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RE: Reputation & Truth (was Re: Theos-World "Esoteric Buddhism")

Aug 15, 2007 11:22 AM
by Raquel Rodríguez

Beautifull, thakyou

Jane Lucienne <> escribió:

IMHO too many people are told what to think instead of learning how to think for themselves. If I'm interested in knowing the truth, I investigate. Having investigated Crowley in some detail and at length what comes to mind at this moment is the imagery of Atu XVIII The Moon, with the sacred beetle - the dung beetle - pushing the sun across the sky at midnight - as a ball of dung - to rise at dawn between the twin towers of Khem. This imagery, of course, is the one in the Crowley/Harris Thoth Tarot deck where the M.T. quoth in The Book of Thoth: 

This is the threshold of life; this is the threshold of death. All is doubtful, all is mysterious, all is intoxicating. Not the benign, solar intoxication of Dionysus, but the dreadful madness of pernicious drugs; this is a drunkenness of sense, after the mind has been abolished by the venom of this Moon. This is that which is written of Abraham in the Book of the Beginning: "An horror of great darkness came upon him." One is reminded of the mental echo of subconscious realization, of that supreme iniquity which mystics have constantly celebrated in their accounts of the Dark Night of the Soul. But the best men, the true men, do not consider the matter in such terms at all. Whatever horrors may afflict the soul, whatever abominations may excite the loathing of the heart, whatever terrors may assail the mind, the answer is the same at every stage: "How splendid is the Adventure!"

No guts no glory -- that's what I say.

~ Jane

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." ~ Maya Angelou

----- Original Message ----
From: Cass Silva <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 8:47:54 PM
Subject: Re: Theos-World "Esoteric Buddhism": Table of Contents of the Subjects Covered

I often wondered about Crowley. He for sure was on the spiritual path but for years believed that he was on the left hand path as his work leant heavily on debauchery?


Jane Lucienne <jane_lucienne@> wrote:
Raquel -

You confirm my election to start with the source works rather than reading someone else's best 'interpretation' of same. That having been said, however, I was wondering what 'Esoteric Buddhism' is, so I will be needing the "Cliff's Notes" on that soon. 

BTW I spent a great deal of time with the works of A. Crowley, inspired by his Tarot deck largely based on the imagery as painted by Lady Frieda Harris. I later found out that he was and is considered, notwithstanding the reputation, to be a first class kabalist. I would probably not be capable of thinking for myself had I not started with the M.T. Along the way I made it my special business to look further into the lives and works of those whom he bashed. And here I am today, feeling quite at home.

Birds of a feather ...

~ Jane

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." ~ Maya Angelou

----- Original Message ----
From: Raquel Rodríguez <raquel_rpj@yahoo. es>
To: theos-talk@yahoogro
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 2:06:36 AM
Subject: RE: Theos-World "Esoteric Buddhism": Table of Contents of the Subjects Covered

Hello Daniel
I have to dissagree whit you with getting introduced to Theosophy througth Sinnett. 
First of all
Esoteric Buddhism it´s a beautifull book, but I see myself Sinnett as a bit controverse figure in theosophical movement. I would say he was for theosophist what Alleyster Crouwley would be to Rossycrutians.
Also Esoteric Buddhism has mistakes that Blabatsky has to dedicate a couple of pages on her introduction to the Secret Doctrine, to correct.
I think it´s better to read it if you are allready warn of the mistakes, to aboid confusion.
Second and most important to me, is that the Power and Depth that Blabatsky espress on her writtings, inherent on her nature, makes her the best to get introduced on her teachings. Maybe her use of language it´s a bit strange, but the strength of her inner Self, can be felt througth her words, as sounds and colours, something that someone used to handle tarot cards will eassyly percive.
Jane will also find herself very familiar with her I think as she references often to Rossycrutians as Eliphas Levi.



danielhcaldwell <danielhcaldwell@> escribió:
A.P. Sinnett's ESOTERIC BUDDHISM was first published in
1883. This book was the first simple exposition of Theosophy
published during the early days of the Theosophical Society.
The book was primarily based upon Mr. Sinnett's understanding of the
Theosophical teachings as given in the letters of H.P. Blavatsky's
Masters, Koot Hoomi and Morya..

