- Essential philosophy
- States of consciousness
- Group and individual study
- Kundalini, lower and higher
- A letter to how to approach theosophy
- Thinking through to natural conclusions (touching the void)
- Acid tests: simple Questions to find out who is telling the truth!
On essential philosophy
Q: What is God?
“Our Deity is the eternal, incessantly evolving not creating builder of the universe, that universe unfolding out of its own essence, not being made.”
In the Indian philosophy of the Upanishads this same question, “What is god?” is asked by the pupil. Step by step the teacher brings the realisation of the great truth to the mind of his pupil – “Thou art That.” We ourselves in one part of our nature, in that part which is divine and spiritual, are God. Shri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, “I am seated in the hearts of all beings.”…[3 pages]
Q: What is Karma & Reincarnation?
Questions with regard to Karma and re-births are constantly offered, and a great confusion seems to exist upon this subject. Those who are born and bred in the Christian faith, and have been trained in the idea that a new soul is created by God for every newly-born infant, are among the most perplexed…[2 pages]
Q: What is death? (most helpful for those in bereavement)
“What you are now passing through I myself felt and knew, as you will remember. And ‘passing through’ is the correct term, believe me, though just now the shock and exhaustion of grief make movement of any kind seem impossible indeed… [4 pages]
Q: How are nature, science & religion connected The Ten Points of Isis Unveiled?
To comprehend the principles of natural law involved in the several phenomena hereinafter described, the reader must keep in mind the fundamental propositions of the Oriental philosophy which we have successively elucidated. Let us recapitulate very briefly…
Q: Are there some basic ideas?
BEFORE the reader proceeds to the consideration of the Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan which form the basis of the present work, it is absolutely necessary that he should be made acquainted with the few fundamental conceptions which underlie and pervade the entire system of thought to which his attention is invited. These basic ideas are few in number and on their clear apprehension depends the understanding of all that follows; therefore no apology is required for asking the reader to make himself familiar with them first, before entering on the perusal of the work itself…[2 pages]
Q: How to apply Practical Theosophy?
Anything that is to appear to us as Truth must be seen as such within the range of our own experience. To accept a statement as authoritative is folly. To believe on the statement of any person, or on the records of any book, or because of opinions held by any number of persons, is also folly. For belief is not knowledge; it is a confession of ignorance. Knowledge is gained through observation and experience, and in no other way. When we have the experience, we have the knowledge; and beliefs are no longer of any moment to us, one way or the other…[3 pages]
On states of consciousness
Q: What are Three Planes of Human Life?
I speak of ordinary men. The Adept, the Master, the Yogi, the Mahatma, the Buddha, each lives in more than three states while incarnated upon this world, and they are fully conscious of them all, while the ordinary man is only conscious of the first ~ the waking-life, as the word conscious is now understood. Every theosophist who is in earnest ought to know the importance of these three states, and especially how essential it is that one should not lose in Sushupti, nor in Jagrata those of Swapna, and vice versa…[2 pages]
Q: What are the Seven Kinds of Dreams?
WE may roughly divide dreams also into seven classes, and subdivide these in turn…
On group and individual study
Q: What are the Three Objects of the movement?
The Three Declared Objects of the Theosophical Movement are:
- To form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or colour.
- The study of ancient and modern religions, philosophies and sciences, and the demonstration of the importance of such study.
- The investigation of the unexplained laws of nature and the psychical powers latent in man.
Q: What are the methods of work?
“But no one method is to be insisted on. Each man is a potency in himself, and only by working on the lines which suggest themselves to him can he bring to bear the forces which are his.
“We should deny no man and interfere with none; for our duty is to discover what we ourself can do without criticizing the actions of another.”…
On Kundalini, lower and higher
Q: What happens if I find unwanted side effects?
Regarding the Kundalini rising, it can be natural during a specific and certain well-regulated process of spiritual development which some Eastern esoteric Schools teach; but more often than not it comes about from Hatha Yoga or other methods and as such is warned about as it will often cause harm and imbalance. This is the opposite of adeptship, which is complete control of one’s own nature, followed by an informed and compassionate control – or better to say guidance – of the dynamics of greater Nature, much loved but little understood in many parts of the New Age Movement.
