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 ...

"The eightfold series of interrelated stages of spiritual awakening leads to the fullness of freedom." — The Aquarian Almanac

Weekly Almanac: Quotes of the Day

True Love

True Love in this differs from gold and clay, That to divide is not to take away. Love is like understanding that grows bright Gazing on many truths; 't is like thy light, Imagination! which from earth and sky, And from the depths of human fantasy, As from a thousand prisms and mirrors, fills The universe with glorious beams, and kills Error, the worm, with many a sun-like arrow Of its reverberating lightning. — Percy Bysshe Shelley more ...

The Cycle Moveth

The Cycle Moveth Lucifer, March, 1890 Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.—TENNYSON The goal of yesterday will be the starting-point of tomorrow.—CARLYLE The great mystic of the eighteenth century, the ardent disciple of Jacob Boehme—Louis Claude de Saint Martin—used to say in the last years of his life: “I would have loved to meet more with those who guess at truths, for such alone are living men.” This remark implies that, outside the limited circle of mystics which has existed in every age, people endowed with correct psychic intuition were still fewer at the end of the last century than they are now. These were, indeed, years of complete soul-blindness and spiritual drought. It is during that century that the chaotic darkness and Babylonish confusion with regard to spiritual things, which have ever reigned in brains too crammed with mere scientific learning, had fully asserted their sway over the mas more ...

The Three Fundamental Propositions

The Secret Doctrine establishes three fundamental propositions:— (a) An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable PRINCIPLE on which all speculation is impossible, since it transcends the power of human conception and could only be dwarfed by any human expression or similitude. It is beyond the range and reach of thought—in the words of Mandukya, "unthinkable and unspeakable." (b) The Eternity of the Universe in toto as a boundless plane; periodically "the playground of numberless Universes incessantly manifesting and disappearing," called "the manifesting stars," and the "sparks of Eternity." "The Eternity of the Pilgrim" is like a wink of the Eye of Self-Existence (Book of Dzyan.) "The appearance and disappearance of Worlds is like a regular tidal ebb of flux and reflux." (c) The fundamental identity of all Souls with the Universal Over-Soul, the latter being itself an aspect of the Unknown Root; and the obligatory pilgrimage for more ...

The Storehouse of Thought

The Storehouse of Thought From a Talk by Robert Crosbie Theosophy, February, 1920 When we consider the idea of thought we must remember that there cannot be thought without a thinker. There are no thoughts that arise of themselves; they are all produced by intelligent beings, no matter what kind of thoughts they are. We are all thinkers, and we all assume that we have minds, but of what does the mind consist? What we call our mind is not, in reality, mind at all. The mind itself is the power to think. The bundles of ideas that we call our minds are the products of the thinking faculty; they are the effects of intelligent ideation, and we have to get further and further back from the effects perceived to the causes of those effects. Mind itself is not limited; we all have the unlimited power to think in any and all directions. But we all are born into or come in contact with different sets of ideas which we consciously or unconsciously a more ...

Devotion of the Early Races

And, to this day, such Brahmins know that, during its early beginnings, psychic and physical intellect being dormant and consciousness still undeveloped, the spiritual conceptions of that race were quite unconnected with its physical surroundings. That divine man dwelt in his animal—though externally human—form; and, if there was instinct in him, no self-consciousness came to enlighten the darkness of the latent fifth principle. When, moved by the law of Evolution, the Lords of Wisdom infused into him the spark of consciousness, the first feeling it awoke to life and activity was a sense of solidarity, of one-ness with his spiritual creators. As the child's first feeling is for its mother and nurse, so the first aspirations of the awakening consciousness in primitive man were for those whose element he felt within himself, and who yet were outside, and independent of him. DEVOTION arose out of that feeling, and became the first and fore more ...

Can The Mahatmas Be Selfish?

