The elite of society at that time, which undoubtedly talked about Theosophy
, gathered at her salon in St.
Established in New York by the Russian emigre Madame Blavatsky, Theosophy
was a fast-spreading spiritualist movement that sought to reconcile Eastern philosophy and religion with its Western counterparts.
What is Theosophy
(Greek, meaning God Wisdom or Wisdom of the Gods) is the modern name given to the system of esoteric teaching, handed down from ages immemorial, which has formed the basis for all the great religions and philosophical systems of the past, Christianity included.
He didn't collect anything for himself and left everything behind when he moved, except his theosophy
books with his notes.
Their topics include Agrippa's cosmic ladder: building a world with words in the De Occulta Philosophia, the mind's eye: images of creation and revelation in mystical theology and theosophy
, the arcanes of the world: symbols and mystical-allegorical exegesis in Emanuel Swedenborg's De Cultu et Amore Dei, myth and magic: Victorian Enoch and historical contexts, and esoteric theories of color.
Bom in 1862, af Klint launched her career as a painter of flowers and landscapes, but in the early 1900s her immersion in spiritualism, particularly theosophy
, transformed her notion of what art might depict.
Being the first popular organization to promote both occultism and eastern traditions in the United States, Europe, and British colonies in Asia, Theosophy
became the foundation of belief for myriad communities and new religious movements.
As for the Lucifer angle, go check out Theosophy
's sacred writings and in particular (I love this one): "It is Satan who is the god of our planet, and the only god" (Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine).
In The Allure of Immortality, Lyn Millner relates the headshaking tale of how Teed converted two hundred seekers into celibate Koreshans and led them from Chicago to a Southwest Florida promised land, based on a religion-science "mix of millennialism, mesmerism, the beliefs of Swedenborg, theosophy
, spiritualism, mind healing, Buddhism, the primitive Christian church, Egyptian myth, gnosticism, electromagnetism," and the irresistible idea that the entire universe was contained in a hollow earth.
I read books about the architecture of hoarfrost, studied large atlases about the desires of flowering plants, small volumes of debates about the metallurgy of dead languages, dusty scrolls about the genetics of the east wind, ambiguous tracts on the theosophy
of spruces, the cosmology of pain.
Delightfully evident is the insistence that theological reasoning springs from a sensual and emotional experience of God's love, evidenced in the theological manuals of lesser-known thinkers, such as Bishop Silv'str Malevanskii (1828-1908) and Nikolai Malinovskii (1861-1917), to the poetic theosophy
of Vladimir Solv'ev (1853-1900) and Viacheslev Ivanov (1866-1949).
In reality Cudenec simply regurgitates, with endless quotations, a rather sterile version of medieval religious mysticism--otherwise known as 'traditionalism', 'perennial philosophy', 'theosophy
' or 'esotericism'--a mysticism that entails a 'metaphysical' account of some 'divine reality' that transcends our earthly existence.
Where Rachmaninov was patrician and austere (though how glorious are his music's results), Skryabin, embracing the cult of theosophy
which held that knowledge of God could only be achieved through ecstasy, became obsessed with the sensual in music.
Part two addresses the relationship between Ireland and Buddhism from 1850 to 1960, including Irish responses to Theosophy
and Buddhism in changing religious and economic environments.
Thus, through an interdisciplinary approach, Smith attempts to present a more complete understanding of Scriabin's music--music that is generated through the composer's readings and understanding of different philosophical writings (Russian and Western) and Scriabin's own writings and views on theosophy
, the origin of the universe, and human desire.