Theosophy makes no distinction between organic life and mineral. Everything contains life and a level of consciousness although in the case of minerals, not consciousness as we know it,
The universe is all one Object and not put together from parts. One single life force animates the universe and all beings and forms are derived from this single source.
The universal life force is constantly trying to express itself. Eventually this force will develop forms that have the principle of mind, intelligence and self-awareness.
The concept of God is so far beyond our comprehension that Theosophy just accepts that the principle exists. Some Theosophical writers use the term First Cause or Universal Consciousness.
Spirit and Matter (opposite poles of the same thing)
The act of creation has led to polarization within the universe as it has come into manifestation. This is why pairs of opposites pervade the universe such as Spirit and Matter, light and dark, male and female and positive and negative.
Every period of activity has its corresponding period of rest. This is seen in day and night, waking and sleeping, ebb and flow of tides and birth and death. Without this rest and recovery everything in the universe would burn out.
Following on from the concept of involution, we are engaged in a cycle of death and rebirth that is known as reincarnation. After a long period in the process we can expect to evolve to a spiritual level where we no longer need to return to physical life.
Karma (Law of Karma)
Often regarded as a system of reward and punishment but is really a mechanical law of cause and effect that provides a balancing act to keep the universe in kilter.
The Law of Karma is an inherent law of nature and operates at every level of creation. Under this law every action produces a corresponding effect of equal value.
Karma is important as a teacher and dealing with it is an integral part of our spiritual development. Although we learn through the effects of our actions and think in terms of good and bad karma (pleasant & unpleasant adjustments), the law itself is actually indifferent and mechanical.
The effects of our actions can balance out over several lives and therefore karma can only be understood in the context of reincarnation
What is Theosophy?
The word is a Greek derivative and means ‘divine wisdom’. It has been in use for centuries.
Within the Theosophical Society it is used to refer to H P Blavatsky’s adaptation of the Eastern Esoteric tradition for Western Society. This is presented in The Secret Doctrine and other writings and is based principally on Brahmanic Hinduism and Esoteric Buddhism. H P Blavatsky’s knowledge was acquired from members of an inner circle of initiates who are usually referred to as The Masters.
Is Theosophy a Religion?
No. Theosophy requires no faith, has no dogma and everything within it is presented as a hypothesis or ideas for consideration.
How did the Theosophical Society start?
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, William Q Judge and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott founded The Theosophical Society in New York in 1875.
Published in 1888 By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, this comprehensive work presents for consideration an outline of the divine scheme in operation for the unfoldment of the universe and a view of man’s place within that scheme.
Henry Steele Olcott, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and William Quaan Judge;
Founders of the Theosophical Society 1875