Sep 20, 2017

A Course in Discipleship According to Masters

Self-Reliance in Theosophy:
A Study in the Path to Wisdom

Independent Lodge




The Independent Lodge of Theosophists and its associated websites offer to students of philosophy an online correspondence course whose topic is “The Search for Discipleship According to the Teachings of the Masters”.  

The series of written lessons will be available for students of any country, in English and Portuguese, starting early October 2017.

The course is based on the Letters from Mahatmas and on the writings of Helena P. Blavatsky. Its lessons will use mainly texts and books published in our associated websites. [1] The Independent Lodge believes that - regarding discipleship and spiritual Pedagogy - there is nothing comparable to the Mahatma Letters in the philosophical literature of all time.

The course is free and no student has to pay anything. The series of lessons on “The Search for Discipleship According to the Teachings of the Masters” will start on 05 October and its first phase will have 10 weekly lessons.  

Interested students of theosophy are invited to write any time to indelodge@gmail.com, making their subscriptions and sending a short report on their spiritual search so far, besides indicating full name, the city and the country where they live.


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See in our associated websites the articles Independent Research in Theosophy”, The Three Levels of Association”, “Theosophists Must Be Independent” and “Profile of the Independent Lodge”.

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E-Theosophy e-group offers a regular study of the classic, intercultural theosophy taught by Helena P. Blavatsky (photo).


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Sep 19, 2017

Dwight Eisenhower, On Peace

A Fragment from the
Book “The Hundredth Monkey”

Ken Keyes Jr.

Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969)



Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served as a five-star general in World War II and who also served as President of the United States, could speak as “… one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war - as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years….”.

In 1953, Eisenhower said, “every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed - those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone - it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”

By 1959, this general and statesman said:

“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than are governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

The Council for a Livable World has pointed out that military expenditures of themselves are destructive to human life - even if the weapons they stockpile are never used.

The people of Earth are now spending one million dollars per minute on armaments! Once we stop preparing to blast each other apart, we will find that we can easily solve all the world’s hunger [1], water and shelter problems.

NOTE BY KEN KEYES, JR.:

[1] More than 18 billion dollars in arms sales were made to Third World countries in 1980 - up from 8 billion in 1975. Let them eat - guns?!

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The above text is reproduced from the best-selling book “The Hundredth Monkey”, by Ken Keyes, Jr., Vision Books, Oregon, USA, 1989, 176 pp., see pp. 81-85. Part of it is also published at the September 2016 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, p. 6. 

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See in our websites the article “Eisenhower Denounces Military-Industrial Complex”, which contains a two-minute video with the 34th president of the United States.

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E-Theosophy e-group offers a regular study of the classic, intercultural theosophy taught by Helena P. Blavatsky (photo).


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Sep 18, 2017

Independent Research in Theosophy

Students of Esoteric Philosophy
Must Seek for Truth in Active Ways

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




The associates of the Independent Lodge of Theosophists develop studies in various areas of theosophical interest and share the results of the search with readers through their associated websites. [1]

A number of Facebook pages are kept in relation with the research. Two monthly publications circulate: “The Aquarian Theosophist” and (in Portuguese) “O Teosofista”.

Other aspects of the work include physical plane meetings, the Yahoo e-groups “E-Theosophy” and “SerAtento” and a study-group on the search for lay discipleship. The library that constitutes the foundation and anchor of the independent lodge researches is spread across two countries and interconnected in various ways, including physical plane mail.

Working on a voluntary basis, the co-editors invest their time and money to obtain significant and rare books in various languages, online and in paper. Although resources are limited, the acquisition of books for the library is intense on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Study is combined with research. The editorial work, the online publications and wider circulation of materials constitute a multidimensional process whose highest point is the inner individual search. The production of texts resulting from the investigation also develops in more than one language.

These interconnected tasks activate higher levels of consciousness. The illusion that time is “scarce” constitutes an obstacle in the learning. There is no such scarcity from the point of view of the higher self. Before the vast network of information gathered, one must proceed with calm and evaluate each idea, listening to the silence of his own soul.

