tktt: On Self-Improvement

“Enq:  Yes it is rather difficult to draw the line of demarcation between the abstract and the concrete in this case, as we have only the latter to form our judgement by.

 
Theo:  Then why make an exception for the T.S.?  Justice, like charity, ought to begin at home.

 
Will you revile and scoff at the “Sermon on the Mount” because your social, political and even religious laws have, so far, not only failed to carry out its precepts in their spirit, but even in their dead letter?

 
Abolish the oaths in Courts, Parliament, Army and everywhere, and do as the Quakers do, if you will call yourselves Christians. Abolish the Courts themselves, for if you would follow the Commandments of Christ, you have to give away your coat to him who deprives you of your cloak, and turn your left cheek to the bully who smites you on the right.

 
“Resist not evil, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you”, for “whosoever shall break one of the least of these Commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven”, and “whosoever shall say ‘Thou fool’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”

 
And why should you judge, if you would not be judged in your turn?

 
Insist that between Theosophy and the Theosophical Society there is no difference, and forthwith you lay the system of Christianity and its very essence open to the same charges, only in a more serious form.

 
Enq:  Why more serious?

 
Theo:  Because, while the leaders of the Theosophical movement, recognizing fully their shortcomings, try all they can do to amend their ways and uproot the evil existing in the Society; and while their rules and bye-laws are framed in the spirit of Theosophy, the Legislators and the Churches of nations and countries which call themselves Christian do the reverse.

 
Our members, even the worst among them, are no worse than the average Christian.

 
Moreover, if the Western Theosophists experience so much difficulty in leading the true Theosophical life, it is because they are all the children of their generation. Every one of them was a Christian, bred and brought up in the sophistry of his Church, his social customs, and even his paradoxical laws.

 
He was this before he became a Theosophist, or rather, a member of the Society of that name, as it cannot be too often repeated that between the abstract ideal and its vehicle there is a most important difference.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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