RE: [bn-study] July Presentation Schedule -- Theosophy Virtual Lodge
Jul 07, 2006 08:11 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
7/7/2006 8:05 AM
Offered for consideration
REFLECTIONS ON MONADIC EVOLUTION
THE VALUE OF THEOSOPHY
"Why are we here," is a good question.
But it could to be supplemented by another:
"How did we get to be here?"
Theosophy teaches that we are at core spiritual beings. As Spiritual
beings, ATMA-BUDDHI-MANAS are said to be conjoined when the SINGULAR MONAD (
a "ray" of the ONE UNIVERSAL SPIRIT) is IN MANIFESTATION. [i.e. in contact
with "matter." S D I 225, ]
The distinction between the non-manifested state and the MANIFESTED seems
Says the SECRET DOCTRINE, Vol. 1:
Thus, the SPIRITUAL ONE divides itself into THREE. "WE" are immortals who
entered into this world on a rescue mission. We are all here to help others
who do not yet know they are wise and spiritual and have to be shown how to
discover that in themselves.
In fact each of us is a case in point. We find ourselves in or surrounded
by difficulties, pain, sorrow, and also see joyous and pleasant moments. We
wonder how to get rid of the hurt and increase the happiness. This can be
resolved into another question: "How do we get out of here?"
And if we do not get a reasonable answer we feel imposed on by injustice.
Are we to blame man-made "law" or shall we blame "Nature" for failing to
Theosophy makes a situation report to us:
As said, one its principal tenets is: all forms and beings, all humans, and
this includes ourselves, -- we, all, from the imperishable atom on up to
the largest and most complex of forms, we are compounds of the "immortals."
It is also posited that consciousness, intelligence, memory and the creative
mind are the primary faculties (whether potentially, actually or innate) of
these undying entities. So it is held that our consciousness or individual
awareness does not "die." [For example, we all go to sleep and then wake up
and we find a continuing being -- ourselves, again. ] It is the
Spiritual Self that we are which continually energises and keeps alive this
continuity through the unconsciousness we call "sleep."]
We find ourselves constantly changing, mortal bodies. That is our personal,
our physical nature, and we keep that alive with several things that come
and stay, or go, and pass through our bodies. [ For example, we all breathe
air, drink water, and eat. We all work, play and rest. ] Eventually the
body grows old, tired and is unable to heal and renew itself. It dies. But
Theosophy states very positively that the Real Person within, is immortal
and does not die. It comes back in a new body under a universal law called
"reincarnation." It is this consciousness of continuity that is the real
immortal, not the bodily form.
Another variable are find is in our moods and feelings. [For example. we
divide how we "feel" into two categories: things we like and others that we
dislike.] To some extent we are able to control and change how we feel,
and at other times we are overwhelmed by their power.
A third factor we now realize is the Mind (or some call it the Soul). We do
not "have a Soul." We are the SOUL. And yet we also know that we can
change our minds. Do we have two minds? In a way, yes.
We have the "spiritual Mind" that is immortal, and, we have its reflection
in the body which we call our "embodied mind."
We notice that the embodied mind is most closely allied to our "feelings."
Sometimes it has the power to control the feelings, sometimes the feelings
and desires (or passions) overthrow the mind's control, and we hear of
crimes committed. [ The Laws of all countries recognize the fact that the
Human Mind is supposed to be able to control an individual's desires,
passions and feelings and hold them under a discipline that makes us "equal
before the law." If a crime is detected, then the local Law holds the
person (including the inner Self) responsible and liable. We also know that
this may abused, and that hypocrisy, dissimulation and dishonesty is
Theosophy states most positively that are Spiritual Beings who have
"descended voluntarily into matter." We, as Spiritually advanced Monads,
did this by choice many ages back, so that we could show by example and by
precept the existence of the "spiritual realm." This enables us to assist
our "younger brothers" who are also "monads," but who still lack the
experience we have had. The mission we took up was to help them by advice
(as from a tutor) to become consciously spiritual as we are yet today. In
this we cannot usurp the right to self-development which is an integral part
of every aspect of personal growth and of every stage of spiritual power
that the embodied personal mind can achieve.
