Sophia & the Spiritual Path

15 Oct 2017
20:00 -21:30
Besant Hall

Sophia & the Spiritual Path

Wisdom is crucial for our understanding of what a “Spiritual Path” entails.   Without knowing what wisdom is, we cannot possibly know what may be a Spiritual Path or even Theosophy. Additionally, the notion of the divine is closely associated to wisdom, Spiritual Path and, naturally, to the very word Theosophy. Consequently, it is important to explore not only what wisdom is, but also the practical implications of associating it to an abstract notion of divine. On the other hand, it is very difficult to define both wisdom and divine. For this reason, we will briefly see how some philosophers interpreted and explained out what wisdom is. We will do so by briefly exploring the Socratic, Aristotelean, Epicurean viewpoints on wisdom, as well as their criteria to consider someone wise. Finally, we will compare and contrast their viewpoints with the ones outlined by HPB, on the meaning of wisdom in relation to the ‘Spiritual Path’ and Theosophy, and attempt to have a more substantial – if not practical – viewpoint on what wisdom may mean in relation to our daily lives, to a ‘spiritual path’ and in more abstract terms in relation to the notion of  ‘divine.’

Erica’s suggested study list:

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Blavatsky, H., P., 1888. The Secret Doctrine, vol I.  Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing Company Limited,. < http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/sd-pdf/SecretDoctrineVol1_eBook.pdf>

—————–.1972. The Key To Theosophy. Pasadena, Calif.: Theosophical University Press.

—————–‘Knowledge Comes in Visions ‘in Collected Writings, XIII, p. 285.

—————–‘What is Theosophy’ in The Theosophist, Volume 1, Number 1 (October 1879) also in The Collected Writings V. II, pp87 -97.http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/theos/th-origp.htmFarthing, Geoffrey, 1975.

——————The Original Programme of the Theosophical Society <http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/theos/th-origp.htm> Last Accessed 11/25/2015

Brucker,  1742–1744,  History of Philosophy,  Vol. II Chapter III.

Faivre, A., 1994. Access to Western Esotericism. State University of New York Press

Farthing, G., 1975. The Relation of Theosophy to the Theosophical Society. <http://www.blavatskytrust.org.uk/html/articles/relation%20of%20theosophy%20to%20ts.htm> Last Accessed 11/25/2015

Goodrick-Clarke, N., 2008.  The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction. Oxford University Press.

Godwin, J.,1994. The theosophical enlightenment. State University of New York Press

James, William, 1902. The Varieties of Religious Experiences. Longman.  < http://csp.org/experience/james-varieties/james-varieties16.html> Last Accessed 11/20/2015.

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Malinowski, Bronislaw, & Redfield, Robert, 1954. Magic, Science and Religion. Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y.

Theol. Et Scr. Eccl., Praeparatio evangelica, Book III, Chapter V, Section 4, line 2.

Thittila, Ashin, (?). Buddhist Metta, Buddhist Library <http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhism/B%20-%20Theravada/Teachers/Sayadaw%20U.%20Thittilla/Buddhist%20Metta/Buddhist%20Metta.htm> Last Accessed 11/25/2015

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Πορφύριος: Περί Αποχής Εμψύχων (Ακρεοφαγία) β. 4,17,227. Μετάφραση Μαρίας Ι. Σίδερη, Εκδόσεις Πύρινος Κόσμος.