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THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
No one can study ancient philosophies seriously without perceiving that the striking similitude of conception between all—in their exoteric form very often, in their hidden spirit invariably—is the result of no mere coincidence, but of a concurrent design; and that there was, during the youth of mankind, one language, one knowledge, one universal religion, when there were no churches, no creeds or sects, but when every man was a priest unto himself. And, if it is shown that already in those ages which are shut out from our sight by the exuberant growth of tradition, human religious thought developed in uniform sympathy in every portion of the globe; then, it becomes evident that, born under whatever latitude, in the cold North or the burning South, in the East or West, that thought was inspired by the same revelations, and man was nurtured under the protecting shadow of the same TREE OF KNOWLEDGE.
—H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, i, 341
Each week, one in a series of ten articles is taken up for preliminary study.
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Selections from the book Reincarnation: The Pilgrimage of the Soul
April 28, 2021—“Reincarnation” pages 6–17
May 5, 2021—“What Reincarnates?” pages 18–22
May 12, 2021—“Mysteries of the After-Life” pages 23–36
May 19, 2021—“Reincarnation and Silence” pages 37–45
May 26, 2021—“The Myth of Er” pages 46–52
June 9, 2021—“A Creed” and “Poetry of Reincarnation” pages 60–83
June 23, 2021—“Love With an Object”
Additional readings selected for the 2019–2020 season included:
February 12, 2020—Universal Theosophy “The Kingly Mystery”
April 29, May 6 and 13, 2020—H.P. Blavatsky Theosophical Articles “The Beacon-Light of the Unknown” also called “Le Phare De L’Inconnu”
May 20, 2020—B.P. Wadia “The Wandering Heart” and “The Slayer of the Real”
May 27, 2020—B.P. Wadia “The Mind of the Renouncer” and “The Virtuous Mind”
June 3, 2020—B.P. Wadia “The Perfect Listener” and “Elements and Gods”
June 10, 2020—W.Q. Judge “Friends or Enemies in the Future” and “Reflections”
June 17, 2020—W.Q. Judge “Hit the Mark” and “Two Lost Keys: The Bhagavad-Gita and The Zodiac”