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General Theosophy #13

“Even Theosophers will have trouble losing weight if they believe 2+2=4 except where chocolate is involved.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on November 13, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

General Theosophy #12

"Scientists say that human beings are ninety-eight percent chimpanzee at the DNA genetic level; those who make this the most important thing, however, may be one hundred percent chimpanzee at the Spiritual level." —General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on November 10, 2010 at 10:58am — No Comments

General Theosophy #11

Wiccan Rede with an added emphasis: “Do anything you want, but do not harm others—or yourself—physically, emotionally, mentally, or Spiritually.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on November 7, 2010 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

General Theosophy #10



“Apart from those things you identify as your life-duties, all other decisions can be made just by asking yourself the question, ‘Will it lead toward more seriousness or toward better play?’ As a child you knew which answer you were looking for. . . .”—General Theosophy


Added by Richard Ihle on October 29, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #9

“Aspirants of the past had to dig through a mountain of ignorance to find a few scraps of useful knowledge; aspirants of the present have to dig through a mountain of knowledge to find a few scraps of useful knowledge.” —General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 26, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Astrology and Cycles for Masochistic Readers









Greetings and good wishes to all.



[In another thread Joe wrote: “This, in my view, demonstrates quite clearly that the use of astrology in relation to the various cycles was a valid concept. {. . .} Now, if there is any validity at all to any of this, then one can assume that even smaller cycles in our evolution can be discerned.”]



Among all esoteric teachings, I think…

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Added by Richard Ihle on October 23, 2010 at 4:42pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #8

If you think you are a Master worthy of public notice, stop such thinking and thereby improve the possibility.” —General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 1, 2010 at 9:23pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #7

“Always be kinder than your strength needs to be.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on October 1, 2010 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Captain Theosophy Versus Master C.V.V.





My basic policy and that of Captain Theosophy might be summed up in General Theosophy #7: “Always be kinder than your strength needs to be.”



Perhaps this needs to be mentioned at the outset because kindness to those who might be new prospects for meditation might mean that a little “unkindness”…

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Added by Richard Ihle on October 1, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

General Theosophy #6

Sometimes Teachers and Masters disguise so well that they no longer even recognize themselves. . . .”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 11, 2010 at 8:36pm — No Comments

New Age Lies





Katinka Hesselink's always-interesting blog alerted me to an exceptional article in the January 2010 issue of THE THEOSOPHIST.



“Manifestation of Intention…

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Added by Richard Ihle on September 7, 2010 at 6:00pm — 14 Comments

General Theosophy #5

“Regarding the deepest subjects, a true Theosophist may have no beliefs but no shortage of inklings.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on September 2, 2010 at 10:56pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #4

“Let us pity those who are unable to even partially fictionalize themselves into Mystery and Larger Meaning.”—General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on August 30, 2010 at 1:51pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #3

"A smile may be the most powerful yoga posture of all, especially for developing flexibility . . . in others." --General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on August 23, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

General Theosophy #2

"If you are like me, you will return to H.P. Blavatsky again and again, even though the labyrinths and quagmires of her style may often curdle your enthusiasm for genius.” --General Theosophy

Added by Richard Ihle on August 19, 2010 at 4:18pm — No Comments

General Theosophy #1





"If you must write or talk about fundamentally unknowable subjects, at least use the strategy of the medieval mapmakers—that is, instead of pretending precision just make the shoreline crinkly." --General Theosophy…





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Added by Richard Ihle on August 16, 2010 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

Theosophy or Psychological Religion

“Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool.” —Emerson



I would have to say that trickery has been a major way that I have played the fool.



Not trying to trick other people. Not even trying to trick myself. The kind of trickery I am referring to is the attempt to cultivate "magical powers" or Siddhis. These are things like traveling anywhere at the speed of thought, controlling all bodily processes,… Continue

Added by Richard Ihle on September 22, 2009 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

What Is Your Rank?

Richard Ihle

What Is Your Rank?







“What is your rank?”



“S-R6.x(PC7),”I answered.







Of all the ideas I have ever had--whether eventually jettisoned, promulgated for the purpose of semi-Self-aggrandizement, or hoarded like a Rosicrucian before there were web sites with PayPal donations--few notions seem as intuitionally (therefore “Theosophically”) true to me as the existence of a hidden Psycho-Spiritual Hierarchy.



I suppose…

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Added by Richard Ihle on July 30, 2009 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

When the Spirit Doesn't Move You

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When the Spirit Doesn't Move You





“Incidentally,” said old J.W. von Goethe, “I despise everything which merely instructs me without increasing or immediately enlivening my activity.”







And now, of course, the only thing which is likely to enliven Theosophy, its organizations and individuals, may be a radical shift toward Theosophical psychology. Like old Goethe, many modern people may have little time and/or… Continue

Added by Richard Ihle on July 8, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

General Theosophy

Richard Ihle/Captain/General Theosophy



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 — 5 Comments

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