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originally posted by: VictimOfTorture
I have recently revived my interest in Theosophy - not necessarily Blavatsky's Theosophical Society, but rather Theosophy as a concept, meaning a belief that there is one underlying perennial theological philosophy - an "ancient wisdom" that underlies all religions, as proposed by the early theosophical writers including Blavatsky, Besant, Sinett, Leadbeater, Rogers, and others.
Is there anyone else who understands and is interested in this material?
For those who are unaware, these writings created much of the philosophical underpinning that has evolved into the (very corrupted and watered down) "New Age Movement" and modern "spiritual literature."
originally posted by: AgarthaSeed
I'm pretty well read on Blavatsky, Steiner, and theology as a whole. I feel it's full of useful gems with some other elements that aren't so accurate. Using discernment while wading through the material is vital.
It gets TONS of criticism though from many different directions. Use discernment with that as well. There's still fools out there that attempt to link Hitler's ideology to theosophical roots. Sorry, but nope.
The Thinker and Thought
Is there any relationship between the thinker and his thought, or is there only thought and not a thinker? If there are no thoughts there is no thinker. When you have thoughts, is there a thinker? Perceiving the impermanency of thoughts, thought itself creates the thinker who gives himself permanency; so thought creates the thinker; then the thinker establishes himself as a permanent entity apart from thoughts which are always in a state of flux. So, thought creates the thinker and not the other way about. The thinker does not create thought, for if there are no thoughts, there is no thinker. The thinker separates himself from his parent and tries to establish a relationship, a relationship between the so-called permanent, which is the thinker created by thought, and the impermanent or transient, which is thought. So, both are really transient.
Pursue a thought completely to its very end. Think it out fully, feel it out and discover for yourself what happens. You will find that there is no thinker at all. For, when thought ceases, the thinker is not. We think there are two states, as the thinker and the thought. These two states are fictitious, unreal. There is only thought, and the bundle of thought creates the 'me', the thinker.
The thinker is thought
Now, if we see the truth of that - that the thinker is thought, that there is no thinker separate from thought, but only the process of thinking - , then what happens? If we see that there is only thinking and not a thinker trying to modify thought, what is the result? I hope I am making myself clear. So far, we know that the thinker is operating upon thought, and this creates conflict between the thinker and the thought; but if we see the truth that there is only thought and not a thinker, that the thinker is arbitrary, artificial and entirely fictitious - then what happens? Is not the process of conflict removed? At present our life is a conflict, a series of battles between the thinker and the thought - what to do and what not to do, what should be and what should not be. The thinker is always separating himself as the `me' remaining outside of action. But when we see that there is only thought, have we not then removed the cause of conflict? Then we are able to be choicelessly aware of thought and not as the thinker observing thought from outside. When we remove the entity that creates conflict, surely then there is a possibility of understanding thought. When there is no thinker observing, judging, moulding thought, but only choiceless awareness of the whole process of thinking, without any resistance, without battle, without conflict, then the thought process comes to an end.
originally posted by: FrankBigelow
There are things in life that can keep us from becoming what we are capable of becoming.
But our worst enemy is ourselves.
In the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, there was written " Know thyself ".
Thousands of years later so much little progress on that field.
"All men have spiritually and physically the same origin."
"Mankind is essentially of one and the same essence."
"The Aryan races, for instance, now varying from dark brown, almost black, red-brown-yellow, down to the whitest creamy colour, are yet all of one and the same stock -- the Fifth Root Race -- and spring from one single progenitor."
“If to-morrow the continent of Europe were to disappear and other lands to re-emerge instead; and if the African tribes were to separate and scatter on the face of the earth, it is they who, in about a hundred thousand years hence, would form the bulk of the civilized nations. And it is the descendants of those of our highly cultured nations, who might have survived on some one island, without any means of crossing the new seas, that would fall back into a state of relative savagery. Thus the reason given for dividing humanity into superior and inferior races falls to the ground and becomes a fallacy.”
- H.P.B., "The Secret Doctrine"
originally posted by: gosseyn
What is theosophy exactly ? It seems to be a term that covers a very large spectrum of ideas and debates.
Do you Know beyond any doubt that "The lie is that you can become something. You are BEING what you are." or you just believe it?
Do you believe there is a connection between this Higher power and the laws of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry etc. that operate 24/7 in this Universe?
Do you believe that this Higher power and/or the Laws that govern this Universe can not be associated with the concept of “mistake” in any way, shape or form, not even remotely?