COMMENT ON “PRACTICAL WORK FOR THEOSOPHISTS”
[Journal of The Theosophical Society, Madras, Vol. I, No. 4,
April, 1884, p. 63]
[In a letter to the Editor, Raj Coomar Roy, of Jamalpur, deplores the prevailing ignorance regarding the accumulated knowledge of ancient India, due to the fact that so many remarkable books containing that knowledge are buried in oblivion. He says: “I attached much importance to the second rule of the Society . . . . A nation can only be termed civilized or uncivilized according to its arts, sciences, literature, etc. It is therefore incumbent on the fellows and members of the Theosophical Society
. . . . to set themselves without loss of time in right earnest to resuscitate our books on sciences, philosophies and arts and to publish them for the intelligent public.” He is particularly anxious to have the ancient Medical Works restored to the knowledge of the people. He considers that “the opportune time has now come for the members and the sympathisers of the Society to form themselves into groups to promote the study of the Aryan science and philosophy, and work in harmony for the religious, moral, social and intellectual regeneration of Bharatavarsha.” To this H. P. B. remarks:]
We publish the above letter with a view to place the excellent suggestions of our brother before Branch Societies
and individual members desirous of doing some practical work for the good of their country and fellow-men. The bringing to light of long-forgotten Sanskrit works will not only revive the ancient learning of Aryavarta, but it will also prove to occidental scholars that the ancestors of those they now look down upon as of an “inferior race,” were intellectual, moral and spiritual giants. This part of theosophical work is the real link between the East and the West, uniting them both in a bond of Intellectual Brotherhood.
H. P. BLAVATSKY,
Corr. Secretary, Theosophical Society.