Preface - Theosophy and universal tradition

This book is based on theosophical teachings. Theosophy is derived from Theos (god) and Sophia (Wisdom) and therefore it can be understand as divine wisdom. Theosophy is pantheism, i.e. the belief in a deity inseparably and one with all things or "God" as the nature in her totality. The monotheistic god's picture is not the perception of the Theosophy. During the book it will be relatively quick what other differences exist in regard to this. The earliest provable origin of Theosophy can be found with the Alexandrian philosophers or polymath, who were known as philalethia (?) or friends of truth. The name itself can traced back to Ammonius Saccas (3rd century AD) and his scholars which were called later Neoplatonists.1

In particular the following refers to modern theosophical teachings, that found its way in a broader public by end of 19. Cent. A reappearance which is very closely related above all with Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, an author of German-Russian origin. Madame Blavatsky (H. P. B.) dealt the prevailing part of her life as a researcher with comparative study of religions in many parts of the world. She was convinced, that in the content of holy scripture and historical tradition, equal how much these were changed in the millenniums by human hand, a core of historical facts is contianed.

H. P. Blavatsky founded with some friends in 1875 in New York The Theosophical Society whose motto is: „No religion (or no law) is bigger (or stands higher) than the truth“. Every person with good reputation could become a member of this society equal which religious system school of thought he belonged. One of its aims is to convey moral values to the people, first and foremost altruism. Unselfishness, mercy and charity in thoughts, words and above all in actions distinguish a true theosophist. Altruism in daily live is according to the theosophical view even the only chance for a change of humanity to the better.

Beside some other publications and the work in two volumes Isis Unveiled, the main object of this book is based almost exclusively on her main work, The Secret Doctrine, which was published in 1888 first in English language and exists of two volumes: Vol. I Cosmogenesis deals in general with the subject of the origin and development of the universe and volume II Anthropogenesis argues with the origin and development of humanity. After her death also papers were published in the form of a third volume, with the name Esoteric Papers, which based on teachings that were given by word of mouth and H. P. B forbade the publication of it.

Without exaggeration The Secret Doctrine is an epoch-making work in the most true sense of the word. With her work H. P. B bequeathed to all those, who were, are and will be on the search, a big spiritual treasure for which she is revered by her followers still today with big gratitude. But not long after H. P. Blavatsky death the Theosophical Society splintered into many single societies today and sometimes with very different point of views.

Madame Blavatsky drew the attention with her work to an important fact, which is at first sight less evident. She indicated with the astonishing wide of her comparative studies the numerous common characteristics of different religious systems and myth. It is interesting to become aware, that almost all major religious systems tells more or less the same stories under different name, particularly, as many were separated from time and place so far of each other, that transcribing or verbal transmitting can hardly be considered at least with the current, civilisation theory.

By working out the shared characteristics she wanted on no account to explain single religions for superfluous or destroy it, as one sometimes subordinates it to her. Quite contrary she demonstrated that all major religions own true parts. She indicated its origin, sense and purpose and strengthened thus every single one in its existence, although she was always hard on lies, superstition and dogmas. Neither a destruction nor a union, but rather reconciliation and above all a cleaning were aimed and that based upon the smallest common denominator. In the end, the result of her work crowned a universal tradition, which shows nothing less than the knowledge of the essential inner core which is common almost all major religious systems and traditional history almost of all nations.

  • 1. Neoplatonisms is an important philosophical school based on the teachings of Plato (5. century AD) and founded by Plotin, a scholar of Ammonius Sakkas.

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