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Re: theos-talk Borobudur - Occult Side of Java

Jan 30, 2011 12:46 PM
by Augoeides-222

Many here may want to vist it on Google Earth, here are the Coordinates for Borobudur and an varger Shiva temptle 1.90 mi to the SE: 

Borobudur Temple 

7 36 28.50 S 
110 12 14.40 E 

Prabanan Shive Temple 

7 45 07.05 S 
110 29 28.74 E 

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Subject: theos-talk Borobudur - Occult Side of Java 

There was an interest from a member about the Occult History of Java written 
by CWL. I found that Geoffrey Hodson had written about his experience of 
visiting Java, which is interesting. I am quoting from his Occult Diary 
which is currently out of print. 



Early 1930s 


During a lecture tour of Java in 1933. a visit was made to the great 
Buddhist shrine known as the Borobudur. The presence was realized of the 
great presiding Deva - a very lofty being - and two poems were written as a 
result. These were published in The Theosophist during 1934. 

Return visits have recently been made to the shrine during which we were 
again received and an attempt made to obtain a description of the Deva, as 
also to receive of His wisdom. 

As He presents Himself to the writer. graciously descending to his level, 
this great Deva is distinctly masculine and markedly Indo-Aryan in 
appearance. He is probably a Deva of Wisdom, for the golden light of Buddhi 
shines all about Him, glowing through the successive spheres of soft rose, 
soft green, and dazzling white, of which His aura chiefly consists. An 
emanation of white fire shot through with gold surrounds the inner form, 
then a great sphere of yellow is followed by the other colourings, the whole 
displaying in quality of colouring and in luminosity the glory of a sunset 
sky. White rays, like searchlight beams, play out from the central fonn, in 
the heart of which they seem to arise. Some of these shine upwards, others 
laterally over Java and the sea beyond, the others deep down into the earth, 
widening as they leave the central form. 

All life, for many miles, especially devic life, is quickened by this light 
and power of the Deva of Borobudur. He is, I think, the Head of the devic 
life of the island, as also of the surrounding seas, a veritable Deva King. 
Ever and anon a silver star flashes forth above His head, whilst great 
forces, white and gold, flame-like and petal-shaped, play about His feet as 
if He stood within a great lotus formed of fire. 

Within the central aura is a thought-fonn of the Lord Buddha, seated in 
meditative pose. It is a vehicle, at the lower mental level, for the life of 
the Lord, upon Whom the Deva appears to meditate perpetually. Contact with 
the consciousness of this Great One gives rise to the following thoughts, as 
if He preached for all aspirants a brief sermon on enlightenment and the 

"Although for men the attainment of enlightenment seems far away, in realms 
beyond time's imprisonment, enlightenment for all is here and now, within 
them as a living fact, a power of accomplishment. "Thus, within your 
archetypal self, as in these stupas which you see, there sits a Buddha, 
fully formed though partially concealed. The secret of your own 
enlightenment is the presence within you of this Buddha-tobe. 

As you must gaze within the stupa's form, piercing with your eyes its 
covering, so with the eyes of thought and will gaze inward and perceive that 
embodied wisdom which is yourself, the Buddha which you are in timelessness 
and will make manifest in realms of time. Keep your soul's gaze fixed upon 
this archetypal Buddha. Dwell daily, hourly in its presence, until thought 
and will combine to bring to birth within your outer self the Buddha of 
which your inner Self consists. Then let imagination soar into your 

Picture yourself as living now the Buddha life, moving amongst men as did 
the Lord. Do this with will and thought unchanging, until in very fact these 
two bring forth in you the living Buddha. 

''Thus shall time cease to imprison you. Thus shall future be blended, with 
present, yourself at the centre, conscious of both as the eternal now. Past 
I counsel you to forget, annihilate entirely, wipe from the tablets of your 
mind, as scaffolding which having served the builder's need is taken down 
and disappears. Past is dead for you. Present and future will similarly 
disappear as you learn to live intensely in that fullness which is the 
eternal now. 

"Dark is the world; darker it may yet become. Grave dangers threaten human 
life, human progress, human peace. The opposing forces gather for a conflict 
which well may be the greatest and the last of the planetary battles waged 
on earth. Should light conquer, should brotherhood and peace prevail, as 
almost certainly they will, then the opponents of the Law, organized as 
enemies of man, will meet with that defeat which will put an end to mass 
hatred, mass brutality, and mass enmity to Light. Thereafter the great Law 
shall prevail. 

"Could you but see as We see Who, standing above the conflict, represent the 
Law, how every unifying thought and deed of every man, however humble if 
sincere, plays its important part - nay, I would say tremendous part - in 
bringing victory to the side of Light and Law, your work would be more 
inspired, your wills more ardent, your faith more fiery, and your lives more 
full of power. Go forth therefore with added force, with greater zeal, 
constant in self-discipline, losing self in service, planning, thinking, 
working in the cause of Light and Law and in the name of Those Who are the 
Light and have become the Law. On all your work the blessing, the peace, the 
beauty, and the power of Borobudur .. " 

On another occasion He said: 

"You will help in clearing away the mists of ignorance and superstition with 
which Java is enwrapped, by awakening the minds of the better classes to a 
realization of the harm which the practice of blood sacrifice is doing to 
the national soul and through that to the health and well-being of the 
people; also in instructing them concerning the facts. The educational 
authorities and the members of the Theosophical Lodges are the most 
promising agents for such work. United, well-organized and well informed 
groups of esotericists could help greatly by means of regular and constant 
activity along the lines suggested. and in the daily radiation of Power and 
Light over the island" 

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