The following aphorisms, fourteen in number, were first published in the October 1920 issue of “Theosophy,” the main monthly publication of the United Lodge of Theosophists, without any author’s name attached.
Some Theosophists attribute them to Robert Crosbie, who passed away in 1919 and who left some writings to be published in that magazine after his death, whilst others believe that William Q. Judge had written them and that the manuscript had been in Crosbie’s possession. Either way, the content and not the author is ultimately the most important thing.
They were published under the title “What Is Occultism?” and all in capital letters.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT TELLING ALL ONE KNOWS; BUT RETICENCE.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT SAYING ALL ONE SUSPECTS; BUT SILENCE.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT SPEAKING OF ALL ONE “SEES”; BUT REVERTING INWARD TO THE SOURCE OF SIGHT.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT REPEATING OF ALL ONE “HEARS”; BUT A CLOSED MOUTH LEST HEARING SHOULD ESCAPE THERETHROUGH.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT SPEAKING OF FAULTS OF OTHERS; BUT CHARITY.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT SETTING OF FIXED PLANS; BUT A FLUIDIC POSITION BALANCED IN THE GOOD LAW.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT LAYING DOWN FOR ANOTHER HIS DUTY; BUT SELF-WATCHFULNESS IN PERFORMING ONE’S OWN.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT DOING WHAT ONE WISHES AND WHEN ONE WANTS; BUT DISCIPLINE.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT LISTENING TO GOSSIP OR SLANDER; BUT GOOD-WILL TO ALL, FROM WHICH GOSSIP AND SLANDER CAN DRAW NO SUSTENANCE.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT GIVING WAY TO ANGER OR IMPATIENCE; BUT CALMNESS.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT BEING VAIN OF ONE’S LEARNING, OR PROUD; BUT HUMILITY.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT HURRYING ONE’S DAILY AFFAIRS NOR FORCING ONE’S PROGRESS; BUT KNOWING THE AMPLITUDE OF TIME IN ALL THINGS.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT DOING ALL THE GREAT WORK THERE IS TO DO; BUT THE WILL TO LABOR; THE WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT HELP OR BE A HELPER; THE JOY THAT ANOTHER DOES A TASK THE BEST.
OCCULTISM IS THE NOT STRIVING TO BE A LEADER OF MEN; BUT TO FOLLOW A LINE.
~ Blavatsky Theosophy Group UK ~
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