It is fitting that this work should finally appear in English just at this moment, when the influence of pseudo-esoteric spiritualities on global politics is probably greater than ever before in Western history.
Author: René Guénon
Publisher: Sophia Perennis
Category: Literary Collections
Since the late nineteenth century, the Theosophical Society has been a central force in the movement now known as the New Age. Just as the Communist Party was considered 'old hat' by peace activists in the '60s, so the Theosophical Society was looked upon by many in the 'spiritual revolution' of those years as cranky, uninteresting, and passé. But the Society, like the Party, was always there, and-despite its relatively few members-always better organized than anybody else. Since then, the Society's influence has certainly not waned. It plays an important role in today's global interfaith movement, and, since the flowering of the New Age in the '70s, has established increasingly intimate ties with the global elites. And its various spinoffs, such as Elizabeth Clare Prophet's Summit Lighthouse, and Benjamin Crème's continuing attempt to lead a 'World Teacher Maitreya' onto the global stage-just as the Society tried to do in the last century with Krishnamurti-continue to send waves through the sea of 'alternative' spiritualities. Guénon shows how our popular ideas of karma and reincarnation actually owe more to Theosophy than to Hinduism or Buddhism, provides a clear picture of the charlatanry that was sometimes a part of the Society's modus operandi, and gives the early history of the Society's bid for political power, particularly its role as an agent of British imperialism in India. It is fitting that this work should finally appear in English just at this moment, when the influence of pseudo-esoteric spiritualities on global politics is probably greater than ever before in Western history.
Written in 1904 (CW 9) Theosophy is a key work for gaining a solid footing in spiritual reality as described by Rudolf Steiner. It is organized into four parts. First, Steiner builds a comprehensive understanding of human nature: physical bodily nature; soul qualities; spirit being, or I-being; and the higher spiritual aspects. This leads us to Steiner's description of the human being as sevenfold: Material, physical body Ether body, or body of life forces Sentient soul body Mind soul Spirit-filled consciousness soul Life spirit Spirit body In the next section, Steiner offers an extraordinary overview of the laws of reincarnation and the principles of karma, as we pass from one life to the next. This prepares us for the third section, in which he shows the various ways in which we live--during life on earth and after death and in the three worlds of body, soul, and spirit. Finally, we are given a succinct description of the path of knowledge, along which each person can begin to understand the marvelous and harmonious complexity of the psycho-spiritual worlds in their fullness. Contents: Foreword by Michael Holdrege Prefaces by Rudolf Steiner Chapter 1: The Essential Nature of the Human Being: The Bodily Nature of the Human Being The Soul Nature of the Human Being The Spirit Nature of the Human Being Body, Soul, and Spirit Chapter 2: Destiny & the Reincarnation of the Spirit Chapter 3: The Three Worlds: The Soul World The Soul in the Soul World after Death The Country of Spirit Beings The Spirit in Spirit Country after Death The Physical World and Its Connection to the Worlds of Souls and Spirits Chapter 4: The Path to Knowledge Related Reading Index This volume is a translation of « Theosophie, Einführung in übersinnliche Welterkenntnis und Menschenbestimmung » (GA 9)
At the end of the 19th century one of the most philosophically important and culturally influential occult movements was Theosophy.
Author: Anita Stasulane
Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop
At the end of the 19th century one of the most philosophically important and culturally influential occult movements was Theosophy. Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) was intrigued by the doctrine disseminated by Helena Petrovna Blavatskaya. He responded to the mytic, poetic and aestetic implications og theosophical thought. The artist of extraordinary Himalayan landscapes who was created more than 7000 painting wrote extensively on the arts and ethics.
Admittedly , these do little more than transmit the theosophy of both of the
previous areas , at least in part , and they do it through rituals or through the
instructions that accompany the rituals . It is well known that the last third of the
Author: Antoine Faivre
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A historical and interpretive study of three aspects of Western esotericism from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.
As beginners in the study of Theosophy ask numerous questions, an attempt has been made in this book to present the broad teachings of Theosophy in a systematic way in the form of questions and answers.
Author: Pestonji Temulji Pavri
Publisher: Sea of Theosophy
As beginners in the study of Theosophy ask numerous questions, an attempt has been made in this book to present the broad teachings of Theosophy in a systematic way in the form of questions and answers. The material collected here is drawn from over hundred books and pamphlets, mainly the works of that wonderful occultist, Bishop Charles Leadbeater, and the famous President of the Theosophical Society, Dr. Annie Besant. The purpose of this book is to make the study of Theosophy a little easier in its elementary stage, before more advanced and comprehensive books, dealing with abstruse and metaphysical questions, are taken up for study.
Both, however, eagerly embraced theosophy and quickly began active careers of
writing and speaking on its behalf. Like so many early theosophists, they were
vigorous, controversial, outspoken persons who made an impact on their age, ...
Author: Robert Ellwood
Publisher: Quest Books
A professor of religion explores Theosophical ideas in modern times. Major concepts discussed include reincarnation, karma, evolution, the Oneness of all life, the cyclic nature of creation, and the mystery of consciousness.
