Magazine "Lucifer - the Light-bringer"

This magazine, of the Dutch division of The Theosophical Society (Point Loma - The Hague) appears bi-monthly. It demonstrates how the theosophical teachings are to be applied in human life. Lucifer differentiates itself from other opinion-magazines through the consistent searching into the causes of the problems. The criterion for this is the extensive knowledge of the Universal Esoteric Philosophy as this is taught in Theosophy. This 'different' approach to individual and social problems gives a refreshing outlook and offers new possibilities of solving these problems effectively.

The 'technical' teachings of Theosophy are never objectives in themselves. In Lucifer the ethical consequences are always drawn from them by applying these teachings to the actual problems with which mankind is struggling. In this light it is nearly superfluous to say that great value is put on the letters to the editor.

Science, philosophy and religion, and especially the interconnection between these three in human thinking are widely dealt with. It is made clear that universal compassion is the basic pattern of Nature. The articles in Lucifer appeal particularly to the individual thinking faculty of the readers. But above all it is demonstrated that Theosophy offers Man a solid foundation for a philosophy of life with a perspective. Lucifer is a publication of the I.S.I.S. Foundation and is available in the form of single copies or an annual subscription.

The end never justifies the means

A peaceful answer to terrorism

After the dreadful events on the 11th of September in the United States of America everyone poses the same questions. Where do we go from here? Will there be a third World War? But against whom? The enemy has become invisible. Should we retaliate these acts of terror? But how? Would that not be the cause for even more violence? These are confusing and fearful times for most of us.

Like every reasonable person we strongly regret and condemn the fact that a small group made so many innocent people pay for their frustrations in such a brutal way. But we don’t want to leave it there. We encourage people and nations to unite in their struggle against the instigators and the causes of these acts of terror. However, this should not happen on the basis of ‘an eye for an eye’. In which case a spiral of violence will develop which will fuel many negative reactions. Still, we do believe we can safeguard ourselves from violence and terror in the future.

The main objective of the I.S.I.S. Foundation (International Study-centre for Independent Search for truth) - a platform for all searchers for truth - is to form a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood. Going from this objective, the Foundation tries to develop initiatives to arrive at a more peaceful world. In its efforts, it mainly focuses on the causal side, which means, it tries to accomplish a change in mentality. This pamphlet offers several principal thoughts that might trigger a broad exchange of views. We hope that everyone longing for peace and non-violence will give serious consideration to these thoughts. We would gladly receive your reactions.

The end never justifies the means (download complete pdf document)

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The meaninglessness of capital punishment

Theosophical knowledge that shows the meaninglessness of capital punishment

Which arguments exist against capital punishment, when seen from knowledge of the spiritual side of man?
In the articles below the most essential arguments are presented and clarified.

1. ‘Theosophy and Capital Punishment’, by W.Q. Judge

When the question rises if capital punishment can ever be justified, it principally does not make a difference if it’s about a head of state or a normal citizen. The reference to the murderer of president Garfield in this article is a parallel to the situation of, for instance, Saddam Hussein.

Theosophy and Capital Punishment (download pdf document)

2. Answer to a question about the consequences of capital punishment, by W.Q. Judge

In the next article the words Devachan and Kâma Loka appear. When a human being dies, the consciousness retreats in more inner spaces. The first state of consciousness that the deceased enters is Kâma Loka, the “state of desires”. In that state, emotional energies are released, which were built up during life on earth. If all the tendencies and desires (Kâma in Sanskrit) are released, the inner human being enters the much more spiritual state of Devachan: a dream-like state where unfulfilled ideals and higher aspirations are drawn up. What we will experience during these states of dying and how strong these experiences will be is completely dependent on ourselves: which thoughts and desires we have cherished during our past life.

Answer to a question about the consequences of capital punishment (download pdf document)

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Lucifer archive

Below all English issues of Lucifer Magazine, since 2013:

Our first Portuguese Lucifer:

A link to our German magazine "Der Pfad": http://www.theosophy.de/pfad.php