RE: Theos-World My Introduction
Dec 06, 2004 04:11 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
Dec 6 2004
Dear Friend :
Thanks for joining us and writing to introduce yourself. There are no
formalities for writing in your comments and inquiries.
Consider yourself and your views very welcome.
We are all students and inquirers, and interested in the exchange of ideas.
One might say we are perennial students, and also, trying to learn what
THEOSOPHY can teach.
We all feel that in this vast Universe, we have a lot to learn and are
learning new things every day.
There are no finalities, but, hopefully with each other’s help, we can
assist one another to obtain an ever-focused sharpening of understanding.
Here is one aspect of thought:
May we assume that you have visited this Theosophy Study Discussion List
because you hope that there may be answers from students of Theosophy which
you could compare with the thesis you may have already set up.
When we begin to consciously think of how we fit in and are part of the
Whole, we can come to understand that we are powerful spiritual beings
having a human experience that needs to be recognized and taken control of.
Here is one way of looking at things :
The present day Scientist and Theosophical students – and we are all
students -- study the information provided and then we compare our
understanding of them.
Our “Science” tries to explain by hypothesis and theories what may havebeen
the “past” of present day observations (of course limited by the
availability of artifacts and relics, and their present knowledge of the
LAWS, so far detected and observed to be operating, in many correlated
departments of Nature).
No one will dispute facts. One proviso in this work of scientific discovery
and identification is the one of extreme honesty – no secrets, no hiding --
is that all facts and discoveries (anomalies especially) are to be made
available for all to see and draw conclusions about.
>From evidence occasionally made available, it would seem that on occasion,
certain facts (and artifacts) are removed from the glare of publicity – and
we might conclude that this is done because they could upset or question
some well-established hypothesis or theory. If true, this is not strict
“honesty.” Where has the “public” been invited to review the “facts?” This I
have looked for but rarely if ever found in a systematic, scientific way.
As a result, I, for one, although a student of Science and an editor,
distrust scientific hypotheses, and any kind of pontification. There are in
Science no “authorities” – only seekers, observers and honest, accurate
As a case in point, let me refer you to the voluminous work HIDDEN
ARCHEOLOGY (by Cremo and Johnson) published in San Diego, and a second
volume issue two years later, in which they document the reception by
scientists of their first book and the anomalous “facts” it displays.
Several authors down the years have pointed to these and (to my knowledge)
have never been thoroughly refuted by Science – or given prominence -- tomy
We may take the writings of John Anthony West, Von Danniken, Emanuel
Velikovsky, Charles Fort, H. P. Blavatsky. These are four authors, who in
their writings, articles, books -- have challenged – not Science’s facts --
but their interpretations of the past as they have reconstructed it in their
widely accepted (but rarely re-investigated) theories and hypotheses.
There are in existence challenging anomalies that demand a review of the
older theories – after all, a “theory, or, an hypothesis” are not inflexible
and are always subject to revision as new facts are discovered.
In my opinion, the exposing of challenges to scientific “hypothesis and
theories” show us, who are thinkers and observers, that they are not
invariably of the highest value (although they are often taught as “truths).
They cannot be adopted or treated as “authoritative.”
There are differences to be investigated.
One may well ask: Why is it a fact that there are disagreements? We present
our views and findings, you have your own to compare. Naturally we will
present to you what we know in terms drawn from Theosophy as you have
approached us to find out what THEOSOPHY says.
As to providing you with information from “other systems,” while this is
available, we have not all done that extensive work and concentrated it.
