tktt: On Self-Sacrifice

“Enq:  Is equal justice to all and love to every creature the highest standard of Theosophy?

 
Theo:  No; there is an even far higher one.

 
Enq:  What can it be?

 
Theo:  The giving to others more than to oneself – self-sacrifice. Such was the standard and abounding measure which marked so pre-eminently the greatest Teachers and Masters of Humanity – e.g., Gautama Buddha in History, and Jesus of Nazareth as in the Gospels. This trait alone was enough to secure to them the perpetual reverence and gratitude of the generations of men that come after them.

 
We say, however, that self-sacrifice has to be performed with discrimination; and such a self-abandonment, if made without justice, or blindly, regardless of subsequent results, may often prove not only made in vain, but harmful.

 
One of the fundamental rules of Theosophy is, justice to oneself – viewed as a unit of collective humanity, not as a personal self-justice, not more but not less than to others; unless, indeed, by the sacrifice of the one self we can benefit the many.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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