Here's a somewhat cryptic passage from the SD, p. 337 (Primordial Substance and Divine Thought)In the Sepher Jezireh, the Kabalistic Book of Creation, the author has evidently repeated the words of…Continue
The Baghavad Gita could be considered something of a world spiritual classic, offering considerations that are relevant for today, no matter what faith one belongs to or not. Before discussing book…Continue
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I have had an interest in theosophy for a few years, and I guess you could say that I'm kind of "old school", I tend to focus on the early writings from 1875 to 1911, especially HPB and WQJ. My basic approach to theosophy is in the spirit of these two documents:
"While acknowledging obvious discrepencies between the Theosophical Society and western theosophy, Siemons adds that these dissimilarities, "however are not important enough to cause an insurmountable barrier". One cannot help but agree with him on this point. If we admit the existence of different rooms inside the esoteric mansion as we observe it, then each should be alloted its own style of furniture; if, on the other hand, each of the two theosophical "families" is large enough and rich enough to settle in one or even several of these rooms, there is nothing to prohibit their sharing the common rooms and the grounds."Antoine Faivre.Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition, p. 5.
I'm specifically interested in neoplatonism, and, to a certain extent, Tibetan Buddhism. I'm also interested in models of comparative religion - the works of James Frazer and Mircea Eliade, for example.
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue