Echoes From The Orient; A Broad Outline Of Theosophical Doctrines

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byKatherine Augusta Westcott Tingley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1921 Excerpt: ... ECHOES FROM THE ORIENT HAT appears to the Western mind to be a very V V strange superstition prevails in India about wonderful persons who are said to be of immense age, and who keep themselves secluded in places not accessible to the ordinary traveler. So long has this been current in India that the name applied to these beings is well known in the Sanskrit language: 'MaMtma,' a compound of two words, maha, great, and dtman, soul. The belief in the existence of such persons is not confined to the ignorant, but is shared by the educated of all castes. The lower classes look upon the Mahatmas as a sort of gods, and think most of their wonderful powers and great age. The pundits, or learned class, and educated Hindus in general, have a different view; they say that Mahatmas are men or souls with unlimited knowledge of natural laws and of man's history and development. They claim also that the Mahatmas--or Rishis, as they sometimes call them--have preserved the knowledge of all natural laws for ages, not only by tradition among their disciples, but also by actual records and in libraries existing somewhere in the many underground temples and passages in India. Some believers assert that there are also stores of books and records in secluded parts all over that part of Tibet I which is not known to Europeans, access to them being possible only for the Mahatmas and Adepts. The credence given to such a universal theory grows out of an old Indian doctrine that man is a spiritual being--a soul, in other words--and that this soul takes on different bodies from life to life on earth in order at last to arrive at such perfect knowledge, through repeated experience, as to enable one to assume a body fit to be the dwelling-place of a Mahatma or perfected soul. Then, the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1921 Excerpt: ... ECHOES FROM THE ORIENT HAT appears to the Western mind to be a very V V strange superstition prevails in India about wonderful p...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217833284

ISBN - 13:9780217833288

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