THE NEW HOME FOR THIS FORUM IS THE GROUP
This is the new home of the discussion started in September of 2010. Moving to a group gives much greater flexibility and allows the segmenting of the discussion into different aspects.
Undoubtedly the most mysterious piece of writing in the Theosophical tradition, the Stanzas of Dzyan are an extremely beautiful and complex work of art. Without the commentaries provided by HP Blavatsky they would stand as a modern sphinx, clothed in poetic beauty and vivid imagery. With the various axioms and commentaries, they are the outline for a complex cosmology and a spiritual anthropology as fantastic as it is intuitively insightful.
But what are the Stanzas? What do we know about them? What can we truly say for certain?
The goal of this exercise is extremely ambitious. Various individuals, most notably David Riegle, have spent their entire lives at this question. Others, including Gershon Scholem have posited their origin/inspiration as being from other than Tibet.
What are the Stanzas of Dzyan? Where did they come from and where can they be found today? Please keep in mind that no source is off limits. This may involve a great deal of discussion with Indian scholars, Tibetan monks and others in various settings. And it will take more than a month to come to the truth of the matter.
The first task is to break this endeavor into manageable parts and determine our focus. Since the operation of this site is based on "Open Source Theosophy", we may have people jump in for maybe one or two postings, not to be heard from again and we may have some who stick all the way through to the conclusion. It's ok. That's how open source works.
Let's start off by getting some categories together, then we can go from there. By categories we can break them into language type, content, tradition, etc. There are numerous ways we can approach understanding and integrating what we find.
The activity here will be led by David Reigle, Jacques Mahnich and Ingmar DeBoer. Each will have the ability to edit or delete content not appropriate.
We encourage a mindset of curiosity, and a dedication to the quality of research that David, Jacques and Ingmar exemplify.
I hope this sounds like a challenge...it is. Have fun!
Please download the Stanzas (see attachment).
Stanzas of Dzyan.rtf
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