“Enq: What are the other negative clauses?
Theo: No Theosophist ought to be contented with an idle or frivolous life, doing no real good to himself and still less to others. He should work for the benefit of the few who need his help if he is unable to toil for Humanity, and thus work for the advancement of the Theosophical cause.
Enq: This demands an exceptional nature, and would come rather hard upon some persons.
Theo: Then they had better remain outside the T.S. instead of sailing under false colours. No one is asked to give more than he can afford, whether in devotion, time, work, or money.
Enq: What comes next?
Theo: No working member should set too great value on his personal progress or proficiency in Theosophic studies; but must be prepared rather to do such as much altruistic work as lies in his power. He should not leave the whole of the heavy burden and responsibility of the Theosophical movement on the shoulders of the few devoted workers. Each member ought to feel it his duty to take what share he can in the common work, and help it by every means in his power.
Enq: This is but just. What comes next?
Theo: No Theosophist should place his personal vanity, or feelings, above those of his Society as a body. He who sacrifices the latter, or other people’s reputations on the alter of his personal vanity, worldly benefit, or pride, ought not to be allowed to remain a member. One cancerous limb diseases the whole body.”
H. P. Blavatsky