Why Stick To The Original?

For those Theosophists who study and promote only the original Theosophical teachings and who give no credence to the later versions of “Theosophy” from after the time of H.P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge, this is not a matter of personal preference or likes and dislikes, as some may think, nor is it an example of “fundamentalism.”

Students of original Theosophy are such because of three main things:

(1) They know that the Masters and HPB emphasised that Theosophy – the Esoteric Philosophy – is a very definite Body of Knowledge, a specific System of Teaching, and that contradictions, dilutions, and alterations are not part of it and cannot be accepted as legitimate Theosophical teaching. According to HPB, there is such a thing as “Pure Theosophy” and such a thing as “Pseudo-Theosophy.”

* “Well; if in the different spheres contradictory doctrines are propounded, these doctrines cannot contain the Truth, for Truth is One, and cannot admit of diametrically opposite views.” (Master K.H.)

* “Our doctrine knows no compromises.” (Master K.H.)

* “We have no two beliefs or hypotheses on the same subject.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “The Key to Theosophy” p. 87)

* “Occult Science has its changeless traditions from prehistoric times.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. 516)

(2) They also know that it was the Masters and HPB themselves who repeatedly emphasised the importance for Theosophists and the Theosophical Movement of staying true and faithful to what they variously called the “original lines,” “original programme,” “original impulse,” “original system,” and “original teachings.”

* “There are not many left true to the “original program”!” (Master M.)

* “Ready to lay down our life any day for THEOSOPHY – that great cause of the Universal Brotherhood for which we live and breathe – and willing to shield, if need be, every true theosophist with our own body, we yet denounce as openly and as virulently the distortion of the original lines upon which the Theosophical Society was primarily built, and the gradual loosening and undermining of the original system by the sophistry of many of its highest officers. . . . The wise horticulturist uproots the parasitic herbs, and will hardly lose time in using his garden shears to cut off the heads of poisonous weeds.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “Is Denunciation a Duty?” article)

* “Consider all this, and then tell me whether I am too sanguine when I say that if the Theosophical Society survives and lives true to its mission, to its original impulses through the next hundred years – tell me, I say, if I go too far in asserting that earth will be a heaven in the twenty-first century in comparison with what it is now!” (H.P. Blavatsky, “The Key to Theosophy” p. 307)

* “It is pure nonsense to say that “H.P.B. … is loyal to the Theosophical Society and to Adyar” (?). H.P.B. is loyal to death to the Theosophical CAUSE, and those great Teachers whose philosophy alone can bind the whole of Humanity into one Brotherhood. … The degree of her sympathies with the “Theosophical Society and Adyar” depends upon the degree of the loyalty of that Society to the CAUSE. Let it break away from the original lines and show disloyalty in its policy to the CAUSE and the original programme of the Society, and H.P.B. calling the T.S. disloyal, will shake it off like dust from her feet.” (H.P. Blavatsky, Supplement to “The Theosophist,” July 1889)

* “Let it be clearly understood that the rest of my life is devoted only to those who believe in the Masters, and are willing to work for Theosophy as They understand it, and for the T.S. on the lines upon which They originally established it.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “Why I Do Not Return to India” article)

* “We welcome a witty satire always, and defy ridicule or any efforts in this direction to kill the Theosophical Society, so long as it, as a body, remains true to its original principles.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “On Pseudo-Theosophy” article)

* “I have sent Vol. I of the S.D. to Adyar and am now on Vol. II – the Archaic. This alone with the new information in it will be more than you will be able to digest in 25 years with the explanations promised – if you succeed in forming a Society of your own, faithful to the original programme and doctrine and the Masters, or their teaching.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky to A.P. Sinnett” #C, p. 222)

(3) Thirdly, having acquainted themselves with the work, words, and writings of HPB, WQJ, and letters written by the Masters Themselves, they are aware that under the Law of Cycles the Masters were only able and permitted to give out new teachings to the world between 1875-1900 and that no further or deeper information would or could be made available from the Esoteric Doctrine until the closing quarter of the following century – i.e. 1975-2000 – and that even this would be provisional.

* “Nothing is more plain than that H.P. Blavatsky said, on the direct authority of the Masters, that in the last twenty-five years of each century an effort is made by the Lodge and its agents with the West, and that it [i.e. the effort] ceases in its direct and public form and influence with the twenty-fifth year. Those who believe her will believe this; those who think they know more about it than she did will invent other ideas suited to their fancies.

