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Re: theos-talk Borobudur - Occult Side of Java

Jan 30, 2011 02:20 PM
by John W

Geoff Hodson's visit to Java was in 1933, before WW2, and while Indonesia was still under orderly Dutch colonial rule. But since the damage done by the Japanese during the War, and chronic misrule and rampant overpopulation and deforestation since independence in 1949 (in spite of the original Indonesian leaders having graduated from the best Dutch schools), Indonesia (and Java and Bali in particular) has gone steadily downhill into poverty and chaos and corruption. A lot of the root of the blame rests with rising Islamic fundamentalism, with much persecution of Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist minorities.

Java today bears little resemblance to what it was like in 1933. Because of the recent (since the late 1990s) suicide bombings mainly in Jakarta and on Bali, other violence and robbery against tourists, rip-offs of tourists by tourism operators, and instances such as the Corby case in which corrupt cops (seeking promotion) and baggage-handlers planted drugs in the property of tourists to obtain their framings and convictions on false charges, I would never visit Indonesia now, not even if had diplomatic immunity.

Geoff Hodson was born on 12th March 1886, when H P Blavatsky was still alive, and died in Auckland, New Zealand, on 23rd January 1983. He spent the latter part of his life in New Zealand, after moving from Perth, WA. I met him and his wife Sandra a few times in his last years, the 1970s and early 1980s, when he gave lectures in Auckland and Whangarei, NZ.

which gives a complete list of his books.

John W.

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Subject: Re: theos-talk Borobudur - Occult Side of Java
Date: Monday, 31, January, 2011, 9:46 AM




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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Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:15:29 AM 

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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