So what does this mean: "...we cull the good we find in each....."????
Jan 03, 2006 08:19 PM
I quote Blavatsky in the Key to Theosophy - Sextion 2:
"ENQUIRER. Which system do you prefer or follow, in that case,
besides Buddhistic ethics?
THEOSOPHIST. None, and all. We hold to no religion, as to no
philosophy in particular: we cull the good we find in each.
But here, again, it must be stated that, like all other ancient
systems, Theosophy is divided into Exoteric and Esoteric Sections.
You then comment:
BUT, this doesn't imply, that the same book written by
Blavatsky has more importance than other books. Since we all
"cull the good we find in each" system, books included!
So to say that The Secret Doctrine (or even Isis Unveiled)
as a book is more special than other books is in fact at
least just lie to a certain degree. To the Exoteric theosophist it
might however be true.
Well, Sufilight, you may believe that but here also
is what HPB writes in the same KEY TO THEOSOPHY about
her 1888 book THE SECRET DOCTRINE:
"...she [HPB herself} says expressly in the PREFACE [to the S.D.]
that she gives out the DOCTRINES that she has LEARNT from the
Masters....." p. 300 Caps added to "doctrines" and "learnt".
And HPB again points to specific teachings, doctrines, philosophy
when she writes also in the KEY:
"...Those who belong to the .... [the inner body, the esoteric
section] have, of course, a philosophy, or -- if you so prefer it --
a religious system of their own....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." p. 60
So in light of these statements,what actually is HPB referring
to when she writes:
"....we cull the good we find in each...." ???
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