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Re: CAN THEOSOPHY BE SPREAD BY SALARIED MEN AND WOMEN ---

Ramu
 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2477081142314458&id=100000377886245


Re: CAN THEOSOPHY BE SPREAD BY SALARIED MEN AND WOMEN ---

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

Salaried priests are grabbers or robbers. They distort the Movement. 



Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)
Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584

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Subject: [theosophy] CAN THEOSOPHY BE SPREAD BY SALARIED MEN AND WOMEN ---

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CAN THEOSOPHY BE SPREAD BY SALARIED MEN AND WOMEN ---
A great delusion has seized current day theosophical movement and its followers. It is affluence that came about from wealth bequeathed by many with good intentions of hoping it would help spread the great message. And followers got entangled by the Esoteric Section and the allure of becoming a chela made them forget the foundation – Brotherhood and unselfishness.

In early days, the founders and their colleagues were poor and penniless. Wealth and spiritual message does not mix. Lord Buddha was born a prince with silver spoon in his mouth. It was only after He gave up everything and became poor and penniless he was enlightened. And His message is still vibrant around the world today after three centuries.

Due to the sacrifices of early leaders, message of theosophy spread world-wide. Early leaders were unselfish and sacrificed everything – prime of their life and all their money.

Unfortunately the traditional human nature took over many a good men and women and they pitifully fell victims to the allure of monetary wealth and the power that comes along. Silent followers eyes are blinded and they do not see the wrong turn the movement has taken. The daily shrinking of followers and theosophy not having traction among the young population speaks loudly. A few unselfish and committed students of theosophy are able to see the current status as it is. Never in the history of the world any great movement grew by men and women who worked for them just for money – salary or otherwise.

Theosophical movement was launched by a handful of men and women like HPB, Olcott, Judge and others. This shows that with few committed unselfish men and women, great achievements are possible.

Today in the midst of Covid19 pandemic we are witnessing how Internet has become indispensable. The full power of Internet is yet to be seen.

Much like democracy moved the power from Kings and Queens to the common man, Internet has moved the power of communication from organizations and governments to the common man and woman – you and me.

To use Internet, all one needs is your time, a computer or phone and access to it. You and me, can reach the entire world at very little cost. Soon we will find an enterprising student of theosophy will come up with Internet based tools to spread theosophy to the world and it would cost nothing. So the challenge you and me face is use our god given creative powers and see what we can do. If this motivation is at the back of your mind every moment, you will discover varied ways you can spread theosophy.

Sadly the entrenched theosophical leaders will foolishly attack all attempts to wake up the good natured but mislead theosophical students since who wants to give up the comfort and enjoyment of theosophical wealth. But the cry of suffering Humanity and Great Inner Powers are behind everyone who tries even a little to help Humanity. Hence let us go forward with optimism and work with Nature.

The challenge is in your and my hands. God speed.

Peace

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CAN THEOSOPHY BE SPREAD BY SALARIED MEN AND WOMEN ---

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · Just now ·

CAN THEOSOPHY BE SPREAD BY SALARIED MEN AND WOMEN ---
A great delusion has seized current day theosophical movement and its followers. It is affluence that came about from wealth bequeathed by many with good intentions of hoping it would help spread the great message. And followers got entangled by the Esoteric Section and the allure of becoming a chela made them forget the foundation – Brotherhood and unselfishness.

In early days, the founders and their colleagues were poor and penniless. Wealth and spiritual message does not mix. Lord Buddha was born a prince with silver spoon in his mouth. It was only after He gave up everything and became poor and penniless he was enlightened. And His message is still vibrant around the world today after three centuries.

Due to the sacrifices of early leaders, message of theosophy spread world-wide. Early leaders were unselfish and sacrificed everything – prime of their life and all their money.

Unfortunately the traditional human nature took over many a good men and women and they pitifully fell victims to the allure of monetary wealth and the power that comes along. Silent followers eyes are blinded and they do not see the wrong turn the movement has taken. The daily shrinking of followers and theosophy not having traction among the young population speaks loudly. A few unselfish and committed students of theosophy are able to see the current status as it is. Never in the history of the world any great movement grew by men and women who worked for them just for money – salary or otherwise.

Theosophical movement was launched by a handful of men and women like HPB, Olcott, Judge and others. This shows that with few committed unselfish men and women, great achievements are possible.

Today in the midst of Covid19 pandemic we are witnessing how Internet has become indispensable. The full power of Internet is yet to be seen.

Much like democracy moved the power from Kings and Queens to the common man, Internet has moved the power of communication from organizations and governments to the common man and woman – you and me.

To use Internet, all one needs is your time, a computer or phone and access to it. You and me, can reach the entire world at very little cost. Soon we will find an enterprising student of theosophy will come up with Internet based tools to spread theosophy to the world and it would cost nothing. So the challenge you and me face is use our god given creative powers and see what we can do. If this motivation is at the back of your mind every moment, you will discover varied ways you can spread theosophy.

Sadly the entrenched theosophical leaders will foolishly attack all attempts to wake up the good natured but mislead theosophical students since who wants to give up the comfort and enjoyment of theosophical wealth. But the cry of suffering Humanity and Great Inner Powers are behind everyone who tries even a little to help Humanity. Hence let us go forward with optimism and work with Nature.

The challenge is in your and my hands. God speed.

