The Gupta Vidya - Volume II

The Golden Thread

  ISBN 978-0-9992382-8-8  Print

  ISBN 978-1-7334650-3-8  eBook

by Raghavan Iyer

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The Gupta Vidya in three volumes contains the Theosophical writings of Raghavan N. Iyer, published in Hermes from 1975 through 1989 and collected and edited by himself. This second volume elaborates the ageless teachings of Wisdom-Religion as a mighty spiritual stream, sometimes hidden but always present, behind the entire history of humanity and demonstrates its relevance to humanity today and in the future. After tracing this life-giving knowledge as a golden thread through history, Iyer turns to classic sacred texts of Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity to show the transmission of the fundamental doctrines by diverse spiritual teachers in various religions, all concentrating on the power of self-transformation and consciously choosing the life to live within the context of the whole of humanity and the cosmos. His essays then elucidate the universal ideas of karma and reincarnation and their implications for immortality, consciousness, choice and self-determination. The final section shows how the universal perspective of Theosophy can be made practical in daily life through meditation, a deepened sense of self, thoughtfulness and transcendence, and a profound sense of the ethical life which is coextensive with the whole of existence. Glossary and Index included.


Professor Iyer earned first-class honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, a doctorate in Philosophy, and then was selected to be an Oxford Don in philosophy and politics. He lectured throughout Europe and also in Africa, and his extensive writings have been published by Oxford University Press and Concord Grove Press. He also lectured for many years at the United Lodge of Theosophists in Santa Barbara, where he also founded the Institute of World Culture.


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