Theosophy demonstrates that a science was known and existed, which men of antiquity knew and learned; and that we do not have merely faith, quackery, and feverish or somatic emotionalism to rely upon. Classical Academies once bloomed with great minds; and the initiates were surely to come into “the company of the gods.” The greatest hope you have of revitalizing the spiritual life of your civilization is in the discovery, study, and exemplification of the new man this science of nature makes of every candidate to wisdom.
“The Theosophical Society has been variously charged with a belief in “miracles,” and “miracle-working;” with a secret political object — like the Carbonari; with being spies of an autocratic Czar; with preaching socialistic and nihilistic doctrines; and, mirabile dictu, with having a covert understanding with the French Jesuits, to disrupt modern Spiritualism for a pecuniary consideration! With equal violence they have been denounced as dreamers, by the American Positivists; as fetish-worshippers, by some of the New York press; as revivalists of “mouldy superstitions,” by the Spiritualists; as infidel emissaries of Satan, by the Christian Church; as the very types of “gobe-mouche,” by Professor W. B. Carpenter, F. R. S.; and, finally, and most absurdly, some Hindu opponents, with a view to lessening their influence, have flatly charged them with the employment of demons to perform certain phenomena. Out of all this pother of opinions, one fact stands conspicuous — the Society, its members, and their views, are deemed of enough importance to be discussed and denounced: Men slander only those whom they hate — or fear.
But, if the Society has had its enemies and traducers, it has also had its friends and advocates.” (H.P. Blavatsky, What Are The Theosophists, The Theosophist, Vol. 1., no. 1, Oct. 1879)
Now, I am not a member of a Theosophical Society, and it is no longer what it might have been, but the truth is almost always harsh. Religion is not declining because Christianity is having performance issues. No. Alarmists have been writing of a decline of Christianity in 19th century papers, long before this early 21st century time-line. Visions of doom have been prophesied since the early Christian communities. The Theosophical Movement was international, and attempted to grow in all countries. Many legends abounded in theosophical circles, but the existence of the Mysteries and its results are no legends. We see things from another entirely different angle, yet still grounded in a consistent and grand philosophical framework and mission. This angle does not have the Semitic-based religions at the center of history, as if interpreting history and the destiny of man from the perspective of a single people or religion — say the Jews, Christians, and Muslims, because this is common. It is centered on the origins of the Mysteries; the first persons of our species to utter a word, or write, speak and think; the first civilizations; the earliest of Dynastic rulers; the first initiates who passed down the knowledge of a spiritual and noetic nature in Man. The story, with which Theosophists are occupied, was and remains the story of humanity.
The stories of great heroes, mages, and sages—known-&-unknown.
…always yearning toward knowledge…
That theosophy is described as “for those who can think or for those who can drive themselves to think, not mental sluggards” (H.P.B.), is not a matter of “elitism,” but a fact, of the discipline required, like anything else. The student occultist, has to learn that they are a Power itself; and again, not as a mere idea, but a fact that can be realized. Man possesses an inner Power, which they can bring out of themselves to act in the world; and towards a more elevated life, productive for humanity and the advancement of the world.
We must bring together especially the patriotic, who care deeply for their homeland, heritage, inherited culture, or civilization, to whom their fates are tied. You’ll need more than a compatriot at your side, but a theosophist who can uplift, and brings new spiritual attitude.
The theosophical adepts believed that complacency was weakness, and virtuous action was just. They spoke, in their correspondences with A.P.S., against a stagnant mysticism, under the guile of quietism.
Gustav Mahler’s Inspiration
- “Symphony of a Thousand” | Symphony No. 8: Part II
- Symphony No. 2 | “Resurrection” Movement 5: Part 3 and 4
This is to a new generation of enthusiasts. To setting-out to find new academicians who can embody theosophy and expand upon it greatly. Relieving you from your confusions: a new academician is just as it sounds, because aiming to set a new standard beyond mere intellectualism, but practice and action. A minervan I very much use as a description of a very courageously wise and hardened person, and is a cultural idea, one could say. An ideal to me, that carries over some Roman influences to my sense of American values (heroism); and representing the very essence of classical republicanism — virtuosity, i.e., possessing the qualities of Minerva. On theosophists—