Peace

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HOW INTERNET FINALLY WON THE DAY ----

M K Ramadoss
 

HOW INTERNET FINALLY WON THE DAY ----
Starting three decades ago, some theosophists in computer field repeatedly unsuccessfully tried to interest theosophical leaders such as Radhaji and Algeo to see the power of Internet as a tool to communicate world-wide. Much like what happened when printing was invented, they clearly saw it as loss of control over channel of communication with the followers. Yes they were right. Power to communicate moved from organizational leaders to the common man – you and me. In addition they also saw they could not censor the communication. Even today, many of their followers still operate in the mode and you can see for yourself.
When Internet made its appearance, it was a great stealth development. The inner powers which guide and help the evolution of the world was surely behind it and the great wisdom is obvious.
Today with Corvid19 epidemic, daily life goes on with the help of Internet. Many are working from their home and the transition was seamless. So finally we see how Internet won the day.
Even today, theosophical groups are in their cocoons and don’t see how to use Internet as a tool to spread theosophy. We cannot blame them because most of the leaders are ‘salaried priests’ and self interest of enjoying theosophy money is their top priority. Great achievements in the world are due to determined and committed souls who dare to work for a cause like self sacrificing volunteers and not as a paycheck centered average man.
Theosophy has a great role to play in helping the world. Today many are worried about the Corvid19 pandemic. Correctly so. It is theosophy that gives a comprehensive framework which brings great solace. The framework logically explains how the evolution of the world is guided and guarded by great intelligences so all the current problems will soon be pass away with a better world for all of us to live. Today the opportunity to spread the message of theosophy is in your and my hands and the tool is Internet based social forums such as Facebook and Twitter. Let us use our creativity in using the tool. It does not cost much. All it needs is your and my commitment and time and access to a computer or phone with Internet access. There are many of us who have in our hearts the welfare of our brothers and sisters. Let us move with godspeed.
Peace
 
 
 



Where Do Viruses Come From?

Ramu
 

Where Do Viruses Come From?

https://demystifyingscience.com/blog/2020/3/20/originofviruses?utm_source=join1440&utm_medium=email&utm_placement=longreads


"Fears of contagion lead us to become more conformist and tribalistic".

Ramu
 

"Fears of contagion lead us to become more conformist and tribalistic
The fear of Coronavirus is changing our psychology.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200401-covid-19-how-fear-of-coronavirus-is-changing-our-psychology


Ramu


Welfare of humanity

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 



Main concern of TS Is the welfare of humanity with no distinction whatsoever.



Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)
Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584

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t subba row

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

T Subba Row (1856-’90)
Dr N C Ramanujachary
The contribution of T Subba Row to the Theosophical Movement is indeed very valuable.
Having read Isis Unveiled he entered into correspondence with HPB,  which lead to a long and cherished association with both the Founders. His first letter to HPB shows his eager interest in Occult Science and the ‘Ineffable word’. He was instrumental for Founders’ visit to Madras and the location of HQ at Adyar. He had put in his efforts to formulate and systematize the philosophy of Theosophy. His Occult knowledge, highly appreciated by the Adepts occasionally, also speaks for his Chelaship of One among Them, even before the establishment of the theosophical association and his joining that.
He was very sensitive to Occult literature and its practices, could not tolerate the sacrilege to that Science such as teaching to ineligible persons. He was not averse to Teaching the Westerners. He edited The Theosophist on behalf of HPB when she was away from HQ, Chennai. He was a member of the Council and also the Counsel for TS. A Medal was constituted in his name, at the insistence of a Master, to be awarded to an author every year. He lived a very short life of 33 years. Childless, he authorized his wife to adopt a boy.
He was the Secretary and later President of Madras Theosophical Society’s Branch. He did not appear to have visited any places, including Eluru and Kakinada (his native places in the composite Madras presidency, now in Andhrapradesh) on any Lecture tour for the TS. Perhaps his professional work being a very busy Lawyer at Madras did not permit him the time. But he had many chelas for himself, to mention a few: C Ramiah, VVSAvadhani, Subramania Iyer, Bhavani Shanker ; Ookley, CWL etc.) He helped many on the Path.
It was his desire to retire early from the professional work, and lead a retired and relaxed life to write Books on Prasthanatraya. Kapila was his Ideal. He had contacts with Jupiter and other Masters. He was to be an assistant author for The Secret Doctrine, but for reasons already on record did not work on it. He liked the Proem. HPB, the author, immortalized him by immensely quoting from his Bhagavad-gita Lectures. His statements on Occult Philosophy stand the test of time.
HPB made 3 prophesies in her Obituary note on him: He should come back soon; be born in South India; and must have longer life. They were, it appears, fulfilled.
*****
 