So we took on their problems, as advisors, and in the process we also lost
some of our spiritual powers. Together now, we are struggling to become
entirely spiritual and in the process assisting monads all through Nature to
improve. In a way it is like the fire-fighters who plunge into a burning
building seeking to extinguish the flames and also rescue, if any one is
there who needs our help.
Looking at the matter in a deeper way, we might add:
One of the main ideas that THEOSOPHY presents is that it is not derived from
any of the religious philosophies of antiquity. It claims, both as a record
of actual history, and, as a logical philosophy, to be the most ancient
system of all. It says that each "religion," and each philosophy and science
of our era have been derived from the records and doctrines of perennial
The book The SECRET DOCTRINE offers us a survey of two vast subjects: --
1. The origin of Worlds, galaxies and Universe, and the origin of Man
as a thinking being.
2. It claims that (using the words of the ancient Sage Patanjali) :
"The Universe comes into existence for the sole purpose of the evolution of
the thinking man of Monad."
Here are some extracts which explain this further:
"If one considers that the entire MANIFESTATION is made up of imperishable
(immortal) MONADS and, each one is a compound that cannot be separated of
SPIRIT/MATTER, then it is possible to consider another deduction:
INTELLIGENCE is a mark of the individual progress of each MONAD as it wends
its eternal journey through the experiences that MANIFESTATION gives. Every
least "atom" is intelligent, and that intelligence is ever-growing as it
lives through experience in all the many successive planes of nature. "The
SECRET DOCTRINE teaches the progressive development of everything, worlds,
as well as atoms; and this stupendous development has neither conceivable
beginning not imaginable end." SD I p. 43
It looks on the whole of evolution and manifestation as embodied awareness,
or "consciousness." it claims that every being from the basic "life-atom
(Monad)" just issued fresh from the "monadic essence," on up to the wisest
of Sages, form a single united body of spiritual LIFE. Thus the existence
of an eternal and ever-existent Spiritual College of the "Wise" exists and
is in operation.
Life is embodied Intelligence. Intelligence is always growing and
progressing. Experience leaves an indelible impress of the memory of all
events, thoughts and words; and that is the basis for every stage and level
of individual increment and growth. The Experiencer within each being and
each human self, is also the Perceiver and the Witness of all changes and
events it has experienced in this life and in all past lives.
It, as the "Observer," is the constant and unchangeable center of
immortality in the unit Monad. This Monad is held to be an "Eternal
Pilgrim." It is brother and companion to all other Monads. Hence,
Theosophy holds that Universal Brotherhood is a fact in nature.
The whole of manifestation reflects in its many kinds of form and mind that
all Monads unite at various levels of consciousness, but basically thee is
only ONE CONSCIOUSNESS and its many aspects. And, it holds that none of its
Units ever "dies." or is erased. Each one is an immortal.
CONSCIOUSNESS is the PERCEPTIVE power which it, the Real Man, uses to
experience on the 7 planes of Nature -- using the 7 "principles" of its
nature as a basis for making this contact, and it stores the memory of those
experiences. "Mind is the name given to the sum of the states of
Consciousness grouped under Thought, Will and Feeling." (SD I 38) ...
"Whatever plane our consciousness may be acting in, both we and the things
belonging to that plane, are for the time being, our only realities...the
upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings..." (SD I
But that MEMORY is not always available to the Mind (Lower-Manas, or the
embodied mind), that we use every day while awake, and yet, as it is
embodied in our personalities, we believe that it and ourselves are one. The
fact that "We" are other than the Mind, makes the progress we seek (in the
here and now) a process of purifying our mind-nature of the psychic
impressions we have imposed on it and on the living matter (monads of
lesser experience) that we have drawn together to make up our physical
The "path" of this purification of the mind directs us to recommend that all
our efforts be focused on the application of virtue: that which is
honorable, fair, true, and the most honest method of living with and dealing
with other beings, whether those be men or other aggregates of intelligence
that we might call stones, plants, animals or men.
