Genuine “Illuminism” and “The Hierophants and their Science”

Ipsa scientia potestas est
“Knowledge itself is power.” (Francis Bacon, Meditationes Sacrae, 1597)

The philosophy and moral codes of Apollonius, Pliny, Tacitus, Cassius Dio, Marcus Aurelius, Plutarch, Epictetus, Galen, Lucian, Valentinus, Pythagoras, Plato, Zeno, Seneca, and so many other names of the Occident, all point to the “true religion” and call it generically, the ‘Religion of the MYSTERIES’. This was not limited to Greece and Rome, Samaria, Judea, and the Arabian Peninsula.

Let us not be jealous of men with knowledge, because we can all learn to master the mysteries; and through a wider dissemination of the Wisdom-philosophy, the Theosophists believe, it can save Western peoples and revitalize Western Philosophy. No single person or school has a monopoly on the mysteries, because it belongs to NATURE itself; and no man has ever held Space in their hands. There are great standards exemplified by these predecessors of the Wisdom schools to live up to — if we’re, or anyone’s to advance their ideas.

moretto_da_brescia-portrait_of_tullia_daragona_as_salome
Moretto de Brescia. Portrait of Tullia d’Aragona as Salome. Tullia d’Aragona (c. 1510 – 1556) was a 16th c. Italian poet and philosopher.

The Hierophants and their Science

“Theosophy is the “Wisdom-religion,” or “Divine Wisdom.” The substratum and basis of all the world-religions and philosophies, taught and practiced by a few elect ever since man became a thinking being. In its practical bearing, Theosophy is purely divine ethics (…)” (Theosophical Glossary, 1892, pg. 328)

“For thousands of years, one initiate after another, one great hierophant† succeeded by other hierophants, has explored and re-explored the invisible universe, the worlds of the interplanetary regions, during long periods when his conscious soul, united to the spiritual soul and to the ALL, free and almost omnipotent, left his body. (…) The mysteries of life as well as of death, of the visible and invisible worlds, have been fathomed and observed by initiated adepts in all epochs and in all nations. They have studied these during the solemn moments of union of their divine monad with the universal Spirit, and they have recorded their experiences. (…) A definite science, based on personal observation and experience, corroborated by continuous demonstrations, containing irrefutable proofs, for those who study it, has thus been established.” (Helena P. Blavatsky, Collected Writings, Vol. 5, pg. 50-1)

They [materialists] all rob nature instead of enriching her, and will all in the degree of their intelligence find themselves accountable. Exact experimental Science has nothing to do with morality, virtue, philanthropy, therefore can make no claim upon our help, until it blends itself with the metaphysics. Being but a cold classification of facts outside man, and existing before and after him, her domain of usefulness ceases for us at the outer boundary of these facts; and whatever the inferences and results for humanity from the materials acquired by her methods, she little cares.” (K.H., The Mahatma Letters, Letter no. 1 to A.O. Hume, Amritsur, Nov. 1, 1880)

It is but the Occultist, the Eastern Adept, who stands a Free Man, omnipotent through his own Divine Spirit as much as man can be on earth. He has rid himself of all human conceptions and religious side issues. He is at one and the same time a Chaldæan Sage, a Persian Magi, a Greek Theurgist, an Egyptian Hermetist, a Buddhist Rahat, and an Indian Yogi. He has collected into one bundle all the separate fractions of Truth widely scattered over the nations, and holds in his hands the One Truth, a torch of light which no adverse wind can bend, blow out or even cause to waver. Not he the Prometheus who robs but a portion of the Sacred Fire, and therefore finds himself chained to Mount Caucasus for his intestines to be devoured by vultures, for he has secured God within himself, and depends no more on the whim and caprice of either good or evil deities. True, “Koot Hoomi” mentions Buddha. But it is not because the Brothers hold him in the light of God or even of “a God,” but simply because he is the Patron of the Tibetan Occultists, the greatest of the Illuminati and Adepts, self-initiated by his own Divine Spirit, or “God-Self” into all the mysteries of the invisible universe. Therefore to speak of imitating “the life of Christ,” or that of Buddha, or Zoroaster, or any other man on earth, chosen and accepted by any one special nation for its God and leader, is to show oneself a Sectarian even in Kabbalism, that fraction of the one “Universal Science” — Occultism. The latter is prehistoric and is coeval with intelligence. The Sun shines for the heathen Asiatic as well as for the Christian European, and for the former still more gloriously, I am glad to say. (…)

True, there is no need of going absolutely to Tibet or India to find some knowledge and power “which are latent in every human soul”; but the acquisition of the highest knowledge and power requires not only many years of the severest study enlightened by a superior intelligence and an audacity bent by no peril; but also as many years of retreat in comparative solitude, and association with but students pursuing the same object, in a locality where nature itself preserves like the neophyte an absolute and unbroken stillness if not silence! Where the air is free for hundreds of miles around of all mephitic influence; the atmosphere and human magnetism absolutely pure and – no animal blood is spilt. Is it in London, or even the most hidden country village of England, that such conditions can be found?” (Helena P. Blavatsky, Collected Writings, Vol. 3, pg. 267-68)

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