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Theosophy comes from the Greek theosophia (θεοσοφία), which combines theos (θεός), "God"[3] and sophia (σοφία), "wisdom," meaning "divine wisdom." From the late 19th century onwards, the term theosophy has generally been used to refer to the religio-philosophic doctrines of the Theosophical Society, founded in New York City in 1875 by Helena Blavatsky, William Quan Judge, and Henry Steel Olcott. Blavatsky's major work, The Secret Doctrine (1888), was one of the foundational works of modern theosophy.[4] As of 2015[update], members of organizations descended from, or related to, the Theosophical Society were active in more than 52 countries around the world.[a] Modern theosophy has also given rise to, or influenced, the development of other mystical, philosophical, and religious movements.[5] Etymology[edit] The term theosophia appeared (in both Greek and Latin) in the works of early church fathers, as a synonym for theology:[6] the theosophoi are "those who know divine matters Theosophy: Related:  SpiritualitySpirituality

Spiritism Allan Kardec, The Codifier of Spiritism Spiritism is a doctrine codified in the 19th century by the French educator Allan Kardec. Spiritism soon spread to other countries, having today 35 countries represented in the International Spiritist Council.[1] Origins[edit] Spiritism is based on the five books of the Spiritist Codification written by French educator Hypolite Léon Denizard Rivail under the pseudonym Allan Kardec reporting séances in which he observed a series of phenomena that were attributed to incorporeal intelligence (spirits). Precursors[edit] Developments leading directly to Kardec's research were the famous Fox sisters and the phenomenon of the Talking boards. Swedenborg[edit] Emanuel Swedenborg, 75, holding the manuscript of Apocalypsis Revelata (1766). Emanuel Swedenborg (January 29, 1688 – March 29, 1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, seer, and theologian. From 1747 until his death in 1772 he lived in Stockholm, Holland and London. Fox sisters[edit] Franz Mesmer[edit]

Higher consciousness Higher consciousness is the consciousness of a higher Self, transcendental reality, or God. It is "the part of the human being that is capable of transcending animal instincts". The concept developed in German Idealism, and is a central notion in contemporary popular spirituality. Philosophy[edit] Fichte[edit] Fichte distinguished the finite or empirical ego from the pure or infinite ego. Fichte (1762-1814) was one of the founding figures of German idealism, which developed from the theoretical and ethical writings of Immanuel Kant. According to Michael Whiteman, Fichte's philosophical system "is a remarkable western formulation of eastern mystical teachings (of which he seems to have had no direct knowledge)." Schopenhauer[edit] In 1812 Schopenhauer started to use the term "the better consciousness", a consciousness ... According to Schopenhauer, The better consciousness in me lifts me into a world where there is no longer personality and causality or subject or object. Religion[edit]

H.P. Blavatsky Articles and quotes HPB, as Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is often called, is a giant in the history of Western Occultism and the history of 19th century eastern religion. She, through her writings and her contributions to the Theosophical Society, brought eastern concepts like karma and reincarnation to the West. She was also instrumental in helping people in Asia appreciate their own religions more. Olcott did a lot of the heavy lifting, but Madame Blavatsky's contribution can't be ignored. Books like Isis Unveiled weren't read by Westerners alone. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Collected Writings H.P. Blavatsky's life and influence Hesselink, Katinka H.P. Blavatsky's occult phenomena: the Mahatma Letters Was Blavatsky a Nazi? More on Blavatsky & Nazism: what was Blavatsky's racism and how does it relate to her ethics? Algeo, John Olcott and Blavatsky: Theosophical Twins, An Essay in Archetypes Besant, Annie The Evolution of the Universe, Annie Besant's second book review of the Secret Doctrine Mead, G.R.S. Burnier, Radha

