THEOSOPHY AND THE PROBLEMS OF SOCIETY.
THEOSOPHY AND THE PROBLEMS OF SOCIETY
To be true, religion and philosophy must offer the solution of every problem. That the world is in such a bad condition morally is a conclusive evidence that none of its religions and philosophies, those of the civilised races less than any other, have ever possessed the truth. . . .
To these there must be somewhere a consistent solution, and if our doctrines will show their competence to offer it, then the world will be the first one to confess thatmust be the true philosophy, the true religion, the true light, which gives truth and nothing but the truth.
As theosophists what do we do next in order to bring nearer to realization the vision of the Masters when they launched the theosophical ship in the hope of bringing change to humanity?
H.P. Blavatsky wrote:
“The real evil proceeds from human intelligence and its origin rests entirely with reasoning man who dissociates himself from Nature. Humanity, then, alone is the true source of evil. Evil is the exaggeration of good, the progeny of human selfishness and greediness. Think profoundly and you will find that save death — which is no evil but a necessary law, and accidents which will always find their reward in a future life — the origin of every evil whether small or great is in human action, in man whose intelligence makes him the one free agent in Nature. . . .
“Therefore it is neither nature nor an imaginary Deity that has to be blamed, but human nature made vile by selfishness. Think well over these few words; work out every cause of evil you can think of and trace it to its origin and you will have solved one-third of the problem of evil.”
Society & Culture
Ageless Principles or Concepts Beyond Current Culture
H. P. Blavatsky:
“Now, true evolution teaches us that by altering the surroundings of the organism we can alter and improve the organism; and in the strictest sense this is true with regard to man. Every Theosophist, therefore, is bound to do his utmost to help on, by all the means in his power, every wise and well-considered social effort which has for its object the amelioration of the condition of the poor. Such efforts should be made with a view to their ultimate social emancipation, or the development of the sense of duty in those who now so often neglect it in nearly every relation of life.” (Key to Theosophy, Sec. 12)
1. Engage in public education of the ageless wisdom on a wide scale
2. Establish institutions that will form the worldviews of young people and which will even affect customs and traditions, legislation, politics, religion, etc.
All were involved in the mainstreaming process, in making theosophical principles part of social institutions, in commanding the attention of the most influential people
How, then, should Theosophical principles be applied so that social co-operation may be promoted and true efforts for social amelioration be carried on?
Let me briefly remind you what these principles are -- universal Unity and Causation; Human Solidarity; the Law of Karma; Re-incarnation. These are the four links of the golden chain which should bind humanity into one family, one universal Brotherhood.
Key to Theosophy
“And now, after making due allowance for evils that are natural and cannot be avoided, — and so few are they that I challenge the whole host of Western metaphysicians to call them evils or to trace them directly to an independent cause — I will point out the greatest, the chief cause of nearly two thirds of the evils that pursue humanity ever since that cause became a power. It is religion under whatever form and in whatsoever nation. It is the sacerdotal caste, the priesthood and the churches; it is in those illusions that man looks upon as sacred, that he has to search out the source of that multitude of evils which is the great curse of humanity and that almost overwhelms mankind. Ignorance created Gods and cunning took advantage of the opportunity.
“Remember the sum of human misery will never be diminished unto that day when the better portion of humanity destroys in the name of Truth, morality, and universal charity, the altars of their false gods.
Mahatma Letters, No. 88
“. . . the Theosophical Society was chosen as the cornerstone, the foundation of the future religion of humanity.”
The question is not “Can it be done?” but “Should it be done?”If it should be done, then let’s do it.The difficulty is a detail and is secondary. Even if it takes a hundred years, let us start it.