H. P. BLAVATSKY QUOTATION BOOK
SELECTIONS FOR DAILY READING
THEOSOPHY COMPANY (INDIA) BOMBAY

First Edition
1954
Second Reprint
1961
Third Reprint
1973
Fourth Reprint
1991

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PREFACE
We publish here quotations from the books and articles of Madame H. P. Blavatsky, who restated the teachings of Theosophy for our era. These selections, made by a student of the United Lodge of Theosophists, one for each day in the year, offer moral instruction and encouragement, mental enlightenment and spiritual inspiration to him who will take them as seed-thoughts for meditation. Brooded over, each will yield its meed of light, of solace and of strength.
PUBLISHERS
22nd October 1954

JANUARY  FEBRUARY  MARCH  APRIL  MAY  JUNE  JULY  AUGUST  SEPTEMBER  OCTOBER  NOVEMBER  DECEMBER

 

JANUARY

1st.
Everyone lives, and thinks, and speaks. If all endeavoured to learn the art of making life not only beautiful but divine, and vowed no longer to be hampered by disbelief in the possibility of this miracle, but to commence the Herculean task at once, then the coming year will have been fitly ushered in by the gleaming star.
—Foreword, U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 28

2nd.
There is no miracle. Everything that happens is the result of law—eternal, immutable, ever active.
Isis Unveiled, II, 587

3rd. January 3 . . . was consecrated to Minerva-Athene the goddess of wisdom and to Isis, “she who generates life,” the ancient lady patroness of the good city of Lutetia.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 28, 5-6

4th. It is January the 4th which ought to be selected by the Theosophists—the Esotericists especially—as their New Year. January is under the sign of Capricornus, the mysterious Makara of the Hindu Mystics—the “Kumaras,” it being stated, having incarnated in man-kind under the 10th sign of the Zodiac. For ages the 4th of January has been sacred to Mercury-Budha, or Thoth-Hermes. Thus everything combines to make of it a festival to be held by those who study ancient Wisdom.
—UL.T. Pamphlet No. 28

5th.
The WISDOM-RELIGION was ever one, and being the last word of possible human knowledge, was, therefore, carefully preserved. It preceded by long ages the Alexandrian Theosophists, reached the modern, and will survive every other religion and philosophy.
—The Key to Theosophy, 7-8

6th.
The radical unity of the ultimate essence of each constituent part of compounds in Nature—from Star to mineral Atom, from the highest Dhyan Chohan to the smallest infusoria, in the fullest acceptation of the term, and whether applied to the spiritual, intellectual. or physical worlds—this is the one fundamental law in Occult Science.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 120

7th. Before the Soul can see the Harmony within must be attained, and fleshly eyes rendered blind to (all illusion.
—The Voice of the Silence, 2

8th.
No man can swim unless he enters deep water. No bird can fly unless its wings are grown, and it has space before it and courage to trust itself to the air. A man who will wield a two-edged sword, must be a thorough master of the blunt weapon, if he would not injure himself—or what is worse—others, at the first attempt.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism, 19
 
( 9th. “A harsh word uttered in past lives is not destroyed, but ever comes again.” The pepper plant will not give birth to roses, nor the sweet jessamine’s silver star to thorn or thistle turn.
—The Voice of the Silence, 37

10th. The supreme power whom we revere is the boundless and endless one—the grand “CENTRAL SPIRITUAL SUN” by whose attributes and the visible effects of whose inaudible WILL we are surrounded—the God of the ancient and the God of modern seers. His nature can be studied only in the worlds called forth by his mighty FIAT.
—Isis Unveiled.
I, 29

11th. Karma is the unerring law which adjusts effect / to cause, on the physical, mental and spiritual planes of being.
—The Key to Theosophy,
199

12th.
The Monads cycling round any septenary chain are divided into seven classes or hierarchies according to their respective stages of evolution, Consciousness, and merit.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 171

13th.
The “Higher Ego,” as part of the essence of the UNIVERSAL MIND, IS unconditionally omniscient on its own plane, and only potentially so in our terrestrial sphere. as it has to act solely through its alter ego—the Personal Self.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism, 67

14th.
Ere thy Soul’s mind can understand, the bud of personality must be crushed out; the worm of sense destroyed past resurrection.
—The Voice of the Silence,
13

15th.
Theosophy considers humanity as an emanation from divinity on its return path thereto.
—The Key to Theosophy, 214

16th. The essence of Theosophy is the perfect harmonizing of the divine with the human in man, the adjustment of his god-like qualities and aspirations, and their sway over the terrestrial or animal passions in him. Kindness, absence of every ill feeling or selfishness, charity, good-will to all beings, and perfect justice to others as to one’s self, are its chief features.
—Five Messages, 6-7

17th.
Theosophy gives a clear and well-defined object, an ideal to live for, to every sincere man or woman belonging to whatever station in Society and of what-ever culture and degree of intellect. Practical Theosophy is not one Science, but embraces every science
life, moral and physical. —U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 1, 7

18th.
To live to benefit mankind is the first step. practise the six glorious virtue is the second.
—The Voice of The Silence, 36

19th.
When a thought of good or evil import is begotten in our brain, it draws to it impulses of like nature as irresistibly as the magnet attracts iron filings.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 181

20th.
In each of us that golden thread of continuous life—periodically broken into active and passive cycles of sensuous existence on Earth, and supersensuous in Devachan—is from the beginning of our appearance upon this earth. It is the Sutratma, the luminous thread of immortal impersonal monad-ship, on which our earthly lives or evanescent Egos are strung as so many beads—according to the beautiful expression of Vedantic philosophy.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 513

21st.
From strength to strength, from the beauty and perfection of one plane to the greater beauty and perfection of another, with accessions of new glory, of fresh knowledge and power in each cycle, such is the destiny of every Ego, which thus becomes its own Saviour in each world and incarnation.
—The Key to Theosophy, 152

22nd.
Imagination is a potent help in every event of our lives. Imagination acts on Faith. and both are the draughtsmen who prepare the sketches for Will to engrave, more or less deeply, on the rocks of obstacles and opposition with which the path of life is strewn.
—Raja- Yoga or Occultism, 131-2

23rd.
Thou shalt not let thy senses make a p1ay ground of thy mind.
—The Voice of the Silence,
5

24th.
Men and parties, sects and schools are but the mere ephemera of the world’s day. TRUTH, high-seated upon its rock of adamant, is alone eternal and supreme.
—Isis Unveiled, Preface, v

25th.
The rose must re-become the bud, born of its parent stem, before the parasite has eaten through its heart and drunk its life-sap.
—The Voice of the Silence, 18

26th.
To seek to achieve political reforms before we have effected a reform in human nature, is like putting new wine into old bottles. Make men feel and recognise in their innermost hearts what is their real, true duty to all men, and every old abuse of power, every
iniquitous law in the national policy, based on human, social or political selfishness, will disappear of itself.
—The Key to Theosophy, 229

27th.
. . . man ought to be ever striving to help the divine evolution of Ideas, by becoming to the best of his
ability a co-worker with nature in the cyclic task.
—The Secret Doctrine, I, 280

28th. The Mind is the great Slayer of the Real. Let the Disciple slay the Slayer.
—The Voice of the Silence,
2

29th.
That which makes one mortal a great man and of another a vulgar, silly person is. . . the quality and makeup of the physical shell or casing, and the adequacy or inadequacy of brain and body to transmit and give expression to the light of the real, Inner man; and this aptness or inaptness is, in its turn, the result of Karma.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 13, 3

30th.
The world needs no sectarian church, whether of Buddha, Jesus, Mahomet, Swedenborg, Calvin, or any other. There being but ONE Truth man requires but one church—the Temple of God within us, walled in by matter but penetrable by any one who can the way; the pure in heart see God.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 635

31st. The pupil must regain the child-state he has lost ere the first sound can fall upon his ear.
—The Voice of the Silence, 19

 

FEBRUARY

1st.
Occultism teaches that physical man is one, but the thinking man septenary, thinking, acting, feeling, and living on seven different states of being or planes of consciousness, and that for all these states and planes the permanent Ego.. . has a distinct set of senses.
---Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 73

2nd.
Restrain by thy Divine thy lower Self. Restrain by the Eternal the Divine. Aye, great is he, who is the slayer of desire. Still greater he. in whom the Self Divine has slain the very knowledge of desire.
—The Voice of the Silence, 41

3rd.
All good and evil things in humanity have their roots in human character, and this character is, and has been, conditioned by the endless chain of cause and effect. But this conditioning applies to the future as well as to the present and the past.
—The Key to Theosophy, 232

4th.
The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher life. There is design in the action of the seemingly blindest forces. The whole process of evolution with its endless adaptations is a proof of this.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 277

5th. Beware of fear that spreadeth, like the black and soundless wings of midnight bat, between the moonlight of thy Soul and thy great goal that loometh in the distance far away.
—The Voice of the Silence,
58

6th.
To become a genuine spiritual entity, which- that designation [MAN] implies, man must first create himself anew, so to speak—i.e., thoroughly eliminate from his mind and spirit, not only the dominating influence of selfishness and other impurity, but also the infection of superstition and prejudice.
—Isis Unveiled,
I, 39

7th. Outside a certain highly spiritual and elevated state of mind, during which Man is at one with the
UNIVERSAL MIND—he can get nought on earth but relative truth, or truths, from whatsoever philosophy or religion.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 17,
11

8th.
Occultism regards every atom as an “independent entity” and every cell as a “conscious unit.” It explains that no sooner do such atoms group to form cells, than the latter become endowed with consciousness, each of its own kind, and with free-will to act within the limits of laws
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
65

9th.
Eternal life’s pure waters, clear and crystal, with the monsoon tempest’s muddy torrents cannot mingle.
—The Voice of the Silence, 12

10th.
Our Deity is the eternal, incessantly evolving, not creating, builder of the universe; that universe itself unfolding out of its own essence, not being made.
—The Key to Theosophy,
65

11th.
Unless the flesh is passive, head cool, the Soul as firm and pure as flaming diamond, the radiance will not reach the chamber, its sunlight will not warm the heart, nor will the mystic sounds of the Akasic heights reach the ear, however eager, at the initial stage.
—The Voice of the Silence, 19

12th.
The unity of God, the immortality of the spirit. belief in salvation only through our works, merit and demerit; such are the principal articles of faith of the Wisdom-religion.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 116

13th.
The Masters require only that each shall do his best, and, above all, that each shall strive in reality to feel himself one with his fellow-workers.
—Five Messages, 24

14th.
Ere thou canst settle in Dhyana-Marga and call it thine, thy Soul has to become as the ripe mango fruit: as soft and sweet as its bright golden pulp for others’ woes, as hard as that fruit’s stone for thine own throes and sorrows, O Conqueror of Weal and Woe.
—The Voice of the Silence, 65-6

15th.
It is an occult law, moreover, that no man can rise superior to his individual failings, without lifting, be it ever so little, the whole body of which he is an integral part. In the same way, no one can sin, nor suffer the effects of sin, alone.
—The Key to Theosophy, 201

16th.
The closer the approach to one’s Prototype, “in Heaven,” the better for the mortal whose personality was chosen, by his own personal deity (the seventh principle), as its terrestrial abode. For, with every effort of will toward purification and unity with that “Selfgod,” one of the lower rays breaks and the spiritual entity of man is drawn higher and ever higher to the ray that supersedes the first, until, from ray to ray. the inner man is drawn into the one and highest beam of that Parent-SUN.
—The: Secret Doctrine,
I, 638-9

