Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by Skull, Dec 18, 2016.
Here is André's Newsletter explaining about his theosophy project:
Theosophy teaches, as foremost of all virtues, altruism and self-sacrifice, brotherhood and compassion for every living creature, without, for all that, worshipping Man or Humanity.
Theosophy has some nice attributes, but it also has a whole lot of bullshit. I get wary anytime someone claims their writings were written via 'automatic writing', being directly dictated by some dude named Koot Hoomi, who was supposedly living on top of some Himalayan mountain. And the ridiculous teaching regarding Atlantis, among other things, are just silly. Red flags all over the place!
Have not read this spiritual adventure for many years. For an exploration of India in the 1880s by Helena Blavatsky do consider it. She wrote it installments for Russian magazines. It is much more than a travelogue.
This translation is by Boris de Zirkoff, her distant relative and is the only complete one. The other one that is all over the internet was done in 1892 and was chopped down to less than half the size of the original.
From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan: H. P. Blavatsky Collected Writings by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Program of a European conference on Death & Dying in mid-October 2018:
Here is an interview with an theosophic Indian Sage, Sri M. Use the Caption option if his English is hard to follow.
410. Sri M, Second Interview
One of the very best biographies of Blavatsky is now in PDF format:
The law of karma and rebirth powerfully affects human life. Here is a little from Christmas Humphreys booklet Karma and Rebirth:
"Only by studying, and to some extent grasping, an outline of the Wisdom of which Karma and Rebirth are part can the meanest vision of the doctrine be attained, and even then it is difficult to examine it apart from the Wisdom itself from which, as sunlight in the air, it is inseparable. Yet the difficulty is largely of our own making. For centuries the Western mind has been building up an utterly false notion of a separate ‘I’, and it is hard for us to grasp a view of existence in which the separative self is viewed as an illusion and the father of all suffering. It follows, whether or not the idea be pleasing to the scholar mind, that only he who treads the Way which leads to the end of separative self-hood will attain to understanding of the Wisdom wherein self, as something separate, can have no abiding-place.
Study, deep study, quiet meditation on the living principles revealed in that study, and the constant, self-regardless application of those principles to daily life, these alone will provide the final ‘proof’ of the laws of Karma and Rebirth, and only he who knows them thus will be in a position to offer to the West, by the written and the spoken word and by the force of character, the Wisdom of which the West has so abundant and so urgent need."
Christmas Humphreys, 1942
"The word Karma, or in its neuter form, Karman (in Pali, Kamma), is a Sanskrit word from the root kri, meaning to do or to make. Karma is therefore ‘doing’ or ‘making’, but in the course of time the word has been applied to what Lessing has described as the oldest doctrine in the world. It may be viewed exoterically, from the material point of view, in which case it is merely the law of causation, the balance of cause and effect, the fact known in every science laboratory that action and reaction are equal and opposite. Esoterically, from the spiritual point of view, Karma is the law of moral retribution, whereby not only does every cause have an effect, but he who puts the cause in action suffers the effect. Professor Radhakrishnan has called it ‘the law of the conservation of moral energy’...
This law of merit and demerit, Karma in the sense of the reign of moral law, is neither particularly Hindu, Buddhist nor Theosophical. It is fundamental in all Oriental philosophy, and was preached by St. Paul. ‘Brethren, be not deceived. God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.’ For the first few centuries of Christianity it remained a cardinal belief in the West. But at the Council of Constantinople, in A.D. 551, the Christian Fathers, finding the doctrine of Rebirth incompatible with the curious system of thought which they were in the process of creating, decided that belief in Rebirth should be henceforth anathema, and with this doctrine went that which
makes it necessary of acceptance, Karma."
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