????: The Song Celestial

or BHAGAVAD-GITA Translated by Sir Edwin Arnold Theosophical University Press Electronic Edition ISBN 1-55700-155-3. CHAPTER I Dhritirashtra. Ranged thus for battle on the sacred plain — On Kurukshetra — say, Sanjaya! say What wrought my people, and the Pandavas? Sanjaya. When he beheld the host of Pandavas, Raja Duryodhana to Drona drew, And spake these words: “Ah, Guru! see this line, How vast it is of Pandu fighting-men, Embattled by the son of Drupada, Thy scholar in the war! Therein stand ranked Chiefs like Arjuna, like to Bhima chiefs, Benders of bows; Virata, Yuyudhan, Drupada, eminent upon his car, Dhrishtaket, Chekitan, Kasi’s stout lord, Purujit, Kuntibhoj, and Saivya, With Yudhamanyu, and Uttamauj Subhadra’s child; and Drupadi’s; — all famed! All mounted on their shining chariots! On our side, too, — thou best of Brahmans! see Excellent chiefs, commanders of my line, Whose names I joy to count: thyself the […] Read More

1837-1899: The Veil Withdrawn

Compiled by Mrs. Clara Sophia Jessup Bloomfield Moore (1837-1899) We shall yet seek to raise the veil and to penetrate into the secrets of things. – H. T. Buckle, 1836 Such insight as this system ventures to give is generally regarded as unattainable. The tidings which it brings, it will be said, are too good to be true. Meantime, so far as we have gone, it represents nature. And thus the winter carries the spring in its bosom, and in the ruins of old systems new ones are provided for. – MacVicar, 1860 True philosophy, when reached, said Professor George Bush, will conduct us into the realm of the spiritual as the true region of causes, and will disclose new and unthought of relations between the world of matter and of mind. It is these unthought of relations which Keely’s system of sympathetic physics brings to light; opening out […] Read More

1875: Touching Visitants from a higher life

A Chapter Of Autobiography. By Hon. Robert Dale Owen “Dare I say No spirit ever brake the band That stays him from his native land, Where first he walked when clasped in clay?” —Tennyson. I am of Tennyson’s opinion. It is presumptuous, in advance of positive evidence, for or against, to assume that those whom we call dead cannot reappear to us. Men who think themselves wise and enlightened are wont to declare — and I myself once assented to the declaration — that superstitious ignorance alone believes in ghosts.(The French more properly call them revenants, returners) Science adds her cogent authority; but science, ere now, has had to reconsider her verdicts. Less than a century ago she denied the reality of aerolites, popularly believed in throughout tens of previous centuries. Herbert Spencer has brought prominently forward the principle that any world-wide belief, persisted in throughout past ages, may […] Read More

1886: The Astral Light

By Henry T. Edge Published as part of a set in the 1930s and ’40s by Theosophical University Press; Revised Electronic Edition copyright © 1998 by Theosophical University Press. Electronic version ISBN 1-55700-110-3. All rights reserved. This edition may be downloaded for off-line viewing without charge. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted for commercial or other use in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Theosophical University Press. Because of current limitations in ASCII character fonts, and for ease in searching, no diacritical marks appear in the electronic version of the text. CONTENTS Chapter 1: Introductory Chapter 2: Meaning of the Term “Astral Light” Chapter 3: Scientific Views Chapter 4: A Cosmic Picture Gallery Chapter 5: The Astral Light and Karma Chapter 6: Dangers of the Lower Astral Light Chapter 7: The Astral Light and […] Read More

1888: An Epitome of Theosophy

By William Q. Judge Theosophy, the Wisdom-Religion, has existed from immemorial time. It offers us a theory of nature and of life which is founded upon knowledge acquired by the Sages of the past, more especially those of the East; and its higher students claim that this knowledge is not imagined or inferred, but that it is a knowledge of facts seen and known by those who are willing to comply with the conditions requisite for seeing and knowing. Theosophy, meaning knowledge of or about God (not in the sense of a personal anthropomorphic God, but in that of divine “godly” wisdom), and the term “God” being universally accepted as including the whole of both the known and the unknown, it follows that “Theosophy” must imply wisdom respecting the absolute; and, since the absolute is without beginning and eternal, this wisdom must have existed always. Hence Theosophy is sometimes […] Read More

1888: Why Do Animals Suffer?