In other words, in the process of self-purification, it is suggested that we
voluntarily order our lives so as to harmonize with nature to the best
possible extent. Obviously, for our personal consciousness (arising out of
the personal focus of a physical form, and now placed in coadunition with a
Mind) it seems to be a great discipline. The "conflict" in the psychic
nature is intense. (SD II 79-80, 93-4)
The MONAD (in itself) is unaffected. But it draws SKANDHAS (or Monads of
lesser experience around it and to it) They "hook up to it." They choose
it to be the center of their progress. They form the highest and best
vehicle for it to begin to manifest as an individual CONSCIOUSNESS on the
physical and psychic planes of manifestation -- of which, there are 7 (both
in Nature and in Man). "The Monads are the Souls of the Atoms, both are the
fabric in which the Chohans (Dhyanis, gods) clothe themselves when a form is
needed." SD I 619.
To be brief, we call the Monad, when it is in the mineral stage the
"Mineral-Monad." When it is in the animal stage of its evolution, we call
it the "Animal-Monad." And when it finally reaches the Human stage, we call
it the "Human-Monad." When the purely human is transcended we might call
the Monad, one that has returned to its primitive Divine state -- the Dhyan
Chohan. It has attained Universal Self-consciousness. It lives with,
understands fully, and works with Karma. It therefore can choose to return
to the limited conditions provided by the "Lighting up of Manas" and inspire
a developing MONAD to achieve its perfection, to awaken its own universal
If one considers the scope of Theosophical doctrines we can see that this
can be applied everywhere -- providing we use the concept that everything is
a Monad, and that each is constantly engaged as a developing pupil of the
great Law. Karma is a process that is enormously sensitive, and it
operates at all times and on all beings to adjust any disturbance and
Some basic ideas offered by Theosophy are:
"It is on the right comprehension of the primeval Evolution of Spirit-Matter
and its real essence that the student has to depend for the further
elucidation in his mind of the Occult Cosmogony, and for the only sure clue
which can guide his subsequent studies. " -- Secret Doctrine Vol I
"It is the Spiritual evolution of the inner, immortal man that forms the
fundamental tenet in the Occult Sciences...the student has to believe
a) in the ONE Universal Life, independent of matter...and,
b) in the individual intelligences that animate the various manifestations
of this Principle." -- SD I 634
"The ONE LIFE is closely related to the One Law, which governs the World of
Being--KARMA... action," or rather "an effect-producing cause."... in its
far-reaching moral effects. It is the unerring LAW of RETRIBUTION."...
eternal and immutable..." -- SD I 634
"...man is a free agent during his stay on earth. He cannot escape his
ruling Destiny...which from birth to death every man is weaving thread by
thread around himself; and this destiny is guided either by the heavenly
voice of the invisible prototype outside of us, or by the evil genius of our
more intimate astral, or inner man." -- SD I 639
"Bad" karma is the effect of any choice that has selfish motives inherent in
it. The Monadic being that created the disharmony has to be brought (by
Nature using Karmic law) to "teach himself" or "to become a volunteer for
the good." All the situations he is placed in are framed so as to awaken
his questioning intelligence, to make him reflect on his advantages and
limitations, and finally to ask: Why am I here? What can I to do? Where
should I be going? "Is there a final GOAL?"
This leads the thoughtful man out of any blind following of leaders in
religion, philosophy, politics or science into deciding what he should study
and accept as his own guiding principles. The closer that those are to
universal morality and ethics, the more perfect will he make his living.
We could say that Theosophy is a record of the HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE in
terms of universal experience. It is like a great wall. We can not "bite"
it. It shows us the "reality" we are looking for. Now we have to find out
how it works, and what is that final objective of manifested existence. How
does our MONAD reunite with the universal MONAD in which it all beings are
dwelling, perhaps unconsciously for aeons of time? "The whole past of our
globe is nothing but an unfolding present." -- SD I 639.
If one looks closely at religion and politics one soon finds that they deal
with temporary things, and limited objectives. Theosophy as a fund of
actual data from the past (a record), and a body of history is unassailable.
It is a record of the observations of facts, events, results of events down
the ages -- so the cycles of effect that follow causes and thus are Laws,
become apparent. When the complexity of the Universe and Nature is apparent
to us, and as our perceptions and intelligence grow we will grasp the fact
that we are the ones who drive that. We are the immortal CHOOSERS.
The differences of our many starting points in life and education in this
present incarnation, do not matter, we find that all conflict arises only
over DIFFERENCES of outlook. Once that we all are looking at the same
thing, on a voluntary basis, all conflicts disappear and we see each other's
view-points as well as our own.
Similarity can never to be identity. That is impossible. Hence logically,
there are no "leaders," and no "authorities." Our true leader and authority
(for our own selves) is the Divine MONAD within (ATMA-BUDDHI), also called:
THE HIGHER SELF. And our MONAD is no different form any other MONAD.
["Every monad reflects every other. Every monad is a living mirror of the
Universe within its own sphere." -- SD I 631.]
We do exhibit a great degree of intelligence and have corresponding great
responsibilities. Using the process of introspection and observation of our
own natures, thoughts and acts, we gradually become conscious of their
power, and then it is that we notice the conflict that arises between the
"necessary" and the "pleasant" (to the personality -- which cannot see with
the "instinct" alone, the inevitable suffering that indulging the "pleasant"
entails). Alone the awakened Mind can see this potential and guard against
it. It is a power we have that is superior to our feelings and desires.
In practical life one finds that all systems and methods embody
inefficiencies. This is a saving grace. There should never be any
imposition of "personal efficiency" on others. Each has to create their
own. In the meantime in cooperation with others we learn to tolerate the
inefficiencies of others, and work in and around them. What do we need to
find and use for the study of Theosophy ? -- Ideally we need the "original
teachings." Additionally we need to find a forum in which we can join with
others to discuss the philosophy and its applications.
The MONAD [atma-buddhi-manas] is IMMORTAL and has no
traceable "beginning" and no conceivable "end." We [the
ESSENTIAL WE] are such a MONAD and IT is in the "human
stage of its experience."
This to me means we have covered ourselves with "flesh"
or the billions of inexperienced MONADS that
emanate from the MONADIC ESSENCE [ SD I 619 ] .
These are named our "skandhas" and with them we
resume our "past Karma" (of an earlier Manvantara)
and will continue to do that till they are all
self-transformed into individual self-conscious MONADS
and begin their own self-CONSCIOUS pilgrimage, each
in its own self-chosen way, but forever linked to one of the
primordial Dhyan Chohan (Lord of Wisdom - Buddha)
[ see SD I 572-3 ]
We (as embodied minds - Kama-Manas) are 'digging' our way
out of the illusion of thinking that all including ourselves
are solely material forms, and our mind as a current illusion,
into the realization that we are immortal Sons of MAHAT -
the UNIVERSAL MIND primarily (and not a bundle of
emotions and desires - Kama), and that those are not going
to be obliterated, ever.
The MIND (Higher Manas) cannot be located anywhere but in
SPIRITUAL SPACE. It is one with ATMA and BUDDHI.
It is a Divine TRIAD in every Manvantara.
The Advaitees and the Visishtadwaitees among the Vedantins
all argue from various points of view that are enmeshed in
the material concept -- seeking to refine it to its ultimate
tenuity. They seek to approach the idea of Spirit while
they are still enmeshed in material concepts.
Theosophy gives an approach: that of a Spiritual Being that
stoops (?) to assist the consciousness that evolving matter
focuses in its highest exponent: Kama - desire and
instinct. [ S D II 167 ]
The 2nd Vol. of the S D cannot be understood unless we see
this TRIUNE spiritual un-dying aspect is concurrent with
the effort of the highest aspect of Kama-Manas to rise to the
plane of purity - SPIRITUAL WISDOM.