17th.
Before the Soul can comprehend and may remember, she must unto the Silent Speaker be united, just as the form to which the clay is modelled is first united with the potter’s mind.
—The Voice of the Silence, 3

18th.
This “secret doctrine” contains the alpha and the omega of universal science; therein lies the corner and the keystone of all the ancient and modern knowledge; and alone in this “unphilosophical” doctrine remains buried the absolute in the philosophy of the dark problems of life and death.
—Isis Unveiled,
I. 511

19th.
These great Mahatmas, or Buddhas, are a universal and common property: they are historical sages —at any rate, for all the Occultists who believe in such a hierarchy of Sages, the existence of which has been proved to them by the learned ones of the
Fraternity
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 423

20th.
The human brain is simply the canal between two planes—-the psycho-spiritual and the material— through which every abstract and metaphysical idea filters from the Manasic down to the lower human consciousness.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 25,
5

21st. False learning is rejected by the Wise, and scattered to the Winds by the Good Law. Its wheel revolves for all, the humble and the proud. The “Doctrine of the Eye” is for the crowd; the “Doctrine of the Heart” for the elect. The first repeat in pride:
Behold, I know”; the last, they who in humbleness have garnered, low confess: “Thus have I heard.”
—The Voice of the Silence, 29-30

22nd.
The infusion of a little practical Theosophy would help a hundred times more in life the poor suffering masses than all this infusion of (useless) intelligence.
—The Key to Theosophy, 262

23rd. The whole essence of truth cannot be transmitted from mouth to ear. Nor can any pen describe it, not even that of the recording Angel, unless man finds the answer in the sanctuary of his own heart, in the innermost depths of his divine intuitions.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 516

24th. Magic was considered a divine science which led to a participation in the attributes of Divinity itself.
—Isis Unveiled,
I, 25

25th.
Search for the Paths. But, 0 Lanoo, be of clean heart before thou startest on thy journey. Before thou takest thy first step, learn to discern the real from the false, the ever-fleeting from the everlasting. Learn above all to separate Head-learning from Soul-wisdom, the Eye” from the “Heart’ doctrine.
—The Voice of the Silence, 27

26th. Verily that body, so desecrated by Materialism and man himself, is the temple of the Holy Grail, the Adytum of the grandest, nay, of all, the mysteries of nature in our solar universe.
—Raja- Yoga or Occultism, 69

27th. For logic, consistency, profound philosophy, divine mercy and equity, this doctrine of Reincarnation has not its equal on earth.—The Key to Theosophy, 152

28th.
Remember, thou that fightest for man’s liberation, each failure is success, and each sincere attempt wins its reward in time. The holy germs that sprout and grow unseen in the disciple’s soul, their stalks wax strong at each new trial, they bend like reeds but never break, nor can they e’er be lost. But when the hour has struck they blossom forth.
—The Voice of the Silence, 68-9

29th.
The Platonic philosophy was one of order, system, and proportion; it embraced the evolution of worlds and species, the correlation and conservation of energy, the transmutation of material form, the indestructibility of matter and of spirit. Their position in the latter respect being far in advance of modern science, and binding the arch of their philosophical system with a keystone at once perfect and immovable.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 238-9


MARCH

1st.
Desire nothing. Chafe not at Karma, nor at Nature’s changeless laws. But struggle only with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable.
—The Voice of the Silence,
15

2nd.
No one can study ancient philosophies seriously without perceiving that the striking similitude of conception between all—in their exoteric form very often, in their hidden spirit invariably—is the result of no mere coincidence, but of a concurrent design: and that there was, during the youth of mankind, one language, one knowledge, one universal religion, when there were no churches, no creeds or sects, but when every man was a priest unto himself.
—The Secret Doctrine, I, 341

3rd.
The ethics are the soul of the Wisdom-Religion, and were once the common property of the initiates of all nations.
—The Key to Theosophy,
14

4th.
Of teachers there are many: the MASTER-SOUL is one, Alaya, the Universal Soul. Live in that MASTER as Its ray in thee. Live in thy fellows as they live in IT.
—The Voice of the Silence, 54

5th.
Magic, White, or “Beneficent Magic,” so-called, is divine magic, devoid of selfishness, love of power, of ambition, or lucre, and bent only on doing good to the world in general, and one’s neighbour in particular. J
—The Theosophical Glossary, 184

6th.
There is but one road to the Path; at its very end alone the “Voice of the Silence” can be heard. The ladder by which the candidate ascends is formed of rungs of suffering and pain, these can be silenced only by the voice of virtue.
—The Voice of the Silence, 16

7th.
The first lesson taught in Esoteric philosophy is, that the incognizable Cause does not put forth evolution, whether consciously or unconsciously, but only exhibits periodically different aspects of itself to the perception of finite Minds.
----The Secret Doctrine,
II, 487

8th.
Theosophy, on earth, is like the white ray of the spectrum, and every religion only one of the seven prismatic colours. Ignoring all the others, and cursing them as false, every special coloured ray claims not only priority, but to be that white ray itself, and anathmatizes even its own tints from light to dark, as heresies.
—The Key to Theosophy,
58

9th.
The plastic power of the imagination is much stronger in some persons than in others. The mind is dual in its potentiality: it is physical and metaphysical. The higher part of the mind is connected with the spiritual soul or Buddhi, the lower with the animal soul, the Kama principle.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism, 103-4

10th.
The WISE ONES tarry not in pleasure-grounds of senses. The WISE ONES heed not the sweet-tongued voices of illusion.
—The Voice of the Silence, 7

11th.
When one falls into a love of self and love of the world, with its pleasures, losing the divine love of God and of the neighbour, he falls from life to death.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 318

12th. During human life the greatest impediment in the way of spiritual development, and especially to the acquirement of Yoga powers, is the activity of our physiological senses.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 296

13th.
Our duty is to keep alive in man his spiritual intuitions. To oppose and counteract—after due investigation and proof of its irrational nature—bigotry in every form, religious, scientific, or social, and cant above all, whether as religious sectarianism or as belief in miracles or anything supernatural.
—The Key to Theosophy, 47

14th.
Both action and inaction may find room in thee; thy body agitated, thy mind tranquil, thy Soul as limpid as a mountain lake.
—The Voice of the Silence, 32

15th.
A Religion in the true and only correct sense, is a bond uniting men together—not a particular set of dogmas and beliefs. Now Religion, per se, in its widest meaning is that which binds not only all MEN, but also all BEINGS and all things in the entire Universe into one grand whole.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 1,
3

16th.
Memory—the despair of the materialist, the enigma of the psychologist, the sphinx of science—is to the student of old philosophies merely a name to express that power which man unconsciously exerts, and shares with many of the inferior animals—to look with inner sight into the astral light, and there behold the images of past sensations and incidents.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 178-9

17th.
Nor would the ways of Karma be inscrutable were men to work in union and harmony, instead of disunion and strife. For our ignorance of those ways— which one portion of mankind calls the ways of Providence, dark and intricate; while another sees in them the action of blind Fatalism; and a third, simple chance, with neither gods nor devils to guide them—would surely disappear, if we would but attribute all these to their correct cause. With right knowledge, or at any rate with a confident conviction that our neighbours will no more work to hurt us than we would think of harming them, the two-thirds of the World’s evil would vanish into thin air.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 643

18th.
If thy Soul smiles while bathing in the Sunlight of thy Life; if thy Soul sings within her chrysalis of flesh and matter; if thy Soul weeps inside her castle of illusion; if thy soul struggles to break the silver thread that binds her to the MASTER; know. O Disciple, thy Soul is of the earth.
—The Voice of the Silence, 3

19th.
Death comes to our spiritual selves ever a a deliverer and friend.
—The Key to Theosophy,
159

20th.
The Rosicrucian theory, that the whole universe is a musical instrument, is the Pythagorean doctrine of the music of the spheres. Sounds and colours are all spiritual numerals; as the seven prismatic rays proceed from one spot in heaven, so the seven powers of nature. each of them a number, are the seven radiations of the Unity, the central, spiritual SUN.
—Isis Unveiled, 1, 514

21st.
Know, if of Amitabha, the “Boundless Age,” thou would’st become co-worker, then must thou shed the light acquired, like to the Bodhisattvas twain, upon the span of all three worlds.

—The Voice of the Silence, 72

22nd. As the child’s first feeling is for its mother and nurse, so the first aspirations of the awakening consciousness in primitive man were for those whose element he felt within himself, and who yet were outside, and independent of him. DEVOTION arose out of that feeling, and became the first and foremost motor in his nature; for it is the only one which is natural in our heart, which is innate in us, and which we find alike in human babe and the young of the animal.
—The Secret Doctrine, I, 210

23rd.
Every true Theosophist is morally bound to sacrifice the personal to the impersonal, his own present good to the future benefit of other people.
—The Key to Theosophy, 280

24th.
The Ethics of Theosophy are more important than any divulgement of psychic laws and facts. The latter relate wholly to the material and evanescent part of the septenary man, but the Ethics sink into and take hold of the real man—the reincarnating Ego. We are outwardly creatures of but a day; within we are eternal.
—Five Messages,
26

25th. Mind is like a mirror; it gathers dust while it reflects. It needs the gentle breezes of Soul-Wisdom to brush away the dust of our illusions. Seek, 0 Beginner, to blend thy Mind and Soul.
—The Voice of the Silence, 28

26th.
Mediumship is the opposite of adeptship; the medium is the passive instrument of foreign influences, the adept actively controls himself and all inferior potencies.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 588

27th.
Our external powers perceive phenomena; our Nous alone is able to recognise their noumena.
—The Key to Theosophy,
93

28th.
The Occult teaching says, “Nothing is created, but is only transformed. Nothing can manifest itself in this universe—-from a globe down to a vague, rapid thought—that was not in the universe already; everything on the subjective plane is an eternal is; as everything on the objective plane is an ever becoming— because transitory.”
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 570

29th. Thou hast to saturate thyself with pure Alaya, become as one with Nature’s Soul-Thought. At one with it thou art invincible; in separation, thou becomest the playground of Samvritti, origin of all the world’s delusions.
—The Voice of the Silence,
62

30th.
Remember that the only God man comes in contact with is his own God, called Spirit, Soul and Mind, or Consciousness, and these three are one.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 69

31st.
The only decree of Karma—an eternal and immutable decree—is absolute Harmony in the world of matter as it is in the world of Spirit. It is not, therefore, Karma that rewards or punishes, but it is we, who reward or punish ourselves according to whether we work with, through and along with nature, abiding by the laws on which that Harmony depends, or— break them.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 643

 

APRIL
 

1st. Sow kindly acts and thou shalt reap their fruition. Inaction in a deed of mercy becomes an action in a deadly sin.
—The Voice of the Silence,
33

2nd.
The Demon of Pride, Lust, Rebellion, and Hatred, has never had any being before the appearance of physical conscious man. It is man who has begotten, nurtured, and allowed the fiend to develop in his heart; he, again, who has contaminated the indwelling god in himself, by linking the pure spirit with the impure demon of matter.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 274

3rd.
For every flower of love and charity he plants in his neighbour’s garden, a loathsome weed will disappear from his own, and so this garden of the gods—Humanity—shall blossom as a rose.
—The Key to Theosophy, 53

4th.
Theosophy claims to be both “RELIGION” and “SCIENCE,” for Theosophy is the essence of both.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 1, 15

5th. If thou would’st have that stream of hard-earn’d knowledge, of Wisdom heaven-born, remain sweet run- fling waters, thou should’st not leave it to become a stagnant pond.
—The, Voice of the Silence,
72

