For most who are familiar with the term "Theosophy", the next item that invariably comes to mind is HP Blavatsky's "Secret Doctrine" (hereafter referred to as 'SD'). On this site you will find a number of very interesting interpretations of the work. Some of these interpretations are a direct result of study and some derived as a result of attempts to understand and communicate the meaning in one's own words.
In HPB's Preface, she states: " Further, it claims consideration, not by… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 31, 2010 at 7:54pm —
Always an admirer of Sufi traditions, and after having thrown out some ideas on education earlier, perhaps it's a good thing to combine the two concepts. These are from Idres Shah's "Learning How to Learn".
"In Winter you look for a fur garment, but when Summer comes you have no time for it, it is an encumbrance. So it is with imitations of real teachings. They keep people warm until the time comes when they can be warmed by the Sun..."
Added by Joe Fulton on August 23, 2010 at 8:43pm —
Well, what an interesting last several days on the Theosophical Network. What an interesting and wonderful opportunity to dig through one of the most popular stories in the modern Theosophical tradition.
For years many of us have been acquainted with the story of how Albert Einstein used the Secret Doctrine...and now we're dissecting the truth behind the story. I have no doubt that before this is all said and done we will have a fairly accurate picture of what actually took place.… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 23, 2010 at 6:23pm —
What originally drew me towards Theosophy was the desire to understand the connections between science, philosophy and religion. This just happened to go along well with one of the major goals of the Theosophical movement. Fast forward almost three decades. For years I had heard rumors regarding Albert Einstein having used the Secret Doctrine (SD) to assist in the development of the General and Special Theories of relativity. Last year I began a correspondence with Leon Maurer… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 21, 2010 at 4:28pm —
Well, time to do a quick Google search. While putting in the first entry in the directory for Theosophical Groups, specifically for the Adyar TS HQ in Adyar, I did a quick search for "Theosophical Society".
Oddly enough, entry #5 was this strange thing for "www.allaboutcults.org. So I go check them out. For some of you who may have known me from the Akron Lodge days I was an adviser to the… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 16, 2010 at 8:30pm —
The Church of Light
Today marks a new direction for me...or not, who knows? I have always had a desire to belong to something that provides a support network, especially in a spiritual sense. For about the last two years, and mostly through K. Paul Johnson, I have been acquainted with an organization called the "Church of Light" (CofL). They are based out of Albuquerque, NM and deal primarily with Western esoteric… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 12, 2010 at 6:53am —
I hope everyone is having an excellent day.
The theme this week has been disappointment. Something turned out on my job that was really unexpected in a bad way. So the question is how to handle. Yeah, being a Buddhist and a Theosophist is supposed to help in some way.
And you know what...it does.
My mind built itself up for things to happen a certain way...and they didn't. It's that whole chain of causation thing. You know, you tend to think a certain way, in patters… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 10, 2010 at 11:10pm —
The Theosophical Movement is a well-established tradition and sometimes within these traditions things get taken for granted and eventually become dogma.
On this site, we try to challenge ourselves and not take anything for granted. Our focus is on the ideas that make up the theosophical tradition. When the ideas come first, sometimes you have to find new ways to state them.
One of the ways… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 8, 2010 at 9:36pm —
I have been extremely lazy today. Much of that time has been spent reading old Greg Bear novels...and continuing to chip away at Everyware.
Science fiction has always been a source of inspiration, especially the variety known as "hard" sci-fi. This would include writers such as Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, etc. Once in a while a concept stands out that has a feel to it that appears to have been inspired by some profound mystical insight. Asimov's "psycho history" stands out as one of… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 7, 2010 at 9:25pm —
There's not a lot of stuff going on at this minute, just still dealing with site issues & such. Those tasks are pretty mundane, but necessary in trying to sustain and build something that works. Hmmm...sustainability. If I recall properly there is a major Hindu god dedicated to sustainability (Vishnu)..and most of modern civilization seems bent on denying the concept. But that is for a different place and time.
Hats off to Charles Southeran, thanks to who, we are given the term… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 6, 2010 at 7:29am —
Hey let's meditate on money for a while! Om money in my pocket hum...
Money and economics are really kind of an interesting field. It's interesting that HPB didn't comment more upon the subject. I read once that philosophy is the "science" of how people should act and economics is the science of how people actually behave.
A pioneer in this field, in the truest sense is Steven Leavitt, author of the "Freakonomics" books. If you ever want a great… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 5, 2010 at 9:49pm —
So, what am I reading nowadays?
- Everyware - Adam Greenfield - Everyware is one of those documents, much like Bill Joy's "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" (April, 2000 - Wired Magazine) and "Future Shock" by Alvin Toffler sure to be quoted 20 years from now as seminal in the field of future studies. Other people have written about embedded tech, but few have…
Added by Joe Fulton on August 4, 2010 at 7:00am —
Yes, it's almost 2/3 through the year 2010. When I was 10 years old I wondered if I would live to see 2000. It was so far away. At that time 40 was ancient...old people's land...hmmph! Now that it's 2010 and I'm 50, 2000 seems like a technological dark age. Years ago and at a time when everything on the Internet was overpriced and you had to plug your nose to avoid all of the pretentiousness of the "new economy"...but I digress...albeit quickly.
Several things caught my… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 3, 2010 at 9:59am —
I am off work today and tomorrow. Some of our recent discussion among the admins emphasized the need for additional content, so as much as possible, this will be an attempt for me to throw something out there each day.
So today, I'm starting with an article that I seen on Read, Write, Web
about Web 3.0 or the next stage beyond Social Networking. I"m sure that if HPB… Continue
Added by Joe Fulton on August 2, 2010 at 2:30am —