RE: Theos-World On studying Theosophy, its purpose and practice
Feb 09, 2006 05:05 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
The 3 societies -- STUDYING THEOSOPHY
" A Universal Brotherhood of Humanity."
"There is no religion higher than Truth."
Of necessity this is addressed to individual students. It presents my
As I see it: The organizations and societies can at best provide the
necessary study material and the places where sincere, interested and
persistent students can meet and discuss
1 What is THEOSOPHY ?
2 Is it reasonable enough that it can it be applied?
3 What has been its impact on our world civilization during the
last 130 years?
4 How is it likely to continue to affect the world?
5 What can I contribute?
In my opinion: it is vital that the "original teachings" [HPB, Masters, W.
Q. Judge] be our conjoint focus, as writings by many students later than
the Masters, HPB and Judge tend to be filtered and altered by their
personalities and interests.
It is my observation that most of us are unfamiliar, critically, of the
"original teachings" of THEOSOPHY -- particularly of what HPB and the
Masters actually wrote.
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Without that as the personal base of our own study, how can we make any kind
of independent valuation of THEOSOPHY ?
If I were asked what course to follow, I would recommend: first to carefully
study HPB's The KEY TO THEOSOPHY (1889), its nomenclature and definitions.
Then move to a careful study and evaluation of ISIS UNVEILED (1877), The
VOICE OF THE SILENCE (1889) , the SECRET DOCTRINE (1888)' and the MAHATMA
We have an advantage over the students who participated in the early
studies, inasmuch as The KEY TO THEOSOPHY (1889) and the SECRET DOCTRINE
(1888) established and corrected some of the early variants of technical
designations used in ISIS UNVEILED (1877) and early articles in THEOSOPHIST
(1879 - 1891) magazine.
LUCIFER and The PATH (1886 - 1896) magazine articles are clear and definite,
and provide more clearly defined practical applications of THEOSOPHICAL
tenets and fundamental bases.
The THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY (1892) and TRANSACTIONS OF THE BLAVATSKY LODGE
(1890) are of great help to the earnest student.
Mr Judge's one of the original founders of the THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY in New
York wrote several books and many articles.
Mr. Judge's works include: The OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY, The BHAGAVAD GITA , The
EPITOME OF THEOSOPHY, The ECHOES FROM THE ORIENT, NOTES ON THE BHAGAVAD
GITA, and PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS, these have been found to be most helpful,
and also his articles: such as the series CONVERSATIONS ON OCCULTISM, and
LETTERS THAT HAVE HELPED ME. Both HPB and the Masters have praised his
writings and his work and have repeatedly called him their "colleague."
There is enough in this short list to keep a group of students busy for
several years if this kind of work if undertaken sincerely and with
The real questions each student has to answer to themselves are:
1 Do I want to really learn what THEOSOPHY teaches?
2 Do I want to see if any practical application of use can be
derived from that study for myself?
One has to admit - so that this may function -- that there can be no
enforcement, nor any criticism of members, or of each others' applications.
No organization or society has any rights or powers over the work or lives
of their members. In other words, "authority" of any kind must be and is
"Theosophist is, who Theosophy does."
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 8:58 PM
Subject: On studying Theosophy, its purpose and practice
Not to disagree with anyone... But, just to set the record straight, and to
prevent misunderstandings with respect to claims by some students that
theosophy as presented by HPB doesn't relate to modern times, people, places
circumstances... Here are some additional views to consider:
The only thing outdated in the timeless teachings of theosophy presented in
Isis Unveiled, the Secret Doctrine, The key to Theosophy, The ocean of
Theosophy, and other writings of HPB and WQJ, are the references to the
sciences of their time -- which were later modified by the modern sciences
Einstein and others. (We might also consider the inadvertent mistakes due to
presumptions in some of the earlier theosophical writings, later corrected
and explained by HPB.)
