There is no Devil, no Evil, outside mankind to produce a
Evil is a necessity in, and one of the supporters of, the Manifested
Universe. It is a necessity for progress and evolution, as
is necessary for
the production of day, and death that of life - that man may live for
161 Any wrong or evil a man does, is born in himself and is
and this crushes the foolish man as a hard stone grinds the weaker
162 And the evil that grows in a man is like the malava creeper which entangles the sala tree; and the man is brought down to that condition in which his own enemy would wish him to be.
163 It is easy to do what is wrong, to do what is bad for oneself; but very difficult to do what is right, to do what is good for oneself.
164 The fool who because of his views scorns the teachings of the holy, those whose soul is great and righteous, gathers fruit for his destruction, like the kashta reed whose fruit mean its death.
not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing
them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to
To be alone in one's mind and heart with a nature not put together by the world is to be one with all Life, responsive to its call in every form. Except in such aloneness there is no Self-realization.
Inspired action can be made as much a practical exercise for
spirituality as renunciation of worldly life and retreat into monastic
The Chiefs want a "Brotherhood of Humanity," a real Universal Fraternity started; an institution which would make itself known throughout the world and arrest the attention of the highest minds. (p.24).
Our chief aim is to deliver humanity of this nightmare, to teach man virtue for its own sake, and to walk in life relying upon himself instead of relying on a theological crutch, that for countless ages was the direct cause of nearly all human misery. (p. 53).
The sun of Theosophy must shine for all, not for a part. There is more to this movement than you have an inkling of, and the work of the T.S. is linked in with a similar work that is secretly going on in all parts of the world . . . You ought by this time to have learned our ways. We advise and never order. (p. 271).
It is just because they preach too much "the Brothers" and too little if at all Brotherhood that they fail . . . I say again then: It is he alone who has the love of humanity at heart, who is capable of grasping the idea of a regenerating practical Brotherhood, who is entitled to the possession of our secrets. He alone, such a man - will never misuse his powers, as there will be no fear that he will turn them to selfish ends. A man who places not the good of humanity above his own good, is not worthy of becoming our chela - he is not worthy of becoming higher in knowledge than his neighbor. (p. 253).
The term "Universal Brotherhood" is no idle phrase. Humanity in the mass has a paramount claim upon us . . . If it be a dream, it is a noble one and it is the aspiration of the true adept. (p. 17) .
Yet you have ever discussed but to put down the idea of universal brotherhood, questioning its usefulness, and advised to remodel the T.S. on the principle of a college for the special study of occultism. This, my respected and esteemed friend and Brother - will never do. (p. 8).
. . . they have to prove constructive of new institutions of a genuine, practical Brotherhood of Humanity where all become co-workers of nature, will work for the good of mankind. (p. 23) .
My dear sir, we neither want man to rush on blindfold, nor are prepared to abandon tried friends . . . we want true and unselfish hearts; fearless and confiding souls. (p. 214) .
Beware then of an uncharitable spirit, for it will rise up like a hungry wolf in your path, and devour the better qualities of your nature which have been springing into life. Broaden instead of narrowing your sympathy; try to identify yourself with your fellows, rather than contract your circle of affinity. (p. 367) .
Friend, beware of pride and egoism, two of the worst snares of him who aspires to climb the high paths of Knowledge and Spirituality. (p. 369).
In our Brotherhood, all personalities sink into one idea - abstract right and absolute practical justice for all . . . - we repeat with Confucius - "return good for good; for evil justice." (p. 401).
If our philosophy is wrong a wonder will not set it right. Put that conviction into your consciousness and let us talk like sensible men. (p. 23).
We seek to bring men to sacrifice their personality - a passing flash - for the welfare of the whole humanity, hence for their own immortal Egos, a part of the latter, as humanity is a fraction of the integral whole, that it will one day become. (p. 231.)
A native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said 'I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.' The grandson asked him, 'Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?' The grandfather answered: 'The one I feed.'
Which wolf will I feed today?
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