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The Teaching on the Logos, or Deity or God

 Theosophy:

   "We say and affirm that that motion - the universal perpetual motion which never ceases never slackens nor increases its speed not even during the interludes between the pralayas, or 'nights of Brahma' but goes on like a mill set in motion, whether it has anything to grind or not... we say this perpetual motion is the only eternal and uncreated Diety we are able to recognize. To regard God as an intelligent spirit, and accept at the same time his absolute immateriality is to conceive of a nonentity, a blank void; to regard God as a Being, an Ego and to place his intelligence under a bushel for some mysterious reasons - is a most consurmate nonsense; to endow him with intelligence in the face of blind brutal Evil is to make of him a fiend - a most rascally God. A Being however gigantic, occupying space and having length breadth and thickness is certainly the Mosaic Diety..." (Mahatma Letters, pp. 138-9, #22)

"(1) The Secret Doctrine teaches no Atheism, except in the Hindu sense of the word nastika, or the rejection of idols, including every anthromorphic god...

"(2) It admits a Logos or a collective 'Creator' of the Universe; a Demi-urgos - in the sense implied when one speaks of 'Architect' as the 'Creator' of an ediface, whereas that Architect has never touched one stone of it, but, while furnishing the plan, left all the manual labor to the masons; in our case the plan was finished by the Ideation of the Universe, and the constructive labour was left to the Hosts of intelligent Powers and Forces. But that Demiurgos is no personal diety, i.e., an imperfect extra-cosmic god, - but only the aggregate of the Dhyan-Chohans and the other forces." (Secret Doctrine I, pp. 279-80)

"The Logos... 'This highest consciousness,' answer the Occultists, 'is only a synthetic unit in the world of the manifestated Logos - or on the plane of illusion; for it is the sum total of Dhyan-Chohanic consciousness' ... Iswara or Logos is a compound unity of manifested living Spirits, the parent-source and nursery of all the mundane and terrestrial monads, plus their divine reflection, which emanate from, and return into, the Logos, each in the culmination of its time. (Secret Doctrine I, p. 573) [1]

"When we speak of the deity and make it identical, hence coeval, with Nature, the eternal and uncreate nature is meant, and not your aggregate of flitting shadows and finite unrealities. We leave it to the hyrm-makers to call the visible earth or heaven, God's throne, and our earth of mud His Footstool. Our DEITY is neither in a paradise, nor in a particular tree, building, or mountain: is everywhere, in every atom of the visible as of the invisible Cosmos, in, over, and around every invisible atom and divisible molecule; for IT is the mysterious power of evolution and involution, the ommipresent, omnipotent and even omniscient creative potentiality." (Key to Theosophy, p. 64)

"...physical man (or his body) does not share in the direct pure wave of the divine Essence which flows from the One in Three, the Unmanifested, through the Manifested Logos..." (BCW XII, p. 526)

 

Neo-Theosophy:

"We have in the Logos of our solar system as near an approach to a personal (or rather, perhaps, individual) God as any reasonable man can desire, f or of Him is true everything good that has ever been predicated of a personal diety. We cannot ascribe to Him partiality, injustice, jealously, cruelty; those who desire these attributes in their diety must go elsewhere. But so far as His system is concerned He possesses omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence; the love, the power, the wisdom, the glory, all are there in fullest measure. Yet He is a mighty Individual - a trinity in unity, and God in very truth, though removed by we know not how many stages from the Absolute, the unknowable, before which even solar systems are but as specks of cosmic dust ... The sun is His chief manifestation on the physical plane, and that may help us a little to realise some of His qualities, and to see how everything comes from Him ... I myself who speak to you have once seen him in a form which is not the form of His system. This is something which utterly transcends all ordinary experience, which has nothing to do with any of the lower planes. The thing became possible for me only through a very daring experiment - the utter blending for a moment of two distinct rays or types, so that by means of this blending a level could for a moment be touched enormously higher than any to which either of the egos concerned could have attained alone. He exists f ar above His system; he sits upon it as on a lotus throne. He is as it were the apotheosis of humanity, yet infinitely greater than humanity." (C.W. Leadbeater, The Inner Life I, pp. 71-2)

"Man, the individual, evolving soul,  is in truth in the image o f his Maker, [1] and what HE is in HIS fullness now, that man will be some day. Hence it is that, by a certain development of faculties latent in the human consciousness, men can touch even now the fringe, as it were, of the Consciousness of the LOGOS, and so, with HIM, see the Past as happening even now." (C. Jinarajadasa, First Principles of Theosophy, p. 29)

"...in this music-temple . . . he is bearing his share in a concert which comes from all the worlds of the system, and these streams from all the worlds make somehow the mighty twelve-stringed lyre upon which the LOGOS Himself plays as He sits upon the Lotus of His system. It is impossible to put this into words; but the writer has seen it, and knows that it is true. He hears, He responds, and He Himself plays upon His system. Thus for the first time we have one brief glimpse of the stupendous life which He lives among the other LOGOI who are His peers." (Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater, Man: Whence, How and Whither, pp. 390, 392)

"The sacrifice of the Logos lay in His voluntary circumscribing His infinite life in order that He might manifest. Symbolically, in the inf inite ocean of light, with centre everywhere and with circumference nowhere, there arises a full-orbed sphere of living light, a Logos, and the surface of the sphere is His will to limit Himself that He may become manifest, His veil in which He incloses Himself that within it a universe may take form. That for which the sacrifice is made is not yet in existence; its future being lies in the 'thought' of the Logos alone; to Him it owes its conception and will owe its manifold life." (Annie Besant, Ancient Wisdom, p. 304)