It is this later period for which he is best remembered and most celebrated; in it he was at last able to devote himself to his great interest in metaphysical and esoteric studies. His father was a full colonel in the Indian Army. He was brought back to England to attend school and in , at the age of 18, he graduated from college with gold medal honors in literature. He then decided to study Law, although at heart he always considered himself an artist and a painter. One of the subjects was metaphysics and Troward surprised everyone with his answers because of their originality. He became an assistant commissioner and was quickly promoted to Divisional Judge in the Punjab, where he served for the next 25 years.
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Judge Troward has contributed to the subjects known generally by terms such as Metaphysics, New Thought, etc. And this can be explained via the proposition that there is no limit to Thought, except whatsoever limits are set by the conceptions or beliefs of Man - whether individually or collectively.
Put another way, if he cannot conceive or believe in a thing, Man does not think about that thing, except in virtually all instances to say to the effect "it cannot be". The intent at this point is merely to highlight these points, rather than to take any visitor, step-by-step, through any argument intended to convince them that these revelations have sufficient foundation for acceptance. In that respect, perhaps the single most significant revelation which can be credited to Thomas Troward - and one which, on careful elaboration, encompasses virtually all others - is an Understanding of many concepts to be found in the Bible, and the corresponding emancipation from the influence of "traditional" conceptions, which occurs as a result of gaining this new understanding.
Briefly, there are many different ways to interpret the contents of the Bible, in much the same way as there exists many differing and varying off-shoots and branches of Christianity, and a prolonged debate could indeed take place regarding whose interpretation is right or true. This is perhaps of far more significance than might appear on the surface, because, to paraphrase an old maxim, "for each one of us, our beliefs constitute our realities".
And that maxim is perhaps most true when it comes to the interpretation of the knowledge to be found in so-called "sacred literature" - whether it be the Bible or any other book. It was hinted previously in the discussion on The Bible , and is well worth repeating that, in times past, the only interpretation of sacred literature again, irrespective of the particular school of religion that was generally accepted was that which proceeded forth from the religious leadership, and the masses were generally encouraged if not conditioned to accept what was imparted without question.
So, how can one determine whether a particular interpretation of any purported "divine revelation" is true or valid? One suggested way was actually put forth by Thomas Troward himself; namely that, by thinking over the message put forth, it should present to the inquirer an intelligible sequence of Cause and Effect. And the recognition and realization of the intelligible sequence, in all likelihood, can only occur, for any person who has, so-to-say, reached the stage in their own mental development where they recognize and realize that they must and should think for themselves, rather than let others whether directly or indirectly do their thinking for them.
As to how any person could recognize the truth if or when it presents itself before them, it can be put forth that such is accomplished via the mental faculty known as Intuition. And, while the Bible itself might not use the word "Intuition", it contains therein a statement, which, on analysis, amounts to the same thing: "When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.
In no specific order, some of those revelations are: The interpretation of the proposition that Man is " The exposition of the working of the Human Mind, based primarily upon philosophical reasoning, and which had been subsequently substantiated by numerous experiments in hypnosis - refer to the discussion on The Subconscious Mind. The postulation that the Evolution of Mankind i. There are actually many other such revelations, which may be credited to the work of Thomas Troward, but it is felt that, as an introduction to what he has contributed, the five specific items listed here will suffice, and those interested in discovering more may be guided to sources of further research and reference.
Interestingly enough, and according to at least two commentators who apparently knew him well enough to make such statements, Thomas Troward appeared not to regard his particular viewpoints on these and other subjects as necessarily belonging to any or all of the schools of thought that were considered as popular or of interest in his day - such as in no specific order : Christian Science, Mental Science N.
It is also reflected in the observation that his works are generally still highly regarded in the various circles of New Thought and Metaphysics which are in operation today.
No doubt some discerning visitors will note that there is a consistent indication - not only in the contents of this page, but that may also be found in other discussions located on this web site - of some inter-connection between those tents generally held by the school known as New Thought and the teachings and instructions that may be found within the Bible. In one of his posthumous writings, Thomas Troward intimates that certain revelations that he has discovered within the Bible, he has not found in any other religious or philosophical teaching, with which he claimed any acquaintance.
Interestingly enough, the biographical records of his life indicate that Troward devoted much of his free time i. This is not at all to establish a fixed position that such revelations as Troward indicates are to be found in the teachings of the Bible are not at all located within the writings of other religions.
Perhaps they may be there, merely awaiting their discovery - but an investigation of such a scale may amount to a topic by itself. Not only did he perceive clearly, but he also possessed that quality of mind even more rare than deep and clear perception, that clarity of expression and exposition that can carry another and less-informed mind along with it, on the current of its understanding, to a logical and comprehended conclusion.
And for that, those who indeed appreciate and apprehend them, may consider themselves to be grateful. Clicking the link will open a new browser window:.
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