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 ...

An individual must feel, both abstractly and concretely, a secure sense of joyous eros in fellowship, and a positive sense of solidarity with hapless human beings everywhere.

Fiery Brooding

The meditation they urged on us has been explained as the 'inexpressible yearnings of the inner man to go out into the infinite.' But that Infinite we would enter is living.  It is the ultimate being of us. Meditation is a fiery brooding on that majestical Self.  We imagine ourselves into Its vastness.  We conceive ourselves as mirroring Its infinitudes,  as moving in all things, as living in all beings, in earth, water, air, fire, aether.  We try to know as It knows, to live as It lives, to be compassionate as It is compassionate.  We equal ourselves to It that we may understand It and become It.  We do not kneel to It as slaves, but as Children of the King we lift ourselves up to that Glory, and affirm to ourselves that we are what we imagine. 'What a man thinks, that he is: that is the old secret,' said the wise.  We have imagined ourselves into this pitiful dream of life.  By imagination and will we re-enter true being, becoming tha 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 9

Bhagavad-Gita Recension By William Quan Judge Chapter IX: Devotion by Means of the Kingly Knowledge and the Kingly Mystery KRISHNA: “Unto thee who findest no fault I will now make known this most mysterious knowledge, coupled with a realization of it, which having known thou shalt be delivered from evil. This is the royal knowledge, the royal mystery, the most excellent purifier, clearly comprehensible, not opposed to sacred law, easy to perform, and inexhaustible. Those who are unbelievers in this truth, O harasser of thy foes, find me not, but revolving in rebirth return to this world, the mansion of death. “All this universe is pervaded by me in my invisible form; all things exist in me, but I do not exist in them. Nor are all things in me; behold this my divine mystery: myself causing things to exist and supporting them all but dwelling not in them. Understand that all things are in me even as the mighty air which passes everywhere 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 ...

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 ...

Arjuna’s Beliefs

Arjuna's Beliefs Theosophical Forum, November, 1902 In Vedic India there were two quite distinct beliefs as to death and the soul's future destiny; the one belief belonging to the Vedic Hymns, and the other to the Upanishads, and especially to Rajput sages like King Pravahana, son of Jibala, with whom it was a secret traditional teaching. The belief of the Hymns, which we may call the belief of the Brahmans, was intimately bound up with the ritual that evolved the Yajur and Sama Vedas out of the materials of the Rig Veda. For, according to this belief, a man's hopes of heaven depended above all things on his fulfillment of the ritual, “the works of the law,” as Paul would call it; and his stay there depended on the fulfillment of the same ritual by his sons and his son's sons, in unbroken line. Failing issue, or failing the clue performance of ritual by his descendants, a man was, as Jaratkâru's Fathers said, pitifully suspended over th more ...

Letters That Have Helped Me: Letter 4

Letters That Have Helped Me Letter 4 Dear Sir and Brother: In cogitating lately I thought of you in respect to some of my own thoughts. I was reading a book and looking around within myself to see how I could enlarge my idea of brotherhood. Practice in benevolence will not give it its full growth. I had to find some means of reaching further, and struck on this, which is as old as old age. I am not separate from anything. "I am that which is." That is, I am Brahma, and Brahma is everything. But being in an illusionary world, I am surrounded by certain appearances that seem to make me separate. So I will proceed to mentally state and accept that I am all these illusions. I am my friends,—and then I went to them in general and in particular. I am my enemies; then I felt them all. I am the poor and the wicked; I am the ignorant. Those moments of intellectual gloom are the moments when I am influenced by those ignorant ones who are myself. more ...

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