Sep 21, 2021

The Law of Cycles

 Nothing That is Shall Perish Utterly,
But Perish Only to Revive Once More

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 
 
 
Nothing that is shall perish utterly,
But perish only to revive again
In other forms, as clouds restore in rain
The exhalations of the land and sea.
 
Men build their houses from the masonry
Of ruined tombs; the passion and the pain
Of hearts, that long have ceased to beat, remain
To throb in hearts that are, or are to be.
 
So from old chronicles, where sleep in dust
Names that once filled the world with trumpet tones,
I build this verse; and flowers of song have thrust
 
Their roots among the loose disjointed stones,
Which to this end I fashion as I must.
Quickened are they that touch the Prophet’s bones.
 
000
 
The above poem was published in the associated websites on 21 September 2021. It is also part of the November 2019 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, page 07. In both cases it is reproduced from “The Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow”, The Wordsworth Poetry Library, UK, 1994, 886 pp., see p. 786. Its verses open the larger poem entitled “Michael Angelo”. We have add the title.  
 
000
 

Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
000

Sep 15, 2021

Turkish Barbarities

From Time to Time Fanaticism
Challenges Civilization, as in the
Russian-Turkish War of 1877

Helena P. Blavatsky
 
The battle of the bridge over the river Skit, in November 1877, during the
Turkish-Russian War. Partial view of a painting by Henryk Dembitzky (1830-1906).



A 2021 Editorial Note:
 
The article “Turkish Barbarities” is reproduced from the “Collected Writings” of H. P. Blavatsky.[1] The founder of modern esoteric movement describes and discusses in the text the level of cruelty performed by followers of the so-called “radical Islam”. H.P.B. did admire aspects of the Sufi tradition - the mystic side of Islam - and had respect for Islamic philosophy. As to religious violence and intolerance, however, she wrote in her book “The Secret Doctrine”:
 
 
 
NOTE: 
 
[1] “Collected Writings”, H. P. Blavatsky, TPH, Wheaton, Ill., USA, volume I, with 570 pp., third edition, 1988, see pp. 255-260. (CCA)
 
000
 
The above article is available in the associated websites since 15 September 2021. It was previously published as the January 2020 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 5-10.
 
000
 
 
 
 
000

Sep 10, 2021

The Aquarian Theosophist, August 2021

 


 
 
These are the main articles in the September edition of “The Aquarian”:
 
* Two Prayers From Zen Tradition: One Confession and Four Vows (p.01).
 
* The Dark Matter in One’s Personal Cosmos: Perceiving the Invisible Dimensions in the Microcosm and the Macrocosm (p.02).
 
* Caring For the Tree of Divine Knowledge, by Joana Maria Pinho (p.05).
 
* The Effortless Knowledge (p.06).
 
* Effects of Overindulgence in Sensuality: An Absence of Moderation Makes It Impossible to Have Inner Peace, by Pitirim A. Sorokin (p.07).
 
* Has Sex Immorality Taken Hold of Our Civilization? A 2004 Commentary From ‘The Theosophical Movement’ Magazine, India (p.09).
 
* The Kindle Edition of “The Fire and Light”, at Amazon (p.11).
 
* The Rock and the Wind (p.12).
 
* Making Mind and Body Immaterially Spiritual (p.13).
 
* Thoughts Along the Road: What Kind of Sacrifice Allows the Universal Consciousness To Be Reborn At Every Moment? (p.14).
 
* Helena Blavatsky, on the Law of Karma (p.16), and

* The Mystery of Alessandro Cagliostro - 01, The Mystic of the 18th Century Who Anticipated Helena Blavatsky’s Mission (p.18).

With 21 pages, the September edition includes the List of New Items in the associated websites.  
 
 
000
 
The above edition of The Aquarian was published on 10 September 2021. The entire collection of the journal is available HERE.
 
000
 
If you want to help spread theosophy and ethics in today’s world, send the Aquarian to your friends; invite them to write to the editors making a free subscription of the journal.  
 
000

Sep 9, 2021

The Higher Aspects of Marriage

There Are Souls Who Find the
World Beautiful and Life Enjoyable

Visconde de Figanière

The Visconde de Figanière (1827-1908) and his wife Josephine
Hunt de Figanière: in a couple, each one is the half of a whole.



0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Editorial Note:

Human couple is at the center of both family
and civilization. The philosophical aspects of the
love that generates life are not ignored by Masters
of the Wisdom, and one of them wrote:
 
“…Where a truly spiritual love seeks to consolidate
itself doubly by a pure, permanent union of the two, in
its earthly sense, it commits no sin, no crime in the eyes
of the great Ain-Soph, for it is but the divine repetition
of the Male and Female Principles - the microcosmal
reflection of the first condition of Creation.” [1]
 
We reproduce a fragment from a novel by the
Visconde (Viscount) de Figanière on the topic.
 