He gave One plus Four talks to the Theosophical Convention on Bhagavad-gita in 1885 & 1886.
 At the very beginning of his Lectures on Bhagavad-Gita (1886), he made a clear stand thus:
                Every great system of philosophy is brought before us for the purpose of investigation. At the present time we are not all agreed upon any particular philosophy which would be preached as the philosophy of our Society. This is no doubt a very safe position to take at the commencement. But from all this it does not follow that we are to be enquirers and enquirers only. We shall, no doubt, be able to find out the fundamental principles of all philosophy and base upon them a system which is likely to satisfy our wants and aspirations. [Collected writings, ii, p.450]
                First of all, I have to point out that any system of practical instruction for spiritual guidance will have to be judged, first with reference to the nature and condition of man and the capacities that are locked up in him; secondly, with reference to the cosmos and the forces to which man is subject and the circumstances under which he has to progress. [ibid. p.452]
After elaborating his propositions on Cosmology in his four lectures, he concludes thus:
                Our Society stands upon an altogether unsectarian basis; we sympathize with every religion, but not with every abuse that exists under the guise of religion; and while sympathizing with every religion and making the best efforts we can for the purpose of recovering the common foundations that underlie all religious beliefs, it ought to be the duty of every one of us to try to enlighten our own countrymen on the philosophy of religion, and endeavor to lead them back to a purer faith – a faith which, no doubt, did exist in former times, but which now lives but in name or in pages of forgotten books.
We have to remember that TSR was the first theosophical author to lecture on the philosophy of Bhagavad-Gita; and HPB uses many excerpts from his lectures in her monumental work The Secret Doctrine.   
The following are some salient points in these talks:
Bhagavad-Gita is composed by Vyasa and put at the appropriate place within Mahabharata.
Nara – is the name given to Arjuna; He is looked upon by Vyasa as man, or rather the real monad in man; Krishna as the Logos, or the spirit that comes to save man. Though historically, it is a war between two families, philosophically it is a great battle, in which the human spirit has to fight against the lower passions in the physical body. (Dweller on the threshold).
It can be looked as a discourse addressed by a Guru to a chela who has fully determined upon the renunciation of all worldly passions and aspirations, but yet feels a certain despondency, caused by the apparent blankness of his existence.
The book has 18 chapters, the figure having a mysterious nature.
Krishna teaches that the real importance lies not in physical but in mental isolation.
Krishna teaches as a Guru, as Solar Logos and as Paramatma—“what the human monad gets taught by Logos in the course if Initiation. He reconciles the Sankhya philosophy, Raj yoga, and even Hatha yoga, by first pointing out that philosophy, if properly understood, leads to the same merging of the human monad in the Logos.---  When one finds that what he calls “I” is a sort of fiction, created by his own ignorance, a great part of the difficulty has ceased to exist. He further proceeds to demonstrate the existence of a higher individuality, of which  Arjuna has no previous knowledge. Then he points out that this individuality is connected with the Logos. He further expounds the nature of Logos and shows that it is Parabrahm.--- Then gives further teaching in order to make him firm on the purpose; and explains to him how through the inherent qualities of Prakriti and Purusha all the entities have been brought into existence.”
“I have been describing him as man, but even Parabrahm manifests itself as a Logos, but only one particular form of it. The number 18 is to represent this particular form. Krishna is the seventh principle in man, and his gift of his sister in marriage to Arjuna typifies the union between the sixth and the fifth. It is worthy to note that Arjuna did not want Krishna to fight for him, but only to act as his charioteer and to be his friend and counselor. From this it will be perceived that the human monad must fight its own battle, assisted when once he begins to tread the true path by his own Logos.”
                                                                                *****
He had settled views so far as guiding men and women of the world towards spirituality. The following gives a specimen of such:
 “Any system of practical instruction for spiritual guidance will have to be judged, first with reference to the nature and condition of man and the capabilities that are locked in him; secondly, with reference to the cosmos and the forces to which man is subject and the circumstances under which he has to progress..--- These instructions can only be understood by examining the nature of the cosmos, the nature of man, and the goal towards which all evolutionary progress is tending.”  
He recommends a slow and steady path than the steep and thorny path.        
His Philosophic Ideas receive more attention in the West. Though dis-connected and dis-associated with the theosophical association in later years, he is well remembered by the Theosophical World.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
T Subba Row (1856-’90)
Dr N C Ramanujachary
The contribution of T Subba Row to the Theosophical Movement is indeed very valuable.
Having read Isis Unveiled he entered into correspondence with HPB,  which lead to a long and cherished association with both the Founders. His first letter to HPB shows his eager interest in Occult Science and the ‘Ineffable word’. He was instrumental for Founders’ visit to Madras and the location of HQ at Adyar. He had put in his efforts to formulate and systematize the philosophy of Theosophy. His Occult knowledge, highly appreciated by the Adepts occasionally, also speaks for his Chelaship of One among Them, even before the establishment of the theosophical association and his joining that.
He was very sensitive to Occult literature and its practices, could not tolerate the sacrilege to that Science such as teaching to ineligible persons. He was not averse to Teaching the Westerners. He edited The Theosophist on behalf of HPB when she was away from HQ, Chennai. He was a member of the Council and also the Counsel for TS. A Medal was constituted in his name, at the insistence of a Master, to be awarded to an author every year. He lived a very short life of 33 years. Childless, he authorized his wife to adopt a boy.
He was the Secretary and later President of Madras Theosophical Society’s Branch. He did not appear to have visited any places, including Eluru and Kakinada (his native places in the composite Madras presidency, now in Andhrapradesh) on any Lecture tour for the TS. Perhaps his professional work being a very busy Lawyer at Madras did not permit him the time. But he had many chelas for himself, to mention a few: C Ramiah, VVSAvadhani, Subramania Iyer, Bhavani Shanker ; Ookley, CWL etc.) He helped many on the Path.
It was his desire to retire early from the professional work, and lead a retired and relaxed life to write Books on Prasthanatraya. Kapila was his Ideal. He had contacts with Jupiter and other Masters. He was to be an assistant author for The Secret Doctrine, but for reasons already on record did not work on it. He liked the Proem. HPB, the author, immortalized him by immensely quoting from his Bhagavad-gita Lectures. His statements on Occult Philosophy stand the test of time.
HPB made 3 prophesies in her Obituary note on him: He should come back soon; be born in South India; and must have longer life. They were, it appears, fulfilled.
*****
 
