Question in HPB's THE KEY TO THEOSOPHY: "Have you no beliefs in common?"
Jan 03, 2006 07:26 PM
ENQUIRER. But surely those few who have felt the need of such truths
must have made up their minds to believe in something definite? You
tell me that, the [Theosophical] Society having no doctrines of its
own, every member may believe as he chooses and accept what he
pleases. This looks as if the Theosophical Society was bent upon
reviving the confusion of languages and beliefs of the Tower of
Babel of old. Have you no beliefs in common?
THEOSOPHIST. What is meant by the Society having no tenets or
doctrines of its own is, that no special doctrines or beliefs are
obligatory on its members; but, of course, this applies only to the
body as a whole. The Society, as you were told, is divided into an
outer and an inner body. Those who belong to the latter have, of
course, a philosophy, or -- if you so prefer it -- a religious
system of their own.
ENQUIRER. May we be told what it is?
THEOSOPHIST. We make no secret of it. It was outlined a few years
ago in the Theosophist and "Esoteric Buddhism," and may be found
still more elaborated in the "Secret Doctrine." It is based on the
oldest philosophy of the world, called the Wisdom-Religion or the
Archaic Doctrine. If you like, you may ask questions and have them
THE KEY TO THEOSOPHY by H.P. Blavatsky
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