EQUAL justice to all and love to every creature is not the highest standard in Theosophy, co-founder H. P. Blavatsky maintained.
The Author of The Key to Theosophy held to a “far higher” standard.
Mme Blavatsky described that standard as “the giving to others more than to oneself , i.e. self-sacrifice.”
She also noted: “such was the standard and abounding measure which marked so preeminently the greatest Teachers and Masters of Humanity — e. g., Gautama Buddha in History, and Jesus of Nazareth as in the Gospels.”
“This trait alone was enough to secure to them the perpetual reverence and gratitude of the generations of men that came after them,” she insisted, noting “there are many instances to illustrate it in history.”
“Self-sacrifice for practical good to save many, or several people, Theosophy holds, is far higher than self-abnegation for a sectarian idea, such as that of ‘saving the heathen from damnation,’ for instance.”
“Canst thou destroy divine Compassion? Compassion is no attribute. It is the LAW of LAWS — eternal Harmony … a shoreless universal essence, the light of everlasting Right, and fitness of all things, the law of love eternal. The more thou dost become at one with it, thy being melted in its BEING, the more thy Soul unites with that which IS, the more thou wilt become COMPASSION ABSOLUTE. This ‘compassion’ must not be regarded in the same light as ‘God, the divine love’ of the Theists. Compassion stands here as an abstract, impersonal law whose nature, being absolute Harmony, is thrown into confusion by discord, suffering and sin.” (Book of the Golden Precepts)
A Hero Dog
A Human Example
“In our opinion,” Mme. Blavatsky wrote, ” Father Damien, the young man of thirty who offered his whole life in sacrifice for the benefit and alleviation of the sufferings of the lepers at Molokai, and who went to live for eighteen years alone with them, to finally catch the loathsome disease and die, has not died in vain.”
“He was a true Theosophist, and his memory will live for ever in our annals.”
The reason, she wrote: “He has given relief and relative happiness to thousands of miserable wretches. He has brought to them consolation, mental and physical. He threw a streak of light into the black and dreary night of an existence, the hopelessness of which is unparalleled in the records of human suffering.”
“In our sight this poor Belgian priest stands immeasurably higher than — for instance — all those sincere but vain-glorious fools, the Missionaries who have sacrificed their lives in the South Sea Islands or China. What good have they done?
Had we the means to do so,” Mme. Blavatsky wrote, “we would raise a statue to Father Damien, the true, practical saint, and perpetuate his memory for ever as a living exemplar of Theosophical heroism — and of Buddha, and Christ-like mercy and self-sacrifice.”
The Highest Standard
of a Theosophist?
“It is his duty to sacrifice his own comfort, and to work for others if they are unable to work for themselves,” Mme. Blavatsky declared. ” It is his duty to give all that which is wholly his own and can benefit no one but himself if he selfishly keeps it from others.”
“Theosophy teaches self-abnegation, but does not teach rash and useless self-sacrifice, nor does it justify fanaticism.”
“Therefore, we are right in saying that–in this our century at all events–Sister Rose Gertrude is, as was Father Damien before her–a spiritual mystery. She is the rare manifestation of a ‘Higher Ego,’ free from the trammels of all the elements of its Lower one.
Charter for Compassion
The Law of Laws
“Thence the ceaseless and untiring self-sacrifice of such natures to what appears religious duty, but which in sober truth is the very essence and esse of the dormant Individuality—’divine compassion,’ which is ‘no attribute’ but verily ‘the law of laws, eternal Harzmony, Alaya’s SELF.’“
“It is this compassion, crystallized in our very being, that whispers night and day to such as Father Damien and Sister Rose Gertrude —
‘Can there be bliss when there are those who suffer? Shalt thou be saved and hear the others cry?’
International Theosophy Conference
Theme: “How to Awaken Compassion: H. P. Blavatsky and the Eternal Secret Doctrine.”
When: August 8 – 11, 2013
Where: The Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73 Street., NY, NY 10021
Special Guest Speaker:
Dean Radin Ph.D.
“Supernormal: Science, yoga, and the evidence for extraordinary psychic abilities.”
“Dean Radin, is the bestselling author of The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds, presents persuasive new experimental evidence for the existence of such phenomena. He takes us on a thrilling scientific journey and challenges outdated assumptions that these abilities are mere superstition.
“Focusing on Patanjali’s mysterious Yoga Sutras — 2,000 year-old meditation practices believed to release our extraordinary powers — Dr. Radin offers powerful evidence confirming that sometimes fact is much stranger, spookier, and more wonderful than the wildest fiction.”
“What we will consider here is whether our sophisticated scientific understanding of reality has developed blinders when it comes to reports of the supernormal,” writes Dr. Radin.
“Could it be that when the blinders are removed, there actually is something interesting going on? Are all reports of mystical or psychic experiences, of communion with realities that transcend the mundane, necessarily mistaken?”
Thus furthering the original Third Object of the Theosophical Movement:
“The Investigation of the Unexplained Laws of Nature and the Psychical Powers Latent in Man.”
The mission of International Theosophy Conferences, Inc.includes support for the Three Objects as expressed in the writings of H. P. Blavatsky, and the fostering of intercommunication among all Theosophical traditions.
What are the objects of the Theosophical Society? The co-founder of the T.S., H. P. Blavatsky, answered the question in The Key to Theosophy: “They are three, and have been so from the beginning,”
The Three Objects
“(1.) To form the nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, colour, or creed.
“(2.) To promote the study of Aryan and other Scriptures, of the World’s religion and sciences, and to vindicate the importance of old Asiatic literature, namely, of the Brahmanical, Buddhist, and Zoroastrian philosophies.
“(3.) To investigate the hidden mysteries of Nature under every aspect possible, and the psychic and spiritual powers latent in man especially. These are, broadly stated, the three chief objects of the Theosophical Society.”
Keeping the Link Unbroken
International Theosophy Conferences
P.O. Box 459, Julian, CA 92036
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