6th.
What we desire to prove is, that underlying every ancient. popular religion was the same ancient wisdom- doctrine, one and identical, professed and practised by the initiates of every country, who alone were aware of its existence and importance.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 99

7th.
In our race and generation the one “temple in the Universe” is in rare cases—within us; but our body and mind have been too defiled by both Sin and Science to be outwardly now anything better than a fane of iniquity and error.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 651

8th.
The Spiritual “I” in man is omniscient and has every knowledge innate in it; while the personal self is the creature of its environment and the slave of the physical memory. Could the former manifest itself uninterruptedly, and without impediment, there would be no longer men on earth, but we should all be gods.
—The Key to Theosophy, 129

9th. This earth, Disciple, is the Hall of Sorrow, wherein are set along the Path of dire probations, traps to ensnare thy Ego by the delusion called “Great Heresy.”
—The Voice of the Silence, 4

10th. True Occultism or Theosophy
is the “Great Renunciation of SELF,” unconditionally and absolutely, in thought as in action. It is ALTRUISM, and it throws him who practises it out of calculation of the ranks of the living altogether. “Not for himself, but for the world, he lives,” as soon as he has pledged himself to the work.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
32

11th,
From Gods to men, from Worlds to atoms, from a star to a rush-light, from the Sun to the vital heat of the meanest organic being — the world of Form and Existence is an immense chain, whose links are all connected. The law of Analogy is the first key to the World-problem, and these links have to be studied coordinately in their occult relations to each other.
—The Secret Doctrine, 1, 604

12th.
The Akãsa is the eternal divine consciousness which cannot differentiate, have qualities, or act: action belongs to that which is reflected or mirrored from it.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 96

13th.
The Self of Matter and the SELF of Spirit can never meet. One of the twain must disappear; there is no place for both.
—The Voice of the Silence,
13

14th.
Harmony in the physical and mathematical world of sense, is justice in the spiritual one. Justice produces harmony, and injustice, discord; and discord, on a cosmical scale, means chaos—annihilation.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 330

15th.
Behold how like the moon, reflected in the tranquil waves, Alaya is reflected by the small and by the great, is mirrored in the tiniest atoms, yet fails to reach the heart of all. Alas, that so few men should profit by the gift, the priceless boon of learning truth, the right perception of existing things, the knowledge of the non-existent!
—The Voice of the Silence,
26-7

16th.
Occult Science has its changeless traditions from prehistoric times. It nay err in particulars; it can never become guilty of a mistake in questions of Universal laws, simply because that Science, justly referred to by philosophy as the “divine,” was born on higher planes, and was brought on Earth by beings who were wiser than man will be, even in the seventh Race of his Seventh Round. —The Secret Doctrine, I, 516

17th.
Ignorance is like unto a closed and airless vessel; the soul a bird shut up within. It warbles not, nor can it stir a feather; but the songster mute and torpid sits, and of exhaustion dies.
—The Voice of the Silence,
27

18th.
Reason, the outgrowth of the physical brain, develops at the expense of instinct—the flickering reminiscence of a once divine omniscience—Spirit.. . . Reason is the clumsy weapon of the scientists—intuition the unerring guide of the seer.
—Isis Unveiled,
1, 433
 

19th. Absolute truth is the symbol of Eternity, and no finite mind can ever grasp the eternal, hence, no truth in its fulness can ever dawn upon it. To reach the state during which man sees and senses it, we have to. paralyze the senses of the external man of clay.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No 17, 5

20th. If thou would’st Nirvana reach, or cast the prize away, let not the fruit of action and inaction be thy motive, thou of dauntless heart.
—The Voice of the Silence, 44

21st.
Karma creates nothing, nor does it design. It is man who plans and creates causes, and Karmic law adjusts the effects; which adjustment is not an act, but universal harmony, tending ever to resume its original position, like a bough, which, bent down too forcibly, rebounds with corresponding vigour. If it happen to dislocate the arm that tried to bend it out of its natural position, shall we say that it is the bough which broke our arm, or that our own folly has brought us to grief?
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 305

22nd.
If the action of one reacts on the lives of all, and this is the true scientific idea, then it is only by all men becoming brothers and all women sisters, and by all practising in their daily lives true brotherhood and true sisterhood, that the real human solidarity, which lies at the root of the elevation of the race, can ever be attained.
—The Key to Theosophy, 232

23rd. From the remotest antiquity mankind as a whole have always been convinced of the existence of a personal spiritual entity Within the personal physical man. This inner entity was more or less divine, according to its proximity to the crown—Chrestos. The closer the union the more serene man’s destiny, the less dangerous the external conditions.
—Isis Unveiled, II, 593

24th.
No light that shines from Spirit can dispel the darkness of the nether Soul, unless all selfish thought has fled therefrom, and that the pilgrim saith: “I have renounced this passing frame; I have destroyed the cause: the shadows cast can, as effects, no longer be.”
—The Voice of the Silence, 60

25th. The Mahatmas are the servants, not the arbiters of the law of Karma.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
5

26th.
There is but one real man, enduring through the cycle of life and immortal in essence, if not in form, and this is Manas, the Mind-man or embodied Consciousness
—The Key to Theosophy,
98

27th. Prepare, and be forewarned in time. If thou hast tried and failed, 0 dauntless fighter, yet lose not courage: fight on, and to the charge return again and yet again.
—The Voice of the Silence,
68

28th.
The ONE LIFE is closely related to the one law which governs the World of Being—KARMA. Exoterically, this is simply and literally “action,” or rather an “effect-producing cause.” Esoterically it is quite a different thing in its far-fetching moral effects. It is the unerring LAW OF RETRIBUTION.
—The Secret Doctrine, I, 634

29th.
The secret doctrine teaches that man, if he wins immortality, will remain forever the trinity that he is in life, and will continue so, throughout all the spheres.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 328-9

30th.
This earth, 0 ignorant Disciple, is but the dismal entrance leading to the twilight that precedes the valley of true light—that light which no wind can extinguish, that light which burns without a wick or fuel.
—The Voice of the Silence, 4-5


MAY

1st.
Theosophy, in its abstract meaning, is Divine Wisdom, or the aggregate of the knowledge and wisdom that underlie the Universe—the homogeneity of eternal GOOD; and in its concrete sense it is the sum total of the same as allotted to man by nature, on this earth, and no more.
—The Key to Theosophy, 56

2nd.
Half, if not two-thirds of our ailings and diseases are the fruit of our imagination and fears. Destroy the latter and give another bent to the former, and nature will do the rest.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
132

3rd.
The seeds of Wisdom cannot sprout and grow in airless space. To live and reap experience, the mind needs breadth and depth and points to draw it towards the Diamond Soul. Seek not those points in Maya’s realm; but soar beyond illusions, search the eternal and the changeless Sat, mistrusting fancy’s false suggestions.
—The Voice of the Silence, 28

4th.
Were no man to hurt his brother, Karma-Nemesis would have neither cause to work for, nor weapons to act through. It is the constant presence in our midst of every element of strife and opposition, and the division of races, nations, tribes, societies and individuals into Cains and Abels, wolves and lambs, that is the chief cause of the “ways of Providence.”
—The Secret Doctrine, I, 643

5th.
As cycle succeeded cycle, and one nation after another came upon the world’s stage to play its brief part in the majestic drama of human life, each new people evolved from ancestral traditions its own religion, giving it a local colour, and stamping it with its individual characteristics. While each of these religions had its distinguishing traits, by which, were there no other archaic vestiges, the physical and psychological status of its creators could be estimated, all preserved a common likeness to one prototype. This parent cult was none other than the primitive “wisdom-religion.”
—Isis Unveiled, II, 216

6th.
Divine Wisdom being diffused throughout the infinite Universe, and our impersonal HIGHER SELF being an integral part of it, the atmic light of the latter can be centred only in that which though eternal is still individualized—i.e., the noëtic Principle, the manifested God within each rational being, or our Higher Manas at one with Buddhi.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 32, 5

7th.
As the bee collects its honey from every flower, leaving the rest as food for the earthly worms, so does our spiritual individuality, whether we call it Sutratma or Ego. Collecting from every terrestrial personality, into which Karma forces it to incarnate, the nectar alone of the spiritual qualities and self-consciousness, it unites all these into one whole and emerges from its chrysalis as the glorified Dhyan Chohan.
—The Key to Theosophy, 166

8th.
To don Nirmanakaya’s humble robe is to forego eternal bliss for Self, to help on man’s salvation. To reach Nirvana’s bliss, but to renounce it, is the supreme, the final step—the highest on Renunciation’s Path.
—The Voice of the Silence, 36

9th.
As the eye of the expert jeweller discerns under the rough and uncouth oyster shell the pure immaculate pearl, enshrined within its bosom, his hand dealing with the former but to get at its contents, so the eye of the true philosopher reads between the lines of the Purãnas the sublime Vedic truths, and corrects the form with the help of the Vedantic wisdom. Our Orientalists, however, never perceive the pearl under the thick coating of the shell, and—act accordingly.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 528

10th.
The Ethics of Theosophy are even more necessary to mankind than the scientific aspects of the psychic facts of nature and man. —Five Messages, 12

11th.
Have patience, Candidate, as one who fears no failure, courts no success. Fix thy Soul’s gaze upon the star whose ray thou art, the flaming star that shines within the lightless depths of ever-being, the boundless fields of the Unknown.
—The Voice of the Silence,
34

12th.
Our duty is to drink without a murmur to the last drop, whatever contents the cup of life may have in store for us, to pluck the roses of life only for the fragrance they may shed on others, and to be ourselves content but with the thorns, if that fragrance cannot be enjoyed without depriving some one else of it.
—The Key to Theosophy, 227

13th. Like signal-fires of the olden times, which, lighted and extinguished by turns upon one hill-top after another, conveyed intelligence along a whole stretch of country, so we see a long, line of “wise” men from the beginning of history down to our own times communicating the word of wisdom to their direct successors.
—Isis Unveiled, II, 571

14th.
Theosophy is not a Religion. . . but RELIGION itself, the one bond of unity, which is so universal and all-embracing that no man, as no speck—from gods and mortals down to animals, the blade of grass and atom—can be outside of its light. Therefore, any organization or body of that name must necessarily be a UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 1, 5

15th.
The Lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean. To make them clean a cleaner is required. The flame feels not the process of the cleaning. “The branches of a tree are shaken by the wind; the trunk remains unmoved.”
—The Voice of the Silence,
31-2

16th.
Physical forces and natural affinities of atoms may be sufficient as factors to transform a plant into an animal; but it requires more than a mere interplay between certain material aggregates and their environment, to call to life a fully conscious man.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 348

17th.
Occultists. . . affirm that consciousness exists after death, and that then only the real consciousness and freedom of the Ego commences, when it is no longer impeded by terrestrial matter.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 29

18th.
Belief in Karma is the highest reason for reconcilement to one’s lot in this life, and the very strongest incentive towards effort to better the succeeding re-birth. Both of these, indeed, would be destroyed if we supposed that our lot was the result of anything but strict Law, or that destiny was in any other hands than our own.
—The Key to Theosophy,
213

19th.
The selfish devotee lives to no purpose. The man who does not go through his appointed work in life— has lived in vain.
—The Voice of the Silence,
38

20th. A thorough familiarity with the occult faculties of everything existing in nature, visible as well as invisible; their mutual relations, attractions, and repulsions; the cause of these, traced to the spiritual principle which pervades and animates all things; the ability to furnish the best conditions for this principle to manifest itself, in other words a profound and exhaustive knowledge of natural law—this was and is the basis of magic.
—Isis Unveiled,
1, 244

