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    Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Theosophia

    “If a few theophilanthropists would now serve the Bodhi Tree and the City of
    Man, the Isle of the Blessed would be grateful beyond measure. ” — Aquarian Almanac

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Theosophia

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    SD i. page 272

    (1.) The Secret Doctrine is the accumulated Wisdom of the Ages, and its cosmogony alone is the most stupendous and elaborate system: e.g., even in the exotericism of the Purânas. But such is the mysterious power of Occult symbolism, that the facts which have actually occupied countless generations of initiated seers and prophets to marshal, to set down and explain, in the bewildering series of evolutionary progress, are all recorded on a few pages of geometrical signs and glyphs. The flashing gaze of those seers has penetrated into the very kernel of matter, and recorded the soul of things there, where an ordinary profane, however learned, would have perceived but the external work of form. But modern science believes not in the “soul of things,” and hence will reject the whole system of ancient cosmogony. It is useless to say that the system in question is no fancy of one or several isolated individuals. That it is the uninterrupted record covering thousands of generations of Seers whose respective experiences were made to test and to verify the traditions passed orally by one early race to another, of the teachings of higher and exalted beings, who watched over the childhood of Humanity. That for long ages, the “Wise Men” of the Fifth Race, of the stock saved and rescued from the last cataclysm and shifting of continents, had passed their lives in learning, not teaching. How did they do so? It is answered: by checking, testing, and verifying in every department of nature the traditions of old by the independent visions of great adepts; i.e., men who have developed and perfected their physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual organisations to the utmost possible degree. No vision of one adept was accepted till it was checked and confirmed by the visions—so obtained as to stand as independent evidence—of other adepts, and by centuries of experiences.

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    June 25, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Theosophia

    The harvest is great, but the labourers are few. — JESUS

    We are going to have a league of humanity only when the ancient truths
    of the Wisdom Religion are once more perceived. — ROBERT CROSBIE

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    June 24, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Theosophia

    Think not that pleasing God lies so much in performing good works as in
    performing them with goodwill, and without attachment and respect to persons.
    — JOHN of the CROSS

    Let us fill our well-prepared and purified soul with the light
    of natural philosophy. — PICO della MIRANDOLA

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    June 26, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Theosophia

    There is a certain faculty in our souls naturally directed to
    loving truth and doing all for the sake of truth. — PLATO

    Help Nature and work on with her. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE

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    June 27, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Theosophia

    Instead of looking upon himself as an isolated being, he must learn to look upon
    himself as a part of the INTEGRAL WHOLE. — D. K. MAVALANKAR

    Rebuffed, but always persevering; self-reproached, but ever regaining faith;
    undaunted, tenacious, the heart of man labours toward immeasurably distant
    goals. — HELEN KELLER

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    June 28, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Theosophia

    General, abstract truth is the most precious of all blessings;
    without it man is blind. — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU

    The truth is great, and shall prevail,
    When none cares whether it prevail or not.
    — COVENTRY PATMORE

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    June 30, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Theosophia

    Transcendent Beings move variously over the earth. — PLOTINUS

    A proper and sane system of education should produce the most vigorous and
    liberal mind, strictly trained in logical and accurate thought, and not in blind
    faith. — H. P. BLAVATSKY

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    [The] “Higher Self” is Atma, and of course it is “non-materializable,” as Mr. Sinnett says. Even more, it can never be “objective” under any circumstances, even to the highest spiritual perception. For Atman or the “Higher Self” is really Brahma, the ABSOLUTE, and indistinguishable from it. In hours of Samadhi, the higher spiritual consciousness of the Initiate is entirely absorbed in the ONE essence, which is Atman, and therefore, being one with the whole, there can be nothing objective for it. Now some of our Theosophists have got into the habit of using the words “Self” and “Ego” as synonymous, of associating the term “Self” with only man’s higher individual or even personal “Self” or Ego, whereas this term ought never to be applied except to the One universal Self. Hence the confusion. Speaking of Manas, the “causal body,” we may call it — when connecting it with the Buddhic radiance — the “Higher Ego,” never the “Higher Self.” For even Buddhi, the “Spiritual Soul,” is not the SELF, but the vehicle only of SELF. All the other “Selves” — such as the “Individual” self and “personal” self — ought never to be spoken or written of without their qualifying and characteristic adjectives.

    — H.P. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy

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