Pacific Northwest Theosophist

centered thoughts

September 1995


What is theosophy? . . . (theos-sophia, literally, Divine Wisdom) is ALL. Divine encompasses ALL systems and ALL things in ALL corners of the Kosmos. Wisdom is divine understanding (being & living) not just knowledge (or brain-mind facts). theosophy is smaller than the atom and greater than any nebulae; both at the same instant. It desires not for itself, but gives itself to All. theosophy is not static and does not become dogma. It is perplexing to explain because it is but an outline for INDIVIDUAL search. There are no set rules. Love the world. Be altruistic. Let go and nurture unselfish, undemanding love for all living Beings -- and ALL Beings are living! -- PNT

Theosophy is the art of living. -- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

That we, the devoted followers of that spirit incarnate of absolute self sacrifice, of philanthropy, divine kindness, as of all the highest virtues attainable on this earth . . . should ever allow the Theosophical Society to represent the embodiment of selfishness, the refuge of the few with no thought in them for the many, is a strange idea, my brothers. -- Chohan

Theosophy is no new candidate for the world's attention, but only the restatement of principles which have been recognised from the very infancy of mankind. -- K.H.

The sun of Theosophy must shine for all, not for a part. -- M.

Theosophy is the shoreless ocean of universal truth, love, and wisdom, reflecting its radiance on earth, while the Theosophical Society is only a visible bubble on that reflection. Theosophy is divine nature, visible and invisible, and its Society human nature trying to ascend to its divine parent. Theosophy, finally is the fixed eternal sun, and its Society the evanescent comet trying to settle in an orbit to become a planet, ever revolving within the attraction of the sun of truth. It was formed to assist in showing to men that such a thing as Theosophy exists, and to help them to ascend towards it by studying and assimilating its eternal verities. -- H. P. Blavatsky

Theosophy is that ocean of knowledge which spreads from shore to shore of the evolution of sentient beings; unfathomable in its deepest part, it gives the greatest minds their fullest scope, yet, shallow enough at its shores, it will not overwhelm the understanding of a child. -- William Quan Judge

Think of theosophy not so much as a body of philosophic or other teaching, but as the highest law of conduct, which is the enacted expression of divine love or compassion. -- Katherine Tingley

We have no dogmas or creeds in the Theosophical Society nor in its work; and thus it is that we have Hindu theosophists, Buddhist theosophists, Christian theosophists, Mohammedan theosophists, and Jewish theosophists, as well as other theosophists who belong to no religion -- except to theosophy as the religion of religions. Hence it is our bounden duty to cultivate in our hearts the spirit of true brotherly love towards all, however much they may differ from us in philosophical and religious or scientific opinions; but while we are thus absolutely free as members in our choice of religion and philosophy, we all hold to the primeval prerequisite of a theosophist, which is a belief in universal brotherhood and an adherence to the sublime ethics which theosophy teaches. -- Gottfried de Purucker

[As a man] learns to understand and to be able to assist others, so in turn does this strengthen his knowledge of his own inner being and make him more truly a worker for the sacred cause of universal brotherhood. -- Arthur L. Conger

View theosophy, literally, as "knowledge of things divine." If we can consider it in this sense, we will realize that the essence of pure religion and philosophy -- and of science too when considered as pure "knowledge" which is what the word means -- is theosophia with a small t, that quality of "wisdom" which the greatest Seers of mankind have attained through direct perception of "things as they are." -- James A. Long

In its broadest sense, theosophy connotes the stream of inspiration and wisdom that has been, is, and ever will be transmitted by generations of sages -- in proportion to the receptivity of an aspirant or people. -- Grace F. Knoche

The Three Objects of The Theosophical Society are:

  1. To form the nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color;
  2. To promote study of ancient and modern religions, philosophies and sciences, and the demonstration of the importance of such study; and
  3. The investigation of the unexplained laws of Nature and the psychical powers latent in man.

The Motto of The Theosophical Society is -- There is no religion higher than Truth.


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