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Originally printed in the January - February 2003 issue of Quest magazine. 

Citation: Ravindra, Ravi. "Pigrim, What Calls You? (Part 1)." Quest  91.1 (JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2003):16-25.

By Ravi Ravindra

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
          to my cry give ear;
          to my weeping be not deaf!
For I am but a wayfarer before you,
          a pilgrim like all my fathers.
                             Psalm 40.13

In a generous comment on my book The Yoga of the Christ, the justly highly regarded comparative religionist, Huston Smith, hailed it as a landmark in interfaith dialogue. However, I have become increasingly uneasy about this comment because I do not believe that I was engaging in interfaith dialogue in that book or in any of my other writings or talks. I have wished to engage in what may be called an interpilgrim dialogue. In my judgment, there is something wrong with interfaith dialogues. When the East-West or interfaith dialogues are too much bound by the past, the dynamic nature of cultures and religions, and above all of human beings cannot be appreciated.

By Robert Ellwood

Originally printed in the MARCH-APRIL 2007 issue of Quest magazine.
Citation: Ellwood, Robert. “Religion in the World Today.” Quest  95.2 (MARCH-APRIL 2007): 53-56.

Why is it important to understand religion? What is the real picture of religion in the world today? And why is seeing that portrait, with all its contours, all its foreground activity, and deep background important for Theosophists and others interested in the spiritual evolution of individuals and the world?

To begin with, consider the second object of the Theosophical Society: To encourage the comparative study of religion, philosophy, and science. Comparative study ought to mean not only the timeless setting of the essences of religions alongside one another; it should also include perceiving how they stand in the world at any given point in time, including the present.

Reincarnation is the theory or belief that human beings are born into the physical body, not just once, but multiple times. In many religions and teachings, it includes being born into animal bodies, but in others, such as in theosophy, only in human forms.


The Key to Theosophy, 123-133H. P. Blavatsky



ENQ. The most difficult thing for you to do, will be to explain and give reasonable grounds for such a belief. No Theosophist has ever yet succeeded in bringing forward a single valid proof to shake my scepticism. First of all, you have against this theory of re-incarnation, the fact that no single man has yet been found to remember that he has lived, least of all who he was, during his previous life.

By John Algeo

Originally printed in the MARCH-APRIL 2006 issue of Quest magazine. 
Citation: Algeo, John. "Reincarnation's White Crow: Ian Stevenson and Evidence of Past Lives." Quest  94.2 (MARCH-APRIL 2006):47-51.

John Algeo

Reincarnation is a hypothesis about what happens to the consciousness of a human being after bodily death. That hypothesis has both simplistic and complex versions, but none of them are subject to laboratory testing because death and rebirth cannot be put into a test tube or under a microscope. Some aspects of the reincarnation hypothesis, however, can be studied with scientific rigor, although the possibility of such study has been widely discounted by those scientists who have mistaken their heuristic techniques for an ultimate metaphysic.

John Sebastian Marlow Ward, also known as J. S. M., had a vision early in December 1913 in which he learned of the death of his father-in-law, H. J. L. The vision began with a message that he had died suddenly and went on to show his funeral where Ward and his wife Carrie were present. On January 5th (H. J. L.'s birthday), Ward and Carrie received a telegram to say H. J. L. had suddenly died. That same night H.J.L. came to Ward in a dream and said, "I have been trying to speak to Carrie, but can't, so I have come to you. Tell her I am alive, more alive than before I died; that I am mentally clearer than I was for some time before I died". This was the beginning of a series of messages from the afterlife from H. J. L. and other communicators who explained the conditions from their different perspectives in the astral plane, the spirit plane, and Hell, also referred to as the Realm of Unbelief.


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  2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
  3. To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.



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