January 16, 2013

Research by Patrice Marot unearthed Theon's history

Paintings from the Bindu Arts, an organisation that helps leprosy patients in self-reliance through art, is going to hold its next exhibition at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Gallery, Pondicherry, from Jan 19 to 29, 2013. All the works of these artists are sold to international galleries and through the website of Bindu Arts

The things I lay most stress on then are whether each line in itself is the inevitable thing not only as a whole but in each word; whether there is the right distribution of sentence lengths (an immensely important thing in this kind of blank verse); whether the lines are in their right place, for all the lines may be perfect, but they may not combine perfectly together—bridges may be needed, alterations of position so as to create the right development and perspective etc., etc.

Articles in Professional Journals and Books Peter Heehs is an independent scholar based in India. He has written or edited nine books and published more than fifty articles.  2011. “The Kabbalah, the Philosophie Cosmique, and the Integral Yoga: A Study in Cross-Cultural Influence”. Aries 11:2 (September): 219-247 (Pdf file available here).
The link between Aurobindo and this group was Mirra Alfassa (1878 - 1973), a Frenchwoman of Sephardic Jewish extraction who met him in India in 1914 and later became his chief collaborator… The most obvious resemblances between the Philosophie Cosmique and the Integral Yoga are the least significant… In their history of the H.B. of L., Godwin, Chanel and Deveney write that Aurobindo and the Mother ‘were very largely inspired by Theon and his wife’. In his dissertation, Chanel goes farther: Sri Aurobindo and the Mother ‘may from many points of view be looked on as disciples of the Theons or in any case as continuers of their work’. In another passage Chanel suggests that the Theons have been denied due recognition by Aurobindo’s followers: The Philosophie Cosmique, he asserts, ‘constitutes one of the essential sources of the teachings of [Aurobindo’s] ashram in Pondicherry, even though this fact is, or was, generally little known or eclipsed’.
What I have written in the preceding sections should be enough to show that these claims are exaggerated… All in all, the parallels between the Philosophie Cosmique and Aurobindo’s philosophy are interesting but relatively unimportant compared to the enormous influence of the Vedantic tradition of India, which Aurobindo fully acknowledged. Chanel also notes that it is through the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo ‘that the work of the Theons, that is, the Philosophie Cosmique, is present, though unbeknownst to many, in the world today’.
This is true, and it draws attention to what might be called the “multinational” side of the transmission of esoteric knowledge. The Philosophie Cosmique, based in large measure on a form of the kabbalah that took shape in what is now Israel, was developed in France and Algeria during the early twentieth century, but now is scarcely remembered in any of these places. Elements of this teaching are present in the Integral Yoga, a system of thought based largely on the Upanishads that was elaborated in India by an English-educated Bengali and a Frenchwoman of Sephardic extraction. This system of yoga is followed by tens of thousands of people in India, and many hundreds in Europe and North America.
Thus elements of an esoteric teaching made a journey from mediaeval Spain to Palestine and then back to Europe, where they were repackaged for dissemination in France. From France they were taken to India, and from India they have begun to make their way back to the West. 8:35 am, 9:21 am 

