The first step to any real efficiency on the part of a unit must be an intimate realization of the meaning of the declared objects of that unit.
Let us take the Theosophical Society.
(1) To form a nucleus for the universal brotherhood of mankind without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour;
(2) To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science; (3) To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man. As stated, they constitute a general description of the aims of the Society and a declaration to the world at large.
Beneath this they state the threefold means of all occult research – the trinity of essentials without which no Theosophical work can thrive. Neglecting any of them our work inevitably falls below the measure of balance and symmetry, which entitles it to the name of Theosophy.
Bear with me here reader. Theosophy is the highest and most inclusive word which we possess to describe the aspirations of man. All other words we use describe only parts of it. It is all the wisdom there is, and when we start in quest of it we are assuming something, which will require all our powers, every erg of energy. William Quan Judge defined Theosophy in the following manner:
“The strength of Theosophy lies in the fact that it is not defined. This means that evolution, slowly progressing, will bring out new truths and new aspects of old truth, thus absolutely preventing any dogmas or “unequivocal definitions”. [from HPB by Sylvia Cranston. p. 145]