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The key to theosophy, being a clear exposition, in the form of question ad answer, of the ethics, science, and philosophy for the study of which the Theosophical society has been founded,

Author: H P Blavatsky
Publisher: Pasadena, Calif., Theosophical University Press [1946, 1889]
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Blavatsky, H.P. (Helena Petrovna), 1831-1891.
Key to theosophy.
Pasadena, Calif., Theosophical University Press [1946, 1889]
(OCoLC)812205362
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H P Blavatsky
OCLC Number: 1423783
Description: 373, 53 pages 21 cm
Contents: Section I: Theosophy and the theosophical society --
The meaning of the name --
The policy of the theosophical society --
The wisdom-religion esoteric in all ages --
Theosophy is not Buddhism --
Section II: Exoteric and esoteric theosophy --
What the modern theosophical society is not --
Theosophists and members if the "T. S." --
The difference between theosophy and occultism --
The difference between theosophy and spiritualism --
Why is theosophy accepted? --
Section III: The working system of the T. S --
The objects of the society --
The common origin of man --
Our other objects --
On the sacredness of the pledge --
Section IV: The relations of the theosophical society of theosophy --
On self-improvement --
The abstract and the concrete --
Section V: The fundamental teachings of theosophy --
On God and prayer --
Is it necessary? --
Prayer kills self-reliance --
On the source of the human soul --
The Buddhist teachings on the above --
Section VI: Theosophical teachings as to nature and man --
The unity of all in all --
Evolution and illusion --
On septenary constitution of our planet --
The septenary nature of man --
The distinction between soul and spirit --
The Greek teachings --
Section VII: On the various post-mortem states --
The physical and the spiritual man --
Our eternal reward and punishment; and on nirvana --
On the various "principles" in man --
Section VIII: On re-incarnation on re-birth --
What is memory according to theosophical teaching? --
Why do we not remember our past lives? --
On individuality and personality --
On the reward and punishment of the ego --
Section IX: On the kama-loka and devachan --
On the fate of the lower "principles" --
Why theosophists do not believe in the return of pure "spirits" --
A few words about the skandhas --
On post-mortem and post-natal consciousness --
What is really meant by annihilation --
Definite words for definite things --
Section X: On the nature of our thinking principle --
The mystery of the ego --
The complex nature of manas --
The doctrine is taught in St. John's gospel --
Section XI: On the mysteries of re-incarnation --
Periodical re-births --
What is karma? --
Who are those who know? --
The difference between faith and knowledge; or, blind and reasoned faith --
Has God the right to forgive? --
Section XII: What is practical theosophy? --
Duty --
The relations of the T. S. to political reforms --
on self-sacrifice --
On charity --
Theosophy for the masses --
How members can help the society --
What theosophist ought not to do --
Section XIII: On the misconceptions about the theosophical society --
Theosophy and asceticism --
Theosophy and marriage --
Theosophy and education --
Why, then, is there so much prejudice against the T. S? --
Is the theosophical society a money-making concern? --
The working staff of the T. S --
Section XIV: The "theosophical mahatmas" --
Are the "spirits of light" or "goblins damn'd"? --
The abuse of sacred names and terms --
Conclusion --
The future of the theosophical society.
Responsibility: by H.P. Blavatsky.

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