United Lodge of Theosophists, London, UK

Much reading little thought

Thinking to natural conclusions (to touch the void)

(This is something rare and courageous. It is for ‘mind’ to be strong enough ‘go beyond our selves,’ to ‘out do’ itself.

This selection from W. Q. Judge from “Much reading little thought” is simple and 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.

(begin) to see that a few books well read, well analysed, and thoroughly digested are better than many books read over once.

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.

“Much reading little thought” by WILLIAM BREHON (Judge) Path, June, 1890.


One can ask oneself “Do I have the discipline and strength to stay with the text I have selected, can I peel back the outer crust with which all esoteric works are protected from casual readers?”

For instance concentrate on extracting the meanings in these sentences. Take one paragraph and read it several times with patience; the lower mind may at first rebel but one can control it as the charioteer does his horses.

Perhaps commit parts to memory; constancy and devotion are needed to explore new fields of knowledge.

There is no mindless path to Moksha: this a corruption, an old but common Vedantin ruse still being perpetuated by populists from Krishnamurti to the modern ‘Mindfulness’ practitioners. The all-absorbing bliss of Samadhi is a different matter, it is still ‘thought’ but on quite another plane.

The Editors, 2016



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