One of the things that baffles newbees as well as long-time students of theosophy, is the confused definitions of theosophy. When one tries to discuss or debate the subject, we may end up parting with deep disagreements because each one of us may have been introduced to theosophy by various lineages, each clinging to certain viewpoints. HPB seems to have forseen this problem and addressed this to the second annual convention of the American Section. She stated:


But there are others among us who realize intuitionally that the recognition of pure Theosophy — the philosophy of the rational explanation of things and not the tenets — is of the most vital importance in the Society, inasmuch as it alone can furnish the beacon-light needed to guide humanity on its true path.


Complete statement can be found here.

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Comment by Ferran Sanz Orriols on February 22, 2012 at 8:34am

 Hi, friends!!!

 Yesterday I took some minutes to ponder on this... and I could not get the words to write clearly, but today I woke up feeling like killing... so I'm sorry I am not able to be gentle. 

 The complete statement is worth reading... the (in)famous "Masters" are mentioned ( those who gave us commision to found the Society ) and the question of the "masters" is still today an open question and/or a weak point in theosophy. 

 HPB's sentence here posted tells us about a hierarchy between intuitive realization and rational explanation... it's intuition that shows the value, the vital importance of rational explanation, it's intuition that gives the strenght needed to search for a rational explanation.

 The intersubjective (which is as necessary as the objective) basis for any definition is an agreement, there is not the agreement, so there is no definition of theosophy. This is the situation.

 The good thing in this site is that here people with different ideas about theosophy can dialogue. This is really meaningful, a precious seed.   


Comment by M K Ramadoss on February 21, 2012 at 8:50am

Thanks for the feedbacks.

HPB knew exactly what she was talking about. It is time for each one of us - we are 1,000 strong - think about  and provide our feedback. Such feedback will help this site move in the right direction and make it very live and useful to all of us. Let us hope everyone takes a few minutes to ponder over.

Comment by John on February 21, 2012 at 3:12am

Excellent post!

Comment by Capt. Anand Kumar on February 21, 2012 at 1:56am

What a brilliant message. It is perhaps more relevant today when the "fainthearted" are still attempting to convert Theosophy into orthodoxy.

David Reigle in one of his notes to me informed that:

But HPB in her notes on how to study The Secret Doctrine given to Robert Bowen made it very clear that she and her teachers did not regard this book as containing the final truth. She stressed that it is meant as a tool to lead one towards the truth, truth that could not be contained in any book.

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