This Duality (Spirit--Matter) if alone considered, is a false
evaluation, since it is only our INDEPENDENT MIND
(Buddhi-Manas) that is able to perceive this, that is able to
'see' the difference between the two. It equilibrates them.
The cosmic triad: PURUSHA-PRAKRITI-MAHAT and
individualized [Spirit-Matter-Mind] pervades the boundless
SPACE of the timeless Universe during its manifesting
These three aspects: are cooperators and essentials. But
without MIND there is no growth, and no progress (as in
SPIRIT disconnected from the plane of Kama-desires and
passions.. On one hand we may see the tamasic "inane
beatitude of pure spirit" [SD II 103] and on the other there
is the inertia (tamas) of inert senseless matter. Mind gives
the "push." And always has -- it is rajas. The Brahmins of old
sought their "wisdom" symbolically, from the "RAJA-RISHEES."
[BHAGAVAD GITA Ch. 4, v. 2]
THEOSOPHY cuts across those arguments (of the Vedantins) and
says that OUR immortality is ONE WITH DURATION.
The "strand" of our consciousness, is ever united to the
ONE SELF -- the ABSOLUTE.
Therefore all humans as mind-beings can say " I am Brahma."
To understand and explain it is another thing. Only Theosophy
helps us to do that.
If we are now worried about being separate, or being forcibly
nonessed by some cataclysm, or a mystical "reuniting" with the
Supreme Spirit, when supposedly, all things dissolve into their
pre-genetic state at the commencement of a MAHAPRALAYA,
then, how is it that we are detached and unique in consciousness
right now ? Where did WE acquire our self-awareness -
as consciousnesses ?
Why are WE undergoing ( as the ONE CONSCIOUSNESS embodied in
our ROOT-CORE ) the experience of going through
differentiation and illusion -- if it is not to enable us to
perceive this illusory, temporary and therefore false situation?
And although we will continue to exist and live IN it, we will not be
OF it. [ See SD I 54: "The idea that things can cease to exist and still
is a fundamental one in Eastern psychology." ] WE can cease
to exist as a FORM, but not cease as a MIND or a SPIRITUAL
SOUL. So why should the SPIRITUAL SOUL (Buddhi-Manas) cease
to BE simply because the "form" of the MANVANTARA disappears ?
[BUDDHI is "Primordial matter."] Buddhi-Manasic beings are
named 'The DANGMA."
WE are always baffled by the idea of size and the idea of
time, because we relate those indefinites to our present
condition and material limitations. The atom is small enough. The
UNIVERSE that the Hubble telescope "sees," is large enough. We
are insignificant. And yet, WE ARE MID-WAY IN EVOLUTION ALL
THE TIME AT ANY TIME. Our EARTH is insignificant in Space.
So why are we (so insignificant and in a place that is of
little importance) endowed with PERCEPTION and CONSCIOUSNESS?
So that we may learn that those limits are the
illusions, and they are not important; but, the fact that we
can think and dissolve those illusions is terribly
important to our future progress.
Why do we have the capacity to reach to the "infinite ?"
In my mind it is only because we are, right now, one with
the INFINITE, the ABSOLUTE, the ONE SPIRIT, and all the 7
PRINCIPLES, whether we conceptualize their limits to
ourselves or to Nature. If we were not linked to THAT, to
SAT, to the AUM, we could not even be interested in these
ideas and seek to understand them. If it were not TIME for
us to get out of the limits that such great thinkers as the
Advaitees and the Visishtadwaitees have, we would not be
looking at the S D and Theosophy at all.
