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May, 1934 - April, 1938 and August, 1940 - July, 1941

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"There is only one ambition that is good, and that is: so to live NOW that none may weary
of life's emptiness and none may have to do the task we leave undone." —Tsiang Samdup
Branches of Philosophy (1934-1935)
Questions and Answers (1935-1936)
Teachers (1936-1937)
The Secret Doctrine in the Bible (1937-1938)
Disciplines of Meditation and Realization (1940-1941)


Branches of Philosophy

May, 1934 (Main - What I mean by philosophy; Supplement - Definitions in Philosophy)

June, 1934 (Main - Metaphysics; Supplement - The Beginning of Greek Philosophy, Part One)

July, 1934 (Main - Knowledge and Truth; Supplement - The Beginning of Greek Philosophy, Part Two)

August, 1934 (Main - ...the nature of Energy and the nature of Creation, or the manifestation of Energy in works; Supplement - The Lotus of the Law)

September, 1934 (Main - Theology; Supplement - Healing)

October, 1934 (Main - Logic; Supplement - Healing, Chapter 2)

November, 1934 (Main - Ethics; Supplement - Healing, Chapter 2, continued)

December, 1934 (Main - Psychology; Supplement - The Mastery of Fear)

January, 1935 (Main - Initiation and Initiates; Supplement - The Mastery of Fear, continued)

February, 1935 (Main - Epistemology; Supplement - Dangers of New Thought -- Metaphysics and Psychology)

March, 1935, (Main - Esthetics; Supplement - Dangers of New Thought -- Metaphysics and Psychology, continued)

April, 1935, (Main - Theurgy; Supplement - The Destruction of the Alexandrian Library)



Questions and Answers

May, 1935 - QUESTION: How can a student of the ancient wisdom teachings contact bona fide sources of occult philosophy and spiritual instruction?

June, 1935 - This month we are to consider Nature as the textbook of the divine law.

July, 1935 - QUESTION: What advice do you give to a person who desires to apply himself to a serious study of the Ancient Wisdom Teachings?

August, 1935 - ...we shall now examine the seven requisites of the outer life which we term Attainments.

September, 1935 - QUESTION: There are many different schools of mysticism and occultism in the world. How can a student discover with certainty the system best suited to his individual needs?

October, 1935 - Self improvement is one of the first duties of man, for only through ages of Self improvement can we achieve to that state of wisdom we so greatly desire.

November, 1935 - To borrow from the terminology of the NeoPlatonists, the purpose of mystical philosophy is participation in divine truths.

December, 1935 - Many metaphysicians claim to have experienced extraordinary psychical phenomena.

January, 1936 - The problem of illumination, as understood in its mystical sense.

February, 1936 - QUESTION: If it is the purpose of the Occult Sciences to perfect the individual in the philosophic virtues, why are so many people interested in Metaphysical Subjects so lacking in the rudiments of discrimination and poise?

March, 1936 - ...the less obvious factors which contribute to the general disorder in the sphere of the occult sciences.

April 1936 - Please clarify the relationship between codes of spiritual action and the material rewards arising from such action.



Teachers

May, 1936 - LAO-TZE THE OBSCURE SAGE - Introductory; The Doctrine of Taoism; The Disciplines of Taoism

June, 1936 - CONFUCIUS - Introductory; The Docrines of Confucius; Confucian Disciplines

July, 1936 - BUDDHA - Introductory; The Teachings of Buddha; Quotations from the Dhammapada and Other Early Buddhist Writings Attributed to Buddha

August, 1936 - ZOROASTER - Introductory; Quotations

September, 1936 - PLATO, THE DIVINE MAN - Introductory; The Philosophy of Plato; The Platonic Disciplines; Quotations

October, 1936 - MOHAMMED, PROPHET OF ISLAM - Introductory; The Doctrines of Mohammed; Quotations

November, 1936 - QUETZALCOATL - Introductory; The Life of Quetzalcoatl; Fragments of Ancient Mexican Metaphysics; Extracts from an Aztec Prayer

