“Your History is Entirely at Sea”: The Legend and Classical Reference to Atlantis

Atlantis Classical Reference to the Myth of Atlantis One vital classical source for the Atlantis legend and its remembrance, is from two dialogues written by Plato, in Timaeus and Critias. It is described as an island in the Atlantic Ocean. In Timaeus and Critias, Solon, an Athenian and prominent statesman c. 6th c. BCE, described the Continue reading “Your History is Entirely at Sea”: The Legend and Classical Reference to Atlantis

“He Who Would Lift Up High the Banner of Mysticism”

“He who would lift up high the banner of mysticism and proclaim its reign near at hand, must give the example to others. He must be the first to change his modes of life; and, regarding the study of the occult mysteries as the upper step in the ladder of Knowledge must loudly proclaim it Continue reading “He Who Would Lift Up High the Banner of Mysticism”

The Identity of Koot Hoomi of Kashmir, and College and Travels

This will briefly give independent information about Helena P. Blavatsky’s teacher K.H., apart from her own information. Since we have often quoted “The Mahatma Letters,” and K.H., it may be beneficial to know that we are not quoting some channelled, imagined disembodied spirit, who may or may have not existed. K.H. and Morya was said to have encouraged Continue reading The Identity of Koot Hoomi of Kashmir, and College and Travels

The Secrecy of Occultism and the Crisis of the Theosophists, London 1884.

“We are not infallible, all-foreseeing “Mahatmas” at every hour of the day, good friend: none of you have even learned to remember so much. And now for Occultism. We were expected to allow the Occult forces to be treated in the same manner as their rind — physical forces in nature. We are taken to Continue reading The Secrecy of Occultism and the Crisis of the Theosophists, London 1884.

Ten-Point Summary of the Occult Doctrinal Positions on Life and Evolution

Ten-Point Summation The position on evolution and emanation in The Mahatma Papers, or elucidated in the works of Helena P. Blavatsky remain fascinating aspects of their exposition of Theosophy, or the Occult Philosophy. It is clear, as they have described their position, that it is neither an atheistic, or agnostic one, because they reject the Continue reading Ten-Point Summary of the Occult Doctrinal Positions on Life and Evolution

Six Points on “Magic”: Theosophy rejects Supernaturalism and Miracle

“The problem of life is man. Magic, or rather Wisdom, is the evolved knowledge of the potencies of man’s interior being; which forces are Divine emanations, as intuition is the perception of their origin, and initiation our induction into that knowledge (…) We begin with instinct: the end is OMNISCIENCE”. (Alexander Wilder, see The Secret Doctrine, Continue reading Six Points on “Magic”: Theosophy rejects Supernaturalism and Miracle

The Mahatma Letter No. 10: Occult Philosophy on “God”

K.H. urged, that if you wanted to understand the THEORETICAL side of OCCULT PHILOSOPHY, we must learn the fundamental A.B.C.’s of their philosophy, which they call the “true Theosophy.” This begins principally with the nature of the ultimate reality. We know what the monotheists teach regarding God, but there have existed philosophical schools that have a spiritual, or lofty Continue reading The Mahatma Letter No. 10: Occult Philosophy on “God”

Two Key Subjects in Morya’s Cosmological Notes: Space and Essence

The key concepts in Morya’s Cosmological Notes are: “space” and “essence.” or — [1] The nature of space. [2] The nature of matter. By space what is being referred to? Is it ākāśa or śūnyatā? When the notes refer to the eternal space, or “the one element,” the Skt. term धातु dhātu is meant. This term is said Continue reading Two Key Subjects in Morya’s Cosmological Notes: Space and Essence

The Occult Philosophy taught to the Theosophists does not belong to them, but to the Buddhist comrades, that were teachers to HPB. There has been much disrespectful misrepresentation and abuse of that philosophy which has devalued perception of it.

So take this into utmost consideration as a lesson:  

I dread the appearance in print of our philosophy as expounded by Mr. H. I read his three essays or chapters on God (?) cosmogony and glimpses of the origin of things in general, and had to cross out nearly all. He makes of us Agnostics!! We do not believe in God because so far, we have no proof, etc. This is preposterously ridiculous: if he publishes what I read, I will have H.P.B. or Djual Khool deny the whole thing; as I cannot permit our sacred philosophy to be so disfigured. He says that people will not accept the whole truth; that unless we humour them with a hope that there may be a ‘loving Father and creator of all in heaven’ our philosophy will be rejected a priori. In such a case the less such idiots hear of our doctrines the better for both. If they do not want the whole truth and nothing but the truth, they are welcome. But never will they find us — (at any rate) — compromising with, and pandering to public prejudices.” (K.H., The Mahatma Letters, 2nd ed., Letter no. 54.)


“I dread the appearance in print of our philosophy as expounded by Mr. H. I read his three essays or chapters on God (?) cosmogony and glimpses of the origin of things in general, and had to cross out nearly all. He makes of us Agnostics!!

We do not believe in God because so far, we have no proof, etc. This is preposterously ridiculous (…) I cannot permit our sacred philosophy to be so disfigured. He says that people will not accept the whole truth; that unless we humour them with a hope that there may be a “loving Father and creator of all in heaven” our philosophy will be rejected a priori. In such a case the less such idiots hear of our doctrines the better for both. If they do not want the whole truth and nothing but the truth, they are welcome. But never will they find us — (at any rate) — compromising with, and pandering to public prejudices.

Do you call this “candid” and — honest “from a European standpoint“? Read his letter and judge. The truth is, my dear friend, that notwithstanding the great tidal wave of mysticism that is now sweeping over a portion of the intellectual classes of Europe, the Western people have as yet scarcely learned to recognise that which we term wisdom in its loftiest sense. As yet, he only is esteemed truly wise in his world, who can most cleverly conduct the business of life, so that it may yield the largest amount of material profit — honours or money.

The quality of wisdom, ever was, and will be yet for a long time — to the very close of the fifth race — denied to him who seeks the wealth of the mind for its own sake, and for its own enjoyment and result without the secondary purpose of turning it to account in the attainment of material benefits. By most of your gold worshipping countrymen our facts and theorems would be denominated fancy-flights, the dreams of madmen. Let the Fragments and even your own magnificent letters now published in Light, fall into the hands, and be read by the general public — whether materialists or theists or Christians; and ten to one every average reader will curl his lip with a sneer; and with the remark — “all this may be very profound and learned but of what use is it in practical life?” — dismiss letters and Fragments from his thoughts for ever.” (K.H., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, Letter no. 54, Received Simla, October, 1882)

The Hermetic Undertone of the Theosophical Society’s Foundations

Helena P. Blavatsky writes in the preface of Isis Unveiled that, the work is “a plea for the recognition of the Hermetic philosophy, the anciently universal Wisdom-Religion, as the only possible key to the Absolute in science and theology” (Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, Pasadena, CA: Theosophical Continue reading The Hermetic Undertone of the Theosophical Society’s Foundations