Can The Mahatmas Be Selfish? Theosophist, August, 1884 In various writings on occult subjects, it has been stated that unselfishness is a sine qua non for success in occultism. Or a more correct form of putting it, would be that the development of an unselfish feeling is in itself the primary training which brings with it “knowledge which is power” as a necessary accessory. It is not, therefore, “knowledge,” as ordinarily understood, that the occultist works for, but it comes to him as a matter of course, in consequence of his having removed the veil, which screens true knowledge from his view. The basis of knowledge exists everywhere, since the phenomenal world furnishes or rather abounds with facts, the causes of which have to be discovered. We see only the effects in the phenomenal world, for each cause in that world is itself the effect of some other cause, and so on; and, therefore, true knowledge consists in getting at the root of more ...

The States of Consciousness

The States of Consciousness A Page from an Occult Notebook Lucifer, October, 1890 “When the eyes that are beneath are closed, Then the eyes that are above are opened.” Orphic Mysteries. About two years ago1 we discussed the character and sequence of the nine2 states of consciousness as they are taught by a certain school of Occultism in Southern India. As a tentative measure, a comparison was made between this classification and certain doctrines as to states of consciousness put forward in Theosophic writings; a more deliberate consideration of the subject has led us to believe that the comparison, though in the main correct, requires to be altered in certain particulars. To illustrate the comparison and to make the necessary corrections, we shall be compelled to draw up tables of these states, and of certain of their qualities, so that we must from the very commencement give up all pretensions to literary style and form, and seek only more ...

Towards an Enlightened Society

"The world in which we live is globalized. Economies halfway around the world affect our own. Our politics, education, and cultural consumption happen on a global scale. Our ethics and morality also need to be globalized. A new global order calls for a new global ethic. A global ethic is the key to addressing the true difficulties of our time." With this simple, but powerful thought, Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist teacher, begins his exploration of Buddhism's contribution to the society of the future, or in his words an Enlightened Society. His approach, called "Engaged Buddhism" is not only a call-to-action, but a way of life and a way forward for humanity. It is an attempt to bring the ethics and practice of Buddhism—most importantly, that of mindfulness—into our daily lives and directly into our deepest societal issues. "Mindfulness is the basis of a Buddhist ethic. What does being mindful mean? It means, first of all, that we stop and ob more ...

The Life of Plato, by Olympiodorus

The Life of Plato by Olympiodorus tr. Thomas Taylor ———— [p. 1] Let us now speak of the race of the philosopher, not for the sake of relating many particulars concerning him, but rather with a view to the advantage and instruction of his readers; since he was by no means an obscure man, but one who attracted the attention of many. For it is said that the father of Plato was Aristo, the son of Aristocles, from who he refers his origin to Solon the legislator. Hence with primitive zeal he wrote twelve books of Laws, and eleven books on a Republic. But his mother was Perictione, who descended from Neleus the son of Codrus. They say then that an Apolloniacal spectre1 had connexion with his mother Perictione, and that, appearing in the night to Aristo, it commanded [p. 2] him not to sleep with Perictione during the time of her pregnancy—which mandate Aristo obeyed. While he was yet an infant, his parents are said to have placed him in Hymett more ...

Single-Mindedness: An Indian Tale

ONCE Hanuman went on a pilgrimage to the holy places consecrated to his beloved Rama, seeking a vision of his Lord.  Whilst on his journey he entered a forest in Krishna's kingdom of Dwarka. Krishna, knowing that Hanuman had arrived, wanted to see again the greatest of his devotees from his former incarnation.  He therefore asked his disciple Garuda to find Hanuman and tell him that King Balarama wished to meet him.  Unfortunately, Garuda had become very proud of his immense strength and felt insulted that he should be called upon to give a message to a mere monkey.  "Lord, please assign me an errand more befitting my position", he pleaded. "I have chosen you for this talk as it is of great importance", replied Krishna, hoping also to  reach Garuda a lesson. Garuda finally found a great monkey sitting with eyes closed, lost in deep meditation.  He shouted, " O Monkey, King Balarama wishes to meet you."  When Hanuman did not respond, Gar more ...

© 2016 Universal Theosophy.com

Scroll to top