Theme for Contemplation: Drawing the Larger Circle

“The religion of humanity is the religion of the future, fusing the philosophy of perfectibility, the science of spirituality and the ethics of growth in responsibility. “—The Aquarian Almanac

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June 11, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Drawing the Larger Circle

“Love is like understanding that grows bright gazing on many truths.”

– Percy Bysshe Shelley

“All those beings amongst whom you struggle on are fragments of the Divine.”

– Light on the Path

June 12, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Drawing the Larger Circle

“Self is within, Self without, Self before and Self behind, Self on the right hand, Self on the left, Self above, Self below .”

— Shankaracharya

“He drew a circle that shut me out –

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.

But Love and I had wit to win:

We drew a circle that took him in.”

— Edwin Markham

What conception of "other" would the immortal soul have?  If any?

June 13, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Drawing the Larger Circle

“In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty;

in all things, charity.”

— Richard Baxter

” Greatness shows itself tellingly by its point of departure, by its flexibility, by its thought.”

— Charles Sainte-Beuve

What is the relationship between the idea of drawing the larger circle and the concept of creating a nucleus of universal brotherhood?

Coming down now to ourselves, it is almost axiomatic that each one/s mind acts in a way peculiar to itself. There is a tendency that daily grows stronger after our earlier years for the mind to get into a rut, its own rut or mode of looking at things and ideas. This is of great importance. For the man who has freed his mind so that it is capable of easily entering into the methods of other minds is more likely to see truth quicker than he who is fixed in his own ways.

    We must then at once constitute ourselves our own critics and adversaries, for it is not often that anyone else is either willing or capable to take that part for us.

 According to Mr. Judge: "Our first step and the most difficult-for some, indeed impossible-is to shock ourselves in such a manner that we may quickly be able to get out of, or rather understand, our own mental methods. I do not mean that we must abandon all our previous training and education, but that we shall so analyze all our mental operations as to know with certainty, to easily perceive, the actual difference in method between ourselves and any other person. This is a thing seldom undertaken or accomplished by men nowadays. Each one is enamored of his own mental habits, and disinclined to admit that any other one can be better. When we have become acquainted with this mental path of ours, we are then in position to see whether in any particular case our view is false."

To live to benefit all, is the nucleus. The work then begins and ends with that motive. We may make mistakes and we will struggle but the large circle of all that lives forms the basis. It is unseen except in effect

Nucleus indeed suggests the circle who center is everywhere.

“Drawing the Larger Circle” naturally suggests the idea of God or Deity. It brings to mind HPB’s treatise on deity and the circle developing out of the universality of the “Mundane Egg” symbol in The Secret Doctrine, 1:65, and in The Key to Theosophy, Section 5:

“And just as the fecundation of an egg takes place before it is dropped; so the non-eternal periodical germ which becomes later symbolism the mundane egg,” she wrote, “contains in itself, when it emerges from the said symbol, ‘the promise and potency’ of all the Universe. Though the idea per se is, of course, an abstraction, a symbolical mode of expression, it is a symbol truly, as it suggests the idea of infinity as an endless circle.

“It brings before the mind’s eye the picture of Kosmos emerging from and in boundless space, a Universe as shoreless in magnitude if not as endless in its objective manifestation. The simile of an egg also expresses the fact taught in Occultism that the primordial form of everything manifested, from atom to globe, from man to angel, is spheroidal, the sphere having been with all nations the emblem of eternity and infinity — a serpent swallowing its tail.

“To realize the meaning, however, the sphere must be thought of as seen from its centre. The field of vision or of thought is like a sphere whose radii proceed from one’s self in every direction, and extend out into space, opening up boundless vistas all around. It is the symbolical circle of Pascal and the Kabalists, ‘whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere,’ a conception which enters into the compound idea of this emblem.”

The Secret Doctrine 1:65

“Our DEITY is neither in a paradise, nor in a particular tree, building, or mountain: it is everywhere, in every atom of the visible as of the invisible Cosmos, in, over, and around every invisible atom and divisible molecule; for IT is the mysterious power of evolution and involution, the omnipresent, omnipotent, and even omniscient creative potentiality.”

“In short, our Deity is the eternal, incessantly evolving, not creating, builder of the universe; that universe itself unfolding out of its own essence, not being made. It is a sphere, without circumference, in its symbolism, which has but one ever-acting attribute embracing all other existing or thinkable attributes — ITSELF. It is the one law, giving the impulse to manifested, eternal, and immutable laws, within that never-manifesting,because absolute LAW, which in its manifesting periods is The ever-Becoming.

- H. P. Blavatsky, “On God and Prayer”, The Key to Theosophy, Section 5.

Do you think that when HPB used the term nucleus she was intending for us to make a micro-application of a universal idea?  In other to set a good example in the small

I much agree Laura, the motive is the key. Getting the motive right seems to be an on going process.  Perhaps like all ideals it is an ever receding goal. I keep reminding myself that should I ever think that the  motive is finally set  aright I am overlooking 18 million years of karma in bodies that undoubtably includes plenty of mistakes and misuse that will return.  To create a continuous right motive requires us to continually sift and amend the thought intentions of the past, and the wrongly charged elementals we experience in the present. No small task but a noble one.

Seems it must be both micro and macro with motive or intention the key. Madame Blavatsky once wrote: “ALTRUISM … This is the keynote of Theosophy and the cure for all ills; this it is which the real Founders of the Theosophical Society promote as its first object – UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD.”

“In sociology, as in all branches of true science, the law of universal causation holds good. But this causation necessarily implies, as its logical outcome, that human solidarity on which Theosophy so strongly insists. If the action of one reacts on the lives of all, and this is the true scientific idea, then it is only by all men becoming brothers and all women sisters, and by all practising in their daily lives true brotherhood and true sisterhood, that the real human solidarity, which lies at the root of the elevation of the race, can ever be attained. It is this action and interaction, this true brotherhood and sisterhood, in which each shall live for all and all for each, which is one of the fundamental Theosophical principles that every Theosophist should be bound, not only to teach, but to carry out in his or her individual life.”

Reposted from Blavatsky Theosophy Group UK under "Practical Theosophy."

June 14, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Drawing the Larger Circle

“Wherein lies happiness? In that which becks

Our ready minds to fellowship divine,

A fellowship with essence; till we shine,

Full alchemized, and free of space. Behold

The clear religion of heaven!”

— John Keats

“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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June 15, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Drawing the Larger Circle

“I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one, I seek one, I know one, I see one, I call one.“

— Jalaluddin Rumi

“To him no high, no low, no great, no small;

He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.“

— Alexander Pope

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June 16, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Drawing the Larger Circle

” You should try to be poor as an individual, but to be rich as a member of humanity.”

— Appollonius

” Harmony does not come through likeness. Harmony comes from a balancing of diversities, and discord from any effort to make harmony by force.”

— W. Q. Judge

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June 17, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Drawing the Larger Circle

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.”

— Francis Bacon

“Repectful to everyone in the world,

He speaks ill of none.”

— Narasinh Mehta