21st.
The boundless and infinite UNITY remained with every nation a virgin forbidden soil, untrodden by man’s thought, untouched by fruitless speculation. The only reference made to it was the brief conception of its diastolic and systolic property, of its periodical epansion or dilatation, and contraction.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 42-3

22nd.
Every Theosophist.. . is bound to do his utmost to help on, by all the means in his power, every wise and well-considered social effort which has for its object the amelioration of the condition of the poor.
—The Key to Theosophy, 233

23rd. He who makes of pride and self-regard bond- maidens to devotion; .. . he who, cleaving to existence, still lays his patience and submission to the Law, as a sweet flower at the feet of Shakya-Thubpa, becomes a Srotapatti in this birth. The Siddhis of perfection may loom far, far away; but the first step is taken, the stream is entered, and he may gain the eye-sight of the mountain eagle, the hearing of the timid doe.
—The Voice of the Silence, 40-41

24th.
Between the psychic and the noëtic, between the Personality and the Individuality, there exists the same abyss as between a “Jack the ‘Ripper,” and a holy Buddha.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
54

25th.
A man’s idea of God, is that image of blinding light that he sees reflected in the concave mirror of his own soul, and yet this is not, in very truth, God, but only His reflection. His glory is there, but, it is the light of his own Spirit, that the man sees, and it is all he can bear to look upon. The clearer the mirror, the brighter will be the divine image.
—Isis Unveiled,
I, xviii

26th. Kill out desire; but if thou killest it, take heed lest from the dead it should again arise. Kill love of life; but if thou slayest Tanha, let this not be for thirst of life eternal, but to replace the fleeting by the ever lasting
—The Voice of the Silence,
15

27th.
It is . . . a universal tradition that mankind has evolved gradually into its present shape from an almost transparent condition of texture, and neither by miracle nor by sexual intercourse. Moreover, this is in full accord with the ancient philosophies; from those of Egypt and India with their Divine Dynasties down to that of Plato.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 136

28th.
As no cause remains without its due effect from greatest to least, from a cosmic disturbance down to the movement of your hand, and as like produces like, Karma is that unseen and unknown law which adjusts wisely, intelligently and equitably each effect to its cause, tracing the latter back to its producer. Though itself unknowable, its action is perceivable.
—The Key to Theosophy, 199

29th. When to the Permanent is sacrificed the Mutable, the prize is thine: the drop returneth whence it came. The Open PATH leads to the changeless change—Nirvana, the glorious state of Absoluteness, the Bliss past human thought.
—The Voice of the Silence,
44-5

30th.
Great intellect and too much knowledge are a two-edged weapon in life, and instruments for evil as well as for good. When combined with Selfishness, they will make of the whole of Humanity a footstool for the elevation of him who possesses them, and a means for the attainment of his objects; while, applied to altruistic humanitarian purposes, they may become the means of the salvation of many.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 163

31st.
“Teach to eschew all causes; the ripple of effect, as the great tidal wave, thou shalt let run its course.”
—The Voice of the Silence, 45

 

JUNE

1st.
The universe is the combination of a thousand elements, and yet the expression of a single spirit—a chaos to the sense, a cosmos to the reason.
—Isis Unveiled, I, xvi

2nd.
Every atom and speck of matter, not of substance only, is imperishable in its essence, but not in its individual consciousness. Immortality is but one’s unbroken consciousness; and the personal consciousness can hardly last longer than the personality itself.
—The Key to Theosophy, 107

3rd.
Before the soul can hear, the image (man) has to become as deaf to roarings as to whispers, to cries of bellowing elephants as to the silvery buzzing of the golden fire-fly.
—The Voice of the Silence,
2

4th.
In sober truth, vice and wickedness are an abnormal, unnatural manifestation, at this period of our human evolution—at least they ought to be so. The fact that mankind was never more selfish and vicious than it is now, civilized nations having succeeded in
making of the first an ethical characteristic, of the second an art, is an additional proof of the exceptional nature of the phenomenon.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 110

5th.
The idea of Universal Life composed of individual atomic lives is one of the oldest teachings of esoteric philosophy, and the very modern hypothesis of modern Science, that of crystalline life, is the first ray from the ancient luminary of knowledge that has reached our scholars.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 20,
5
 

6th. The Dharma of the “Eye” is the embodiment of the external, and the non-existing. The Dharma of the “Heart” is the embodiment of Bodhi, the Permanent and Everlasting.
—The Voice of the Silence, 31

7th.
Occult truth cannot be absorbed by a mind that is filled with preconception, prejudice or suspicion. It is something to be perceived by the intuition rather than by the reason; being by nature spiritual, not material.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
43

8th.
The duty of a Theosophist to himself [is] to control and conquer, through the Higher the lower self. To purify himself inwardly and morally; to fear no one, and nought, save the tribunal of his own conscience.
—The Key to Theosophy, 238

9th.
Shalt thou abstain from action? Not so shall gain thy soul her freedom. To reach Nirvana one must reach Self-Knowledge, and Self-Knowledge is of loving deeds the child.
—The Voice of the Silence,
33-4

10th.
Fairy tales do not exclusively belong to nurseries; all mankind—except those few who in all ages have comprehended their hidden meaning and tried to open the eyes of the superstitious—have listened to such tales in one shape or the other and, after transforming them into sacred symbols, called the product RELIGION!
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 406

11th.
No Entity, whether angelic or human, can reach the state of Nirvana, or of absolute purity, except through eons of suffering and the knowledge of EVIL as well as of good, as otherwise the latter remains in comprehensible
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 81

12th. If thou art told that to become Arhan thou hast to cease to love all beings—tell them they lie.
—The Voice of the Silence, 30

13th.
We describe Karma as that Law of re-adjustment which ever tends to restore disturbed equilibrium in the physical, and broken harmony in the moral world. Karma does not act in this or that particular way always; but it always does act so as to restore Harmony and preserve the balance of equilibrium, in virtue of which the Universe exists.
—The Key to Theosophy,
203

14th.
He who teaches Theosophy preaches the gospel of good-will; and the converse of this is true also,—he who preaches the gospel of good-will, teaches Theosophy.
—Five Messages, 7

15th.
In these days of so-called progress and civilization when the light of knowledge claims to have replaced almost everywhere the darkness of ignorance, how many more volunteers do we see added to the army of Ahura Mazda, the Principle of Good and Divine Light? Alas, the recruits of Angra Mainyu, the Mazdean Satan, outnumber these, daily more and more.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 7, 8

16th.
Step out from sunlight into shade, to make more - room for others.
—The Voice of the Silence,
34-5

17th.
In every Cosmogony, behind and higher than the creative deity, there is a superior deity, a planner, an Architect, of whom the Creator is but the executive agent. And still higher, over and around, within and without, there is the UNKNOWABLE and the unknown, the Source and Cause of all these Emanations.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 43

18th.
Our philosophy teaches us that, as there are seven fundamental forces in nature, and seven planes of being, so there are seven states of consciousness in which man can live, think, remember and have his being.
—The Key to Theosophy,
88

19th.
We believe in no Magic which transcends the scope and capacity of the human mind, nor in “miracle,” whether divine or diabolical, if such imply a transgression of the laws of nature instituted from all eternity.
—Isis Unveiled, I, v

20th.
He, who becomes Pratyeka-Buddha makes his obeisance but to his Self. The Bodhisattva who has won the battle, who holds the prize within his palm, yet says in his divine compassion: “For others’ sake this great reward I yield”—accomplishes the greater Renunciation.
—The Voice of the Silence, 47

21st.
“The events of humanity do run co-ordinately with the number forms,” since the single units of that humanity proceed one and all from the same source— the central and its shadow, the visible SUN. For the equinoxes and solstices, the periods and various phases of the Solar course, astronomically and numerically expressed, are only the concrete symbols of the eternally living verity, though they do seem abstract ideas to uninitiated mortals.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 639

22nd.
Modern science.. . labours under disabilities with respect to the investigation of the Occult quite as embarrassing as those of Religion; for, while Religion cannot grasp the idea of natural law as applied to the supersensuous Universe, Science does not allow the existence of any supersensuous universe at all to which the reign of law could be extended; nor can it conceive the possibility of any other state of consciousness than our present terrestrial one.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
48

23rd.
The recognition of pure Theosophy—the philosophy of the rational explanation of things and not the tenets—is of the most vital importance in the Society, inasmuch as it alone can furnish the beacon- light needed to guide humanity on its true path.
—Five Messages, 5

24th.
Thou shalt not separate thy being from BEING and the rest, but merge the Ocean in the drop, the drop within the Ocean. —The Voice of the Silence, 54

25th.
It is from this WISDOM-RELIGION that all the various individual “Religions”. . . have sprung, forming in their turn offshoots and branches, and also all the minor creeds, based upon and always originated through some personal experience in psychology. Every such religion, or religious offshoot, be it considered orthodox or heretical, wise or foolish, started originally as a clear and unadulterated stream from the Mother-Source.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 1, 9

26th. Night rests humanity and restores the equilibrium cosmic nature. from the day’s activity, of human as well as of
—Isis Unveiled, I, xxvi

27th.
The Law of Retribution. . . whether Conscious or UnconsciousPredestines nothing and no one. It exists from and in Eternity, truly, for it is ETERNITY itself; and as such, since no act can be co-equal with eternity, it cannot be said to act, for it is ACTION itself.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 304-5

28th.
When to the World’s turmoil thy budding Soul lends ear; when to the roaring voice of the Great Illusion thy Soul responds; when frightened at the sight of the hot tears of pain; when deafened by the cries of distress, thy Soul withdraws like the shy turtle within the carapace of SELFHOOD, learn, O Disciple, of her Silent “God” thy Soul is an unworthy shrine.
—The Voice of the Silence, 3-4

29th. The Spirit (or Buddhi) is the centrifugal and the soul (Manas) the centripetal spiritual energy; and to produce one result they have to be in perfect union and harmony. Break or damage the centripetal motion of the earthly soul tending toward the centre which attracts it; arrest its progress by clogging it with a heavier weight of matter than it can bear, or than is fit for the Devachanic state, and the harmony of the whole will be destroyed.
—The Key to Theosophy,
187

30th.
If, out of the material portion of the ether, by virtue of the inherent restlessness of its particles, the forms of worlds and their species of plants and animals can be evolved, why, out of the spiritual part of the ether, should not successive races of beings, from the stage of monad to that of man, be developed; each lower form unfolding a higher one until the work of evolution is completed on our earth, in the production of immortal man?
—Isis Unveiled,
I, 340


JULY

1st.
Withhold thy mind from all external objects, all external sights. Withhold internal images, lest on thy soul-light a dark shadow they should cast.
—The Voice of the Silence, 20

2nd.
This “Mind” is manas, or rather its lower reflection, which whenever it disconnects itself, for the time being, with kama, becomes the guide of the highest mental faculties, and is the organ of the free-will in physical man.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
59

3rd.
Tacitly admitting the All-Presence of the boundless Circle and making of it the universal Postulate upon which the whole of the manifested universe is based, the Sage keeps a reverential silence concerning that upon which no mortal men should dare to speculate.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 589

4th.
Once grasp the idea that universal causation is not merely present, but past, present and future, and every action on our present plane falls naturally and easily into its true place, and is seen in its true relation to ourselves and to others.
—The Key to Theosophy, 234

5th. Kill in thyself all memory of past experiences. Look not behind or thou art lost.
—The Voice of the Silence, 18

