“Mr. _____: What is the Theosophical Society good for? Well, we might say to promote Altruism, the answer to that would be. A Christian has done the same thing, taught the same thing.
Mme. Blavatsky: They speak a good deal of it in Christianity, but they act mightily little.
Mr. _____: And that puts a stop to progress.
Mme. Blavatsky: These people would be just as good as Buddhists.
Mr. Old: It is the best thing they know of.
Mr. B. Keightley: They all go in for this fallacy, that their idea of helping other people is almost in all cases confined to the physical. They don’t try to give them actual moral stamina; it is always, “your sins have been wiped out and washed in the blood of Jesus”, and so on.
A Lady: They teach them sectarianism.
Mr. B. Keightley: They teach them hardly anything which has any basis in it.
Mr. Old: The man who trained the fleas to do tricks did a good deal more than Labre, because the one only educates the physical idea –
Countess Wachtmeister: And the other develops the intelligences.
Mr. Old: It shows there is a ray of intelligence in the smaller parts of humanity.
Mme. Blavatsky: The Roman Catholic Church did not have that superb contempt for animals always that it has now, saying they have no souls. Read the Golden Legend (Legenda Sanctorum – Readings of the Saints, 1260): you will see any number of wolves who have been converted, a dragon who had some sore in his eye, and some saint drew it out of his eye, and he immediately shed tears and became a Christian. It is a fact – animals of all kinds, wolves, dragons, and hyenas.
Mr. B. Keightley: There is the story of St Francis’s preaching to the animals.
A Lady: And the Jackdaw of Rheims became a saint.
Mr. Kingsland: When the ban was removed.
Mr. Old: I have seen a more Christian spirit in some faithful dogs, than I have seen in man.
Mme. Blavatsky: They are the most respectful fellows I have ever met with, under any circumstance they will remain faithful.
A Lady: Even with a master as bad as Bill Sykes. (A violent character in Oliver Twist).
Mr. Old: Tupper, says: “What if they cannot rise so high? They can’t fall so far.” Which is quite true.
Mme. Blavatsky: What are we to do more? Because there are two sections more, representing 30 or 40 pages.”
H. P. Blavatsky