A letter to how to approach theosophy
Q: Where can I find truth, I’ve read the Alchemists, Rosicrucians, modern second generation theosophists…
While your approach to the original teachings has come at a tangent to them, that is not so unusual.
Students have very different journeys – it is one’s past karma aids or hinders us depending on the use made of our opportunities ‘last time around.’ This is an important consideration for what we do in the present.
Now there’s a crucial point to consider in the above about the original teachings, the Perennial Wisdom – the uncut Theosophy of those behind the TS.
To appreciate that, investigate for yourself what reliable esoteric material was in print before 1875 when the TS was started
Thinking to natural conclusions (touching the void)
Q: How can I carry my lines of thinking through to their rational conclusions?
This is something rare and courageous. It is for lower manas to out do itself, to be strong enough ‘go beyond our selves.’
This selection is a good way to start; its discipline is simple and very practical:
So well am I convinced there are too many superfluous books in our particular field, that, if I had a youth to train in that department, I should confine him to the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, and the Secret Doctrine for a very long time, until he was able to make books for himself out of those, and to apply the principles found in them to every circumstance and to his own life and thought.
They… are beginning to see that a few books well read, well analysed, and thoroughly digested are better than many books read over once.
(Do I have the discipline and strength to stay with the text I have consciously selected? Can I prize back its outer crust, that with which all esoteric works are protected from casual readers.)
They have learned how all that part of a book which they clearly understand at first is already their own, and that the rest, which is not so clear or quite obscure, is the portion they are to study, so that it also, if found true, may become an integral part of their constant thought.
(Read this last paragraph several times through with patience and ;perseverance; the lower mind will at first rebel. One can control it, like the charioteer a wild horse. Perhaps commit it to memory. Constancy and devotion; there is no mindless path to Moksha, this corruption is an old but common Vedantin ruse, perpetuated still by populists from Krishnamurti to the modern pseudo-Mindfulness practitioners.)
“Much reading little thought” by WILLIAM BREHON (Judge) Path, June, 1890
(with notes by the editor, 2016)
Acid tests: simple Qs to find out who is telling the truth!
Q: Is archeosofica similar to Theosophy? The best regards!
This one of many requests for information on New Age and other belief systems is really asking “who can be trusted?” This below is a typical reply that is sent to enquirers.
The organisation mentioned is not known to us. Asking questions of others is easy but it is much better if you can do your own research, it is not difficult… and you don’t have to take another’s word for it!
You will gain greatly and also learn the power of discerning the true from the false, helping yourself and – more importantly – also help others who are starting on their search.
A simple way to investigate the beliefs of organisations is to correspond what they say with what YOU know about the perennial wisdom.
H.P.Blavatsky does this in her writings – do you read her works? The online library is a reliable source of many of them.
As students of philosophy and metaphysics if we have questions we can follow some well laid down and logical principles. These are six of them:
* is the supreme & ultimate principle quite free from anthropomorphism (the ‘personal God’ idea)?
* do the ideas given differentiate between the spiritual and the psychic? Both are “ethereal” but otherwise not at all similar! It is analogous to the Sun and Moon on many planes of meaning.
* does it teach the perennial esoteric doctrines of Karma, Reincarnation and the cycles, both manvantaric & human?
* is the idea of universal brotherhood always present?
* what does it teach about self-discipline? eg on duty and service to one’s family, friends, colleagues, employer and the community, and not least the animals and environment?
* is there respect for the free will of all other persons, irrespective of race, belief & status? The older members must be disciplined in matters of sensuality, finance and free of coercion. In these present times sex, money and power are commonest failings, both in the East and West, and although the easiest to spot they are often overlooked.
These are some of the main points of the great spiritual traditions of the world, as the Secret Doctrine shows by comparing their inner meanings with each other.
You can do the same if you are a genuine searcher; it is not difficult… but it does take dedication and a great love of the Truth.
Stay in touch but only when you have done some of your own homework, with love, care and discernment.
We send our good wishes to you,
The United Lodge of Theosophists