United Lodge of Theosophists, London, UK

Thus Have I Heard

Shri B. P. Wadia was a prolific writer and his writings are a source of inspiration to all true students of Theosophy as they shed the light of Theosophy on all problems of life. They constitute one of the best products of his creative mind. As he was a student of the “Heart Doctrine,” he was very humble and never claimed any originality. Hence, he chose the title “Thus Have I Heard,” for a series of essays written in THE ARYAN PATH, which was founded in 1930. He signed these essays “Shravaka”—Listener.

The prime object of these essays was to throw the light of ancient wisdom or WISDOM-RELIGION on all problems of life so that the modern man can appreciate them and apply some of the truths in his daily life. The essays collected in this book, treat of the root of social problems, the best means of social reform and the true value and meaning of great festivals.

(from the Preface)

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Contents

I. SHRI KRISHNA’S MESSAGE 1
Revering the “Gita” in Life 3
The Greatest of All Wars 6
The Perfect Listener 10
Elements and Gods 13
Our Real Friends 16
II. LORD BUDDHA’S TEACHINGS 19
Buddha and Shankara 21
The Spirit of Goodwill 24
On the “Dhammapada” 27
Asoka’s Statesmanship 31
The Inner Conversion of Tojo 35
Good Company ― Buddha’s View 38
Applying the Doctrine 41
The Sanchi Enshrinement 44
On Getting Rich 47
Hunger and Happiness 50
Learning by Compassion 54
Right Livelihood 57
To Buddha on His Birthday 61
When the Pupil is Ready the Master Appears 64
Heavenly Charity 70
Light and Life 73
III. THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSHTRA 77
God and Mind 79
The Path to Purity 82
Jamshed-I-Nauruz 86
VI. NATIVITY OF JESUS AND HIS DOCTRINES 91
The Birth of the Soul 93
The Festival of the Winter Solstice 96
Ecce Homo 99
“Ye Are the Salt of the Earth” 102
The Festival of Christmas 105
The Kingdom of God 108
V. ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY 111
“Thus Have I Heard—” 113
“A Cock to Aesculapius” 116
On A “Most Unusual Book” 121
Comparative Study of Ideas 123
The Tathagata Light 128
Security and Insurance 131
The Worlds Invisible 136
The Spring of the Soul 139
The Festival of Lights 142
Originality and Quotation 145
Politicians Need Philosophy 150
The Sin of Speech 153
A Living Epic 158
“The Cedars of Lebanon” 163
The Voice of the “Zeitgeist” 166
The Pursuit of Knowledge 171
Death of Body and Mind 174
VI. KARMA AND REINCARNATION 177
The Power of Karma 179
“Vajra”—The Thunderbolt 182
God is Law 185
Karma and Dharma 188
Human Judgement and Divine Compassion 192
Man’s Divinity and Sophistication 197
Reincarnation Explains 200
VII. DIVINE DISCIPLINE 205
Words—Traps and Messengers 207
Truth and Beauty 210
Discipline and Culture 213
Self-Discipline 215
Religion and Religions 218
The Eye of the Heart 222
From Gluttony to Rage 225
Pilgrimage 228
The World Cycle and India 231
Discipline and Self-Discipline 235
We Are the Trustees of Our Possessions 238
The Conquest of the Great Disease 242
The Fighting Cocks of Turkey 245
VIII. ORIENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 249
Psychology: European and Asiatic 251
Gratification of Passions 254
Lust for Living and Repentance 257
Contentment and Resignation 260
The Gem of Gems 263
Of Repentance 266
IX. UNIVERSAL ETHICS 271
Defeat and Victory 273
Death of the Body 277
The Moral Order of the Universe 280
The Archetypal Virtue 283
Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New 286
The Kingdom of the True 289
War and Love 292
Hammering Out Our Character 296
Serenity and Salvation 299
Solidarity 304
Joy Beyond Pleasure 308
The Power of the Mystic 311
Three Kinds of Wealth 314
Towards One World 317
X. SOME NOBLE LIVES 321
The Meaning of Death (Sarojini Naidu) 323
Goethe: A Lover of the Ancients 327
Balzac and the Occult 330
Hillel, the Babylonian 333
Sermons of John Donne 337
Albert Einstein 340
Martyrs and Martyrdom (Giordano Bruno) 343
Real Liberty (Thoreau) 346
XI. THE GANDHIAN WAY 351
Gandhiji on Image Worship 353
Gandhiji’s Growth Towards Truth 356
The Way of Peace 360
Leadership in a Republic 363
The Sarvodaya Plan and Gandhiji 366
Gandhiji’s Secular State 369
The Force of Non-Violence and the Spirit of Peace 372
Fear and Courage 376
Gandhiji’s Moral Philosophy 379
Freedom—Full and Partial 383
Gandhiji’s Martyrdom 386
Gandhiji on Simple Life 389
Moral Principles in the International World 393
The Will to Real Freedom 396
XII. SOCIAL REFORMS 401
Capital Punishment 403
The Dignity of Labour 406
True Democracy 409
Money: Blessing or Curse 413
Manu for Modern Minds 416
The Coming Revolution 419
Thus Have I Heard by B.P.Wadia

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