We are glad to learn of your interest
in our Society. Let us tell you a little about ourselves. Our
main objective is the spiritual, moral and intellectual development
of our members, and indirectly, of all mankind.
We are not a religion, nor are
we interested in our member's religion, race or gender. The teachings
we give guide the sojourner to Right Thinking, Right Speaking
and Right Acting; they develop into activity the Inner faculties
which enable one to live a life of continuous spiritual unfoldment
in a state of Health, enjoying the Happiness that comes through
the possession of True Wisdom and the ability to use it effectively.
Although mankind has made great
strides in many fields, and living conditions are generally better
today, lots of people find their lives to be empty, lacking meaning,
fulfilment and purpose. We will explore this whole question in
the following pages.
This little book is a beacon for those searching for a brighter
light. It presents a door to opportunity. The Men of the Stream
who dwell in the shadows will pass it by, but to you dear friend,
to you in the penumbra who dares to think for yourself... may
you find in it Ariadne's thread.
With good wishes
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To the one
Let us consider together the situation
as we find it: we are all engaged in the business of living, more
or less successfully, more or less happily. Are you as successful,
as happy, as effective in your everyday life as you could be?
If not, what is the reason?
We are remarkably successful in
this age in the manipulation of physical laws. With radio, television,
satellites and all the many electric and electronic devices we
have conquered time and distance. In travel, even into outer space,
we have attained an unprecedented degree of efficiency. Dozens
of sophisticated instruments orbit the earth, sending us information
on conditions and events on which we would otherwise be quite
ignorant, or carrying messages instantly from one hemisphere to
the other. We are rightly proud of these achievements that demonstrate
so clearly man's intelligent persistence in probing and rendering
the usable forces of this immeasurably rich and complex universe
in which we live. In this area of our activities, exactitude and
precision are the criteria, and no personal emotions are permitted
to distort our perspective.
in which we live in
But when it comes to living, the
story is quite different. In our relations to other human beings,
to our own health, to our own feelings, to our work, to our leisure
we do not apply the same intelligence and reason. Why is this?
Is it because the very nature of the field in which these aspects
of us are active, a precise gauge in measuring physical processes
is precluded? Or is it, perhaps, that certain opinions, attitudes
and beliefs that have been instilled in us by our backgrounds,
have inhibited our willingness to investigate? The most tremendous
problems of life, such as the mysteries of birth and death, of
joy and sorrow, of free will and fate, have not been probed with
the same intensity as that which has marked our investigations
of the physical universe. Our questing intellects are burdened
with all sorts of conflicting teachings on which discussion, until
very recently has been more or less discouraged.
Today, however, the world is changing
with bewildering rapidity. New scientific discoveries are daily
finding their place in the body of human knowledge; new philosophies
are making their bid for allegiance in the mind of man; strange
and startling ideas are being advanced in the field of religion;
studies in depth psychology are bringing to light the vast and
intricate potentials of human consciousness.
In the meanwhile however, in the
face of these achievements, we have devastated our common home.
Our world is no longer as clean and comfortable as it once was.
It has been made almost unliveable. We have polluted the land,
seas and air almost to the point of no return. We have estranged
nature with the wastes of a technology, which we've developed
in the name of mere material self-gratification.
Amidst this material 'progress',
man lives in bewilderment never before witnessed in any age. He
suffers the blindness born of forgetting his true self, his spirit,
through an excessive digression into materialism. Instead of living
in tranquillity and happiness, he is embroiled in confusion and
strife. People are split up in warring camps destroying each other
out of selfishness and misunderstanding. They have forgotten the
Laws of God. People conceive of themselves not as eternally existing
Spirit Beings but as bodies doomed to destruction. Now more than
ever, the world is in need of light and the saccharine-sweet dogmas
and platitudes which popular agencies have used to mask Universal
Truth and hold trusting people in bondage, are being stripped
off as Belief gives way to KNOWLEDGE.
Forced out of the light compartments
of familiar beliefs into this inescapable vortex of change, many
feel lost and filled with despair; the teachings that once we
did not question no longer support us. Nor can we find a firm
footing in our achievements in the physical universe. We seek
for meaning and direction in our lives, for a deeper understanding
of our own nature, for some insight into the great and primary
mysteries of life itself. We feel intuitively that there must
be at the heart of things, something fundamentally true and eternal
that endures through all evolutionary changes and of which these
changes themselves may be but expressions.
“There exists a shoreless
ocean of universal truth, love and wisdom reflecting its radiance
upon earth,“ said an illuminee.” It exists everywhere
and at all times and has ever been available to the learless and
questing mind. Some of the concepts, which make it intelligible,
have been formulated in the teachings of the world's religions,
in the esoteric doctrines, in theosophy, theology, the hermetica
and metaphysics, but no single sect may arrogate its exclusive
It is all there for the hungry
to partake of. The banquet is provided, it awaits the diner".
