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  • Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti
    Nov 11, 2013
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      The Society was founded to teach no new and easy paths to the acquisition of

      “powers”; and that its only mission is to rekindle the torch of truth, so long

      extinguished for all but the very few, and to keep that truth alive by the formation

      of a fraternal union of mankind, the only soil in which the good seed can grow.

      The Theosophical Society does indeed desire to promote the spiritual growth of

      every individual who comes within its influence, but its methods are those of the

      ancient Rishis, its tenets are those of the oldest Esotericism.

      In this connection we would warn all our members, and others who are seeking

      spiritual knowledge, to beware of persons offering to teach them easy methods of

      acquiring psychic gifts; such gifts (loukika) are indeed comparatively easy of

      acquirement by artificial means, but fade out as soon as the nerve-stimulus

      exhausts itself. The real seership and adeptship which is accompanied by true

      psychic development (lokotthara), once reached, is never lost.

      It must be remembered that the Society was not founded as a nursery for a supply

      of Occultists—as a factory for the manufactory of Adepts. It was intended to stem

      the current of materialism, and also that of spiritualistic phenomena that has now

      begun, and not to pander to psychic cravings which are but another form of

      materialism.

      Its [Theosophical] aims are several; but the most important of all are those which

      are likely to lead to the relief of human suffering under any or every form,

      moral as well as physical. And we believe the former to be far more

      important than the latter. Theosophy has to inculcate ethics; it has to purify

      the soul, if it would relieve the physical body, whose ailments, save cases of

      accidents, are all hereditary. It is not by studying Occultism for selfish ends,

      for the gratification of one’s personal ambition, pride, or vanity, that one can

      reach the goal; that of helping mankind. Nor is it by studying one single branch

      of the esoteric philosophy that a man become an Occultist, but by studying, if not

      mastering, them all. The function of Theosophy is to open men’s hearts and

      understandings to charity, justice, and generosity, attributes which belong

      specifically to the human kingdom and are natural to man when he has

      developed the qualities of a human being. Theosophy teaches the animal-man

      to be human; and when people have learned to think and feel as human

      beings should feel and think, they will act humanely, and works of charity,

      justice, and generosity will be done spontaneously by all.

      --- Madame Blavatsky

       




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