“She explained, as will all those who are taught (as are many) by the same Masters, that were the public effort to go on any longer than that, a reaction would set in very similar to indigestion. Time must be given for assimilation, or the “dark shadow which follows all innovations” would crush the soul of man. The great public, the mass, must have time and also material. Time is ever. The matter has been furnished by the Masters in the work done by H.P. Blavatsky in her books, and what has grown out of those. She has said, the Masters have said, and I again assert it for the benefit of those who have any faith in me, that the Masters have told me that they helped her write The Secret Doctrine so that the future seventy-five and more years should have some material to work on, and that in the coming years that book and its theories would be widely studied. The material given has then to be worked over, to be assimilated for the welfare of all.” (William Q. Judge, “The Closing Cycle” article)

* “At the end of the twenty-five years [i.e. from 1900 onwards, through to 1975 at least] the Masters will not send out in such a wide and sweeping volume the force they send during the twenty-five years. But that does not mean they will withdraw. They will leave the ideas to germinate in the minds of the people at large, but never will they take away from those who deserve it the help that is due and given to all.” (William Q. Judge, “Will Masters’ Help Be Withdrawn in 1898 until 1975?” article)

* “I must tell you that during the last quarter of every hundred years an attempt is made by those “Masters,” of whom I have spoken, to help on the spiritual progress of Humanity in a marked and definite way. Towards the close of each century you will invariably find that an outpouring or upheaval of spirituality – or call it mysticism if you prefer – has taken place. Some one or more persons have appeared in the world as their agents, and a greater or less amount of occult knowledge and teaching has been given out. If you care to do so, you can trace these movements back, century by century, as far as our detailed historical records extend. … If the present attempt, in the form of our Society, succeeds better than its predecessors have done, then it will be in existence as an organized, living and healthy body when the time comes for the effort of the 20th century.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “The Key to Theosophy” p. 306-307)

* “Every century an attempt is being made to show the world that Occultism is no vain superstition. Once the door permitted to be kept a little ajar, it will be opened wider with every new century. The times are ripe for a more serious knowledge than hitherto permitted, though still very limited, so far.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. xxxvii-xxxviii, Introduction)

* “Among the commandments of Tsong-Kha-pa there is one that enjoins the Rahats (Arhats) to make an attempt to enlighten the world, including the “white barbarians,” every century, at a certain specified period of the cycle. Up to the present day none of these attempts has been very successful. Failure has followed failure. Have we to explain the fact by the light of a certain prophecy? It is said that up to the time when Pban-chhen-rin-po-chhe (the Great Jewel of Wisdom) [i.e. Panchen Rinpoche, the Panchen Lama of Tibet] condescends to be reborn in the land of the P’helings (Westerners), and appearing as the Spiritual Conqueror (Chom-den-da), destroys the errors and ignorance of the ages, it will be of little use to try to uproot the misconceptions of P’heling-pa (Europe); her sons will listen to no one.” (H.P. Blavatsky, “Tsong-Kha-pa – Lohans in China” and “Tibetan Teachings” articles)

* “If, for generations we have “shut out the world from the Knowledge of our Knowledge,” it is on account of its absolute unfitness; and if, notwithstanding proofs given, it still refuses yielding to evidence, then will we at the End of this cycle retire into solitude and our kingdom of silence once more. … It is our mission to plunge and bring the pearls of Truth to the surface; theirs – to clean and set them into scientific jewels. And, if they refuse to touch the ill-shapen, oyster-shell, insisting that there is, nor cannot be any precious pearl inside it, then shall we once more wash our hands of any responsibility before human-kind. For countless generations hath the adept builded a fane of imperishable rocks, a giant’s Tower of INFINITE THOUGHT, wherein the Titan dwelt, and will yet, if need be, dwell alone, emerging from it but at the end of every cycle, to invite the elect of mankind to co-operate with him and help in his turn enlighten superstitious man. And we will go on in that periodical work of ours; we will not allow ourselves to be baffled in our philanthropic attempts until that day when the foundations of a new continent of thought are so firmly built that no amount of opposition and ignorant malice guided by the Brethren of the Shadow will be found to prevail.

