Does Theosophy Have Core Teachings?
Aug 28, 2006 08:17 AM
For some years past, a tendency has existed among some
[Theosophical] students ... to consider theosophy as some sort of
generalized approach to truth, a tradition, often somewhat
uncertain, concerning various aspects of the Universe and man, a
system of ideas and concepts which can hardly be defined with any
degree of exactness or clarity. It is most likely that this tendency
owes its origin to a desire to avoid any dogmatic attitude or the
creation of any kind of creed. The motive may have been laudable,
but the methods employed have been rather dubious.
We should never lose sight of the fact that the Esoteric Philosophy
is a very definite doctrine, a system of thought based on specific
postulates, on well-defined propositions....
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"...none but the logician, the investigator, the dauntless
explorer should meddle with books like this. Such delvers
after truth have the courage of their opinions."
"...Contrast alone can enable us to appreciate things at
their right value; and unless a judge compares notes and
hears both sides he can hardly come to a correct decision."
"...in the world mental as in the world spiritual each man
must progress by his own efforts. The writer cannot do the
reader's thinking for him, nor would the latter be any the
better off if such vicarious thought were possible..."
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