SOCRATES & THE STARTING POINT
May 15, 2006 07:45 AM
Since Socrates of Athens -- Plato's Master -- is a starting point for Philosophy along with Pythagoras, it it worthwhile to take a look on what HPB wrote about him. Three short, but revealing quotations on him and his "divine Daimon", as HPB calls it, are below.
Best regards, Carlos.
“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. 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.”
(“Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky”, TPH, Wheaton, USA, volume XII, 1980, 859 pp., see pp. 314-315.)
“From the days of the primitive man described by the first Vedic poet, down to our modern poet, there has not been a philosopher worthy of that name, who did not carry in the silent sanctuary of his heart the grand and mysterious truth. If initiated, he learnt it as a sacred science; if otherwise, then, like Socrates repeating to himself, as well as to his fellow-men, the noble injuction, ‘O man, know thyself’’, he succeeded in recognizing his God within himself.
(“Isis Unveiled”, by H. P. Blavatsky, Theosophical University Press, Pasadena, California, USA, 1988, two volumes, see volume II, p. 318. Reproduced by H.P. Blavatsky in “Collected Writing”, TPH Wheaton, volume XIV, 1985, 733 pp., see p. 48.)
[For H.P.B., his daimon, spirit, was divine:]
“(...) Nor would Socrates have been put to death, had he kept secret the revelations of his divine daimon. He knew how little his century – save those initiated – would understand his meaning, had he given all he knew about the moon. Thus he limited his statements to an allegory...”
(“Collected Writings of H. P. Blavatsky”, TPH, Wheaton, USA, volume XIV, 1985, 733 pp., see p. 35 , footnote.)
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