"Enq: And what has Theosophy to say in regard to the solution of the more practical needs of humanity? What is the explanation which it offers in reference to the awful suffering and dire necessity prevalent among the so-called "lower-classes". Theo: To be pointed, according to our teaching all these great social evils, the … Continue reading tktt: What is Karma?
"Enq: But what is Karma? Theo: As I have said, we consider it as the Ultimate Law of the Universe, the source, origin and fount of all other laws which exist throughout Nature. Karma is the unerring law which adjusts effect to cause, on the physical, mental and spiritual planes of being. As … Continue reading tktt: What is Karma?
"Theo (cont): The saying of Jesus: "With what measure you mete it shall be measured to you again" (Matth. vii., 2), neither by expression nor implication points to any hope of future mercy or salvation by proxy. This is why, recognizing as we do in our philosophy the justice of this statement, we cannot … Continue reading tktt: Periodical Rebirths
"Enq: In this Christian dogmas contradict both, and I doubt whether any Christian will accept the teaching. Theo: No; and Inman gave the reason for it many years ago. As he puts it, while "the Christians will accept any nonsense, if promulgated by the Church as a matter of faith...the Buddhists hold that nothing … Continue reading tktt: Periodical Rebirths
"Enq: And what is it that regulates the duration, or special qualities of these incarnations? Theo: Karma, the universal law of retributive justice. Enq: Is it an intelligent law? Theo: For the Materialist, who calls the law of periodicity which regulates the marshalling of the several bodies, and all the other laws … Continue reading tktt: Periodical Rebirths
"Enq: You mean, then, that we have all lived on earth before, in many past incarnations, and shall go on so living? Theo: I do. The life-cycle, or rather the cycle of conscious life, begins with the separation of the mortal animal-man into sexes, and will end with the close of the last generation … Continue reading tktt: Periodical Rebirths
"Enq: But is your inference a correct one? Theo: What would you infer if the best pupils of a particular school of singing broke down from over-strained sore throats? That the method followed was a bad one. So I think the inference is equally fair with regard to Spiritualism when we see their best … Continue reading tktt: The Doctrine is Taught in St. John’s Gospel
"Enq: Do you mean to suggest that it is all witchcraft and nothing more? Theo: What I mean is that, whether conscious or unconscious, all this dealing with the dead is necromancy, and a most dangerous practice. For ages before Moses such raising of the dead was regarded by all the intelligent nations as … Continue reading tktt: The Doctrine is Taught in St. John’s Gospel
"Enq: Don't you believe in their (Spiritists; Spiritualists) phenomena at all? Theo: It is because I believe in them with too good reason, and (except some cases of deliberate fraud) know them to be as true as that you and I live, that all my being revolts against them. Once more I speak only … Continue reading tktt: The Doctrine is Taught in St. John’s Gospel
"Enq: You seem very bitter against Spirits. As you have given me your views and your reasons for disbelieving in the materialization of, and direct communication in seances, with the disembodied spirits - or the "spirits of the dead" - would you mind enlightening me as to one more fact? Why are some Theosophists … Continue reading tktt: The Doctrine is Taught in St. John’s Gospel