Theosophical Society In America, Wheaton, Illinois
The Ocala Study Group is a local chapter of the “Theosophical Society in America”. It is a branch of a world fellowship and membership organization dedicated to promoting the unity of humanity, and encouraging the study of religion, philosophy and science so that we may better understand ourselves and our relationships within this multidimensional universe. The Society stands for complete freedom of individual search and belief.
On June 22, 2010, after completing the required studies, our local study group became an official part of the Theosophical Society in America, and we are now known as “The Ocala Theosophical Study Group”.
What is Theosophy?
Theosophy is ancient and timeless Wisdom. The Vedas from India refer to it as The Sanatan Dharma, The Eternal Wisdom Religion which has always existed and always “IS.” In the West we have the teachings of Plato, and the Neo-Platonic Philosophers referred to as the “Perennial Philosophy” which mirrors this Vedic Wisdom.The Modern Theosophical Movement organized in 1875 by H.P. Blavatsky, Henry Steele Olcott, William Quan Judge, and others, is a modern repository of the Ancient Wisdom Teachings. The Modern Source Books for our Theosophical Teachings are the writings of Madame Blavatsky, particularly The Secret Doctrine, and Isis Unveiled, and the writings of the Adept Brothers found in The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett.
The Theosophical Society in America
Mission Statement Vision – Mission – Ethics
1.Has a vision of wholeness that inspires a fellowship united in study, meditation, and service.
2.Encourages open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.
3.Holds that our every action, feeling, and thought affects all other beings and that each of us is capable of and responsible for contributing to the benefit of the whole. Not only does the Society have a vision of union with one another, and a mission of exploration, but also an ethic of putting these high ideals into action. We invite you to explore with us and join us in the great adventure. Membership in the Theosophical Society is open to those who are in sympathy with its three Objects.
These are some of the basic ideas Theosophy offers for consideration:
1.One Life pervades and sustains the universe.
2.The universe is the manifestation of an eternal, boundless and immutable Reality beyond the range of human understanding.
3.Matter and consciousness (or spirit) are the two polar aspects of that ultimate Reality, from whose interplay proceed innumerable universes in an endless cycle of manifestation and dissolution.
4.An intelligence that is both imminent and transcendent is the basis of all laws of nature. “Deity is Law,” said H. P. Blavatsky.
5.The visible universe is only its densest part; the whole universe contains also invisible worlds of exceedingly tenuous matter interpenetrating the physical.
6.The entire system of the universe, visible and invisible, is the scene of a great scheme of evolution, in which life moves to ever more expressive form, more responsive awareness, and more unified consciousness.
7.The human consciousness (also called spirit or soul) is in essence identical with the one supreme Reality, which Ralph Waldo Emerson called the “Oversoul,” including each of our particular beings and uniting us with one another
8.The gradual unfolding of this latent divine Reality within us takes place by the process of reincarnation, which is an aspect of the cyclic law seen everywhere in nature, by periods of activity alternating with periods of rest and assimilation. As Saint Paul says, whatever we sow, we will inevitably reap. This is the law of karma, by which we weave our own destiny through the ages. It is the great hope for humanity, for it gives us the opportunity to create our future by what we do in the present.
9.The human pilgrimage takes us from our source in the One through experience of the many, back to union with the One Divine Reality. Our goal is thus to complete the cosmic cycle of manifestation with full conscious realization of ourselves, no longer polarized between consciousness and matter or divided into self and other, but unified within and united with all other beings through our common Source.
This realization is enlightenment!
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