THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE: BEING EXTRACTS FROM THE BOOK OF THE GOLDEN PRECEPTS
Precepts for enlightened and compassionate living, translated and annotated by the founder of the Theosophical Society. Emphasising the overarching importance of Right Motive in spiritual practice, this is essential reading for all practical mystics.
(A ‘Companion to The Voice of the Silence’ by Murial Daw is also listed)
LETTERS THAT HAVE HELPED ME
ED. JASPER NIEMAND
The experience of one student is, on the whole, the experience of all. Details differ: some are made more instantly rich than others, for they have put forth a more vigorous effort, or they have a Karmic store which brings aid. For those who need assistance on the Path, these short letters, by a co-founder of the Society, give moral uplift and practical inspiration in living the life.
THE SEARCH WITHIN
Manuals of meditation have flooded the market, some good, others less so. This simple text, written by the founder of the Buddhist Society gives a one year course in spiritual and moral thinking, without the gimmicks and ‘instant success’ claims of other volumes.
Theosophical Publishing House, London
An orderly presentation of the basic ideas of ‘The Secret Doctrine’ in thematic forn based around the idea of divine laws constituting a Universe.
The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar
THE BHAGAVAD GITA ED.
ANNIE BESANT & BHAGAVAN DAS
A classic & popular translation of this gem of Indian spiritual literature, with Sanskrit text, word for word translation and free translation into English. Includes an introduction to Sanskrit grammar.
THE SCIENCE OF YOGA I TAIMNI
For too long confused with physical gymnastics, this is a scholarly introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the key text of Raja Yoga or control of the mind. Each sutra – short passage – of the original text has an exhaustive commentary, outlining the states of consciousness being referred to and the faculties that are awakened. A must for anyone wishing to make their Yoga practice one of meditation and a deep spiritual journey and not just a pastime.
LIGHT ON THE PATH THROUGH THE GATES OF GOLD MABEL COLLINS
Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. Before the voice can speak in the presence of the Masters it must have lost the power to wound …”
These are two inspirational tracts for daily living, written under inspiration by an early member of the movement. Light on the Path is subtitled ‘A treatise written for the personal use of those who are ignorant of the eastern wisdom, and those who desire to enter within its influence’ and contains an appendix on Karma, whilst Through the Gates of Gold deals with entrance to that realm of the soul unknowable through sense-perception, and indicates some of the steps necessary to reach their threshold.
MEDITATION SEVEN STEPS TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING E. H. SHATTOCK
Each step of the journey towards higher awareness is laid out and its purpose explained; Preparation, The Personality, The Thinker and Beyond, The One Life, Love, Service, God.
Theosophical Publishing House, London
THE PATH OF THE MYSTIC KATHERINE TINGLEY
Katherine Tingley appeals to the heart in simple, direct language, emphasizing the dignity of the individual and the power within each person to shape his own character and life. To her, theosophy is a practical and inspirational philosophy for daily living.
This book is compiled from talks and writings on theosophy and its applicability to living the mystic life, to education, prison reform, and the problems of society and human relationships. KT’s great objective throughout the varied activities she undertook was to make theosophy “immensely serviceable” to all.
Never can we reach that point of spiritual discernment until we have found within our own hearts something new: a larger sympathy for all that lives, and a broader, deeper, grander conception of human life and the superb laws that govern it. p22