THEOSOPHY, Vol. 22, No. 9, July, 1934
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KNOWLEDGE AND REALIZATION

THEOSOPHISTS, even the humblest, encounter perforce the identical problems which occupy the greatest minds. These problems may all be included within the scope of a single phrase of H. P. Blavatsky: It is to find "the rational explanation" of those experiences common to all sentient beings. The validity of Theosophy rests upon no creed, no dogmas, no authority however esteemed, as upon no phenomena. It is the explanation of all these -- or it is itself but one more added to the already too numerous culs-de-sac of the mind. Theosophy is in conflict with no one, as it is in conflict with no religion, no science, no philosophy. It is their explanation -- or it is nothing.

Knowledge and realization are terms to indicate states of being at extreme poles. When a philosopher has toothache, he may be in possession of all the knowledge there is, but his realization is that of tooth-ache. When a man is happy, his knowledge may cover all possible misery, but his realization is the exact opposite of his knowledge. Knowledge is always of what is, at the moment, non-being. Realization is always, for the time being, isolation both from what has been, what is to be, and equally from all that is not-self. Knowledge, in our use of the term, always implies duality -- the separation of the Knower from the Known. Realization, on the other pole, is that experience in which the Knower is identified with the Known -- and by consequence "knows no separateness at all."

Knowledge is always relative, always incomplete of necessity, because of its inherent duality. Realization is always absolute because in unity there can be no sense of relativity. Mind is that Power inherent in every being by the use of which both knowledge and realization of Self are possible; by which both separateness and union, both being and "non-being," are identified. "That knowledge which through the soul is a realization of both the known and the knower is alone to be esteemed as Wisdom" -- Theosophy.

One may "know all about" another being, high or low. This is mere "head-learning." But suppose one were that other being for a moment or for a life-time -- he would realize something that no amount of head-learning could give him. Conscious realization of all Life is the goal of evolution.



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