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The Theosophical Society in America

Our mission is to encourage open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.

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Mindfulness of Breathing: Less Doing, More Being

Saturday, September 23, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

with John Cianciosi

John CianciosiThis workshop will offer participants an opportunity to practice Mindfulness of Breathing and walking meditation in a relaxed, quiet, and peaceful environment. Skillful guidance and sharing will be provided to help facilitate participants’ progress toward peace.

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Upcoming Online Programs

Friday Online Gurdjieff Study Group
Fri Sep 22 @10:00AM - 11:15AM

Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Sun Sep 24 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish
Mon Sep 25 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group
Mon Sep 25 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

Nisargadatta Advaita Study Group
Mon Sep 25 @12:30PM - 01:45PM

Four Points, Five Questions: The Emerging Spirituality of the Second Axial Age
Mon Sep 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:15PM

Theosophy Raw and Unfiltered: From the Vedas to the Present
Tue Sep 26 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM

Walking the Theosophical Path Online Group
Wed Sep 27 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

The Dream Circle
Wed Sep 27 @12:30PM - 01:30PM

Hidden Wisdom in the Holy Bible Vol II - Preface

PREFACE TO VOLUME II

In the first volume of this series, the theory is advanced that many of the narratives recounted in both the Old and the New Testaments, as also in the inspired portions of the scriptures and mythologies of other ancient peoples, contain far more than is apparent on the surface. Undermeanings are said to have been deliberately introduced and are conveyed by the use of a system—widely recognized in ancient times—of so narrating actual events that they also reveal underlying laws governing the emanation, involution and evolution of both universe and humanity. To this end the characters of the people in such stories are made to personify Intelligences, forces, procedures and stages of development in the unfolding universe and the spiritual, intellectual, psychological and physical components of every human being.

Acceptance of this view gives to world scriptures a far deeper significance than if they were regarded as narratives of physical events alone. This approach also helps to explain the inclusion of passages which either contradict known scientific and historical facts, or else repel because recording criminal, immoral or very cruel actions.

If I seem to apologize too much for condemning the literal meaning of certain passages and advancing possible hidden meanings—and I have been so charged by one reviewer of my first volume—it is because I remember and do not wish to hurt or harm those to whom orthodox beliefs mean much in their religious life. Having suffered myself from atheistic iconoclasm, I wish to lead my readers along a more pleasant pathway to what I have come to regard as truth, preferring to win over and persuade to further examination than entirely to crush.

Many biblical passages do indeed present grave difficulties, particularly when deeds are stated to have been performed either, as in the Old Testament, at the instance of the Supreme Deity or, as in mythology, even by deities themselves. Many such textual problems are resolved when the classical keys of interpretation are applied, and this volume of this work offers some of the results of study of the scriptures and mythologies of ancient peoples as if the sages of old had recorded them in the sacred language of allegory and symbol.

Geoffrey Hodson
Auckland, New Zealand