Schola Philosophicae Initiationis
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The Schola Philosophicae Initiationis was a philosophical-initiatic organization of theosophical cutting created in Madrid in 1928 by the Spaniards Eduardo Alfonso and Mario Roso de Luna in response to the doctrinal deviations of the Theosophical Society especially in reference to the proclamation of Jiddu Krishnamurti as the Instructor of the World.
In mid-1921, Mario Roso de Luna reunited a dozen philosophers from Madrid in order to form the Rama Hesperia which kept close ties with the Mother Society in Adyar (Madras, India) as well as with the dissident groups of Point Loma (California) directed by the enthusiastic Katherine Tingley who, among other things, claimed to be William Quan Judge’s successor.
Towards 1928, a group of people close to Roso de Luna began meeting at the Café de Gijón to form a philosophical school called Schola Philosophicae Initiationis (SPI) that was "a reaction against the instability and indiscipline of the Theosophical Society, in the form of a crucible where the curdles of the concept of mental order that should have always governed the T. S".
The declared objective of the SPI was "the comparative study of the philosophies, sciences and arts in their mutual relations, and its purpose, the health and culture of its members as well as their moral progress".
The new School bought a property in Manzanares el Real (province of Madrid) to build a center for advanced philosophical studies baptized as The House of the Philosopher.
There were also constituted three stages of knowledge "as corresponds to any initiatic society and consequently to the three objects of the Theosophical Society that, deep inside are nothing but the three initiatic grades of all analogue institutions, that having been misunderstood and disrespected, had led the T.S. to disunity and mental anarchy".
The disciples of the SPI followed a gradual and methodical program of studies which covered three stages: the first one, studies on Hygiene and Moral; the second one on Science and Nature; and the third one on Psychology and Philosophy.
Decline and dissolution
In 1931, Mario Roso de Luna, who was one of the pillars of the SPI, died. On that same year, Dr. Eduardo Alfonso would become the visible head of the School continuing the formation of disciples. However, short after that (1936), the Spanish civil war started in North Africa, and in a few months reached the doors of Madrid, suspending many of the philosophical and cultural activities of the city.
At the end of the civil war, Eduardo Alfonso was tried according to the “Law for the Repression of Masonry and Communism” and sentenced to several years of imprisonment which he served in a Burgos prison from 1942 to 1948. After serving his time, Alfonso was exiled in Latin America until 1966 when he returned to his Country.
- Alfonso, Eduardo: El porvenir de la Teosofía comprometido por la Sociedad Teosófica
- Alfonso, Eduardo: La Casa del Filósofo