6th.
Occultism, unlike modern Science, maintains that every atom of matter, when once differentiated, becomes endowed with its own kind of Consciousness. Every cell in the human body (as in every animal) is endowed with its own peculiar discrimination, instinct, and, speaking relatively, with intelligence.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 25

7th.
Man-spirit proves God-spirit, as the one drop of water proves a source from which it must have come.
—Isis Unveiled, I, vi

8th.
We live in an atmosphere of gloom and despair, but this is because our eyes are downcast and rivetted to the earth, with all its physical and grossly material manifestations. If, instead of that, man proceeding on his life-journey looked—not heavenward, which is but a figure of speech—but within himself and centred his point of observation on the inner man, he would soon escape from the coils of the great serpent of illusion. From the cradle to the grave, his life would then become supportable and worth living, even in its worst phases.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 26, 7

9th.
Karma-Nemesis is no more than the (spiritual) dynamical effect of causes produced and forces awakened into activity by our own actions.
—The Secret Doctrine, I, 644

10th.
The wheel of the Good Law moves swiftly on. It grinds by night and day. The worthless husks it drives from out the golden grain, the refuse from the flour. The hand of Karma guides the wheel; the revolutions mark the beatings of the karmic heart.
—The Voice of the Silence, 30

11th.
The function of Theosophists is to open mens hearts and understandings to charity, justice, and generosity, attributes which belong specifically to the human kingdom and are natural to man when he has developed the qualities of a human being. Theosophy teaches the animal-man to be a human-man; and when people have learned to think and feel as truly human beings should feel and think, they will act humanely, and works of charity, justice, and generosity will be done spontaneously by all.
—Five Messages, 9

12th.
To get convinced of the fact of re-incarnation and past lives, one must put oneself in rapport with one’s real permanent Ego, not one’s evanescent memory.
—The Key to Theosophy, 126

13th.
Our Ego, that which lives and thinks and feels independently of us in our mortal casket, does more than believe. It knows that there exists a God in nature, for the sole and invincible Artificer of all lives in us as we live in Him. No dogmatic faith or exact science is able to uproot that intuitional feeling inherent in man, when he has once fully realized it in himself.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 36

14th.
Think not that breaking bone, that rending flesh and muscle, unites thee to thy “silent Self.” Think not that when the sins of thy gross form are conquered, O Victim of thy Shadows, thy duty is accomplished by nature and by man.
—The Voice of the Silence,
32-3

15th. As the whole philosophy of the problem of evil hangs upon the correct comprehension of the constitution of the inner being of nature and man, of the divine within the animal, and hence also the correctness of the whole system as given in these pages, with regard to the crown piece of evolution—MAN—we cannot take sufficient precautions against theological subterfuges.
—The Secret. Doctrine, II, 476

16th. The chief point is, to uproot that most fertile source of all crime and immorality—the belief that it is possible for them to escape the consequences of their own actions. Once teach them that greatest of all laws, Karma and Reincarnation, and besides feeling in themselves the true dignity of human nature, they will turn from evil and eschew it as they would a physical danger.
—The Key to Theosophy, 245-6

17th. As the sacred River’s roaring voice whereby all Nature-sounds are echoed back, so must the heart of him “who in the stream would enter,” thrill in response to every sigh and thought of all that lives and breathes.
—The Voice of the Silence, 55-6

18th. Let us call every new life on earth of the same Ego a night on the stage of a theatre. One night the actor, or “Ego,” appears as “Macbeth,” the next as “Shylock,” the third as “Romeo,” the fourth as “Hamlet” or “King Lear,” and so on, until he has run through the whole cycle of incarnations. The Ego begins his life-pilgrimage as a sprite, an “Ariel,” or a “Puck” he plays the part of a super, is a soldier: a servant, one of the chorus; rises then to “speaking parts,” plays leading roles, interspersed with insignificant parts, till he finally retires from the stage as “Prospero,” the magician.
—The Key to Theosophy,
34-5

19th. The function of the cerebrum is to polish, perfect, or co-ordinate ideas, whereas that of the cerebellum produces conscious desires, and so on.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 34

20th. The ancient philosophy affirmed that it is in consequence of the manifestation of that Will—termed by Plato the Divine Idea—that everything visible and invisible sprung into existence. As that Intelligent Idea. which, by directing its sole will-power toward a centre of localized forces called objective forms into being
so can man, the microcosm of the great Macrocosm, do the same in proportion with the development of his will-power.
—Isis Unveiled,
I, 61-2

21st.
Strive with thy thoughts unclean before they overpower thee. Use them as they will thee, for if thou sparest them and they take root and grow, know well, these thoughts will overpower and kill thee.
—The Voice of the Silence, 13
 

22nd. We believe in a Universal Divine Principle, the root of ALL, from which all proceeds, and within which all shall be absorbed at the end of the great cycle of Being.
—The Key to Theosophy, 62

23rd.
The astral through Kama (desire) is ever drawing Manas down into the sphere of material passions and desires. But if the better man or Manas tries to escape the fatal attraction and turns its aspirations to Atma—Spirit—then Buddhi. . . conquers and carries Manas with it to the realm of eternal Spirit.
—The Secret Doctrine, 1, 244

24th. It is not by studying Occultism for selfish ends, for the gratification of one’s personal ambition, pride, or vanity, that one can ever reach the true goal: that of helping suffering mankind.
—The Key to Theosophy, 24

25th.
Educate! Educate!! The children are our salvation. Just as the student of occult nature can imbue the new atoms of his body which momentarily replace the old ones, with less vicious tendencies, and thus regenerate himself by moral Alchemy and attain the “Elixir of Life,” so can a nation work its own regeneration by educating the new atoms of its national body its children.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 35,
Title Page

26th.
ALTRUISM. . . is the keynote of Theosophy and the cure for all ills; this it is which the real Founders of the Theosophical Movement promote as its first object —UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD.
—Five Messages, 15

27th.
Pity and forbearance, charity and long-suffering, ought to be always there to prompt us to excuse our sinning brethren, and to pass the gentlest sentence possible upon those who err. A Theosophist ought never to forget what is due to the shortcomings and infirmities of human nature.
—The Key to Theosophy,
248

28th. There is but one
MAGNET in the universe, and from it proceeds the magnetization of everything existing. This magnet is of course what the kabalists term the central Spiritual Sun, or God .
—Isis Unveiled,
I, 208-9

29th.
That which is the abyss of nothingness to the physicist, who knows only the world of visible causes and effects, is the boundless Space of the Divine Plenum to the Occultist.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I. 148

30th.
If thou would’st reap sweet peace and rest, Disciple, sow with the seeds of merit the fields of future harvests. Accept the woes of birth.
—The Voice of the Silence, 34

31st.
Polarity is universal, but the polariser lies in our own consciousness. In proportion as our consciousness is elevated towards absolute truth, so do we men assimilate it more or less absolutely.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 17, 2


AUGUST

1st.
A philosophy so profound, a moral code so ennobling, and practical results so conclusive and so uniformly demonstrable is not the growth of a generation, or even a single epoch. Fact must have been piled upon fact, deduction upon deduction, science have begotten science, and myriads of the brightest human intellects have reflected upon the laws of nature, before this ancient doctrine had taken concrete shape.
—Isis Unveiled, II, 99

2nd.
Point out the “Way”—however dimly, and lost among the host—as does the evening star to those who tread their path in darkness.
—The Voice of the Silence, 39

3rd.
Theosophy is indeed the life, the indwelling spirit which makes every true reform a vital reality, for Theosophy is Universal Brotherhood, the very foundation as well as the keystone of all movements toward the amelioration of our condition.
—Five Messages,
26

4th.
There is no such thing as either “dead” or “blind” matter, as there is no “Blind” or “Unconscious” Law. These find no place among the conceptions of Occult philosophy.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 274

5th.
We should aim at creating free men and women, free intellectually, free morally, unprejudiced in all respects, and above all things, unselfish. And we believe that much if not all of this could be obtained by proper and truly theosophical education.
—The Key to Theosophy, 268

6th.
Meditation, abstinence in all, the observation of moral duties, gentle thoughts, good deeds and kind words, as good will to all and entire oblivion of Self, are the most efficacious means of obtaining knowledge and preparing for the, reception of higher wisdom.
—Raja- Yoga or Occultism, 21-2

7th.
Follow the wheel of life; follow the wheel of duty to race and kin, to friend and foe, and close thy mind to pleasures as to pain. Exhaust the law of Karmic retribution. Gain Siddhis for thy future birth.
—The Voice of the Silence, 39

8th. The trinity of nature is the lock of magic, the trinity of man the key that fits it.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 635

9th. Esoteric philosophy reconciles all religions, strips every one of its outward, human garments, and shows the root of each to be identical with that of every other great religion. It proves the necessity of an absolute Divine Principle in nature. It denies Deity no more than it does the Sun.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, xx

10th.
Pure divine love is not merely the blossom of a human heart, but has its roots in eternity. Spiritual holy love is immortal, and Karma brings sooner or later all those who loved each other with such a spiritual affection to incarnate once more in the same family
group.
—The Key to Theosophy,
148

11th.
Compassion is no attribute. It is the Law of Laws—eternal Harmony, Alaya’s SELF; a shoreless universal essence, the light of everlasting right, and fitness of all things, the law of Love eternal.
—The Voice of the Silence, 75-6

12th.
“Be Theosophists, work for Theosophy!” Theosophy first, and Theosophy last; for its practical realization alone can save the Western world from that selfish and unbrotherly feeling that now divides race from race, one nation from the other; and from that hatred of class and social considerations that are the curse and disgrace of so-called Christian peoples.
—Five Messages, 31

13th.
A flower blossoms; then withers and dies. It leaves a fragrance behind, which, long after its delicate petals are but a little dust, still lingers in the air. Our material sense may not be cognizant of it, but it nevertheless exists. Let a note be struck on an instrument, and the faintest sound produces an eternal echo. A disturbance is created on the invisible waves of the shoreless ocean of space, and the vibration is never wholly lost. Its energy being once carried from the world of matter into the immaterial world will live for ever. And man, we are asked to believe, man, the living, thinking, reasoning entity, the indwelling deity of our nature’s crowning masterpiece, will evacuate his casket and be no more! Would the principle of continuity which exists even for the so-called inorganic matter, for a floating atom, be denied to the spirit, whose attributes are consciousness, memory, mind, LOVE!
—Isis Unveiled, I, 114

14th.
Universal Unity and Causation; Human Solidarity; the Law of Karma; Reincarnation. These are the four links of the golden chain which should bind humanity into one family, one universal Brotherhood.
—The Key to Theosophy, 231

15th.
Heaven’s dew-drop glittering in the morn’s first sunbeam within the bosom of the lotus, when dropped on earth becomes a piece of clay; behold, the pearl is now a speck of mire.
—The Voice of the Silence, 12

16th.
[The] unity of everything in the universe implies and justifies our belief in the existence of a knowledge at once scientific, philosophical and religious, showing the necessity and actuality of the connection of man and all things in the universe with each other: which knowledge, therefore, becomes essentially RELIGION, and must be called in its integrity and universality by the distinctive name of WISDOM-RELIGION.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 1, 9

17th.
just as milliards of bright sparks dance on the waters of an ocean above which one and the same moon is shining, so our evanescent personalities—the illusive envelopes of the immortal MONAD-EGO—twinkle and dance on the waves of Maya.
—The Secret Doctrine, I, 237

18th.
MOTION is eternal per se, and in the manifested Kosmos it is the Alpha and Omega of that which is called electricity, galvanism, magnetism, sensation— moral and physical—thought, and even life, on this plane.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 115

