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The Religious Question in China

The Religious Question in China Theosophical Forum, June, 1902 “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.”1 It is very instructive for us to consider what might have been the result in China, especially in view of the recent upheaval, if the missionaries of the west had literally obeyed this command of the Founder of ...

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Indian Chronology

Indian Chronology Theosophical Forum, May, 1902 “It holds through all literature, that our best history is still poetry. It is so in Hebrew, in Sanskrit, and in Greek.”—EMERSON. A curious chapter of the fallibility of human reason might be written on the study of ancient Indian Chronology in Europe during the last century. At this day it is almost as difficult for us to look at Indian Chronology, and the hi ...

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The Immortal Family

The Immortal Family Theosophical Forum, February, 1902 Which of us knows much about the corals of Lake Baikal or the warm springs of Lake Issyk Kul; about the two strange seas that unite to form Lob-Nor, and how, when the one is full, the other is empty; or about the rivers of Kashgar that flow hopelessly into the Tarim sands; or the buried cities of the Gobi Desert? Which of us has even heard the names of ...

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The Sacred Books of the Jews

The Sacred Books of the Jews Theosophical Forum, July, 1901 Hardly any Orientalist who writes about the Sacred Books of India can help falling into wonder and astonishment over the marvelous expedients adopted by the schools of the Brahmins to preserve the purity of their texts, and especially of the Rig Veda hymns. We are told of the Anukramanis, or Indexes, giving the first words of each hymn, the number ...

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The Indian Renaissance

The Indian Renaissance Theosophical Forum, May, 1901 At the close of the nineteenth century, the scientific ideal was already visibly losing its power. Very strange; yet an undoubted truth. The Titans of the last generation have gone down into the darkness, and none of like stature have arisen, to take their place. The great new fields have all been entered; and the fresh enthusiasm of conquest is dulled. S ...

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Shankara’s Thought

Shankara's Thought Theosophical Forum, March, 1901 The glamour of India; the hot, luminous sky; palm trees, with their metallic glitter, fringing her sacred rivers; heavy-curtained mango groves, where the golden orioles make their nests; dainty footed gazelles on the sunlight-flooded plains; crimson lotuses in the green darkness of some quiet forest pool; white cloud-wreaths fleeting across the blue, and gr ...

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Colonel Olcott at Home

Colonel Olcott at Home Sunday Providence Journal, 1896 Re-Printed in the Theosophical Forum, February, 1901 There are few more picturesque things in the world, and also few more horribly inconvenient, than landing in the harbor of Madras from one of the big steamers that touch there on their way from Ceylon to Calcutta. While you are still some distance from the land, all seems fair and easy; those white li ...

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Schopenhauer and Shankara

Schopenhauer and Shankara Theosophical Forum, January, 1901 It is a somewhat humiliating thing to think of, that in spite of all the good intentions and praiseworthy endeavours of Sir William Jones and his colleagues of the Calcutta school of Oriental studies, they succeeded in missing altogether the most valuable part of India's intellectual heritage; and but for a grammar or two, which have since been who ...

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Children as Teachers

Children as Teachers Theosophical Forum, December, 1900 When we talk of teaching children, of forming their minds and hearts by suggestions taken from the experience of our own lives, we are often forgetful of the greatest truth which underlies all life. We think of the children as new beings, as fresh, unmolded potencies, as young and tender plants, which we can bend this way and that; and, doubtless, if w ...

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The Meaning of Om

The Meaning of Om Theosophical Forum, September, 1900 According to the tradition of the Eastern Mysteries, the syllable Om is divided into three parts: a-u-m. These three parts stand for the three worlds: a for the natural world; u for the psychic world; m for the celestial world; the fourth, the world of the Eternal, in which these three rest, is symbolized at once by the whole word, and by the silence whi ...

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