Theosophy: What Is It?(CD)


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This is a panel discussion exploring the question "What is Theosophy" followed by a question and answer session with the audience. William Metzger suggests that we can approach Theosophy from the standpoint of a storytelling. The Stanzas of Dzyan, which form the basis of H. P. Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine, is a story about the creation of the universe, a story in which the theme of "oneness" is prominent.
Shirley Nicholson speaks about Theosophy as the ancient wisdom, or a continuation of earlier esoteric traditions. She points out that key elements of the Theosophical worldview such as unity, wholeness, inter-connectedness, and polarity, can be found in earlier cultures and religious traditions.
Dorothy Abbenhouse emphasizes that we can know for ourselves some of the truths of Theosophy, rather than just reading or accepting them on an intellectual basis. She says the writings of H. P. Blavatsky contain important clues pertaining to self-realization and self-knowledge, one of them being that our efforts at self-realization cannot be divorced from our actions in daily life. 1991. 89 minutes.