“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 educate about Theosophical History and the truth about the Occult Philosophy. It propagates the idea for a revivalistic ‘NEO-CLASSICAL’ (or daringly resuscitating the term Neo-Theosophical) Movement that looks and moves toward the future, by bringing new and old material; yet exemplifying both the classical and original modern theosophical mission and outlook associated with the history of the Theosophical Society.
What We Focus On
Simply, the Acad creates new material and focuses on Theosophical Interests. It promotes the works and interests of contemporary Theosophists, but also those, who from the Acad’s standpoint includes Theologian and Cultural (or even ethnic and nationalist) Revivalists. This is chiefly within the ethical and moral teachings of Theosophy, and Theosophists never engage in the denigration of any ethnic group.
The main areas you’ll find written about can be summed in three subjects:
- ᴄʟᴀssɪᴄɪsᴍ — studies in classics, language, culture, history, including economics and political philosophy of these periods if the case requires, e.g., we discussed the relation of Athenian democracy and the Olympian hierarchy of Gods.
- ‘OCCULT ᴘʜɪʟᴏsᴏᴘʜʏ’ — Aims to eliminate misperceptions and superstition.
- ᴀʀᴛs — art history. Background information on the incredible art used.
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), that was a definite system (or Science), through which certain types of intellects in antiquity were “bound together by a universal freemasonry of science and philosophy” said to have 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.
The Origins of Greek Esotericism
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); and the modern Theosophists claimed to be their successors.
The Master, Kong Fuzi captures our sentiment when he said:
“I believe in and love the ancients” (Analects 7.1)
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).
For more information on the meaning of Theosophy, see
What is with Minerva’s Symbolism and Who are the 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.
‘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.
The central attitude and themes of ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴄᴀᴅ —
ɢɴᴏsɪs (spiritual knowledge) ɪs sᴛʀᴇɴɢᴛʜ
ʀᴇɴᴀɪssᴀɴᴄᴇ, Brotherhood-Sisterhood, ᴀɴᴅ ᴜɴɪꜰɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ
ᴄᴜʟᴛᴜʀᴀʟ ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴏʀᴀʟ ʀᴇɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