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Krishnamurti and Theosophy

The comments on my latest blogpost about theosophical popquizes went a bit off topic. So I thought I'd start a new blogpost discussing the issue.

I've written about this before, so I'll start by quoting myself a few times. Let's start with my first attempt at discussing this:

I still do appreciate Krishnamurti's teachings as valid on the path for many, but aspects of it just don't work… Continue

Added by Katinka Hesselink on November 13, 2009 at 3:09am — 5 Comments

Let's have some fun with trivia quizes :)

Squidoo has created a template for online quizes that I've been having some fun with. So test out if you really practice the second object of the TS by studying religion, by taking my quiz about religion in general. Or whether you know enough about the largest world religion: Christianity. Perhaps a bit closer to home: I also made… Continue

Added by Katinka Hesselink on November 11, 2009 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Ordering Joseph Ross’ books on Krotona and other titles

Many readers have inquired where Joseph Ross’ books on Krotona and other
titles can be purchased. I am given to understand that soon, one would be
able to purchased them on-line.

In the interim, anyone interested in purchasing them can contact the author
directly at:

JEUGENER_AT_PACBELL.NET - Replace [AT] by the symbol in the email address.


Added by M K Ramadoss on November 6, 2009 at 8:10pm — 6 Comments

Joseph Ross' books on Krotona

Joseph Ross’ books on Krotona

Sometimes, reading historical material gives a better perspective of TS.

Some take a simplistic view of TS as another world-wide worldly organization

like the various business and political organizations were are all familiar

with. Considering the unusual origin of TS and how and why it was launched

and the intense on-hands Adeptic guidance of TS in the early days, it makes

one think and possibly meditate.

Much of the… Continue

Added by M K Ramadoss on November 4, 2009 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Religious symbolism, organised religion vs atheism, global warming ...

Contents of my spiritual newsletter November 2009

New online

Short Quotes


Is Buddhism a Religion?

New online

On Katinka Hesselink Net

New on All Considering…


Added by Katinka Hesselink on November 4, 2009 at 5:32am — No Comments

Lives of Alcyone - now available at for download

The book - Lives of Alcyone by CWL and AB is fascinating to read even if you consider it all fiction. It was not republished by TPH since 1924. The original publication used very poor quality paper which later became brittle and most threw them away. Courtesy of Internet and digital scanning, it is now available for download at It is in three files and here is the link for the first.

a… Continue

Added by M K Ramadoss on November 1, 2009 at 12:12am — 5 Comments

Theosophical Quarterly

I just put the index to this 35-volume (1903-1938) periodical online at (below). Most would consider this New York based group "ultra-conservative." It formed around Ernest T. Hargrove (pres of Am. T.S. after Judge died) after he left Katerine Tingley's group. It included Hargrove, Charles Johnston, Julia and Archibald Keightley, C.A. Griscom and many others. There's 17 1/2 volumes online. (link)…


Added by Mark R. Jaqua on October 30, 2009 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Khalil Gibran: Spirits Rebellious

Khalil Gibran : Spirits Rebellious

Khalil Gibran (1983-1931) is one of the most quoted prose poets, especially his 1923 work The Prophet. In The Prophet, we are told that Almustafa, a holy man, has been living in exile, in a city called Orphalese for twelve years. A ship is coming to take him home to the island of his birth. People gather and ask him for his final words of wisdom — on love, on work, on joy, on children. The book has become bedside reading for all those who… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 28, 2009 at 5:02am — 2 Comments

Give up meat to save the planet

Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet

Here is an interesting article. It looks like, meat eating may go out of fashion like smoking. It may take time. But eco concerned men and women may be at the forefront of the vegetarian movement.

Lord Stern, former chief economist of World Bank says:

People will need to consider turning vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming.

He… Continue

Added by M K Ramadoss on October 26, 2009 at 8:59pm — 5 Comments

Analysis of New Age Currents: Book Review

Alice O. Howell

The Heavens Declare: Astrological Ages and the Evolution of Consciousness

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books,2006, 281pp.)

There are a number of currents of thought which hold that humanity is coming to the end of an historical cycle and is entering into a new age with the start of the new millennium. The most widely spread of these currents of thought is a complex of ideas and practices known as the New Age or the Age of Aquarius. The contemporary New Age began as a… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 21, 2009 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Esoteric Groups and Political Currents: Book Review

Gary Lachman

Politics and the occult : the left, the right and the radically unseen

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2008, 261pp.)

Gary Lachman has written a very useful and sober book on esoteric current in modern political thought — modern meaning here from the Protestant Reformation to the present. A sober book is necessary as the internet is filled with wild speculation about the role of the Illuminati on the political and financial system. The current meltdown of the banks… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 18, 2009 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Blavatsky's "The Durbar in Lahore" online

H.P. Blavatsky's "The Durbar in Lahore" was originally serialized in a Russian publication in 1881, and later translated and serialized in "The Theosophist" (uncopyrighted). This is my transcription and scans. This is the only book-length material of Blavatsky's that has never been published in book-form. Thanks to Paul Johnson on giving me a tip on it. Link:

Added by Mark R. Jaqua on October 18, 2009 at 6:23am — 4 Comments

The Founding Fathers and Astrology.

I saw Matt Lauer and Dan Brown discussing "The Lost Symbol" on NBC last night. They showed a painting of G. Washington in Masonic garb dedicating the cornerstone of the Capitol. Brown mentioned that it was the custom of the founding fathers to use astrology to select an auspicious time for the laying of the cornerstone of important buildings so that good things would happen in those buildings. Matt and Dan then poo pooed the idea. If astrology is true (and I think it is) it is part of how the… Continue

Added by leslie marlar on October 17, 2009 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Russian Magic: Book Review

I am pleased to post a review of a new Quest book which deals with the structure of Russian folk tales. The author does not follow the school of C.G. Jung to look at what psychological needs folk tales meet or what tales may tell us about the contents of the subconscience, but she looks at their structure and the way that they are used in Russian society today.

Cherry Gilchrist

Russian Magic: Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books,… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 14, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama

Obama’s Nobel : A Hope Not Yet An Achievement

Rene Wadlow*

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population. Nobel Committee Statement

The five-person Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee has chosen… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 10, 2009 at 6:04am — 1 Comment

.:in Honor of Gandhi:.

In honor of Mohandas' birth...… Continue

Added by Mary Magdalene on October 3, 2009 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Joe gets recognized for his contribution and innovation

Congrats Joe. You are in a tough environment and the recognition speaks for itself. Keep up the good work. The tax season ends only on 10/15.

Added by M K Ramadoss on October 1, 2009 at 9:17am — No Comments

Silliest Quest Article Title Award

And this issues Silliest Quest Article Title Award goes to:

"How Death Changes Life:..."

Yes, death really does change one's life experience, there is no doubt about that and the change is often permanent.

Added by Charles Cosimano on September 30, 2009 at 10:45pm — 2 Comments

A Fiery Life

UNDERPINNING the universe is not gravity as taught today, but an electric vital power, according to Theosophy.

Notwithstanding, physicists are still stuck on gravity to support their “standard model”—that the weakest of forces rules the entire universe—about which, admittedly, they know not much.

Gravity is mathematically incompatible with the quantum laws that govern subatomic particles, and that “leaves 95 percent of the universe unexplained” writes Dennis… Continue

Added by Odin on September 28, 2009 at 12:33am — 1 Comment

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