In this fascinating volume on the Theosophical movement, Rudolf Steiner, one of its primary participants, tells his story in his own words. We are told of the origins of the theosophical movement in spiritualism and somnambulism.
Author: Rudolf Steiner
Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
The Spiritual Revolution of the twentieth century -- the "New Age" -- is unimaginable without the spiritualist movement and the formidable personality of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the creator of the Theosophical Society. Without these two, the work of Rudolf Steiner, G. I. Gurdjieff, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sri Aurobindo, and C. G. Jung, and could not have been what it was. In this fascinating volume on the Theosophical movement, Rudolf Steiner, one of its leading participants, tells his own story in his own words about the origins of the theosophical movement in spiritualism and somnambulism, as well as his own version of Anthroposophy's relation to Theosophy. Steiner also relates Theosophy to its historical ground in Western esotericism, above all Rosicrucianism. He reveals events from the seventeenth century that led to the emergence of Freemasonry and other secret societies, the hidden history of the creation of Theosophy itself in the nineteenth century, and conflicts that are still reverberating between Anglo-Saxon and Germanic occult streams today.
Release on 2007-03-01 | by Charles Webster Leadbeater
Author: Charles Webster Leadbeater
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
Theosophy is an esoteric course of study that resides at the crossroads of philosophy, religion, and science. This expository work, by renowned spiritual adept Charles W. Leadbeater and first published in 1912, is a succinct, practical description of the movement, which is, at its base, a study of Truth. Leadbeater, having been thoroughly educated within a number of schools of religious thought, is a uniquely qualified guide who leads the reader through the challenging field of Theosophy, with but one goal in mind: To serve humanity by showing all students the way to be one with the divine energy of God. English clergyman turned spiritualist CHARLES WEBSTER LEADBEATER (1854-1934) was ordained as an Anglican priest, but later joined the prominent Theosophical Society and traveled to India to study alternative spiritual and occult practices, eventually settling into his life as a clairvoyant and author. His other works include Man Visible and Invisible and The Science of the Sacrament.
Release on 2017-03-03 | by BLESSED ANTONIO ROSMINI
Self-evident ideological principles receive, in theosophy, further explanation
when seen founded in subsistent Being I. Two parts of metaphysics: psychology
and theosophy II. Theosophy is pure science, not practical science III.
Author: BLESSED ANTONIO ROSMINI
Publisher: CATHOLIC LIFE INTERNATIONAL
Rosmini's Theosophy is the crowning work of his philosophical study and reflection. Written for the most part towards the end of his life and running to five volumes, it was never completed. His intent is to investigate being in all its extension and forms.
This rare book comprises four lectures given by Besant on the meaning of Theosophy, first in relation to its being the Paravidya, of the Supreme Knowledge; secondly, its role as the Open Road to the Masters, the great teachers of Wisdom; ...
Author: Annie Wood Besant
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
This rare book comprises four lectures given by Besant on the meaning of Theosophy, first in relation to its being the Paravidya, of the Supreme Knowledge; secondly, its role as the Open Road to the Masters, the great teachers of Wisdom; thirdly, as the Root of all the great Religions; and tackled lastly is the Meaning, the Purpose, and the Functions of the Theosophical Society. This engaging text written by the prolific theosophist Annie Besant comprises a comprehensive exposition of the aforementioned topics and as such is a must-read for any student of theosophy. Annie Besant was a prominent British socialist, theosophist, writer, activist and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule. Originally published in 1913, we are proud to republish this scarce text with an introductory biography of the author.
THEOSOPHY A Magazine Devoted to The Theosophical Movement, The
Brotherhood of Humanity, The Study of Occult Science and Philosophy, and
Aryan Literature. “THEOSOPHY” is published by The United Lodge of
Theosophists. Like the ...
Author: William Judge
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Reproduction of the original: The Ocean of Theosophy by William Judge
The issuance of The Key to Theosophy marked the first time since the Society's
founding that the term "Theosophy" had been used in the title of a book. The
nature of the work itself, and by implication its aim, was described by the sub-title,
Author: H P Blavatsky
Publisher: Quest Books
Questions and answers on Theosophical ideas, such as karma, spiritualism, reincarnation, and prayer.
Theosophy,. and. Identity. “We want more books written by sympathetic folk-
lorists, like our friend Mr. W. B. Yeats” concludes F.W. Kirby in the theosophical
journal Luci- fer. “In his little book The Celtic Twilight, he has faithfully and
Author: Ken Monteith
Category: Literary Criticism
When H. P. Blavatsky, the controversial head of the turn of the century movement Theosophy, defined "a true Theosophist" in her book The Key to Theosophy, she could have just as easily have been describing W. B. Yeats. Blavatsky writes, "A true Theosophist must put in practice the loftiest moral ideal, must strive to realize his unity with the whole of humanity, and work ceaselessly for others." Although Yeats joined Blavatsky's group in 1887, and subsequently left to help form The Golden Dawn in 1890, Yeats's career as poet and politician were very much in line with the methods set forth by Blavatsky's doctrine. My project explores how Yeats employs this pop-culture occultism in the creation of his own national literary aesthetic. This project not only examines the influence theosophy has on the literary work Yeats produced in the late 1880's and 1890's, but also Yeats's work as literary critic and anthology editor during that time. While Yeats uses theosophy's metaphysical world view to provide an underlying structure for some of his earliest poetry and drama, he uses theosophy's methods of investigation and argument to discover a metaphysical literary tradition which incorporates all of his own literary heroes into an Irish cultural tradition. Theosophy provides a methodology for Yeats to argue that both Shelley and Blake (for example) are part of a tradition that includes himself. Basing his argument in theosophy, Yeats can argue that the Irish people are a distinct race with a culture more "sincere" and "natural" than that of England.
