Theme for Contemplation: Universal Brotherhood

“Theosophy teaches mutual culture before self-culture “— HPB

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June 18, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Brotherhood

“A true community is a place where truth and wisdom are its light, and where the people know each other and trust each other and have things in common, and where there is a harmonious organization. In fact, harmony is its life and its happiness and its meaning.”

– Maha Parinirvana Sutra

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

– Light on the Path

A nucleus of universal brotherhood could be called a community.  A group that has something fundamentally in common.

June 19, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Brotherhood

“Instead of complaining that God has hidden Himself, you should give Him thanks for having revealed so much of Himself .”

— Blaise Pascal

“It is through fraternity that liberty is saved.”

— Victor Hugo

Might someone offer an explanation of what Victor Hugo says here?  How does fraternity save liberty?

We often think of liberty as something we claim for ourselves.  Our view on it is self-centred. Freedom is something that the society gives to the individual out of mutual respect.  Without a feeling of fellowship and good will the group will not give the individual freedom.  Under the opposite condition we find manipulation and constraint.

Allowing others freedom of choice and avoiding coercion of another is built on a foundation of good will.

"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."

-H. P. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy

That seems to be clear enough.  Odin can you say something about this idea please?

"If the action of one reacts on the lives of all, and this is the true scientific idea.." I have always wondered why she calls it a scientific idea? It seems more philosophical and spiritual than scientific. 

I don't like to give my own opinions or words, prefer to let the original teachers words answer. In this case to comply with your request, I would point to the idea of "consciousness" as the important factor. In modern terms, the most important factor is universal consciousness as investigated by the "global consciousness" project. The Global Consciousness Project is an international collaboration of scientists, engineers, and artists. They "maintain a global network that has been collecting data continuously since 1998 from sensitive instruments which produce random sequence." we have learned that when millions of us share thoughts and emotions the GCP network shows correlations. We interpret this as evidence for interconnections at a deep, unconscious level. An implication is that we are part of a growing global consciousness or oneness. From a CBS2 news item recorded by Brian Keefe in July 2005." For more information on the GCP, go to

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I am fairly confident that the original teachers would welcome and encourage not only your thoughts and comments but also those of any of our members.  After all HPB made the point that we have to do the thinking for ourselves, no one can do it for us. These discussion groups offer the opportunity to explore theosophical teachings through the eyes and experience of our members.  Please keep up your excellent contributions.

June 20, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Brotherhood

“Concord is to be commended, so that men may hear one another’s principles and obey them.”

— Ashoka

June 22, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Brotherhood

“Bodhisattva will have no perception of an egotistic self.“

— Buddha

“In every person who comes near you, look for what is good and strong; honour that; rejoice in it; and, as you can, try to imitate it; and your faults will drop off, like dead leaves when their time comes.“

— John Ruskin

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Permalink Reply by Tamiko Yamada on June 23, 2016 at 12:38am

A Bodhisattva, we are told, has no sense of a separative self.

Permalink Reply by Odin Townley on June 23, 2016 at 8:01am

The drop returns to the ocean and becomes an indistinguishable part of the ocean. The heart of man and the heart of the universe beat as one; "the universe grows I." We arrive at the position where, as Plotinus said, we "fold ourselves about divinity, and have no part void of contact with him."

Permalink Reply by Odin Townley on June 23, 2016 at 8:26am

Seeking nothing, he gains all;
Foregoing self, the Universe grows "I":
If any teach NIRVANA is to cease,
Say unto such they lie.

The Light of Asia by Edwin Arnold

Permalink Reply by Tamiko Yamada on June 24, 2016 at 11:56pm

The challenge is to ascend to this perspective and then hold it.

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on June 23, 2016 at 11:12pm

June 23, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Brotherhood

” To attain this benefit

Begin the work joyfully,

And he, too, who has begun already,

Let him begin afresh today.”

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

” The nature of man as part of the life-force is a universal issue transcending societies, nations and races.”

— Daisaku Ikeda

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on June 24, 2016 at 11:29pm

June 24, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Universal Brotherhood

“Love will help our mortal nature more than all the world.”

— Plato

“Our desire is that they should be like mirrors, shining lamps, glowing torches, brilliant stars, enlightening and guiding wanderers in this dark world.”

— John of the Cross