19th.
Know that the stream of superhuman knowledge and the Deva-Wisdom thou hast won, must, from thyself, the channel of Alaya, be poured forth into another bed.
—The Voice of the Silence,
73

20th.
It is held as a truth among Theosophists that the interdependence of Humanity is the cause of what is called Distributive Karma, and it is this law which affords the solution to the great question of collective suffering and its relief.
—The Key to Theosophy,
200

21st.
The origin of all religions—Judo-Christianity included—is to be found in a few primeval truths, not one of which can be explained apart from all the others, as each is a complement of the rest in some one detail. And they are all, more or less, broken rays of the same Sun of truth, and their beginnings have to be sought in the archaic records of the Wisdom-religion.
—The Esoteric Character of the Gospels, 47

22nd.
Nature is as dependent as a human being upon conditions before she can work, and her mighty breathing, so to say, can be as easily interfered with, impeded, and arrested, and the correlation of her forces destroyed in a given spot, as though she were a man. Not only climate, but also occult influences daily felt not only modify the physio-psychological nature of man, but even alter the constitution of so-called inorganic matter in a degree not fairly realized by European science.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 211

23rd.
Civilization has ever developed the physical and the intellectual at the cost of the psychic and spiritual. The command and the guidance over his own psychic nature, which foolish men now associate with the supernatural, were with early Humanity innate and congenital, and came to man as naturally as walking and thinking.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 319

24th. Let thy Soul lend its ear to every cry of pain like as the lotus bares its heart to drink the morning sun.
—The Voice of the Silence,
14

25th.
As it [Theosophy] has existed eternally throughout the endless cycles upon cycles of the Past, so it will ever exist throughout the infinitudes of the Future, because Theosophy is synonymous with EVERLASTING TRUTH.
—The Key to Theosophy,
302

26th.
Man accumulates knowledge, invents religions and philosophies, but himself remains still the same. In his ceaseless chase after wealth and honours and the will-o’-the-wisps of novelty, enjoyment and ambition, he is ever moved by one chief motor—vain selfishness.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 7, 8

27th.
To offer oneself as a candidate for Chelaship is easy enough, to develop into an Adept the most difficult task any man could possibly undertake. There are scores of “natural-born” poets, mathematicians, mechanics, statesmen, etc., but a natural-born Adept is something practically impossible.
—Raja- Yoga or Occultism, 1

28th.
Be like the Ocean which receives all streams and rivers. The Ocean’s mighty calm remains unmoved; it feels them not.
—The Voice of the Silence,
41

29th.
To the spiritual eagle eye of the seer and the prophet of every race, Ariadne’s thread stretches beyond that “historic period” without break or flaw, surely and steadily into the very night of time; and the hand which holds it is too mighty to drop it, or even let it break.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 67
 

30th. Matter is nothing more than the most remote effect of the emanative energy of the Deity.
—Isis Unveiled, II, 35

31st.
As the lingering sunbeam, that on the top of some tall mountain shines, is followed by black night when out it fades, so is heart-light. When out it goes, a dark and threatening shade will fall from thine own heart upon the path, and root thy feet in terror to the spot.
—The Voice of the Silence, 60


SEPTEMBER

1st.
Duty is that which is due to Humanity, to our fellow-men, neighbours, family, and especially that which we owe to all those who are poorer and more helpless than we are ourselves. This is a debt which if left unpaid during life, leaves us spiritually insolvent and moral bankrupts in our next incarnation. Theosophy is the quintessence of duty.
—The Key to Theosophy,
227

2nd.
Each man should strive to be a centre of work in himself. When his inner development has reached a certain point, he will naturally draw those with whom he is in contact under the same influence; a nucleus will be formed, round which other people will gather, forming a centre from which information and spiritual influence radiate, and towards which higher influences
are directed.
—Five Messages, 4

3rd.
Evolution is an eternal cycle of becoming .. . and nature never leaves an atom unused. Moreover, from the beginning of the Round, all in Nature tends to become Man. All the impulses of the dual, centripetal and centrifugal Force are directed towards one point— MAN.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 170

4th.
Bear love to men as though they were thy brother- pupils, disciples of one Teacher, the sons of one sweet
mother.
—The Voice of the Silence,
54

5th.
Occultism tells us that every atom, like the monad of Leibnitz, is a little universe in itself; and that every organ and cell in the human body is endowed with a brain of its own, with memory, therefore, experience and discriminative powers.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 20, 5

6th.
The individual cannot separate himself from the race, nor the race from the individual. The law of Karma applies equally to all, although all are not equally developed. In helping on the development of others, the Theosophist believes that he is not only helping them to fulfill their Karma, but that he is also, in the strictest sense, fulfilling his own.
—The Key to Theosophy, 234

7th.
KSHANTI, patience sweet, that nought can ruffle.
—The Voice of the Silence, 52

8th. Human nature is like universal nature in its abhorrence of a vacuum. It feels an intuitional yearning for a Supreme Power. Without a God, the cosmos would seem to it but like a soulless corpse. Being forbidden to search for Him where alone His traces would be found, man filled the aching void with the personal God whom his spiritual teachers built up for him from the crumbling ruins of heathen myths and hoary philosophies of old.
Isis Unveiled,
I, 36

9th.
It is a strange law of Nature that, on this plane, the higher (Spiritual) Nature should be, so to say, in bondage to the lower. Unless the Ego takes refuge in the Atman, the ALL-SPIRIT, and merges entirely into the essence thereof, the personal Ego may goad it to the bitter end. This cannot be thoroughly understood unless the student makes himself familiar, with the mystery of evolution, which proceeds on triple lines— spiritual, psychic and physical.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 109

10th.
The whole human body is . . . a vast sounding board, in which each cell bears a long record of impressions connected with its parent organ, and each cell has a memory and a consciousness of its kind, or call it instinct if you will.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
70

11th.
Have perseverance as one who doth for evermore endure. Thy shadows live and vanish; that which in thee shall live for ever, that which in thee knows, for it is knowledge, is not of fleeting life: it is the man that was, that is, and will be, for whom the hour shall never strike.
—The Voice of the Silence,
34

12th.
Psychic capacities held perfectly under control, checked and directed by the Manasic principle, are valuable aids in development. But these capacities running riot, controlling instead of controlled, using instead of being used, lead the Student into the most dangerous delusions and the certainty of moral destruction.
—Five Messages, 29

13th.
The ever unknowable and incognizable Karana alone, the Causeless Cause of all causes, should have its shrine and altar on the holy and ever untrodden ground of our heart—invisible, intangible, unmentioned, save through “the still small ‘voice” of our spiritual consciousness. Those who worship before it, ought to do so in the silence and the sanctified solitude of their Souls; making their spirit the sole mediator between them and the Universal Spirit, their good actions the only priests, and their sinful intentions the only visible and objective sacrificial victims to the Presence.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 280

14th.
Self-doomed to live through future Kalpas, unthanked and unperceived by men; wedged as a stone with countless other stones which form the “Guardian Wall,” such is thy future if the seventh Gate thou passest. Built by the hands of many Masters of Compassion, raised by their tortures, by their blood cemented, it shields mankind, since man is man, protecting it from further and far greater misery and sorrow.
—The Voice of the Silence, 74

15th.
Karma in its effects is an unfailing redresser of human injustice, and of all the failures of nature; a stern adjuster of wrongs; a retributive law which rewards and punishes with equal impartiality. It is, in the strictest sense, “no respecter of persons,” though, on the other hand, it can neither be propitiated, nor turned aside by prayer.
—The Key to Theosophy,
196

16th. True philosophy and divine truth are convertible terms. A religion which dreads the light cannot be a religion based on either truth or philosophy—hence, it must be false.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 121

17th.
Official science sees in motion simply a blind unreasoning force or law; Occultism, tracing motion to its origin, identifies it with the Universal Deity, and calls this eternal ceaseless motion—the “Great Breath.”
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 20, 10

18th.
Life and electricity are one in our philosophy. They say life is electricity, and if so, then the One Life is the essence and root of all the electric and magnetic phenomena on this manifested plane.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 87

19th.
DANA, the Key of charity and love immortal.
—The Voice of the Silence, 52

20th.
Selfishness, indifference, and brutality can never be the normal state of the race—to believe so would be to despair of humanity—and that no Theosophist can do. Progress can be attained, and only attained, by the development of the nobler qualities.
—The Key to Theosophy, 233

21st.
Humanity is the child of cyclic Destiny, and not one of its Units can escape its unconscious mission, or get rid of the burden of its co-operative work with nature. Thus will mankind, race after race, perform its appointed cycle-pilgrimage.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 446

22nd.
Learn, then, well the doctrines of Karma and Reincarnation, and teach, practise, promulgate that system of life and thought which alone can save the coming races. Do not work merely for the Theosophical Society, but through it for Humanity.
—Five Messages, 26

23rd.
Be humble, if thou would’st attain to Wisdom. Be humbler still, when Wisdom thou hast mastered.
—The Voice of the Silence, 41

24th.
We would that all who have a voice in the education of the masses should first know and then teach that the safest guides to human happiness and enlightenment are those writings which have descended to us from the remotest antiquity; and that nobler spiritual aspirations and a higher average morality prevail in the countries where the people take their precepts as the rule of their lives.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 635

25th.
A cup of cold water given in time to a thirsty wayfarer is a nobler duty and more worth, than a dozen of dinners given away, out of season, to men who can afford to pay for them.
—The Key to Theosophy, 239

26th. The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of, the existence of an astral body within the physical,
the former independent of the latter.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 149

27th.
Nature gives up her innermost secrets and imparts true wisdom only to him, who seeks truth for its own sake, and who craves for knowledge in order to confer benefits on others, not on his own unimportant
personality.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 32, 7

28th. Before thou standest on the threshold of the Path; before thou crossest the foremost Gate, thou hast to merge the two into the One and sacrifice the personal to Self impersonal, and thus destroy the “path” between the two—Antaskarana.
—The Voice of the Silence,
54-5

29th.
To conquer, means ADEPTSHIP; to fall, an ignoble Martyrdom; for to fall victim to lust, pride, avarice, vanity, selfishness, cowardice, or any other of the lower propensities, is indeed ignoble, if measured by the standard of true manhood.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism, 6

30th.
In every conceivable case [one must] himself be a centre of spiritual action, and from him and his own daily individual life must radiate those higher spiritual forces which alone can regenerate his fellow-men.
—The Key to Theosophy, 233-4


OCTOBER

1st.
Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception. We men must remember that because we do not perceive any signs—which we can recognise—of consciousness, say, in stones, we have no right to say that no consciousness exists there.
—The Secret Doctrine, I,
274

2nd.
As the white ray of light is decomposed by the prism into the various colours of the solar spectrum, so the beam of divine truth, in passing through the three-sided prism of man’s nature, has been broken up into vari-coloured fragments called RELIGIONS. And, as the rays of the spectrum, by imperceptible shadings, merge into each other, so the great theologies that have appeared at different degrees of divergence from the original source, have been connected by minor schisms, schools, and off-shoots from the one side or the other. Combined, their aggregate represents one eternal truth; separate, they are but shades of human error and the signs of imperfection.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 639

3rd. The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The path that leadeth on, is lighted by one fire—the light of daring, burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more that light shall pale—and that alone can guide.
—The Voice of the Silence,
59-60

4th.
The Theosophical ideas of charity mean personal exertion for others; personal mercy and kindness; personal interest in the welfare of those who suffer; personal sympathy, forethought and assistance in their troubles or needs.
—The Key to Theosophy,
242

