All original thinkers and investigators of the
hidden side of nature whether materialists – those who
find in matter “the promise and potency of all
terrestrial life,” or spiritualists – that is, those who
discover in spirit the source of all energy and of
matter as well, were and are, properly Theosophists,.
For to be one, one need not necessarily recognize the
existence of any special God or a deity. One need
but worship the spirit of living nature and try to
identify oneself with it. To revere that Presence, the
intangible, omnipotent Proteus: indivisible in its
Essence, and eluding form, yet appearing under all and
every form; who is here and there and everywhere and
nowhere; is ALL, and NOTHING: ubiquitous yet one; the
Essence filling, binding, bounding, containing
everything, contained in all. It will, we think, be seen
now, that whether classed as Theist, Pantheists, or
Atheists, such men are all near kinsmen to the rest.
Be what he may, once that a student abandons the old and
trodden highway of routine, and enters upon the
solitary path of independent thought -Godward- he is a
Theosophist, an original thinker, a seeker after the
eternal truth, with “an inspiration of his own” to solve
the universal problems.