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A Comparison Of Hinduism And Theosophy

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Theosophy and Hinduism are two very complex religions that have many similarities and differences that aid to the comparison of them. Some of their most central elements are similar such as, the practice of meditation and yoga and the belief in reincarnation and karma, yet they use different functions of each. Theosophy uses some of the same ideas as Hinduism and can go hand and hand, but Hinduism does not go with Theosophy. In Theosophy, you can use any greater divine, but Hinduism uses the divine. These comparisons help to understand the central elements that are in a religion and help in knowledge of how religion works in general.Theosophy is similar to Hinduism in that it dates back to ...view middle of the document...

After Judge's death in 1896, Katherine Tingley was his successor. She moved the International headquarters to Point Loma, California. On Tingley's death in 1929, G. de Purucker became the leader of the society. Shortly before his death, he moved the International headquarters to Covina, California.In 1945, Purucker's successor became Colonel Arthur L. Conger. He concentrated on expanding the program and moved the headquarters to Pasadena, California. Conger only ran the society for 6 years before he died in 1951. James A. Long took over and emphasized the importance of making theosophy a living force in daily life. One should also look for the natural karma in every moment. Although the history of the Theosophical Society is not old, the trend is shown that they are in a struggle to establish themselves as an Eastern style religion in a westernized world.The word theosophy comes from the Greek theos (God, divinity) and Sophia (wisdom), and means divine wisdom. The religious movement can be traced to Blavatsky, the philosophy is as old as man. "Its philosophy is a contemporary presentation of a perennial wisdom underlying the world's religions, sciences, and philosophies." (theosociety.org) Theosophy is a way of advancing one's individual search.The most key point to understanding Theosophy is grasping that the Divine wisdom is incomprehensible and unknown by any ancient or modern religious philosophy with the exception of Christianity and Mohammedanism. For example, the Kabala says, "Who, then, can comprehend It since It is formless, and Non-existent?" Another example is the Hindu concept that the Brahma is, "without life, without mind, pure, unconscious". (theosociety.org) "Any Theosophist who holds on to a theory of the Deity which has not revelation, but an inspiration of his own for its basis can belong to any of these religions, but yet remain strictly within the boundaries of Theosophy." (theosocity.org)The main idea is the essential oneness of all beings. Everything originates from a unknowable divine source, life is everywhere throughout the cosmos. Every plant, animal, planet, star, human, and galaxy is divine, but expresses itself through ranges of consciousness and substance. "Evolution reflects the self-expression of faculties which differentiates into material forms; develops spiritual and conscious aspects; and, over cosmic time-periods, returns to the divine source." (Ferm, 787)Humanity is joined inwardly, meaning, our thoughts and feelings have an immediate impact on others. By following your inner promptings, you will benefit humanity as a whole. The idea is to put others and immediate surroundings in front of your own progress. Each person has the ability to discover reality for him or herself by being followers of a divinity. A theosophist is encouraged to do this by learning to judge what is true or false, not follow what someone else dictates to you. Each follows his or her own path through logic and science to...

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