Hoʻoponopono Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Similar forgiveness practices were performed on islands throughout the South Pacific, including Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. Traditionally hoʻoponopono is practiced by healing priests or kahuna lapaʻau among family members of a person who is physically ill. Modern versions are performed within the family by a family elder, or by the individual alone. Polynesian antecedents[edit] In many Polynesian cultures, it is believed that a person's errors (called hara or hala) caused illness. Among the islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, people believe that illness usually is caused by sexual misconduct or anger. Like many other islanders, including Hawaiians, people of Tikopia in the Solomon Islands, and on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, believe that the sins of the father will fall upon the children. Traditional practice[edit] A lei made from the fruit of the hala or pandanus tree. Ritual[edit]

Transcendent theosophy Transcendent theosophy or al-hikmat al-muta’li (حكمت متعالي), the doctrine and philosophy developed by Persian philosopher Mulla Sadra, is one of two main disciplines of Islamic philosophy that is currently live and active.[1] Overview[edit] The expression al-hikmat al-muta’liyah comprises two terms al-hikmat (meaning literally, wisdom; and technically, philosophy, and by contextual extension theosophy) and muta’liyah (meaning exalted or Transcendent). This school of Mulla Sadra in Islamic philosophy is usually called al-hikmat al-muta’liyah. It is a most appropriate name for his school, not only for historical reasons, but also because the doctrines of Mulla Sadra are both hikmah or theosophy in its original sense and an intellectual vision of the transcendent which leads to the Transcendent Itself. So Mulla Sadra’s school is transcendent for both historical and metaphysical reasons. Existentialism[edit] Substantial motion[edit] See also[edit] Notes[edit] Jump up ^ S.H. References[edit]

Jnana Jnana or gnana or gnaan (Sanskrit; Pali: jñāna) is a Sanskrit word that means knowledge. It has various nuances of meaning depending on the context, and is used in a number of different Indian religions. The idea of jnana centers around a cognitive event which is recognized when experienced.[1] It is knowledge inseparable from the total experience of reality, especially a total reality,[1] or supreme being within Mahesha-dhama (and/or material world) such as Siva-Sakti.[2] Absence of jnana (knowledge, gnosticism) is known as ajnana (see: agnosticism): Famous mantra in this relationship says: "Om ajnana timirandhasya..." (I was born in ajnana, agnosticism, but my spiritual master opened my eyes with fire of transcendental knowledge, jnana). In Buddhist philosophy[edit] In Tibetan Buddhism, it refers to pure awareness that is free of conceptual encumbrances, and is contrasted with vijnana, which is a moment of 'divided knowing'. In Vedic philosophy[edit] Sahu explains: See also[edit]

Anima mundi Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence ... a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.[1] Other resemblances can be found in the thoughts of hermetic philosophers like Paracelsus, and by Baruch Spinoza, Gottfried Leibniz, Friedrich Schelling and in Hegel's Geist ("Spirit"/"Mind"). There are also similarities with ideas developed since the 1960s by Gaia theorists such as James Lovelock. See also[edit] References[edit] Further reading[edit]

The Ocean of Theosophy by William Q. Judge (TUP Edition) Theosophical University Press Online Edition By William Q. Judge Originally published 1893. The text of this edition is verbatim with the 1893 Second Edition revised by William Q. Contents Preface Chapter 1: THEOSOPHY AND THE MASTERS (25K) Theosophy generally defined. Chapter 2: GENERAL PRINCIPLES (17K) A view of the general laws governing the Cosmos. Chapter 3: THE EARTH CHAIN (12K) The doctrine respecting the Earth. Chapter 4: SEPTENARY CONSTITUTION OF MAN (12K) The constitution of man. Chapter 5: BODY AND ASTRAL BODY (21K) The body and life principle. Chapter 6: KAMA — DESIRE (13K) The fourth principle. Chapter 7: MANAS (17K) Manas the fifth principle. Chapter 8: OF REINCARNATION (19K) Why is man as he is, and how did he come. Chapter 9: REINCARNATION CONTINUED (17K) Objections urged. Chapter 10: ARGUMENTS SUPPORTING REINCARNATION (19K) From the nature of the soul. Chapter 11: KARMA (21K) Definition of the word. Chapter 12: KAMA LOKA (20K) The first state after death. Chapter 13: DEVACHAN (17K)