Between Jerusalem/Benare: Comparative Studies in Judaism and Hinduism - Page 264 - Hananya Goodman - 1994 - Preview - More editions These are some of the trends of thought which reveal Sri Aurobindo's faith in the basic goodness of human nature and in the ultimate evolution of one ... The "breaking of the vessels" in Lurianic Kabbalah arises from the spilling over of light.
Mythos: The Myths and Tales of H.P. Lovecraft & Robert E. Howard - Page 71 - H. P. LovecraftRobert E. Howard, Gwendolyn Toynton - 2011 - Preview But it also ties in with the Cthulhu mythos, in that the Lurianic world of chaos pertains to cycles before the present age ... life on Earth. This theme of cosmic restitution is developed in much greater detail by the Indian sage Sri Aurobindo, who ...
The Long Trajectory: The Metaphysics of Reincarnation and Life ... - Page 286 - Eric M. Weiss - 2012 - Preview It is these three terms that describe the metaphysical ultimates in Sri Aurobindo's system. ... (This is rather like the ideas of Lurianic Cabala, in which God, in order to manifest a universe, must withhold some of his fullness—an operation termed ...
The Four Faces of the Universe: An Integrated View of the Cosmos - Page 299 - Robert Kleinman - 2007 - Preview For a more detailed examination of the doctrine of creation in Lurianic Kabbalah, see Gershom Scholem, Kabbalah (New York, 1978), ... She originally met SriAurobindo in Pondicherry and, after a four-year stay in Japan, returned to India and...
Becoming Whole: Jung's Equation for Realizing God - Leslie Stein - 2012 - Preview - More editions Aurobindo initially refers to the Divine as of no gender, just a Force or an “unremembering Entity.” After the thought is sown, the ... Ein Sof in Lurianic Kabbalah withdraws leaving a space for its manifestations. The breaking off of the female ...
The Roots of Modern Magick: Glimpses of the Authentic tradition ... - Page xxiv - Allen Greenfield - Preview And, his connection to The Mother and to the current that brought us Sri Aurobindo is not insignificant! ... Perhaps a hundred years from now, nobody will care that the Lurianic school at Safed inherited the rich traditions of Languedocian...
Beyond man: life and work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother - Page 29 - Georges van Vrekhem - 1997 - It was [Alma] who had been supporting Theon with her knowledge and powers; without her he was nothing and naturally after her death the entire project suffered shipwreck.' (Sri Aurobindo) One has the impression that Alma withdrew from ...
In Search of the Masters: Behind the Occult Myth - Page 121 - Paul Johnson - 1990 - Research by Patrice Marot, a contemporary Aurobindo disciple, unearthed considerable details on Theon's history. He was born on August 5, 1847 in Warsaw, son of a rabbi. His real name appears to have been Louis Maximilien Bimstein, ...
Ariel - Issues 56-62 - Page 35 - Israel. Miśrad ha-uts - 1984 - His kabbalistic heir was Pascal Thémanlys who asserts that much of Theon's thinking had been passed on through Mirha Richard to Aurobindo. Bergman, who was editor of general philosophy for the Encyclopedia Hebraica, was impressed ...
Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts - Page 9 - Allen Greenfield - 2006 - Preview - More editions Bilnsfein, Louis M., also known as Max Theon and Aia Aziz. The son of a Polish ...Virtually every modern occult movement, from the Theosophical Society to the followers of Sri Aurobindo in India, owe him a debt in their origins. Bimstein was a...
The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye: Alchemy and the End ... - Page 299 - Jay WeidnerVincent Bridges - 2003 - Preview 1968, eighteen years after Sri Aurobindo's death and only five years before her own death, the Mother began a major series of building projects at ... As John Major Jenkins points out in Galactic Alignment, the Matrimandir, like Hewitt's linga altar stone, is a combination of all three cosmic ... Mirra Alfassa, the Mother, is in her own right one of the most fascinating figures in twentieth-century occultism.
Women of Wisdom: The Journey of the Sacred Feminine Through the Ages - Paula Marvelly - Preview - More editions In 1905, Mirra met an occultist by the name of Max Theon in Paris, a Polish Jew who had been the Grand Master of a ... staying there, he determined to seek the advice of a holy man, and in 1910 he had his first encounter with Aurobindo.
The White Woman's "Other" Burden: Western Women and South Asia ... - Page 208 - Jayawardena Kum - 1995 - Preview - More editions Alfassa also knew Max Theon, a "Polish Jew who was highly advanced in occultism," who had worked with Blavatsky and had ... There he met the political exile Aurobindo; on his return to Paris with news of Aurobindo, Mirra began to feel ...
Stairway to Heaven: Chinese Alchemists, Jewish Kabbalists, and the ... - Page 210 - Peter Levenda - 2008 - Preview Metamon was the teacher of one Louis Maximilian Bimstein (a.k.a. Max Theon), who in turn had so much influence over the group around the famous Indian teacher Sri Aurobindo and “the Mother.” The Mother, whose birth name was Mirra ...
Tradition and the Rhetoric of Right: Popular Political Argument in ... - Page 90 - David J. Lorenzo - 1999 - Preview Despite her later study with the Algerian mystic Theon, this artistic experience seems to have been the most formative of her life before she met Aurobindo. Her core belief was that the world could be changed by changing the way people ...
The Roots of Modern Magick: Glimpses of the Authentic tradition ... - Page 34 - Allen Greenfield - Preview Nahar is perhaps sometimes doubted because of a `devotional' approach in his writings, directed mainly towards Sri Aurobindo and “The Mother” -- one-time Theon follower Mirra Alfassa. Yet, Nahar would seem to have no special allegiance... Page 52 - A. H. Greenfield - 2005
Mythos: The Myths and Tales of H.P. Lovecraft & Robert E. Howard - Page 71 - H. P. LovecraftRobert E. Howard, Gwendolyn Toynton - 2011 - Preview Sri Aurobindo provided detailed philosophical and psychological interpretations of what he referred to as the ... the English equivalent 'unconscious', seems to imply the term was adopted from Theon, via Mirra, both being francophones).

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