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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 - pubnote

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Geoffrey Hodson’s The Hidden Wisdom of the Holy Bible is a Theosophical classic which demonstrates the method of uncovering the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom concealed within the stories and metaphors of the Old and New Testaments. Since its original four-volume form is unwieldy and repetitious and since Hodson’s style is difficult for modern readers, we have prepared a two-volume abridgment of Hodson’s work. Our aim in this edition is to make this classic of Theosophical literature accessible to contemporary readers.

Volume I of this series contains much of the material in Hodson’s original Volume I. Its purpose is to lay out and demonstrate succinctly Hodson’s method of biblical interpretation. Volume II of the series provides selections from Hodson’s interpretations of key scriptural episodes, such as the Creation, the Flood, the Life of Joseph, and the Exodus, chosen from the material in the original Volumes II, III, and IV.

Care has been taken to modernize Hodson’s style while remaining faithful to his method. Quotations from the King James Version are now identified by chapter and verse in parenthesis in the text. Definitions of Theosophical and Sanskrit terms formerly given in footnotes have been integrated into the text, and information about Hodson’s sources now appears in a Bibliography at the back of the book. Definitions of terms which Hodson did not define and which may be unclear to readers have been taken mainly from The Theosophical Glossary (TG) by H. P. Blavatsky and from the Occult Glossary (OG) by G. de Purucker. Some definitions are also from Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine (SD).

In the interest of readability, a boxed summary in prose of each biblical chapter discussed by Hodson precedes the first chapter of his discussion; most passages which Hodson comments on directly are quoted in full from the King James Version. Readers are invited to consult a text of the Bible for complete versions of all passages discussed. Students of biblical literature should also be aware that Hodson took most of the Hebrew words and their translations (given in quotation marks) used in his discussions from The Unknown God, by F. J. Mayers, which is based in part on Fabre d’Olivet’s The Hebraic Tongue Restored. They are not from Strong’s Concordance.

Hodson’s spelling, punctuation, and usage have also been modernized. In keeping with modern conventions, gender-specific terms such as man and mankind have been replaced by gender-neutral terms such as human being, humanity, and humankind. Masculine pronouns referring to the Deity have also been eliminated. Chapter titles and subheadings have been changed to make them more descriptive of the contents.

It is our hope that this book, as well as other volumes in the Theosophical Heritage Classics series, will bring the Ageless Wisdom to a new audience of readers as well as to those who have always found sustenance in drinking from its deep well of spiritual truth.