U.G. Krishnamurti: Recollects the Second-Generation Theosophical Society

Second Generation refers to a shifted leadership in the Theosophical Society, with international headquarters in Adyar, Madras, post-1890’s, and led by Annie Besant in 1907 til her death. The second generation Theosophists drift from a teaching of progressive evolution to a program of “progressive millenialism,” says Catherine Wessinger, in her The Second Generation Leaders of Continue reading U.G. Krishnamurti: Recollects the Second-Generation Theosophical Society

The ‘Scientific Aristocracy’ and the Vanity Of Materialist Philosophers

“Materialistic scientists will be driven out of their position not by spiritual, theosophical, or any other physical or even mental phenomena, but simply by the enormous gaps and chasms that open daily and will still be opening before them (…) until they are finally knocked off their feet by the ninth wave of simple common sense.”— Continue reading The ‘Scientific Aristocracy’ and the Vanity Of Materialist Philosophers

Roger Scruton: Moral Relativism Will Be the Death Knell of Western Civilization

Lecture from the Common Sense Society in Budapest, Hungary. Several theosophists have attributed issues with their contemporaries to moral relativism; but considered by conservatives to be one of postmodern society’s greatest threats, moral relativism may now be a relic of the past. “Virtue, authority, and law and order are all in fashion, as the bank Continue reading Roger Scruton: Moral Relativism Will Be the Death Knell of Western Civilization

Sergei Prokofiev: “The Philosophers” | St. Petersburg Philharmonic Choir

CANTATA ON THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION, OP. 74: II. PHILOSOPHERS BY ST. PETERSBURG NEW PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA AND ALEXANDER TITOV “The Philosophers” is the second movement of Op. 74 of the Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution. The canata follows the story of the Bolshevik Revolution and the birth of the Soviet Continue reading Sergei Prokofiev: “The Philosophers” | St. Petersburg Philharmonic Choir

The Limitations of Csoma de Koros and Western Tibetan Buddhist Scholars

The limitations of Alexander Csoma de Koros (also see The Hungarian Bodhisattva) and scholars in the nineteenth and twentieth-century. To be complementary to a piece on the sources of the Book of Dzyan and Kiu-te. Does Dr. Alexander Berzin know of “A Few Misconceptions Corrected” — “One of the greatest, and, withal, the most serious objection Continue reading The Limitations of Csoma de Koros and Western Tibetan Buddhist Scholars

Philosophers and Philosophicules, and the Mission for Philosophical Renaissance

Theosophy As An Equivalent Of Philosophy H.P. Blavatsky saw the theosophical movement as an attempt to initiate a new renaissance, as known with the later general European Renaissance, and not as a literary club, nor of quietists. Philosophicules (term. a combination of philosophism and homunculus), a clever title, was written October 1889 in the LUCIFER Magazine, Continue reading Philosophers and Philosophicules, and the Mission for Philosophical Renaissance

What Are Polemicists: In Defense of the Polemicist – Lecture by Jersey Flight

What is a Polemicist? The act of polemics is that of the contrarian, and derives from the Greek. In the Greek it has the meaning of being war-like, or hostile. The act of polemics is a militant reply in the form of reasoned arguments against a proposition regarded as worthy of defense. The polemicist is a man or woman of Continue reading What Are Polemicists: In Defense of the Polemicist – Lecture by Jersey Flight

‘The Greatest Curse to a Nation is a Form of Faith that Prevents Inquiry’

“True philosophy and divine truth are convertible terms. A religion which dreads the light cannot be a religion based on either truth or philosophy — hence, it must be false. The ancient Mysteries were mysteries to the profane only, whom the hierophant never sought nor would accept as proselytes; to the initiates the Mysteries became Continue reading ‘The Greatest Curse to a Nation is a Form of Faith that Prevents Inquiry’

William Q. Judge on Eastern Occultism of Modern Theosophy versus Western Occultism

In The Vahan (Vol. 1., no. 12., 1891. pg. 5), William Q. Judge answers why H.P.B. criticizes Western Occultism, elaborating on the history of Western systems being too corrupted through its syncretism with the Jewish and Biblical tradition, hence the limitations. The Christian Kabbalists, e.g., must adhere to the Bible, and reduce all their knowledge to special Continue reading William Q. Judge on Eastern Occultism of Modern Theosophy versus Western Occultism