THEOSOPHY, Vol. I, No. 8, June, 1913
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THE THIRD OBJECT"The Investigation of the Unexplained Laws of Nature and the Psychical Powers Latent in Man."THE mistake has been made by many of assuming that "investigation" means "experimentation." Investigation belongs properly to the study of known laws and powers; for it is only when the student has thoroughly mastered the theory or science as given, that he can wisely or safely begin to experiment. As H. P. Blavatsky, the one to whom we are indebted for Theosophy, has written; "What we have to do is to seek to obtain knowledge of all the laws of nature * * * To encourage the study of those laws least understood by modern people, the so-called Occult Sciences, based on the true knowledge of nature, instead of, as at present, on superstitious beliefs based on blind faith and authority."
Many have broken away from the theological conceptions that have prevailed for so many centuries, only to drift into an acceptance of the authority of a materialistic science. Others again, while holding to one, are unconsciously colored by the other; so that it may be said that the general basis of thought and action among Western peoples is founded upon a curious admixture of both, with the tendency in the direction of the material.
It must be apparent then, that a true knowledge of nature is necessary before any right effort can be made in the direction of the Third Object.
Theosophy, which embodies a record of the laws that govern the evolution of Man and Nature, has to be studied, assimilated and applied to daily life, before the student is in a position, or condition, to understand and apply the more recondite laws of the Science. A grasp of the whole theory is wise and necessary, but practise should begin in our every day relations, considered in the light of our real nature, and as this course is followed, the inner nature and perceptions are afforded fuller and freer range of action.
This course has not been thought much of, nor greatly followed, yet all the great Teachers of the past, as well as Theosophy, inculcate it. Its neglect has been the cause of all the failures, both inside of theosophical organizations and outside of them, and the reason for this is very apparent. Action follows Thought, and thought based upon the personal idea, be that high or low, is separative, disintegrating.
With these considerations in mind, what is to be said of those who make claims to the possession of occult powers; who advertise themselves as adepts, initiates and what not; or who circulate prospectuses of Schools of Occultism; or claim to be Magi, Rosicrucians, etc.? An examination of the so-called instructions of those at present in existence, shows much copying and re-arrangement of matter accessible to anyone, and claims which have no basis in fact and cannot be substantiated.
That the mystically inclined should increase in numbers as the years went on, was well known to the Founders of the Theosophical Movement. The promulgation of a true all-inclusive philosophy of life under the name of Theosophy was undertaken in order to meet this need, among others. That this has not been more generally availed of, is not the fault of the Founders or Their philosophy, but is chargeable to the general ignorance and credulity of humanity, and to the cupidity or ambition of individuals who saw an opportunity to exploit, or to obtain preferment over their fellow-men.
Fortunately for the world, the Founders of the Theosophical Movement left a record of Theosophy pure and simple, and all necessary directions for its study and application in such form as to be accessible to any who desire it. There are those who follow this implicitly, and whose greatest desire and effort is that others may benefit as they have.
COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:
A man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my ungrudging love; the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me; the fragrance of these good actions always rebounding to me, the harm of the slanderer's words returning to him. For as sound belongs to the drum, and shadow to the substance, so in the end, misery will certainly overtake the evil doer.
--Buddha Sutra of 42 sections
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