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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
Marcos Asuncion 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
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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 17, 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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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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Nice post!!! :-)

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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 Marcos Asuncion 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 11, 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

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Gender is very much in the news these days. Feminism is losing its negative connotation and the internet is making it possible to empathize with girls and women all over the world fighting for basic liberties. (*) I am a feminist and was raised one. Strong women are so normal in my family, that my […]

Allowing yourself to just be with yourself – Jon Kabat-Zinn Quote

It takes a while to get comfortable with the richness of allowing yourself to just be with your own mind. It’s a little like meeting an old friend for the first time in years. There may be some awkwardness in the beginning, not knowing who this person is anymore, not knowing quite how to be with […]

Blavatsky’s relevance in the 21st century

H.P. Blavatsky was my first spiritual love. As a 19-year-old I drank in her Key to Theosophy (*) and loved the idea of finding a common core between all religions, science and philosophy. I thought that this had to be attempted, for the welfare of humanity. Grand ideas – and very unrealistic. While the commonalities between religions should be valued […]

Matthieu Ricard – compassion and altruism

The great Tibetan Buddhist Monk and philosopher Matthieu Ricard was in Amsterdam yesterday to talk about his new book – the Dutch translation of the French ‘Plaidoyer pour l’altruisme’. It will be available in English this summer as Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, in a shortened version (by the […]

Karma, Meditation, Books, Awareness and More

Every once in a while I do an overview post of all the spiritual stuff I have put online in the past period. It turns out that the last time I did this was almost a year ago, so this post is long overdue. This post is also the basis for my newsletter. Most importantly of course, […]



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