If you are consuming animal products from any conventional factory farm source, you're paying others to commit acts of horrendous cruelty.
Let's make our actions reflect our ethics by refusing ALL animal products (including all eggs and dairy products!) unless we know the animals were treated properly. Never forget that we consumers determine which products are on the market. It's all about money, and OUR money makes a difference.
Do you think these words are too strong or too sweeping? Watch the following video from peta.org, and then never patronize these people again!
Two classic theosophical books, Light on the Path and Through the Gates of Gold, are now available to be read online at theoservice.org. To easily access the books, there is a new "Online Books" entry in the lower left panel. Our website engine Drupal automatically creates the links to easily browse chapters.
There are large and small service projects around the world. Those involved with all these projects usually agree that there are benefits from reaching a world audience with their message.
One obvious benefit is attracting allies and even financing for the service project. But simply informing about these projects adds to the world's collective awareness and is part of the gradual, incremental process of social change.
Submitted by Lloyd Standish on Tue, 12/28/2010 - 23:13
This site uses a database "engine" called Drupal. Recently, Drupal needed to be upgraded to maintain website security. This upgrade also made it necessary to change the appearance ("theme") of the site, since the old theme is not available for the upgraded version of the Drupal engine.
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/18/2010 - 00:13
by Pekka Ervast (Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2010) book review by Rene Wadlow
We possess a single infallible guide, the Universal Spirit that lives in men as a whole, and in each one of us, which makes us aspire to what we should aspire: it is the Spirit that commands the tree to grow toward the sun, the flower to throw off its seed in autumn, us to reach out towards God, and by so doing become united to each other. Leo Tolstoy
The sign of Capricorn is the sign of Initiation. It represents the perfection that is the Disciple who has learned, to the best of his ability, mastery over himself. He has learned through trial and error how to control himself and to use that energy constructively, as we have seen while discussing the energies of Scorpio and Sagittarius.
We need to stop. Just stop. Stop for a moment. Before anybody Says or does anything That may hurt anyone else. We need to be silent. Just silent. Silent for a moment. Before we forever lose The blessing of songs That grow in our hearts.
Sagittarius is the sign of Discipleship. A disciple is one who has been through the fiery energies of Scorpio and who has emerged triumphant. They have experienced the lures of the lower self and can now recognize them for what they are. Sagittarius energy is that of focused aspiration towards all that is divine. It is that which is experienced when the goal is clearly visible and the true work of selfless service has begun.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/28/2010 - 03:45
(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2010, 253pp.)
Jim Kenney outlines clearly the shift of values and structures as humanity moves into the Age of Aquarius. “We live in a time of transition from mechanistic and reductionist models of experience to models that may be characterized as holistic.” He calls this period of transition a “sea change” — that rare time when old values and beliefs withdraw and a new wave of values and beliefs arise.
On Christmas Day 2009, a court in Beijing convicted Liu Xiaobo of “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced him to 11 years in prison and two additional years of deprivation of political rights. The verdict cited as evidence passages from six essays Liu published online between 2005 and 2007 and his role in drafting Charter 08, an online petition for democratic reform issued on December 9; 2008 which has since been co-signed by some 10,000 persons, mostly Chinese in China.