The Four Modes of Birth in the Abhidharmakosa of Buddhism

In the ancient mythologies and literature of these traditions we find accounts of human creation, or modes of birth, found in both Buddhist and Zoroastrian texts. David Reigle details the Modes of Birth in the Abhidharmakosa, and its connection to the Stanzas (Dzyan) in The Secret Doctrine (1888). We find similar doctrines in the Zoroastrian Continue reading The Four Modes of Birth in the Abhidharmakosa of Buddhism

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…

Edward Heneage Dering’s “Esoteric Buddhism: The New Gospel of Atheism”

Edward Heneage Dering’s 29 page critique of theosophist A.P. Sinnett’s Esoteric Buddhism, The Occult World, and the Letters in The New Gospel of Atheism” (1887). This work can be compared to Per Faxneld’s Blavatsky the Satanist: Luciferianism in Theosophy and its Implications in its method of quoting, but still manages to misrepresent his opponent. However, what Continue reading Edward Heneage Dering’s “Esoteric Buddhism: The New Gospel of Atheism”

“He Who Would Lift Up High the Banner of Mysticism”

“He who would lift up high the banner of mysticism and proclaim its reign near at hand, must give the example to others. He must be the first to change his modes of life; and, regarding the study of the occult mysteries as the upper step in the ladder of Knowledge must loudly proclaim it Continue reading “He Who Would Lift Up High the Banner of Mysticism”

The success of an attempt of such a kind as the one you propose, must be calculated and based upon a thorough knowledge of the people around you. It depends entirely upon the social and moral conditions of the people in their bearing on these deepest and most mysterious questions which can stir the human mind — the deific powers in man and the possibilities contained in nature. How many, even of your best friends, of those who surround you, who are more than superficially interested in these abstruse problems? You could count them upon the fingers of your right hand. Your race boasts of having liberated in their century, the genius so long imprisoned in the narrow vase of dogmatism and intolerance — the genius of knowledge, wisdom and freethought. It says that in their turn ignorant prejudice and religious bigotry, bottled up like the wicked Jin of old, and sealed up by the Solomons of science rests at the bottom of the sea and can never, escaping to the surface again, reign over the world as it did in days of old; that the public mind is quite free, in short, and ready to accept any demonstrated truth. Aye; but is it verily so, my respected friend? (K.H., The Mahatma Letters, Letter no. 1, Received at Simla about October 15th, 1880)

Ten-Point Summary of the Occult Doctrinal Positions on Life and Evolution

Ten-Point Summation The position on evolution and emanation in The Mahatma Papers, or elucidated in the works of Helena P. Blavatsky remain fascinating aspects of their exposition of Theosophy, or the Occult Philosophy. It is clear, as they have described their position, that it is neither an atheistic, or agnostic one, because they reject the Continue reading Ten-Point Summary of the Occult Doctrinal Positions on Life and Evolution