“The health of the people should be the supreme law” (Salus populi suprema lex esto)
The ACADEMICIAN THEOSOPHICAL is a THEOSOPHICAL web-blog created to foster a community for theosophists, researchers, academics interested in formulating a plan for a new Renaissance of theosophical influence; and if capable, a revivalistic ‘NEO-CLASSICAL’ Movement that looks and moves toward the future. This explains the subtitle: Practical Action Toward a Theosophical Renaissance‡. Being and thinking in action is a concept of action inseparable from our cause. It is the act of man being engaged in intellectual, spiritual, and moral struggle in the world.
“I believe in and love the ancients” (Analects 7.1)
The origin of the philosophical teachings of the Theosophists precedes even the Trans-Himalayan School associated with H.P.B., T. Subba Row, and H.P.B.’s clandestine teachers. The Theosophical Society atleast when it began, served as a hopeful beacon, or vehicle for Theosophists to propagate their mission to rebuild Western Philosophy. These origins involve that which ancient thinkers and philosophers generically knew and called — “the MYSTERIES” (or Ancestral Gnosis), which is practically a definite system (or Science), through which certain types of intellects in antiquity were apparently “bound together by a universal freemasonry of science and philosophy, which formed one unbroken chain around the globe.”
“Nothing better than those MYSTERIES, by which, from a rough and fierce life, we are polished to gentleness (humanity, kindness), and softened”—Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Legibus.
We are faithful to the original mission of the Theosophists and classical tradition, not because we follow it out of loyalty, but because with or without the Theosophists being created, this cause to help benefit human civilization with this knowledge precedes them, and so lives on. You can be part of it, and this knowledge we offer, and encourage a community that can think differently about it, and how to revive perhaps, even the Theosophical Society and Institutions, or raise impenetrable ones fostered by friendship, fraternity, and brings new growth.
We are a Legion of Groups and Types of Students of Past, Present, and Future
The origins of the known Greek Gnosis, or theosophy through say, Neo-Platonists were traced to times antedating the Ptolemaic dynasties according to Diogenes Laertius (Diogenes Laërtius); and were passed down and meant for those their contemporaries styled “theodidaktoi” (god-taught). October 1, 1879, Helena P. Blavatsky of the 1875 Theosophical Society stated, that it is high time for Theosophists to explain the traditional side, or primitive system of Theosophy, that in antiquity was essentially alike in all countries and nations. The disciples of Ammonius Saccas, who revived the Wisdom-philosophy, were known as philaletheians (lovers of truth).
Theosophists claimed to be their successors.
So we have set out to prove it to be so.
The Neo-Platonists like Theosophists were Analogeticists —
“on account of their method of interpreting all sacred legends, symbolical myths and mysteries, by a rule of analogy or correspondence, so that events which had occurred in the external world were regarded as expressing operations and experiences of the human soul” (H.P.B., What Is Theosophy).
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Minerva’s Symbolism and New Academicians
The Roman MINERVA/ATHENA (a Universal-PRINCIPLE), who signified the Deity of DIVINE WISDOM (or Jove’s/Zeus’s INTELLIGENCE) is our symbol. It is synonymous with the Greek meaning of THEOSOPHIA. The Roman MINERVA was represented in art and myth as a warrior with: — Valour, Wisdom-Intelligence, and Grace tempering her opposing principle of the aggressive warlike deity — MARS/Ares.
“New Academicians” alludes to Plato’s Academy, and “the Garden,” — a category for the Schools of Classical Greek Philosophical studies. The “Academy” alludes to initiatory colleges of old, and the perfectibilism (advance in virtue and intelligence) upon which those colleges were based, in antiquity; and because:
‘Real theosophy is altruism. It is brotherly love, mutual help,
unswerving devotion to truth.’ (Blavatsky, 1889).
We want to get rid of the stereotype of Western Philosophy as merely cold, analytical, and objective. As one sage focused on creating men of suitable behaviour and cultivated character in government, or gentlemen (chun tzu), the same ideal is envisioned; and to return to Philosophy its rightful, noble esteem.