He gave One plus Four talks to the Theosophical Convention on Bhagavad-gita in 1885 & 1886.
 At the very beginning of his Lectures on Bhagavad-Gita (1886), he made a clear stand thus:
                Every great system of philosophy is brought before us for the purpose of investigation. At the present time we are not all agreed upon any particular philosophy which would be preached as the philosophy of our Society. This is no doubt a very safe position to take at the commencement. But from all this it does not follow that we are to be enquirers and enquirers only. We shall, no doubt, be able to find out the fundamental principles of all philosophy and base upon them a system which is likely to satisfy our wants and aspirations. [Collected writings, ii, p.450]
                First of all, I have to point out that any system of practical instruction for spiritual guidance will have to be judged, first with reference to the nature and condition of man and the capacities that are locked up in him; secondly, with reference to the cosmos and the forces to which man is subject and the circumstances under which he has to progress. [ibid. p.452]
After elaborating his propositions on Cosmology in his four lectures, he concludes thus:
                Our Society stands upon an altogether unsectarian basis; we sympathize with every religion, but not with every abuse that exists under the guise of religion; and while sympathizing with every religion and making the best efforts we can for the purpose of recovering the common foundations that underlie all religious beliefs, it ought to be the duty of every one of us to try to enlighten our own countrymen on the philosophy of religion, and endeavor to lead them back to a purer faith – a faith which, no doubt, did exist in former times, but which now lives but in name or in pages of forgotten books.
We have to remember that TSR was the first theosophical author to lecture on the philosophy of Bhagavad-Gita; and HPB uses many excerpts from his lectures in her monumental work The Secret Doctrine.   
The following are some salient points in these talks:
Bhagavad-Gita is composed by Vyasa and put at the appropriate place within Mahabharata.
Nara – is the name given to Arjuna; He is looked upon by Vyasa as man, or rather the real monad in man; Krishna as the Logos, or the spirit that comes to save man. Though historically, it is a war between two families, philosophically it is a great battle, in which the human spirit has to fight against the lower passions in the physical body. (Dweller on the threshold).
It can be looked as a discourse addressed by a Guru to a chela who has fully determined upon the renunciation of all worldly passions and aspirations, but yet feels a certain despondency, caused by the apparent blankness of his existence.
The book has 18 chapters, the figure having a mysterious nature.
Krishna teaches that the real importance lies not in physical but in mental isolation.
Krishna teaches as a Guru, as Solar Logos and as Paramatma—“what the human monad gets taught by Logos in the course if Initiation. He reconciles the Sankhya philosophy, Raj yoga, and even Hatha yoga, by first pointing out that philosophy, if properly understood, leads to the same merging of the human monad in the Logos.---  When one finds that what he calls “I” is a sort of fiction, created by his own ignorance, a great part of the difficulty has ceased to exist. He further proceeds to demonstrate the existence of a higher individuality, of which  Arjuna has no previous knowledge. Then he points out that this individuality is connected with the Logos. He further expounds the nature of Logos and shows that it is Parabrahm.--- Then gives further teaching in order to make him firm on the purpose; and explains to him how through the inherent qualities of Prakriti and Purusha all the entities have been brought into existence.”
“I have been describing him as man, but even Parabrahm manifests itself as a Logos, but only one particular form of it. The number 18 is to represent this particular form. Krishna is the seventh principle in man, and his gift of his sister in marriage to Arjuna typifies the union between the sixth and the fifth. It is worthy to note that Arjuna did not want Krishna to fight for him, but only to act as his charioteer and to be his friend and counselor. From this it will be perceived that the human monad must fight its own battle, assisted when once he begins to tread the true path by his own Logos.”
                                                                                *****
He had settled views so far as guiding men and women of the world towards spirituality. The following gives a specimen of such:
 “Any system of practical instruction for spiritual guidance will have to be judged, first with reference to the nature and condition of man and the capabilities that are locked in him; secondly, with reference to the cosmos and the forces to which man is subject and the circumstances under which he has to progress..--- These instructions can only be understood by examining the nature of the cosmos, the nature of man, and the goal towards which all evolutionary progress is tending.”  
He recommends a slow and steady path than the steep and thorny path.        
His Philosophic Ideas receive more attention in the West. Though dis-connected and dis-associated with the theosophical association in later years, he is well remembered by the Theosophical World.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 T Subba Row (1856-’90)
Dr N C Ramanujachary
The contribution of T Subba Row to the Theosophical Movement is indeed very valuable.
Having read Isis Unveiled he entered into correspondence with HPB,  which lead to a long and cherished association with both the Founders. His first letter to HPB shows his eager interest in Occult Science and the ‘Ineffable word’. He was instrumental for Founders’ visit to Madras and the location of HQ at Adyar. He had put in his efforts to formulate and systematize the philosophy of Theosophy. His Occult knowledge, highly appreciated by the Adepts occasionally, also speaks for his Chelaship of One among Them, even before the establishment of the theosophical association and his joining that.
He was very sensitive to Occult literature and its practices, could not tolerate the sacrilege to that Science such as teaching to ineligible persons. He was not averse to Teaching the Westerners. He edited The Theosophist on behalf of HPB when she was away from HQ, Chennai. He was a member of the Council and also the Counsel for TS. A Medal was constituted in his name, at the insistence of a Master, to be awarded to an author every year. He lived a very short life of 33 years. Childless, he authorized his wife to adopt a boy.
He was the Secretary and later President of Madras Theosophical Society’s Branch. He did not appear to have visited any places, including Eluru and Kakinada (his native places in the composite Madras presidency, now in Andhrapradesh) on any Lecture tour for the TS. Perhaps his professional work being a very busy Lawyer at Madras did not permit him the time. But he had many chelas for himself, to mention a few: C Ramiah, VVSAvadhani, Subramania Iyer, Bhavani Shanker ; Ookley, CWL etc.) He helped many on the Path.
It was his desire to retire early from the professional work, and lead a retired and relaxed life to write Books on Prasthanatraya. Kapila was his Ideal. He had contacts with Jupiter and other Masters. He was to be an assistant author for The Secret Doctrine, but for reasons already on record did not work on it. He liked the Proem. HPB, the author, immortalized him by immensely quoting from his Bhagavad-gita Lectures. His statements on Occult Philosophy stand the test of time.
HPB made 3 prophesies in her Obituary note on him: He should come back soon; be born in South India; and must have longer life. They were, it appears, fulfilled.
*****
 
