How Spiritual Will Renews One’s Life
Helena P. Blavatsky
Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defence
And fills up all the mighty void of sense….
Pope [1]
But why should the operations of nature
be changed? There may be a deeper philosophy
than we dream of – a philosophy that discovers
the secrets of nature, but does not alter, by
penetrating them, its course.
Bulwer [2]
Is it enough for man to know that he exists? Is it enough to be formed a human being to enable him to deserve the appellation of MAN?
It is our decided impression and conviction, that to become a genuine spiritual entity, which that designation 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.
The latter is far different from what we commonly term antipathy or sympathy. We are at first irresistibly or unwittingly drawn within its dark circle by that peculiar influence, that powerful current of magnetism which emanates from ideas as well as from physical bodies. By this we are surrounded, and finally prevented through moral cowardice – fear of public opinion – from stepping out of it.
It is rare that men regard a thing in either its true or false light, accepting the conclusion by the free action of their own judgment. Quite the reverse. The conclusion is more commonly reached by blindly adopting the opinion current at the hour among those with whom they associate.
A church member will not pay an absurdly high price for his pew any more than a materialist will go twice to listen to Mr. Huxley’s talk on evolution, because they think that it is right to do so; but merely because Mr. and Mrs. So-and-so have done it, and these personages are the S ____  and  S____’s.
The same holds good with everything else. If psychology had had its Darwin, the descent of man as regards moral qualities might have been found inseparably linked with that of his physical form. Society in its servile condition suggests to the intelligent observer of its mimicry a kinship between the Simia and human beings even more striking than is exhibited in the external marks pointed out by the great anthropologist. The many varieties of the ape – “mocking presentments of ourselves” – appear to have been evolved on purpose to supply a certain class of expensively-dressed persons with the material for genealogical trees.
Science is daily and rapidly moving toward the great discoveries in chemistry and physics, organology, and anthropology. Learned men ought to be free from preconceptions and prejudices of every kind; yet, although thought and opinion are now free, scientists are still the same men as of old. An Utopian dreamer is he who thinks that man ever changes with the evolution and development of new ideas. The soil may be well fertilized and made to yield with every year a greater and better variety of fruit; but, dig a little deeper than the stratum required for the crop, and the same earth will be found in the subsoil as was there before the first furrow was turned.
[1] “Essay on Man”, by Alexander Pope. (CCA, in 2017)
[2] “Zanoni”, by Edward Bulwer Lytton. (CCA, in 2017)
Reproduced from “Isis Unveiled”, by Helena P. Blavatsky, Theosophy Co., Los Angeles. vol. I, pp. 39-40. Most of the above text was published at the October 2014 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, under the same title “The Need to Rebuild Ourselves” (p. 5).
In September 2016, after a careful analysis of the state of the esoteric movement worldwide, a group of students decided to form the Independent Lodge of Theosophists, whose priorities include the building of a better future in the different dimensions of life.