Theosophy presents a world view that emphasises the unity and interconnectedness of all life. It is a philosophy to be understood, not blindly accepted. Its principles have been stated by seers and sages since the most ancient times. It is not a religion, though  its concepts and ideas are found in many of the ancient religions and  also in most of  the major world religions of today. Theosophy is religion itself, the essence of true religion.  It is a synthesis of the underlying wisdom or mystic teachings of the ages and provides a framework for understanding the universe. Hence Theosophy has been called the Ancient or the Ageless Wisdom, the Wisdom-Religion or the Wisdom-Tradition, the perennial philosophy.  This is a Brochure from the New Zealand Section.


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Various spiritual traditions suggest that this is not the first life  we have lived on this earth,  and that our individual lives form part of a greater cycle. We can relate to this idea because, on a minor scale, every day we have periods of activity followed by  periods of rest and each new day can be seen as a fresh start.

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As the pressures of the world increase and multiply , many people see meditation as a step toward a calmer life, and towards direct realisation of the wellspring of strength and peace within themselves.

We must not lose sight of the fact that this is an inner journey. For just as the ocean has quiet depths, untroubled by agitation on the surface, so has every human. In those depths — the true centre and source of all that we are — abide stillness, peace and beauty. And we can reach this inner centre.

By meditation we can remove the obstacles, so that the door to those spiritual levels of consciousness can be opened. Then creativity and inspiration flow into our lives, reducing the urgency of our problems and allowing us to express love and peace in all that we do.

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Two Types of Knowledge

Mention is made in the Hadis Sayings and oral instructions of the Prophet Muhammad of two distinct sources of knowledge commonly accepted in Islam: Ilmi-Safina or knowledge of the book, and Ilm-i-Sinah or knowledge of the heart. The same idea occurs in the teaching of The Voice of the Silence, a theosophical classic about the spiritual life, which distinguishes between the Doctrine of the Head, which is exoteric knowledge, and the Doctrine of the Heart, esoteric wisdom. The former refers to the intellectual apprehension of religious teachings, while the latter implies a transformative perception of underlying laws and principles, making the seeker a co-worker with the Divine.

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On the human spiritual journey many powers are developed including the various aspects of psychism. Often called extra-sensory perception, psychism may best be understood by comparing it with spirituality. The difference between the two becomes clearer as we examine the makeup of the human being.

A study of Theosophy suggest that we function in three main fields: spirit, soul and body.

Further that a human being has a sevenfold nature in which to manifest  comprising a personality which is composed of the four ‘lower’ aspects and an Individuality consisting of the three ‘higher’ aspects.  These aspects are not layered but interpenetrate.

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This Brouchure gives answers to some commonly asked questions about the Theosophical Society and membership.  There are many brouchers that answer specific questions - here we look more generally at some of them.  This Brochure has been produced by the New Zealand Section.

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Karma is a law of spiritual dynamics that can be related to every act in daily life. ''Karma'' is a Sanskrit word, meaning action and implies the entire cycle of cause and effect. The law refers particularly to the accumulation of effects brought about by causes set in motion through our attitudes and actions in the past, and includes the new causes initiated in the present that will result in future effects.

Physics demonstrates that no particle of energy can be emitted without a natural result following. A stone tossed into the air returns to earth as a result of the law of gravity. Similarly, in life, as we bring together actions, thoughts and feelings, the result may follow at once or be postponed in accordance with obscure factors. All thought, desire and action disturb, in some measure, the equilibrium through a process of readjustment. The operation of this law is as truly a moral law as it is a physical law and can be directly observed as such.

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Death can be seen as a positive experience, if it is not thought of as an ending. A concept of immortality seems to be the solution to what otherwise creates a sense of despair. By immortality is meant an essential element of waking consciousness that survives death — it may experience many changes, but there is still continuity of consciousness.  This Brochure has been produced by the New Zealand Section.

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  2. To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science.
  3. To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.



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