I – INTRODUCTION
3 - “It
would be madness and inconsistency to suppose that things which have never
yet been performed can be performed without employing some hitherto untried
means.” (F. Bacon, Novum Organum, in The Physical
and Metaphysical Works of Lord Bacon, p. 384)
This book is a consequence of the studies and
discussions of the Harmonia Study Group of the TS in
A preliminary version of the book, entitled The Three Objects of the
Theosophical Society, was distributed during the TS World Congress at Brasília
(July, 1993). The author would appreciate receiving comments from the readers on
any aspect of this work. The comments can be sent to: email@example.com
The purpose of this book is to present an
interpretation of the main ideas of the Theosophical Society. These main ideas
are the two concepts of “Theosophy” and of the “Universal Brotherhood of
Humanity,” as well as an interpretation of the three Objects of the TS which are
derived from these two leading ideas.
Central Thesis of the Book
The central thesis which is proposed in this book is
very simple. This thesis is that according to the interpretation given to these
central ideas of the TS, as well as to the three Objects from them derived, very different general policies or “general plans”
will result for the work of the TS. These different “general plans” may either
result in an immense benefit to the world situation (which would be the success
of the TS), or in a paralysis of the progress of the TS, with very few benefits,
or even with some harmful results to the welfare of humanity (which would be the
failure of the TS).
Besides this central thesis, we will also try to
show that this is not a merely theoretical or speculative question, but
something that is actually happening. In other words, that the progress of the
TS has been truly paralyzed to a great extent, due to “the general misconception
of the aims and objects of the Society,” as was stated in a letter from Master
M. (quoted in the front page of this book), regarding the situation of the TS in
its early years.
General Plan of the Book
The text begins reviewing some of the circumstances
which have marked the foundation of this organization, with special emphasis on
the influence of the spiritually illuminated Sages, who, according to the
testimony of the Founders, inspired the creation of the TS.
Among these circumstances an analysis is made of how
the denomination “The Theosophical Society” was chosen, as well as of the
meaning of the word “Theosophy” and its relation to the motto of the TS: “There
is no dharma higher than Truth”.
Following this, there is a study of the relations
between “Theosophy” and the “Universal Brotherhood of Humanity”, and also
between these two leading ideas and the Objects of the TS. Since this text may
also be read by those who have little knowledge of the TS, it is worth while to
mention that the Objects of the TS are the following:
I - To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood
of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.
II - To encourage the study of Comparative Religion,
Philosophy and Science.
III - To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and
the powers latent in man.
That special emphasis is given to the first Object
of the TS, is due to the fact that, as seen above, not only is this the Object
most closely related to the central ideal of the work of the TS – that of the
Universal Brotherhood of Humanity – but also, as we shall try to show, it is
this Object whose “misconception” is most generalized.
Following that, the text presents an analysis of the
major world problems and how they are related to the lack of an intellectual
perspective where humanity is shown as a Universal Brotherhood. This analysis
also makes an attempt to show the beneficial influence that the first Object
could have upon the solution of these problems. Finally, the text presents an
analysis of the significance and the importance of the second and third Objects
to the work of the TS.
Character of the Proposed Thesis
In the course of this book we shall try to show the
differences between the interpretation we present and
that which nowadays prevails in the Society, in terms of both their abstract
conceptualization and their practical consequences. As we have already said, we
shall try to show how a proper interpretation of these
leading ideas and of the Objects of the TS may result in either the success of
immensely beneficent and regenerating drive toward the welfare of the world, or
the failure of ineffective labor, which will tend to duplicate the causes of the
major problems. We shall also try to show that the interpretation we present
appears to be consistent with the original purposes of those Sages who inspired
the foundation of the TS.
Considering the practical purposes of this book, it
seems necessary to make it very clear, from the very beginning, that it is
presented in an EXPERIMENTAL ATTITUDE, and that it should be judged only by its
own internal merits, quite apart from any external authority, even that of the
illustrious authors of the many passages quoted. Although the author of this
book is convinced of the veracity and usefulness of their thesis, it is always
good to remember that beING convinced is
very different FROM beING sure.
Since this book conveys a somewhat unusual view of
“Theosophy”, the “Universal Brotherhood”, and the Objects of the TS, it should
be emphasized that it does not represent the opinion of the majority of the
members of the TS at this moment, nor is it in any way an official view. It is
only meant as a contribution to the understanding of an organization whose high
aims are not easy to grasp for most people, not even for its members or leaders,
as should become clear in the course of the text. With this in mind, let us
start examining some points in relation to the foundation of the TS, and the
influence of the Adepts who inspired its creation.