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VOLUME XIII. No. 6. CONTENTS.
Frontispiece, Washington’s Last Farewell to his Mother.
Then — and Now, ........ Herbert Coryn. 299
Zoroaster, the Father of Philosophy, .... Alexander Wilder, M. D. 303
“ This Gospel of the Kingdom," ..... Mary F. Lang. 308
Man’s Relation to Posterity, .... . Lncien B. Copeland. 311
Theosophy and Universal Brotherhood (concluded ), .... Zoryan. 3x7
The Evangel according to Ioannes,
Excerpts from a New Translation of “ The Gospel according to John ”, James M. Pryse. 321
The New Movement, . . . . . . Annie M. Sands. 326
Fragments — Strength, ....... Adhiratha. 331
Brotherhood : — The Hope of the World, . . Cyrus Field Willard. 333
Cycles of Inspiration, IV. (concluded), .... Rev. W. E. Copeland. 335
Students’ Column, ..... Conducted by J. H. Fussell. 337
Young Folks’ Department.
The Dream of a “ Little Mother,” ..... Sceur de la C. 339
Reviews, . . ... . . . .341
Correspondence, .......... 342
Theosophical Activities, ......... 345
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BROTHERHOOD :-THE HOPE OF THE WORLD
BY CYRUS FIELD WILLARD.
f ROTHERHOOD is the recognition
of the unity of the race, the
solidarity of humanity. It is
not only a sentiment ; it is a recognition
of a fact existent in nature.
The physical constituents of our ani-
mal bodies are drawn from the common
storehouse of our great mother, the
earth, and to it they return. Our minds
are likewise of common origin, the
intangible Ether, called in ancient
Hindu terminology, Akasa. Man’s
spiritual intelligence is likewise of com-
mon origin, called by Emerson the Over-
Soul, or more simply, the One Life.
These three elements in man corre-
spond to the three hypostases or attri-
butes of the atom, recently postulated
by modem science as necessary to and
inherent in the atom. These attributes
are substance, consciouness and will,
corresponding to body, mind and spirit.
They are all of common origin and dem-
onstrate that the men of to-day are made
of the same elements in which they have
no proprietary interest and of which
they only enjoy the use, in obedience to
universal law. This establishes the
fact of brotherhood upon an immovable
basis and teaches the essential unity of
The fact of the unity of mankind must
likewise be considered in the light of the
theory of Reincarnation in obedience to
the law of cause and effect. Reincarna-
tion presents the idea of the human
spirit’s occupying bodies in stations of
high and low degree, now high, now
low; gathering experience that shall
strengthen the will and widen the area
of consciousness. If we look on poverty
and its attendant low station (as now
falsely considered) we see that it pro-
vides the opportunity of strengthening
the will and increasing the powers of
endurance. In the same way those who
are rich and occupy so-called high po-
sitions have the opportunity to add to
their experiences in other ways by travel,
education and interchange of ideas with
their fellow men and thus are in a po-
sition to widen their area of conscious-
ness if they will. If such a view be
taken, we cease to regard poverty and
riches as indicative of men’s worth and
come to look on the exhibition of moral
qualities as the true test. The best cri-
terion for the valuation of men is their
devotion to brotherhood. Brotherhood
recognizes the truth uttered by Bums,
“ A man’s a man for a’ that. ”
The truths of brotherhood underlie all
religions although largely covered and
encumbered by ceremonialism and priest-
craft. The religions of Confucius, Zoro-
aster, Gautama Buddha, Mohammed and
Christ all teach the brotherhood of man.
Their defects lie in their later interpreta-
tions which require that all men shall
believe according to their standards of
belief in order to be regarded as brothers.
Each of them has set up a line of di-
vision between those who believe and
those who do not believe. Thus they
have cleft humanity into many parts and
destroyed the recognition of its unity ;
— as though it made any difference what
a man believed as truth so long as he
treated his brother as a man and a
brother. He might believe in the moon ’s
being made of green cheese or that Mo-
hammed’s turban worked miracles or in
the immaculate conception, but in any
case if he treated his brothers as such,
the law of cause and effect would bring
him his just reward. He might disbe-
lieve in the binomial theory and yet if
he wiped away one burning tear from
his brother’s eye and endeavored to
teach that brother to live so as to pre-
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vent further sorrow, the good law would
bring him its compensating effect of re-
ward and happiness, despite his igno-
rance or disbelief.
It is man ’s individual duty to help his
brother through compassion, the higher
law. Greater than individual duty is
national and racial duty. The nation and
the race should so live as to carry out
the ideas of brotherhood upon a broader,
grander scale. Those individuals who
have broadened sufficiently in their area
of consciousness to grasp this great con-
cept, must be willing to devote their
lives to efforts to induce the nation and
the race to live up *to the ideals of
brotherhood and remove the causes
which bring their harvests of sorrow,
crime, poverty and despair to millions of
the human family.
“The sin of the world is my sin.”
Each and every one of us is to some ex-
tent responsible for the sin that exists
to-day, if not in this life, in some past
life. We are all drops in that mighty
river of life that streamed forth from the
dark bosom of Eternity at the dawn of
manifestation, and in obedience to the
universal law of periodicity we are now
turning back and returning to our source
and home. This recognition of our iden-
tity as drops in that great stream must
necessarily bring about a sense of one-
ness with all our fellow men. The inter-
action and play of one upon another is
also a necessary corollary. It can be for
good as well as for evil and the race and
nation can be affected. If each individ-
ual drop in the stream resolves for good,
then the nation and race reaches up
quicker to loftier heights of brother-
This nation is engaged to-day in a
war with Spain which has for its object
to teach that country that it cannot to-
day forget the laws of brotherhood in
its treatment of Cubans, its own sons,
as it did with the old Aztec tribes of
Mexico and Peru two and three hundred
years ago. This is the great underlying
object of the American people. There
may be other and baser motives in-
volved, but the one thing that has
touched the hearts of the great mass of
the American people is the desire to see
In days gone by we have seen nations
going to war to enslave other people.
To-day we see a great nation going to
war to free a people. Thus is brother-
hood beginning to manifest itself. But
when nations get a clearer idea of the
truths of brotherhood, and that they are
all brothers, there will be no further
need of wars. Wars originate from self-
ishness, selfishness produces competi-
tive strife between nations and individu-
als. Generous emulation will tend to
assist and thus wipe out this selfishness
in the joy and happiness of helping
Then shall we see the universal desire
realized when “ swords shall be beaten
into ploughshares and spears into prun-
ing hooks , 9 * and man shall cease to war
against man. Stately cities shall be
reared with beautiful and healthy homes
for all, and the forces of disease shall be
swept away while the channels of the
older civilization will be refilled by the
love of the new. The slum will be un-
known and all will work with cheerful
song and laughter. Then will brother-
hood demonstrate its mighty power as
the hope of the world and be realized by
all men in its fullness.
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