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Selections from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings in “The Key to Theosophy,” Part 2 of 2: On Self-improvement

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On Self-improvement “Enquirer: Is moral elevation, then, the principal thing insisted upon in your Society? Theosophist: Undoubtedly! He who would be a true Theosophist must bring himself to live as one. Enquirer: If so, then, as I remarked before, the behavior of some members strangely belies this fundamental rule. Theosophist: Indeed it does. But this cannot be helped among us, any more than amongst those who call themselves Christians and act like fiends. This is no fault of our statutes and rules, but that of human nature. Even in some exoteric public branches, the members pledge themselves on their ‘Higher Self’ to live the life prescribed by Theosophy. They have to bring their Divine Self to guide their every thought and action, every day and at every moment of their lives. A true Theosophist ought ‘to deal justly and walk humbly.’”

“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 abilities.’”

“‘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?”
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