The Divine Family: A Theosophist on Family Tradition, Sex and The Primal and Ideal State of Man and Woman

THEOSOPHIST DR. BHAGAVAN DAS ON THE PRIMAL AND IDEAL STATE AND RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN–WIFE AND HUSBAND BETWEEN GOD, NATURE AND MAN BHAGAVAN DAS INTRODUCTION Dr. Bhagavan Das (1869-1958) was an Indian Theosophist, a scholar of Sanskrit and Hindi, and educator who served as General Secretary of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society Continue reading The Divine Family: A Theosophist on Family Tradition, Sex and The Primal and Ideal State of Man and Woman

Why I Critiqued Bhagavan Das On The Evils Of Nationalism

Any mention or criticism of Bhagavan Das in THE IRONY OF APOLITICISM, is not reflective of the author’s view about the work and life of Dr. Bhagavan Das, whose main three volume-length books remain guides for me. I was critiquing the ‘fallacy of apoliticism,’ and the Post-War Foreign Policy and socio-religio-political mentality known as internationalism Continue reading Why I Critiqued Bhagavan Das On The Evils Of Nationalism

Etruscan Visual Representations of the Birth of Athena and Minerva: A Comparative Study | Dr. Shanna Kennedy-Quigley

Dr. Shanna Kennedy-Quigley’s paper from the Etruscan Studies Journal on the Etruscan visual representations of the Birth of Athena and Minerva provides historical, artistic, and cultural perspective of its common use in imagery. The paper explains the significant differences in the Etruscan cultural attitudes toward women, from those of their Greek contemporaries. It examines Etruscan Continue reading Etruscan Visual Representations of the Birth of Athena and Minerva: A Comparative Study | Dr. Shanna Kennedy-Quigley

The Septenary Principles of Man: Zurvanite Zoroastrian and Theosophical Classification

R. C. Zaehner, Zurvan. A Zoroastrian Dilemma, Oxford, 1955, pp. 323, 334) demonstrates, that the Zurvanite Zoroastrian (a now extinct school of thought) classification (referring to levels of being or existence) is near identical to the Tāraka Rāja Yoga classification. However, as the Theosophical [esoteric] classification show, that the septenary division of man is explained in Continue reading The Septenary Principles of Man: Zurvanite Zoroastrian and Theosophical Classification

The Nineteenth-Century Popularization of the Desatir | Theosophists, Ishraqis, and Zoroastrianism

The Desatir or Dasātīr (Per. دساتیر lit. “Ordinances”), also known as Dasatir-i-Asmani, is a collection of writings now generally taken to be a literary forgery written in an invented or artificial language, with elements from Indian and Iranian dialects, and Persian grammar. It is recommended in “The Secret Doctrine Reference Series” for Theosophists (Theosophical Society), and is Continue reading The Nineteenth-Century Popularization of the Desatir | Theosophists, Ishraqis, and Zoroastrianism

The Construction of Monotheism: Dever, Stavrakopoulou, LePage, Blavatsky…

Prof. William G. Dever and Francesca Stavrakopoulou on the construction of monotheism. Prof. William G. Dever (Archaeologist, Anthropologist, University of Arizona) says the Torah is a “Minority Report” “To understand Paul, we have to realize that in antiquity, all monotheists were polytheists by our modern definition. Everyone (…) acknowledged the existence of everybody else’s gods. Back then, Continue reading The Construction of Monotheism: Dever, Stavrakopoulou, LePage, Blavatsky…

Alan Watts: “Ecology and Religion”

Alan Watts on the limited symbolic ideas about God affecting human behavior, the problem of the paternalistic concept of God, the feminine property in Eastern metaphysics, and the self-contradiction of the idea that real power is force. Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best Continue reading Alan Watts: “Ecology and Religion”

G. de Purucker’s Introduction to the Esoteric Tradition: The Word “Dogma”

G. de Purucker in his introduction of the Esoteric Tradition (1940) explains the meaning of theosophy being non-dogmatic. It demonstrates, that the modern theosophists rejected belief in (and describes the reason the theosophist does not engage in) worshiping the gods and the initiated. Dogma in The Esoteric Tradition by G. de Purucker “The word dogma Continue reading G. de Purucker’s Introduction to the Esoteric Tradition: The Word “Dogma”

David Reigle “God’s Arrival in India” and T. Subba Row on Pragna in Hindu Esotericism

David Reigle, “God’s Arrival in India” bolsters Theosophical Position: Where is God in the Oldest Philosophical Schools of India—T. Subba Row on Pragna in Hindu Esotericism David Reigle is an independent scholar on Tibetan Buddhism and Theosophy, who explores its ideological content. In God’s Arrival in India, David Reigle argues that the original philosophical schools of Hinduism lacked Continue reading David Reigle “God’s Arrival in India” and T. Subba Row on Pragna in Hindu Esotericism

Timeline B: Modern Theosophists (1875-1935)

Timeline B Notable Influences – new era of Western Occult Research 1875 The founding of the Theosophical Society, in New York. Some co-founders: H.P. Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge, Charles Sotheran, Emma Hardinge Britten and other formers. 1877 “Isis Unveiled,” written by H.P. Blavatsky, is published. 1878 Henry Steel Olcott and H.P. Blavatsky start travelling to Continue reading Timeline B: Modern Theosophists (1875-1935)