tktt: On Self-Improvement

“Enq:  This is pure Altruism, I confess.

 
Theo:  It is.  And if only one Fellow of the T.S. out of ten would practice it ours would be a body of elect indeed. But there are among the outsiders those who will always refuse to see the essential difference between Theosophy and the Theosophical Society, the idea and its imperfect embodiment.

 
Such would visit every sin and shortcoming of the vehicle, the human body, on the pure spirit which sheds thereon its divine light.

 
Is this just to either?

 
They throw stones at an association that tries to work up to, and for propagation of, its ideal with most tremendous odds against it. Some vilify the Theosophical Society only because it presumes to attempt to do that in which other systems – Church and State Christianity preeminently – have failed most egregiously; others because they would fain preserve the existing state of things:  Pharisees and Sadducees in the seat of Moses, and publicans and sinners reveling in high places, as under the Roman Empire during its decadence.

 
Fair-minded people, at any rate, ought to remember that the man who does all he can, does as much as he who has achieved the most, in this world of relative possibilities.

 
This is a simple truism, an axiom supported for believers in the Gospels by the parable of the talents given by their Master:  the servant who doubled his two talents was rewarded as much as that other fellow-servant who had received five.

 
To every man it is given “according to his several ability.””

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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