At the Kalachakra Initiation given by the Dalai Lama, he stressed that all religions are valid, in their bringing to the fore the truth of these things namely brotherhood and compassion. And in order to stay strong we need to study the wisdom teachings and only then do we have a solid foundation on which to build our faith upon. All else with fall in the shadow of disillusion.
Brotherhood is not a sentimental consideration for the student of theosophy, it is a stern and uncompromising fact, the denial of which is deadly peril. The whole fabric of true religion is based on it, occult instruction is only possible when one realizes the law, and that is one through study, and instruction can continue only when one embodies the ideal of Brotherhood in his daily life. Denial of Brotherhood in thought or in act, even by subtle insinuation, checks the vital currents in the body at once, and insistence in the denial of brotherhood and compassion, renders right-hand occultism impossible.
It is of good practice, as soon as one finds their stream of force running low, to trace back to the immediate offence against Brotherhood which has checked the stream. Rarely is it further back than a day, often not more than a few minutes.
One can only trace effects that hinder our happiness when we have an understanding of the law, otherwise we are ignorant and that is not bliss.
The field outside of us for example, is the field of comparative religion, philosophy and science, and it is so comprehensive as to include all the symbolic, written and oral traditions of human learning.
The theosophical requirement is that we shall study and that our study shall be comparative, not just comparative religion, but comparative philosophy, comparative science, to compare religions with philosophies, religions with sciences, and philosophies with sciences.
It is in comparison that we become fertile and may give birth to further understanding, because if we think we have the answers, we a very stuck indeed and in a quagmire where we will sink fast.
There can be no exoteric religion, philosophy or science in the world that is complete. On the one count ask yourself the honest question, how can we even begin to assume we know the answers to anything in its entirety?
And on the second count, we humans have a tendency to defile within a very short amount of time, anything we believe we have discovered in an attempt to make it our own.
But by comparing, we may arrive at a completeness of which each is a part, one meadow growing in truth, rooted in the same soil, yet presented with different colours and with different smells.
It was told to me that study by comparison is not an option with the theosophist on the Path of Truth, but a requirement in order that he/she may carry the name of theosophy in honour, and it is an obligation put in front of a student because it is his source of supply.
Study in all areas is the means whereby the student may garner his intuitions, and I feel it a great privilege in this era, and also a duty to share what one discovers openly without recourse, remembering that Theosophy exists for the world and not for its devotees.
Comparative Theosophists also carry out that essential work in the process of testing for verity, and it is the means whereby we discriminate between true and false in what we gather by our intuition.
What is written in religion, philosophy and science, can only have one value for us, its application to our problem of consciousness, and only by our own experience can we know if anything be true, and I stress here, our own experience.
No fact in the universe possesses the slightest value for us unless it is a statement for us in terms of a great cycle (Macrocosm) of a fact, which is true in our smaller cycle (Microcosm.)
Theosophy, which will not test within the cosmos of a man is no Theosophy at all, and by every warrant in the ancient tradition we are authorized to cast it out.
But I also feel that a theosophist should be encouraged not to take the word of another in authority, on this, or take any account of what I am saying or what anyone says, again, as it is by individual discovery and diving deep oneself that the pearl is found, and not to forget, another may be in great error. One person, or even a group could blindly be sinking under indoctrination by one who assumes some authority, and then a person/persons would be in a group no different than one of those isms sitting on the periphery of a cyclone.
Thus we have in Theosophy three obligations- three because we are threefold, compounded of spirit, soul and lower self, and no Theosophist can be complete without using all three, the field, the aim, and the test. Neglecting any, he is less than a Theosophists, however fine he may be in every other regard.
It is not a question of how high he stands. Our question is of balance and even development, in these three areas, which alone can give us steadiness. Are we going then to accept anything less than a striving for brotherhood and truth in our Theosophical Society? Do we wish to be individuals who are, each of us, less than Theosophists? There have been those, especially in the distant past who have bore a grudge and tried quite gravely to do so. They say, “I will devote myself to Brotherhood and to development of powers, and leave comparative study to the intellectual people”; or “I will devote myself to Brotherhood and comparative religion and leave tests to those more daring than I”; or some, most foolhardy of all, who say, “my interest is in study and latent powers. I shall leave sentimental considerations of Brotherhood to those who like them”.
Lacking Brotherhood the student cannot go beyond the Eye Doctrine.
At the Kalachakra Initiation, the Dalai Lama was quite firm on brotherhood, showing compassion to all sentient beings, but that service was not enough. Lacking comparative study he will starve for the fragments of truth needed to evoke the powers of his soul. Lacking the third means of personal testing he will have to rely upon the reputed vision of some other, and if that faith, for that would be all it is, is ever tested hard, there will be no firm foundation of truth one can truly believe in to sustain him/her.
He will read of hierarchies and Logoi and great time cycles as if they mattered in themselves, or as if salvation lay through them instead of through his Divine Self.
To such a one, “As above, so below”, might as well never have been written. The health of all theosophists, our groups and the Society, along with it’s efficiency in the tremendous task that it has laid plan to, will be the measure of its even development along these three lines, not development in the aggregate, but development in each individual who forms the aggregate. Neither the altitude of its thought nor the magnitude of its operations will matter so much.
The Lords of Life can endow us with high thought if that would serve, and we only need to cheapen our method to get magnitude. Neither will serve.
I am so grateful that I, after many years in this lifetime, came across theosophy, I am even more grateful for my fellow travellers upon that path of truth which is strewn with rocks (bloody boulders if truth be known, excuse the pun.) Yet it is a path so wonderful, with such joy even in the heavy times when one becomes laden with grief and pain. It is a path, as Blavatsky, that wonderful person, said;
There is a road, steep and thorny, beset with perils of every kind, but yet a road, and it leads to the heart of the Universe.
“There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer, there is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass through; there is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount.
For those who win onwards there is reward past all telling – the power to bless and save humanity; for those who fail, there are other lives in which success may come.
Thank you to Roy Mitchell who supplied the majority of this read. A forthright, inspiring man that I wish I had met.