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The Key to Theosophy Paperback – June 1, 1995
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The name "Theosophy" is derived from the ancient Greek for "Divine Wisdom," and is used by the Theosophical Society (founded 1875) to describe a synthesis of philosophy, ancient spiritual mysticism and modern science.
But be aware that Theosophical works such as 'The Key to Theosophy' present a rather controversial view of the universe, and the reader should be prepared for a long process of in-depth study and consideration of ideas that do not follow the normal mainstream of traditional dogma.
The unorthodox philosophy contained in 'The Key to Theosophy' has been abused by such infamous figures as Adolf Hitler and others. But great personalities such as Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Mahatma (Mohandas) Ghandi have also been associated with Theosophical studies. This work is a classic among intellectuals of the 19th and 20th centuries.
'The Key to Theosophy' describes the Universe in terms of Pantheism (which refers to the intimate connection between Divinity and Nature, not "multiple gods" as is commonly misunderstood), and in this way, explains in logical terms a common set of fundamental principles behind many of the religions of the world. Theosophy shows the relationship of the Inner Essence of the soul of mankind to the Divine Source, and makes clear the "how" and "why" behind the Golden Rule and all the moral teachings of the various religions.
In light of the Theosophical explanations, traditional morals, ethics, and spirituality become more than a set of arbitrary dogmatic rules.Read more ›
She wrote in the Preface to this 1889 book, "The purpose of this book... needs but few words of explanation. It is not a complete or exhaustive text-book or Theosophy, but only a key to unlock the door that leads to deeper study. It traces the broad outlines of the Wisdom Religion, and explains its fundamental principles; meeting, at the same time, the various objections raised by the average Western enquirer... The need for such an exposition has long been felt among those interested in the Theosopohical Society and its work, and it is hoped that it will supply information... to many whose attention has been awakened, but who, as yet, are merely puzzled and not convinced."
She states, "We hold to no religion, as to no philosophy in particular: we cull the good we find in each.Read more ›
We have been lied to all our lives - about history, about religion, etc... there is no religion higher than TRUTH.
Books by Alexandra David-Neel and Evans-Wentzare are also less than accurate and useful. Here is the story: This generation of commentary gathered up material from many sources, then added plenty of supposition and conjecture. May I add another parallel? You may have encountered the "Egyptian Tarot" pack. This Tarot deck was designed before the huge breakthroughs in Egyptology in the twentieth century, thus reflects little of actual Egyptian religion and culture. It is maybe 3/4 guesswork. Want the "real deal?" I recommend works like the classic "Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo," by Guru Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa, Francesca Fremantle.
Similarly awful books are those written by Paul Foster Case (on the Tarot). Positively worthless. PEACE!!; )
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This book gives a very nice introduction to the Theosophical movement.
Theosophy, to me, is a religious focus that does NOT disagree with any religion, but which is, to... Read more
What an extremely intelligent woman for her time. All of her books are a little hard to read because they are extremely wordy. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Breggetta Maravilla
A great read and a must have.Helped to bring to light several answers i needed.It is in a Question(from Student) and answer (from Theosophist) format.Published on August 15, 2013 by Laura
"The Key to Theosophy" is Madame Blavatsky's attempt to explain her spiritual teachings in a way relatively accessible to the layman. I'm not entirely sure if she succeeds. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Ashtar Command
This reviewer can claim some intimate knowledge of this subject, i.e. the source of the true God.
I base that claim on my personal search to find God which involved many... Read more
In a nutshell this is a good book to use as a reference that outlines what on the outside appears to philosophical with waffling of words, but as anyone who is familiar with H.P. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by rms1606