This week we bring you a selection from our Key Concepts section, on Universal Brotherhood.
The theosophist views Universal Brotherhood not merely as a nice ideal or a worthy goal (though it is certainly both of these), but rather views it as a fundamental fact of Nature. With the scientific knowledge available to us today, it is easy to recognize that within any eco-system all parts work together holistically to promote the health of the whole. When one part is removed or begins to function out of balance, the entire eco-system falters and suffers—the disharmony of one becomes the disharmony of all. We can see this easily in one climactic zone; we can see it equally for the Earth as a whole. When we expand our vision we can see that the same law holds true for the solar system, for the galaxy and for the universe as a whole. The theosophist would say that this holds true throughout every crevice and corner of reality, from the physical to the spiritual, including all things in one vast, unimaginable, boundless ALL, the essential Oneness of which is the foundation of the truth of Brotherhood.
Brotherhood is thus not a choice: it is not something we can decide to be true or not. It is a truth. Our choice lies only in whether or not to live in harmony or in disharmony with this fundamental law.
When we carry this law of Unity to its ultimate conclusion we see that no thing is truly separate from any other, no being is truly cut off from other beings, and every action, however seemingly small, effects all in its own way. In discussing Universal Brotherhood, H.P. Blavatsky walks us through this truth:
“(a) All men have spiritually and physically the same origin, which is the fundamental teaching of Theosophy.
(b) As mankind is essentially of one and the same essence, and that essence is one — infinite, uncreate, and eternal, whether we call it God or Nature — nothing, therefore, can affect one nation or one man without affecting all other nations and all other men. This is as certain and as obvious as that a stone thrown into a pond will, sooner or later, set in motion every single drop of water therein.” (Key to Theosophy)
When we consider this idea, we are led to agree in full with Blavatsky’s later statement that:
“…by wronging one man we wrong not only ourselves but the whole of humanity in the long run…” (Key to Theosophy)
When once we understand that all beings (not solely “humanity”) are united as ONE, that separation is but an illusion, we cannot help, even on purely scientific grounds, to recognize that everything we do, whether physical, emotional, mental, moral or spiritual, sets in motion causes whose effects will ripple throughout all of infinite Nature.
Universal Brotherhood is an ideal because it is at the heart of Reality, and it is practical because upon it entirely rests all possible peace, health, harmony, balance and, ultimately, shared evolution. Developing a sense of Brotherhood that expands beyond ourselves, beyond our immediate family and friends, beyond our nation or race or religion, beyond our species, beyond even our little planet, is the primary need of humanity today. It has always been and will always be the first objective of the true theosophist.
For more on the Theosophical view of Universal Brotherhood, see here: