The Theosophical Order of Service has joined the International TOS and other TOS sections around the world in signing the CHARTER FOR COMPASSION. Signers of The Charter For Compassion encourage a world where everyone is committed to living by the principle of compassion. Signers pledge to work toward building a more compassionate world. The TOS joins with many other individuals, organizations and cities that have been inspired by the Charter For Compassion to work in diverse ways to create cultures of compassion locally and globally.
Per the Compassionate Action Network International, “Compassion is the recognition that all beings are profoundly interconnected, such that the joys and sufferings of one are the joys and sufferings of all, with a corresponding commitment to appreciate and treat with respect all individuals as we ourselves would want to be treated—even and especially when we find it difficult to do so—and to alleviate suffering when and where we encounter it.”
The definition of compassion as stated by the Compassionate Action Network International so closely reflects both the first object of The Theosophical Society and the motto of the Theosophical Order of Service, “A union of those who love in the service of all that suffers”, that the decision to sign the Charter and join in this worldwide effort was an easy one for the TOS to make. The Theosophical Order of Service encourages its members around the country to approach their local officials and ask them to join the effort by signing the Charter as a Compassionate City.
For more information on the Compassionate Action Network International, or to sign the CHARTER FOR COMPASSION see their website at http://compassionateaction.org