteries of consciousness, they're also researching meditation and it's effects. They found that in those Tibetan Buddhist monks who practice visualization…Continue

Tags: neurology, india, science, consciousness, meditation

All Considering - theosophical & spiritual blog

Does mindfulness work, or is it a hype?

Answer: yes and yes Yes, meditation works It’s incredible (and I don’t use the word lightly) how much some people are helped through daily meditation, whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour. Participants in my training have seen effects like a hollow back straightening and realizing that their bike was best parked differently in their shed. … Continue reading "Does mindfulness work, or is it a hype?"

The post Does mindfulness work, or is it a hype? appeared first on All Considering.

My not so pretty bullet journal

Confession. My handwriting is not good. It was so bad in primary school that I had extra handwriting lessons. They did not help. It’s legible, these days. It’s not good and it is definitely not pretty. And I don’t care. Based on past interest, Youtube suggested bullet journal videos for me to see and they’re all … Continue reading "My not so pretty bullet journal"

The post My not so pretty bullet journal appeared first on All Considering.

Learning a language with Duolingo

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with learning languages. From the time I walked out of French class in primary school, to frustrating years of learning French and German in High School, all the way to trying to learn Sanskrit. I loved it, and it frustrated me. In fact, for the first years of high … Continue reading "Learning a language with Duolingo"

The post Learning a language with Duolingo appeared first on All Considering.

Christianity vs Islam. Violence vs Peace?

Donald Trump has put the crimes of Islam front line and center with many people again. And yes, Islam is in trouble. It’s meeting with modernity is not going well. The Middle East is in flames. However, there are various claims going around about Islam that just aren’t correct. They don’t do justice to the religion … Continue reading "Christianity vs Islam. Violence vs Peace?"

The post Christianity vs Islam. Violence vs Peace? appeared first on All Considering.

Help! What is God’s Plan with My Life?

A reader wrote: I am 47, married, 2 teenage children, live in the suburbs, have a house and car and good job and all those great things that I am grateful for.  One thing I have always struggled with is what am I supposed to do/be when I grow up.  LOL  I’m thinking that with … Continue reading "Help! What is God’s Plan with My Life?"

The post Help! What is God’s Plan with My Life? appeared first on All Considering.

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