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The Symbolism of the Upanishads

The Symbolism of the Upanishads The Path, January-March, 1894 I. Students of the Oriental Theosophy, which finds its highest expression in the Ten Upanishads, are met at the outset by a serious difficulty which has proved a real stumbling-block in the way of many earnest disciples, and has almost completely veiled the true meaning of these most ancient mystical books to all who have approached them in a pur ...

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Mars and Mercury: A Possible Solution

Mars and Mercury A Possible Solution.1 Lucifer, September, 1893 The solution of the difficulty about Mars and Mercury may possibly be this. These two Planets may very well belong to our “System of Worlds” without belonging to our “Planetary Chain” as that expression is used in The Secret Doctrine; that is, to our Earth with it six higher companions, corresponding to the six higher principles. Our total evol ...

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Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism Lucifer, May, 1893 Tibetan Buddhism, from which most of the technical terms in the Secret Doctrine are drawn, has been hitherto almost an “unknown land” in the study of World-Religions; and the closely allied school of Nepalese Buddhism, with its Sanskrit Scriptures, has been, perhaps, known even less. Recently, however, valuable texts, such as the Buddha Charita and the Jâtaka Mâlâ have sh ...

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The Living Power of Theosophy

The Living Power of Theosophy The Theosophical Movement, April, 1932 One of the difficulties under which students of Theosophy labor is the practical and therefore one-sided or distorted view they take of the Wisdom-Religion. For some, Theosophy takes the place of an outworn creed; for others it provides a better field for philosophic speculation; for a third class it is the interesting study of a new scien ...

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Pages from the Upanishads—Mandukya Upanishad

Pages from the Upanishads (From the Mândûkya Upanishad) Irish Theosophist, December, 1892 & January, 1893 ———— THE FOUR STEPS OF THE SELF. The syllable OM is all; its expansion is what has been, what is, what shall be; all is OM. And whatever is beyond the three times, is also OM. (1) All that, is the Eternal, and this Self is the Eternal; and this, the Self, has four steps. (2) Waking life, which perce ...

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Gleams from the Dawn-Land

Gleams from the Dawn-Land THE PEAKS OF ATLANTIS. Lucifer, December, 1892 Frequent allusion is made, in the pages of the Secret Doctrine, to the reminiscences still existing among the Polynesians of the vanished continent of Atlantis; and the general statement is made that these tribes of the Pacific Islands, who are the pure descendants of one of the earliest sub-races, have extensive legends of the catacly ...

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An Outline of the “Secret Doctrine”

An Outline of the “Secret Doctrine” Lucifer, October-December, 1891, January-March & May, 1892 [In these papers an attempt will be made to give a clear account of the theory of life and development contained in Madame Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine, based on stanzas from the Book of Dzyan. As it is impossible within the limits to which we are restricted to bring forward all the arguments in support of thes ...

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Vikramâditya’s “Jewel.”

Vikramâditya's “Jewel.” [A DRAMATIC FRAGMENT.] Lucifer, March, 1891 ——— Dramatis personae. 1. Ghost of Kâlidâsa (the Court-poet of King Vikramâditya). 2. Professor M.M. (Orientalist). 3. Smith (a plebeian). ——— Scene. Kâlidâsa's Cave, in the Râjmahal Hills. On either side, carved stone columns, disappearing in the gloom. On the walls, dimly-seen sculptures of Râma, and the nine-headed Râvanna. In the backgr ...

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Mrs. Donne’s Astral Body

Mrs. Donne's Astral Body Lucifer, January, 1891 Turning over the pages of Walton's Lives the other day, I came upon the following very interesting account of the apparition of a living person appearing to another person at a distance:— At this time of Mr. Donne's and his wife's living in Sir Robert's house, the Lord Hay was by King James sent upon a glorious embassy to the then French King Henry the Fourth; ...

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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 t ...

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