reply to post by Manula
I appreciate your effort here, Manula. s/f...
So far only two decent replies (thanks Sahabi and nithaiah), typical....
but not to despair!
those of us who want to discuss these things....and have some depth of understanding of them. I'll be paying attention if not
posting immediately, but I do want to address (reinforce) the fact that these are NOT "new ideas", and that those who call it
"new-age-hippy-love-bs" and such have a lot to learn.
I wish (yeah, yeah....I know, wishing causes suffering
, but hey, I'm human, too...) that the "labels" of New-Age and New-Agers could be changed
to something more representative of its (the movement's) origin in the mists of time far, far back....way way way before the time of the big BC/AD
swap....(BCE/CE is preferable, but probably offensive to some).
Part of the reason that the ideas are so "mysterious" is that they are Oriental in nature...not Occidental. It is difficult for Western thinkers to
wrap their heads around the concepts that are part and parcel of Oriental worldview.
Theosophy sprang from the principles there, yes, but from the get-go in the West have been pooh-poohed and dismissed and mocked and ridiculed as
everything from hippy-crap to delusional wishful thinking for those lacking the gumption to accept Westerner's fatalism, linear thinking, and
Today there are Essene movements that embrace both. Just two examples: The Nazarenes, and the Ecclesia Gnostica; and they, imho, have beautifully
merged the two different schools: mysticism and Christ's message.
My favorite of your topics is reincarnation, but all
of them as listed make lucid and profound sense to me.
Thanks for this thread, I hope we get some of the worthwhile thinkers on here to discuss with us.
I will leave this first reply with a visual aid, which may possibly open at least one eye of someone who prefers to keep them closed to Eastern
thought on principle alone: