tktt: The Fundamental Teachings of Theosophy: On God and Prayer

“Enq:  Then you are Atheists?

 
Theo:  Not that we know of, and not unless the epithet of “Atheist” is to be applied to those who disbelieve in an anthropomorphic God.

 
We believe in a Universal Divine Principle, the root of ALL, from which all proceeds, and within which all shall be absorbed at the end of the great cycle of Being.

 
Enq:  This is the old, old claim of Pantheism. If you are Pantheists, you cannot be Deists; and if you are not Deists, then you have to answer to the name of Atheists.

 
Theo:  Not necessarily so. The term “Pantheism” is again one of the many abused terms, whose real and primitive meaning has been distorted by blind prejudice and a one-sided view of it.

 
If you accept the Christian etymology of this compound word, and form it of “all”, and , “god”, and then imagine and teach that this means that every stone and every tree in Nature is a God or the ONE God, then, of course, you will be right, and make of Pantheists fetish-worshippers, in addition to their legitimate name.

 

But you will hardly be as successful if you etymologize the word Pantheism esoterically, and as we do.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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