Freedom of Thought and Freedom of the Society
Jan 15, 1996 00:02 AM
by MK Ramadoss
In my previous post on the subject, for some unknown reason, the text in the
middle of the message was split even though nothing was missing. I have
reformatted the message and reposting it so that it is more easy to read.
Sorry for the reposting.
The Theosophical Society
Freedom of Thought
Resolution passed by the General Council of the
As the Theosophical Society has spread far and wide over the
civilized world, and as members of all religions have become
members of it without surrendering the special dogmas, teachings
and beliefs of their respective faiths, it is thought desirable
to emphasize the fact that there is no doctrine, no opinion, by
whomsoever taught or held, that is in any way binding on any
member of the Society, none of which any member is not free to
accept or reject. Approval of its three Objects is the sole
condition of membership. No teacher or writer, from H. P.
Blavatsky downwards, has any authority to impose his teachings or
opinions on members. Every member has an equal right to attach
himself to any teacher or to any school of thought which he may
choose, but has no right to force his choice on any other.
Neither a candidate for any office, nor any voter, can be
rendered ineligible to stand or to vote, because of any opinion
he may hold, or because membership in any school of thought to
which he may belong. Opinions or beliefs neither bestow
privileges nor inflict penalties. The members of the General
Council earnestly request every member of the Theosophical
Society to maintain, defend and act upon these fundamental
principles of the Society, and also fearlessly to exercise his
own right of liberty of thought and of expression thereof, within
the limits of courtesy and consideration for others.
Freedom of the Society
Resolution passed by the General Council of the Theosophical
Society on 30 December 1950.
The Theosophical Society, while co-operating with all other
bodies whose aims and activities make such cooperation possible,
is and must remain an organization entirely independent of them,
not committed to any objects save its own, and intent on
developing its own work on the broadest and most inclusive lines,
so as to move towards its own goal as indicated in and by the
pursuit of those objects and that Divine Wisdom which in the
abstract is implicit in the title, The Theosophical Society.
Since Universal Brotherhood and the Wisdom are undefined and
unlimited, and since there is complete freedom for each and every
member of the Society in thought and action, the Society seeks
ever to maintain its own distinctive and unique character by
remaining free of affiliation or identification with any other
(Both the above are copied from The Theosophist - July 1975)
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