Theosophy is not a religion in the ordinary sense; and the Theosophical Societyis not a Church in any sense. H. P. Blavatsky was inflexibly opposed to the ideathat it should degenerate into a sect and set up hard-and-fast dogmas or traffic with sectarian methods.The object of its founders was to liberate man from bondage by presenting a philosophy of life that would show him how to find the truth within himself. The literature presented by the Theosophical Society, though a statement in modern formof the ancient wisdom, is not offered as a creed, but is intended to provoke thought and study. It gives an explanation of the problems of life that every person can verify for himself, if he so will. Belief in, and the wish to promote, the brotherhood of mankind are the only prerequisites for good standing in the Theosophical Society.Theosophy touches life at all points and illuminates every problem, but, naturally, different people find certain aspects more attractive than others -- especially at the beginning. To the most intuitive, who immediately perceive the practical importance of its teachings for the happiness and welfare of humanity, thisis the greatest incentive to its study; others appreciate its profound speculative features; some are attracted by its revelation of the inner meaning and basicunity of the great world religions; and there are many who prefer the scientific aspect, which includes the rational explanation of occult phenomena. To meet these conditions we must consider as many aspects of our subject as space permits.Theosophy a Unity of Religion, Science, and PhilosophyFrom the foregoing citations the reader will rightly conclude that theosophy isvery inclusive. Dr. de Purucker says:Now, the operations of the human consciousness are threefold, if you analyzethem carefully; and these threefold operations men have designated by the wordsreligion, philosophy, and science. . . .They are not fundamentally different, but are like the three sides of a triangle, or like three views or ways of looking at truth, and their unified visionproclaims the recondite facts of Being. -- Man in Evolution, Chapter 1The mistake of the modern age is to separate the field of knowledge into divisions. We notice this particularly in science, wherein specialization is becoming an embarrassment. In demonstrating that religion, philosophy, and science are andmust be a unity, theosophy does not strain any point to combine factors that are really not harmonious; it simply presents well-known facts from a new aspect.Another artificial and fatal division that vanishes in the light of theosophy isthat between the speculations of philosophy and the practical conduct of life.A fundamental principle in theosophy, one that cannot be too strongly emphasized, is that its teachings cannot be properly understood without a sincere effort to make them a power in our everyday lives; theosophy is not for Sundays alone. As H. P. Blavatsky said, "Theosophist is who Theosophy does," and as Dr. de Purucker says, "Love is the cement of the universe," without which it would fall to pieces (in other words, "God is Love"). So how can we expect to understand the laws of nature if we outrage them by our selfish thoughts and acts? Belief and conduct cannot be separated in the true.Universal Laws in NatureThe beginner in theosophy has a right to know the foundations of the theosophical structure, although only the briefest outline can be given here.