There has always been an inner
(esoteric) and an outer (exoteric) teaching
and it must ever be so. This has been recognized by all great
masters and teachers who know it is silly to speak to people about
matters they have not been prepared to understand: "It is
foolish to cast pearls before swine" the well known saying
There was a time when few were
bold enough to think for themselves; people were made to believe
that all the important matters concerning life and its many problems
had to be thought out for them by someone supposedly wiser than
themselves, they were trained to sit dutifully and be told what
to believe, what to do, what to think … and what not to
think. While a vestige of this still remains, there is today a
great awakening-taking place in the people of the world. Men and
women everywhere are responding to an inner urge prompting them
to unfold their innate potential, to expand their vision, to utilize
the abounding resources of their mind and improve themselves in
every way. They wish to learn how to develop and bring their latent
faculties into full use . . . they seek more definite answers
to the fundamental questions on the nature and meaning of life
. . . questions which the popular agencies shun, or answer only
in a shallow and simplistic way. Finally, they desire to open
themselves to the influx of spiritual illumination and take their
proper place in the Brotherhood of Man.
It is to the sojourner seeking
the meaning and purpose in life to which we hold out our hand.
If you, dear reader, seek to live a life filled with meaning,
purpose, happiness and success, then, like Theseus who was wandering
in the labyrinth until Ariadne gave him the string by means of
which he was able to find his way out, you have in your hands
a key, which if you use it will unlock the door to the most fortuitous
circumstance of your life.
Our curriculum is arranged in several
parts and we have structured the entire program in a graded way
so it is quite easy to follow.
We welcome your interest in our
work dear Friend, for truly those who sincerely tread this Path,
do experience a real improvement in the quality of their spiritual
We hope you will.
May you ever dwell in the Eternal
Light of Divine Wisdom.
The value of the teachings we give
cannot be rated in terms of dollars and cents. Knowledge has a
value only in the application. To the person who reads our Lectures
solely for their intellectual content, their worth will be that
of entertainment. To the person who reads them and applies the
principles in their daily rounds . . . life becomes a meaningful
and beautiful experience. Windows open and sunshine comes in.
Doors open and opportunities present themselves as if by magic.
The 'mysteries of life' dissipate like shadows before the rising
OF UNKNOWN PHILOSOPHERS
SOCIETAS PHILOSOPHORUM INCOGNITORUM
Health, Wisdom, Truth
“That the Grand Architect
of the Universe has conceived and executed a magnificent plan
must be evident to all. As human beings, we are segments of this
plan. We fit into it some way; how, most of us are not quite sure.
We know, however, that we cannot completely separate ourselves
from it. This plan requires us to be agents of the Divine Architect
and as His agents, to be actively at work here in earth.
The members of the Society of Unknown
Philosophers, are associated with each other for the purpose of
discovering those truths which are fundamental to the divine plan
and which may help us bridge the gap existing between science
In antiquity, science and religion
were but separate aspects of the same study. Today, we find science
and religion broken apart so completely that they seem not only
independent of each other, but also in some respects hostile.
They are like two great engineering concerns with the common task
of constructing a bridge across a river. Both have construction
crews and equipment on opposite banks, but they cannot agree on
the principles of construction and the method of procedure. They
occupy themselves futilely and to no purpose in argument, leaving
the river unabridged and with no possibility of routing traffic
Science has made only feeble attempts
in comparison to what it should have done to restore man to his
rightful place in nature. Relatively, it has just begun to reduce
a portion of the Great Architect’s plan to that form which
man can understand and use in daily life. It concerns itself only
with certain aspects of the Great Architect’s plan. The
immaterial aspects, those qualities that are commonly referred
to as “spiritual” and “psyhic” are casually
dealt with, or not at all. First causes, or what are generally
known as metaphysical propositions, such as “Why are we
here”? and “What are the ends which man should attain
in life”? are held not to be within its scope.
Religion, on the other hand, in
its declarations, dogmas, rites and practises, has often held
it to be beneath the dignity of its traditions to make enquiry
into divine causes.
This leaves man in a position where
he is obliged to have blind faith in many matters, or to accept
only those truths which materialistically inclined science is
capable of demonstrating.
It is plain, therefore, that our
duty is to become the middle builders. We must prepare ourselves
for the great work we are to undertake. We must train ourselves
thoroughly and become familiar with the tools we shall need to
use. We are not going to discard any useful fact, idea, or object
of knowledge simply because it did not originate with us.”
The Unknown Philosophers, Companions
in the Light, Guardians of the Tradition of this our most Ancient
Society in continuous existence since Time Immemorial, are true
Lovers of the Mystical, Cabalistic and Hermetical Gnosis to keep,
study and transmit the Light, which has emanated and continues
to this day to emanate from the Lodges and Circles of the Society.
We advise and therefore recommend
the study of the following works:
The first five Books of the Bible
called the Pentateuch which were written by the Moses, The Treaty
of the Reintegration of Beings, which was written by Martinéz
de Pasqualis, All Ancient Sumerian texts: Gilgamesh, etc., works
of Hermes Trismegistos, Paracelsus, The Golden Verses of Pythagoras,
The Cosmology of the Universe by Max Heindel, the Gnostic Texts
of the Nag Hammadi Library collection and many others more.