Theosophical Tenets contains twenty-one selections from Theosophical literature which provide a lucid and coherent introduction to the Perennial Philosophy of human perfectibility. Together, these essays cover metaphysics and ethics, noetic thought and Theosophical psychology, reincarnation and immortality.
142 pages. Sewn, softbound with dust jacket.
Table of Contents
|I. GOD, NATURE, AND MAN||Author|
|Spiritual Evolution||Raghavan Iyer|
|The Three Fundamentals||H.P. Blavatsky|
|Six Items of Cosmogony||H.P. Blavatsky|
|The Mind of the Universe||H.P. Blavatsky|
|The Monadic Host||H.P. Blavatsky|
|Unity and Differentiation||D. K. Mavalankar|
|The Four Golden Links||H.P. Blavatsky|
|Aquarian Axioms||H.P. Blavatsky|
|II. MAN AND THE COSMOS|
|Metaphysics and Ethics||Raghavan Iyer|
|Principles of Human Nature||H.P. Blavatsky|
|Propositions of Psychology||H.P. Blavatsky|
|The Three Propensities||Bhagavad Gita|
|Psychic and Noetic Action||H.P. Blavatsky|
|Sleep and Dreams||H.P. Blavatsky|
|Reincarnation and Immortality||H.P. Blavatsky|
|Aphorisms on Karma||W.Q. Judge|
|III. THE PATH|
|The Pledge of Kwan-Yin||Raghavan Iyer|
|Turning the Wheel of Truth||Dhammachakka Pavattana Sutta|
|The Twin Verses||Dhammapada|
|The Four Qualifications||Shankaracharya|
|The Seven Portals||H.P. Blavatsky|
|The Six Virtues||Robert Crosbie|
|The Nine Stages of Devotion||Bhavani Shankar|
|The Self-Governed Sage||Bhagavad Gita|
|Guide to Pronunciation|
|Method of Study|
Theosophical Tenets: The Path of Self-Regeneration contains twenty-one selections from Theosophical literature which provide a lucid and coherent introduction to Gupta Vidya, the Perennial Philosophy of human perfectibility. Arranged in three sections - "God, Nature and Man", "man and the Cosmos" and "The Path" - each group is introduced with an illuminating essay by Raghavan Iyer. "Spiritual Evolution" sets forth the broad perspective for the emergence and expansion of self-consciousness. "The Three Fundamentals", "Six Items of Cosmogony" and "The Mind of the Universe", by H.P. Blavatsky, outline the basic principles underlying Theosophical metaphysics, whilst "The Monadic Host" links together cosmic and human evolution. "Unity and Differentiation" by Damodar K. Mavalankar integrates the objective and subjective standpoints in the pursuit of truth. "The Four Golden Links" by H.P. Blavatsky stresses the practical implications of sifting meaning out of experience. "Aquarian Axioms" gives the basis for noetic thinking and volition.
"Metaphysics and Ethics" introduces the second section, showing the significance of seeing the individual as the microcosm of the macrocosm. H.P. Blavatsky's "Principles of Human Nature" and "Propositions of Psychology" lay down the basis of Theosophical psychology. "The Three Propensities" from the Bhagavad Gita and "Psychic and Noetic Action" by H.P. Blavatsky consider the interaction of consciousness with matter. Her "Sleep and Dreams" examines dream states and suggests a topology of dreams, and her "Reincarnation and Immortality" discusses post mortem existence, the process of reincarnation and the importance of self-conscious realization of immortality. W.Q. Judge's "Aphorisms on Karma" clarifies the complex operations of causality in individual and collective contexts.
The third section is introduced by "The Pledge of Kwan-Yin", which is the time-honoured basis of true renunciation. "Turning the Wheel of Truth" and "The Twin Verses", drawn from the Teachings of Buddha, convey the Four Truths and the interaction of consciousness and conduct. Shankaracharya's "The Four Qualifications" outlines the essential requirements for the spiritual life, whilst "The Seven Portals" from The Voice of the Silence and "The Six Virtues" by Robert Crosbie refer to crucial stages of the Path. "The Nine Stages of Devotion" by Bhavani Shankar portrays the progressive self-surrender of the seeker, and "The Self-Governed Sage" from the Bhagavad Gita depicts the perfected human being.
From the Introduction:
The central tenets of Theosophia are not derived from any ancient or modern sect but represent the accumulated wisdom of the ages, the unrecorded inheritance of humanity. Its vast scheme of cosmic and human evolution furnishes all true seekers with the symbolic alphabet necessary to interpret their recurrent visions as well as the universal framework and metaphysical vocabulary, drawn from many mystics and seers, which enable them to communicate their own intuitive perceptions. All authentic mystical writings are enriched by the alchemical flavour of Theosophical thought. Theosophy is an integrated system of fundamental verities taught by Initiates and Adepts across millennia. It is the Philosophia Perennis, the philosophy of human perfectibility, the science of spirituality and the religion of responsibility. It is the primeval fount of myriad religious systems as well as the hidden essence and esoteric wisdom of each. Man, an immortal monad, has been able to preserve this sacred heritage through the sacrifical efforts of enlightened and compassionate individuals, or Bodhisattvas, who constitute an ancient Brotherhood. They quietly assist in the ethical evolution and spiritual development of the whole of humanity. Theosophia is Divine Wisdom, transmitted and verified over aeons by the sages who belong to this secret Brotherhood.
The supreme presupposition of Theosophical thought is an eternal substance-principle postulated as the ineffable Ground of all being. It is called a substance-principle because it becomes increasingly substantial and differentiated on the plane of manifestation, while it essentially remains a homogeneous principle in abstract space and eternal duration. The perceived universe is a complex mirroring of this Unknown Source, all finite conceptions of which are necessarily incomplete. It is the Absolute Negation of all that exists. It is Be-ness or Sat, the Secondless Reality, the No-thing of ancient philosophy, the Boundless Lir, the Unknown Beginning of Celtic cosmology. Compared with It, all manifestation is no more than an impermanent illusion or maya, a kaleidoscopic medium through which the one Reality shows itself in a series of reflections. Spirit and matter are the two facets of this indivisible principle, and only seem to be separate during a vast period of cosmic manifestation. They radiate from this transcendent source, yet are not causally related to It, since neither quality nor mode may properly be ascribed to It. They appear periodically on the objective plane as the opposite poles of this Reality yet they are not inherently separate, but mutually coexist as spirit-matter. In manifestation this substratum differentiates itself into seven planes of increasing density, reaching towards the region of sense data. Everywhere the root essence of homogeneous substance is the same, transforming itself by minute degrees from the most ethereal to the most gross.
The seven planes of manifestation may be seen as condensations of rarefied matter and also as living streams of intelligences — primordial rays proceeding from an invisible Spiritual Sun. All modes of activity in the universe are internally guided by powers and potencies arrayed in an almost endless series of hierarchies, each with its exact function and precise scope of action. They are called Dhyan Chohans in Tibetan cosmogony and bear many other titles in the rich panoply of religious traditions — Angels, Devas, Gods, Elohim, etc. All these are transmitting agents of cosmic Law (rita), which guides the evolution of each atom on every plane in space, the hierarchies varying enormously in their respective degrees of creative consciouisness and monadic intelligence. As an aggregate, this immense host of forces forms the manifesting Verbum of an unmanifested Presence, constituting simultaneously the active Mind of the cosmos and its immutable Law....