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1. Religious philosophy or speculation about the nature of the soul based on mystical insight into the nature of god.
2. Often Theosophy. The beliefs of a religious sect, the Theosophical Society, founded in New York City in 1875, incorporating aspects of Buddhism and Brahmanism.
[Medieval Latin theosophia, from Late Greek : Greek theo-, theo- + Greek sophia, wisdom.]
- the´osoph´ic (-e-sòf´îk) or the´osoph´ical (-î-kel) adjective
- the´osoph´ically adverb
- theos´ophist noun
theosophy, [Gr., = divine
wisdom], philosophical system with affinities to MYSTICISM that claims
insight into the nature of God and the world through direct knowledge,
philosophical speculation, or a physical process.
Theosophy deduces the essentially spiritual nature of the universe from
an assumption of the absolute reality
of the essence of God. Theosophists generally believe that evil exists
as a product of finite human desires; individuals can overcome it by arousing
their latent spiritual powers. Emphasis is given to allegorical interpretation
of sacred writings and doctrines. The Renaissance philosopher PARACELSUS
combined scientific ideas with theosophical speculation. More recent theosophists
include Jakob BOEHME, F.W.J. SCHELLING, and Emanuel SWEDENBORG. Asian philosophy
and theology, especially of India, contain a vast body of theosophical
doctrine, and modern theosophy draws much of its vocabulary from Indian
sources. The Theosophical Society, with which theosophy is now generally
identified, was founded in 1875 by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. CABALA;
From: utcsrgv!simon (utcsrgv!simon)
Subject: the unexplained
Newsgroups: net.general, net.news.group
Date: 1982-11-19 11:27:26 PST
There does not appear to
be a newsgroup for discussing such things as paranormal phenomena, occultism,
theosophy, eastern philosophies and so on. If there is interest in creating
such a group (or if an appropriate group already exists) please send me