H.P. Blavatsky: "An ounce of gold is worth a ton of dust. . . . "
Jan 01, 2006 12:40 PM
In "The Key to Theosophy" published in 1889, H.P.B.
made the following observations about the confusion, etc.
among many students of Theosophy, esotericism, occultism,
Look around you and observe.
While two-thirds of civilized society ridicule the
mere notion that there is anything in Theosophy,
Occultism, Spiritualism, or in the Kabala, the
other third is composed of the most heterogeneous
and opposite elements.
Some believe in the mystical, and even in the
supernatural (!), but each believes in his own
way. Others will rush single-handed into the study
of the Kabala, Psychism, Mesmerism, Spiritualism,
or some form or another of Mysticism.
Result: no two men think alike, no two are agreed
upon any fundamental occult principles, though many
are those who claim for themselves the ultima thule
of knowledge, and would make outsiders believe that
they are full-blown adepts. . . . .
Some limit ancient wisdom to the Kabala and the Jewish
Zohar. . . . .Others regard Swedenborg or Boehme as
the ultimate expressions of the highest wisdom; while
others again see in mesmerism the great secret of
ancient magic. One and all of those who put their
theory in practice are rapidly drifting, through ignorance,
into black magic.
Happy are those who escape from it, as they have neither
test nor criterion by which they can distinguish between
the true and the false. . . .
A portion of the true [Esoteric/Theosophical] sciences
is better than a mass of undigested and misunderstood
An ounce of gold is worth a ton of dust. . . .
Original 1889 edition, pp. 21-22
Is the situation any better or any worse today in 2005?
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