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An Outline of Theosophy


Charles Webster Leadbeater



Charles Webster Leadbeater

1858? - 1934



Man’s Past And Future



When we have once grasped the fact that man has reached his present position through a long and varied series of lives, a question naturally arises in our minds as to how far we can obtain any information about this earlier evolution, which would obviously be of absorbing interest to us. Fortunately such information is available, not only by tradition, but also in another and much

more certain way. I have so space here to dilate upon the marvels of psychometry, but must simply say that there is abundant evidence to show that

nothing can happen without indelibly recording itself – that there exists a kind of memory of Nature from which can be recovered with absolute accuracy a true, full, and perfect picture of any scene or event since the world began.


Those to whom this subject is entirely new, and who consequently seek for evidence, should consult Dr. Buchanan’s Psychometry or Professor Denton’s Soul of Thins; but all occult students are familiar with the possibility, and most of them  with the method, of reading these records of the past. In essence this memory of Nature must be the Divine Memory, far away beyond human reach; but it is assuredly reflected into the lower planes so that, as far as events on these lower planes are concerned, it is recoverable by the trained intelligence of man.


All that passes before a mirror, for instance, is reflected on its surface, and to our dim eyes it seems that the images make no impression on that surface, but that each passes away and leaves no trace. Yet that may not be so; it is not difficult to imagine that an impression may be left, somewhat as the impression of every sound is left upon the sensitive cylinder of a phonograph; and it may

be possible to recover the impression from the mirror just as it is recoverable from the phonograph.


The higher psychometry shows us that this not only may be so, but is so; and that not a mirror only, but any physical object, retains the impression of all that has happened within its sight, as it were.


We have thus at our disposal a faultlessly accurate method of arriving at the earlier history of our world and of mankind, and in this way much that is of the most entrancing interest can be observed in every detail, as though the scenes were being specially rehearsed  for our benefit. (See Clairvoyance, p 88).


Investigations into the past conducted by these methods show how a long process of gradual evolution, slow but never-ceasing. They show the development of man under the action of two great laws – first the law of evolution, which steadily presses him onward and upward, and secondly – the law of divine justice, or cause and effect, which brings him inevitably the result of his every action, and thus gradually teaches him to live intelligently in harmony with the first law.


This long process of evolution has been carried out not only on this earth, but on other globes connected with it; but the subject is much to vast to be fully treated in an elementary book such as this. It forms the principal theme of Madame Blavatsky’s monumental work, The Secret Doctrine; but before commencing that students are advised to read the chapters on this subject in Mrs. Besant’s Ancient Wisdom and Mr. Sinnett’s Growth of the Soul. 


The book just mentioned will afford the fullest available information not only as to man’s past, but as to his future; and thought he glory that awaits him is such as no tongue can tell, something at least may be understood of the earlier

stages which lead to it. That man is divine even now, and that he will presently unfold within himself the potentialities of divinity, is an idea which appears to shock some good people, and to be considered by them to savour of blasphemy.


Why it should not be so is not easy to see, for Jesus himself reminds the Jews around Him of the saying in their Scriptures, “I said, ye are Gods,” and the

doctrine of the deification of man was quite commonly held by the Fathers of the Church. But in these later days much of the earlier and purer doctrine has been forgotten and misunderstood; and the truth now seems to be held in its fullness only by the student of occultism.


Sometimes men ask why, if man was at the first a spark of the Divine, it should be necessary for him to go through all these æons of evolution, involving so much sorrow and suffering, only in order to be still Divine at the end of it all. But those who make this objection have not yet comprehended the scheme.


That which came forth from the Divine was not yet man – not yet even a spark, for there was no developed individualisation in it. It was simply a great cloud of Divine essence, though capable of condensing eventually into many sparks.


The difference between its condition when issuing forth and when returning is exactly like that between a great mass of shining nebulous matter, and the solar system which is eventually formed out of it. Its condition when issuing forth and when returning is exactly like that between a great mass of shining nebulous matter, and the solar system which is eventually formed out it. The nebula is

beautiful, no doubt, but vague and useless; the suns formed from it by slow evolution pour life and heat and light upon many worlds and their inhabitants.

Or we may take another analogy. The human body is composed of countless millions of tiny particles, and some of them are constantly being thrown off from it.


Suppose that it were possible for each of these particles to go through some kind of evolution by means  of which it would in time become a human being, we should not say that because it had been in a certain sense human at  the beginning of that evolution it had, therefore , not gained anything when it reached its end. The essence comes forth as a mere outpouring of force, even tough it be Divine force; it returns in the form of thousands of millions of mighty adepts, each capable of himself developing into a Logos.


Thus it will be seen that we are abundantly justified in the statement that the future of man is a future  to whose glory and splendour there is no  limit.  And a most important point to remember is that this magnificent future is for all without exception. He whom we call the good man – that is, the man whose will moves with the Divine Will, whose actions are such as to help the march of

evolution – makes rapid progress on the upward path; while the man who unintelligently opposes himself to the great current by striving to pursue

selfish aims instead of working for the good of the whole, will be able to progress only very slowly and erratically.


But the Divine Will is infinitely stronger than any human will, and the working of the great scheme is perfect. The man who does not learn his lesson first time has simply to try over and over and over until he does learn it; the Divine patience is infinite, and sooner or later every human being attains the goal

appointed for him. There is no fear and no uncertainty, but only perfect peace for those who know the Law and the Will.