I believe it will prove difficult (but ought to be initiated), as the
fundamental Theosophical approach is: that it, Theosophy, is a very ancient
system of continued Scientific research and observation in all departments
of Nature, and of the world religions, philosophies, and also this
observation and recording in old as well as modern Sciences, are derived
As an example, in H P B’s “The SECRET DOCTRINE” you will find it stated that
the doctrines discussed have an antiquity going back some at least 18
HPB states those are actually physically in the possession of the “Masters
of Wisdom.” [ S D I 272-3 ] That exceeds by a great many years, and
cycles of years, any concept of time that the research done by organized
Science in the past 300 years -- (I mean, since “Orientalism,” began with
the scientists that Napoleon 1 had accompany him to Egypt in the very early
It is of course very annoying to find that the ancients (India, China,
Tibet, Mongolia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Iran, the Incas and Mayans, etc…) had
made discoveries and had observed the movement of the stars for millennia
before our present “discoveries.” In many cases we (our Science)
corroborates those, and in some we have disagreement.
The main point and attitude we, as investigators and Scientists, ought to
always adopt ought to be: Lets verify. Let’s freely admit that we have
discovered evidence that shows antiquity, in many parts of the world, had
processes and used materials they were able to manufacture for which we have
yet to discover the secrets.
There is no “shame” in this, but any claims to novelty disappear in the
rightful process of verification.
Theosophical sources are the writings of Mme. Blavatsky: books and
articles, most of which can be studied and understood by anyone.. Also, to
some extent, they have to be individually supplemented with first hand
observation and inquiries over years.
Neither you, nor we (as students of Theosophy), are the final arbiters in
this. We do make comparisons. Some we understand and others we do not. We
are continually learning, all of us.
But, as I understand it, it is facts that we are looking for, as well as,
the supporting of mental acuity and freedom of thought.
Those who worship at the shrine of TRUTH and FACT are contemptuous of no
source of information, nor of any anomalies, or of contemporary or earlier
work done by any one. We seek for traces of similarity, of analogy, or
Look through ISIS UNVEILED, (by HPB) if you wish to see what facts and
events are brought forward for consideration there. It tends to point to
important evens and anomalies that the Science of her days (and now, still)
need to verify. On publication, ISIS UNVEILED created a sensation, and in a
week all copies of the book were sold. It has been kept in print since
Eleven years later The SECRET DOCTRINE was issued;. There you have a
synopsis and review of the Occult records of the history of our Earth’s
formation and the evolution of mankind. These are meticulously contrasted
with Science and its theories as known and taught in her time of writing.
Some of those are still maintained. In many cases, and most often in terms
of cycles and time–periods, the SECRET DOCTRINE does not agree with the
current theories and hypotheses of modern Orientalism and Science. But that
does not make them wrong, or extraordinarily fanciful, or suspect. [see S D
II, pp. 78-80]
We (as students of Theosophy) take the position that NATURE (or Deity)
already contains everything. It is Nature as a fully conscious and
intelligent lawful ENTITY of enormous size – which, as a whole, supports
every detail of our needs (as well as those of all other beings in
existence). It gives us, not only our “life,” but that of all ‘beings’ that
make up our total environment. Law and Laws alone govern every aspect of
being and manifestation. Our Science studies those.
NATURE is the Universal Shrine Of Our Common Worship. Its organization
ranges through seven stages between the limits of INFINITY and NOUGHT. It is
a calculus made living and perfectly obvious to the seeker.
All living beings, of whatever kind, are supported by the united processes
of laws that Nature has already in place. [ Chemistry, physics, mathematics,
astronomy, biology, medicine, sociology, linguistics, politics, history,
paleography, philosophy, theology, etc… are as old as thinking man -- a
period said to comprise at least 18 million years. [see S D I, p. 150
All the discoveries of Science are simply the revealing and verifying of
what is already there laid down and operating under Nature’s control and
supervision. There is no “novelty” only DISCOVERY, and verification of
Our present knowledge has, and is, gradually being built up. It is NOT
built on the basis that any one individual “knows best,” or knows
“everything,” and therefore challenging words like “lies,”
“misunderstandings,” “charlatanry,” “fraud,” etc. are not used,unless there
is verified evidence, at FIRST HAND of their existence. Their use in inquiry
and conversation implies to me, that certain judgments have been made.
Permit me to question their validity.
