tktt: The Abstract and the Concrete

“Enq:  We have heard of a Golden Age that was, and what you describe would be Golden Age to be realized at some future day. When shall it be?

Theo:  Not before humanity, as a whole, feels the need of it. A maxim in the Persian “Javidan Khirad” says:  “Truth is of two kinds – one manifest and self-evident; the other demanding incessantly new demonstrations and proofs.”

It is only when this latter kind of truth becomes as universally obvious as it is now dim, and therefore liable to be distorted by sophistry and casuistry; it is only when the two kinds will have become once more one, that all people will be brought to see alike.

Enq:  But surely those few who have felt the need of such truths must have made up their minds to believe in something definite? You tell me that, the Society having no doctrines of its own, every member may believe as he chooses and accept what he pleases.

This looks as if the Theosophical Society was bent upon reviving the confusion of languages and beliefs of the Tower of Babel of old. Have you no beliefs in common?

Theo:  What is meant by the Society having no tenets or doctrines of its own is, that no special doctrines or beliefs are obligatory on its members; but, of course, this applies only to the body as a whole.

The Society, as you were told, is divided into an outer and inner body. Those who belong to the latter have, of course, a philosophy, or – if you prefer it – a religious system of their own.

Enq:  May we be told what it is?

Theo:  We make no secret of it. It was outlined a few years ago in the Theosophist and “Esoteric Buddhism”, and may be found still more elaborated in the “Secret Doctrine”. It is based on the oldest philosophy in the world, called the Wisdom-Religion or the Archaic Doctrine. If you like, you may ask questions and have them explained.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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