September 2012 Blog Posts (16)

Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 4

Philo of Alexandria (20bc-50ce)

For the path of life is twofold, one branch leading to vice, the other to virtue, and we must turn away from the one and never abandon the other. (Specialis Legibus 4)

For you will find the house of wisdom a calm and serene haven that will readily welcome you as you enter; and it is wisdon's name that is celebrated in the oracles by "Bethuel" (Gen. 28.2), which translated means "Daughter of God"; indeed, a true-born and ever-virgin…

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Added by Marcus Casadeus on September 30, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #83

“With an immediate, absolute certainty about the doctrine of reincarnation, regular practice of meditation, and constant improvement in Self-awareness, one may perhaps be reborn with the Theosophical advancement of not so immediately and absolutely being certain about anything, including reincarnation.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 28, 2012 at 6:02pm — No Comments


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Some thoughts on current International Financial Crisis

Professor Gautam Kaul, Professor of Finance at University of Michigan is teaching a free course on Finance through coursera.com which offers courses for free by top faculties from top universities.



In the syllabus, there is a very significant statement. He says:

 

“Read the Economist as often as you can; it has some thoughtful pieces. However, recognize that you need to develop the habit of reading material critically; just because something is published in a reputable…

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Added by M K Ramadoss on September 24, 2012 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 3

Confucious (551–479 BC) (Analects, II)

14. The Master said, A gentleman can see a question from all sides without bias. The small man is biased and can see a question from only one side.

15. The Master said, 'He who learns but does not think, is lost.' He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

 

Added by Marcus Casadeus on September 22, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #82

“The Spiritual journey begins not by reading but by not reading; not by listening but by not listening; not by thinking but by not thinking; not by changing yourself but by not changing your Self.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 22, 2012 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

General Theosophy #81

“In Spiritual matters no one who really deserves an audience really needs one.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 19, 2012 at 6:43pm — 1 Comment


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Vol 6 of Krotona Series by Joseph Ross Released

Just learnt that Joseph Ross has released Vol 6 of Krotona Series. Deals with years after 1931. Yet to see the book. Just ordered it from Amazon. Also a Kindle edition is available. Will look forward to a pdf file. Which is the most efficient and effective way to distribute material around the world in today's Internet World.  This is especially true when those interested in the history of TS and JK are miniscule and spread around the world. Yet to see any reviews by editors and authors. Let…

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Added by M K Ramadoss on September 19, 2012 at 1:09am — 1 Comment

Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 2

Proclus (*412–485 C.E.) Platonic Theology, Bk.1, ch. 25

In short, there are three things which replenish divine natures, and which are the sources of plenitude to all the superior genera of beings, viz. goodness, wisdom and beauty. And again, there are three things which collect together the natures that are filled, being secondary indeed to the former, but pervading to all the divine orders, and these are faith, truth, love. But all things are saved through these, and are conjoined…

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Added by Marcus Casadeus on September 15, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

this sentence came while I was havin' a shower this morning

Honesty inwards is the discipline needed to realize one's true needs, the needs that all we humans share.

Added by Ferran Sanz Orriols on September 15, 2012 at 8:40am — No Comments

Fire of Reconciliation in the Wider Middle East

Fire of Reconciliation in the Wider Middle East

Rene Wadlow*

 

         The fiery attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, leading to the death of the US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others and the burning of the US flag at the US Embassy in Cairo are symbolic of a fire of hate, mistrust, and violence that sweeps from Afghanistan through Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria to North Africa.

 

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Added by Rene Wadlow on September 14, 2012 at 6:49am — 10 Comments


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ideas of mind, or a point or space, in Sanatana & Jain & Buddha Dharmas, Euclid, Neoplatonism, Descartes

Sanatana, Jain Dharmas have the idea of atman, 'soul,' or, according to Theosophy, 'intellect' (nous or 'higher mnd.') I forgot what Jains say--I think it is like Hindus, but without Brahman--but the Upanishads say the atman is (paraphrased) 'smaller than the small spaces; greater than vast space.'

One of Buddha's fundamental ideas is anatman, or 'not-self' (despite that an idea considered less fundamental of his is that there is an uncaused, unconditioned…

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Added by David on September 7, 2012 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy

Walter Hilton (ca. 1340-45- 1396) The Ladder of Perfection (Bk. 1, Ch. 30)

This is a point of the passion of love, the which by great violence and mastery breaketh down and mortifieth all lusts and likings of any earthly thing, and woundeth the soul with the blessed sword of love, that it makes the body sink, not able to bear it. The touch of love is of so great power that the most vicious or fleshly man living on earth, if he were once strongly touched with…

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Added by Marcus Casadeus on September 7, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #80

“St. Anselm’s motto: ‘Faith Seeking Understanding.’ The Theosopher’s motto: ‘Understanding Seeking Faith.’ . . . since it is often hard to convince even oneself that such a psycho-meditating, analogy-crafting, intuition-judging epistemology can really be valid. . . .”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 6, 2012 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

For my friends in this forum - A Yogi

Just in case you would  be interested - probably some of you may be aware of his existence , anyway Read on and let me know your opinions on this subject . So that I may understand Understanding
The autobiography – ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography by Sri. M – narrates the spiritual journey which 19-year-old Mumtaz Ali Khan took to the Himalayas to return as Sri ‘M’, a yogi with profound knowledge of the Upanishads and deep personal insights.’ Sri M, as…
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Added by Hari Menon on September 5, 2012 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

In Memory of Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

I was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of my doctoral advisor and a dear mentor Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke. Prof. Goodrick-Clarke was a solid academic who helped turn the study of Western Esoteric history into an accepted academic discipline. He paved the way for the future study of this discipline organizing the MA conferences at Exeter and they were always first rate. 

Nicholas' writings on the early Theosophical Society and his research on various Western Esoteric…

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Added by Jeffrey D. Lavoie on September 3, 2012 at 10:12pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #79

“Theosophical ambition: To be the best of those who do not receive their knowledge from someone proposed as better than themselves.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 2, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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