As you have read the literature of Theosophy, then, in a broad-minded, free
capacity to embrace information, do you have any specific objections to
statements made there. Inquiry starts with dialog. But if there is a
pre-judged position assumed by either party, at that point inquiry and
exchange ceases. It then becomes argument – and “opinions” as viewedby
some impartial third party” are made to emerge and strand on whatever basis
Incidentally, have you have read Sylvia Cranston’s biography of H.P.B.
(Tarcher, New York) as it answers seriously and with documented facts all
the innuendos cast at this life and work of this remarkable Personage
If permitted, let me ask, if you have read ISIS UNVEILED or The SECRET
DOCTRINE? I am interested in the opinions you have to offer, and their
If one has had the benefit of a wide acquaintance with Science and Academic
research in general, one may find that the most valuable attitudes among
such wonderful and dedicated people can be classed as humility, diligence,
and unprejudiced research – and of course, this has to include a wide
research, and a good knowledge of all adjacent disciplines.
Those who are at the forefront of discovery in Science, Orientalism, and
Philosophy ask probing questions, seek for facts, and do not make
pronouncements, designed to support their views, guesses and opinions of the
past or present. To take but a few we have at the cutting edge of Science:
Hawkings, Penrose, Sheldrake, Margulis, Mandelbrot, Viswanath Diwakar, etc.
Theosophy fills gaps that Science is still trying to bridge, and for which
(and it is a lack of specific knowledge) it has erected “possible views” of
plausible causes and procedures in the establishing of a reasonable
“history,” and calls them: theories and hypotheses, which are found to
frequently change as the history of Science reveals, when new evidence
It would seem to me, that you may have adopted some conclusions which today
are acceptable in your “Discipline.” And it also seems to me that you are
seeking to verify and prove your pre-judged position. To me, this is most
commendable as it will enable you to make strict scientific research
You have obviously made a unique study -- leading to specialization. You
have therefore assumed that the solutions (theories and hypotheses) accepted
by your “authorities” and adopted by you are correct. But are you not in
the process of proving them also? Your discoveries in India's ancient
literature and records will be most valuable to correspondents here.
In my own way of looking at myself, I prefer to call myself a “generalist.”
I listen to all sides and take notes and reserve assuming any position until
it is clear we are all considering such facts and reports as are available.
I try to cover a number of inter-related disciplines, since it is evident
that Nature has interlocking and cohesive systems in place. For example, on
careful examination I believe we might say:
Nature (taken as a whole) appears to be infinitely sensitive and responsive
to the needs of the individual components of its many systems. One can see
order and precision in the motions, and influence surrounding an atom, a
crystal, an element or a chemical compound, a plant, an animal, a man, a
mathematical equation, or a chemical, physical or astronomical problem --
or take the remarkable advance in astro-physics and look at a Solar System
and the large number of interacting Galaxies that the use of the Hubble
telescope has revealed in all directions.
Is the Universe in fact an enormous SUN ? Are we bathed (as unit parts of
its inhabitants) with a constant stream of the most varied radiations?
We live on Earth, but our “heads” are in those far stars. Are we then to
limit and sequester our knowledge?
What roads of endeavour lead to WISDOM ?
Law and Laws are found to rule everywhere. Science depends on the honesty
and accuracy of Nature in all its works near and far. Science makes its
declarations based on the facts it discovers. It chooses NATURE as the
final authority. It says that any discovery can be replicated and
demonstrated by any one else. It is the universality of facts that is
valuable, and not the individual opinions of the discoverers.
In the orient, the oldest texts were transmitted verbally with great control
over sound and inflection because (and I have tapes that demonstrate this)
concealed in the sound were some of the “codes” whereby secret knowledge was
transmitted. The superficial sounds in ancient verses were made to present
a coherency that served as a kind of “blind” which diverted and deflected
the attention of a newcomer or a non-initiate.
There are certain euphonic similarities which, studied in terms of actual
linguistic distribution (present and past) are said to have a relationship.