However, these modern sciences were not only clearly and accurately
by HPB, but were thoroughly presaged and explained in the esoteric (symbolic
language) teachings in her books and articles as well as in transcripts of
direct discussions with her students. See:
Incidentally, one must learn how to interpret and translate the symbolic
language that was necessary to be used in all metaphysical teachings prior
modern and post modern scientific breakthroughs of the past and present
century -- for which there were no terms in any western language, prior to
time, which could explain such transcendental science... Other than the
anthropomorphism's and euphemisms utilized by the ancient mystic
religious teachers. Unfortunately, this could lead to great
well as generate skeptical denials and materialistically biased counter
arguments against the theosophical truths.
Accordingly, it is wise to learn how to properly study the Secret Doctrine
for its occult esoteric meanings (including the "7 keys") hidden in its
inadvertent and sometimes necessary "blinds" -- so as to avoid any "dead
interpretation, including those sometimes made unintentionally by later
theosophical teachers (or intentionally, to suit their own personal
Today, the newer post modern sciences of Superstring, M-brane, quantum
and holographic paradigm concepts theorized by scientists such as Greene,
Kaku, Bohm, Pribram, and many others, as well as the synthesis of their
my theory of ABC -- that eliminates the paradoxes and incompatibilities of
both relativity and quantum physics, and, besides explaining the holographic
nature of the universe along with its genesis in scientific terms, also
consciousness and its relationships with mind, brain and physical matter --
completely vindicates the metaphysical teachings of pure theosophy given out
originally by the Masters and transcribed by HPB in the Secret Doctrine.
While not yet fully accepted by the established scientific community, this
new synthetic, and fundamentally electrodynamic "Unified Field Theory of
Everything" -- when demonstrated to be true by suitable experiments and
(now partially underway, and soon to be correlated) -- is destined to become
(perhaps under a different name) the final scientific proof of theosophy in
not too distant future (as predicted by Blavatsky).
As an added observation, since all these theories first were brought forth
and made public during the last quarter of the 20th century, they may
the "New Message(s)" of theosophy, and their proposers the "New
that was also predicted by Blavatsky to occur in this present, and possibly
last cycle of the Theosophical Movement.
Therefore, it is evident that the metaphysical teachings presented in the
Secret Doctrine and confirmed by its correspondence with the most ancient
scriptures, as well as its consistency with the most advanced emerging
multidimensional hyperspace scientific theories, cannot be, nor has ever
since time began -- regardless of the changing conditions of our world, as
the universe. This also includes the teachings of the necessity to form
"nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity," and the direct means to
achieve it through individual, self devised and self determined efforts
to the last two objects of the Theosophical Movement. Similar teachings
were also given out to their disciples in the language of their ages, by
Buddha, Jesus, etc., and all the Master occultists from ancient to modern
However, this is the first time, such esoteric teachings were given out to
the world at large... Presumedly, because of the possible immanence of a
evolutionary setback due to the general ignorance of the eternal verities
the almost total acceptance of materialism and its concomitants of
greed, competition, endless wars and runaway technologies that, ultimately,
can only lead to economic and ecological collapse of the Earth's life
systems... Which occurrence, as HPB warned, could possibly set back human
evolution another million years.
Accordingly, it is a mistake to confuse or conflate the teachings of
theosophy and its occult metaphysics, with its practical application related
conditions of the modern world -- which incidentally, was predicted by HPB,
along with sufficient warnings and enough suggestions for action to help
theosophists devise their own methods of dealing with these changes. The
things necessary for this is, as she advised, to understand the nature of
modern communications, and to utilize its "language of this age" to spread
broadcast the teachings of theosophy so that all people can come together
voluntarily practice its precepts of unity, liberty, independence, and
which would ultimately lead to a peaceful and more stable world condition.
However, the forming of new cults or religions centered around self promoted
gurus, messiahs, saviors, channelers of so called "descended masters," etc.
is NOT the answer. Although, it certainly is wise to study the writings of
other or later theosophical teachers and modern occultists, so as to compare
them with the timeless original teachings given out by the true theosophical
Masters KH and M through their direct agents, HPB and WQJ.
How else is one to find out for themselves, what is true and what isn't, and
be able to act on it voluntarily for the good of all -- without outside
pressure, coercion, or intimidation based on a blind and passive,
in a personal God who listens to our prayers and punishes us for our sins,
a hierarchical messianic religion based government that dictates our every
thoughts and actions?
I hope this may help us better understand the purpose, teachings and
of theosophy in this present day and age.
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