Q. Is it possible for me who love the animals to learn how to get more power than I have to help them in their sufferings? A. Genuine unselfish LOVE combined with WILL is a “power” in itself. They who love animals ought to show that affection in a more efficient way than by covering their pets with ribbons and sending them to howl and scratch at the prize exhibitions. __________ Q. Why do the noblest animals suffer so much at the hands men? I need not enlarge or try to explain this question. Cities e torture places for the animals who can be turned to any account for use or amusement by man! and these are always the most noble. A. In the Sutras, or the Aphorisms of the Karma-pa, a sect which is an offshoot of the great Gelukpa (yellow caps) sect in Tibet, and whose name […] Read More

1889: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali

An Interpretation by WILLIAM Q. JUDGE Assisted by JAMES HENDERSON CONNELLY Originally published in 1889. Theosophical University Press electronic version ISBN 1-55700-122-7. Due to current limitations in the ASCII character set, and for ease of searching, no diacritical marks appear in this electronic version of the text. DEDICATION This Book is Laid upon the Altar of Masters’ Cause, and is Dedicated to Their Servant H. P. Blavatsky. All concern for its Fruits or Results is Abandoned: They are left in Charge of Karma and the Members of the Theosophical Society. CONTENTS Preface The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali (68K) Book 1: Concentration Book 2: Means of Concentration Book 3 Book 4: The Essential Nature of Isolation TUP Online Menu Theosophical University Press, publishing and distributing quality theosophical literature since 1886: PO Box C, Pasadena, CA 91109-7107 USA; e-mail: tupress@theosociety.org; voice: (626) 798-3378; fax: (626) 798-4749. Free printed catalog available on […] Read More

1895: The Astral Plane

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Astral Plane, by C. W. Leadbeater THEOSOPHICAL MANUALS. No. 5 THE ASTRAL PLANE ITS SCENERY, INHABITANTS, AND PHENOMENA C. W. LEADBEATER London: Theosophical Publishing Society 7 Duke Street, Adelphi, W.C.   Benares: Theosophical Publishing Society, Madras: The Theosophist Office, Adyar. 1895 PREFACE. Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. It is the fifth of a series of Manuals designed to meet the public demand for a simple exposition of Theosophical teachings. Some have complained that our literature is at once too abstruse, too technical, and too expensive for the ordinary reader, and it is our hope that the present series may succeed in supplying what is a very real want. Theosophy is not only for the learned; it is for all. Perhaps among those who in these little books catch their first glimpse of its teachings, there may […] Read More

1913: A Nosegay of Everlasting

FROM KATHERINE TINGLEY’S GARDEN OF HELPFUL THOUGHTS Taken from Katherine Tingley‘s Speeches, 1913 Originally published in 1914 by the Students of the Raja Yoga College, Point Loma, California, USA. Dedicated to KATHERINE TINGLEY With Love and Gratitude   In their childhood and youth, in their young manhood and womanhood, she has been to her Raja Yoga Students, Teacher, Counselor, and Inspirer; ever aiding them to abandon whatever is unworthy, dishonorable, base and selfish; and ever seeking to evoke in them whatever is pure, true, brave and generous. These sayings have been garnered, with the hope that they may be preserved and spread broadcast; for they will help all who read them to eradicate the weeds from their own character-gardens, that the flowers may blossom with new fragrance and beauty. — THE GLEANERS.   ___________ “Ye are not bound! the Soul of Things is sweet, The Heart of Being is […] Read More