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The Eastern Mysteries

The Eastern Mysteries

Author: David Allen Hulse

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 1567184286

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 662

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UNLOCK THE MEANING OF EASTERN MAGICK In scope and clarity, there is no book that can compare to The Eastern Mysteries. This reissue of David Allen Hulse's landmark work is the one book all students of the occult must own. It catalogs and distills, in hundreds of tables of secret symbolism, the true import of each ancient Eastern magickal tradition. Each chapter is a key that unlocks the meaning behind one of the magickal languages. Through painstaking research and analysis, Hulse has accomplished an unprecedented feat -- that of reconstructing the basic underlying systems that form the vast legacy of mystery traditions. The real genius of this accomplishment is that it is presented in a way that is immediately understandable and usable. Although the book deals with many foreign scripts, ancient tongues, and lost symbols, it is designed for the beginning student. Included is a wealth of cross references, excellent introductory material and overviews, an extensive annotated bibliography, and -- new to this edition -- a complete index.

Mysteries of the East and of Christianity

Mysteries of the East and of Christianity

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9781621510451

Category:

Page: 97

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Steiner gives a sketch of the evolution of the Mysteries from ancient Persia, through Egypt and Greece, to the Christian era and the present day with the modern initiation of the Holy Grail. LECTURE SYNOPSES: Lecture 1 -- February 3, 191, Everything belonging to the mysteries is based on the experiences of initiates in the higher worlds. The principles of initiation change in the successive epochs. Attainment of initiation today is possible without personal guidance, but one's experiences must be carried through correctly. Sensory impressions become a means of experiencing what lies behind them. "Opinions" and "views" must be transcended. Some experiences are common to all mysteries, whether of the East or the West. Contact with death, passage through the elemental world, seeing the Sun at midnight, meeting with the higher and lower gods. The path into higher worlds is connected with strengthening of the soul's inner forces.; Lecture 2 -- February 4, 1913, Natural and moral laws mingle in the spiritual world. Morally irresponsible souls must serve terrible beings after death. Untimely, deaths, epidemics, and illnesses are caused by spiritual forces and beings. After death, souls subject to laziness become the servants of the adversarial gods led by Ahriman. Certain characteristics are suitable or unsuitable for the development of clairvoyance. A seer has direct perception of the interaction of influences from the Earth and those from cosmic space. Experience at a definite stage of the mysteries is that in respect of the higher members of his being (astral body and "I") man belongs not only to the Earth but is also at home in the cosmos.; Lecture 3 -- February 5, 1913, Ascent into the spiritual worlds is accompanied through certain necessary experiences. Possibility of a retrospect into the far past and reading the akashic record. In the higher worlds, a clairvoyant can discern the activities of beings associated with the Sun and the Moon in engendering human physical and etheric bodies. How the astral body and "I" are brought into being is veiled in secrecy. Steiner discusses the Zarathustra initiation, the Hermetic initiation, and two phases of the Isis initiation, separated by the time of Moses. When Moses led his people out of Egypt he took with him the part of the Egyptian initiation that added the Osiris initiation to that of the mourning Isis. Steiner discusses the "Sons of the Widow". In the later Egyptian initiation the candidate experienced the dying of a god in the heavens in order to descend into another world.; Lecture 4 -- February 7, 1913, The being formerly known spiritually as the "Creative Word" first manifested physically when Moses heard the "Ejeh asher Ejeh." Candidates in the later Egyptian mysteries felt that the Creative Word was disappearing. When it reappeared, belonging now to earthly evolution, it became known as the Holy Grail. Every epoch repeats the earlier experiences of humanity. Secrets of the Egyptian-Chaldean epoch were related to the influx forces of the zodiac and planets, especially those of the Sun and Moon. In the fifth epoch, those secrets must work right into the consciousness soul, or human personality. Inspirations from the twelve directions of the zodiac flowed into the twelve knights of King Arthur's round table. All that is dead and withdrawn from the sovereignty of the soul must be enlivened again through the new wisdom of the Grail. Teaching is now no longer connected with particular localities. Dual nature in Goethe and in many men of the modern age is still under the influence of the intellectual soul. Parsifal: the ideal of later initiation. Modern mysteries are an aftereffect of the Grail mystery. The Amfortas nature in human beings must be recognized before the forces of Parsifal can be developed in human nature.

The Eastern Orthodox Church

The Eastern Orthodox Church

Author: Ernst Benz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351304757

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Western European Christendom finds it difficult to comprehend the Eastern Orthodox Church because it knows little about the practice and doctrines of Orthodoxy. Even what is known is overlaid by many strata of prejudices and misunderstandings, partly political in nature. One of the obstacles has been the natural tendency to confound the ideas and customs of the Orthodox Church with familiar parallels in Roman Catholicism. To escape this tradition pitfall, Ernst Benz focuses on icon painting as a logical place to begin his examination of the Orthodox Church. Beginning with a brilliant discussion of the importance of icons in the Eastern Church--and the far-reaching effects of icons on doctrine as well as art--Benz counteracts the confusion, explaining simply and clearly the liturgy and sacraments, dogma, constitution and law of Eastern Orthodoxy. In brief history, he describes the rise of Orthodox national churches, schismatic churches, and churches in exile; the role of monasticism and its striking differences from Roman Catholic monasticism; the missionary work of the Orthodox Church; and the influence of Orthodoxy on politics and culture. The role of the church can be defined in terms of the image. Benz writes that the church exists so that "members may be incorporated into the image of Jesus Christ a in that individual believers are aechanged into his likeness'" as Paul writes in the second letter to the Corinthians. Thus, Orthodox theology holds up the icon as the true key to the understanding of Orthodox dogma. The Eastern Orthodox Church will be valuable to anyone interested in learning more about the church, its thought, its life, and its ideals.

The Way of Initiation; or, How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds

The Way of Initiation; or, How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547021025

Category: Fiction

Page: 263

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The Way of Initiation; or, How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds is a metaphysical work by Rudolf Steiner. We are initiated onto a path where wisdom is indicated to lie outside of the acuity of regular senses, a necessity being the quieting of our constantly busy minds.