Magazine "Lucifer - the Light-bringer"

This magazine, of the Dutch division of The Theosophical Society (Point Loma - The Hague) appears bi-monthly. It demonstrates how the theosophical teachings are to be applied in human life. Lucifer differentiates itself from other opinion-magazines through the consistent searching into the causes of the problems. The criterion for this is the extensive knowledge of the Universal Esoteric Philosophy as this is taught in Theosophy. This 'different' approach to individual and social problems gives a refreshing outlook and offers new possibilities of solving these problems effectively.

The 'technical' teachings of Theosophy are never objectives in themselves. In Lucifer the ethical consequences are always drawn from them by applying these teachings to the actual problems with which mankind is struggling. In this light it is nearly superfluous to say that great value is put on the letters to the editor.

Science, philosophy and religion, and especially the interconnection between these three in human thinking are widely dealt with. It is made clear that universal compassion is the basic pattern of Nature. The articles in Lucifer appeal particularly to the individual thinking faculty of the readers. But above all it is demonstrated that Theosophy offers Man a solid foundation for a philosophy of life with a perspective. Lucifer is a publication of the I.S.I.S. Foundation and is available in the form of single copies or an annual subscription.

Universal Declaration of the Rights and Responsibilities of Reincarnating Man

The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of the Rights of Men (UDRM) is one of the most important ethical documents of our time. But, on what inspirational sources is the UDRM based? These are not mentioned in the UDRM itself. To fill the gap, a group of members wrote a ‘Universal Declaration of the Rights and Responsibilities of the Reincarnating Man’, publicly presented in 2007 at the symposium ‘Reincarnation: mystical and social’. It is an elucidation of the inspiring, universal principles underlying the official UDRM. This text, we wish to stress, is given as first draft, to be improved by sincere research and discussions. Reactions are welcome!


Subtheme. Reincarnation as a communal process

Article 1.
Each man possesses basically boundless capacities. So, people do not differ essentially from each other. The differences between people only exist in how they express their capacities. Each man has the right to express his capacities in his own individual way, and has the responsibility to take care that every other man is able to do the same.

Article 2.
Each man has the right to a stimulating environment. Each man has the responsibility to coach and guide a newborn human being in such a way, that the process of incarnation, of rebecoming itself, proceeds harmoniously.

Article 3.
Each man has the right and the responsibility to live, to develop and to die in a way worthy for a reincarnating ego (the learning part of man). He also has the responsibility to stimulate all other men so that they may live, develop and die in a similar way.

Subtheme. How does knowledge of reincarnation changes your life: mystical, mental and social

Article 4.
As a consequence of unity, man should act towards his fellow men always in the spirit of togetherness and brotherhood.

Article 5.
Considering the fact that our views and thoughts determine to a certain extent the condition of our fellow men, each reincarnating man has the responsibility to make his views continuously more universal and his thoughts more clear. Each man has the right and the responsibility to do this according to his own understanding and conscience.

Subtheme. Living together without discrimination

Article 6.
As mankind is of one and the same essence and differences between men are merely the result of the individual way in which each man expresses his inherent limitless capacities, each man is equal for the laws of the world community and of whichever national state. Therefore too, everyone has the responsibility to look upon his fellow man as equal to himself and to stimulate him to get the best out of himself.


Subtheme. The social need for mystical education

Article 7.
Education should be primarily aimed at the immortal capacities of man: his mystical insights, free will and conscience. As each man is endowed with free will, he has the right to develop himself according to his best insights, and has the responsibility to stimulate other people to act in the same way.

Subtheme. Spiritual, mental and material wealth/poverty

Article 8.
Everyone’s ideals, thoughts and material means are for common use by the entire humankind. Thus, each man has the right to share in spiritual, mental and social achievements, and has the responsibility to contribute his part to these three domains, in accordance with his degree of development.


Subtheme. Consciously living together, growing in wisdom and dying

Article 9.
Each man has the right and the responsibility to labour for the cause of the entire society to the best of his ability. The spiritual lessons he learnt as a direct consequence he should incorporate self-consciously in his character.

Subtheme. Administration of justice in the light of reincarnation, “What is wisdom?”

Article 10.
Each man who does not act or did not act towards his fellow men in the spirit of brotherhood, gets the chance to do this from now on. As in each man’s character lie constructive and positive elements, Justice should be based, without exception, on enabling our fellow man to develop these nobler aspects in himself.

Source: LUCIFER DE LICHTBRENGER, Vol. 29, issue 4/5 (2007), page 59 • presented at the 2007-symposium “Reincarnation: Mystical ánd Social” in The Hague • translated from Dutch


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The end never justifies the means

A peaceful answer to terrorism

After the dreadful events on the 11th of September in the United States of America everyone poses the same questions. Where do we go from here? Will there be a third World War? But against whom? The enemy has become invisible. Should we retaliate these acts of terror? But how? Would that not be the cause for even more violence? These are confusing and fearful times for most of us.

Like every reasonable person we strongly regret and condemn the fact that a small group made so many innocent people pay for their frustrations in such a brutal way. But we don’t want to leave it there. We encourage people and nations to unite in their struggle against the instigators and the causes of these acts of terror. However, this should not happen on the basis of ‘an eye for an eye’. In which case a spiral of violence will develop which will fuel many negative reactions. Still, we do believe we can safeguard ourselves from violence and terror in the future.

The main objective of the I.S.I.S. Foundation (International Study-centre for Independent Search for truth) - a platform for all searchers for truth - is to form a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood. Going from this objective, the Foundation tries to develop initiatives to arrive at a more peaceful world. In its efforts, it mainly focuses on the causal side, which means, it tries to accomplish a change in mentality. This pamphlet offers several principal thoughts that might trigger a broad exchange of views. We hope that everyone longing for peace and non-violence will give serious consideration to these thoughts. We would gladly receive your reactions.

The end never justifies the means (download complete pdf document)

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The meaninglessness of capital punishment

Theosophical knowledge that shows the meaninglessness of capital punishment

Which arguments exist against capital punishment, when seen from knowledge of the spiritual side of man?
In the articles below the most essential arguments are presented and clarified.

1. ‘Theosophy and Capital Punishment’, by W.Q. Judge

When the question rises if capital punishment can ever be justified, it principally does not make a difference if it’s about a head of state or a normal citizen. The reference to the murderer of president Garfield in this article is a parallel to the situation of, for instance, Saddam Hussein.

Theosophy and Capital Punishment (download pdf document)

2. Answer to a question about the consequences of capital punishment, by W.Q. Judge

In the next article the words Devachan and Kâma Loka appear. When a human being dies, the consciousness retreats in more inner spaces. The first state of consciousness that the deceased enters is Kâma Loka, the “state of desires”. In that state, emotional energies are released, which were built up during life on earth. If all the tendencies and desires (Kâma in Sanskrit) are released, the inner human being enters the much more spiritual state of Devachan: a dream-like state where unfulfilled ideals and higher aspirations are drawn up. What we will experience during these states of dying and how strong these experiences will be is completely dependent on ourselves: which thoughts and desires we have cherished during our past life.

Answer to a question about the consequences of capital punishment (download pdf document)

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