The Universal Brotherhood of Humanity
- Published: Sunday, 11 December 2016 08:44
Ed Abdill – USA
In her letter to the second convention of the American section, H. P. Blavatsky wrote:
“[There are those] among us who realize intuitionally that the recognition of pure Theosophy – the philosophy of the rational explanation of things and not the tenets – is of the most vital importance in the Society, inasmuch as it alone can furnish the beacon-light needed to guide humanity on its true path.
This should never be forgotten, nor should the following fact be overlooked. On the day when Theosophy will have accomplished its most holy and most important mission – namely, to unite firmly a body of men of all nations in brotherly love and bent on a pure altruistic work, not on a labor with selfish motives – on that day only will Theosophy become higher than any nominal brotherhood of man.”
In that short paragraph, H.P.B. summarized the principal objective of the Theosophical Society. Yet, the ideas contained in that paragraph need to be explored and meditated upon if we are to fully grasp what is meant by Theosophy and what the Theosophical Society was meant to do. We might begin our exploration by considering the evolution of the objectives (objects) of the Society. The objectives and their changes were formulated in the 19th century when “man” was used for the species, not the male, and brotherhood included all human beings.