The Septenary Principles of Man: Zurvanite (Zoroastrianism) 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 (Zoroastrianism) and Theosophical Classification

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 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 Manifestation of Divine Light

“But All-Father Mind, being Life and Light, did bring forth Man (Ἄνθρωπον) co-equal to Himself.” (Pœmandres treatise) “This Man or Anthrōpos is the Spiritual Prototype of humanity and of every individual man, and is a technical term found in a number of the early Christianised Gnostic systems” (G.R.S. Mead). “So says the Zoroastrian: I hold Continue reading The Manifestation of Divine Light