the key to theosophy…

“Mr. Cross:  But why do you bring out these books together? Now, I got of a book called The Higher Science; that did me a great deal of good. Another time I had a book called The Black Art, and it was something I knew about.

Mme. Blavatsky:  If you know about the light side, you must know the dark side. If you know anything about night, you must know what day it is.

Mr. Cross:  You are handicapping yourself before the British public by bringing these things together, because we know the astrology in the ordinary man is a good deal connected with fraud. No doubt there is a great deal of truth in these old sciences, but you are really doing yourself harm. You are handicapping yourself, so to speak.

Mr. Kingsland:  You cannot help that, because Theosophy is based upon Occultism. Occultism is the theoretical study of the laws upon which Theosophy as an exoteric thing is based.

Mme. Blavatsky:  And the laws of nature.

Mr. Kingsland:  You must have some law to which you can point as the reason for your Theosophical tenets, and that is Occultism. It is necessary for those who are the leaders in the movement to have this in our knowledge, so that they may meet the opponents of Theosophy on all planes, on the intellectual as well as on others.

Mr. Cross:  Then pray let us have it in plain terms. We want no such scientific terms, we want everything clearly defined.

Countess Wachtmeister:  Learning Theosophy is not like going to a schoolmaster. Learning Theosophy is by developing your intuition; it is not like having your lesson, just made easy. What Theosophy really is, is the development of the inner man.

Mr. Cross:  True. But before you know anything about composition you must learn grammar. What I say is we should know something about the more simple things.

Mme. Blavatsky:  I have tried to put it in as simple language as I could. Everyone throws it at my head; the outside public certainly does not. I took it into my head to write this Key to Theosophy; two weeks ago I began it, and I am finishing it; it will be about 250 pages.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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