Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil
All is in sacred unity.
Our planet Earth is the third planet from the sun and is, in diameter, the fifth largest in the solar system. Like a gigantic space craft, it is moving — in communion with the other planets — through space at the vertiginous speed of 72,360 km (some 44,962 miles) per hour toward the constellation of Hercules, while the Milky Way, of which our solar system is a part, is moving toward the constellation of Leo at about 2,160,000 km (some 1,342,161 miles) per hour. Also the earth and its satellite moon move together in an orbit around the sun. All these many movements are made in perfect harmony at incomprehensible speeds. All that exists is functioning in sacred unity.
Our Theosophical magazines that appear worldwide and the many publications on the Internet make it clear that the Theosophical movement still has great challenges to meet. Through those articles, it seems that many members in are in doubt, worried about the future of their particular group, and they occupy themselves either by pointing out that only certain teachings are to be considered the valid ones, or they are terribly busy trying to convince themselves of the raison d’être of their own Society or group.
Our principles of Theosophy — the ideas of karma and reincarnation, the visible and invisible worlds, hierarchies, and so forth — bind us, no matter to what Theosophical tradition we belong. What H.P.B. reintroduced to the world is the ground on which all meet. Nowadays, in the information age, we see that people are looking for a less scholarly and more practical approach to the problems of the world in which we are living, based on insight, appropriate comprehension, and living experience. All of us have something to offer. How do we offer it? Do we have the right attitude towards all this? Where do we stand with integrity in our sense of sister- and brotherhood?
Our time line covers centuries, not decades, so we must learn to think in centuries; we’ve only just begun. If there is one question we really should be concerned with now, it is the question of how we can continue doing Theosophical work, and how each of the traditions could play an active role in this. By doing the work unconditionally, respectfully in oneness, breaking new grounds, each of the groups and independent Theosophists will come up with answers. As we do the work, all our doubts will eventually ebb away.
That land needs to be ploughed
Our unity on a spiritual level was a fact right from the start. It is by all means not a unity for the sake of just unity; it’s far more profound and rooted in the principle that there is but one life and one truth and that all of us are merely representatives of it. Theosophy doesn't teach in the conventional sense, but often functions as a pointer bringing about renewal in our way of thinking. If we make our diversity a binder instead of a divider and work in a true religious spirit, and if are aware of the pitfalls that are undeniably there, we will learn from each other. A truly peaceful, unified, nonviolent, and altruistic world is only possible if the individual transforms, psychologically and fundamentally, because the world is what the individual is. So, the Earth is our land, and that land needs to be ploughed.