5th.
On the day when Theosophy will have accomplished its most holy and most important mission— namely to unite firmly a body of men of all nations in brotherly love and bent on a pure altruistic work, not on a labour with selfish motives—on that day only will Theosophy become higher than any nominal brother hood of man.
—Five Messages,
5

6th.
It is the motive, and the motive alone, which makes any exercise of power become black, malignant, or white, beneficent Magic.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism,
18

7th. There is one eternal Law in nature, one that always tends to adjust contraries and to produce final harmony. It is owing to this law of spiritual development superseding the physical and purely intellectual, that mankind will become freed from its false gods, and find itself finallySELF-REDEEMED.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 420

8th. Give light and comfort to the toiling pilgrim, and seek out him who knows still less than thou; who in his wretched desolation sits starving for the bread of Wisdom and the bread which feeds the shadow without a Teacher, hope or consolation, and—let him hear the Law.
—The Voice of the Silence,
40

9th.
A true Theosophist must put in practice the loftiest moral ideal, must strive to realize his unity with the whole of humanity, and work ceaselessly for others.
—The Key to Theosophy,
25

10th.
The ancient sages, ascending to the UNKNOWABLE, made their starting-point from the first manifestation of the unseen, the unavoidable, and from a strict logical reasoning, the absolutely necessary creative Being, the Demiurgos of the universe. Evolution began with them from pure spirit, which descending lower and lower down, assumed at last a visible and comprehensible form, and became matter:
—Isis Unveiled,
I, xxx-xxxi

11th.
Truly, Christianity can never hope to be understood until every trace of dogmatism is swept away from it, and the dead letter sacrificed to the eternal Spirit of Truth, which is Horus, which is Crishna, which, is Buddha, as much as it is the Gnostic Christos and the true Christ of Paul.
—The Esoteric Character of the Gospels, 28

12th.
If Sun thou canst not be, then be the humble planet. Aye, if thou art debarred from flaming like the noon-day Sun upon the snow-capped mount of purity eternal, then choose, O Neophyte, a humbler course.
—The Voice of the Silence, 39

13th.
Theosophy.. . if seriously studied, calls forth, by stimulating one’s reasoning powers and awakening the inner in the animal man, every hitherto dormant power for good in us, and also the perception of the true and the real, as opposed to the false and the unreal.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 1, 7

14th.
Intimately, or rather indissolubly, connected with Karma.. . is the law of re-birth, or of the reincarnation of the same spiritual individuality in a long, almost interminable, series of personalities. The latter are like the various costumes and characters played by the same actor, with each of which that actor identifies himself and is identified by the public, for the space of a few hours.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 306

15th.
He who would profit by the wisdom of the universal mind, has to reach it through the whole of Humanity without distinction of race, complexion, religion or social status. It is altruism, not ego-ism even in its most legal and noble conception, that can lead the unit to merge its little Self in the Universal Selves.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism, 36

16th.
Magic is but a science, a profound knowledge of the Occult forces in Nature, and of the laws governing the visible or the invisible world.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism, 153 (Second Ed.)

17th. To become a neophyte, one must be ready to devote himself heart and soul to the study of mystic sciences. Magic—most imperative of mistresses—brooks no rival. Unlike other sciences, a theoretical knowledge of formulae without mental capacities or soul powers, is utterly useless in magic. The spirit must hold in complete subjection the combativeness of what is loosely termed educated reason, until facts have vanquished cold human sophistry.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 636

18th.
Popular folk-lore and traditions, however fanciful at times, when sifted may lead to the discovery of long lost, but important, secrets of nature.
—The Key to Theosophy, 48

19th.
Man is certainly no special creation, and he is the product of Nature’s gradual perfective work, like any other living unit on this earth. But this is only with regard to the human tabernacle. That which lives and thinks in man and survives that frame, the masterpiece of evolution—is the “Eternal Pilgrim,” the Protean differentiation in space and time of the One Absolute “unknowable.” —The Secret Doctrine, II, 728

20th Thou canst create this “day” thy chances for thy “morrow.” In the “Great Journey,” causes sown each hour bear each its harvest of effects, for rigid Justice rules the World. With mighty sweep of never erring action, it brings to mortals lives of weal or woe, the karmic progeny of all our former thoughts and deeds.
—The Voice of the Silence,
37

21st.
If Theosophy prevailing in the struggle, its all- embracing philosophy strikes deep root into the minds and hearts of men, if its doctrines of Reincarnation and Karma, in other words, of Hope and Responsibility, find a home in the lives of the new generations, then, indeed, will dawn the day of joy and gladness for all who now suffer and are outcast.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 17, Foreword, ii

22nd.
He who would be a true Theosophist must bring himself to live as one.
—The Key to Theosophy, 52

23rd.
To disbelieve that there exist in man, certain arcane powers, which, by psychological study he can develop in himself to the highest degree, become an hierophant and then impart to others under the same conditions of earthly discipline, is to cast an imputation of falsehood and lunacy upon a number of the best purest, and most learned men of antiquity and of the middle ages.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 11.3

24th.
Help Nature and work on with her; and Nature will regard thee as one of her creators and make obeisance.
—The Voice of the Silence,
15

25th.
We hold that a good book which gives people food for thought, which strengthens and clears their minds, and enables them to grasp truths which they have dimly felt but could not formulate—we hold that such a book does a real, substantial good.
—The Key to Theosophy, 246

26th.
There was a spiritual, a psychic, an intellectual, and an animal evolution, from the highest to the lowest, as well as a physical development—from the simple and homogeneous, up to the more complex and heterogeneous; though not quite on the lines traced for us by the modern evolutionists. This double evolution in two contrary directions, required various ages, of divers natures and degrees of spirituality and intellectuality, to fabricate the being now known as man.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 87

27th.
The life of altruism is not so much a high ideal as a matter of practice. Naturally, then, Theosophy finds a home in many hearts and minds, and strikes a resounding harmony as soon as it reaches the ears of those who are ready to listen. There, then, is part of your work: to lift high the torch of Liberty of the Soul of Truth that all may see it and benefit by its light.
—Five Messages,
12

28th.
Arcane knowledge misapplied, is sorcery; beneficently used, true magic or WISDOM.
—Isis Unveiled, II, 588

29th. When waxing stronger, thy Soul glides forth from her secure retreat; and breaking loose from the protecting shrine, extends her silver thread and rushes onward; when beholding her image on the waves of Space she whispers, “This is I”—declare, O Disciple. that thy Soul is caught in the webs of delusion.
—The Voice of the Silence, 4

30th.
In the ancient Cosmogonies, the visible and the invisible worlds are the double links of one and the same chain. As the invisible Logos, with its seven hierarchies. . . form one power, the inner and the invisible; so, in the world of Forms, the Sun and the seven chief Planets constitute the visible and active potency; the latter “Hierarchy” being, so to speak, the, visible and objective Logos of the invisible and. . . ever subjective angels.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 23

31st.
VIRAGA, indifference to pleasure and to pain, illusion conquered, truth alone perceived.
—The Voice of the Silence, 52


NOVEMBER

1st.
The Paths are two; the great Perfections three; six are the virtues that transform the body into the Tree of Knowledge.
—The Voice of the Silence,
26

2nd.
The universe itself illustrates the actuality of perpetual motion; and the atomic theory, which has proved such a balm to the exhausted minds of our cosmic explorers, is based upon it. The telescope searching through space, and the microscope probing the’ mysteries of the little world in a drop of water, reveal the same law in operation.—Isis Unveiled, I, 502

3rd.
The universal consciousness of the real Ego transcends a million-fold the self-consciousness of the personal or false Ego.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge,
74

4th.
We believe in relieving the starvation of the soul, as much if not more than the emptiness of the stomach; for gratitude does more good to the man who feels it, than to him for whom it is felt.
—The Key to Theosophy, 242

5th. The Monad is a drop out of the shoreless Ocean beyond, or, to be correct, within the plane of primeval differentiation. It is divine in its higher and human in its lower condition—the adjectives “higher” and “lower” being used for lack of better words—and a monad it remains at all times, save in the Nirvanic state, under whatever conditions, or whatever external forms.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 186

6th.
Strangle thy sins, and make them dumb for ever, before thou dost lift one foot to mount the ladder.
—The Voice of the Silence, 17

7th.
A few centuries more, and there will linger no sectarian beliefs in either of the great religions of humanity. Brahmanism and Buddhism, Christianity and Mahometanism will all disappear before the mighty rush of facts.
—Isis Unveiled,
I, 613

8th.
When two minds are sympathetically related, and the instruments through which they function are tuned to respond magnetically and electrically to one another, there is nothing which will prevent the transmission of thoughts from one to the other, at will.
—The Key to Theosophy, 289

9th.
Real Theosophy is ALTRUISM, and we cannot repeat it too often. It is brotherly love, mutual help, unswerving devotion to Truth. If once men do but realise that in these alone can true happiness be found, and never in wealth, possessions, or any selfish gratification, then the dark clouds will roll away, and a new humanity will be born upon earth. Then, the GOLDEN AGE will be there, indeed.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 17, Foreword, ii

10th.
Learn that no efforts, not the smallest—whether in right or wrong direction—can vanish from the world of causes. E’en wasted smoke remains not traceless.
—The Voice of the Silence, 37

11th.
From centre to circumference, from the imperceptible vesicle to the uttermost conceivable bounds of the Kosmos, those glorious thinkers, the Occultists, trace cycle merging into cycle, containing and contained in an endless series. The embryo evolving in its prenatal sphere, the individual in his family, the family in the state, the state in mankind, the Earth In our system, that system in its central universe, the universe in the Kosmos, and the Kosmos in the or CAUSE—thus runs their philosophy of evolution.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 189

12th.
All things that ever were, that are, or that will be, having their record upon the astral light, or tablet of the unseen universe, the Initiated adept, by using the vision of his own spirit, can know all that has been known or can be known.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 588

13th.
A proper and sane system of education should produce the most vigorous and liberal mind, strictly trained in logical and accurate thought, and not in blind faith.
—The Key to Theosophy,
268

14th.
Shun ignorance, and likewise shun Illusion. Avert thy face from world deceptions: mistrust thy senses; they are false. But within thy body—the shrine of thy sensations—seek in the Impersonal for the “Eternal Man”; and having sought him out, look inward: thou art Buddha.
—The Voice of the Silence, 28-9

15th. The Divine Mind is, and must be before differentiation takes place. It is called the divine Ideation, which is eternal in its Potentiality and periodical in its Potency, when it becomes Mahat, Anima Mundi or Universal Soul. But remember that, however you name it, each of these conceptions has its most metaphysical, most material, and also intermediate aspects.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 4

16th.
Chemistry and physiology are the two great magicians of the future, who are destined to open the eyes of mankind to the great physical truths.
—The Secret Doctrine, I, 261

17th.
Theosophia. . .Wisdom-religion, or “Divine Wisdom.” The substratum and basis of all the world- religions and philosophies, taught and practised by a few elect ever since man became a thinking being. In its practical bearing, Theosophy is purely divine ethics.
—The Theosophical Glossary

18th.
PRAJNA, the key to which makes of a man a God, creating him a Bodhisattva, son of the Dhyanis.
—The Voice of the Silence, 53

19th. Theosophy seeks to develop the human nature in man in addition to the animal, and at the sacrifice of the superfluous animality which modem life and materialistic teachings have developed to a degree which is abnormal for the human being at this stage of his progress.
—Five Messages, 6