The associates of the independent lodge think Helena P. Blavatsky established long-term guidelines for the theosophical effort. She taught that theosophists are no owners of the truth; they must obtain the means to actively seek for it. Referring to the original Society which she founded in 1875, HPB wrote:

“As a body, the Theosophical Society holds that all original thinkers and investigators of the hidden side of nature whether materialists those who find matter ‘the promise and potency of all terrestrial life’, or spiritualists - that is, those who discover in spirit the source of all energy and of matter as well, were and are, properly, Theosophists. For to be one, one need not necessarily recognize the existence of any special God or a deity. One need but worship the spirit of living nature, and try to identify oneself with it. To revere that Presence, the invisible Cause, which is yet ever manifesting itself in its incessant results; the intangible, omnipotent, and omnipresent Proteus: indivisible in its Essence, and eluding form, yet appearing under all and every form; who is here and there, and everywhere and nowhere; is ALL, and NOTHING; ubiquitous yet one; the Essence filling, binding, bounding, containing everything; contained in all. It will, we think, be seen now, that whether classed as Theists, Pantheists or Atheists, such men are near kinsmen to the rest.”

According to Blavatsky, “be what he may, once that a student abandons the old and trodden highway of routine, and enters upon the solitary path of independent thought - Godward - he is a Theosophist; an original thinker, a seeker after the eternal truth with ‘an inspiration of his own’ to solve the universal problems.” And she adds:

“With every man that is earnestly searching in his own way after a knowledge of the Divine Principle, of man’s relations to it, and nature’s manifestations of it, Theosophy is allied.” [2]

These words say much about the correct attitude of the student, regarding the theosophical teachings. He is not invited to believe. He must search, research and gradually know by his own merit.

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[1] www.HelenaBlavatsky.org, www.FilosofiaEsoterica.com, www.TheosophyOnline.com, www.CarlosCardosoAveline.com, www.TheAquarianTheosophist.com, www.AmazoniaTeosofica.com.br and www.HelenaBlavatsky.net. The books “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature” (2013, 255 pp.) and “Luz no Caminho” (2014, 85 pp.) were published  by “The Aquarian Theosophist”.

[2] From the article “What Are the Theosophists?”, which is published in the “Collected Writings”, H. P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume II, pp. 102-103.

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An initial version of the above article was published at the September 2016 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 1-2. It had no indication as to the name of the author. Original title: “Independent Studies: A Research Project Unfolds”.

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Among others, see in our associated websites the articles “The Independent Lodge of Theosophists”, “The Three Levels of Association”, “Independent Lodge and the Movement”, “Theosophists Must Be Independent”, “How to Build a Theosophical Lodge”, “New York, September 7th, 1875”, “The Creation of the ILT in 2016”, and “Profile of the Independent Lodge”.

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On 14 September 2016, after examining the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to found the Independent Lodge of Theosophists. Two of the priorities adopted by the ILT are learning from the past and building a better future.

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E-Theosophy e-group offers a regular study of the classic, intercultural theosophy taught by Helena P. Blavatsky (photo).


Those who want to join E-Theosophy e-group at YahooGroups can do that by visiting https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/E-Theosophy/info.

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Sep 17, 2017

The Creation of the ILT in 2016

A Brief Message Announced the Foundation
of the Independent Lodge of Theosophists

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Planetary consciousness is a central topic in authentic theosophy



In September 2016, the associates of the Portuguese-Brazilian lodge of the United Lodge of Theosophists decided to declare the independence of their association, completely detaching it from the ULT on the nominal and organic dimension.

Since the creation of the Brazilian-Portuguese lodge in 2009, the significant growth of the effort - both internally and externally - had expanded its international responsibilities in more than one language.

In 2012, the lodge took on the task of publishing the monthly journal “The Aquarian Theosophist”, which was founded from Los Angeles in the year 2000 by Jerome Wheeler.

The publishing of the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”, in October 2013, was another portal of karma. Seven years after the beginning of the work in 2009, the associates saw that the time had come to take new steps ahead and founded the Independent Lodge of Theosophists. On September 16, the pioneers of the new lodge sent to Los Angeles this message, in English and Portuguese:

“To the General Registrar of the ULT in Los Angeles,

“Fraternal greetings.

