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The modern age is one in which error and evil are regarded as having equal standing to that of truth and goodness, and beauty is seen as a frivolous luxury that must be sacrificed for the purposes of economic growth. Lord Northbourne refutes these ideas by demonstrating the metaphysicial link between truth, goodness, and beauty, showing that goodness cannot be found in error or illusion, and that beauty is not a "subjective impression or pleasurable accident," but an "essential aspect of reality itself."
A Note on Truth, Goodness and BeautyNorthbourne, Lord Vol. 7, No. 2. ( Spring, 1973) Misc
Ian Watson makes ‘scattered observations’ on the decline in thinking and the rise of the secular-materialist mindset in the world. His observations center on his perception that self-reflection and contemplation on the inner has, for the most part, vanished and that it is this absence that has led to a general degradation in thought.
The Anti-Wisdom of Modern Philosophy: A Passing NoteWatson, Ian Vol. 6, No. 4. ( Autumn, 1972) Misc
Gelfand discusses the religious beliefs of the Shona in regards to such concepts as Peace, Happiness, Freedom, and Beauty. He contrasts the Shona philosophy of munhu—or the human being with an almost complete neglect of the material aspects of life—with ideas concerning material wealth held by cultures of the Western world.
UNHU—The Personality of the ShonaGelfand, Michael Vol. 4, No. 1. ( Winter, 1970) Misc
FS writes to the editor in this letter to clarify an inconsistency within a previous article titled “The Ancient Wisdom of Africa” he wishes to point out a contradictory statement that the author made regarding the profound wisdom of traditional African people, profound enough even to equal the Asians. However, FS also points out that the author later makes a statement regarding the potential Jewish origins of a Zulu medicine man. FS wishes to draw attention to this statement and further examines the issue of different races and intelligences within his letter.
Correspondence on The Ancient Wisdom in AfricaS., F. Vol. 3, No. 4. ( Autumn, 1969) Misc
According to Dr Bandmann “Mr Bolton obviously confuses zodiacal signs with zodiacal constellations”, Dr Bandmann then continues to outline the sun and stars in their location and symbolism, especially according to the Ptolomaic world view. He states that it should be “clearly understood that this heaven of the zodiacal signs is the place of heavenly prototypes or archetypes.
Correspondence on Astrological SymbolismBandmann, Hans Vol. 3, No. 4. ( Autumn, 1969) Misc
Book Review
“Man’s need today is to recover the traditionally recognized God Consciousness” argues J.C. Cooper in his review of Hugh l’Anson Faussett’s book. Cooper continues in his summary of this book by quoting statements from the book such as "each level of our being and the centers which govern them are released from the distorting grasp of the ego” and then are able to “experience life as an expression of something greater than itself".
The Lost DimensionI'Anson, Hugh Faussett*Cooper, J.C. Vol. 3, No. 3. ( Summer, 1969) Misc
Book Review
A series of new books reviewed by J.C. Cooper including Honest to Man; The Faith of Other Men; Realisation of Oneness; The Paradox of Self-Denial; and Kindred Soul
New books received - Summer 1969author(s), various *Cooper, J.C. Vol. 3, No. 3. ( Summer, 1969) Misc
Mr R Bolton addresses the article by Guenon titled The Symbolism of the Fish with some criticisms of aspects relating to the zodiac that need to be clarified. He argues that because of the actual position of the sun “whatever is referred to a sign in the (traditional) Zodiac must now be referred to the sign immediately before it in order”.
Correspondence on Astrological SymbolismBolton, R. Vol. 3, No. 3. ( Summer, 1969) Misc
Burckhardt examines the history and symbolism of the chess-board of its pieces. From its roots in India through its passages into Persia and into Europe the chess-board is both a military stratagem and a symbol of space and the universe, as well as a symbol of the nature of the soul and the relationship between will and fate.
The Symbolism of ChessBurckhardt, Titus Vol. 3, No. 2. ( Spring, 1969) Misc
Patrick Bowen recounts his time traveling in “the wild Bushlands of the Northern Transvaal, Portuguese East Africa and Mashonaland” where he spent his time learning of the religious practices of the Isanusi (“a term, popularly but improperly interpreted as "Witch Doctor."”) Bowen describes the various holy men he encountered and the teachings they imparted.
The Ancient Wisdom in AfricaBowen, Patrick Vol. 3, No. 2. ( Spring, 1969) Primordial
Book Review
Reviewer A.A. praises Robert Conquest’s book “Religion in the U.S.S.R.” for its detached prose which allows the stark statistics and details of the persecution of religion within communist Russia to stand out all the more clearly. While all religions have suffered under the communist regime, Buddhism in particular has suffered, as A.A. highlights in his review; “In Buryatia, there were 36 datsans and 16,000 lamas in 1916, while in 1960…there were no more than 2 datsans and a few dozen lamas!”
Religion in the U.S.S.R.Conquest, Robert *A., A. Vol. 3, No. 2. ( Spring, 1969) Misc
Martin Lings discusses the symbolism of several Lithuanian songs passed down through oral tradition. Though part of the “Lithuanian folklore” tradition, these songs contain symbolism from diverse spiritual, cultural, and religious traditions. He addresses the misconception that folklore in general is “popular” in origin, emphasizing that a great deal of folklore is derived from preserved relics of former traditions. The selected Lithuanian songs are used to illustrate his points about the diverse origins of folklore traditions and the “subconscious collective memory” that often informs them.
Old Lithuanian SongsLings, Martin Vol. 3, No. 1. ( Winter, 1969) Misc
Lord Northbourne summarizes the “nature of the… changes brought about in agriculture by the rise to dominance of the modern outlook.” His concerns for the future of agriculture include the use of chemical methods, the loss of economic independence for farmers, and the standardization of products using preservatives and substitutes. This agricultural revolution has brought about “a divorce between man and nature” and furthermore a loss of the view that all natural things are interrelated, moving “together toward the fulfillment of the plan of [God].” Lord Northbourne asserts that the man who uses his “God-given dominion over nature” for his own “aggrandizement” might soon find himself struggling against the forces of Nature.
A Glance at AgricultureNorthbourne, Lord Vol. 3, No. 1. ( Winter, 1969) Christianity
Philip Sherrard examines the religious convictions of psychologist C.G Jung. According to Sherrard, Jung “denied the objective existence of those metaphysical or meta-psychical realities which theological statements presuppose”, yet his argument that there is no truth but purely subjective truth is itself one of the “categorical statements lacking all so-called empirical basis” that he criticizes religions for. Thus, Sherrad concludes, Jung’s statements point to a religious viewpoint of his very own. Jung felt that “God Himself had disavowed theology and the Church founded upon it,” and Sherrard postulates that Jung saw himself as a religious leader for the new, scientific, modern era.
An Introduction to the Religious Thought of C. G. JungSherrard, Philip Vol. 3, No. 1. ( Winter, 1969) Misc
Book Review
A series of new books reviewed by J. C. Cooper, including Crisis in Consciousness; Religion in Practice; Man in Search of Immortality; The World's Living Religions; The Meaning and End of Religion; Movement and Emptiness; Meditation; The English Presbyterians; The Church Unbound; Septem Sermones ad Mortuos; Being-in-the-World; Bible of the World; The Song Celestial
New books received - Winter 1969author(s), various *Cooper, J.C. Vol. 3, No. 1. ( Winter, 1969) Misc
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