20th.
According to the kabalistic doctrine, the future exists in the astral light in embryo, as the present existed in embryo in the past. While man is free to act as he pleases, the manner in which he will act was foreknown from all time; not on the ground of fatalism or destiny, but simply on the principle of universal, unchangeable harmony; and, as it may be foreknown that, when a musical note is struck, its vibrations will not, and cannot change into those of another note.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 184

21st.
We stand bewildered before the mystery of our own making, and the riddles of life that we will not solve, and then accuse the great Sphinx of devouring us. But verily there is not an accident in our lives, not a misshapen day, or a misfortune, that could not be traced back to our own doings in this or in another life.
—The Secret Doctrine,
1, 643-4

22nd.
SHILA, the key of Harmony in word and act, the key that counterbalances the cause and the effect, and leaves no further room for Karmic action.
—The Voice of the Silence, 52

23rd.
Every human organ and each cell in the latter has a key-board of its own, like that of a piano, only that it registers and emits sensations instead of sounds. Every key contains the potentiality of good or bad, of producing harmony or disharmony. This depends on the impulse given and the combinations produced; on the force of the touch of the artist at work, a “doublefaced Unity,” indeed. —Raja-Yoga or Occultism, 68-9

24th. Make hard thy Soul against the snares of Self, deserve for it the name of “Diamond-Soul.”
—The Voice of the Silence, 66

25th.
We say and maintain that SOUND. . . is a tremendous Occult power; that it is a stupendous force, of which the electricity generated by a million of Niagaras could never counteract the smallest potentiality when directed with occult knowledge. Sound may be produced of such a nature that the pyramid of Cheops would be raised in the air, or that a dying man, nay, one at his last breath, would be revived and filled with new energy and vigour.
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 555

26th.
There never was, nor can there be more than one universal religion; for there can be but one truth concerning God. Like an immense chain whose upper end, the alpha, remains invisibly emanating from a Deity—in statu abscondito with every primitive theology—it encircles our globe in every direction; it leaves not even the darkest corner unvisited, before the other end, the omega, turns back on its way to be again received where it first emanated. On this divine chain was strung the exoteric symbology of every people.
—Isis Unveiled, I, 560

27th.
Free will can only exist in a Man who has both mind and consciousness, which act and make him perceive things both within and without himself.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 25

28th. Theosophy is the most serious movement of this age; and one, moreover, which threatens the very life of most of the time-honoured humbugs, prejudices, and social evils of the day.
—The Key to Theosophy,
269

29th.
When once thou hast become like the fix’d star in highest heaven, that bright celestial orb must shine from out the spatial depths for all—save for itself; give light to all, but take from none.
—The Voice of the Silence, 73

30th.
It is a law of occult dynamics that “a given amount of energy expended on the spiritual or astral plane is productive of far greater results than the same amount expended on the physical objective plane of existence.”
—The Secret Doctrine,
I, 644


DECEMBER

1st.
MAGIC is spiritual WISDOM; nature, the material ally, pupil and servant of the magician. One common vital principle pervades all things, and this is controllable by the perfected human will.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 590

2nd.
[Theosophy] will gradually leaven and permeate the great mass of thinking and intelligent people with its large-minded and noble ideas of Religion, Duty, and Philanthropy. Slowly but surely it will burst asunder the iron fetters of creeds and dogmas, of social and caste prejudices; it will break down racial and national antipathies and barriers, and will open the way to the practical realisation of the Brotherhood of all men.
—The Key to Theosophy, 303

3rd.
Silence thy thoughts and fix thy whole attention on thy Master, whom yet thou dost not see, but whom thou feelest.
—The Voice of the Silence,
17

4th.
Woe to those who live without suffering. Stagnation and death is the future of all that vegetates without a change. And how can there be any change for the better without proportionate suffering during the preceding stage? Is it not those only who have learnt the deceptive value of earthly hopes and the illusive allurements of eternal nature who are destined to solve the great problems of life, pain, and death?
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 475

5th.
When the real nature of Theosophy is understood, the prejudice against it, now so unfortunately prevalent, will die out. Theosophists are of necessity the friends of all movements in the world, whether intellectual or simply practical, for the amelioration of the condition of mankind.
—Five Messages,
8

6th.
The “Higher Ego” cannot act directly on the body, as its consciousness belongs to quite another plane and planes of ideation: the “lower” Self does: and its action and behaviour depend on its free will and choice as to whether it will gravitate more towards its parent (“the Father in Heaven”) or the “animal” which it informs, the man of flesh.
—Raja-Yoga or Occultism, 67

7th. The PATH IS one, Disciple, yet in the end, twofold. Marked are its stages by four and seven Portals. At one end—bliss immediate, and at the other—bliss deferred. Both are of merit the reward: the choice is thine.
—The Voice of the Silence, 44

8th.
Theosophy.. . is the essence of all religion and of absolute truth, a drop of which only underlies every creed.
—The Key to Theosophy,
58

9th.
The Secret Doctrine is the common property of the countless millions of men born under various climates, in times with which History refuses to deal, and to which esoteric teachings assign dates incompatible with the theories of Geology and Anthropology. The birth and evolution of the Sacred Science of the Past are lost in the very night of Time.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 794

10th.
The intensity of our ardent aspirations changes prayer into the “philosopher’s stone,” or that which transmutes lead into pure gold. The only homogeneous essence, our "will prayer" becomes the active or creative force, producing effects according to our desire.
—The Key to Theosophy, 68

11th.
Maya is everywhere, and in every thing that has a beginning and an end; therefore, every thing is an aspect of that which is eternal, and in that sense, of course Maya itself is an aspect of SAT, or that which is eternally present in the universe, whether during Manvantara or Mahapralaya. Only remember that it has been said of even Nirvana that it is only Maya when compared with the Absolute.
—Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, 31

12th.
All is impermanent in man except the pure bright essence of Alaya. Man is its crystal ray; a beam of light immaculate within, a form of clay material upon the lower surface. That beam is thy life-guide and thy true Self, the Watcher and the silent Thinker, the victim of thy lower Self.
—The Voice of the Silence, 63

13th.
Individuals in every age have more or less clearly apprehended the Theosophical doctrines and wrought them into the fabric of their lives. These doctrines belong exclusively to no religion, and are confined to no society or time. They are the birthright of every human soul.
—The Key to Theosophy,
18

14th.
No human-born doctrine, no creed, however sanctified by custom and antiquity, can compare in sacredness with the religion of Nature. The Key of Wisdom that unlocks the massive gates leading to the arcana of the innermost sanctuaries can be found hidden in her bosom only.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 797

15th.
Travellers have met these adepts on the shores of the sacred Ganges, brushed against them in the silent ruins of Thebes, and in the mysterious deserted chambers of Luxor. . . . Historical memoirs have recorded their presence in the brilliantly illuminated salons of European aristocracy. They have been encountered again on the arid and desolate plains of the Great Sahara, as in the caves of Elephanta. They may be found everywhere, but make themselves known only to those who have devoted their lives to unselfish study, and are not likely to turn back.
—Isis Unveiled,
I, 17

16th. In a garden of sun flowers every flower turns towards the light. Why not so with us? This can be effected by those who are courageous and resolute.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 28, Foreword

17th.
The more thou dost become at one with it, thy being melted in its BEING, the more thy Soul unites with that which Is, the more thou wilt become COMPASSION ABSOLUTE.
—The Voice of the Silence, 76

18th.
If coming events are said to cast their shadows before, past events cannot fail to leave their impress behind them. It is, then, by those shadows of the hoary Past and their fantastic silhouettes on the external screen of every religion and philosophy, that we can, by checking them as we go along, and comparing them, trace out finally the body that produced them. There must be truth and fact in that which every people of antiquity accepted and made the foundation of its religions and its faith.
—The Secret Doctrine,
II, 794

19th.
The methods used by our scholars and students of the psycho-spiritual sciences do not differ from those of students of the natural and physical sciences. . . . Only our fields of research are on two different planes, and our instruments are made by no human hands, for which reason perchance they are only the more reliable. The retorts, accumulators, and microscopes of the chemist and naturalist may get out of order; the telescope and the astronomer’s horological instruments may get spoiled; our recording instruments are beyond the influence of weather or the elements.
—The Key to Theosophy, 85

20th.
The corner-stone of MAGIC is an intimate practical knowledge of magnetism and electricity, their qualities, correlations, and potencies. Especially necessary is a familiarity with their effects in and upon the animal kingdom and man.
—Isis Unveiled,
II, 589

21st.
We are in the Winter Solstice the period at which the Sun entering the sign of Capricornus has already, since December 21st, ceased to advance in the Southern Hemisphere, and, cancer or crab-like, begins to move back. It is at this particular time that, every year, he is born, and December 25th was the day of the birth of the Sun for those who inhabited the Northern Hemisphere.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 28,
7

22nd. As the diamond buried deep within the throbbing heart of earth can never mirror back the earthly lights, so are thy mind and Soul; plunged in Dhyana-Marga, these must mirror nought of Maya’s realm illusive.
—The Voice of the Silence, 66

23rd.
“Manas is dual—lunar in the lower, solar in its upper portion,” says a commentary. That is to say, it is attracted in its higher aspect towards Buddhi, and in its lower descends into, and listens to the voice of its animal soul full of selfish and sensual desires and herein is contained the mystery of an adept’s as of a profane man’s life, as also that of the post-mortem separation of the divine from the animal man.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 495-6

24th.
Christ—the true esoteric SAVIOUR—is no man, but the DIVINE PRINCIPLE in every human being. He who strives to resurrect the Spirit crucified in him by his own terrestrial passions, and buried deep in the “sepulchre” of his sinful flesh; he who has the strength to roll back the stone of matter from the door of his own inner sanctuary, he has the risen Christ in him.
—The Esoteric Character of the Gospels,
2

25th. It is also on December the 25th, Christmas, the day with the Christians on which the “Saviour of the World” was born, that were born, ages before him, the Persian Mithra, the Egyptian Osiris, the Greek Bacchus, the Phœnician Adonis, the Phrygian Athis.
—UL.T. Pamphlet No. 28, 7

26th.
Seek for him who is to give thee birth, in the Hall of Wisdom, the Hall which lies beyond, wherein all shadows are unknown, and where the light of truth shines with unfading glory.
—The Voice of the Silence, 8

27th.
An extra-cosmic god is fatal to philosophy, an intra-cosmic Deity—i.e., Spirit and matter inseparable from each other—is a philosophical necessity.
—The Secret Doctrine, II, 41

28th.
Let no one imagine that it is a mere fancy, the attaching of importance to the birth of the year. The earth passes through its definite phases and man with it; and as a day can be coloured so can a year. The astral life of the earth is young and strong between Christmas and Easter. Those who form their wishes now will have added strength to fulfill them consistently.
—U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 23,
Foreword

29th.
The future [of the Theosophical Movement] will depend almost entirely upon the degree of selflessness, earnestness, devotion, and last, but not least, on the amount of knowledge and wisdom possessed by those members, on whom it will fall to carry on the work.
—The Key to Theosophy, 302

30th.
Unswerving devotion to Him who embodies the duty traced for me, and belief in the Wisdom—collectively, of that grand, mysterious, yet actual Brotherhood of holy men—is my only merit, and the cause of my success in Occult philosophy.
—Raja- Yoga or Occultism, 15-16

31st.
If any of you have learned aught from my teachings, or have gained by my help a glimpse of the True Light, I ask you, in return, to strengthen the Cause by the triumph of which that True Light, made still brighter and more glorious through your individual and collective efforts, will lighten the World.
—Five Messages, 31