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*-!
)e; (or: +ay 1893. Page ,