He gave One plus Four talks to the Theosophical Convention on Bhagavad-gita in 1885 & 1886.
 At the very beginning of his Lectures on Bhagavad-Gita (1886), he made a clear stand thus:
                Every great system of philosophy is brought before us for the purpose of investigation. At the present time we are not all agreed upon any particular philosophy which would be preached as the philosophy of our Society. This is no doubt a very safe position to take at the commencement. But from all this it does not follow that we are to be enquirers and enquirers only. We shall, no doubt, be able to find out the fundamental principles of all philosophy and base upon them a system which is likely to satisfy our wants and aspirations. [Collected writings, ii, p.450]
                First of all, I have to point out that any system of practical instruction for spiritual guidance will have to be judged, first with reference to the nature and condition of man and the capacities that are locked up in him; secondly, with reference to the cosmos and the forces to which man is subject and the circumstances under which he has to progress. [ibid. p.452]
After elaborating his propositions on Cosmology in his four lectures, he concludes thus:
                Our Society stands upon an altogether unsectarian basis; we sympathize with every religion, but not with every abuse that exists under the guise of religion; and while sympathizing with every religion and making the best efforts we can for the purpose of recovering the common foundations that underlie all religious beliefs, it ought to be the duty of every one of us to try to enlighten our own countrymen on the philosophy of religion, and endeavor to lead them back to a purer faith – a faith which, no doubt, did exist in former times, but which now lives but in name or in pages of forgotten books.
We have to remember that TSR was the first theosophical author to lecture on the philosophy of Bhagavad-Gita; and HPB uses many excerpts from his lectures in her monumental work The Secret Doctrine.   
The following are some salient points in these talks:
Bhagavad-Gita is composed by Vyasa and put at the appropriate place within Mahabharata.
Nara – is the name given to Arjuna; He is looked upon by Vyasa as man, or rather the real monad in man; Krishna as the Logos, or the spirit that comes to save man. Though historically, it is a war between two families, philosophically it is a great battle, in which the human spirit has to fight against the lower passions in the physical body. (Dweller on the threshold).
It can be looked as a discourse addressed by a Guru to a chela who has fully determined upon the renunciation of all worldly passions and aspirations, but yet feels a certain despondency, caused by the apparent blankness of his existence.
The book has 18 chapters, the figure having a mysterious nature.
Krishna teaches that the real importance lies not in physical but in mental isolation.
Krishna teaches as a Guru, as Solar Logos and as Paramatma—“what the human monad gets taught by Logos in the course if Initiation. He reconciles the Sankhya philosophy, Raj yoga, and even Hatha yoga, by first pointing out that philosophy, if properly understood, leads to the same merging of the human monad in the Logos.---  When one finds that what he calls “I” is a sort of fiction, created by his own ignorance, a great part of the difficulty has ceased to exist. He further proceeds to demonstrate the existence of a higher individuality, of which  Arjuna has no previous knowledge. Then he points out that this individuality is connected with the Logos. He further expounds the nature of Logos and shows that it is Parabrahm.--- Then gives further teaching in order to make him firm on the purpose; and explains to him how through the inherent qualities of Prakriti and Purusha all the entities have been brought into existence.”
“I have been describing him as man, but even Parabrahm manifests itself as a Logos, but only one particular form of it. The number 18 is to represent this particular form. Krishna is the seventh principle in man, and his gift of his sister in marriage to Arjuna typifies the union between the sixth and the fifth. It is worthy to note that Arjuna did not want Krishna to fight for him, but only to act as his charioteer and to be his friend and counselor. From this it will be perceived that the human monad must fight its own battle, assisted when once he begins to tread the true path by his own Logos.”
                                                                                *****
He had settled views so far as guiding men and women of the world towards spirituality. The following gives a specimen of such:
 “Any system of practical instruction for spiritual guidance will have to be judged, first with reference to the nature and condition of man and the capabilities that are locked in him; secondly, with reference to the cosmos and the forces to which man is subject and the circumstances under which he has to progress..--- These instructions can only be understood by examining the nature of the cosmos, the nature of man, and the goal towards which all evolutionary progress is tending.”  
He recommends a slow and steady path than the steep and thorny path.        
His Philosophic Ideas receive more attention in the West. Though dis-connected and dis-associated with the theosophical association in later years, he is well remembered by the Theosophical World.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 


ancient mysteries and modern ceremonies.

Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
 

Ancient Mysteries and Modern Ceremonies
Human search into finding out the secrets and universal laws of nature being what it is, it must not be incorrect to perceive that the modern ceremonies or rites we perform are traces of ancient mysteries covered the world over. These mysteries are again classified as minor(lesser) and major(greater) and imparted to eligible men and women of the world in veils and allegories. While the lesser mysteries can be imparted thus, the greater ones need to be explored and secreted in human heart, individually, by those who can do that. They are incommunicable and only experiential, being subjective.
Freemasonry is one such magical science practiced by seekers in private since time immemorial. There are studies to investigate the origin, evolution and further on. How the science had travelled from land to land and community to community is also recorded. Without minding much on that data for the present, we may try to see how the Nature and Universe are symbolized; and the Forces therein are personalized. 
The Sun, the utmost power-center of the universe was first visualized as a splendid object of creation, as a graphic presentation of the Creator of manifestation. As days passed on Sun came to be worshipped as the Deity himself. Look at the terms such as Solar Logos in the Greek way and that of Suryanarayanamoorti in the Indian way and this would be obvious. They became the targets of worship as independent entities, even as it is well known that they are only power-centers for display and dispensation of the universal energies.
Mysteries are relayed as rites and ceremonies, the average intellectuals were kept in ignorance and the import retained by those of higher order of Initiates. It will not surprise us now if the priests or purohits who conduct the ceremonial rites do have only a faint idea of the true origin of these rites. Persons of great natural genius and capable of exploration could only get into the inner realities and true meanings of the allegories. Idols and symbols are preserved and well- maintained in a belief, knowingly or unknowingly, that they represent the Higher powers of nature.
Laya and Pralaya (deluge) are taken for granted and recreation of the universe after each such incident too is honestly believed. Worship of the Idol or symbol is externally practiced.  A creator is named and prayed to. The earliest ‘mysteries’, as the legendary narrations say, were first established in India and then rapidly spread to Egypt, Greece and Rome. Ancient theologies are derived from the one and the same origin and thus we find similarities and certain dissimilarities too due to varying climate and civilization. When we compare ‘notes’ we find this evidence too.
Human-being is prepared to receive the secrets of mysteries because of the undying desire or aspiration in his heart. He is therefore prepared in the heart, notwithstanding the outer influences around him.  His name for expression when first individualized is ‘Manushya’ and with the aspiration driving deep he becomes ‘Manava’(=newness measured). This is what Initiation means, because he starts a new approach and finding determination (Deeksha or Samkalpa). He finds a new way of life, in strict accordance with rules of moral, ethical and virtual standards. He wears a new ‘robe’ and proceeds on further search. Faces many hurdles, gets out of the noises and discovers a new Light. Before the initiation, he is purified, dies down to the lower passions including thought, and only then would he be ready for the further journey. He stands at the door of the inner sanctuary to receive the new light and awakening. It is his courage, steadfastness and perseverance that stand by him as guardian wall or protector.
At the end of the initiation he is a Dwija(=twice born) eligible to move on and on. An invisble symbol is affixed on his forehead for identification by the other seekers. He is gradually given the pass words, signs and steps so that his journey becomes safer. The word varies in mythologies of regional and national character and yet the import is the same. This ‘mysterious’ word he is cautioned to remember so that he does not miss the way. He is introduced to a concept of the ‘Architect of the world’ (Visva-karma) and is reminded that he himself is the ‘builder’ of his own character which he has to perform insidiously. He becomes an able assistant to the architect. He communicates his new knowledge through his actions, feelings and thoughts, without attracting undue attention from others. He builds the Temple within himself consciously and effectively and the inner Ruler(Antaryami) constantly keeps watch on him.
The discovery of the secrets and their application in personal and public daily life enshrines him to heights unanticipated insofar as he is the right instrument for the Universal Energy to work upon. The discovery leads him ‘to live to benefit humanity’ without any distinction whatsoever.
N C Ramanujachary



Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.



Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)
Besant Gardens, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Phone: 044/24913584, Mobile: 9444963584


Re: LEADERSHIP DURING CRISIS

M K Ramadoss
 

The episode of Nero playing fiddle when Rome was burning came to my mind.
(lookup Wiki if you have not heard of Nero)

MKR

Virus-free. www.avg.com


On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 11:24 PM Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:
Dear Bro. Jayananda Hiranandani,

I like your sense of humour.

Warm Regards
Fraternally,
Ramu


Re: LEADERSHIP DURING CRISIS

Ramu
 

Dear Bro. Jayananda Hiranandani,

I like your sense of humour.

Warm Regards
Fraternally,
Ramu


NGOs in CHENNAI ARE HELPING THE PEOPLE ---

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · 8 mins ·

NGOs in CHENNAI ARE HELPING THE PEOPLE ---
There is a great need to distribute and care for the elderly and Non Government Organizations are active. Theosophical Society at Adyar no where mentioned.
What do Theosophical leaders do. Post a video on Youtube, Some recommend health healing practice.
Now is the time to do something tangible. At the least, a fat check can be written to help the NGOs active in Chennai and Tamil Nadu.
Unless you live in Chennai and be involved with other NGOs, you have no idea about the needs on the ground.
Itinerant remote working salaried President cannot understand and possibly does not even visit info available on Internet, like this one.