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Ten Benefits of Studying the Blavatskyan Theosophical Teachings


Studying the Blavatskyan Theosophical teachings offers numerous benefits that can greatly enrich one's understanding of spirituality, philosophy, and the nature of reality.  Theosophy, as defined by the writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, has had a profound impact on the spiritual and philosophical landscape of the modern world. Blavatsky's teachings draw from a wide range of religious and philosophical traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Western esotericism, and present a comprehensive worldview that addresses fundamental questions about existence, consciousness, and the cosmos.


Here are ten benefits of studying the Blavatskyan Theosophical Teachings


1. Exploration of Esoteric Wisdom

One of the primary benefits of studying the Blavatskyan Theosophical teachings is the opportunity to explore esoteric wisdom that is often not readily accessible in mainstream religious or philosophical traditions. Blavatsky's writings delve into the esoteric teachings of ancient cultures and mystery schools, shedding light on profound spiritual truths that have been passed down through the ages. By delving into these esoteric teachings, students of Theosophy can gain insights into the nature of consciousness, the structure of the cosmos, and the evolution of the soul or immortal self.


2. Synthesis of Eastern and Western Philosophy

Blavatsky's Theosophical teachings synthesize elements of Eastern and Western philosophy, offering a comprehensive framework that integrates concepts from diverse cultural and religious traditions. This synthesis provides students with a broader perspective on philosophical and spiritual thought, allowing them to see the underlying unity of seemingly disparate belief systems. By studying Theosophy, individuals can gain a deeper appreciation for the universal principles that underlie all wisdom traditions, fostering a sense of unity and interconnectedness with the world's spiritual heritage.


3. Understanding of Universal Brotherhood

Central to Blavatsky's Theosophical teachings is the principle of universal brotherhood, which emphasizes the essential unity of all beings and the interconnectedness of life. By studying Theosophy, individuals can develop a profound understanding of the interconnected nature of existence, recognizing that all living beings are fundamentally linked and that compassion and empathy are essential for the evolution of humanity. This understanding can lead to a greater sense of empathy, kindness, and social responsibility, fostering a more harmonious and compassionate society.


4. Insight into the Nature of Reality

The Blavatskyan Theosophical teachings offer profound insights into the nature of reality, consciousness, and the unseen dimensions of existence. Through the study of Theosophy, individuals can explore concepts such as the multi-dimensional nature of the universe, the existence of subtle energy realms, and the interconnectedness of the material and spiritual planes. This exploration can lead to a deeper understanding of the nature of reality beyond the limitations of the physical senses, opening up new vistas of perception and understanding.


5. Personal Spiritual Growth

Studying the Theosophical teachings can be a transformative journey that facilitates personal spiritual growth and self-discovery. Blavatsky's writings offer practical guidance for inner development, including meditation practices, ethical principles, and the cultivation of spiritual virtues. By applying these teachings to their lives, individuals can experience profound personal transformation, leading to greater self-awareness, inner peace, and a sense of purpose and meaning.


6. Ethical and Moral Guidance

The Theosophical teachings provide a comprehensive ethical and moral framework that can guide individuals in their personal and social interactions. Blavatsky emphasizes the importance of ethical conduct, altruism, and the pursuit of wisdom, offering practical guidance for leading a virtuous and meaningful life. By studying Theosophy, individuals can gain clarity on moral issues, cultivate a sense of ethical responsibility, and contribute to the greater good of humanity.


7. Appreciation of Comparative Religion

The study of Theosophy encourages an appreciation of comparative religion and the underlying unity of religious and spiritual traditions. Blavatsky's writings explore the common threads that run through the world's religions, highlighting universal spiritual principles that transcend cultural and historical boundaries. By gaining a deeper understanding of comparative religion through Theosophy, individuals can develop a more inclusive and pluralistic perspective, fostering interfaith harmony and mutual respect.


8. Intellectual Stimulation

The Theosophical teachings offer a rich and intellectually stimulating framework for exploring profound philosophical and metaphysical concepts. Blavatsky's writings encompass a wide range of subjects, including cosmology, metaphysics, ancient wisdom, and the evolution of consciousness, providing ample material for intellectual inquiry and contemplation. By engaging with these teachings, individuals can expand their intellectual horizons, develop critical thinking skills, and gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental questions that have intrigued philosophers and mystics throughout history.


9. Healing and Reconciliation

The Theosophical teachings offer insights into the nature of healing and reconciliation, both on a personal and collective level. Blavatsky's writings delve into the esoteric principles of healing, the nature of disease, and the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. By studying Theosophy, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of holistic healing modalities, the power of the mind in influencing health, and the potential for spiritual transformation through the healing process. Furthermore, the Theosophical emphasis on universal brotherhood and compassion can contribute to the reconciliation of divisions and conflicts within society, fostering a more harmonious and peaceful world.


10. Contribution to Global Transformation

Finally, studying the Blavatskyan Theosophical teachings can empower individuals to contribute to the ongoing global transformation towards a more enlightened and compassionate world. Blavatsky's vision of a spiritually awakened humanity, working towards the betterment of all beings, inspires individuals to engage in positive action and service to humanity. By embodying the principles of Theosophy in their lives, individuals can become agents of positive change, working towards the realization of a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.


In summary, the study of the Blavatskyan Theosophical teachings offers a wide range of benefits, ranging from personal spiritual growth to the potential for global transformation. By delving into the esoteric wisdom, ethical principles, and philosophical insights of Theosophy, individuals can expand their understanding of the nature of reality, cultivate compassion and empathy, and contribute to the evolution of humanity towards a more harmonious and enlightened future. As the Theosophical teachings continue to inspire and guide seekers of truth and wisdom, their profound impact on individuals and society is likely to endure for generations to come.





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