New PDF release: Ancient Mystic Rites (Theosophical Classics Series)

By C. W. Leadbeater

Combining seership with technology, Leadbeater offers this soaking up, in-depth, examine of the secret colleges of Egypt, Greece, Judea, the Knights Templar of the center a while, and the emergence of Co-Masonry within the 20th century.

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He looks for reality in the present moment, but the present moment is the smallest indivisible element or fraction of time. Life, then, cannot be but the sum or addition of such fractional timeentities, of time-atoms. %#Quantified time is spatialised time. Time dwindles away into space. It has no quality af its own. It is interchangeable with the dimensions of space, and is therefore always about to pass into zero. It is this conception-not the watch or the telephone or the aeroplane-which is the cause of man's not having time.

Distinction is not separation. God's being is distinguished from that of the world, but the world exists by His sustaining presence and activity. That God whom Goethe scorns (" Was war' ein Gott, der nur von aussen stiesse "), is not the God of Biblical revelation, but of ratiohistic deism. The God of revelation ia the absolutely unworldly, the self-sufficient Lord, but He is the One who not only creates the world but sustains and rules it. He is the One by Whose will and action it is real and remains in existence, and without Whose presence and sustaining activity it would £all into nothingness.

The sentences of the Norns decide the fate of the highest Gods of Germanic religion. The highest Gods of Indian religion are powerless with regard to Karma, they themselves are seized by the turning of the spinning wheel of fate. This coming and going is the expression of a higher, unknowable, impersonal necessity. And this is true also of all Greek philosophy. Neither Plato's " ideas " nor Aristotle's "entelechy" nor the divine Nous of Stoicism or of Neoplatonism breaks through this uncanny, gloomy determinism.

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