Brendan O’Neill talks about how intellectually lazy and conspiratorial the “political left” have become. O’Neill ties it into “Anti-Semitic” and Anti-Israeli sentiment. I actually disagree where the logic leads, because it seems to be saying, there are no legitimate ways of criticizing Israel. However, criticism of Israel does provide pretext for people whose criticism masks deeper anti-Jewish attitudes.
Theosophists come into the picture, because of the conspiratorial presuppositions underlying those attitudes. It is very strong.
It is nearly impossible to convince people otherwise.
The conspiracies affect our ability to communicate our ideas clearly, because Anti-Jesuitism, Anti-Jewish, and Anti-Masonry are so connected, and the way people are entrenched in what they’ve concluded to be the source of humanity’s problems. People on all political sides are engaged. Some theosophists say, “don’t worry about it.” The stigma and propaganda has a powerful influence; and cartoonish conceptions about what is actually Occultism are popular.
According to our theories, there is neither God or Devil.
A few valid and factual arguments for rejecting the Illuminati conspiracy we’ve given should be taken into consideration. One could not deny the prospect of a network of organized mafia/criminals and financial corruption in our institutions, but this is not the idea of the “Illuminati.” The Illuminati myth is Christian-centred. It has religious and eschatological undertones, concerning the antikhristos and with Muslims, ad–Dajjāl lore. It’s about identifying the “enemies of God.” People like us—including atheists, skeptics, disbelievers.
Perennialists and Traditionalists
Rene Guenon, a French traditionalist and mystic of Islamic faith was half-wrong about the Theosophists. He didn’t value the work of any of the Theosophists, especially Helena P. Blavatsky, I came across a blog of a Traditionalist and reactionary, basically referring to Theosophy and Blavatsky writings as flapdoodle; but the person was ironically an Evola fan, who believed in things like an ancient “Polarian race.” Where did Evola get that idea/name from though?
Ironically also, Rene Guenon was not much different in his content from Blavatsky’s writings, as analyzed by Richard Smoley. Theosophists are called by Guenon, “Anti-Tradition” and Counter-Tradition. Theosophy could not be Theosophy if it was ‘Anti-Tradition’. As to the Perennialists, they do not go as far as the early Theosophists would, but they are helpful in reminding Theosophists about tendencies of ‘esoteric reductionism.’ Incessantly discussing the “esotericism” of such and such, utilized as a tactic by modern cults, to establish authority. It also just panders to the orthodoxy, and distorts what simply remains unchallengeable to the resolute believer. It reduces our need to rely on conventionalism, by being subordinate to their explanations and scriptures. Blavatsky compared the Theosophists to the nastikas of India. Likewise, no theosophist even needs to prove to the Christian anything about their Bible, because as is known, comparative studies is a double-edged sword.
Nat. Soc., Fascists, and Anti-Occultism
Some from the New Right use materials of “National Socialist Esotericism,” like Savitri Devi. The SS and Gestapo under the National Socialists viewed occult and masonic organizations as subversive. Mussolini’s doctrine of Fascism was expressly anti-internationalist and anti-masonic. The Anthroposophical Society, Thelema (not apart of Theosophists), and quite every order were disbanded, and some put in concentration camps. In Italy, the Fascists had no favourable opinion of the Italian Theosophical Society, after an assessment in Genoa during the time. There are people and modern National Socialists who follow Adolf Hitler.
Most Theosophists would view Adolf Hitler as an actor and manipulator, or at its extreme, perhaps a member of the “Black Brotherhood.” The latter couldn’t be true. Just as Benito Mussolini laid out the Fascist doctrine as a spiritual and uniquely totalitarian doctrine, Adolf Hitler in Nuremberg, 1938, stated, that National-Socialism was not a cult-movement, but exclusively a volkic political doctrine, based upon racial principles, and bounded by a common blood-relationship. National Socialists today are often not the same.
For both Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, each of their movements were expressly anti-masonic and denounce mysticism as ungrounded in realism. The German esotericism comes from earlier influences, Himmler, etc. Adolf Hitler also ridiculed Christian beliefs.
The conflict and false slanderous associations with Fascism, Anti-Semitism, Racism, and National Socialism of Theosophy and Blavatsky perhaps have made some Theosophists think they must portray Theosophy as solely this manifestation of the late Enlightenment period; as a middle-ground reconciliation; a pluralistic; or as a progressive liberal and internationalist/globalist movement. “Universal Brotherhood,” or that doctrine of independent origination has been politicized.
We have Anti-Russian sentiment running rampant in the papers everyday. Progressives and the Radical Left have criticized Theosophists with their Russian ties, and their usual critique of colonialism and imperialism (defining Theosophists as White colonialists in South Asia), &c. There is no ally there.
- The Theos. Mov. is not progressivism/conservatism.
