ETHICS FACING FALSEHOOD
Jun 07, 2006 07:48 AM
Intoxicated with the theological indoctrinations of Vatican Christianism for the last 16 centuries, we have a tendency to think that outward courtesy should replace respect for truth. Yet common respect for truth is the only possible foundation for true Brotherhood.
In the ?Mahatma Letters?, one of the Adept-Teachers who inspire the theosophical movement writes:
?Every Western Theosophist should learn and remember, especially those of them whom would be our followers -- that in our Brotherhood, all personalities sink into one idea -- abstract right and absolute practical justice for all. And that, though we may not say with the Christians, ?return good for evil? -- we repeat with Confucius -- ?return good for good; for evil, -- justice?.? (1)
In the ?Lun-Yu? or ?Analects?, the book with Confucius teachings, one can read:
?Duke Ai inquired saying: ?What should I do to ensure the contentment of the people?? ?If you promote the upright and dismiss the ill-doer?, replied Confucius, ?the people will be contented; but if you promote the ill-doer and dismiss the upright, the people will be discontented?.? (2)
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline
(1) ? The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett?, T.U.P., Pasadena, 1992, Letter LXXXV, p. 401.
(2) ?The Analects?, Confucius, Dover Publications, New York, copyright 1995, 128 pp., see p. 8 (Book II, paragraph XIX).
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