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Re: [theos-l] Theosophical quotes

Apr 11, 2012 08:28 PM
by MKR

Very valuable quotes. I wish every theosophist reads this at least once a
year so that we can be reminded about the right attitude and actions which
is helpful to everyone.

On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 8:38 PM, zakk <> wrote:

> **
> **
> These quotes were presented :
> --- H. P. Blavatsky wrote as early as the year 1880 ----- : "To conclude
> this subject,
> our Society is entirely the opposite of every other society that
> exists."...."The Parent
> Society protects every belief, every private opinion, as it would protect
> the purse of
> one of its members."
> The Founders had to exercise all their influence to oppose selfishness of
> any kind,
> by insisting upon sincere, fraternal feelings among the Membersâat least
> outwardly;
> working for it to bring about a spirit of unity and harmony, the great
> diversity of creeds
> notwithstanding; expecting and demanding from the Fellows, a great mutual
> toleration
> and charity for each otherâs shortcomings; mutual help in the research of
> truths in
> every domainâmoral or physicalâand even, in daily life.
> On the other hand, as a great respect for the private views and creeds of
> every
> member was demanded, any Fellow criticising the faith or belief of another
> Fellow,
> hurting his feelings, or showing a reprehensible self-assertion, unasked
> (mutual friendly
> advices were a duty unless declined)âsuch a member incurred expulsion. The
> greatest spirit of free research untrammelled by anyone or anything, had
> to be
> encouraged. ----
>   A few thoughts regarding the quotes :
>   There are other quotes that state similar as well, in theosophical
> material and
> other presented material throughout different philosophies.
>  Muslims, Christians, Spiritualists, and those of many other faiths /
> philosophies
> joined a theosophical society.  There was an intermingling and sharing of
> experience / knowledge between the varied background of individuals.
>   The showing of disdain towards another, due to beliefs or thoughts or
> similar,
> was not considered as acceptable in respect to brotherly conduct.  To
> demean
> or ridicule another was not considered as acceptable brotherly conduct.
>  Generally speaking, a negative attitude towards another was not
> considered
> as brotherly conduct.  These types of behavior were foundations for
> conflict
> and dissension, and attemtped to be avoided or ended prior to taking root
> within the society.
>   In defense of participating in negative behavior, a member may state
> that
> "I can assert my individual freedom and express my opinion.", or similar.
> The statement is agreed with.  At the same time, it is not a behavior that
> is
> in harmony with a society that is based on brotherly behavior.  Let the
> negative attitude and expressions of "individual freedom" be expressed in
> a negative atmosphere, so to speak.  There are appropiate scenerios for
> all and any type of attitude / expressing.   There is not a disagreement
> with
> any type of individual freedom and it's expressing, but there is viewed to
> be
> appropiate scenerios for each of them....  and it is this that HPB is seen
> as
> to present in her quotes.  A society based upon brotherly behavior is not
> an
> acceptable or appropiate scenerio / place for the negative individualism
> and expressing.
>   Brothers and fellow beings are not viewed as to be restricted to members
> of a society.  Showing disdain or ridicule or contempt or similar negative
> behavior, to any fellow being, is considered as the same as doing so
> towards
> a member of a society.  All fellow beings are considered brothers, and of
> the
> showing of the same respect.
>   A negative attitude towards Muslims, Christians, Spiritualists, etc,
> .... is a
> negative attitude towards fellow brothers and beings.  It is seen as an
> exercise
> of predjudice.  This can occur between different countries, cultures, and
> hemipheres as well.   It is not limited to individuals or organizations.
> How many individuals will speak negatively of the "West", but not the
> "East"....
> or vice versa?  How many individuals will speak negatively of another's
> culture or civilization, but not their own?  Is this not a predjudice?
> There
> can be seen as to be "negative aspects" to all things....  but that does
> not
> mean it has to be expressed in a negative manner.  There are other options.
>   It can be easier to perceive the predjudice in others, versus one's
> self.
>  Jesus has been recorded to have stated "A man offended is a man lost".
> The statement presents a concept that is considered as to have value.
>   Rather than divide human kind into sub-catagories, then choose to be
> predjudice and treat fellow beings in accordance to one's negative view
> of a sub-catagory,  one may simply have a brotherly attitude towards
> human kind as a whole.
>   A repeat of what had been stated earlier :
>   "There can be seen as to be "negative aspects" to all things....  but
> that
> does not mean it has to be expressed in a negative manner.  There are
> other options."

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