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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 Brazil . 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: asisson@terra.com.br

            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.

            Experimental 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.


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