HPB, Socrates & Wise People
Mar 31, 2006 12:55 PM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline
H.P.B. wrote about Socrates of Athens and the attitude of the wise men with
regard to the eternal wisdom:
“Things have strangely altered since the days of antiquity, when the truly
wise made it their duty to conceal their knowledge, deeming it too sacred to
even mention before the "hoi polloi". While the medieval Rosecroix, the
true philosopher, keeping old Socrates in mind, repeated daily that all he
knew was that the knew nothing, his modern self-styled successor announces
in our day, through press and public, that those mysteries in Nature and her
Occult laws of which he knows nothing, have never existed at all."
This is often the attitude of false scholars.
But we also have the pseudo-gurus and easy-way occultists.
HPB goes on, in the same paragraph:
"There was a time when the acquirement of Divine Wisdom (Sapientia) required
the sacrifice and devotion of a man’s whole life. It depended on such
tings as the purity of the candidate’s motives; on his fearlessness and
independence of spirit; but now, to receive a patent for wisdom and
adeptship requires only unblushing impudence.” (1)
This is some food for thought, indeed, in this first decade of 21st century.
Best regards, Carlos.
(1) “Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky”, TPH, Wheaton, USA, volume XII,
1980, 859 pp., see pp. 314-315.
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