Philosophy of Perfectibility
One of the most profound theosophical notions to be communicated in the Ancient Greek tradition is the idea that Man is the Microcosm of the Macrocosm. The universe mirrors itself in its parts. In mathematics this is known as fractals, the reconstitution of the whole in the parts. Nowhere is this more dramatic than in the human constitution. Theosophia postulates that the Cosmos, Nature and Man are all sevenfold, each reflecting the other. This grand notion leads to the inspiring hypothesis that man has infinite potential. Human beings, rather than being misguided sinners, or advanced animals, are actually self-conscious minds and hearts with the ability to guide and determine their own evolution towards enlightenment. The word “man” itself comes from the ancient Sanskrit word “Manas” or Mind or Thinker. Through the power of mind and heart the Wisdom Tradition proposes the capacity for indefinite perfectibility. Individuals who have advanced their awareness of Nature’s inner workings were honored by names like Adepts, Mahatmas, Hierophants, Shamans and Great Teachers depending upon the culture they were from.