This Is The Last Lesson That Buddha Left For Humanity Before He Died

As we have known, Buddha laid the foundation of Buddhism. Buddha, which means one who is awake, left his followers a great quantity of lessons throughout his life. It was said that three months before his death, Buddha addressed his disciples saying that he had been with them for forty-five years. They must learn his sermons, treasure them, practice them and teach them to others because they’ll be of great use for the welfare of the living and for those who would come after. He urged the monks to be mindful and of pure virtue. For whoever pursues the Teaching untiringly will go beyond the cycle of birth and death, and their suffering will end. Ananda, his personal assistant, had the courage to ask Buddha what will come of the Order in case the Buddha passed away. Buddha replied that He had preached the Truth without any distinction; for […] Read More

The Path

“To all of both sides I say this. Have patience. Just realize where you come from. This is the essence of wisdom.” We are what we are…human… and, although we cannot change the world, we can change ourselves. Self-change is what this site is all about. This page is rather long. One of the reasons I made it so long is this… If you do not possess the ability to sit and read it all the way thru, then how can you slow down and effect change within? When will you find the time to listen to the voice within? How will you develop patience? I do not have degrees or pieces of paper to display that state I took this course or that I passed that class. I learned so much from others, not just people but places and animals. I learned thru trial and error. I learned from mistakes. I also learned […] Read More

Philosophers and Philosophicules

    We shall in vain interpret their words by the notions of our philosophy and the doctrines in our schools. – LOCKE Knowledge of the lowest kind is un-unified knowledge; Science is partially unified knowledge; Philosophy is completely unified knowledge. – HERBERT SPENCER, First Principles. New accusations are brought by captious censors against our Society in general and Theosophy, especially. We will summarize them as we proceed along, and notice the “freshest” denunciation. We are accused of being illogical in the “Constitution and Rules” of the Theosophical Society; and contradictory in the practical application thereof. The accusations are framed in this wise: In the published “Constitution and Rules” great stress is laid upon the absolutely non-sectarian character of the Society. It is constantly insisted upon that it has no creed, no philosophy, no religion, no dogmas, and even no special views of its own to advocate, still less to impose […] Read More

1887: Let Every Man Prove His Own Work

    Such is the title of a letter received by the Editors of Lucifer. It is of so serious a nature that it seems well to make it the subject of this month’s editorial. Considering the truths uttered in its few lines, its importance and the bearing it has upon the much obscured subject of Theosophy, and its visible agent or vehicle – the Society of that name – the letter is certainly worthy of the most considerate answer. Fiat justitia, ruat cœlum! Justice will be done to both sides in the dispute; namely, Theosophists and the members of the Theosophical Society1 on the one hand, and the followers of the Divine Word (or Christos), and the so-called Christians, on the other. We reproduce the letter: To the editors of LUCIFER What a grand chance is now open in this country, to the exponents of a noble and […] Read More

Lamas and Druses

Mr. L. Oliphant’s new work “Land of Gilead” attracts considerable attention. Reviews appeared some time since, but we had to lay the subject aside until now for lack of space. We will now have something to say, not of the work itself – though justice can hardly be sufficiently done to the writings of that clever author – but of what he tells us respecting the Druses – those mystics of Mount Lebanon of whom so little is known. We may, perchance, shed some new light on the subject. “The Druse,” Mr. Oliphant thinks, “has a firm conviction that the end of the world is at hand. Recent events have so far tallied with the enigmatical prophecies of his sacred books, that he looks forward to the speedy resurrection of El Hakim, the founder and divine personage of the sect. In order to comprehend this, the connection between China […] Read More

2006: Finding Reality Through Meditation

By Ansley Roche January 18, 2006 When I first started to practice meditation, part of me dreaded taking a seat in the circle. I knew it was good for me, but I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be doing with my chatty little mind, and I was frustrated with the fact that sitting down to meditate brought out a narcoleptic tendency I didn’t know I had. The meditation leader would sound a bell to initiate the session and within 2 minutes, I would start the sway—sitting upright as I drifted off to sleep only to be jerked awake by my head falling forward: the sway. It didn’t take long to learn that during these sleep-deprived college years, I would need caffeine to meditate. I also learned that I meditate “better” if my eyes are open (different traditions say different things about the eyes), cast gently down, at […] Read More