Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Buddha Vow

“The Buddha Vow is holy because it is a vow taken on behalf of all. ” — Aquarian Almanac

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Jewels in the Lotus

The Cooling of the Earth

The Cooling of the Earth

The Tathagata is greatly to be honoured And profound in wisdom; And long has he kept secret this message, Not endeavoring hastily to declare it, The wise, if they hear it, Are able to accept and discern; The ignorant doubt and turn away, Losing it perpetually. Therefore, Kasyapa, According to their powers I preach to […] 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

Theosophical Symbolism

Theosophical Symbolism

Theosophical Symbolism The Path, May, 1886 The number 7 has, ever since the Theosophical Society was founded November 17th, 1875, played a prominent part in all its affairs, and, as usual, the symbols which particularly relate or pertain to the Society are in number, seven. They are: first the seal of the Society; second, the […] 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

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang

                    One day when Confucius went to see Lao Tzu, it was eveident that Lao Tzu had been washing his hair, which was spread out to dry.  Lao Tzu himself sat so utterly motionless that one could not believe a human being was there at all.  […] Read more

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