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 ...

Theosophy in Daily Life

How shall we apply Theosophy in daily life?  First, to think what we are in reality, on arising; to endeavour to realize what this small segment of our great existence may mean in the long series of such existences: to resolve to live throughout the day from the highest of our realizations: to see in each event and circumstance a reproduction in small or in great of that which has been: and to deal with each and every one of these from the same high point.  Resolve to deal with them as though each had a deep occult meaning and presented an opportunity to further the successes of the past , or undo the errors. Thus living from moment to moment, hour to hour, life will be seen as a portion of a great web of action and reaction, intermeshed at every point, and connected with the Soul which provided the energy that sustained it.  If each event is so considered throughout the day, be it small or great, the power to guide and control your ene more ...

Movements: Buddhism

Our Wisdom of the Ages section attempts to demonstrate the continuous stream of the ancient Wisdom Tradition throughout human history. As we continue to build the section we will regularly bring to the fore selections highlighting individuals, systems of thought, schools, movements, etc.. We now highlight our section on Buddhism, complete with a selection of works and articles. Buddhism is one of the most profound, most all-encompassing spiritual philosophies of humanity. It traces its origins to Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha. There are several "schools" of Buddhist thought and practice, where variations of the main themes occur, the main division being the northern and southern schools, or the Mahayana and the Theravada traditions. Within the Mahayana there are also other division, such as the Mādhyamika and the Yogācāra. Buddhism was founded on Indian soil, specifically in the north of India, across the Gangetic plain. more ...

What are the Theosophists?

What are the Theosophists? Theosophist, October, 1879 Are they what they claim to be—students of natural law, of ancient and modern philosophy, and even of exact science? Are they Deists, Atheists, Socialists, Materialists, or Idealists; or are they but a schism of modern Spiritualism,—mere visionaries? Are they entitled to any consideration, as capable of discussing philosophy and promoting real science; or should they be treated with the compassionate toleration which one gives to "harmless enthusiasts"? The Theosophical Society has been variously charged with a belief in "miracles," and "miracle-working"; with a secret political object—like the Carbonari; with being spies of an autocratic Czar; with preaching socialistic and nihilistic doctrines; and, mirabile dictu, with having a covert understanding with the French Jesuits, to disrupt modern Spiritualism for a pecuniary consideration! With equal violence they have been denounced as more ...

Musings on the True Theosophist’s Path

Musings on the True Theosophist's Path The Path, August, 1886 "The way of inward peace is in all things to conform to the pleasure and disposition of the Divine Will. Such as would have all things succeed and come to pass according to their own fancy, are not come to know this way; and therefore lead a harsh and bitter life; always restless and out of humor, without treading the way of peace." Know then, oh Man, that he who seeks the hidden way, can only find it through the door of life. In the hearts of all, at some time, there arises the desire for knowledge. He who thinks his desire will be fulfilled, as the little bird in the nest, who has only to open his mouth to be fed; will very truly be disappointed. In all nature we can find no instance where effort of some kind is not required. We find there is a natural result from such effort. He who would live the life or find wisdom can only do so by continued effort. If one becomes a stu more ...

The First Step

The First Step Re-printed in “Living the Life” (original publication unknown) In the ocean of worldly life man strives for happiness. His knowledge and experience of the past years of the present incarnation are consubstantial with the longings of his desires and ambitions, the urges of his senses and organs. Faith and religious feeling spring from and are subservient to the forces of his environment. Many men live in this state of waking life and their dream state is but an extension of their mundane strife and striving. Then death comes and the incarnation is over. Of such The Voice of the Silence says: Behold the Hosts of Souls. Watch how they hover o'er the stormy sea of human life, and how, exhausted, bleeding, broken-winged, they drop one after other on the swelling waves. Tossed by the fierce winds, chased by the gale, they drift into the eddies and disappear within the first great vortex. The real nature of life on earth is not more ...

Letters That Have Helped Me: Letter 3

Letters That Have Helped Me Letter 3 Say, Brother Jasper, are you tired? I am. Not tired of fate or of the great "Leaders of the World," but with all these people who gape and gape and are (excuse me) so Americanly "independent," as if men were ever independent of each other. You ask about the "moment of choice." It is made up of all moments. It is not in space or time, but is the aggregation of those moments flying by us each instant. It is referred to in Esoteric Buddhism as a period not yet arrived for the race, when it will as a whole be compelled to make choice for good or evil. But any single individual can bring on the period for himself. When it will or has come, the uninstructed cannot tell. For the student of occultism it may come in the next instant, or it may come one hundred lives after. But it cannot come this instant unless all the previous lives have led up to it. Yet as regards the student, even if it be presented to hi more ...

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 7

Bhagavad-Gita Recension By William Quan Judge Chapter VII: Devotion By Means Of Spiritual Discernment KRISHNA: “Hear, O son of Pritha, how with heart fixed on me, practicing meditation and taking me as thy refuge, thou shalt know me completely. I will instruct thee fully in this knowledge and in its realization, which, having learned, there remains nothing else to be known. “Among thousands of mortals a single one perhaps strives for perfection, and among those so striving perhaps a single one knows me as I am. Earth, water, fire, air, and akasa, Manas, Buddhi, and Ahankara is the eightfold division of my nature. It is inferior; know that my superior nature is different and is the knower; by it the universe is sustained; learn that the whole of creation springs from this too as from a womb; I am the cause, I am the production and the dissolution of the whole universe. There is none superior to me, O conqueror of wealth, and all things h more ...

The Mouse and the Camel

A small mouse once caught a camel's head-rope in its paws and went off with it. Due to the nimbleness with which the camel set off, the mouse was duped into thinking himself a champion.  His obvious pride struck the camel. Presently the mouse came to a great river, such as would have dismayed any lion or wolf. The mouse halted, not knowing what to do. "Comrade over mountain and plain," said the camel, "why are you standing still? Into the river with you! You are my guide and leader; do not halt half-way, paralyzed!" "But this is a vast and deep river", said the mouse. "I am afraid of being drowned, comrade." "Let me see how deep the water is" said the camel, and quickly set his foot in it." "Why, the water only comes up to my knee", he went on. "What is the problem?" "To you it is an ant, but to me it is a dragon", said the mouse.  "There is a great differences between one knee and another. If it only reaches your knee, it passes a hund more ...

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