December, 1936 - JESUS - Introductory; The Teachings of the Master; Quotations from the Words of Jesus as Recorded by St. John

January, 1937 - PADMA SAMBHAVA - Introductory; Fundamental Tenets of Lamaism; Extracts from Tibetan Philosophy

February, 1937 - AKHNATON, Adorer of the Aton - Introductory; Religious teachings of Akhnaton; Quotations from the Hymns of Akhnaton

March, 1937 - ORPHEUS - Introductory; The Teachings of Orpheus; A Few Selected Lines from Orphic Rhapsodies

April, 1937 - HERMES TRISMEGISTUS - Introductory; Quotations



The Secret Doctrine in the Bible

May, 1937 - Biblical Cosmogony; The Formation of the Worlds; The Seven Days of Creation; The Pre-Adamic Man

June, 1937 - Adam and Eve; Eden and the Angel of the Flaming Sword; Cabalistic Figure of Adam; Cain and Abel; Seth and the Patriarchal Line

July, 1937 - Noah and His Wonderful Ark; Noah and His Wonderful Ark (figure); The Covenant; The Tower of Babel; Enoch, Abraham, and Melchizedek

August, 1937 - Israel; The Wanderings in the Wilderness; Moses; Moses Receiving the Tables of the Law (figure); The Tables of the Law; The Tabernacle in the Wilderness; The Death of Moses

September, 1937 - Solomon and the Everlasting House; Solomon's Temple (figure); Song of Solomon; Proverbs

October, 1937 - The Great Man of Nebuchadnezzar's Dream; The Story of Samson; The Vision of Ezekiel; The Vision of Ezekiel (figure); The Sufferings of Job; Melchizedek

November, 1937 - New Testament; The Birth and Childhood of Jesus; The Mystical Christ; Interpretation

December, 1937 - The Flight into Egypt; The Childhood of Jesus; Jesus Baptized by John; The Marriage Feast at Cana; The Raising of Lazarus; The Miraculous Draught of Fishes; The Lord's Prayer

January, 1938 - Jesus Walking on the Water; The Last Supper; The Garden of Gesthemane; Christ Before Pilate; Crucifixion; The Empty Tomb

February, 1938 - The Parables; The Parable of the Talents; The Parable of the Seed; The Eye of a Needle; The Good Shepherd; The Pearl of Great Price; The Prodigal Son; The Beginnings of the Christian Church

March, 1938 - The Jesus of Peter and the Christ of Paul; Paul's Doctrine of the Logos; The Martyrdom of the Disciples; Beginning of the Church

April, 1938 - The Revelation of St. John; Conclusion



Disciplines of Meditation and Realization

August, 1940 - Theory of Metaphysical Disciplines; Personal Application; Adaptation; Realization

September, 1940 - Three Principal Systems; Karmic Culmination; Preparation of Environment; Purification; Diet; Exercise; Fads; Organizations; Realization

October, 1940 - Communities; Continence; Black Magic; Methods of Development; Self-Analysis; Self-Correction; Positive Foundations; Continuity; Realization

November, 1940 - Placidity; Poise; Inconsistency; Patience; Directness of Action; Symbols of Realization; Posture; Becoming Immovable; Discipline; Realization

December, 1940 - Concentration; Preparation for Concentration; Concentration Symbols; Mandala Magic; The Begging Bowl; The Practice of Concentration; Realization

January, 1941 - An Eastern Fable; Concentration as a Form of Experience; Spiritual Alchemy; The Cycle of the Quest; Realization

February, 1941 - Traditions of Alchemy; Retrospection; Further Notes on Concentration; Realization

March, 1941 - Extension of Consciousness; The Mystery of the Transcendent Personality; Motive; The Fable of the Birds; Transcendental Being; Realization

April, 1941 - Personalities; Restatement of Principles; Multiplication of the Metaphysical Personality; Realization

May, 1941 - Realization; Realization in Action; Realization

June, 1941 - Illumination; Realization as Illumination; Realization

July, 1941 - Suspension of the Objective Mind; Conclusion; Realization



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