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Objects of TS

Dec 24, 1999 07:34 PM
by ramadoss

As we embark on a new century, it is useful to revisit some of the objects
of theosophical society. HPB is best qualified to tell us something about
them and she did. She was prolific writer and what she has written on the
subject is very relevant and I am presenting here for everyone's

As to what theosophists "believe" she wrote:

With how much, then, of this nature-searching, God-seeking science of the
ancient Aryan and Greek mystics ... does the Society agree?

Our answer is: =96 with it all. But if asked what it believes in, the reply
will be: =96 "as a body =96 Nothing." The Society, as a body, has no creed, =
creeds are but the shells around spiritual knowledge; and Theosophy in its
fruition is spiritual knowledge itself =96 the very essence of philosophical
and theistic enquiry. Visible representative of Universal Theosophy, it can
be no more sectarian than a Geographical Society, which represents
universal geographical exploration without caring whether the explorers be
of one creed or another. The religion of the Society is an algebraical
equation, in which, so long as the sign =3D of equality is not omitted, each
member is allowed to substitute quantities of his own, which better accord
with climatic and other exigencies of his native land, with the
idiosyncrasies of his people, or even with his own. Having no accepted
creed, our Society is very ready to give and take, to learn and teach, by
practical experimentation, as opposed to mere passive and credulous
acceptance of enforced dogma ... The very root idea of the Society is free
and fearless investigation.

As a body, the Theosophical Society holds that all original thinkers and
investigators of the hidden side of nature, whether materialists =97 those
who find matter "the promise and potency of all terrestrial life," or
spiritualists =96 that is, those who discover in spirit the source of all
energy and of matter as well, were and are, properly, Theosophists ... It
will be seen now, that whether classed as Theists, Pantheists or Atheists,
such men are near kinsman to the rest. Be what he may, once that a student
abandons the old and trodden highway of routine, and enters upon the
solitary path of independent thought =96 Godward =96 he is a Theosophist; an
original thinker, as seeker after the eternal truth with "an inspiration of
his own" to solve the universal problems.

=3D=3D=3D  					=09

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