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W. Q. Judge - The Ocean of Theosophy 1893 (Electronic Edition)

W. Q. Judge - The Ocean of Theosophy 1893 (Electronic Edition)

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The Ocean of Theosophy by William Q. Judge
The Ocean of Theosophy
by William Q. Judge
Published in 1893and corrected by the author 
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The Ocean of Theosophy by William Q. Judge
 #n attempt is made in the pages of this boo: to ;rite of theosophy in such a manner as to be understood by the ordinary reader. old statements are made in it upon the :no;ledge of the ;riter but at the same time it is distinctly to be understood that he alone is responsible for ;hat is therein ;ritten< the Theosophical 'ociety is not in=ol=ed in nor bound by anything said in the boo: nor are any of its members any the less good Theosophists because they may not accept ;hat / ha=e set do;n. The tone of settled con=iction ;hich may be thought to per=ade the chapters is not the result of dogmatism or conceit but flo;s from :no;ledge based upon e=idence and e>perience. +embers of the Theosophical 'ociety ;ill notice that certain theories or doctrines ha=e not been gone into. That is because they could not be treated ;ithout unduly e>tending the boo: and arousing needless contro=ersy. The sub?ect of the Will has recei=ed no treatment inasmuch as that po;er or faculty is hidden subtle undisco=erable as to essence and only =isible in effect. #s it is absolutely colourless and =aries in moral @uality in accordance ;ith the desire behind it as also it acts fre@uently ;ithout our :no;ledge and as it operates in all the :ingdoms belo; man there could be nothing gained by attempting to en@uire into it apart from the 'pirit and the desire. / claim no originality for this boo:. / in=ented none of it disco=ered none of it but ha=e simply ;ritten that ;hich / ha=e been taught and ;hich has been pro=ed to me. /t therefore is only a handing on of ;hat has been :no;n before. W//#+ Q. J*-!
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The Ocean of Theosophy by William Q. Judge
CAPTER !Theosophy and the "aste#s
Theosophy is that ocean of :no;ledge ;hich spreads from shore to shore of the e=olution of sentient beingsA unfathomable in its deepest parts it gi=es the greatest minds their fullest scope yet shallo; enough at its shores it ;ill not o=er;helm the understanding of a child. /t is ;isdom about -od for those ;ho belie=e that he is all things and in all and ;isdom about nature for the man ;ho accepts the statement found in the $hristian ible that -od cannot be measured or disco=ered and that dar:ness is around his pa=ilion. #lthough it contains by deri=ation the name -od and thus may seem at first sight to embrace religion alone it does not neglect science for it is the science of sciences and therefore has been called the ;isdom religion. "or no science is complete ;hich lea=es out any department of nature ;hether =isible or in=isible and that religion ;hich depending solely on an assumed re=elation turns a;ay from things and the la;s ;hich go=ern them is nothing but a delusion a foe to progress an obstacle in the ;ay of manBs ad=ancement to;ard happiness. !mbracing both the scientific and the religious Theosophy is a scientific religion and a religious science. /t is not a belief or dogma formulated or in=ented by man but is a :no;ledge of the la;s ;hich go=ern the e=olution of the physical astral psychical and intellectual constituents of nature and of man. The religion of the day is but a series of dogmas man&made and ;ith no scientific foundation for promulgated ethicsA ;hile our science as yet ignores the unseen and failing to admit the e>istence of a complete set of inner faculties of perception in man it is cut off from the immense and real field of e>perience ;hich lies ;ithin the =isible and tangible ;orlds. ut Theosophy :no;s that the ;hole is constituted of the =isible and the in=isible and percei=ing outer things and ob?ects to be but transitory it grasps the facts of nature both ;ithout and ;ithin. /t is therefore complete in itself and sees no unsol=able mystery any;hereA it thro;s the ;ord coincidence out of its =ocabulary and hails the reign of la; in e=erything and e=ery circumstance. That man possesses an immortal soul is the common belief of humanityA to this Theosophy adds that he is a soulA and further that all nature is sentient that the =ast array of ob?ects and men are not mere collections of atoms fortuitously thro;n together and thus ;ithout la; e=ol=ing la; but do;n to the smallest atom all is soul and spirit e=er e=ol=ing under the rule of la; ;hich is inherent in the ;hole. #nd  ?ust as the ancients taught so does TheosophyA that the course of e=olution is the drama of the soul and that nature e>ists for no other purpose than the soulBs e>perience. The Theosophist agrees ;ith Prof. %u>ley in the assertion that there must be beings in the uni=erse ;hose intelligence is as much beyond ours as ours e>ceeds that of the blac: beetle and ;ho ta:e an acti=e part in the go=ernment of the natural order of things. Pushing further on by the light of the confidence had in his teachers the Theosophist adds that such intelligences ;ere once human and came li:e all of us from other and pre=ious ;orlds ;here as =aried e>perience had been gained as is possible on this one. We are therefore not appearing for the first time ;hen ;e come upon this planet but ha=e pursued a long an immeasurable course of acti=ity and intelligent perception on other systems of globes some of ;hich ;ere destroyed ages before the solar system condensed. This immense reach of the e=olutionary system means then that this planet on ;hich ;e no; are is the result of the acti=ity and the e=olution of some other one that died long ago lea=ing its energy to be used in the bringing into e>istence of the earth and that the inhabitants of the latter in their turn came from some older ;orld to proceed here ;ith the destined ;or: in matter. #nd the brighter planets such as enus are the habitation of still more progressed entities once as lo; as oursel=es but no; raised up to a pitch of glory incomprehensible for Page 3

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