THEOSOPHY, Vol. 85, No. 2, December, 1996
(Pages 53-55; Size: 7K)

STUDENT REFLECTIONS

[Article number (8) in this Department]

These two "reflections" illustrate how unity may be described as the oneness of a complex whole. And also that when units of similar quality come together they may become assimilated into a well-tuned working body. [EDITORS]
SHARED QUALITIES

STUDENTS are often puzzled by the following phrase in the U.L.T. Declaration: [Note: "U.L.T." means "The United Lodge of Theosophists".--Compiler.]

It holds that the unassailable basis for union among Theosophists, wherever and however situated, is "similarity of aim, purpose and teaching," and therefore has neither Constitution, By-Laws nor Officers, the sole bond between its Associates being that basis.
Its inclusion in the Declaration is to emphasize the inner basis of union among Theosophists since no true basis can be established by forms, by organizations, by rules, in other words, by temporary structures or outer systems. Each individual as well as each group of individuals feels akin when there is a sharing that is inwardly recognized, that has a corresponding likeness, a parallel concordance, in feeling, direction, and process. "Similarity" does not mean to conform, to duplicate, to imitate, or to be the same. It means sharing, caring and being in cooperative spirit in where we are going, in why we are doing what we are doing, and in what common understanding we share.

Each spring, plants grow and bloom but not identically to the same degree of last spring. Each spring is unique even though it appears similar to the preceding one. Plants grow and bloom each spring because of their similar inner alignment with spring's processes. Each individual is similar to every other individual, but each is also unique. No two individuals grow and develop when they act in accord with their similar inner tendency toward communion of souls. Individuals may act in accord with a similar inner tendency toward a "communion of souls," yet no two individuals grow and develop in the same manner. External structures are constantly changing, ever diversifying. They can form no lasting basis for union among Theosophists. Human solidarity is experienced when the inner nature lives in accord with its natural tendency toward unity, harmony, and concord. The true basis of harmony among Theosophists is an inner likeness of feeling, motivation, and awareness and not by conformity to external forms or systems.

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THE SEARCH FOR UNITY

In all our dealings with others and with ourselves we must never forget:

"Our mode of thinking is based on Separateness." Wm. Q. Judge speaks of "The great illusion produced by nature," which causes us "to see objects as different from Spirit." In the Gita we read -- "As a single sun illuminateth the whole world, even so doth the One Spirit illumine every body." If this means anything, it means that in every body there is One Spirit, the Perceiver, the Knower, the Experiencer; it spells unity throughout.

An apt comparison can be seen in the Game of Life, over the chess board. We have thirty-two pieces of diverse form and movement; yet all have one reason for existence; the capture of the King. In symbology, the King represents the ultimate goal -- the capture of our Spirituality. All those pieces and their movements work in unison for just that one purpose.

As students of Theosophy, we are brought together in meetings to enlighten ourselves in the philosophy -- to exchange ideas. Yet, how many are busy assessing the personalities around us? How many are busy talking up their ideas with the desire to impress others, to show THEIR erudition?

In secular school we prepare for each class by study of the subject involved.

In preparation for a Theosophical study class, we could tune our minds into the feeling and Spirit of Unity; ready to look at the group as a united whole; charitable to the personality of each and REALIZING that their goal is your goal.

Robert Crosbie quotes:

"Oh where is the sea, the fishes cried, as they swam the brimming tide."

COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:

When the unit thinks only of itself, the whole, which is built of units perishes, and the unit itself is destroyed.

So it is throughout nature on every plane of life. This, therefore, is the first lesson to be learnt.


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