“Mr. B. Keightley: Another thing which has been slightly touched upon is a thing which I have very often been asked, whether vegetarianism is a tenet of the Theosophical Society, and whether abstention from alcoholism, and so on?
Countess Wachtmeister: And then, also, you should distinctly state that Theosophy has nothing to do with Spiritualism.
Mr. B. Keightley: That is stated.
Mr. Kingsland: I think, in reference to this objection, this must be fully answered. He thinks all the literature is not of much practical value. I think I would point out that right thinking is the basis of right acting, and we are not a Charity Organization Society to merely alleviate misery on the surface. Each one does that as much as he can. We believe that by promulgating these doctrines that that will in time naturally work out on the physical plane.
Mme. Blavatsky: I say literature will reach ten thousands, where all the money we can get will reach one hundred.
Mr. Kingsland: The Charity Organization, and even legislation, is only working on the surface of things.
Mme. Blavatsky: We don’t take any concern in politics, because what is the use of making political reforms with men who are not yet reformed? Let them be Conservative or Liberal, it is six of one, and half dozen of the other.”
H. P. Blavatsky