Theosophy is that ocean of knowledge which leads to wisdom about God. It is a religion with scientific foundation. Embracing both the scientific and the religious advancement, Theosophy is a scientific religion and religion science. It is not a belief or dogma formulated or invented by man, but it is a knowledge of the laws which govern the evolution of physical, astral, psychical and intellectual constituents of nature and of man. The teaching of Theosophy deal for the present chiefly with our earth, although its purview extends to all the worlds, since no part of the manifested universe is outside the single body of laws which operate upon us. The book contains seventeen chapters describing different major aspects of Theosophy with the aim to give clear and intelligible view to the average reader. It includes: Theosophy and the masters; General Principles; the Earth chain; Septenary constitution of man; Body and Astral Body; Kama—Desire; Manas; Reincarnation and its supporting Arguments; Karma; Kama Loka; Devachan—a state of Atma-Budhi-Manas; Cycles—reappearance of former living personages; Differention of species—missing links; Psychic laws, forces, and phenomena; and Psychic Phenomena and spiritualism.
An attempt is made in the pages of this book to write of theosophy, in such a manner as to be understood by the ordinary reader.;' Bold statements are made in it upon the knowledge of the writer, but at' the same time it is distinctly to be understood that he alone is responsible for what is therein written: the Theosophical Society is not involved in nor bound by anything said in the book, nor are any of its members any the less good Theosophists because they may not accept what I have set down. The tone of settled conviction which may be Nought to pervade the chapters is not the result of dogmatism or conceit, but flows from knowledge based upon evidence and experience. Members of the Theosophical Society will notice that certain theories or doctrines have not been gone into. That is because they could not be treated without unduly extending the book and arousing needless controversy. The subject of the Will has received no treatment, inasmuch as that power or faculty is hidden, subtle, undiscoverable as to essence, and only visible in effect. As it is absolutely color-less and varies in moral quality in accordance with the desire behind it, as also it acts frequently without our knowledge, and as it operates in all the kingdoms below man, there could be nothing gained by attempting to enquire into it apart from the Spirit and the desire. I claim no originality for this book. I invented none of it, discovered none of it, but have simply written that which I have been taught and which has been proved to me. It there-fore is only a handing on of what has been known before.
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