- The Theos. Mov. is not liberalism.
- The Theos. Mov. is not fascism, &c.
- The Theos. Mov. is not a religious-cult, or secret society.
- The Theos. Mov. is not devil-worship.
- The Theos. Mov. is not relativistic.
A Theosophical Movement and Renaissance would be very important for not only the Americas and Europe, but internationally. The way the world is today, that may necessitate sacrifice and even death under certain regimes. The mission of Theosophists is not mere diplomacy, reconciliation and peace-keeping, which is a band-aid. Theosophy truly challenges our conventional Wisdom about the nature, origins and function of religion in the human economy, and this still, if excluding the writings of Blavatsky. It seriously tried to solve genuine issues of our understanding, especially as regards the origins of religion and philosophical ancient schools of thought.
One fact is that the Theosophical Movement is dead in terms of social standing, if we are to consider the kind of influence others have right now in the minds of the public. It’s ideas aren’t worthless. It’s just, that the Theosophical Society had its chance. If William Q. Judge led it, and the entire Besant-Leadbeater-Krishnamurti thing never happened, in an alternative history, it would have survived strongly and maintained its reputation even post-Coulomb affair. We are trying to get people to understand, that not only did Theosophy not just begin in 1875, but that it is grounded in genuine philosophy and classical history. We have to show that, and it has been, but Theosophical Literature is now also mixed up with a lot of imaginative flapdoodle. We need new works, new evidences, and we need to demonstrate the practical application of the philosophy.
Leftists, Conservatives, Centrists, and the “Russian Scare”
A few liberal-left sites have attacked Theosophy in articles as an influence on the Russian Fourth Political Theory, Dugin and Neo-Eurasianism. Theosophy or Russian Occultism has given rise to a new form, and a new Helena P. Blavatsky, in Aleksandr Dugin (a Russian political scientist) says the critics. There’s an article a few years ago from Pat Buchanan in Modern-Day Russian Dupes.
The scholarly paper, “The Occult Revival in Russia Today and Its Impact on Literature” of Birgit Menzel “demonstrates the existence of something as sinister as the regime’s domination of the church for its own political purposes,” according to Pat Buchanan It describes how “post-Soviet Russia” has embraced New Age and occult ideas, what German academic Birgit Menzel, calls “dark” or “evil forces.”
“The occult has always been used for different ends, for purposes that range from benignly spiritual to totalitarian or fascist,” she writes.
After just discovering persons like Julius Evola and Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, the modern left thinks it has found the dynamite to not only construct their academic conclusions on the origins of the Alternative Right, but have implicated the Theosophists. Traditionalism seems more characterized by its Christian, particularly traditional Catholic and Eastern Orthodox influence.
Menzel’s detailed article argues about the impact of Theosophy on Russia and Russian Marxists. Founded by a Russian mystic named Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891), who wrote The Secret Doctrine, Theosophy teaches that man can become God through mystical experiences, and can even perform miracles, it is added.
Theosophy, wrote Dr. Peter Jones, one of the world’s foremost experts on paganism and the occult, is part of a movement which “plans to eat the Christian church alive in the days ahead.” He says Theosophy is at “the spiritual heart” of the United Nations and notes that the Lucis Trust (originally the Lucifer Trust) is an occult Theosophist group in charge of the United Nations’ Meditation Room. There is no genuine connection between the Energy Meditations of a Lucis Trust organization and Theosophy.
In Russia, Menzel cites evidence that the Soviet secret police had “special agents for occult matters” who monitored the theosophical society in Russia, several esoteric orders, and even a “secret society.”
- Islam is held by Muslims to be the Truth, and many care only about spreading “the truth of Islam,” and increasing Muslim population
- Christians think occultism is devil-worship
- Philosophical teachings in Theosophy challenges all orthodox religion and its habits of thought, atheism and modern scientists disdain of philosophy
- Secularists and Atheists dream of a more non-religious future. They could care less about Theosophists in the end
- Theosophists reject the physicalist theories of science as the explanation for the origins of consciousness
- Traditionalists (Catholic and Orthodox circles) found Theosophy threatening and ‘Anti-Tradition’ — poor reasons on their part
- The Alternative Right is stuck in Identity politics and creating White Only safe spaces
- Everyone has their own agendas and self-interests
- What is advantageous for one group or several is disadvantageous to another, naturally
The world is a competitive place and Theosophists are supposed to compete too, and I think that is what is missed. The very idea of “spreading ideas” and practical solutions, which anyone needs to do in any society or era, ruffles the contemporary Theosophist, and so I have wondered if people are truly owed that title — “Theosophist.”
History does not move on a linear line. We need to place our stake in history by affecting it; and this will necessitate that Minervan-like dynamic we have discussed. We need better platforms and approaches.