It remains to find out what is correct. [ see SECRET DOCTRINE (on language
and codes): I, pp. 269, 307-25, 362, 568; II, pp, 198-201, 334-5, 364,
Again, neither of us are either right or wrong, but we seek to find out
where the greater accuracy is. Your research and mine may overlap in
places, but they are not invariably coincident, and certainly neither of us
can assume that their position and our particular observations are
necessarily final, and the statements made by the other are idiotic.
And as I understand it, in a life time of dealing with experts in all
departments of Scientific research, prejudice is usually careless of the
findings of other disciplines, unless the researcher has a rare and
inquisitive (even intuitive) nature and is determined to find the TRUTH by
any and every
means, and accept no conclusions unless they are proven to general
satisfaction. We accept nothing and reject nothing. The future will teach
[Incidentally, you will find a full range of Theosophical literature “on
PHOENIX ULT www.phx-ult-lodge.org/
Books "on line" and for downloading
SECRET DOCTRINE -- HPB
ISIS UNVEILED -- HPB
The VOICE OF THE SILENCE -- HPB
LIGHT ON THE PATH
A MODERN PANARION ( H P B )
FIVE YEARS OF THEOSOPHY
TRANSACTIONS OF THE BLAVATSKY LODGE ( H P B )
KEY TO THEOSOPHY (HPB) & GLOSSARY (H P B)
THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY (H P B)
The FRIENDLY PHILOSOPHER (Robert Crosbie)
ETERNAL VERITIES (Robert Crosbie)
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS AT AN INFORMAL "OCEAN
" CLASS (R C)
POINT OUT THE WAY [Answers to Questions at an
"Ocean" Class (J G)
BHAGAVAD GITA and BHAGAVAD GITA NOTES
ECHOES FROM THE ORIENT (Judge)
EPITOME OF THEOSOPHY (Judge)
OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY (Judge)
PATANJALI'S YOGA SUTRAS (Judge)
LETTERS THAT HAVE HELPED ME ( W Q Judge )
THEOSOPHICAL FORUM -- ANSWERS BY (W Q Judge)
THE DHAMMAPADA ( Footfalls of the Law )
THE LIGHT OF ASIA (Gautama Buddha - life & teachings)
THE THEOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT (1875 - 1950) History
We, the entire Universe, ever pursues a common and conjoint path of
discovery, so while recording facts and events, our final conclusions ever
ride along with us, and have to remain as flexible hypotheses -- they help
us understand until they for lack of finality, break-down and have to be
reframed. The general plan is there all right, but as we all progress
through time and events, we reframe the conclusions (Karma) we will have to
meet in the future.
There is no “stasis” (except some assumed ones) anywhere. What are those?
1 the UNIVERSE exists. (On many planes of substance and sensitivity)
2 we as OBSERVERS exist – we are immortals as no beginning or end to
our work seems logical. Bodies wear out and die, but Karma provides us with
new ones, and so one and on… (we, as Essential Beings, are not physical nor
mental, but of some kind of SPIRITUAL SUBSTANCE that survives the continual
“ravages of change,” in its correlates of time, and alterations in space.
3. the ongoing relations between the UNIVERSE and OURSELVES are an
essential part of this timeless and limitless REALITY. In the SECRET
DOCTRINE they are said to be seven-fold [ see S D I, 157-8; II, 296 ].
I hope this will help,
From: Kamal S Rajput
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 9:29 AM
Subject: My Introduction
I am a professor of Physics. I have been studying theosophy since school
days. I have also been a member of Theosophical Lodge at Tikamgarhabout.
32 years back. In Physics, I have worked in Quantum Mechanics, Relativity
and Plasma Physics. In Theosophy, I have worked in rthe projection of Astral
Body. I have been in interested in Yoga and Meditation as well. I have
studied almost all the four vedas, Geeta, Valmiki Ramayan, Shrimad Bhagwata,
etc. I shall be thankful, if you accept me as an active member of the group.
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