Theosophy: The Wisdom of the Ages (The Hidden Wisdom Library)

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From Wikipedia: Theosophy (from Greek ???????? theosophia, from ???? theos, divine + ????? sophia, wisdom; literally "divine wisdom"), refers to systems of speculation or investigation seeking direct knowledge of the mysteries of being and nature, with particular concern on the nature of Divinity. Theosophy is also considered a part of the broader field of esotericism, referring to hidden knowledge or wisdom that offers the individual enlightenment and salvation. The theosophist seeks to understand the mysteries of the universe and the bonds that unite the universe, humanity and the divine world. The goal is to explore the origin of divinity and humanity (theogony and anthropogony) including the end of world, life and humanity (eschatology). Then, from investigation of these discover a coherent description of the purpose and origin of the universe (cosmogony). The theosophist inquires into the hieroglyphs of nature (insights, or poetic meaning, in flowers, rainbows etc.), using a method of interpretation founded upon a specific myth or revelation, to apply active imagination in order to draw forth symbolic meanings and further their pursuit of knowledge toward a complete understanding of these mysteries.[1][2] ~~~ The word theosophia appeared in both Greek and Latin in the works of early church fathers as a synonym for "theology".[3] The theosophoi are "those who know divine matters." During the Renaissance, use of the term diverged to refer to a gnostic knowledge that offers the individual enlightenment and salvation through a knowledge of the bonds that are believed to unite him to the world of divine or intermediary spirits. By the 16th century the word theosophy had acquired its current meaning, under the influence of Arbatel, a book of white magic widely circulated in the 1550s and 1560s.[4] ~~~ Theosophy broadly explores questions of metaphysics, especially questions within the areas of epistemology, mind, religion and the sciences.

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Cherry Gilchrist affirms direct knowledge of the divine and eternal and demonstrates why Theosophy lies at the heart of all religious and occult traditions.

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