The American Minervan was first CREATED AS A THEOSOPHICAL-CENTERED BLOG to confront THE LONG HISTORY OF false perceptions about THE TRUE ORIGINS AND NATURE OF occult philosophY. IT DELVES INTO THE HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT MYSTERY TRADITIONS. MYTHOLOGY AND FOLKLORE, AND THE ORIGINS OF the WESTERN current of the Theosophical Enlightenment FROM THE MEDIEVAL ALCHEMISTS, RENAISSANCE PLATONISTS, MASONS, FRENCH AND SPANISH ILLUMINISTS, THE GERMAN ROSICRUCIANS AND BAVARIAN ILLUMINATI, THE SWEDENBORGIANS, THE THEOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT AND ITS PREDECESSORS.
THE ACADEMICIAN THEOSOPHICAL became THE AMERICAN MINERVAN when I decided to delve into the history of America and the origins of LIBERALISM and the Republican School initially as a reaction to Manly P. Hall’s “The Secret Destiny of America,” and the correspondences between Helena P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge and Chhabigram Dolatram on the question were Adepts involved in the American Revolution. The aims of the German Rosicrucians and Bavarian Illuminati, in addition to Thomas Jefferson’s brief thoughts about them and the French Revolution led me to want to address this, and to an idea upon which to build on the original idea and purpose. The idea and politics was not just created, but are ideas that have developed with me since youth, and there are dramatist elements to the writing-style and thinking as with my personality. The aim is an attempt to reclaim the ideals of the French Revolution, of Liberty, equality, and fraternity (i.e., REPUBLICANISM), the Republican School of Thought (not a reference to the U.S. Republican Party), to demonstrate the depths of its philosophy since the time of the early and late Stoas of Greece, and encourage its practice and resurgence in the modern world. I also explore Fascist and Asian Philosophy, and do not approach spirituality through mere imaginative subjective mysticism. The objective is to relate these studies to the world we live in, to transfer the abstract into force, into action and development of human beings, to elevate the human being’s condition.
This struggle of man’s condition is embraced and embodied by MINVRA as in the myth of Minerva and MARS, the Roman god of war and protector of Rome, second only to Jupiter. Mars was seen as a virtuous figure by the more martial-oriented Romans; and the image and influence of Minerva as the goddess of wisdom still survives today, used on the seal or logo of many institutes of higher learning. Minerva is an allusion to Republican Philosophy and Mars to Fascist Philosophy. MINERVANS take a sincere martial attitude to spiritual discipline and the study of the knowledge of divine things.
THE RELATION OF CIRCLE OF ASIA AND MINVRA
Circle of Asia was my first blog that began it all. I was on a quest to find my voice and an audience. My idea for ‘Circle of Asia’ had come from a favorite old film, titled Dongfang Bubai, with its antagonist of the same name in English known as ‘Asia the East’ or ‘Asia the Invincible,’ with her Sun-Moon Holy Sect (Rì Yuè Shén Jiào), an unorthodox martial arts sect. Dongfang Bubai seizes control of this sect, secretly plotting with some Japanese rōnin to rebel against the Ming Empire and conquer China. With the Sun-Moon Holy sect in control of the Master, he wishes to rule all wulin (the world of martial artists). Dongfang Bubai was a character created by Jin Yong in his wuxia novels The Smiling and Proud Wanderer, which are unrelated to the third film, The East is Red. Mainly, Bubai wanted to learn a secret martial arts, and discovered the Kuíhuā Bǎodiǎn, or The Yellowflower Manual which required that he castrate himself to learn its skill. The Master learned that in studying these secrets, his body would gradually transform into an androgynous body, or a woman. I identified with the ambition in pursuit of secret knowledge in the beginnings of my personal journey, with the idea, by all means and self-sacrifice. In the film, Bubai often philosophizes about life, loss and pain. Although, Bubai in the novel would represent a person (or villain) on a ruthless path to selfish gain of knowledge, Bubai finds love, loses it, and returns to a life of loneliness and commitment to attaining the highest knowledge, and becoming invincible in the world of martial arts. We find in the symbol of her sect and fan, the union of the Sun and Moon.