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Old 02-17-2024, 05:22 PM
 
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Fragments of a Parent Doctrine have survived geological and political cataclysms to tell the story; and every survival shows evidence that the now Secret Wisdom was once the one fountain head, the ever-flowing perennial source, at which were fed all its streamlets - the later religions of all nations - from the first down to the last. This period, beginning with Buddha and Pythagoras at the one end and the Neo-Platonists and Gnostics at the other, is the only focus left in History wherein converge for the last time the bright rays of light streaming from the aeons of time gone by, unobscured by the hand of bigotry and fanaticism.
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Old 02-23-2024, 04:52 PM
 
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In 1931 or thereabouts G. de Purucker gave a talk titled The Exoteric and Esoteric H. P. B.. It was published in a 1944 book Wind of the Spirit, a collection of his talks. Some excerpts from it are given:

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Instead of talking to you about what our beloved H. P. B.'s work was, and what she has done, it might be interesting to try to give you a few important thoughts regarding H. P. B. herself: who she was, what she was, and why she came; and I shall try briefly to do this.

First, then, I shall talk to you on the exoteric H. P. B. There were two in one in that great woman - an outside which met the world and had to face the conditions of the world into which she came to work; and an inside, a living flame of love and intelligence, a flame of inspiration and holy light, and this latter was the esoteric side of H. P. B.

Behind these outer lineaments which some artists have actually called ugly, we see an ethereal beauty which no human words will easily describe, but which every human heart can sense, and which every human eye which is spiritually opened can also see. There is inspiration in that face which is beautiful to look upon; there is self-dedication; there are thoughts divine because there is truth, and truth is Nature's own divine heart; and it is these spiritual qualities which shine out of the face of our beloved H.P. B. when we look at her picture, and which proclaim to us that behind the outer person there was the inner living esoteric fire.

Does any Theosophist who has studied the wonderful Wisdom Religion of Antiquity imagine for a moment that H. P. B. came to the Occidental world by chance, outside of Nature's laws and rigid concatenation of cause and effect which produce everything in due order? Does anyone imagine therefore that whatever is, has not its ordered and concerted place in the cosmic harmony? Of course not. This therefore means that H.P. B. came in obedience to a law, one of Nature's laws about which the ignorant West knows all too little, and therefore doubts, and because of doubting is blind - for doubt always veils the inner vision.
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Old 02-25-2024, 03:13 PM
 
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In volume III of Echoes of the Orient: the writings of William Quan Judge is a pamphlet titled An Epitome of Theosophy. Here is how it begins:

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Theosophy, the Wisdom-Religion, has existed from immemorial time. It offers us a theory of nature and of life which is founded upon knowledge acquired by the Sages of the past, more especially those of the East; and its higher students claim that this knowledge is not imagined or inferred, but that it is a knowledge of facts seen and known by those who are willing to comply with the conditions requisite for seeing and knowing.

Theosophy, meaning knowledge of or about God (not in the sense of a personal anthropomorphic God, but in that of divine “godly” wisdom), and the term “God” being universally accepted as including the whole of both the known and the unknown, it follows that “Theosophy” must imply wisdom respecting the absolute; and, since the absolute is without beginning and eternal, this wisdom must have existed always. Hence Theosophy is sometimes called the Wisdom-Religion, because from immemorial time it has had knowledge of all the laws governing the spiritual, the moral, and the material

The theory of nature and of life which it offers is not one that was at first speculatively laid down and then proved by adjusting facts or conclusions to fit it; but is an explanation of existence, cosmic and individual, derived from knowledge reached by those who have acquired the power to see behind the curtain that hides the operations of nature from the ordinary mind. Such Beings are called Sages, using the term in its highest sense. Of late they have been called Mahatmas and Adepts. In ancient times they were known as the Ṛishis and Mahāṛishis — the last being a word that means Great Ṛishis.
If the book is not available, here is a link to the entire pamphlet:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena...p/th-wqjep.htm
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Old 02-26-2024, 08:24 AM
 
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In volume III of Echoes of the Orient: the writings of William Quan Judge is a pamphlet titled An Epitome of Theosophy. Here is how it begins:



If the book is not available, here is a link to the entire pamphlet:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena...p/th-wqjep.htm
Mahayana, Thank you for this thread on Theosophy. I found a lot of confirming reading (minus a lot of unnecessary magical thinking and "woo"). You are truly a "Great" yana.
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Old 02-26-2024, 09:23 AM
 
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Mahayana, Thank you for this thread on Theosophy.
You are entirely welcome.
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Old 03-06-2024, 11:05 AM
 
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Theosophy Wiki has much about William Q Judge's writings, plus his biography:

https://theosophy.wiki/en/Judge_writings

https://theosophy.wiki/en/William_Quan_Judge
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Old 03-06-2024, 01:45 PM
 
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Perhaps the most complete site about or written by Judge:

https://universaltheosophy.com/wqj/
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Old 03-06-2024, 08:33 PM
 
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Ocean of Theosophy by William Q Judge:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena.../Ocean-WQJ.pdf
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Old 03-08-2024, 01:13 PM
 
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From Judge's Ocean of Theosophy:

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That man possesses an immortal soul is the common belief of humanity; to this Theosophy adds that he is a soul; and further that all nature is sentient, that the vast array of objects and men are not mere collections of atoms fortuitously thrown together and thus without law evolving law, but down to the smallest atom all is soul and spirit ever evolving under the rule of law which is inherent in the whole. And just as the ancients taught, so does Theosophy; that the course of evolution is the drama of the soul and that nature exists for no other purpose than the soul’s experience.
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Old 03-13-2024, 09:08 PM
 
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WQ Judge's impression on first meeting HPB:

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It was her eye that attracted me, the eye of one whom I must have known in lives long passed away. She looked at me in recognition at that first hour, and never since has that look changed. Not as a questioner of philosophies did I come before her, not as one groping in the dark for lights that schools and fanciful theories had obscured, but as one who, wandering many periods through the corridors of life, was seeking the friends who could show where the designs for the work had been hidden. And true to the call she responded, revealing the plans once again, and speaking no words to explain, simply pointed them out and went on with the task. It was as if the evening before we had parted, leaving yet to be done some detail of a task taken up with one common end; it was teacher and pupil, elder brother and younger, both bent on the one single end, but she with the power and the knowledge that belong but to lions and sages. So, friends from the first, I felt safe.
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