“But until that day of final triumph someone has to be sacrificed – though we accept but voluntary victims. The ungrateful task did lay her [i.e. HPB] low and desolate in the ruins of misery, misapprehension, and isolation: but she will have her reward in the hereafter for we never were ungrateful.” (Letter from the Master K.H., regarding what the Master had in other letters called “the centennial attempt”)

* “The other, about the Tree etc was a vision – or dream – given you to show you the Path. The old tree is HPB and the short cut lies through her. And it will remain open only 10 years or so [i.e. to the end of 1899].” (William Q. Judge, 3rd September 1889 letter to a Theosophist)

* “We will not get a single word of real aid from HPB till all this stops in every direction. And we have only 8 or 9 years left.” (William Q. Judge, 26th December 1890 letter to a Theosophist)

Another point which could be added is that those who choose to stick to the original have in most cases also familiarised themselves with the real and unadulterated facts of history about the Theosophical Movement and the various developments therein. They tend to know far more about the lives, characters, and activities of prominent “Theosophical” leaders and teachers of the first half of the 20th century than do the followers and admirers of those teachers. Knowing such details, they find it impossible to give any credence whatsoever to such individuals, the best of whom were vain and deluded pretenders and the worst of whom were chronic liars and immoral frauds…and that’s putting it lightly!

Their study and research into the history of the Movement also shows them the central role and importance of William Judge, including how he was co-founder of the Movement with HPB and Col. Olcott as well as being HPB’s closest and most trusted colleague, co-worker, and friend; also an accepted chela of the Mahatmas and a disciple of the Master M., all these important things and more having been deliberately suppressed and obscured by and within “The Theosophical Society – Adyar” for many long decades.

All students of Theosophy have both the right and the responsibility to know the facts.

Some people prefer to study and view Theosophy the way they WANT it to be, while others prefer to study and view it the way it actually IS. The latter can be found in all branches of the Theosophical Movement but particularly the United Lodge of Theosophists, founded in 1909 by Robert Crosbie, and which has the expressed mission statement “To spread broadcast the original teachings of Theosophy as recorded in the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge.”

Every Theosophist ought also to know that the Master K.H. certified that “The Secret Doctrine” was written by himself and the Master M., along with the one they called their “Direct Agent” and “Brother” HPB, who they also sometimes referred to as “Upasika,” a Buddhist term meaning “female disciple.” It was, as he expressed on several occasions, a “triple production” and “a more valuable work than its predecessor [i.e. “Isis Unveiled”], an epitome of occult truths that will make it a source of information and instruction for the earnest student for long years to come.” (See Who wrote The Secret Doctrine?)

Should we not then all aspire to be truly “earnest students” and to study and spread Theosophy the way the Masters chose to give it to the world through their two Messengers and to keep in mind the advice, guidance, and wise warnings that they left for us?

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2 thoughts on “Why Stick To The Original?

  1. Everything evolves and must evolve. While I am against altering original works i.e. the ‘fill’ ‘kill’ debacle with LibervAl…. the spirit of life mandates regular commentary, reflection and new inspired expressions of the transcendent truth.

    1. Hello Ryhan, we agree in principle with the point you have made here. That is one of the reasons for this website, i.e. to provide fresh, newly written, and aesthetically modern, articles and explanations regarding those Theosophical teachings that were given to the world at the close of the 19th century. It is undoubtedly important and essential that Theosophists do this, whilst not altering or distorting what those teachings actually say.

      But as for the Theosophical Philosophy itself, famed Indian Theosophist B. P. Wadia writes:

      “. . . ‘The Secret Doctrine’ and other writings of H.P.B. are portions of the immemorial and imperishable Record of Knowledge. Theosophy as presented by her and her Predecessors is a system of thought neither progressive nor evolving. When they study Theosophy men learn today what always has been known. All that we can gain of instruction in this age has been suitably epitomized for us in the works of H.P.B.” (from the chapter “The Right Approach” in “Studies in The Secret Doctrine” p. 111)

      One could perhaps conclude from that that Theosophy is therefore something stagnant and outdated, seeing as it is “neither progressive nor evolving”…but that’s not the point he is making. His point is that Truth doesn’t change (and HPB says in “The Key to Theosophy” that Theosophy “is everlasting Truth” although of course one doesn’t have to accept that as being so) and that it therefore does not need to progress or evolve; it is WE human beings who need to progress and evolve in order to more clearly and fully perceive, comprehend, and make right use of Timeless Truth.

      And in that respect, the ways in which it is presented to the world must also progress and evolve, to suit the times. If Theosophists and Theosophical groups try to do things in 2019 the way they did them in 1919 they cannot reasonably expect much success.

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