From: Religion Dispatch, June 27, 2009
Purpose Driven Atheism: Secular Maharishis Seeking True Believers
By Frank Schaeffer
June 23, 2009
Do Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher, and other true believers really offer a different path, or are their methods and manner merely a mirror image of the fundamentalism they so despise? We are spiritual animals and must learn to live with the complexities and paradoxes of religion—and of the natural world as well.
Just another… Continue
Added by Susan Thomas on June 28, 2009 at 12:00am —
Richard Ihle/Captain/General Theosophy
“The Strange Reincarnation of Captain Theosophy” might be a more apt title, I suppose. . . .
The original “Captain Theosophy” has been dead for thirty years, of course. He was a fictional character who appeared a few times in the pages of the American Theosophist. However, perhaps he was only fictional in the sense of one of General Theosophy’s aphorisms: “Let us pity those who are unable to even fictionalize… Continue
Added by Richard Ihle on June 23, 2009 at 9:00am —
One of my favorite things to do in the Olcott Library was to just pull an issue of the old Theosophist off the shelves and start reading. Well, as luck would have it, one afternoon I pulled one of the 1925 volumes and was reading what is the most bizarre collection of eccentric behavior in the history of a bizarre and eccentric period in the history of Theosophy, namely the transactions of the Star Camp at Ommen.
It defies description. How they managed to fit so many credulous fools… Continue
Added by Charles Cosimano on June 21, 2009 at 9:39pm —
SPACE, time, matter and consciousness are omnipresent. But in science, a fundamental problem is created because they are considered independent things—a mistaken starting point for unlocking the nature of reality.
Their view is sustained because “most researchers still believe they can build from one side of nature, the physical, without the other side, the living,” writes Dr. Robert Lanza, in his May, 2009 book "Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to… Continue
Added by Odin on June 21, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Where did we go wrong? When did the Theosophical Society make the wrong turn? I am inclined to think that the roots of the problem came at the very beginning, with the Masters.
Theosophists were not intended to be followers, respecters of doctrine, dogma, persons or authority. But the moment our beloved Countess Blavatskya said, "The Master said..." the groundwork was laid. People were unwilling to act or speak on their own, they needed the imagined approval of something outside of… Continue
Added by Charles Cosimano on June 20, 2009 at 12:35pm —
I've been a member of the Adyar TS for over 30 years. I've seen it have its scandals and I've seen the good side of it as well. Tonight I am thinking that maybe it is time for me to leave. I am tired of the political haranguing. I am tired of the hypocrisy and now, having seen the face of what it is attracting in new members, I think that perhaps there is no longer a place for me in it or perhaps there are just people I do not want to be in the same place with.
Maybe it is time for… Continue
Added by Charles Cosimano on June 20, 2009 at 2:03am —
The theosopher James Morgan Pryse
published a groundbreaking book in 1914, titled "The Restored New Testament" (see wiki link). He makes a good case indeed that the gospels are but disfigured copies from Eleusinian initiation rites
Very good stuff indeed. His vast knowledge of Ancient Greek culture and language, coupled to a deep understanding of mythology and… Continue
Added by Martin Euser on June 19, 2009 at 6:00pm —
After watching the movie “Doubt” (also a Play). I wanted to write this essay on the subject. I loved the movie “Doubt” by the way. It was superbly done and has great critical acclaims. The story of Doubt has very little to do what I am about to say but I could not resist the “plug”…
Now for the concept of doubt; many New Age authors claim to have been guided or met supernatural beings. Some people lap it up while others show disdain and contempt.
What is the truth behind… Continue
Added by andrasnm on June 11, 2009 at 9:27pm —
Ok, did that get your attention?
We hear it over and over again, "Why aren't more people interested in Theosophy?" And we all have the same answers that we give over and over again, but I think it can be put rather simply. Theosophy comes across as spiritual prune juice. It's boring!
Well, that is not exactly true. Theosophy can be anything but boring but Theosophists can be deadly bores. It does not mean that they are not nice people and fun to be around, after all, look… Continue
Added by Charles Cosimano on June 9, 2009 at 8:58pm —
Besant's last public address is on the topic of spreading theosophy. Here is the link to the full address:
Added by M K Ramadoss on June 9, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Seeing as how our fundamentalist Christian friends keep mixing us up with the Alice Bailey folks and think we are here to herald the coming of the AntiChrist and Robert Mueller, I think we should not let them be disappointed. Therefore I propose that we move the headquarters of the Illuminati to the Olcott Library with the World Control Center to be located in the basement just off the dining room.
Added by Charles Cosimano on June 5, 2009 at 12:53am —
New on Katinka Hesselink Net
New on All Considering
Added by Katinka Hesselink on June 2, 2009 at 4:38am —
Blurb - "Artificial Intelligence System is a distributed computing project being undertaken by Intelligence Realm, Inc. with the long-term goal of simulating the human brain in real time, complete with artificial consciousness and artificial general intelligence. They claim to have found, in research, the “mechanisms of knowledge representation in… Continue
Added by Mikhayl Von Riebon on June 1, 2009 at 2:58am —
Added by Anton Rozman on May 30, 2009 at 1:39am —
Create an AI on Your Computer
Written on May 28, 2009 – 11:48 am | by Aaron Saenz |
Intelligence Realm is seeking to build the first AI using distributed computing.
If many hands make light work, then maybe many computers can make an artificial brain. That’s the basic reasoning behind Intelligence Realm’s Artificial Intelligence project. By reverse engineering the brain through a simulation… Continue
Added by Mikhayl Von Riebon on May 29, 2009 at 2:59am —
THE SPIRITUAL BIBLE
A Spiritual Journey of Self-Discovery beyond Eastern Fundamentalism and Western Materialism
“Alas! The god in man remains a child waiting to mature. Shall man grow into a god, or is he doomed in his humanity?” This question, posed in the prologue of Abir Taha’s inspirational new philosophical novel, The Epic of Arya: In Search of the Sacred Light (published by AuthorHouse), is central to the sacred mission of its main character, Arya, who seeks to find… Continue
Added by Abir Taha on May 27, 2009 at 5:12pm —
What is Falun Dafa?
Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong, or just Dafa) is a high-level cultivation practice guided by the characteristics of the universe—Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance.
"Cultivation" means continuously striving to better harmonize oneself with these universal principles. “Practice” refers to the exercises – five sets of easy-to-learn gentle movements and meditation. Cultivating oneself is essential; practicing the exercises supplements the… Continue
Added by christinaleestemaker on May 21, 2009 at 11:00am —
First Noosphere World Forum: Envisioning Earth as Work of Art
Mission Statement and Declaration of Intent
1. Mission Statement.
The mission of the First Noosphere World Forum is to provide a virtual planetary round table to: Dialogue and share information, educate, create collaborative partnerships, network, and mutually plan for significant events… Continue
Added by Boris Petrovic on May 20, 2009 at 4:28am —
"We are facing unsettling times when peace of mind and harmony are much sought after conditions. Unfortunately, where there is a need often the snake oil salesmen appear from the woodwork.
I am talking about the mysterious “Ancient Wisdom” often enough to get emails that asks; ”Ok, where can I learn this Ancient Wisdom, reliably and for FREE?”
People have natural instincts, well from the few obvious gullible, who know and realize that God’s consciousness and peace of mind… Continue
Added by andrasnm on May 20, 2009 at 12:30am —