theosophy

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WASSILY KANDINSKY (Russian, 16 December 1866 - 13 December 1944)

Form, in the narrow sense, is nothing but the separating line between surfaces of colour. That is its outer meaning. But it has also an inner meaning, of varying intensity, and, properly peaking, FORM IS THE OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF THIS INNER MEANING.*

* It is never literally true that any form is meaningless and “says nothing.” Every form in the world says something. But its message often fails to reach us, and even if it does, full understanding is often withheld from us.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Part VI, 1912

 “Man is a little world—a microcosm inside the great universe. Like a fetus, he is suspended, by all his three spirits, in the matrix of the macrocosmos; and while his terrestrial body is in constant sympathy with its parent earth, his astral soul lives in unison with the sidereal anima mundi. He is in it, as it is in him, for the world-pervading element fills all space, and is space itself, only shoreless and infinite. As to his third spirit, the divine, what is it but an infinitesimal ray, one of the countless radiations proceeding directly from the Highest Cause—the Spiritual Light of the World? This is the trinity of organic and inorganic nature—the spiritual and the physical, which are three in one, and of which Proclus says that ‘The first monad is the Eternal God; the second, eternity; the third, the paradigm, or pattern of the universe;’ the three constituting the Intelligible Triad.”

—  Helena Blavatsky
Isis Unveiled: Secrets of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition
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“Man, after having vainly sought for the light of the Truth in externals, and found nothing but darkness, at last discovers that the land of the sunrise exists within his own soul.”

~Franz Hartmann

Mahatma W. Leadbeater - The Chakras, 1927.

The chakras or force-centres are points of con­nection at which energy flows from one vehicle or body of a man to another. Anyone who possesses a slight degree of clairvoyance may easily see them in the etheric double, where they show themselves as saucer-like depressions or vortices in its surface. When quite undeveloped they appear as small circles  about two inches in diameter, glowing dully in the ordinary man; but when awakened and vivified they are seen as blazing, coruscating whirlpools, much increased in size, and resembling miniature suns. 
All these whirlpools are perpetually rotating, and into the hub or open mouth of each a force from the higher world is always flowing - a manifestation of the life­-stream issuing from the Second Aspect of the Solar Logos - which we call the primary force. That force is sevenfold in its nature, and all its forms operate in each of these centres, although one of them in each case usually predominates over the others. With­out this inrush of energy the physical body could not exist. Therefore the centres are in operation in every one, although in the undeveloped person they are usually in comparatively sluggish motion, just forming the necessary vortex for the force, and no more. In a more evolved man they may be glowing and pulsating with living light, so that an enormously greater amount of energy passes through them, with the result that there are additional faculties and possibilities open to the man. 

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Peter Behrens, Crematorium in Hagen-Delstern, Germany, (1906-1907)

“At Düsseldorf, Behrens became very interested in the Theosophist geometry of Lauweriks and De Bazel. Behrens went all the way with this geometry in a number of his subsequent buildings, especially the Crematorium in Hagen. Walter Gropius implied that Behrens had gone too far, but that he had always liked the Crematorium.”

- Stanford Adams, from “Considering Peter Behrens”

Designing with the strict geometric principles of closed, cubic symmetry in mind, Behrens’ was able to make his relatively small structure seem monumental. His design is equally indebted to the strong lineaments of art nouveau as to the purely functional practicality for which He was later known.

The crematorium opened in 1911, while cremation was still illegal in Germany.

“Do not be afraid of your difficulties. Do not wish you could be in other circumstances than you are. For when you have made the best of an adversity, it becomes the stepping stone to a splendid opportunity.”

- Madame Blavatsky

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a fascinating woman, with a brilliant mind. If you don’t know her writings, be sure to check them out!

Curuppumullage Jinarajadasa - The Vehicles of the Soul, “First Principles of Theosophy”, 1922.

Subtle bodies in a human being are:
Etheric body (vehicle of prana)
Emotional or astral body (vehicle of desires and emotions)
Mental body (vehicle of the concrete or lower mind)
Causal body (vehicle of the abstract or higher mind)

Each “body” has its own aura and set of chakras, and corresponds to a particular plane of existence.

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Originally a governess, Florence Fuller quickly achieved such popularity and success as a painter that she could devote her time solely to her art.

I like this 1900 painting of hers, Inseparables, mainly for its title.

Hearing it out of context, I might (at a guess) take the “inseparables” to be sisters, or close friends. Maybe, if the author were being a little bit facetious, one might be a dog—if downright twee, the other might be a cow.

Marvelously, though, in her Impressionist-like style Fuller instead describes a girl…and her book.