Siddhartha Gautama and Theosophists on Karma and Rebirth

Siddhartha Gautama, in speaking to the Jains asks the Niganthas (an order of contemplative Jains), if they believed that their sufferings are due to Karma coming over from past births. He asks, ‘friends, how do you know you existed in the past and that you did not exist?’ Have we not raised the same question? Devadaha Sutta: Continue reading Siddhartha Gautama and Theosophists on Karma and Rebirth

Gottfried De Purucker defines Religion in “Occult Glossary”

What does it mean, when we use the broad term religion? Gottfried de Purucker† (1874-1942), who was head of the Pasadena Theosophical Society from 1929-1942, had a good definition in his Occult Glossary (1933). It follows on pages 148-9: “Religion. An operation of the human spiritual mind in its endeavor to understand not only the how Continue reading Gottfried De Purucker defines Religion in “Occult Glossary”

Contexts of Alfred P. Sinnett’s ‘Esoteric Budhism’

In learning about ‘Theosophy,’ it is still wise to return to the very first installments, expressing what it is, namely Alfred Percy Sinnett’s Esoteric Buddhism (online 1884 ed.), or rather Budhism. This 1884 work was the result or learning acquired from correspondences between A.P. Sinnett and the two gentlemen, Koot Hoomi and Morya in The Mahatma Continue reading Contexts of Alfred P. Sinnett’s ‘Esoteric Budhism’