So we have the opportunity to seize, in this incarnation, a
distinct advance towards the goal of Raja-Yoga which is an
omnipresent and omnipotent consciousness; and that is because
we are in fact omniscient -- we interpenetrate each other
right now, and only formulate limits for the benefit of such
inexperienced MONADS as might be able to evolve into their
self-consciousness by being involved in our struggles. as
the Monad, the most advanced, and that is on the threshold of
ITS conscious universality. I know this will probably sound
Are we to think that the meditation of Devachan will obliterate,
or resolve and assimilate these ideas during the interval
between our approaching rebirth and now ? We are
"obliterated" as to form, between incarnations, but it is the
EGO-SUM that causes rebirth under the impetus of KARMA. Do
we think KARMA stops at a MAHAPRALAYA ? [ see S D I p. 27,
verse 8 -- What is the "opened EYE of the DANGMA (the WISE)" ?
Our whole existence, and the power of THEOSOPHY is such that
we are compelled to think and to draw all evidence into a
position where we can see these inter-relations and derive
accurate conclusions form them. See SD I 56 --
"consciousness implies limitations and qualifications;
something to be conscious of and someone to be conscious of
it. But, ABSOLUTE CONSCIOUSNESS contains the cognizer, the
thing cognized and the cognition, all three in itself and
all three ONE." [ "SIZE," "LOCATION" AND "TIME" HAVE
NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. ]
"Many are those among the spiritual entities who have
incarnated bodily in man since the beginning of his
appearance and who, for all that, still exist as
independently as they did before, in the infinitudes of
Space . . . (read the next para SD I 233 bottom).
This is what gives hope and certainty. See the
magnificent example of such Sacrifice as depicted in SD I
207-8 and 210..."That divine man dwelt in his animal--though
Intellectual gymnastics are fine but they are not the be-all
and end-all of our living. We have to be able to balance at
one and the same time our limitations with our potentials.
This makes us truly free and then we can apprehend what HPB
is driving at in her small article ISIS UNVEILED AND THE
VISISHTADWAITA - HPB Articles III, p. 264
[BLAVATSKY: Collected Works (TPH), Vol. 7, p. 50 ]
there she declares the immortality of the Monad and its
continuity in further Manvantaras.
From: Bill Meredith [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 3:58 AM
Subject: July Presentation Schedule --
Theosophy Virtual Lodge
Everyone is invited to attend the following presentations in
the Theosophy Virtual Lodge on the dates and times indicated.
Instructions for how to attend these cyberspace meetings can be
found directly below the schedule.
Saturday, July 8th - 3 pm New York (EDST)
*The I-Not-I Monad* by Jerry Schueler
*Jerry Schueler* defines and describes his I-Not-I Monad and its
relationship to H.P. Blavatsky's Planar Model. Jerry will then
present two successful meditation techniques that use guided imagery
to allow one to experience the I-Not-I Monad directly. This
presentation will be informal, interactive, and experiential. Prior
to the presentation, participants are asked to read Jerry's
essay, "The I-Not-I Monad" which can be found at
are encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation.
Gerald J. Schueler is a life long student of theosophy, buddhism, and
magic and is the author of numerous books and articles on these
subjects. Dr. Schueler has one Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies
and another in Human Services, both from Capella University,
Minneapolis, MN. He is a member of the Association for Transpersonal
Psychology, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the American
Counseling Association, and the National Registery of Neurofeedback
Providers. He is listed in various Marquis' Who's Who (East,
America, World, Science & Engineering, etc). Gerald and his wife,
Betty, are retired and reside in Northern Virginia. To learn more
about the Schuelers visit their website, www.schuelers.com.
Sunday, July 16th - 10 a.m. (PDST) (California) - 1 p.m. (EDST)
Useful Hints for the Study of H.P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine by
Published in 1888, H.P.Blavatsky's master work, The Secret Doctrine,
remains the most influential work ever written on Eastern and
Western esoteric philosophy. Its influence continues through the
writings of occultists and their schools which have developed since
her time. This presentation will discuss the purpose and importance
of this book; its themes and key ideas; and how to productively
approach its study.
