Western culture is immersed in the concept of the monotheistic
religions of Christianity and Judaism. The casual reader may
not be aware of different alternatives. So a major issue
to be presented is how the "archaic truths which are the
basis of all religions" offer a third alternative to these theistic religions.
The idea of a God outside the cosmos who creates it - with
omniscience and omnipotence - is not the grandest metaphysical
conception. The question may be expressed, what is the highest
cosmic ultimate in a given metaphysics. In standard
Christianity it is God. In the archaic traditions is a nameless
reality that is beyond all description and all expressions of
words. Imagine the most abstract abstraction we can imagine.
It is beyond that.
In a key passage it is "described" as
An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable PRINCIPLE
on which all speculation is impossible, since it transcends
the power of thought. (SDi14)
In English it is called the Absolute.
In my experience, people find her continuation helpful:
and could only be dwarfed by any human expression or
So if we describe it we dwarf it. It is said that the most
advanced seers sense it.
The phrase "Neti, neti" means not "not that, not that". It
refers to a teaching device in which the student is told to
reach for some grand abstraction. Once the student has
imagined that abstraction the student is told "not that, not
There is a vast difference between this cosmic metaphysical
ultimate and a "God". The God of the Bible, in contrast,
displays jealousy, rage and sorrow.
I mention this under "archaic truths" because it is such.
We see it very clearly under Hinduism. We see it in the
Hebrew Kabalah as Ainsoph (literally translated as "nothing.")
It can be found in Buddhism though that engenders a discussion
beyond our scope at the moment. It is believed in today by
100,000,000 Chinese (or more?) Interestingly a similar idea
appears in the German Christian concept of "Gottheit". And
this idea is routinely found in the mystic traditions of the
On the basis of this Absolute alone, Theosophy - the
ancient wisdom as represented by Blavatsky - is a third alternative that
contrasts to the Gods of theistic religions.
Written by Reed Wood Carson, founder of Blavatky Net and Theosophy Foundation of Georgia
"No Religion Higher Than Truth"
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