60834Dogma and Doctrine
- Nov 17 6:36 PM
In her article ‘A Society without a Dogma’ published in Spiritualist, Feb. 8th.1878, Madame Blavatsky writes:
‘Dogma? Faith? These are the right and left pillars of every soul-crushing Theology. Theosophists have no dogms, exact no blind faith. Theosophists are ever ready to abandon every idea that is proved erroneous upon strictly logical deductions; let Spiritualists do the same. Dogmas are the toys that amuse, and can satisfy but, unreasoning children. They are the offspring of human speculation and prejudiced fancy. In the eye of true philosophy it seems an insult to common sense, that we break loose from the idols and dogmas of either Christian or heathen exoteric faith to catch up those of a church of Spiritualism. Spiritualism must either be a true Philosophy, amenable to the test of the recognized criterion of logic, or be set up in its niche beside the broken idols of hundreds of antecedent Christian sects.’ [A Modorn Panarion, p.143-4]Those interested in the early history of the Theosophical Movement, must see very clearly the distinction made between ‘Spiritualism’ and ‘Spirituality’ in its statements.She ends the essay with a quote from the commentary on Bhagavad Gita, by Harishchandra Chintamany: "In Hinduism,as in England, there are doctrines for the learned, and dogmas for the unlearned; strong meat for men, and milk for babes; facts for the few, and fictions for the many; realities for the wise, and romances for the simple; esoteric truth for the philosopher, and exoteric fable for the fool." and ends with her own sentence: "Like the Philosophy taught by this author in the work in question, the object of the Theosophical Society "is the cleansing of spiritual truth."
Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.
Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)
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