Science (from Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, "science" also refers to a body of knowledge itself, of the type that can be rationally explained and reliably applied.
Modern science is often restricted to those branches of study that seek to explain the phenomena of the material universe. From the 19th century, the word "science" became increasingly associated with the scientific method itself, as a disciplined way to study the natural world.
The scientific method seeks to explain the events of nature in a reproducible way. A hypothesis is put forward, which is generally expected to fit with other accepted facts related to the phenomena. This proposed explanation is used to make predictions that are testable by experiment or observation.
Given the fact that observation and experimentation depend on the use of the senses and current technology, the reach of science is inherently limited to both. The view that the methods of the natural sciences can be applied to all areas of investigation, be it philosophical, social scientific, or otherwise, has been associated with 'scientism'.
Occult Science is a phrase used by H. P. Blavatsky to denominate the knowledge of the hidden forces of nature and their manipulation. According to her, the occult sciences "are real, actual, and very dangerous sciences. They teach the secret potency of things in Nature, developing and cultivating the hidden powers 'latent in man', thus giving him tremendous advantages over more ignorant mortals."
Because of the danger of this knowledge in the hands of the selfish or the ignorant, these sciences are kept in secret:
These sciences are, and have been for ages, hidden from the vulgar for the very good reason that they would never be appreciated by the selfish educated classes, nor understood by the uneducated; whilst the former might misuse them for their own profit, and thus turn the divine science into black magic. It is often brought forward as an accusation against the Esoteric philosophy and the Kabbalah that their literature is full of “a barbarous and meaningless jargon” unintelligible to the ordinary mind . . . The facts of Occult Science are of so abstruse a nature, that in most cases no words exist in European languages to express them; in addition to which our “jargon” is a double necessity—(a) for the purpose of describing clearly these facts to him who is versed in the Occult terminology; and (b) to conceal them from the profane.
Although the adept knowledgeable in the occult sciences can perform phenomena which would seem miraculous to the uninitiated, every effect produced is based on laws of nature, whether known or unknown to modern science:
To say that occult sciences claim to command nature arbitrarily, is equivalent to saying that the sun commands the day-star to shine. Occult sciences are nature itself; intimate knowledge of their secrets does not give to the Initiates the power to command them. The truth of it is that this knowledge teaches the Adepts the manner in which to furnish certain conditions for the production of phenomena, always due to natural causes, and to the combination of forces analogous to those used by the scientists. The real difference between modern science and occult science consists in this: The first opposes to a natural force another natural force more powerful on the physical plane; the second opposes to a physical force, a spiritual or psychic force, in other words, the soul of that same force.
Every "planet and mineral" that exists in space or inside the earth, are known and recorded in our books thousands of years ago; more; many a true hypothesis was timidly brought forward by their own scientific men and as constantly rejected by the majority with whose preconceptions it interfered. Your intention is laudable but nothing that I may give you in answer will ever be accepted from us. Whenever discovered that "it is verily so," the discovery will be attributed to him who corroborated the evidence — as in the case of Copernicus and Galileo, the latter having availed himself but of the Pythagorean MSS.
Theosophy and Science
Articles and pamphlets
- Ancient and Modern Science by Annie Besant
- Materialism Undermined by Science by Annie Besant
- Modern Science and the Higher Self by Annie Besant
- Nature's Finer Forces by Annie Besant
- Occult or Exact Science? by H. P. Blavatsky
- The Wrong Turn of Science by H. P. Blavatsky
- Ancient Magic in Modern Science by H. P. Blavatsky
- The Negators of Science by H. P. Blavatsky
- Black Magic in Science by H. P. Blavatsky
- The Imperfections of Science by H. P. Blavatsky
- The Substantial Nature of Magnetism by H. P. Blavatsky
- Blavatsky' Foreknowledge of The Wave/Particle Duality of Light by Reed Carson
- Theosophy and Modern Science by H.T. Edge
- The Birth of a Universe by Michael English
- Music of the Spheres: Our Relationship with the Anonymous Dead by Michael English
- Theosophy, Biosophy and Bioethics by Michael W. Fox
- Quantum Yoga: A View Through the Visionary Window by Amit Goswami
- Science and the Occult: Where the Twain Meet by David Grandy
- The Scientific Explanation of the Influence of Celestial Bodies on Earth-Life and Human Affairs by H. Groot
- An Ethics Nightmare by Philip Harris
- Theosophy and Science by Rudi Jansma
- The Adepts and Modern Science by William Q. Judge
- The Synthesis of Occult Science by W. Q. Judge
- Science and Theosophy: The Challenge of Unification Part 1 and Part 2 by Michael Levin
- Theosophy and the New Science by Blair A. Moffett
- The Occult Sciences by Henry S.Olcott
- Timeless Epiphany by Theodore St. John
- A Brief Overview of Sacred Time and Space by Fred Alan Wolf
- Occult Chemistry - 3rd Ed. by C. W. Leadbeater & Annie Besant
- Science and Mysticism: The Search for Unity (2 Parts) by Renee Weber and Ravi Ravindra
- How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization by Amit Goswami
- Sacred Science: Ancient Wisdom or Modern Fad? by Ralph Hannon
- Spiritual Lessons of Chaos by Patricia Monaghan
- The Spiritual Dimension Time Travel by Fred Alan Wolf
- Articles on Theosophy and Science at Blavatsky.Net
- Science and Theosophy collection of articles by David Pratt
- Theosophical Perspectives on Science collection of articles from the Sunrise magazine
- Studies in Occult Chemistry and Physics by George E. Sutcliffe
- Theo-Science Newsletter Newsletter of the Theosophy-Science Group in Australia
- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, "The Key to Theosophy" (Pasadena, CA: Theosophical University Press, 1972), 26.
- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Theosophical Glossary (Krotona, CA: Theosophical Publishing House, 1973), 237-238.
- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. VIII (Adyar, Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1960), 79.
- Vicente Hao Chin, Jr., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett in chronological sequence No. 93b (Quezon City: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 311.