Below is the table of contents for ESOTERIC BUDDHISM. Notice that
most of the BASIC IDEAS or TEACHINGS of Theosophy are listed in
this table:

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CHAPTER I - Esoteric Teachers

Nature of the Present Exposition - Seclusion of Eastern Knowledge -
The Arhats and their Attributes - The Mahatmas - Occultists
generally - Isolated Mystics - Inferior Yogis - Occult Training - The
Great Purpose -Its Incidental Consequences - Present Concessions

CHAPTER II - The Constitution of Man

Esoteric Cosmogony - Where to Begin - Working back from Man to
Universe - Analysis of Man - The Seven Principles

CHAPTER III -The Planetary Chain

Esoteric Views of Evolution - The Chain of Globes - Progress of Man
round them - The Spiral Advance - Original Evolution of the Globes -
The Lower Kingdoms

CHAPTER IV -The World Periods

Uniformity of Nature- Rounds and Races - The Septenary Law -
Objective and Subjective Lives - Total Incarnations - Former Races on
Earth - Periodic Cataclysms - Atlantis - Lemuria - The Cyclic Law

CHAPTER V - Devachan

Spiritual Destinies of the Ego - Karma - Division of the Principles
of Death - Progress of the Higher Duad - Existence in Devachan -
Subjective Progress - Avitchi - Earthly Connection with Devachan -
Devachanic Periods

CHAPTER VI - Kama Loca

The Astral Shell - Its Habitat - Its Nature - Surviving Impulses -
Elementals - Mediums and Shells - Accidents and Suicides - Lost

CHAPTER VII - The Human Tide-Wave

Progress of the Main Wave - Obscurations - Twilight and Dawn of
Evolution - Our Neighbouring Planets - Gradations of Spirituality -
Prematurely Developed Egos - Intervals of Re-Incarnation

CHAPTER VIII - The Progress of Humanity

The Choice of Good or Evil - The Second Half of Evolution - The
Decisive Turning-point - Spirituality and Intellect - The Survival of
the Fittest - The Sixth Sense - Development of the Principles in
their Order - The Subsidence of the Unfit - Provision for All - The
Exceptional Cases - Their Scientific Explanation - Justice Satisfied -
The Destiny of Failures - Human Evolution Reviewed


The Esoteric Buddha - Re-Incarnations of Adepts - Buddha's
Incarnation - The Seven Buddhas of the Great Races - Avalokiteshwara -
Addi Buddha - Adeptship in Buddha's Time - Sankaracharya - Vedantin
Doctrines - Tsong-ka-pa - Occult Reforms in Tibet

CHAPTER X - Nirvana

Its Remoteness - Preceding Gradations - Partial Nirvana - The
Threshold of Nirvana - Nirvana - Para Nirvana - Buddha and Nirvana -
Nirvana attained by Adepts - General Progress towards Nirvana -
Conditions of its Attainment - Spirituality and Religion - The
Pursuit of Truth

CHAPTER XI - The Universe

The Days and Night of Brahma - The Various Manvantaras and Pralayas -
The Solar System - The Universal Pralaya - Recommencement of
Evolution - "Creation" - The Great First Cause - The Eternal Cyclic

CHAPTER XII - The Doctrine Reviewed

Correspondences of the Esoteric Doctrine with Visible Nature - Free
Will and Predestination - The Origin of Evil - Geology, Biology, and
the Esoteric Teaching - Buddhism and Scholarship - The Origins of all
Things - The Doctrine as Distorted - The Ultimate Dissolutions of
Consciousness - Transmigration - The Soul and the Spirit -
Personality and Individuality - Karma

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For more on this book, see: http://esotericbudd

Blavatsky Study Center

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