I wonder if Wisdom and Altruism ever promote it self as a mere sect ----
since this is how it almost all the time is viewed today year 2013 by most people - also among scientists, journalists, and people in general - and in dictionaries?
Or in-stead the opposite term: - non-sectarian?
The Theosophist, Vol. I, oct. 1879:
"Theosophy is the exact science of psychology"
W. Q. Judge wrote in 1892 in his "DOGMATISM IN THEOSOPHY":
"There is a great likelihood that members of the Society will insist on a certain orthodoxy in our ranks. They are already doing it here and there, and this is a note of warning to draw their attention to the danger. There is no orthodoxy in our Society. Even though nine-tenths of the members believe in Reincarnation, Karma, the sevenfold constitution, and all the rest, and even though its prominent ones are engaged in promulgating these doctrines as well as others, the ranks of the Society must always be kept open, and no one should be told that he is not orthodox or not a good Theosophist because he does not believe in these doctrines. All that anyone is asked to subscribe to is Universal Brotherhood, and its practice in the search for truth."
Blavatsky wrote in the Key to Theosophy, p. 18:
"Such a thing as orthodoxy must be wrought out by each individual according to his nature and his needs, and according to his varying experience. This may explain why those who have imagined Theosophy to be a new religion have hunted in vain for its creed and its ritual. Its creed is Loyalty to Truth, and its ritual 'To honour every truth by use."
PHILOSOPHERS AND PHILOSOPHICULES
"In the published Constitution and Rules great stress is laid upon the absolutely non-sectarian character of the Society. It is constantly insisted upon that it has no creed, no philosophy, no religion, no dogmas, and even no special views of its own to advocate, still less to impose on its members."
"Prejudice against Theosophy seems to have become part of the national feeling. For almost three years the writer of the present-helped in this by a host of Theosophists-has tried in vain to sweep away from the public brain some of the most fantastic cobwebs with which it is garnished; and now she is on the eve of giving up the attempt in despair! While half of the English people will persist in confusing Theosophy with "esoteric bud-ism," the remainder will keep on pronouncing the world-honoured title of Buddha as they do-butter.
It is they also who have started the proposition now generally adopted by the flippant press that "Theosophy is not a philosophy, but a religion," and "a new sect."......."
So the Wisdom of the Gods must therefore be the wisdom of any being in the name of Truth and exact Science. Not in the name of a creed named theosophy, or a sect forwarding a sectarian doctrine called theosophy, or a sectarian stance - but through absolutely non-sectarian promulgations.
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Subject: theos-talk What Is Theosophy?
Mme. Blavatsky defines Theosophy as "Divine Knowledge or Science".
She goes on to give the "real meaning of the term":
" 'Divine Wisdom,' (Theosophia) or Wisdom of the gods, as (theogonia),
genealogy of the gods. The word theos means a god in Greek, one of the divine
beings, certainly not 'God' in the sense attached in our day to the term.
Therefore, it is not 'Wisdom of God,' as translated by some, but Divine Wisdom
such as that possessed by the gods. The term is many thousand years old.". THE
KEY TO THEOSOPHY.
Master K.H. writes more about these "gods" and their "wisdom":
". . . the highest Planetary Spirits...who can no longer err...appear on Earth
but at the origin of every new human kind; at the junction of, and close of the
two ends of the great cycle. And, they remain with man no longer than the time
required for the eternal truths they teach to impress themselves so forcibly
upon the plastic minds of the new races as to warrant them from being lost or
entirely forgotten in ages hereafter, by the forthcoming generations."
"The mission of the planetary Spirit is but to strike the KEY NOTE OF TRUTH.
Once he has directed the vibration of the latter to run its course
uninterruptedly along the catenation of that race and to the end of the cycle -
the denizen of the highest inhabited sphere disappears from the surface of our
planet - till the following 'resurrection of flesh.' The vibrations of the
Primitive Truth are what your philosophers name 'innate ideas.'"
"...The notions of hells and purgatory, of paradises and resurrections are all
caricatured, distorted echoes of the primeval one Truth, taught humanity in the
infancy of its races by every First Messenger - the Planetary Spirit...- and
whose remembrance lingered in the memory of man as Elu of the Chaldees, Osiris
the Egyptian, Vishnu, the first Buddhas and so on."
"...At the beginning of each Round, when humanity reappears under quite
different conditions than those afforded for the birth of each new race and its
sub-races, a 'Planetary' [Spirit] has to mix with these primitive men, and to
refresh their memories, and reveal to them the truths they knew during the
preceding Round. Hence the confused traditions about Jehovahs, Ormazds,
Osirises, Brahms, and the tutti quanti. But that happens only for the benefit of
the first Race."
"It is the duty of the latter to choose the fit recipients among its sons, who
are 'set apart' to use a Biblical phrase - as the vessels to contain the whole
stock of knowledge, to be divided among the future races and generations until
the close of that Round....Every race had its adepts; and with every new race,
we are allowed to give them out as much of our knowledge as the men of that race
deserve it. The last seventh Race will have its Buddha as every one of its
predecessors had; but, its adepts will be far higher than any of the present
race, for among them will abide the future Planetary, the Dhyan Chohan whose
duty it will be to instruct or 'refresh the memory' of the first race of the
fifth Round men after this planet's future obscuration."
Collated from THE MAHATMA LETTERS.
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