LISTEN, YE SONS OF THE EARTH, TO YOUR INSTRUCTORS
THE SONS OF THE FIRE.*
WHAT WE, WHO DESCEND FROM THE PRIMORDIAL SEVEN,
*The Secret Doctrine, 3rd Ed., Vol. I, page 113
The Secret Doctrine, 3rd Ed., Vol. I, page 115.
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Religion and science are the two handmaidens of God between whom can be no real variance, because they are both divine, both complete, both do the work of their Lord. If they seem at variance, it is only because the dull sense of men cannot understand the beautiful variety, yet the heavenly harmony of their manifestations.Rev. J. W. Reynolds, M.A.
From Harmonies of Tones and colours developed by Evolution" by F.J. Hughes, 1883, page 38
Believe nothing which is unreasonable, and reject nothing as unreasonable without proper examination.Gautama Buddha.
From Keely and His Discoveries by Mrs. Bloomfield Moore, 1893, page 186
A wave of unrest seems to be passing over the world. Uneasiness prevails on every side. We walk gingerly as though on the edge of a precipice. Discontent is spreading everywhere. . . . . . . . What is the meaning of the general restlessness? What are its causes? Is the world growing old and effete? Is the human race worn out? Is this generation incapable of the great achievements of the past? Does its materialism clog its powers and prevent its progress? Is the world going wrong for want of an ideal? A people which does not believe in its lofty mission will never accomplish it. Science has made gigantic strides in our days; but have its discoveries added much to the sum of human happiness? It has contributed to our material comfort in various ways, but it has not done much for the federation of the world. The great growth of luxury is not a good, but an evil, if it rob us of our belief in our great destiny and if it weaken our endeavour. If the time is out of joint, is it not possible that worship of wealth is responsible for it? He who makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent. Ours is emphatically the age in which men make haste to be rich, without much regard to the means.Galignani's Messenger
From Keely and His Discoveries by Mrs. Bloomfield Moore, 1893, page 332
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
"This Invocation or Prayer does not belong to any
person or group but to all Humanity. The beauty and the
strength of this Invocation lies in its simplicity, and in its
expression of certain truths which all men, innately
and normally, acceptthe truth of the existence of a basic
Intelligence to Whom we vaguely give the name of God; the
truth that behind all outer seeming, the motivating power
of the universe is Love; the truth that a great Individuality
came to earth, called by Christians, the Christ,* and em-
bodied that love so that we could understand; the truth that
both love and intelligence are effects of what is called the
Will of God; and finally the self-evident truth that only
through humanity itself can the Divine Plan work out."
ALICE A. BAILEY
*Also known as Lord Maitreya, the Imam Mahdi and the Bodhisattva.
Fanaticism in religion, fanaticism in science, or fanaticism in any other question becomes a hobby, and cannot but blind our senses. It will ever be useless to argue with a fanatic. And here we cannot help admiring once more the profound knowledge of human nature which dictated to Mr. Sergeant Cox the following words, delivered in the same address as before alluded to: There is no more fatal fallacy than that the truth will prevail by its own force, that it has only to be seen to be embraced. In fact the desire for the actual truth exists in very few minds, and the capacity to discern it in fewer still. When men say that they are seeking the truth, they mean that they are looking for evidence to support some prejudice or prepossession. Their beliefs are moulded to their wishes. They see all, and more than all, that seems to tell for that which they desire; they are blind as bats to whatever tells against them. The scientists are no more exempt from this common failing than are others.
From Isis Unveiled, Vol. I, p. 615
And now we will try to give a clear insight into one of the chief objects of this work. What we desire to prove is, that underlying every ancient popular religion was the same ancient wisdom-doctrine, one and identical, professed and practiced by the initiates of every country, who alone were aware of its existence and importance. To ascertain its origin, and the precise age in which it was matured, is now beyond human possibility. A single glance, however, is enough to assure one that it could not have attained the marvellous perfection in which we find it pictured to us in the relics of the various esoteric systems, except after a succession of ages. A philosophy so profound, a moral code so ennobling, and practical results so conclusive and so uniformly demonstrable is not the growth of a generation, or even a single epoch. Fact must have been piled upon fact, deduction upon deduction, science have begotten science, and myriads of the brightest human intellects have reflected upon the laws of nature, before this ancient doctrine had taken concrete shape. The proofs of this identity of fundamental doctrine in the old religions are found in the prevalence of a system of initiation; in the secret sacerdotal castes who had the guardianship of mystical words of power, and a public display of a phenomenal control over natural forces, indicating association with preterhuman beings. Every approach to the Mysteries of all these nations was guarded with the same jealous care, and in all, the penalty of death was inflicted upon initiates of any degree who divulged the secrets entrusted to them. We have seen that such was the case in the Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries, among the Chaldean Magi, and the Egyptian hierophants; while with the Hindus, from whom they were all derived, the same rule has prevailed from time immemorial. We are left in no doubt upon this point; for the Agrushada Parikshai says explicitly, Every initiate, to whatever degree he may belong, who reveals the great sacred formula, must be put to death,
From Isis Unveiled, Vol. 2, pp. 98 & 99
The few elevated minds who interrogate nature instead of prescribing laws for her guidance; who do not limit her possibilities by the imperfections of their own powers; and who only disbelieve because they do not know, we would remind of that apothegm of Narada, the ancient Hindu philosopher:
Never utter these words: I do not know thistherefore it is false.
One must study to know, know to understand, understand to judge.
From Isis Unveiled, Vol. I, p. 628
No one who has not practiced, during his whole life, the ten virtues which the divine Manu makes incumbent as a duty, can be initiated into the mysteries of the council, say the Hindu books of initiation.
These virtues are: Resignation; the act of rendering good for evil; temperance; probity; purity; chastity; repression of the physical senses; the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures; that of the Superior soul (spirit); worship of truth; abstinence from anger. These virtues must alone direct the life of a true Yogi.
From Isis Unveiled, Vol. 2, p. 98
True philosophy and divine truth are convertible terms. A religion which dreads the light cannot be a religion based on either truth or philosophyhence, it must be false. The ancient Mysteries were mysteries to the profane only, whom the hierophant never sought nor would accept as proselyte; to the initiates the Mysteries became explained as soon as the final veil was withdrawn. No mind like that of Pythagoras or Plato would have contented itself with an unfathomable and incomprehensible mystery, like that of the Christian dogma. There can be but one truth, for two small truths on the same subject can but constitute one great error. Among thousands of exoteric or popular conflicting religions which have been propagated since the days when the first men were enabled to interchange their ideas, not a nation, not a people, nor the most abject tribe, but after their own fashion has believed in an Unseen God, the First Cause of unerring and immutable laws, and in the immortality of our spirit. No creed, no false philosophy, no religious exaggerations, could ever destroy that feeling. It must, therefore, be based upon an absolute truth. On the other hand, every one of the numberless religions and religious sects views the Deity after its own fashion; and, fathering on the unknown its own speculations, it enforces these purely human outgrowths of overheated imagination on the ignorant masses, and calls them revelation. As the dogmas of every religion and sect often differ radically, they cannot be true. And if untrue, what are they?
From Isis Unveiled, Vol. 2, p. 121
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