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I Gleanings from Theosophical Path

I Gleanings from Theosophical Path

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Published by Mark R. Jaqua

Theosophical Path was the major publication of Point Loma Theosophical Community from 1911 through 1936. It went through 45 volumes of 5-600 pp. and featured Art, Music, Literature, Archeology, general Science as well as Theosophy and was well-illustrated. It was under the editorship of Katherine Tingley 1911 through 1929, and G. de Purucker from 1929 through 1936.

Theosophical Path was the major publication of Point Loma Theosophical Community from 1911 through 1936. It went through 45 volumes of 5-600 pp. and featured Art, Music, Literature, Archeology, general Science as well as Theosophy and was well-illustrated. It was under the editorship of Katherine Tingley 1911 through 1929, and G. de Purucker from 1929 through 1936.

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Gleanings from
The Theosophical Path
 
( 45 Volumes, July, 1911 - Oct., 1936 )Volume I.
Contents
 Archeology and Ethnology 
- Peru Under the Incas - Ryan- Copan - Gates- Maori Lore and Legend - Neill- The Tomb of Osiris and Strabo's Well - Edge- Egyptology and Theosophy - Ryan- The Aborigines of Australia - Neill- Ancient America- The West Africans - Edge- The Testimony of Megalithic Monuments - Travers- Dolmens in Brittany - V.B.- The Origin of Chess - E.T.- Vandalism in Ancient Architecture
Greek Philosophy 
- Life and Teachings of Pythagoras - Darrow- Pythagorean Geometry - Edge- The Modern Platonists (Pletho and Taylor) - Darrow- Plato the Theosophist - Darrow- The Mysteries at Eleusis - Whiting
Science
- The Conception of "Force" in Physics- Ancient and Modern Calendars - Henry- Climatic and Axial Changes - Dick- Astronomical Lore- Mysteries of Sound- The Mirror of Language - Coryn- Incorrodible Bronze - Edge- Science and Misc. Notes
Psychology 
- Psychic Epidemics - Dunn- The Alcoholic Demon - Coryn- The Sanitation of Sound - Ross- The Talking Habit - Leonard
General Theosophy 
- The Augoeides- Ancients, Moderns, Posterity - Leonard- The Astral Body - Coryn- A May Swarm - Leonard- The Law of Cycles - Edge
 
- Why Do Theosophists Oppose Capital Punishment? - van Pelt- Punishment and Capital Punishment - Edge- Count Cagliostro and His Enemies - P.A.M.- "De Mortuis - " - Morris- The Esoteric Philosophy of Unselfishness (Shankara) - Woodhead- Fragment of a Lost Gospel - Darrow- The Gods of the Ancient World - Morris- An Hour on Olympus - A.W.H.- The Intelligence Behind Evolution- Linneas and the Divining Rod - P.F.- Man's Greater Self - Edge- "The Music of the Spheres" - Coryn- The Red Men - Travers- A Study of Contrasts - Leonard- Tibetan Mss. and Books - Edge- "Vivisection" in a Dictionary - Renshaw- The Vivisector's Understated Claims - Ross- What is Death?- "What is this Immortal That Thou Hast?" - Coryn- Work Regarded as a Privilege - Edge
Theosophical History 
- Some Theosophical Plans - Malpas- Tingley's Early "Do Good" Mission in New York - Mayer-Spalding----------------------
 Archeology and Ethnology 
Peru Under the Incas
- C. J. RyanPerusal of 
The Incas of Peru
, a new work by Sir Clements Markham, K.C.B., F.R.S.,etc., leaves the Theosophical student profoundly impressed with the fact that nothing butthe teachings of Theosophy can explain such things as the sudden disappearance of races or civilizations. According to a superficial view of the law of Karma (the law of Causeand Effect on all planes) the high moral standing of the Peruvians, their industry, their courage, their wise and beneficent governmental system, and their warlike attainments,should have caused their empire to stand immovable against the handful of foreigninvaders, even though they were provided with horses and muskets. But, to quote thewords of one of H.P. Blavatsky's Teachers:"Patriots may burst their hearts in vain if circumstances are against them.Sometimes it has happened that no human power, not even the fury and force of theloftiest patriotism, has been able to bend an iron destiny aside from its fixed course, andnations have gone out like torches dropped into water in the engulfing blackness of ruin."(
The Occult World 
)The cycle of the aboriginal American civilizations was closing, and the "New World"was to be the seat of a culture and a greatness of which we have so far seen but the first
 