What a pity? Recall the days when Annie Besant - a consummate leader - was active in Chennai.
We all need to send our thoughts of pity to the President with the hope he will understand the needs in Chennai and write a large check as a donation.
TS is flush with money and now is the time to act.

Read and enjoy.

Apart from the Corporations, various NGOs have also joined hands to make the current situation better for the people.
Apart from the Corporations, various NGOs have also joined hands to make the current situation better for the people.
 


Re: LEADERSHIP DURING CRISIS

Jayananda Hiranandani
 

Mr. Tim Boyd, our PTS has an excellent video recently released. Its title is "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)". The link is:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b3DujpuzL4

Jayananda Hiranandani

On Friday, March 27, 2020, 10:27:16 AM PDT, Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:


LEADERSHIP DURING CRISIS.
 
A leader’s response to a crisis is much more than speeches. Yet the messaging may play a key role in obtaining the public’s trust and co-operation provided the leaders has honesty, transparency and credibility. 


LEADERSHIP DURING CRISIS

Ramu
 

LEADERSHIP DURING CRISIS.
 
A leader’s response to a crisis is much more than speeches. Yet the messaging may play a key role in obtaining the public’s trust and co-operation provided the leaders has honesty, transparency and credibility. 


COVID-19 & HUMAN VULNERABILITY

Ramu
 

COVID-19 & HUMAN VULNERABILITY.


https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200325-covid-19-the-history-of-pandemics


HOW PAST CIVILIZATIONS LIKE MAYA AND ANASAZI MAY HAVE DISAPPEARED ---

M K Ramadoss
 

Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · 2 mins ·

HOW PAST CIVILIZATIONS LIKE MAYA AND ANASAZI MAY HAVE DISAPPEARED ---

Great civilizations have disappeared without a trace. Many theories have been floated. Even in early theosophical literature it was commented that historians know nothing about the civilization that occupied North America and only remnants are left.

The Himalayan Adepts know a lot about the history of the world. But they are tight lipped to talk about them. Obviously the disappearance of civilizations were part of evolution of Humanity and planned and controlled under the guidance of inner guardians.

Current Covid-19 pandemic took the world by surprise and seems to have not yet peaked.

It is amazing that a virus which does not by itself a living entity is spreading in unexplained ways and only current safety is isolation.

The rapid spread of Covid-19 makes one speculate if a similar pandemic was behind the disappearance of great civilizations of the past.

The hesitation of the Himalayan Adepts to touch the topic and give any clue or hint, may be due to the potential of modern scientists releasing a Frankenstein by meddling with the genes if only the kind of genetic modification will yield a potent weapon. The predisposition of modern society is to use every tool as a tool of mass destruction in waging wars.

At the end of the day after Covid-19 pandemic ends, the world may come to the realization of the immense destructive power latent in a microbe or virus and terrified scientists and politicians may decide it is too dangerous to mess with Nature.

Anyone wants to add?

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Re: Free Feeding in India

Jayananda Hiranandani
 

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 10:11:13 PM PDT, Jayananda Hiranandani <professorjaya@...> wrote:


Another Book on the Saint:
PATHWAY TO GOD TROD BY SAINT RAMALINGAR by G. VANMIKANATHAN
BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN BOMBAY 400 007
This e-book can be downloaded for free from http://www.vallalar.org
Jayananda Hiranandani


On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 10:03:19 PM PDT, Jayananda Hiranandani <professorjaya@...> wrote:


Gurdwaras,the Sikh temples, have a great tradition of free feeding called langar.

On Ramalinga Swami there is a book published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. "The Life and Teachings of Saint Ramalingar" by
SP. Annamalai. A search on the Internet will be helpful.


Jayananda Hiranandani

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 08:38:26 PM PDT, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:


Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · Just now ·

FREE FEEDING PEOPLE ---
A itinerant Westerner cannot understand the culture and tradition in India. Even Western theosophists have a hard time understanding the culture and tradition in India unless one lives many years in India.
The video of recent incidence of a Hotel in Bengaluru feeding transient workers for free was a shock and surprise to anyone from the West. But not for a man in the street in India.

Every day many Hindu Temples in India feed thousands of devotees who show up - rich and poor. A theosophist exposed to theosophical books dealing with constitution of man and techniques of yoga etc does not see the connection of spiritual progress with feeding everyone for free. The connection seems to be a mystery, even a few occultists seem to dare to discuss. Let me explain why.

Long before TS was launched and its Headquarters moved to India one man in India was aware of the plans of the Gurus of HPB and Olcott. He was a man known as Saint Ramalingam in South India. He told his followers that he tried to launch a movement based on Universal Brotherhood, but no takers. But he alerted that people from USA and Russia will come with the same message and everyone would listen.

Obviously he was in contact with the Himalayan Adepts - may be he himself was one of them - as he mysteriously disappeared.

He told his followers to set up a round building in the center of which was a lone oil fed lamp as a temple. Strangely he did not have a picture of him kept in a Shrine Room where his inner circle went and prayed or meditated or participate in rituals promising fast salvation leading to adeptship. The entrance of the building has this -

"only those who have renounced meat and murder should enter"

He commanded that in the temple only vegetarians were allowed to enter and all were fed free every day. It is continued to this day and you can visit and see for yourself and enjoy free food.

I wish someone had inquired of HPB about the link between providing free food and spiritual progress.

By the way when we all learnt how Ramu was denied access to the cafeteria at Adyar (Masters Home) when he was willing to pay for it. Imagine if one of the Masters was physically resident, would he have approved the most unbrothery act!

