The Word Theosophy
THE WORD “THEOSOPHY”
Enquirer: Theosophy and its doctrines are often referred to a new-fangled religion. Is it a religion?
Theosophist: It is not. Theosophy is Divine Knowledge or Science.
Enq: What is the real meaning of the term?
Theosophist: “Divine Wisdom” (Theosophia), or Wisdom of the Gods, as (theogonia), genealogy of the gods. The word means a god in Greek, one of the divine beings, certainly not “God” in the sense attached in our day to the term. Therefore, it not “Wisdom of God,” as translated by some, but Divine Wisdom such as possessed by the gods. The term is many thousand years old.
Enq: What is the origin of the name?
Theosophist: It comes to us from the Alexandrian philosophers, called lovers of truth, Philaletheians, from (phil) “loving” and (aletheia) “truth”. The name Theosophy dates from the third century of our era, and began with Ammonius Saccas and his disciples, who started the Eclectic Theosophical system.
Enq: What was the object of this system?
Theosophist: First of all to inculcate certain great moral truths upon its disciples, an all those who were “lovers of the truth.” Hence the motto adopted by the Theosophical Society: “There is no religion higher than truth.” The Chief aim of the Founders of the Eclectic Theosophical School was one of the objects of its modern successor, the Theosophical Society, namely, to reconcile all religions, sects and nations, under a common system of ethics, based on eternal verities.
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