faint shadowings.Sir Clements Markham first traveled in Peru more than sixty years ago, when anaval cadet on a British warship, and ever since he has made a special study of everythingconnected with that mysterious and fascinating country. He is recognized as a highauthority upon its history, topography, and archaeology, and has produced many standardworks upon these subjects, not the least interesting of which is the volume just published,which was written at the advanced age of eighty.The book commences with an account of the sources of our information respectingthe history of the Inca civilization. One of the most interesting stories told is that of anative author, Don Felipe Huaman Poma de Ayala (an adopted Spanish name), chief of atribe, who wrote a thick quarto of 1179 pages, cleverly illustrated in pen and ink by himself,called
Nueve Coronica y Buen Gobierno
(sic). The book describes the customs, the laws,the traditions, and history of Peru under the Incas; it gives accounts with illustrations of the palaces, the costumes, the weapons, the agricultural and musical instruments, andcontains portraits of the twelve historical Incas and the eight first Spanish Viceroys. Aboveall in interest is the open and fearless attack upon the cruel tyranny from which theunfortunate Indians suffered. Says Sir Clements Markham:"The combined writer and artist spares neither priest nor corregidor.... The author traveled all over Peru in some capacity, interceding for, and trying to protect, theunfortunate people.... It is addressed to King Philip II and the author had the temerity totake it down to Lima for transmission to Spain. He hoped to be appointed Protector of theIndians. We do not know what became of him."Nor do we know anything about the reception of his book, though it reachedEurope, for it was discovered three years ago in the Royal Library at Copenhagen. After describing the other native and Spanish authorities, Sir Clements Markhamforcibly captures the attention by a description of the mysterious city of Tiahuanacu onLake Titicaca. Absolutely nothing but perfectly unreliable tradition is known about thebuilders of this great city. Its age is evidently enormous, for, as our author says:"The surface of the Lake is 12,508 ft. above the sea.... The city covered a largearea, built by highly skilled masons, and with the use of enormous stones. One stone is36 ft. long by 7, weighing 170 tons, another 26 ft by 16 by 6.... The movement and placingof such monoliths points to a dense population, to an organized government, andconsequently to a large area under cultivation, with arrangements for the conveyance of supplies from various directions.... There is ample proof of the very advanced stagereached by the builders in architectural art.... This, then, is the mystery. A vast citycontaining palace, temple, judgment hall, or whatever fancy may reconstruct among theruins, with statues, elaborately carved stones, and many triumphs of masonic art, was builtin a region where corn will not ripen, and which could not possibly support a densepopulation.... The builders may best be described as a megalithic people in a megalithicage, an age when cyclopean stones were transported, and cyclopean edifices raised."The last sentence shows a truly scientific spirit of caution which unfortunately is nottoo common amongst archaeologists. At Cuzco and Ollantay-Tampu there are other imposing remains of the same kind of cyclopean architecture. At Cuzco there is a fortressdefended by
three enormous parallel walls
with advancing and retiring angles foenfilading. The stones of the outer wall have the following dimensions at the corners: 14ft. by 12; 10 ft. by 6; etc. What can the purpose of these enormous stones have been?How can they have been raised? Were there giants in those days, or had the builderssome strange powers of which we are ignorant? H.P. Blavatsky, in
The Secret Doctrine
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