Unless theosophists wake up and act, what other unbrotherly acts we are going to witness at Adyar.

Peace

 
 


Re: Free Feeding in India

Jayananda Hiranandani
 

Another Book on the Saint:
PATHWAY TO GOD TROD BY SAINT RAMALINGAR by G. VANMIKANATHAN
BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN BOMBAY 400 007
This e-book can be downloaded for free from http://www.vallalar.org
Jayananda Hiranandani


On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 10:03:19 PM PDT, Jayananda Hiranandani <professorjaya@...> wrote:


Gurdwaras,the Sikh temples, have a great tradition of free feeding called langar.

On Ramalinga Swami there is a book published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. "The Life and Teachings of Saint Ramalingar" by
SP. Annamalai. A search on the Internet will be helpful.


Jayananda Hiranandani

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 08:38:26 PM PDT, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:


Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · Just now ·

FREE FEEDING PEOPLE ---
A itinerant Westerner cannot understand the culture and tradition in India. Even Western theosophists have a hard time understanding the culture and tradition in India unless one lives many years in India.
The video of recent incidence of a Hotel in Bengaluru feeding transient workers for free was a shock and surprise to anyone from the West. But not for a man in the street in India.

Every day many Hindu Temples in India feed thousands of devotees who show up - rich and poor. A theosophist exposed to theosophical books dealing with constitution of man and techniques of yoga etc does not see the connection of spiritual progress with feeding everyone for free. The connection seems to be a mystery, even a few occultists seem to dare to discuss. Let me explain why.

Long before TS was launched and its Headquarters moved to India one man in India was aware of the plans of the Gurus of HPB and Olcott. He was a man known as Saint Ramalingam in South India. He told his followers that he tried to launch a movement based on Universal Brotherhood, but no takers. But he alerted that people from USA and Russia will come with the same message and everyone would listen.

Obviously he was in contact with the Himalayan Adepts - may be he himself was one of them - as he mysteriously disappeared.

He told his followers to set up a round building in the center of which was a lone oil fed lamp as a temple. Strangely he did not have a picture of him kept in a Shrine Room where his inner circle went and prayed or meditated or participate in rituals promising fast salvation leading to adeptship. The entrance of the building has this -

"only those who have renounced meat and murder should enter"

He commanded that in the temple only vegetarians were allowed to enter and all were fed free every day. It is continued to this day and you can visit and see for yourself and enjoy free food.

I wish someone had inquired of HPB about the link between providing free food and spiritual progress.

By the way when we all learnt how Ramu was denied access to the cafeteria at Adyar (Masters Home) when he was willing to pay for it. Imagine if one of the Masters was physically resident, would he have approved the most unbrothery act!

Unless theosophists wake up and act, what other unbrotherly acts we are going to witness at Adyar.

Peace

 
 


Social service as spiritual action or vice versa

Pavel Axentiev
 

A major figure of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) of the 20th-early 21st century, John Algeo is as responsible a thinker, as a Theosophist should be.



Re: Free Feeding in India

Jayananda Hiranandani
 

Gurdwaras,the Sikh temples, have a great tradition of free feeding called langar.

On Ramalinga Swami there is a book published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. "The Life and Teachings of Saint Ramalingar" by
SP. Annamalai. A search on the Internet will be helpful.


Jayananda Hiranandani

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 08:38:26 PM PDT, M K Ramadoss <mkr777@...> wrote:


Theosophy News
Published by Theo Sophia · Just now ·

FREE FEEDING PEOPLE ---
A itinerant Westerner cannot understand the culture and tradition in India. Even Western theosophists have a hard time understanding the culture and tradition in India unless one lives many years in India.
The video of recent incidence of a Hotel in Bengaluru feeding transient workers for free was a shock and surprise to anyone from the West. But not for a man in the street in India.

Every day many Hindu Temples in India feed thousands of devotees who show up - rich and poor. A theosophist exposed to theosophical books dealing with constitution of man and techniques of yoga etc does not see the connection of spiritual progress with feeding everyone for free. The connection seems to be a mystery, even a few occultists seem to dare to discuss. Let me explain why.

Long before TS was launched and its Headquarters moved to India one man in India was aware of the plans of the Gurus of HPB and Olcott. He was a man known as Saint Ramalingam in South India. He told his followers that he tried to launch a movement based on Universal Brotherhood, but no takers. But he alerted that people from USA and Russia will come with the same message and everyone would listen.

Obviously he was in contact with the Himalayan Adepts - may be he himself was one of them - as he mysteriously disappeared.

He told his followers to set up a round building in the center of which was a lone oil fed lamp as a temple. Strangely he did not have a picture of him kept in a Shrine Room where his inner circle went and prayed or meditated or participate in rituals promising fast salvation leading to adeptship. The entrance of the building has this -

"only those who have renounced meat and murder should enter"

He commanded that in the temple only vegetarians were allowed to enter and all were fed free every day. It is continued to this day and you can visit and see for yourself and enjoy free food.

I wish someone had inquired of HPB about the link between providing free food and spiritual progress.

By the way when we all learnt how Ramu was denied access to the cafeteria at Adyar (Masters Home) when he was willing to pay for it. Imagine if one of the Masters was physically resident, would he have approved the most unbrothery act!

Unless theosophists wake up and act, what other unbrotherly acts we are going to witness at Adyar.

Peace

 
 

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