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


Posted by blavatskyhouse on 10/08/12 at 12:08 PM in Magazine
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