(Carlos Cardoso Aveline)
 
00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
 
 
 
The Higher Aspects of Marriage
 
Visconde de Figanière
 
The meeting and communing of two souls made for each other (by no means a common thing in this life, and when the meeting does take place it is often when engagements have made it too late, for a thorough communion) is in truth the most powerful talisman which can change the world into a paradise, whether preconceived or not, and give the tone to the whole circle of our existence.
 
It is still a dream, an illusion of the brain; some will exclaim it is but pure ideality! Be it so, and what is existence but the ideal? Why does the same object impress different people in different ways? Why do some find the world beautiful and life enjoyable, while others, placed in similar circumstances of fortune, find them dull and detestable?
 
These few queries bear many replies; but the latter will ‘all’ merge more or less into the ideal, and corroborate the fact that, without it there is no human existence possible, from the miser who hugs his gold, and whose soul never has and never will find its communicant, though he wive and wive again (for there are many souls - and the miser’s is one - which are units in themselves), to the genuine lover, who, by transmigration, has just completed his soul, till then, but the half of a whole, flitting its restless erratic course, like a lonely phantom, through the vacuum.
 
Let us not try to rend the veil asunder, but be content to cherish the dream, and happy are they who can!
 
NOTE:
 
[1]Letters From the Masters of the Wisdom - Second Series”, Transcribed and Annotated by C. Jinarajadasa, TPH, India, 1925, 190 pp., see Letter 19, pp. 41-42.
 
000
 
The article “The Higher Aspects of Marriage” is a fragment from “Palmitos”, a novel in three volumes, by the Viscount (Visconde) de Figanière, London, T. Cautley Newby Publisher, 1873, vol. I, 396 pp., see pp. 196-197.
 
The text is published at the associated websites since 09 September 2021. It is also part of the August 2020 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 17-18.
 
000
 
Read more:
 
* “How Women Enlighten the Future”, by A Master of the Wisdom.
 
* “Turning a House Into a Temple”, by CCA;
 
* “Hierocles, On Marriage”, by Hierocles of Alexandria.
 
* “The Five Dimensions of Love”, by CCA.
 
* “Is Family Life a Duty?”, by CCA.
 
* “The American Sex Revolution” (a book by Pitirim A. Sorokin).
 
* “The Art of Loving” (the book by Erich Fromm).
 
000
 
 
Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
000

 

Sep 6, 2021

Michael Freeman and the H.P.B. Library

 A Tremendous Inspiring
Force, and a Real Spiritual Guide

Joan Sutcliffe
  
An image from the Library of the Independent Lodge of Theosophists.
The I.L.T. aims at learning from the experience of the H.P.B. Library.
 
 
 
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
 
A 2021 Editorial Note:
 
The “HPB Library” was established in 1917
in Canada by inspiration of Mrs. Alice Leighton
Cleather, and its main purpose was the study in the
first place of the teachings of the Masters and HPB.
It preserved an independence from both the followers
of William Judge and the followers of Annie Besant.
 
The present article is reproduced from “The Canadian
Theosophist”, Toronto, Canada, Sept-Oct 1991, pp. 85-87.
 
(CCA)
 
000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
 
 
 
The esoteric line of H.P.B.’s teachings lost a powerful and dedicated worker in Michael Freeman’s passing on July 14, 1991. Since 1969 he was the custodian of the H.P.B. Library, which was established in 1917 by Alice Leighton Cleather as an independent centre, distinct from the Theosophical Society and other organized Theosophical groups. The background tone of the Library was based on Mrs. Cleather’s experience as a personal pupil of H.P.B. since 1887, then a member of her Esoteric Section, and later the Inner Group. After the withdrawal of H.P.B. and the consequential split in the Society, followed by the death of William Q. Judge, she became disillusioned with the new leaders and their personal biases which were being presented as Theosophy. In those days, being before the publication of the Mahatma Letters, there was much confusion and many students were unclear as to what the Masters had really taught. So, having ended her association with all formal Theosophical bodies, she founded the Library as a centre for making available the Ancient Wisdom as taught and approved by H.P.B. and the Adepts.
 
