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                                           Fourth Annual Convention — April 27-28

                                        American Section of the Theosophical Society

                                                       Palmer House, Chocago, Illinos

                                                       
                                                                          
 
Message delivered on behalf of H. P. Blavatsky by Bertram Keightley, afternoon session, April 27, 1890. The following cablegram was received by William Q. Judge just after adjournment:
 
LONDON, APRIL 26, 1890
 
JUDGE, GENERAL SECRETARY  GREETINGS TO CONVENTION. TOO SICK TO WRITE PERSONALLY.  H. P. BLAVATSKY

 

MESSAGE COMMUNICATED ON BEHALF OF MADAME H. P. BLAVATSKY BY BERTRAM KEIGHTLEY

I am directed by H. P. Blavatsky to read to you, as well as I can remember it, what she wished me to say to the Convention for her, as she has been too sick to write you her customary salutatory letter.

Brother Theosophists and Co-workers:

                                                    Third Annual Convention — April 28-29

                                                  American Section of the Theosophical Society

                                                         Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois
 
 
Letter from H. P. Blavatsky, dated April 7, 1889. Read by William Q. Judge, morning session, April 28, 1889
 
                                                                             
 
 17 LANSDOWNE ROAD, HOLLAND PARK, LONDON, W.    April 7, 1889
 
Friends and Brother Theosophists: You are now once again assembled in Convention, and to you again I send my heartiest greetings and wishes that the present Convention may prove a still greater success than the last.

                                                                    Second Annual Convention — April 22-23

                                                                 American Section of the Theosophical Society

                                                                             Sherman House, Chicogo, Illinos

                                                                               
 
 
                                 A letter from H. P. Blavatsky, dated April 3, 1888. Read by William Q. Judge, afternoon session, April 22, 1888.
     

Magazine Article: Theosophy in Australia, March 2005

Harry Potter began his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first of seven projected novels: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In that first novel, Harry was on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone, which turns base metal into gold and produces an elixir of immortality. But his real quest in that novel, as in the succeeding books of the series, is for self-knowledge. In the second book of the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry continues his education and his quest for self-knowledge during his second year at Hogwarts.

In his second year, Harry learns, among other things, about the three marks of existence that the Buddha taught, namely (1) that life involves suffering, (2) that we have no enduring separate self, and (3) that everything is constantly changing or transforming. Indeed, transformation is the key theme of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Harry has returned to Hogwarts School after the summer vacation only to discover that something is very much amiss. Daubed on a wall of the school are the words ‘THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED. ENEMIES OF THE HEIR, BEWARE.’ The ‘heir’ is a descendant of Salazar Slytherin, one of the four founding Wizards of Hogwarts, the only one who believed that none but pure-blooded Wizards should be admitted as students. To ensure the eventual implementation of his belief, he created a secret chamber deep underground, a chamber that only his true heir, a descendant who shared his belief, could open. And in that secret chamber was concealed a secret monster — a Basilisk, which is a serpent whose look either kills or petrifies.

 

TALKS ON THE PATH OF OCCULTISM- VOL. 3

A Commentary on "Light on the Path"

ANNIE BESANT, D.L.

AND

 Rt. Rev. C. W. LEADBEATER

1947.

THE THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING HOUSE

Adyar, Madras, India

First Edition, 1926 Second Edition, 1930 Third Edition, 1947

FOREWORD

This book is merely a record of talks by Mr. C. W. Leadbeater – now Bishop Leadbeater – and myself on three famous books – books small in size but great in contents. We both hope that they will prove useful to aspirants, and even to those above that stage, since the talkers were older than the listeners, and had more experience in the life of discipleship.

Theosophical Society

Published in The American Theosophist, November 1970

The word “meditation” stands for a large variety of mental exercises adopted by people who have a spiritual ideal of one kind or another in their lives and want to realize this ideal, at least to some extent. As the mental activity and discipline involved in meditation is of very wide scope, it is not easy to deal here with the subject systematically and comprehensively. Those who read this article are expected to be familiar with the general aspects of meditation. We shall therefore confine ourselves to the discussion of a few interesting aspects of meditation, which are not generally understood, but are of vital interest to those who are serious about the problems of the inner life and do not want to go through their meditation as a mere routine.

