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Arba-Il

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marcus Casadeus Oct 6, 2012. 4 Replies

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

Baghavad Gita - Book 1

Started this discussion. Last reply by Capt. Anand Kumar Sep 23, 2012. 24 Replies

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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Marcus Casadeus replied to Marcus Casadeus's discussion Arba-Il
"I think the "Chaldean" example is from a late Hellenized source, however, the tetrad concept can be found in modern Sumerian studies, which takes us back to the beginning of Near East religion (see the Epic of Gilgamesh, N.K. Sandars,…"
Oct 6, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Marcus Casadeus's discussion Arba-Il
"Above is an example from Christian theology: Coronation of the Virgin The Coronation of the Virgin by El Greco  (1541 – 1614).Oil on canvas. 90 x 100 cm c.1592-1605?Prado, Madrid, Spain For the Ophite Tetrad, I'm not sure where she…"
Oct 6, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Marcus Casadeus's discussion Arba-Il
"Before addressing the Kabbalistic perspective, I'd like to share share a few modernized examples from the above groups. From India, there's the grouping of Brahma, Visnu and Siva with Devi-Mahatmaya: Without Her force, no body would be…"
Oct 3, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Marcus Casadeus's discussion Arba-Il
"PS - the passage in question can also be found in Isis on page 272. Here's a brief summary chart of some of the examples of the Arba-il that HPB gives: India Babylon Ophite Christian 1 - Brahma Anu Sige Father 2…"
Oct 2, 2012
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Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 4

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 daughter, who has obtained a…See More
Sep 30, 2012
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Arba-Il

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 Manu. In it, the Divine Substance is represented as having alone existed from the eternity, boundless and absolute; and as having emitted from itself the Spirit.* “One is the Spirit of the living God, blessed be Its name, which liveth for ever! Voice, Spirit, and Word, this is the Holy Spirit;”† and…See More
Sep 29, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Joe Fulton's discussion Blavatsky's Theosophy
"Isis has some intriguing personal mystical accounts - there's the Druze initiation account, which has some theoretical commentary (p. 309 et…"
Sep 28, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Joe Fulton's discussion Blavatsky's Theosophy
"Here's one, or three rather, from 1889, from one of her dozen or so major theosophy explanatory articles: "But what I do believe in is (1), the unbroken oral teachings revealed by livingdivine men during the infancy of mankind to the elect…"
Sep 24, 2012
Capt. Anand Kumar replied to Marcus Casadeus's discussion Baghavad Gita - Book 1
"Thanks Hari. Nisargadatta Maharaj is indeed amongst the finest exponent of Advaita. Pratyabhijnahrdayam is available for download from the Digital Library of India. But when I checked today their servers were not responding. Will check gain in a few…"
Sep 23, 2012
Hari Menon replied to Marcus Casadeus's discussion Baghavad Gita - Book 1
"Dear Captain,          Nisargadatta is really good , As for about esoteric books - I once had occassion whilst at Sree Krishna Mandir at Kanniyakumari to meet an ascetic who gave me a book called "Prtaybhijnanam" I…"
Sep 23, 2012
Marcus Casadeus posted a blog post

Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 3

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. See More
Sep 22, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Marcus Casadeus's discussion Baghavad Gita - Book 1
"Thomas Taylor in his "The Wandering of Ulysses" http://www.philaletheians.co.uk/Study%20notes/Hellenic%20and%20Hell... gives a passage from the neoplatonist Hermeas, explaining the basic symbolism of the Iliad: "By Ilion we must…"
Sep 22, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Joe Fulton's discussion Blavatsky's Theosophy
"John & Joe: Happy to pass on whatever tidbits I happen to glean - In regards to the notion of a perennial theosophy, here's a fairly basic statement, I think: "The fragments of the systems that have now reached us are rejected as…"
Sep 21, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Joe Fulton's discussion Blavatsky's Theosophy
"Here's an interesting passage from Antoine Faivre's Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition, p. 5: "While acknowledging obvious discrepencies between the Theosophical Society and western theosophy, Siemons adds that these dissimilarities,…"
Sep 19, 2012
Marcus Casadeus commented on Marcus Casadeus's blog post Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 2
"Thankys... Platonically, Casadeus"
Sep 15, 2012
Marcus Casadeus replied to Katinka Hesselink's discussion Tibetan Buddhist Bardo's - comparable to Blavatsky's 'devachan'?
"An HPB factoid (Editorial comment on W.W.Westcott's Alchemy, Lucifer, Dec. 1889, p. 294): "The cycle of the 46 Fires, the period between death and new rebirth, on Devachan. The cycle of the 49 Fires is the period between two…"
Sep 15, 2012

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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:

http://www.blavatsky.net/theosophy/judge/articles/true-theosophists-path.htm

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/lthhm/lthhm-2.htm#letter12

"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.

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Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 4

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 12:07pm 0 Comments

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…

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Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 3

Posted on September 22, 2012 at 1:22pm 0 Comments

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.

 

Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy 2

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 11:30am 1 Comment

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…

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Casadeus' Secret Garden of Spiritual Philosophy

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

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…

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At 10:36am on August 27, 2012,
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Welcome, Miquel! Please feel free to join in the discussions and share your thoughts, ideas, and questions with us, explore the groups, and/or use the chat feature to say hello to whoever is online. 

At 3:23am on August 27, 2012, Hari Menon said…

Hi Miguel ! welcome to Theosophy.net - please do feel at home .

 
 
 

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