Universal Brotherhood

Universal Brotherhood

            The Human Race is One Family, Undivided ...

Religion of Responsibility

Religion of Responsibility

The Actions of One Effect Each And All ...

Philosophy of Perfectibility

Philosophy of Perfectibility

Boundless Potential of the Human Spirit ...

Science of Spirituality

Science of Spirituality

Testing and Verifying the Frontiers of Consciousness ...

Karma

Karma

As We Sow, So Shall We Reap ...

Reincarnation

Reincarnation

Living and Learning from Life to Life ...

Sanctity of Nature

Sanctity of Nature

Divinity in Every Atom ...

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Weekly Almanac: Quotes of the Day

One-Pointedness

There are six forces -hearing, pondering, mindfulness, awareness, effort and intimacy.  These forces affect the nine stages of thought that lead to one-pointedness of mind. First, by the force of hearing, thought focuses upon the object of meditation.  Merely hearing from another the precepts for focusing the mind, however, only tethers the mind to the object of meditation — it does not by itself cultivate the focused mind by returning it again and again to the object. Secondly,  by the force of pondering, there ensues right settling on the object of meditation.  One repeatedly ponders the object and watches over the continuation of the tether of the mind to the object, for initially one had little capacity to extend the continuity of mental focus. Thirdly, by the force of mindfulness, one prevents thought from straying and settles the mind within itself.  Whenever one's mind strays from the object of meditation, one should concentrate more ...

[On Vaccination]

[On Vaccination] Theosophist, September 1882 & January 1883 Review by H.P.B. | Reply by William Tebb | Note by H.P.B. THE VACCINATION INQUIRER and Health Review, the Organ of the London Society for the Abolition of Compulsory Vaccination, published monthly at the Office of the Society, 114 Victoria Street, Westminster, S.W., etc. The August number of this journal—which belongs to the same class of heterodox publications as the Homœopathic Journal—is on our table. The subject matter of this fearless little monthly which may be viewed if we could be brought to believe a bilious admirer of Vaccination—as “a direct incitement to a breach of the law,” is very interesting. It does its level best to upset the illusions of orthodox medicine, and to expose the legal quackery of its practitioners, and show “how Prestige is worked.” In its own words: A favourite method of recommending fancies under the name of science is to canonize some noisy more ...

Culture of Concentration

Culture of Concentration The Path, July, 1888 The term most generally in use to express what is included under the above title is SELF CULTURE. Now it seems to well enough express, for a time at least, the practice referred to by those who desire to know the truth. But, in fact, it is inaccurate from a theosophic standpoint. For the self is held to be that designated in the Indian books as Ishwara, which is a portion of the eternal spirit enshrined in each human body. That this is the Indian view there is no doubt. The Bhagavad-Gita in Ch. 15 says that an eternal portion of this spirit, "having assumed life in this world of life, attracts the heart and the five senses which belong to nature. Whatever body Ishwara enters or quits, it is connected with it by snatching those senses from nature, even as the breeze snatches perfumes from their very bed. This spirit approaches the objects of sense by presiding over the ear, the eye, the touch more ...

The Good Fight

The Good Fight Letter 4, from "Living the Life," The Friendly Philosopher While situations are not always agreeable, or what we would choose, yet they are the very apparatus by means of which we learn discrimination; you know that. Seeming misfortunes turn into blessings if taken right; this must be true if the purpose of life is to learn. Everything that comes is a part of life, and when it comes to us, it is a part of our life; so all must be right for us if our object is to learn. If people could only look at it in that way, they would learn more, get through with less friction, be happier, and, in reality, have fewer difficulties to surmount; the necessity for learning ceasing, no means are drawn to us for that purpose. It is Karma, all of it, and as students we should realize and benefit by the knowledge. But it takes time for most to do so, and opportunities are lost and energy uselessly expended in the meantime. Our work is with more ...

A Concise Exposition of Chaldaic Dogma

A Concise Exposition of Chaldaic Dogma by Psellus, with additional explanation by Thomas Taylor, extracted from “Collection of the Chaldean Oracles,” Classical Journal, December, 1817; March, June, 1818 “They assert that there are seven corporeal worlds, one Empyrean and the first; after this, three etherial, and then three material worlds,1 the last of which is said to be terrestrial, and the hater of life: and this is the sublunary place, containing likewise in itself matter, which they call a profundity. They are of opinion, that there is one principle of things; and this they celebrate as the one, and the good.2 After this, they venerate a certain paternal profundity,3 consisting of three triads; but each triad contains, father, power, and intellect. After this is the intelligible Iynx,4 then the Synoches, of which one is empyrean, the other etherial, and the third material. The Teletarchæ follow the Synoches. After these succeed th more ...

Ekāgratā

Ekāgratā (एकाग्रता) ekāgratā, [-tā] f. phil. Perfect mental concentration needed for fixing the mind [dharana] in yoga.—Heritage Dictionary of Sanskrit (Dictionnaire Héritage du Sanscrit) (translated from the French) Ekagrata, one-pointed; the perfect concentration of contemplation. (eka, one; agrata, pointed.)—Working Glossary (WQJ)   Ekagrata or Ekagratva (Occult Glossary) Ekagrata or Ekagratva (Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary) Ekagrata (Wikipedia) Ekagrata (Wiktionary [incl. etymology]) See the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 3:12   more ...

Mandala

“Symbols of divine truth were not invented for the amusement of the ignorant; they are the alpha and omega of philosophic thought.”—H.P.B. Mandala मण्डल maṇḍala: circle, disc | ritual diagram | lit. one of the 10 divisions of the Rig Veda, grouped into hymns.—Sanskrit Heritage Dictionary Mandala (Sk.). A circle; also the ten divisions of the Vedas.—Theosophical Glossary Mandala (Sanskrit) Maṇḍala A circle, ball, wheel, ring, or circumference, as the orbit of a heavenly body, and hence a great circle in astronomy, an orb. Also one of the ten mandalas (circles, divisions) of the Rig-Veda Samhita. Also the sacred circular pictures in Buddhist art.—Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary See also: Mandala, Hermes Magazine Symbolism of the Mandala, Buddhist Art & Architecture Mandala (wikipedia) https://youtu.be/GA3su0ECdPc more ...

The Eye of the Bird

One bright, sunny morning, a large group of young boys gathered by the woodland with their bows and arrows. But these were not just ordinary boys. These were the five Pandavas and hundred Kauravas! The five Pandava brothers and hundred Kaurava brothers were cousins, and a fierce rivalry between them began when they were only children. These young princes would eventually grow into men of incredible power. The five Pandavas were even sons of gods!  On this day Drona, their mentor and military expert, organized a competition to test their concentration. Across a stream, Drona set up a small wooden bird in a tree. Upon returning to the boys he told them, “Hello children. Today I want to see who among you can strike the eye of that wooden bird across the river.” The bird appeared tiny from where they were standing, but the boys were confident that they could pass their teacher’s test. Had they not already felled great beasts on their hunts more ...

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