The American Section was formally chartered in 1886, and this book was published in 1987 -- a century as full of events and change for the Society as for the country itself.
Author: Joy Mills
Publisher: Quest Books
The colorful history of the Theosophical Society in America. Although Helena P. Blavatsky and Henry S. Olcott founded the Theosophical Society in New York in 1875, they left the country in 1878 for India, where they established the international headquarters. It might seem that the three short years would not be long enough to establish firm roots here, yet by 1886 there were 14 branches in cities as far flung as St. Louis, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The American Section was formally chartered in 1886, and this book was published in 1987 -- a century as full of events and change for the Society as for the country itself.
CHAPTER X JESUS CHRIST, BUDDHISM, AND THE ANCIENT MYSTERIES
Since there is a close rapport between Theosophy and Buddhism, at least as this
latter is popularly understood, and since, again, there is a considerable relation ...
Author: M. Carta Sturge
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
Theosophy and Christianity is one of a series of evidential books drawn up at the instance of the Christian Evidence Society. Originally published in 1917. This is the 1922 Second Edition.
Theosophy. “This book cannot be read the way people ordinarily read books in
this day and age. In some respects, its readers will have to work their way
through each page and even each single sentence the hard way.” —RUDOLF
Author: Carl Unger
In part one, Carl Unger outlines and unlocks one of Rudolf Steiner's most essential works, Theosophy: An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos (CW 9). As a close personal student of Rudolf Steiner and a member of his esoteric school, Carl Unger gained deep understanding of Steiner's most profound works, especially Theosophy. For those who want to "crack" this book and are willing to work, Carl Unger's commentary will prove enlightening and help the reader penetrate beyond an intellectual understanding of Steiner's seminal work. In part two, the author guides the reader through the essential principles that underlay anthroposophic Spiritual Science. In his foreword to its earlier publication, Alan Howard wrote, "This little volume, though not the only work from Unger's hand, is the essence of what he did in this field. It is not everybody's book, nor, even for those who decide to take it up, an easy book. Each sentence builds closely on all that precede it; each is essential to all that follow. For those students, however, who seek a secure foundation in pure thought for the suprasensory realities of which Steiner speaks, and are willing to give it the study it deserves, this book will be a continuing reward and delight."
THEOSOPHY 'rnUE AND FALSE. THE title of this chapter, “ Theosophy True and
False,” is not intended to set forth the absolute truth of either theosophy, but only
to infer that when a group of thinkers selects a certain title for their teachings, ...
But Theosophy knows that the whole is constituted of the visible and the invisible,
and perceiving outer things and objects to be but transitory it grasps the facts of
nature, both without and within. It is therefore complete in itself and sees no ...
Author: William Quan Judge
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
An attempt is made in the pages of this book to write of theosophy in such a manner as to be understood by the ordinary reader. Bold statements are made in it upon the knowledge of the writer, but at the same time it is distinctly to be understood that he alone is responsible for what is therein written: the Theosophical Society is not involved in nor bound by anything said in the book, nor are any of its members any the less good Theosophists because they may not accept what I have set down. The tone of settled conviction which may be thought to pervade the chapters is not the result of dogmatism or conceit, but flows from knowledge based upon evidence and experience. Members of the Theosophical Society will notice that certain theories or doctrines have not been gone into. That is because they could not be treated without unduly extending the book and arousing needless controversy. The subject of the Will has received no treatment, inasmuch as that power or faculty is hidden, subtle, undiscoverable as to essence, and only visible in effect. As it is absolutely colorless and varies in moral quality in accordance with the desire behind it, as also it acts frequently without our knowledge, and as it operates in all the kingdoms below man, there could be nothing gained by attempting to enquire into it apart from the Spirit and the desire. I claim no originality for this book. I invented none of it, discovered none of it, but have simply written that which I have been taught and which has been proved to me. It therefore is only a handing on of what has been known before. William Q. Judge
THEOSOPHY: ITS. FRIENDS. AND. ENEMIES.'* ___<,i._ COMPLYING with the
good custom of all societies that are really working for the general good, though
the latter merit is denied us by some, we now, a third time, come before the ...
Author: Henry Steel Olcott
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Political Science
A foundational text of the theosophical movement and an indispensable source for research into nineteenth-century spiritualism and occult philosophy.