An analysis of theosophy as a way of thinking that mirrors many forms of philosophical thought

Anatta The Buddha argued that there is no permanent selfno 'essence of a person' or 'what makes me, me'. This means there is no part of a person which is unchanging and essential for continuity, it means that there is no individual "part of the person that accounts for the identity of that person over time". The Buddha held that attachment to the appearance of a permanent self in this world of change is the cause of suffering, and the main obstacle to liberation.

An analysis of theosophy as a way of thinking that mirrors many forms of philosophical thought

Additional Information In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: As a speculative system with both religious and philosophical implications, however, theosophy can be traced back to Plato, and to such early mystical movements and esoteric doctrines as Orphism and pre-Christian gnosticism.

The name, which means divine wisdom and not wisdom of God, is generally attributed to the second century philosopher Ammonius Saccaswhose disciple, Plotinus, was the formulator of the doctrine of NeoPlatonism.


In this system, man is conceived as potentially divine, for he can achieve a mystical union with the One, the embodiment of the supreme sphere of being, through contemplation and self-puritication.

Within this context, Plotinus also suggested a theory of the education of the soul through reincarnation. The human soul, when it allows itself to be overwhelmed by sensible desire, may become so deeply immersed in matter as no longer to be able to abide completely in the universal soul; yet it can rise from that fallen state and bring back the experience of what it has suffered and learned, thus understanding how blessed it is to reside in the intelligible world of pure forms.

The Renaissance also witnessed a flowering of investigations in alchemy, occultism, and Hermeticism. The teachings of the Society, which exhibited a definite propensity toward Oriental mysticism but was heavily indebted to Western theosophical and philosophical traditions as well, were eventually compounded and set forth, along dogmatic and often intricate lines, by Helene P.

Blavatsky, the principal founder of the Society, in The Secret Doctrinethe first and most influential reference work of modern theosophy. One of the underlying tenets of the newly restored wisdom-religion was in fact the fundamental belief in a secret doctrine or esoteric message which, throughout the centuries, had allegedly been the possession of an elite of masters and adepts in mysticism and occultism.

This esoteric notion, along with other facts and factors such as the eccentric and often sharply conflicting personalities of the founders, was perhaps among the leading causes of the peaceful recognition of the theosophic credo.

An analysis of theosophy as a way of thinking that mirrors many forms of philosophical thought

As the new adepts began to spread the word, however, the esoteric trend began to take hold as well, and a series of popular books and manuals helped to carry the message to the general public.

In spite of its controversial nature, the Theosophical Society did eventually become a sort of cultural phenomenon of international importance for the history of religious and philosophical thinking in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

It must be noted, however, that there is a great deal of difference between spiritism or spiritualism and theosophy, which was conceived and lived essentially as a doctrine and a system of thought.

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