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H.P.B. on Meditation & Yoga

An Article by Geoffrey Farthing

Many books have been written on the subject of meditation and yoga but very few in the light of Theosophy and fewer still against the specific teachings of H.P.B. and her Masters.
 
The main sources of our information are the third volume of The Secret Doctrine (1897 Edition) (S.D.), Volume XII of the Collected Writings (de Zirkoff) (CW), certain passages elsewhere in the Collected Writings, the writings of Subba Rao and last but very importantly H.P.B.'s Meditation Diagram.  Coupled with all these and specifically referred to by H.P.B. is The Voice of the Silence. What H.P.B. has to say sometimes goes directly counter to much written elsewhere about both meditation and some types of yoga and their practice.
Geoffrey Farthing

Geoffrey Farthing
T.D., C. Eng,. M.I.E.E.
(1909-2004)
Geoffrey Farthing - biography

First published as 'What Theosophy is Not' in 'The Theosophist' magazine May-June 1971, at which time Geoffrey Farthing was General Secretary of the Theosophical Society in England. Subsequently reprinted as 'What is Theosophy'

Because it seemed to me that the views of both the public and of many members of The Theosophical Society were confused on the nature and Objects of the Society, I tried, in an article (What is The Theosophical Society?) published in 'The Theosophist' of November 1969 (go to article), to clarify these views by making some definite statements as to what the Society was not and then, putting forward some ideas on what it was or was supposed to be.  This analysis seems to have been acceptable and helpful.  It now seems to me that a similar attempt at clarification is even more necessary for Theosophy itself.  

First let us see what most definitely Theosophy is not -

It is not:

(1) a religion as such; certainly not one derived from any other or others;
(2) a spiritualistic nor psychic cult;
(3) a dogma, creed nor sect; it was not made up or invented by anyone;
(4) a speculative philosophy; not a concoction from or of any schools of philosophy;
(5) a system of necromancy, divination, nor any of the ceremonial magic arts, certainly not of the black variety;
(6) a system of thought nor a specific set of ideas;
(7) a matter of opinion, belief nor concept, neither yours, mine nor anyone else's;
(8) a means of self-aggrandisement nor of satisfying personal wants, ambitions nor cravings, nor even of personal needs;
(9) anything deliberately kept secret; it is not with­held from anyone;
(10) incompatible with any fact or truth in Nature, nor with anything moral, decent, kind or helpful, nor with anything sane and reasonable.

This book is a compilation of the relevant information on the after-death states contained in the massive writings of H P Blavatsky and her Initiate Teachers. These states are part of the universal processes, the cyclic coming and going of everything in existence in due season: birth, death and rebirth, and what happens in the periods between lives. Farthing has arranged this material in an easy-to-follow manner that traces the after-death processes from death to re-birth. It is a scholarly work useful to both student and serious researcher.

 

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