Jerry Hejka-Ekins began his study of the Secret Doctrine in 1964 and
has been leading study groups on this book almost continuously since
1973. He will be drawing from his experiences garnered from working
with these groups. He is president of Alexandria West
(www.alexandriawest.org), a fraternal perennialistic organization
dedicated to promoting the Ancient Wisdom teachings and practices;
editor of The Serapeum and associate editor of Theosophical
History. He is an associate of the United Lodge Theosophists,
Theosophical Society (Adyar) and Theosophical Society (Pasadena).
He is author of numerous theosophical articles and reviews and co-
creator of The Perennial Wisdom, a 72 minute video and guide book on
the Theosophical Movement. He has an MA in English Literature from
California State University.
Saturday, July 22nd 10:00 am New York (EDST)
Esoteric Psychology by Prof. Robert Corrington
The lecture will be on the link between the depth psychology of the
European tradition and the esoteric tradition centered in Adyar.
The focus will be on the correlation between psychosexuality and the
etheric and astral bodies. Suggestions will be made for a universal
psychology that takes a look at alternative healing modalities and
their relation to the various forms of human embodiment. In
particular, the theory of resonances, as advanced in flower essence
work, will be articulated and shaped in the light of a full blown
esoteric psychology of the seven-fold human constitution.
Professor Corrington has developed his philosophic perspective of
ecstatic naturalism out of an ongoing dialogue between Continental
phenomenology on the one side and classical Euro-American pragmatism
on the other. Professor Corrington not only writes on these issues
but has lectured on Jung at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich,
Switzerland as well as at Drew University. His book on Wilhelm
Reich is forthcoming.
His metaphysics of ecstatic naturalism is concerned with exhibiting
the utter vastness of nature as that nature manifests its own
unconscious potencies and the religious orders of meaning that
intersect with the human unconscious. His seventh book, A Semiotic
Theory of Theology and Philosophy, (Cambridge University Press,
2000) extends his categorial scheme into the foundational structures
of the world and presents a semiotic cosmology.
Currently he is working on a larger project for Cambridge University
Press as well as other book projects that will further ramify and
extend ecstatic naturalism. This involves a continuing exploration
of Hinduism, Buddhism, and theosophy as they all intersect with the
liberal strains in Western metaphysics and theology.
Professor Corrington is an active member of the Unitarian
Universalist Association and The Theosophical Society of America. He
lectures and gives classes for both organizations and travels to
India for the Congress of the International Theosophical Society in
Chennai (Madras). http://www.users.drew.edu/rcorring/
Saturday July 29, 3pm New York (EDST)
"The Women of the /Revelation/"
by Zachary Lansdowne
Zachary Lansdowne presents the lecture "The Women of
the /Revelation/," which considers the two vivid feminine symbols
that are contained within the /Revelation of St. John/, the last
book of the Bible. The first feminine symbol is the celestial woman
of chapter 12, described as "a woman clothed with the sun, and the
moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." The
second feminine symbol is the seductive prostitute of chapter 17,
described as "the great whore that sitteth upon many waters." What
do these symbols mean? Many diverse interpretations have been
proposed for the celestial woman: the constellation Virgo when the
moon is at the feet of Virgo, Mary the mother of Jesus, the people
of Israel, and the heavenly church. Most commentators interpret the
seductive prostitute as representing the ancient city of Rome.
Helena P. Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society,
provides the following key to interpreting the /Revelation/: "The
fact is . . .the whole /Revelation/, is simply an allegorical
narrative of the Mysteries and initiation therein of a candidate,
who is John himself."
This quotation suggests the use of a psychological approach that
takes every symbol as representing some aspect of an aspirant who is
on the spiritual journey. If we do use a psychological approach of
interpretation, then what do the celestial woman and the seductive
prostitute represent? This lecture considers the meaning of these
symbols by analyzing the first five verses of both chapters 12 and 17.
Zachary Lansdowne, Ph.D., is a past president of the Theosophical
Society in Boston. This talk is based on his forthcoming article with
the same title that will be published by the Theosophical Society of
America in the November-December issue of their /Quest Magazine/.
This talk is also based on his recently published book, /The
Revelation of Saint John/, which is available from Amazon.com.
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