Toward a Scientific Religion and a Religious Science


THEOSOPHY is that ocean of knowledge which spreads from shore to shore of the evolution of sentient beings.

Unfathomable in its deepest parts, it gives the greatest minds their fullest scope, yet, shallow enough at its shores, it will not overwhelm the understanding of a child.

It is wisdom about God for those who believe that he is all things and in all, and wisdom about nature for the man who accepts the statement found in the Christian Bible that God cannot be measured or discovered and that darkness is around his pavilion.

Although it contains by derivation the name God and thus may seem at first sight to embrace religion alone, it does not neglect science, for it is the science of sciences, and therefore has been called the wisdom religion.

No science is complete which leaves out any department of nature, whether visible or invisible.

That religion which, depending solely on an assumed revelation, turns away from things and the laws which govern them is nothing but a delusion, a foe to progress, an obstacle in the way of man’s advancement toward happiness. Embracing both the scientific and the religious, Theosophy is a scientific religion and a religious science.

Science and Religion

It is not a belief or dogma formulated or invented by man, but is a knowledge of the laws which govern the evolution of the physical, astral, psychical, and intellectual constituents of nature and of man.

The religion of the day is but a series of dogmas man-made and with no scientific foundation for promulgated ethics.

Part 1 – Religion

Visible & Invisible

Our science as yet ignores the unseen, and failing to admit the existence of a complete set of inner faculties of perception in man, it is cut off from the immense and real field of experience which lies within the visible and tangible worlds.

But Theosophy knows that the whole is constituted of the visible and the invisible, and perceiving outer things and objects to be but transitory it grasps the facts of nature, both without and within.

Crystals Underground

It is therefore complete in itself and sees no unsolvable mystery anywhere; it throws the word coincidence out of its vocabulary and hails the reign of law in everything and every circumstance.

There is a wide difference between the ordinary ideas about Mind and those found in Theosophy.

Ordinarily, the Mind is thought to be immaterial, or to be merely the name for the action of the brain in evolving thought, a process wholly unknown other than by inference, or that if there be no brain there can be no mind.

A good deal of attention has been paid to cataloging some mental functions and attributes, but the terms are altogether absent from the language to describe actual metaphysical and spiritual facts about Man.

Religion and Science United

This confusion and poverty of words for these uses are due almost entirely, first, to dogmatic religion, which has asserted and enforced for many centuries dogmas and doctrines which reason could not accept.

And secondly, to the natural war which grew up between science and religion just as soon as the fetters placed by religion upon science were removed and the latter was permitted to deal with facts in nature.

Part 2 – Spirit Aware

Form & Spirit

The reaction against religion naturally prevented science from taking any but a materialistic view of man and nature. So from neither of these two have we yet gained the words needed for describing the fifth, sixth, and seventh aspects, those which make up the Trinity, the real man, the immortal pilgrim.

The fifth aspect is Manas in the [Sanskrit] classification and is usually translated Mind. Other names have been given to it, but it is the knower, the perceiver, the thinker. 

Spiritual Meditation

The sixth aspect is Buddhi, or spiritual discernment; the seventh is Atma, or Spirit, the ray from the Absolute Being.

The English language will suffice to describe in part what Manas is, but not Buddhi, or Atma, and will leave many things relating to Manas undescribed.

The course of evolution developed the lower principles and produced, at last, the form of Man with a brain of better and deeper capacity than that of any other animal.

Flash of Awakened Mind

But this man in form was not man in mind, and needed the fifth aspect, the thinking, perceiving one, to differentiate him from the animal kingdom and to confer the power of becoming self-conscious.

The spirit was imprisoned in form — without its presence evolution could not go forward.

Going back for a moment to the time when the human races were devoid of mind, the question arises, “who gave the mind, where did it come from, and what is it?” It is the link between the Spirit of God above and the personal below.

Part 3 – Life & Death

The Flame

The fire of mind was given to the mindless spirits by others who had gone all through this process ages upon ages before in other worlds and systems of worlds.

