The Order of the Round Table
The Order of the Round Table is an International organisation for young people of all nations; for those who hold to a religious faith and those who do not. Its aim is to form a brotherhood of children and young people to help humanity in its inner development, both moral and spiritual, through the use of symbols and ceremonial. Symbols are able to touch the heart directly, bypassing the intellect; and their use in ceremonial enables children to learn directly about eternal values, keeping them in touch, perhaps, with that which they already intuitively know.
Special personal qualities are encouraged in children at appropriate ages: gentleness and kindness for the very young; next friendliness and helpfulness as an expression of brotherhood; courage in the adolescent years; culminating in righteousness in the young adult. Members are especially encouraged to remember these qualities at all times in the home and community.
Modern man has tended to overdevelop his intellect and concentrate his powers on manipulating and controlling external forces. It may be that future generations may depend for their survival on man’s ability to see himself as a harmonious and vital part of the universe, as a caretaker of the physical world and as a guardian of the great noble ideas and eternal truths. The Round Table teaches children to seek the spiritual life in all things; minerals, plants, animals, the elements and especially their fellow human beings. It teaches that we should try to be strong yet gentle, truthful yet kind, just yet loving; and that we should take a responsible and protective attitude to all the realms of nature and humanity, that we should seek the truth and learn to forget ourselves in the service of the world.
The Order of the Round Table offers practical and dynamic guidance to children and young people growing up in an increasingly secular and selfish world. It allows the sacred, the magical, the compassionate and joyous inner spirit to find expression.
"Every civilisation, really great, has kept before it an ideal of perfect manhood to bequeath to its youth. This ideal in India was called Kshatriya in reference to those who preferred death to dishonour. In Japan these were called Samurai. In Europe in the Middle Ages it was called Chivalry and later on, Knighthood. ‘Chevalier sans peur, sans reproche’ (A Knight without fear and above reproach.) What better title of ability could we leave to posterity?"