Living Theosophy – How can we make Theosophy a Living Force in our World?

Agnes Gåsemyr - Norway

The fact that this force exists is a great challenge to us in our life. We know it exists because great men and women have given evidence of the fact through their lives and writings. They have pointed out that the world is one, and that we can become deeply aware of it in our expression of love and compassion.

Love and compassion not only towards a near friend or a family member, but an expression of it in relationship to all living beings and all Nature. How does this come about when most of us are living in cities and so necessarily do meet most living beings as we pass them by, where Nature is scarce and animals are only allowed on a leash or in certain areas.

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Living Theosophy – How can we make Theosophy a Living Force in our World?

Preethi Muthiah – India

Simply put, the answer to the title question is “by living the teachings.” A corollary, however, is “What does it mean to live Theosophy?”

In a world that is largely divided—by religion, race, gender, or material affluence—Theosophy has a very relevant message to give to the world, but before it can do that, we who are its “flag-bearers” must live the teachings at our most personal level. Living those teachings does not imply that we have no problems but rather that, as we grapple with imperfections in ourselves, we also learn to be forgiving and tolerant of these in others. The pitfalls for us are greater because we have a large storehouse of knowledge open to us and thus can become very smug in our scholarliness, ignoring in the process the little things that count.

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Living Theosophy – How can we make Theosophy a Living Force in our World?

Manuela Kaulich – Germany

Many good thoughts and wise words have been written in all the articles in this series of Theosophy Forward. So my first thought was that there is nothing more to add. Then I remembered Mount Everest (1933), in which our former President George Sidney Arundale wrote about right citizenship in “Individuality and Leadership”:

“And there are two duties, the duty of the individual and the duty of the state. . . . The state alone is happy in which these two go hand in hand, . . . each fulfilling its own dharma . . . . Right citizenship involves right living—that is, the pursuit of wealth. . . . What are the constituents of real wealth? Work and happiness. . . . Work which concerns specifically the individual, for his own uniqueness, his own individual growth, and then work of the collective good. Harmony must be established between the two. Happiness immediate and remote is the purpose of work. In this there are two ingredients: (a) Self-realization. (b) Service. The wise man is he who perceives no distinction between self-realization and service, but is able to combine the apotheosis of self-realization and the apotheosis of service. . . . When we try to make people happy we are adding to the national wealth.”

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Diana Dunningham Chapotin – France

“May Theosophy grow more and more a living power in the lives of each one of our members, and may the coming year be yet more full of good work and healthy progress than the one just closing, is the wish of your humble co-worker and fellow member.” Helena Blavatsky’s her third letter to the American Convention, April 1890, Collected Writings 12:151.

How can we make Theosophy a living force in our world? This question has been addressed by a number of Theosophists on this website. Without reading the contributions of those who have already expressed themselves, one can guess what they have to say: namely, each in their own way and with varying emphases and colors, that we must study Theosophical doctrine deeply, show its relevance for people’s daily lives and for their spiritual practice, and above all demonstrate it as a living force within ourselves? Is that far off the mark?

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Jan Jelle Keppler – Belgium

In answering the title question, we should first define who we are who are asking the question, so we can know what our possibilities are to make anything a living force. Then we should define Theosophy and thereby be aware of what it is that we want to make a living force. Also we should define what our world is to be better aware of where we are working. Furthermore, we should define the idea behind the words "a living force," which is the ideal that the question is striving at.

The question does not seem to be concerning the moment in time when we can make Theosophy a living force. Neither is the question concerned with why we should make Theosophy a living force in our world. If the question is directed to the members of the Theosophical movement, it is not necessary to give much attention to the why of it, because the three objects—about forming a nucleus of the brotherhood of humanity without any distinctions; the comparative study of religion, philosophy, and science; and investigation of unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man—are well known to most members.

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