Theosophy

Love: The Heart of Theosophy

Barbara Hebert – USA

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The Ancient Wisdom as expressed through Theosophy is complex and multifaceted. Conversations about the Ancient Wisdom range from the Unmanifest through spiritual evolution to the lives we live on this physical plane. What, one might ask, is at the center of this great teaching? Is there one important component upon which we could focus? Possibly the answers to these questions is quite simply: Love. Can we even imagine a world filled with love? Can we imagine a world in which individuals care for one another with compassion and understanding? Can we imagine a world in which everyone works together for peace and harmony? Yet, we know that love, compassion, understanding, peace, and harmony are hallmarks of the inner realms of existence. Love beyond all measure for humanity may be the one thing that is at the center of the Ancient Wisdom, the one important component upon which we can focus.

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Love (In the Light of Theosophy)

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This article appeared in the July 2022 issue of The Theosophical Movement. For more articles published in this excellent magazine follow this link:  https://www.ultindia.org/current_issues.html

Do you really love others? Or only your own self? It appears that our love for people and things is mere delusion. We claim to love our near and dear ones, our friends, and our pets. We are ready to do anything for them so long as they bring us happiness. But the moment any of them behaves against our wish, stops caring for us, or fights with us over property and makes us miserable, then will we still love them as we did before? The same applies to our possessions. We love our car when it is new and works well. We are too ready to discard it when it begins to require frequent repairs. We erroneously believe that we love money. The fact is that we love what money is able to get for us, comfort and luxury. The same money feels troublesome when we get life threats from a gangster or when Income Tax authorities raid our house.

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A Search for Universality

Boris de Zirkoff - USA 

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[Original cover Open-Air Greek Theatre, Point Loma, California.]

The essential key-note of the Theosophical Movement throughout all ages has been its Universality. By the very nature of its message, its objectives, and its ideals, it can never be confined to any single group of human beings, to any single ethnic grouping of humanity, or any single department of human thought and endeavor. Everything that is genuinely Theosophical, is unconditionally universal in meaning and application, in theory and practice. Conversely, anything that is in the least dogmatic, intolerant, sectarian and constricted, can never be genuinely Theosophical, no matter what may be the painted lapel, or the honeyed words, under which it is offered and presented.

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How to Study Theosophy - 1

 Kenneth Small -- USA 

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Insights and Cautionary Guidance from the Esoteric Teachings of Gottfried de Purucker

When Gottfried de Purucker became the Leader of the Theosophical Society (Point Loma) in 1929, he immediately set in motion changes to the society’s constitution; he renamed Katherine Tingley’s ‘Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society’ to ‘The Theosophical Society, Point Loma’, eliminated or reduced autocratic elements in the constitution and set out on his mission to give emphasis on the study of the core teachings within Blavatsky’s view of theosophy in her “Secret Doctrine” interlinked with the ethical teachings from The Voice of the Silence. Purucker’s expansive knowledge of Theosophy, infused by his classical knowledge of Sanskrit, Greek, Latin and Hebrew, emphasis on ethics, Mahayana Buddhism, the symbolic essence of teachings from inner Christianity, created within the PLTS a spiritual/intellectual renaissance during his brief 13 years of teaching. Retrospectively, Theosophical students today (2022) have on occasion over looked Purucker’s view and approach to the study and understanding of these Teachings. This has produced some tendency to even dogmatize or codify these teachings as THE truth. In the notes that follow, I will outline, with a few examples, Purucker’s universal VIEW and his cautionary comments on the need to move beyond crystallized thinking in our approach to the study of the Ancient Wisdom.

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The Golden Thread – Part two

Sri Raghavan Iyer – USA

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The Wisdom-Religion is everywhere, it assumes strange and manifold guises, but it is always sacrificial. Self-reliance is not to be thrown at others like a weapon, but rather, to be gently exemplified through love. Appeals to lesser authorities are mutually destructive, cancelled by the boundless authority of the universe, with which every man is directly linked without need of intermediary. Every man has his own access to God, as was known by the Puritans who spoke of the civil war within the breast of every human being. When we think of the very idea of God, we know that we have to negate and negate. We must negate until we begin to recognize the relevance of No-thing to everything. To see this in nature with the mind's eye takes time, but once seen, it is the Golden Thread. It shows itself in human affairs as partial representations of the mighty workings of the great wheel of the Law, which is no protector of the illusions of classes, groups, or nations, but which, as the Founding Fathers of the American Republic sensed, can ultimately be understood by all.

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