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Rene Guenon’s Critique of Theosophy

A presentation based on the book by René Guénon – Theosophy : History of a Pseudo-Religion. Including contextualising material bringing the story of Theosophy, it’s teachers, doctrines and influence into recent times. Music – The Spirit of Russian Love by

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Eros and Thanatos

Some fragmentary thoughts… Eros ~ appreciation for eternal beauty, life energy, the bright warm force within, passion for living, desire for immortality, libido, will to live, psychic relatedness (from Jung) – that is, interconnection and interaction with other sentient beings,

Posted in Western Mysticism

To Go Beyond Thought ~ Karen Armstrong

Parabola: Can you describe the Axial Age and the light it might shed on the difference between thinking and knowing? I realize I’m asking you to traffic in huge generalities here, but it seems to be a pivotal distinction. KAREN ARMSTRONG: You

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Vision of Saint Ambrose of Optina

I read this recently in a book called The Christ of India and find it really lovely. As told by Abbott George Burke. “Suddenly, I am outside of the forest, somewhere far away, in another world, quite unknown to me, never seen

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The Three Roots ~ Tau Malachi

Remember your Transcendence ”Always remember that God is with you, wherever you are, whatever is happening, all of the time. Cultivate this awareness, and throughout your days think of God with you often, and learn to abide in the this

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The Role and Fate of the Library at Alexandria

In passing we have heard of it, this great destruction of a vast library, but what was it, where was it, how did it happen? We can believe that ancient planetary cataclysm, of one type or another, could have thrown

Posted in Inner Transmissions, Uncategorized, Western Mysticism

Song For Nobody ~ Thomas Merton

A yellow flower (Light and spirit) Sings by itself For nobody. A golden spirit (Light and emptiness) Sings without a word By itself. Let no one touch this gentle sun In whose dark eye Someone is awake. (No light, no

Posted in Poetry, Western Mysticism

The Spiritual Tradition at the Roots of Western Civilisation ~ Peter Kingsley

”Perhaps the simplest way of describing the situation would be to say that, two and a half thousand years ago in the West, we were given a gift — and in our childishness we threw away the instructions for how

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Mantra in the Gospel of the Egyptians

.. ” One is the word, the Father of the light of everything, he who came forth from the silence, while he rests in the silence, he whose name is in an invisible symbol. A hidden, invisible mystery came forth:

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The Holy War ~ René Daumal

Extracts from The Holy War. Full piece available here ~ I am going to write a poem about war. Perhaps it will not be a real poem, but it will be about a real war. What I am going to make won’t

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Quotes From Amiel’s Journal

”Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve

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Radiant Is The World Soul ~ Rabbi Abram Isaac Kook

Radiant Is The World Soul Full of splendor and beauty, Full of life, Of souls hidden, Of treasures of the holy spirit, Of fountains of strength, Of greatness and beauty. Proudly I ascend Toward the heights of the world soul

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Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s

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On Energy ~ William James

Extracts from ”The Energies of Man” by William James (in 1906).     ”….If an unusual necessity forces us to press onward, a surprising thing occurs. The fatigue gets worse up to a certain critical point, when gradually or suddenly

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Mirabai Starr ~ Longing for the Beloved

I read this today and found it very moving. Some other might like it. Source ~ ”At night on my bed I longed for my only love. I sought him, but did not find him. I must rise and go about

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Robert Masters ~ dancing with our pain

Edited Extracts from ”Everything — everything! — is the dancefloor. But we may not yet have the legs nor the ripeness for it, or at least for certain zones/levels of it. More quality time in psychospiritual bootcamp’s obstacle courses may

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The Screwtape Letters ~ CS Lewis

Screwtape is a senior demon writing to his nephew, Wormwood, who is an apprentice. Their ”father below” is the Devil and the ”enemy” is God. Screwtape writes these letters to train his nephew in how best to corrupt their ”patient’s”

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Hitbodedut is best done outside the town in a place where grass grows, because the grass will awaken your heart. ~ Rabbi Nachman One may seek to enter directly into Hitbodedut by meditating on nothingness (ain), however, such meditation is

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On Beauty ~ Plotinus

Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter,

Posted in Uncategorized, Western Mysticism

Rudolf Steiner ~ A Chapter of Occult History

These are edited extracts from Steiner’s lecture given in December 1908. He had an interesting way of looking at the passing of times. ”Before entering into the bodies of our present civilisation, all your souls lived in bodies of the

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