The flame came from other evolutionary periods which were carried out and completed long before our solar system had begun.

The Flame of Mind

This is the theory, strange and unacceptable today, but which must be stated if we are to tell the truth about Theosophy — and this is only handing on what others have said before.

Light of Mind

The manner in which this light of mind was given to the Mindless Men can be understood from the illustration of one candle lighting many. Given one lighted candle and numerous unlighted ones, it follows that from one light the others may also be set aflame. So in the case of Mind.

It is the candle of flame. Mindless man having four elementary aspects of Body, Pattern Body and Desire.

“The Sons of Wisdom”

Life and Desire, are the unlighted candles that cannot light themselves. The Sons of Wisdom, who are the Elder Brothers of every family of men on any globe, have the light, derived by them from others who reach back, and yet further back, in endless procession with no beginning or end

They set fire to the combined form aspects and spirit, thus lighting up Mind in the new men, and preparing another great system for final initiation.

Spirit and Form

This lighting up of the fire of Mind is symbolized in all great religions and Freemasonry. In the east one priest appears holding a candle lighted at the altar, and thousands of others light their candles from this one.

The Parsees also have their sacred fire which is lighted from some other sacred flame.

Lighting of Mind

The Thinker, is the reincarnating being, the immortal who carries the results and values of all the different lives lived on earth or elsewhere. Its nature becomes dual as soon as it is attached to a body. For the human brain is a superior organism and Mind uses it to reason from premises to conclusions.

In Theosophy its higher aspect is the intuitional, which knows, and does not depend on reason.

The mind’s lower, and purely intellectual, is nearest to the principle of Desire and is thus distinguished from its other side which has an affinity for the spiritual principles above.

If the Thinker, then, becomes wholly intellectual, the entire nature begins to trend downward — for intellect alone is cold, heartless, selfish, because it is not lighted up by the two other principles of Soul and Spirit.

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”

~ Thich Nhat Hahn

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All above text excerpted from:

The Ocean of Theosophy
by William Q. Judge:

Read in full: Chapter One

Read in full: Chapter Seven

6 responses to “Toward a Scientific Religion and a Religious Science

  1. The Prophet of Nazareth never existed except in the minds of humans.
    Jesus was never an historical person as Blavatsky wrote.

    “…Jesus Christ, i.e., the Man-God of the Christians copied from the Avatâras of every country, from the Hindu Krishna as well as the Egyptian Horus, was never a historical person. He is a deified personification of the glorified type of the great Hierophants of the Temples, and his story, as told in the New Testament, is an allegory, assuredly containing profound esoteric truths, but still an allegory. Every act of the Jesus of the New Testament, every word attributed to him, every event related of him during the three years of the mission he is said to have accomplished, rests on the programme of the Cycle of Initiation, a cycle founded on the Precession of the Equinoxes and the Signs of the Zodiac….”

    “The legend of which I speak is founded….on the existence of a personage called Jehoshua (from which Jesus has been made) born at Lüd or Lydda about 120 years before the modern era….In spite of all the desperate research made during long centuries, if we set aside the testimony of the ‘Evangelists,’ i.e., unknown men whose identity has never been established, and that of the Fathers of the Church, interested fanatics, neither history, nor profane tradition, neither official documents, nor the contemporaries of the soidisant drama, are able to provide one single serious proof of the historical and real existence, not only of the Man-God but even of him called Jesus of Nazareth, from the year 1 to the year 33. All is darkness and silence….The biography of Jesus was invented after the first century….” H.P. Blavatsky

    • H. P. Blavatsky from Isis Unveiled, Chapter 3:

      “The motive of Jesus was evidently like that of Gautama-Buddha, to benefit humanity at large by producing a religious reform which should give it a religion of pure ethics—the true knowledge of God and nature having remained until then solely in the hands of the esoteric sects, and their adepts.”

