26 Principles of Life

By Jason Johns 1.All Are Related: There is a Native American saying, which translates roughly to “All are Related”. Everything in the universe is part of The Great Spirit, from a rock, to a plant, to a fish, to a human. The spirit flows between and within us all, and is the building block of everything. Since we are all part of the same whole, we should treat the rest of the whole as if it is part of us, i.e. with compassion and love. We are all part of the Great Spirit, just like all the different leaves on a tree are still part of the tree. 2.The Energy Flow: The universe is composed of energy. This energy flows between everything, us and within us all. When we have internal blocks, the energy fails to flow correctly, causing illness, lethargy and other symptoms. This energy can be directed […] Read More

Answers to Queries

A Correspondent from New York writes: . . . . The Editors of LUCIFER would confer a great benefit on those who are attracted to the movement which they advocate, if they would state: (I) Whether a would-be-theosophist-occultist is required to abandon his worldly ties and duties such as family affection, love of parents, wife, children, friends, etc.? I ask this question because it is rumoured here that some theosophical publications have so stated, and would wish to know whether such a sine quâ non condition really exists in your Rules? The same, however, is found in the New Testament. “He that loveth father or mother more than Me, is not worthy of Me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me, etc., etc,” is said in Matthew (x. 37). Do the MASTERS of Theosophy demand as much? Yours in the Search […] Read More

Dialogues Between The Two Editors

On Astral Bodies, Or Doppelgangers     M.C. Great confusion exists in the minds of people about the various kinds of apparitions, wraiths, ghosts or spirits. Ought we not to explain once for all the meaning of these terms? You say there are various kinds of “doubles” – what are they?     H.P.B. Our occult philosophy teaches us that there are three kinds of “doubles,” to use the word in its widest sense. (I) Man has his “double” or shadow, properly so called, around which the physical body of the fœtus – the future man – is built. The imagination of the mother, or an accident which affects the child, will affect also the astral body. The astral and the physical both exist before the mind is developed into action, and before the Atma awakes. This occurs when the child is seven years old, and with it comes the responsibility attaching to […] Read More

1886: Theories about Reincarnation And Spirits

Over and over again the abstruse and mooted question of Rebirth or Reincarnation has crept out during the first ten years of the Theosophical Society’s existence. It has been alleged on prima facie evidence, that a notable discrepancy was found between statements made in Isis Unveiled, Vol. I, 351-2, and later teachings from the same pen and under the inspiration of the same master.1 In Isis, it was held, reincarnation is denied. An occasional return, only of “depraved spirits” is allowed. “Exclusive of that rare and doubtful possibility, Isis allows only three cases – abortion, very early death, and idiocy – in which reincarnation on this earth occurs.” (“C.C.M.” in Light, 1882.) The charge was answered then and there as every one who will turn to the Theosophist of August, 1882, can see for himself. Nevertheless, the answer either failed to satisfy some readers or passed unnoticed. Leaving aside […] Read More

Karma: The Law of Consequences

Karma: The Law of Consequences By Gertrude W. van Pelt, M.D. Theosophical Manual Series Second Edition copyright © 1940 by Theosophical University Press; Third and Revised Edition copyright © 1998 by Theosophical University Press. Electronic ISBN 1-55700-103-0. 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 of searching, no diacritical marks appear in the electronic version of the text. CONTENTS 1. Introductory 2. Is Karma Blind Force? 3. You Are Your Own Karma 4. The Problem of Heredity 5. Fatalism or Destiny 6. Why Karma Has Been Forgotten 7. Karma and Justice versus Punishment 8. National and Racial […] 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

The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali

An Interpretation by WILLIAM Q. JUDGE Assisted by JAMES HENDERSON CONNELLY Originally published 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 request. […] Read More