Weekly Theme for Contemplation:Head-Learning and Soul-Wisdom

“Action based upon spiritual insight has a moral simplicity that neither can be understood nor imitated by the lower mind.”  — Aquarian Almanac

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Jewels in the Lotus

Castles in the Air

Castles in the Air

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal […] Read more

Articles by H.P. Blavatsky

“The Light of Asia”

“The Light of Asia”

“The Light of Asia” 1 As Told in Verse by an Indian Buddhist. [Review & Summary] Theosophist, October, 1879 A timely work in poetical form, and one whose subject—perfect though the outward clothing be—is sure to provoke discussion and bitter criticisms, has just made its appearance. It is inscribed to “The Sovereign, Grand Master and […] Read more

Articles by W.Q. Judge

The Adepts in America in 1776

The Adepts in America in 1776

The Adepts in America in 1776 By an Ex-Asiatic Theosophist, October, 1883 The following suggestions and statements are made entirely upon the personal responsibility of the writer, and without the knowledge or consent—as far as he knows—of the adepts who are in general terms therein referred to. The reflecting mind is filled with astonishment upon […] Read more

Meditation, Mindfulness and Self-Study

Contemplation

Contemplation

Contemplation Theosophist, February, 1884 A general misunderstanding of this term seems to prevail. The popular idea appears to be to confine oneself for half an hour—or at the utmost two hours—in a private room, and passively gaze at one’s nose, a spot on the wall, or, perhaps, a crystal. This is supposed to be the […] Read more

Science of Spirituality

Plato's Chariot Allegory, with the Commentary of Hermeas

Plato’s Chariot Allegory, with the Commentary of Hermeas

The following is an exploration of the Platonic Charioteer Allegory, an allegory which appears not only in Greek philosophy, but also in Indian spiritual texts, both with quite similar underlying meanings. Before we come to Plato’s use of the Allegory along with Hermeas’s excellent explanation, let us quickly touch upon its use in eastern texts. The main source […] Read more

Philosophy of Perfectability

Poetical Occultism

Poetical Occultism

Poetical Occultism Some Rough Studies of the Occult Leanings of the Poets. The Path, November, 1886 Perhaps no passage in Light on the Path is more forcible than that which warns the disciple against allowing the idea of separateness from any evil thing or person to grow up within him. He is bidden to “be […] Read more

Religion of Responsibility

Emerson's Over-Soul: A Theosophical Perspective

Emerson’s Over-Soul: A Theosophical Perspective

  Emerson on the Over-Soul The great spiritual literature of mankind is written with a certain poetic beauty.  If you think of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Dhammapada, The Tao Te Ching or the Voice of the Silence you cannot help but feel a musical quality about the writing. If you were to read Plato in the […] Read more

Society of the Future

 

Stories

Ragnarök, the Apocalypse of Norse Mythology

Ragnarök, the Apocalypse of Norse Mythology

The Following beautiful account of the story of Ragnarök is from Asgard and the Gods, by Wilhelm Wägner. This book is quoted several times in H. P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine, see, for instance, Volume II, p. 100 (where the following story is partially commented upon): Ragnarök The glory of the sun was darkened, wicked Idises were seen flying […] Read more

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