Compass Theosophical Newsletter

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Below is a selection of contributions that have appeared in Compass over the years.

COMPASSsmThe Oneness Of The Human Family
Autumn 1994

“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself”
– Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’ullah, 71

“All things whatsoever ye would that men would do to you, do ye even so to them”
– Matthew 7:12

“This is the sum of duty: do nought unto others which would cause you pain if done to you”
– Mahabharata 5:1517

“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself”
– Sunnab

“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.”
– Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Native American
“Respect for all life is the foundation”
– The Great Law of Peace

COMPASSsmWords of Hope and Encouragement
Winter 1997

….Nothing is gained, but a good deal is lost by impatience – not only strength, but also sight and intuition. So decide nothing hastily. Wait; make no set plan. Wait for the hour to make the decision, for if you decide in advance of the time you tend to raise a confusion. So have courage, patience hope, faith and cheerfulness.

….You can solidify your character by attending to small things. By attacking small faults and on every small occasion, one by one. This will arouse the inner attitude of attention and caution. The small faults and small occasions being conquered, the character grows strong.

….There is never any need to worry. The good law looks out for all things, and all we have to do is our duty as it comes along from day to day.

– Letters That Have Helped Me, William Quan Judge

COMPASSsmTo Light A Thousand Lamps
Autumn 2001

“….thousands of people of dissimilar interests and backgrounds are discovering they are on the same wavelength; they are fired with the urgency to add their strength to turning humanity from senseless self-destruction to self-regeneration. Instead of fighting against the conditions that bred hatred and wars, they are labouring for the safeguarding of human dignity and self-worth, for the protection of our planet, and for the building of a new type of civilisation founded on the integration of talents and qualities rather than on divisiveness…”

– Grace F. Knoche, originally taken from Sunrise Oct/Nov 1982

COMPASSsmAutumn Equinox Message from an American Friend
Autumn 2000

The philosophy that the world is essentially evil and that we must shield ourselves against its influences by a protective wall can only be true for timid souls. The driving force in the world is for good. If this were not so the human race would never have reached its present state of advancement, as imperfect as it is. The fact that we realise its imperfections is a true indication that the Force for good is at work. In being the instruments of this Force, we carry out our divine mission much more effectively by entering the creative struggle in the open world where victory has its most telling effect.
“We need not go to the mountain of God to see the burning bush, the entire world is holy ground” – Alphonse Bihr.

– Nancy Coker, Pasadena

COMPASSsmFrom a Letter by the Secretary General Regarding Membership
Autumn 1990 & 1994

In regard to membership in the Theosophical Society, we like to correspond with applicants to be assured that they understand the Society’s altruistic objectives; for no good is achieved for the individual, or for the Society, if one becomes a member in the mistaken belief that he will be instructed in psychism, magic, use of mantrams, meditation regimes, and the like. We do not deny the validity of these, but regard their investigation or practice as of small worth compared to the main purpose of the T.S. which is to replenish the spiritual thought-life of humanity. When this course is pursued unselfishly and for the benefit of all, we feel that self-improvement and strengthening of character occurs naturally. Let Christians remain Christians, Parsis, Parsis, Buddhists, Buddhists, and so forth, but let them and all of us see the universality of life and the responsibility of man as part of the universal brotherhood of all things.

– Kirby Van Mater, Pasadena, May 7th 1990