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Brotherhood in the Theosophical Movement

Jan 04, 2007 02:09 PM
by Bill Meredith

by G. de Purucker

"In listening to what already has been said today, I noticed the same thoughts, the same ideas, the same ideals. And my heart was heavy that people who believe so much alike, who think so much alike, who perhaps work so much alike, and act so much alike, and speak so much alike, should be separated by barriers which are as intangible and indeed as unreal as was ever any unreality in this material world.

When we remember that the core of every one of us is a spark of the Cosmic Life, we realize two things: first, that what separates us as human beings, and more particularly as Theosophists, is in fact our different respective opinions; and secondly, the lack of a realization that we all are one in essence; and just there seems to me to lie the crime of this present striving of Theosophist against Theosophist, of mind against mind, of the attempt to make one opinion prevail over other opinions at the cost to mankind of the sublime realities or truths which we are sworn to carry into the world.

Therefore, the most practical thing is for us Theosophists to concentrate on disseminating Theosophy as it was brought to us by HPB from the Masters. If we do that, we can all meet together in good fellowship, in right feeling, in a common sympathy; for all Theosophical Societies accept the fundamental precepts of the ancient wisdom-religion of mankind which H. P. Blavatsky brought first in our age to the Occidental world. Forget opinions, and remember that membership in HPB's own Theosophical Society was open to the professors of any belief: any religious or philosophical thinker could join the Theosophical Society, and remain a member in good standing; and so in actual fact it is today.

Let us avoid the fatal error into which the early Christians fell, who in some cases at least had noble motives in doing what they succeeded in doing, just as is the case today with a number of earnest Theosophists who believe that a practical way of reuniting the Theosophists of the various Theosophical Societies in a common work is by the brain-mind method of drawing up a list of Articles of Belief, which would serve as a "symbol" around which all Theosophists could unite and to which they could subscribe.

Alas, history shows us all too clearly that in a little while a "symbol" becomes a creed, and that creed becomes hard and fast because it becomes dogmatic; and then sectarianism and bitter strife and the achings of broken hearts and disappointed and uneasy minds follow in regular order!"

Read more of G. de Purucker's June 1931 address to the first inter-organizational theosophical conference at

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