First objective: to found the nucleus of Universal Brotherhood of humanity without distinctions of race, creed, class, sex, colour, or previous condition.
Second objective: to study, investigate, look into the philosophies and religions of the past, for that includes the present, because our philosophy and our religion have grown out of the past, it is but a counterfeit presentment of what the ancients knew and taught, and you have nothing of your own that is particularly new.
Third objective: because we are living in the world surrounded by phenomena, is to investigate the psychical laws that govern man and nature.
by William Q. Judge, London 1892 (from Vernal Blossoms pgg. 265-273)
1) The Nature of existence: an omnipresent , eternal, boundless and immutable PRINCIPLE, on which all speculation is impossible, since it transcends the power of human conception and could only be dwarfed by any human expression or similitude.
2) The Method of existence: the immutable laws of cycles, of alternation, ebb and flow, and the consequent periodical appearance and disappearance of the myriads of worlds and universes in the deep space. An alternation such as that of Day and Night, Life and Death, Sleeping and Waking, is a fact so common, so perfectly universal and without exception, that it is easy to comprehend that in it we see one of the absolutely fundamental laws of the universe.
3) The Purpose of existence: enrich the whole, through the individualized experience of its parts. The pivotal doctrine of the Esoteric philosophy admits no privileges or special gifts in man, save those won by his own Ego, through a long series of metempsychoses and reincarnations.