 

It is also not easy to define the purpose of meditation as this depends upon the mental background, temperament, and spiritual evolution of the individual. But it may be indicated, in most general terms, by saying that this purpose is to bring the lower personality in conscious touch with the Higher Self, thus making it increasingly aware of its divine origin, destiny, and nature. All those people who meditate regularly as part of a systematic spiritual discipline must believe that behind the physical world is hidden a real spiritual world of unimaginable splendor, and that it is possible for a human being to come into contact with this inner world in an increasing measure by means of meditation. Otherwise, there would be no point in engaging in this kind of mental activity.

 

The world of Reality is hidden within the mind of every human being and can be known more and more fully by penetrating progressively into deeper levels of the mind. This is why it is necessary in every true spiritual discipline not only to deal with the mind in various ways but also to go into its deeper levels through meditation.

Compiled and Annotated by Geoffrey Farthing.

NATURE AS THE BASIS OF TRUE RELIGION
or
NATURE AS THE TRUE BASIS FOR RELIGION

 

FROM EARLY DAYS

Nature in religion is not new. The sun in his majestic daily journey and the silvery moon at night have ever been objects of veneration and worship. All the planets in our system have their god names. The Elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire are in the Indian pantheon of gods. Mercury is the messenger of the gods, planetary Neptune is also the god of the sea. Pan is the god of all Nature. So men have revered Nature from time immemorial. Both the sun and the moon are the principal astrological factors in the planetary constellations, ruling the horoscopes, even the destinies some believe, of men. Also worshipped under various names and aspects are the Devas and Nature spirits, with their particular powers.

Our thesis, however, is not Nature as religion but Nature as the true basis for religion. It is hoped to show why.

I am not a scientist, but science, particularly quantum physics, intrigues me. Recently I came upon a book entitled Entangled Minds by Dean Radin, a senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California, which advances the thesis that the concept of entanglement in quantum theory may explain psychic faculties and parapsychological phenomena. I have become sufficiently emboldened to suggest that this concept might well apply to a well-known and long accepted principle in numerous spiritual traditions—the law of karma.  Radin does point out early in his book that there are “two flavors of stupidity: Just Plain Stupid and Mentally Deficient.” To avoid being categorized under one or other of those two “flavors,” I propose to tread cautiously on some unexplored aspects of karma, raising more questions than I intend to answer in any definitive manner.

First, what is entanglement? It appears that the word was first used by the noted physicist Erwin Schrödinger to describe the connection between separated particles that persists regardless of distance. Einstein’s famous remark that entanglement is “spooky action at a distance” perhaps encapsulates the phenomenon best. Could it be that connections persist not only over great expanses of space, but also over vast periods of time?

Compiled by Sandra Hodson

Geoffrey Hodson was born in Lincolnshire, England, on the 12th of March 1886, and passed away on the 23rd of January 1983, at his home in Auckland, New Zealand. He joined the Manchester Branch of the Theosophical Society as a young man, and from then on until the end of his Life of 96 years, he travelled throughout the world teaching, lecturing, and writing on Theosophy.

Diary entries exist from 1921 to 1983.

Light of the Sanctuary
(c) The Theosophical Publishers, Inc.
Manila, Philippines
All rights reserved
First Published 1988
ISBN-971-9113-0-0

Light of the Sanctuary contains some 3164 extracts from Hodson's diaries. Twenty-seven of these dealing with the Occult Chemistry work are reproduced below.


23 October 1958 New Zealand
Master Polidorus Isurenus

Clairvoyant Research into the Structure of Matter

After you have taken all possible care to see and describe accurately, you are right not to allow yourself to be disturbed by either contradictions of the present findings of science or differences from Occult Chemistry (C.W. Leadbeater). I watched you through most of your experiments ... The doctor is right in saying that the angle of vision is decisive in the appearance which the object presents to the observer. Degrees of magnification also make a big difference. There was, however, no denial of fact, and you are right to describe impersonally what you see without attempt to correlate your observations with either physical or occult physics ... The results will be cumulative and eventually, when all put together, will be part of the edifice of truth concerning the structure of matter.

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