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

John Adams Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade: Constitution, Morality and Religion

John Adams states, the American Constitution is meant for a religious and moral people. The conception of a race-based U.S. republic — built on labor and servitude of other peoples — was not only incompatible and contradictory with being religious and moral, but incapable of lasting.  John Adams to the First Brigade of the Militia Continue reading John Adams Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade: Constitution, Morality and Religion

Mahatma Papers MS. about the Truth and Mission of Modern Theosophists

This 1881 letter about the ‘Truth’ of Divine Enlightenment and the Mission of Modern Theosophists was reported by K.H. to A.P. Sinnett, from their chief. This was his views on the role of Theosophists in aiding a new Wisdom revival, to promulgate their philosophical teachings, and make known, the once universal Wisdom-Religion, or Occult Philosophy hitherto Continue reading Mahatma Papers MS. about the Truth and Mission of Modern Theosophists

Julius Evola on ‘Modern Occultism’ and Theosophists

“On the whole, however, I always preserved my independence, frequently even voicing my lack of regard for modern ‘occultism’. Modern occultist currents certainly played a useful, if limited, role in my case, the role they generally play in the contemporary world: that of providing an initial starting point. It is then up to each individual Continue reading Julius Evola on ‘Modern Occultism’ and Theosophists

The Force and its Sides in Star Wars and Theosophical Literature

George Lucas spoke recently to James Cameron in a special on the connection between Star Wars and his feelings during the Vietnam War period, and the Anti-Authoritarian message of his vision. George Lucas specifically created and used these concepts in Star Wars, not as mere fiction, but to awaken spirituality in young people. Stars Wars Continue reading The Force and its Sides in Star Wars and Theosophical Literature

“Time destroys the speculations of man”

“I fully expect to see the pragmatist view of truth run through the classic stages of a theory’s career. First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves Continue reading “Time destroys the speculations of man”

American Founders inspired by Classical Greece and Rome: Classicism in Republicanism, Liberal and Early U.S. Education

Classicism in Liberal Education and Republicanism: A number of the American founders were classicists, and were trained in the classical education, which was characteristic of Enlightenment Liberal, or Republican thought, and was once therefore integral to education in the U.S. It should also be kept in mind, that the first U.S. president, George Washington was Continue reading American Founders inspired by Classical Greece and Rome: Classicism in Republicanism, Liberal and Early U.S. Education