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 ...

Comforts of Life

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.   With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a  more simple and meager life than the poor.  The ancient philosophers, Chinese, Hindu, Persian, and Greek, were a class than which none has been poorer in outward riches, none so rich in inward.  We know not much about them.  It is remarkable that we know so much as we do.  The same is true of the more modern reformers and benefactors of their race.  None can be an impartial  or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.  Of culture, or commerce, or literature, or art.  There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers.  Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to live.  To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, n more ...

Thomas Taylor, the Platonist

See also: The Writings of Thomas Taylor Thomas Taylor, the Platonist A Biographical and Bibliographical Sketch. By William E. A. Axon. (1890) Thomas Taylor, the Platonist, has been variously judged.1 “To strain human curiosity to the utmost limits of human credibility,” says Isaac Disraeli, “a modern Plato has arisen in Mr. Thomas Taylor, who consonant to the Platonic Philosophy, religiously professes polytheism! At the close of the eighteenth century, be it recorded, were published many volumes in which the author affects to avow himself a zealous Platonist, and asserts that he can prove that the Christian religion is 'a bastardized and barbarous Platonism.' The divinities of Plato are the deities to be adored, and we are to be taught to call God, Jupiter; the Virgin, Venus; and Christ, Cupid! The Iliad of Homer allegorized, is converted into a Greek Bible of the Arcana of Nature!”—(Curiosities of Liturature: Modern Platonism.) T. J. M more ...

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 10

Bhagavad-Gita Recension By William Quan Judge Chapter X: Devotion By Means Of The Universal Divine Perfections KRISHNA: "Hear again, O thou of mighty arms, my supreme words, which unto thee who art well pleased I will declare because I am anxious for thy welfare. "Neither the assemblage of the Gods nor the Adept Kings know my origin, because I am the origin of all the Gods and of the Adepts. Whosoever knoweth me to be the mighty Ruler of the universe and without birth or beginning, he among men, undeluded, shall be liberated from all his sins. Subtle perception, spiritual knowledge, right judgment, patience, truth, self-mastery; pleasure and pain, prosperity and adversity; birth and death, danger and security, fear and equanimity, satisfaction, restraint of body and mind, alms-giving, inoffensiveness, zeal and glory and ignominy, all these the various dispositions of creatures come from me. So in former days the seven great Sages and th 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 ...

Collection of the Chaldean Oracles

Collection of the Chaldean Oracles Part I The following remains of Chaldean theology are not only venerable for their antiquity, but inestimably valuable for the unequalled sublimity of the doctrines they contain. They will, doubtless, too, be held in the highest estimation by every liberal mind, when it is considered that some of them are the sources whence the sublime conceptions of Plato flowed; that others are perfectly comforbable to his most abstruse dogmas; and that the most important part of them was corrupted by the Gnostics, and, in this polluted state, became the fountains of barbarous and gigantically daring impiety. That they are of Chaldaic origin, and were not forged by Christians of any denominations, as has been asserted by some superficial writers, is demonstrably evident from the following considerations: In the first place, John Picus, earl of Mirandula, in a letter to Ficinus, informs him that he was in possession o more ...

The New Cycle

The New Cycle La Revue Theosophique, March 21, 1889 We cannot inaugurate this first issue of an official and strictly Theosophical Magazine without giving our readers some information that seems essential to us. Indeed, the ideas held to this day with regard to the Theosophical Society in India, as it has been called, are so vague and so varied, that even many of our members entertain very erroneous views concerning it. Nothing could show more convincingly the necessity of making well known the goals we pursue in a Magazine devoted exclusively to Theosophy. Also, before asking our readers to become interested in it, or even to take up its study, they need to be given some preliminary explanations. What is Theosophy? Why use this pretentious name, we are asked at the outset. When we answer that Theosophy is Divine Wisdom, or the Wisdom of the Gods (Theo-Sophia), rather than that of a God, a still more extraordinary objection is raised: " more ...

Aphorisms on Karma

Aphorisms on Karma The Path, March, 1893 The following, among others not yet used, were given to me by teachers, among them being H. P. Blavatsky. Some were written, others communicated in other ways. To me they were declared to be from manuscripts not now accessible to the general public. Each one was submitted for my judgment and reason; and just as they, aside from any authority, approved themselves to my reason after serious consideration of them, so I hope they will gain the approval of those my fellow workers to whom I now publish them.—William Q. Judge APHORISMS (1) There is no Karma unless there is a being to make it or feel its effects. (2) Karma is the adjustment of effects flowing from causes, during which the being upon whom and through whom that adjustment is effected experiences pain or pleasure. (3) Karma is an undeviating and unerring tendency in the Universe to restore equilibrium, and it operates incessantly. (4) The a more ...

Letters That Have Helped Me: Letter 5

Letters That Have Helped Me Letter 5 It is a relief to turn from these eternal legal quibbles (of my business) to say a word or two on eternal matters. Now and then there are underlined sentences occurring in The Path. These ought to be studied. One about one yogee not doing anything not seen in another yogee's mind will open up a subject. Reticence does not always mean ignorance: if we dig out the knowledge we drag down at the same time rocks and debris of other sorts, whereas, if a miner hands us the nugget, that is all we get at the time. So a slight reticence often results in our going at the digging ourselves. In September Path is another. Getting back the memory of other lives is really the whole of the process, and if some people don't understand certain things it is either because they have not got to that point in their other lives or because no glimmer of memory has yet come. The communion of saints is a reality, and it often more ...

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