"If one thinks seriously about the metaphysical basis of sacrifice, the ethics of responsibility would logically follow, including the moral codes of discipleship."

— The Aquarian Almanac

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May 21, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity

“Wise men say that the heavens and the earth, gods and men, are bound together by fellowship, and order and temperance and justice.”

– Plato

“Harm to one would mean harm to all.”

– William Morris

How does the interconnected nature of life direct our ethical lives?

May 22, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Responsibility

“The ethics are the soul of the Wisdom-Religion.“

— H.P. Blavatsky

“The attempt to do good to mankind is the highest morality.”

— M.K. Gandhi

Why is ethics the soul of the Wisdom-Religion?

Perhaps because Theosophy or the Wisdom Religion has to be made practical rather than remain a set of metaphysical propositions and speculations.  It is through an ethical life that we make it practical - a living wisdom, to whatever extent we can embody it.

And maybe we really cannot claim to understand the philosophy until we have fully integrated it into our lives. When we seek to harmonize the ideals and principles of theosophy into our character and conduct they run up against our ingrained habits and limited perspectives and the Mahabharatan war of reform must begin.  The Teachers of theosophy ask us to sustain this struggle.  I think this is why the analogy of a war is used in the Gita for example.

Yes, very good points.   It is only when we assimilate the teachings, it becomes living wisdom.

One basics in gardening is that In order for any plant to grow, it requires good soil. Ethics is the soil;  Without it, a plant will not grow nor will it be able to withstand the rain and the wind.  

Love those gardening analogies.   Ethics keep us ROOTED. You got that right.

This is beautifully put Peter.  What we practice reveals how seriously we take the idea.

I think we could say that the very study of Theosophical teachings exalts the mind and makes us more receptive to a higher, more compassionate sort of morality. The contemplation of cosmogenesis brings to mind the unity of all life and the consideration of anthropogenesis reminds us of the enormous labor of all the infinite monads evolving throughout infinite time. Both imply compassion.

The fact that we are responsible for our own evolution and we are responsible to the family of man in our collective evolution underscores  your thoughts here Samantha.  It is because of Universal Brotherhood and Sisterhood  idea that the concept of the Religion of Responsibility makes so much sense to me.

May 23, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Responsibilit.”

“My own mind is my own church.”

— Thomas Paine

“We possess the faculty of sensing in the universal harmony the connection between events and beings with our own conservation.”

— Franz Anton Mesmer

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Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on May 23, 2016 at 11:35pm

How might we define responsibility?

Permalink Reply by Grace Cunningham on May 25, 2016 at 8:53am

What we owe to each other in return for all that we have been given.  How about that one?

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on May 27, 2016 at 10:11pm

May 24, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Responsibility

“Duty, then, is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.”

— Robert E. Lee

“What, then, is the royal talisman? It is DUTY, selflessness. Duty persistently followed is the highest Yoga.”

— W.Q. Judge

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on May 27, 2016 at 10:11pm

May 25, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Responsibility

“There is One Law, the law of reciprocity.“

— Sufi Saying

“I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion — the religion of well-doing and daring.“

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on May 27, 2016 at 10:12pm

May 26, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Responsibility

” As the unenlightened work, attached to action, O son of Bharata, so too the enlightened man works, without attachment, for the welfare of the world.”

— Shri Krishna

” With thy multiple compassion,

Unify my heart.”

— Isaac Luria