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General Theosophy #224

"When it comes to the possibility of 'reincarnating,' it is probably far more comfortable to live with just a suspicion you simply can't shake rather than a fully proclaimed certainty you don't dare disturb."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on February 27, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #223

"I fear death less than I fear the fear of death."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on February 25, 2021 at 4:31pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #222

"Personal meditative experiences which become increasingly 'subtle' or 'Undifferentiated' may also be justifiably termed 'Spiritual' or even 'Divine' . . . irrespective of whether there are any atheists around who might immediately try to disqualify such usage . . . perhaps because it lacks the easily assailable anthropomorphism which normally at least gives them something to talk about. . . ."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on February 25, 2021 at 4:29pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #221

"As one gets older, life should primarily become an ever-more interesting psychological adventure . . . rather than merely a series of masochistically self-enrolled crash-courses about age-related physical problems."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on February 17, 2021 at 12:26pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #220

"There is nothing wrong with having disciples . . . unless, of course, you wanted them. . . ."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on January 4, 2021 at 3:50pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #219

"A person who has not yet fully realized Here might still mistakenly think that there is actually somewhere else he or she can go, including under the ground."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on January 4, 2021 at 3:45pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #218

"A cat can teach you to pity poor creatures who must keep busy to keep happy."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on December 11, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #217

"If your personal Theosophy seems to completely convince you that you will have another lifetime, you are probably not basing this on Theosophy alone; however, if your Theosophy completely fails to give you the suspicion that 'You' may have another lifetime coming, you are probably not using Theosophy at all."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on December 10, 2020 at 1:01pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #216

"Prize especially the reliable friend who does not need a friend."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on November 21, 2020 at 7:09pm — No Comments

General Theosohy #215

"Live like there is no good and evil; only kindness and unkindness."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on November 1, 2020 at 1:36pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #214

"If you think you're Enlightened . . . perhaps you should eliminate the think. . . ."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 29, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #213

"Progress in Spiritual life may be nothing more than improving the ability to pause without having to."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 11, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #212

"If you are thinking there's a problem; if you are thinking, there is a problem."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on June 3, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Insights into the Ishtadevata - alignment with Deity

Deities, like humans, have different characteristics.  The energy/shakti of some deities is very ‘yang’, powerful, while others are gentle, their energy permeates through your bodies like a gentle wave that washes over you, cooling you, as you lie on the sand in shallow water.  When a relationship has developed between the disciple and their 'Ishtadevata' the personal deity, occult obedience is the first rule that must, at all costs, be understood.  For instance, during some…

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Added by Cyrus Ryan on November 22, 2019 at 5:43pm — 2 Comments

General Theosophy #211

"The whole point of Theosophy is to insult and denigrate death by NOT immediately throwing away intuitions which cast doubt on its finality."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 26, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Berg's "essential Zohar

Reading Berg’s “Essential Zohar”

This isn't Berg's fault, really, as he tries to explain all the issues and problems with the underlying religious texts, so my review isn't against his work per se but the underlying problems with the belief structure itself.

I’ve explored a lot of esoteric literature both in reading and in practice.  I was looking forward to the Zohar, which is often referred to as Judaic esotericism. I came away disappointed. For the most part, I would sum up…

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Added by Jeffrey Soule on September 4, 2019 at 6:55pm — 4 Comments

Captain Theosophy (Part One: Meeting Your Personal Genie/Genius)

Captain Theosophy (Part One: Meeting Your Personal Genie/Genius) by Richard Ihle

"There's a man in the funny papers we all know. . . ."

Some people started to call me "Captain Theosophy.". . .

Initially, this was almost certainly because it was the title of an article I had written for the old THE AMERICAN THEOSOPHIST magazine. In those days I guess I did sometimes seem sort of like a cartoonish superhero—not only because of my…

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Added by Richard Ihle on July 29, 2019 at 2:02pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #210

"Over-Mature Christianity is a promising missionary field for atheists . . . as is over-mature atheism for Theosophists. . . ."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on May 1, 2019 at 11:35am — No Comments

German Orientalism, Zionism and Iron Wall

It has always been a robust discussion at https://seifertforgovernor.comwhen it comes to explaining the details about the Zionism or the Arab cause. Several authors have always taken the wide range of history to give their different stances using the historical standpoints. This explains why the author of The Iron Wall, Shlaim Avi resonates with the fact that the Isreali- Arab conflict has…

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Added by Rose Munoz on April 25, 2019 at 10:40am — No Comments

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