“Two days ago, on 14 September, the associates of the ULT who are active in the theosophical work in Brazil and Portugal decided to form an independent lodge of students of theosophy, not affiliated with the ULT.

“Although the future lodge will have much in common with the ULT - everything that is essential, in fact - the decision is to build an association which has no nominal links with Los Angeles.

“We ask you therefore to kindly erase our name from the List of Lodges of the ULT to be published in the next bulletin of Los Angeles Lodge, and from any other Lists of ULT Lodges that may exist in your files and archives.

“We remain true friends of the ULT. We remain individually associated to it. We are still colleagues and co-workers of the ULT, and we see with respect and admiration, as always, the work of the ULT around the world. Our action is specific: we want an absence of nominal affiliation with the United Lodge of Theosophists - defined as an external thing - starting 17 September 2016. We will remain open to dialogue as always.

“Fraternally yours, Joana Maria Pinho” [1]

The above message and the fact that the foundation of the Independent Lodge of Theosophist had taken place were divulged in public on 17 of September.

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[1] In its Portuguese version, the document was signed by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.  

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In our associated websites, see among others the articles “The Independent Lodge of Theosophists”, “The Three Levels of Association”, “Independent Lodge and the Movement”, “Theosophists Must Be Independent”, “How to Build a Theosophical Lodge”, “New York, September 7th, 1875”, and “Profile of the Independent Lodge”.

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On 14 September 2016, after examining the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to found the Independent Lodge of Theosophists. Two of the priorities adopted by the ILT are learning from the past and building a better future.

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E-Theosophy e-group offers a regular study of the classic, intercultural theosophy taught by Helena P. Blavatsky (photo).
  

Those who want to join E-Theosophy e-group at YahooGroups can do that by visiting https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/E-Theosophy/info.

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Sep 13, 2017

The Joy of Simplicity

Esoteric Philosophy Invites Us To
Give Up Addiction to Complaining

Carlos Cardoso Aveline




Each time the wish comes to you to complain about life, decide to be thankful, instead.

Mental complaints are self-defeating. Don’t pay too much attention to problems which do not depend on you. Instead of having negative thoughts about anyone or anything, ask forgiveness to your own conscience for the mistakes you have made in life, and take practical measures to correct and compensate them.

You are in time to become fully self-responsible. See the countless small positive opportunities surrounding you right now. Perform creative actions to expand and multiply them.

Accepting life as it is constitutes an essential axiom to students of theosophy. It is also the first step to improve life in what it depends on us. By feeling gratitude, the pilgrim makes himself available to more events for which he will be thankful in the future.

Detachment brings about freedom. Voluntary simplicity is a way of life. It is not just a key idea in economics and sustainable development, but a septenary attitude. It is like saying thanks to life and to the Law on the various levels of consciousness.

A Pleasant Renunciation

In order to be peaceful, the pilgrim’s existence needs to be physically simple. This can only endure on the basis of emotional simplicity, which means an absence of blind or intemperate desires.

Emotional peace is also inseparable from intellectual simplicity: mental noise is a major obstacle to having discernment. A simplicity of mind allows one to think deeply, to see things in silence, and to correctly consider the decisive factors in any situation. Living with simplicity means renouncing that which is of secondary importance. Detachment leads to concentration, as concentration expands detachment.

Keeping life simple provides a direct relation between theory and practice, intention and action.

A pleasant renunciation occurs as one’s heart gets sick and tired of small events, and looks for that which is immense and eternal.

There are different kinds of bird, and levels of mind. A hen seeks for insects on the soil, while an eagle examines the mountains from the sky. If the point of view from which one looks at life is elevated, one’s horizon will be wide and the vision, wise. Thus the dedication of one’s whole life to a noble ideal becomes a way to joy, a road to contentment.

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An initial version of the above article was published on pp. 12-13 of the July 2014 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”. It had no indication as to the name of the author.

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On 14 September 2016, after examining the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to found the Independent Lodge of Theosophists. Two of the priorities adopted by the ILT are learning from the past and building a better future.

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E-Theosophy e-group offers a regular study of the classic, intercultural theosophy taught by Helena P. Blavatsky (photo).


Those who want to join E-Theosophy e-group at YahooGroups can do that by visiting https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/E-Theosophy/info.

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