Re: [theos-l] Theosophical quotes
Apr 11, 2012 08:28 PM
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 <seikar@wxgsJKxNhWQZ5cV-m35vyJtRP2G_HFfPNoJXqvq0nM66eTQwgTPeZmcocCV1RXhesAynnB3_xKOhx7QPIR4qXktW.yahoo.invalid> 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
> 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
> 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
> member was demanded, any Fellow criticising the faith or belief of another
> 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 /
> 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
> was not considered as acceptable in respect to brotherly conduct. To
> or ridicule another was not considered as acceptable brotherly conduct.
> Generally speaking, a negative attitude towards another was not
> as brotherly conduct. These types of behavior were foundations for
> 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
> "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
> 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
> any type of individual freedom and it's expressing, but there is viewed to
> appropiate scenerios for each of them.... and it is this that HPB is seen
> to present in her quotes. A society based upon brotherly behavior is not
> 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
> a member of a society. All fellow beings are considered brothers, and of
> 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
> 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
> or vice versa? How many individuals will speak negatively of another's
> culture or civilization, but not their own? Is this not a predjudice?
> can be seen as to be "negative aspects" to all things.... but that does
> 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
> 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
> does not mean it has to be expressed in a negative manner. There are
> other options."
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