      “What is self-evident, is that [Jesus] preached the philosophy of Buddha-Sakyamuni.”

      “When we use the term Buddhists, we do not mean to imply by it either the exoteric Buddhism instituted by the followers of Gautama-Buddha, nor the modern Buddhistic religion,” Blavatsky wrote, “but the secret philosophy of Sakyamuni, which in its essence is certainly identical with the ancient wisdom-religion of the sanctuary—the pre-Vedic Brahmanism.”

      “The Gnostics maintained that Jesus was a man overshadowed by the Christos or Messenger of Life.”

      “[Isis Unveiled] contains not one word against the pure teachings of Jesus,” Blavatsky affirmed, “but unsparingly denounces their debasement into pernicious ecclesiastical systems that are ruinous to man’s faith in his immortality and his God, and subversive of all moral restraint.”

      “His age may, with every day, be receding farther and farther back into the gloomy and hazy mists of the past — and his theology — based on human fancy and supported by untenable dogmas [theology] must with every day lose more of its unmerited prestige.” Adding:

      “Alone the grand figure of the philosopher and moral reformer instead of growing paler will become with every century more pronounced and more clearly defined.”

      “That figure,” we are assured, “will reign supreme and universal only on that day when the whole of humanity recognizes but one father: the UNKNOWN ONE above — and one brother — the whole of mankind below.”

      http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/isis/iu2-03.htm

  2. Like “New Age,” we need a “New Science.” Let’s hope that one day in the future evolution, people won’t get terrified by religious dogma. Thank you Theosophy!!!

    • Clearly there is a very real danger in the great vice of religion, the personal God idea. Yet Blavatsky was a compassionator and sought union and harmony with sincere people. Thus she wrote in her intro to Vol. 2 of Isis Unveiled: “WERE it possible, we would keep this work out of the hands of many Christians whom its perusal would not benefit, and for whom it was not written. “We allude to those whose faith in their respective churches is pure and sincere, and those whose sinless lives reflect the glorious example of that Prophet of Nazareth, by whose mouth the spirit of truth spake loudly to humanity. Such there have been at all times. History preserves the names of many as heroes, philosophers, philanthropists, martyrs, and holy men and women; but how many more have lived and died, unknown but to their intimate acquaintance, unblessed but by their humble beneficiaries! These have ennobled Christianity, but would have shed the same lustre upon any other faith they might have professed — for they were higher than their creed. . . . Their charity, and simple, child-like faith in the infallibility of their Bible, their dogmas, and their clergy, bring into full activity all the virtues that are implanted in our common nature.”

      http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/isis/iu2-00-c.htm

  3. In the main this is a wonderful site for ‘theosophical stuff’ but …………God is a he ???

    When all is ONE in the ONE world you say God is a he so suggesting he exists in a world of duality only – I ask as Karma is the Universal justice system then why do we need a God? I will not comment on the Christian Bible for now.

    • Clearly there is a very real danger in the great vice of religion, the personal God idea. Yet Blavatsky was a compassionator and sought union and harmony with sincere people. Thus she wrote in her intro to Vol. 2 of Isis Unveiled:WERE it possible, we would keep this work out of the hands of many Christians whom its perusal would not benefit, and for whom it was not written. “We allude to those whose faith in their respective churches is pure and sincere, and those whose sinless lives reflect the glorious example of that Prophet of Nazareth, by whose mouth the spirit of truth spake loudly to humanity. Such there have been at all times. History preserves the names of many as heroes, philosophers, philanthropists, martyrs, and holy men and women; but how many more have lived and died, unknown but to their intimate acquaintance, unblessed but by their humble beneficiaries! These have ennobled Christianity, but would have shed the same lustre upon any other faith they might have professed — for they were higher than their creed. . . . Their charity, and simple, child-like faith in the infallibility of their Bible, their dogmas, and their clergy, bring into full activity all the virtues that are implanted in our common nature.”

      http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/isis/iu2-00-c.htm

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