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

“Night before last I was shown a bird’s eye view of the theosophical societies. I saw a few earnest reliable theosophists in a death struggle with the world in general and with other – nominal and ambitious – theosophists. The former are greater in number than you may think, and they prevailed – as you in America will prevail, if you only remain stanch to the Master’s programme and true to yourselves. And last night I saw (…) The defending forces have to be judiciously – so scanty are they – distributed over the globe wherever theosophy is struggling with the powers of darkness.” (Helena Blavatsky, Lucifer Mag., June, 1891)

Tirthankaras: Growth in the Wisdom of all Beings

A doctrine (Buddha-nature) in Buddhism teaches that all man possesses the germ of wisdom (Buddha) in them, which is the non-conceptual nature of space (dhātu) and the purity of the nature of mind. The idea, that mankind could become a whole race of Buddhas, or Tīrthaṅkaras (world-conquerors of Illusion), is nothing new in the Wisdom-tradition. It is not the glorification, and crowning Continue reading Tirthankaras: Growth in the Wisdom of all Beings

The Practical Basis of Spiritual Illumination

“To fully define Theosophy, we must consider it under all its aspects. The interior world has not been hidden from all by impenetrable darkness. By that higher intuition acquired by Theosophia — or God-knowledge, which carried the mind from the world of form into that of formless spirit, man has been sometimes enabled in every age Continue reading The Practical Basis of Spiritual Illumination

Discovering Religion: If America Became a Christian Nation

“What If America Became a Christian Nation” The words of John Adams, second President of the United States (1797–1801) and the first Vice President (1789–97) on Religion in the United States, Quakers, Jesuitism, and Machiavellianism: “All Religions have Something good in them: but the Ambition and Avarice of Priests and Politicions have introduced into all of Continue reading Discovering Religion: If America Became a Christian Nation

Jean-Louis Siemons: Theosophy in Neo-Platonic and Christian Literature

THEOSOPHY means Divine Wisdom, but does not imply in it a belief in a personal god, but ONE immutable, eternal, omnipresent, boundless ABSOLUTE DEITY, a modern Theosophist says, as was held by the Theosophists of the Neo-Platonic Alexandrian School, believing in the daimonia (“gods” and “demons”). It is therefore, not “the Wisdom of God” that is Continue reading Jean-Louis Siemons: Theosophy in Neo-Platonic and Christian Literature

The Manifestation of Divine Light

“But All-Father Mind, being Life and Light, did bring forth Man (Ἄνθρωπον) co-equal to Himself.” (Pœmandres treatise) “This Man or Anthrōpos is the Spiritual Prototype of humanity and of every individual man, and is a technical term found in a number of the early Christianised Gnostic systems” (G.R.S. Mead). “So says the Zoroastrian: I hold Continue reading The Manifestation of Divine Light

The principles of a group called Theosophical would be:

[1] “Brotherhood [camaraderie] of man, without distinction of race, color, religion, or social position.
[2] The serious study of the ancient world-religions for purposes of comparison and the selection therefrom of universal ethics;
[3] the study and development of the latent divine powers in man (…)”

Theosophical Glossary (1892) Theosophical Publishing Company, Adyar, 1892, page 328.

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Painter. Jean Baptiste Regnault.