One of our theosophical teachers described the Theosophical Society as the ‘Kindergarten of the Mystery Schools’. As pointed out by Robert Fulghum in his wonderful book: , All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, nothing can be more important than a good kindergarten education which establishes the basis for all our future studies! In the Theosophical Society we attempt to make a start, at least, on the long process of learning about the laws of life summarized as the seven jewels of wisdom: Karma, Reincarnation, Hierarchies, Self-Becoming (Swabhava); Evolution/Involution; Choices on the Spiritual Path (The Two Paths); and Knowledge of the Self. Especially we attempt to learn and teach about Universal Brotherhood, Karma, and Reincarnation, all basic teachings of the Ancient Wisdom which have the potential to change individual and world destiny if we take these teachings seriously as facts of nature.

In short, we are attempting to get our ‘theosophical attitude’ straightened out at the beginning of our long journey of self-conscious spiritual unfoldment, and to ingrain the habit of being ‘other-centered’ instead of thinking selfishly. Our responsibility as members and friends of the Theosophical Society is to take theosophy ‘home with us’ and begin to work seriously and self-consciously on building and strengthening ourselves by putting into practice the Inner, or, Heart Doctrine rather than the Outer, ‘Eye Doctrine’, being the merely intellectual/ritualistic approach to the teachings of the Ancient Wisdom.

In other words – self-conscious, self-directed spiritual evolution. If we have this attitude, then we can move on into our theosophical work and the mysteries that await us in the future, should we run the course of our spiritual development successfully, with the firm knowledge that we will use our abilities in the service of humanity as it struggles forward and not just to benefit ourselves or any power-based ambitions we may have hidden away in the recesses of our Souls.

The Masters of Wisdom are interested in developing their servants over a period of lifetimes. If we have a firm grounding in the Path of Compassion, they, and we, can move on to develop our potentials that will carry from one lifetime to another and enable us to continue our efforts in this type of work in the spirit of helping humanity into future lifetimes of more and more self-conscious effort.

Theosophy speaks of a glorious future for humanity, though the road there will be muddy and long, as we see everywhere in the state of the world today. Through the eyes of our children we see their potential to be greater than us and the responsibility we bear to leave them with a pure and stimulating physical and mental environment – and for ourselves too as reincarnating beings.

We are custodians of the wonderful teachings of the Ancient Wisdom as others on whose shoulders we now stand have been before us over the millennia. It is our responsibility to keep these teachings as pure and inspirational as they were on the day when they were handed on by HPB Blavatsky’s teachers 150 years ago when the Theosophical Society was founded, so we in turn can inspire generations yet unborn. There will be times, such as this cycle of theosophical activity right now, where we will be challenged to ‘give’ rather than ‘receive’ theosophy so that theosophical knowledge can continue to be transmitted in the spirit of the Path of Compassion, or ‘Inner’ rather than ‘Outer’ theosophy.  (Please see ‘What is Theosophy really all about?’ page 1-2 of April 2009 issue of, Theosophy Downunder, for a discussion of ‘Inner’ and ‘Outer’, ‘Giving’, and ‘Receiving’ Theosophy at http://theosophydownunder.org/australiantsnewsletterapril2009.html )

The words of theosophical teacher, G. de Purucker, indicate the essence of the purpose of the Theosophical Society:

“[It] was intended to be the spiritual-intellectual nursery from which will be born the great philosophical and religious and scientific systems of future ages – indeed, the heart of the civilizations of the coming cycles.” – from The Fountain Source of Occultism. P.5.

 “Without realizing it, we fill important places in each other’s lives. It’s that way with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage, the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, coworkers. Good people who are always “there,” who can be relied upon in small, important ways. People who teach us, bless us, encourage us, support us, uplift us in the dailiness of life. We never tell them. I don’t know why, but we don’t.
And, of course, we fill that role ourselves. There are those who depend in us, watch us, learn from us, take from us. And we never know.
You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.”
― Robert Fulghum,
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten