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reworking our theosophical objects

Feb 19, 2002 12:19 PM
by Eldon B Tucker

We should distinguish, I think, between mundane aspects
of our theosophical groups and organizations, and the
timeless truths that may be found in the pure philosophy.

One aspect is the objects of the Theosophical Society.
They have changed over time, and differ in the main
theosophical groups.

At one time, there was a discussion about how the
objects might be worded in today's world. It came
up again last Fall on theos-talk, as seen in the
message below.

It's important to periodically review how the various
organizations function, to see if they might need
adaptation to the changing world in order to best
serve their function of promoting the philosophy.
(And to serve their other function of promoting the
individual spiritual quest of their memberships.)

-- Eldon

To: <>
From: "nos" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 10:53:52 +0930
Subject: RE: Theos-World reworking our theosophical objects

Thanks for those Eldon I hadn't seem them before. They are of course
excellent! And Really make the 3 objects more communicable (IMHO). I
posted earlier about using E-Prime to re-write the SD but no-one replied
or even looked at the link. What is E-Prime? English Prime is a new
proposed version of English that allows developments in thought to be
conveyed without loss of meaning as is currently done in English with
it's use of prepositions and polarity. Ie - Something IS value.
The sky is blue.

Now that appears true in english as we accept it - however - the sky is
not blue at night or on rainy days etc.

So correctly

The sky at this time appears to be a shade of blue.

E-Prime article found here.


Someone that appears to be NOS

|-----Original Message-----
|From: Eldon B Tucker []
|Sent: Wednesday, 24 October 2001 10:35 AM
|Subject: Theos-World reworking our theosophical objects
|A few years ago on another mailing list, we were discussing
|different ways to rework the objects of the Theosophical
|Society. I came up with one that seemed interesting at the
|time. I'm including it below. Perhaps we need periodically to
|review how we think of things, to put them in fresh words, so
|that their inner live stays strong for us?
|-- Eldon
|>1. Universal Compassion: To form a living example of the open
|> acceptance and love of others, setting aside all prejudice
|> and discrimination based upon such factors as sex, religious
|> preference, race, economic status, and politics.
|>2. Cultural Heritage: To encourage the search for Truth wherever
|> it may be found, including a study of great philosophies,
|> religions, and fields of science as well as disciplines of the
|> heart including music and art. To not just study and be a
|> consumer of this heritage, but to individually explore the
|> unknown and then make new, positive contributions to the world.
|>3. Personal Quest: To explore one's unrealized potential and
|> abilities with the end-goal of becoming a positive force for
|> wisdom, truth, and beauty in the world. To awaken an inner
|> fire so that one can then light the fires in the hearts of
|> others, seeking to make the world a brighter place.

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