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earth life: a hard school

Earth: a hard school

Ensconced in the upper realms of the subtle divine, as a receptor of the divine outpourings, we are self fulfilled and seemingly free of negativity. However, the Universe wishes that apart from our enableability as a willing & open receptor, we be a strong & reliable transmitter of the divine energy as well and therefore, to enable us be to become as such, to test us, strengthen us and fit us for the task, we are plunged into the…

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Added by Bikram Mehta on October 24, 2018 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

A Private Theosophical Email #1

[10-20-18 Just an informal email exchanged with an old friend who had encountered some negative personal information about the Eastern teacher Swami Rama.]

Hi, Jeff—Windstorm day in my locale today.

Thus, I probably should add to the gale:

Thank you for your thoughts on Swami Rama. Good and maybe not-so-good in everyone as usual, I suppose. Perhaps there is even the chance that, despite considerable devotee-testimony to the contrary, Swami might have…

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Added by Richard Ihle on October 24, 2018 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

General Theosophy #206

"Theosophy is not a partial cure for anything; it is the complete cure for anything partial."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 20, 2018 at 11:19am — No Comments

General Theosophy #205

"Sometimes it is best to simply watch what most people do, then do what they do least."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 20, 2018 at 11:02am — No Comments

Our limitations are self imposed

Thought of the day on: our limitations are self imposed

After having once experienced Universe connectedness, any consciousness contracting thought we entertain thereafter is a self imposed limitation we choose to indulge in owing to past habit patterns rooted in ignorance. One with the source, no separateness remains, no limitations exist. Prisoners of our own minds, to free ourselves, we must get to the root... eliminating all consciousness contracting…

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Added by Bikram Mehta on October 9, 2018 at 5:42am — No Comments

General Theosophy #204

"Theosophy usually does not produce an exact religion; rather, just the vague but persisting religious flavor that death may not entirely end things, after all. . . ."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 20, 2018 at 12:37pm — 2 Comments

Divergent perceptions

Thought of the day on: Mental parallax

Perceptions vary from person to person based upon past experiences and assimilated knowledge, coloured by the texture of our mind. A prejudiced mind will see things quite differently as compared to a free flowing, unfettered spirit.

Suspending judgment altogether however seems to be a far fetched notion, since our memory automatically recalls stored information it considers applicable to the…

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Added by Bikram Mehta on September 5, 2018 at 8:27am — 3 Comments

General Theosophy #203

"Your better genius is always not what you say but what you knew not to."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on July 21, 2018 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Ubermensch

". . . At least following my Theosophical Society in America presentation that summer I had the opportunity to attend another participant's early-morning group activity. It was called 'Music Meditation.'. . ."

The above is a continuation of my theosophy.net blog contribution called “One Reason I Now Limit My Theosophical Audiences” which, incidentally, resulted in a very good question being asked of me:

“Is there any reason one should turn to you as a guide?"

"No. That…

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Added by Richard Ihle on May 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

One Reason I Now Limit My Theosophical Audiences

Several decades ago I was asked to speak at a Theosophical summer convention held in Wheaton, Illinois. My message then (as it continues to be now) was that at least some of H.P. Blavatsky's [1831-1891] "esoteric" teachings (e.g., "Rounds," "Root-Races," "Sub-Races," etc.) could have been speculatively…

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Added by Richard Ihle on May 9, 2018 at 4:41pm — 1 Comment

General Theosophy #202

"More preoccupation with 'the Ghost in the machine' and maybe not so much with the goat as the machine. . . ."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on April 5, 2018 at 7:09pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #201

“Don’t worry about death: you will know that you cannot go anywhere once you realize where you Are.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on March 20, 2018 at 6:40pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #200

"My own Psycho-maturational development in this lifetime more-or-less parallels my own compositional skills; that is, I am only an average writer but fortunately a way-above-average corrector. . . ."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on March 3, 2018 at 11:24am — No Comments

General Theosophy #199

"There are very few things in life more important than these two: 1) finding exactly the right chair, and 2) finding exactly the right reason to get up from it."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on January 14, 2018 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Holy Virgin Mary and her Role as Jesus’ Mother

The following essay is a pro service paper which goal is to express a personal interest, evaluation, and discussion of the chapters from the book by David Hunter named “Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity”. In the chapters that are going to be discussed author is concentrated on the figure of Holy Mary and her extraordinary position in the Christian pantheon. Author discusses the details behind Mary’s canonization…

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Added by Kathie Brock on November 24, 2017 at 11:37am — No Comments

General Theosophy #198

"Religions can be ranked by the unbroken quality of their silences."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on November 7, 2017 at 5:53pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #197

"In youth be exceptional; in old age, an exception.—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 29, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #196

"If you have either less or more than simply an abiding inkling about some objectively unfalsifiable subject, you are either not using, or not just using, Theosophy."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 28, 2017 at 3:10pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #195

"It is impossible for Theosophy to be the opposite of either theism or atheism . . . just as it is impossible for Self to be the opposite of either I or you. . . ."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 17, 2017 at 1:14pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #194

"One's own journey can be slowed by either a leader or follower."—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on August 6, 2017 at 1:45pm — No Comments

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