Anthropogenesis in the Stanzas of Dzyan
Co-facilitators: Sy Ginsburg, Michael Hurd andÂ Elena Dovalsantos
Mondays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Central time (8:30 - 9:30 pm INDIA time)
Starting January 11, 2016 and ongoingÂ
The Stanzas of Dzyan, is a pre-Babylonian epic poem seen psychically and recorded by Helena P. Blavatsky. It is the primordial document upon which modern Theosophy is based. The Stanzas in Anthropogenesis describe the journey of the ONE into manifestation and then materialization for the purpose of self-knowledge. Man is the ONE in human form that has the intelligence and ability to discover who he/she is, and as the ONE to return to the state of Unity but with the benefit of all the knowledge and experience gained through the human journey and its series of incarnations. Ashish refers to the ONE as "Absolute Being." Other Theosophists and Advaitists call it "Atma". Jung calls it "Self". Gurdjieff calls it "Endlessness".Â Â Â Ashish and his guru, Sri Krishna Prem, were inspired to write a commentary on the Stanzas of Dzyan by certain experiences that Ashish later described in his writings:
“As the mind began to come under control, little visions began to appear in meditation whose content was more direct, less concealed by symbols, than in ordinary dream. There was direct personal instruction. And there were dreams which through light on the Cosmogenesis and Anthropogenesis of the Stanzas of Dzyan on which we were attempting to write a commentary.” Â Ashish: An Open Window, Dream as Everyman’s Guide to the Spirit,(New Delhi: Penguin, 2007 p. xvii).
Sri Madhava Ashish was English by birth but lived in India from 1942 until his passing in 1997. He became a disciple of Sri Krishna Prem in 1946 and after Krishna Prem’s death in 1965, continued to maintain the Mirtola Ashram founded by Prem’s guru, Sri Yashoda Mai. Yashoda Mai and her husband Dr. Gyenandra Charkravarti, a general Secretary of the Indian section of the Theosophical Society, were confidantes of Annie Besant and traveled with her extensively throughout Europe.
Sy Ginsburg, was a nineteen year pupil of Sri Madhava Ashish visiting him at the Mirtola Ashram in India from 1978 to 1997.
Michael Hurd co-facilitates several Fourth Way classes offered through the Theosophical Society in America. He started his Theosophical studies in 1968 and has worked with the Fourth Way body of knowledge and methodologies since 2003.
Elena Dovalsantos is a third generation theosophist and an ardent student of The Secret Doctrine. She periodically presents power point classes on the SD at Krotona and facilitates an SD study group attended by students from various theosophical traditions.
This is an ongoing reading and discussion study group for students who already have a basic knowledge of Theosophical principles, and who wish to deepen their understanding of the Stanzas of Dzyan. Because of the interactive nature of this group participation is necessarily limited.
Course Textbook: Ashish, Man, Son of Man: in the Stanzas of Dzyan (Wheaton: Theosophical Publishing House, 1970) Available at a discount from the Quest Bookshop, firstname.lastname@example.org, (630) 665-0123, or on Amazon.
Participants are encouraged to make a quarterly contribution.
Suggested contribution $40 per quarter.