Michael Freeman first came in contact with the H.P.B. Library in 1932 at a young age, and studied for many years under Mrs. Hildegard Henderson, then the operator of this spiritual centre. Because Mrs. Cleather had received esoteric instructions and philosophy from H.P.B. as a pledged pupil, the attitude of the Library was serious, always emphasizing occult responsibility rather than intellectual satisfactions. The teaching via Mrs. Henderson was rigorous, demanding a lifetime’s allegiance, its study and practice bringing in their wake trials and tribulations. Early on, Michael recognized this as an inevitable reaction to the privilege of stepping, however slightly, within the pale of cosmic forces: and no matter what the outer man must undergo it is the Inner Disciple who can and does come through the test. Undeviatingly, he followed this path right to the end.
 
While still a young man he made a special study of Damodar, collecting together everything written by him, and all information, known and obscure, pertaining to him. This study was prepared in book form and published by the H.P.B. Library under the title “Concerning Damodar”. At the time this was a new venture and an important task as Damodar was named by H.P.B. as the one successful chela.
 
Nowadays there is an abundance of gurus, and so-called mystical societies flourish. However, the outlook of the H.P.B. Library is based on the recognition of the uniqueness of the effort made by the Mahatmas through H.P.B. It occurred at a particular point in the sidereal cycle, 2,500 years after Buddha, and 5,000 years after Krishna. It had the great and esoteric purpose, not to be repeated until another special cyclic point, of actually opening up to humanity at large the age old secret path to the Masters. The way to initiation was made available to whomever could attain it through the living practice of universal brotherhood.
 
It was this spirit of the Library that Michael devoted his whole life to preserving. Occultly the Library takes the perspective that, in spite of the failure of the T.S. to live up to its original high purpose, the path to the Masters is always open to the determined and one-pointed individual. Anyone can become a chela at any time in one’s inner self. It means establishing one’s own inner commitment, setting one’s own standards and tests, and most importantly the constant redirection of the will. The key words are in one’s inner self, for this has nothing to do with the personal self, which must be risen above. This is the hardest task, the work of lifetimes, but the inescapable rule. In this connection Michael stressed the necessity of making the concept of brotherhood a practical reality, for in his inmost essence the neophyte is one with all other beings. Having sprung from the One Life, the Whole is contained within him as he is in the Whole. Where one’s life is motivated by compassion for all souls, the personal desires and passions lose their vitality; conversely when detachment is attained one can become a helper of humanity.
 
Michael Freeman always refused recognition as a teacher, as “the finger pointing to the moon is not the moon”. Yet to many students he was a tremendous inspiring force and a real spiritual guide. To the earnest seeker there were no lengths of trouble he would not take in giving help and encouragement; and most of all he passed on the teachings by his own practical example. The importance of setting up one’s own inner centre was something he insisted upon, for unless the spiritual fire within is firmly established, when the teacher has gone the pupil will flounder hopelessly by every passing wave of Maya. Therefore, in all Library contacts he always addressed the Inner Man, and his message was based on the injunction: “Thou canst not travel on the Path before thou hast become that Path itself”.
 
Exoterically, from the historical angle, the Library houses complete collections of original bound volumes of old Theosophical magazines, such as The Theosophist, Lucifer, The Path, and many lesser known publications. It is also a depository for much interesting and informative correspondence between members of differing standpoints during earlier and critical periods in the Movement. As such it has been a valuable source for research students in the past, and Michael was always helpful in assisting and making this material available.
 
Those who have made a pilgrimage to the H.P.B. Library, whether in search of history or metaphysics, all alike have been struck by the beauty of the surroundings, the peacefulness amidst gardens and fruit trees, the warm family welcome. Yet, through Michael’s care and attitude the library has retained its occult atmosphere, impersonal and pure.
 
During the last five years of his life, Michael encountered much suffering. It seems to have been the suffering of all great souls taking on an extra load of karma, hopefully to free the eternal Ego for a good start in the next cycle.
 
To Mrs. Jean Freeman and the family, all Theosophists will send their kind thoughts. Jean, herself a searcher into the philosophy, was a true Theosophical companion, always ready to sacrifice personal feelings for the cause. Every visitor will attest to her firm background support to the Library.
 
000
 
The article “Michael Freeman and the H.P.B. Library” was published at the associated websites on 6 September 2021.
 
With the death of Mr. Freeman in 1991, Ms. Joan Sutcliffe assumed responsibility for the H.P.B. Library and moved it to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
000
 
Click to see articles and books by Alice Leighton Cleather.
 
Examine the article “Studies in the Pre-History of the ILT - From the 1890s to the Decade of 2020”, which is part of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, July 2021 edition.
 
000
 
Read more:
 
*  How to Build a Theosophical Lodge”.
*  Annotations on Karma”.
*  Immortal Sages Humbly Obey the Law”.
 
000
  
 
Helena Blavatsky (photo) wrote these words: “Deserve, then desire”.
 
000