If Genuine Occult Philosophy gets before the World

Evangelicals warned in the seventies of “New Age” influences, breeding a narcissistic man-centred religiosity and collectivism. These influences aren’t theosophic. The observations were based on the Hindu Yogi craze of the 20th century, which we are not fond of.

William Quan Judge, co-founder of the Theosophical Society, accurately describes in New York, October 11th, 1892: “…This is the era of Western Occultism. We are now to stand shoulder to shoulder in the U.S. to present it and enlarge it in view of coming cussedness — attacks which will be in the line of trying to impose solely Eastern disciples on us. The Masters are not Eastern nor Western, but universal.”—William Quan Judge, Letters That Have Helped Me, pg. 109. “It may be possible to usher in a new era of western occultism devoid of folly. We should all be ready for that, if it be possible.”—ibid., pg. 122.

We fight for a Truth, of which the modern man has yet to witness, and which the religious plead and beg without answer — and they labor and labor on their blood-filled knees, and in tears for ‘Wisdom.’ They will cry out for Truth to bear rich fruits. The old lies will no longer work, and the people will begin to abandon ‘artificial faith.’

And we will be there, as we’ve always been.


“The most absurd religions die hard; but when the intellectual classes definitively reject them, they die, with throes of terrible agony, may be, and, perhaps, like Samson in the Temple, but they cannot permanently outlive a conviction that they are false in the leading minds of the age. Just what has been said of Christianity may be said of Mahomedanism and Brahmanism. Little or no risk is run while occult literature aims merely at putting a reasonable construction on perverted tenets — in showing people that truth may lurk behind even the strangest theologic fictions. And the lover of orthodoxy, in either of the cases instanced, may welcome the explanation with complacency. For him also, as for the Christian, the faith which he professes — sanctioned by what looks like a considerable antiquity to the very limited vision of uninitiated historians, and supported by the attachment of millions grown old in its service and careful to educate their children in the convictions that have served their turn — is founded on a rock which has its base in the foundations of the world. Fragmentary teachings of occult philosophy seem at first to be no more than annotations on the canonical doctrine. They may even embellish it with graceful interpretations of its symbolism, parts of which may have seemed to require apology, when ignorantly taken at the foot of the letter. But this is merely the beginning of the attack. If occult philosophy gets before the world with anything resembling completeness, it will so command the assent of earnest students that for them nothing else of that nature will remain standing. And the earnest students in such eases must multiply. They are multiplying now even, merely on the strength of the little that has been revealed.” (see Perfect description of the State of Religion: ‘In Process of Decay,’ or Five Years of Theosophy: Mystical, Philosophical, Theosophical, Historical, and Scientific Essays selected from “The Theosophist.” London: Reeves & Turner, 1885; see pages. 475-78.)


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