Re: Re: Inner and outer Guru -- My Protest.
Jun 05, 1998 04:27 PM
by Dallas TenBroeck
June 5th 1998
Thanks for the note of the 4th to Daniel in which you set
straight the matter of the "pressures" placed on me and yourself
for opinions concerning HPB.
I protested the unsubstantiated statement that Mr. Johnson made.
I consider that I have as much right to protest on her behalf, as
he has to make his view known. And in fact, I consider my
position to be essential if HPB is to be given "equal time." It
was made to defend one who was taken advantage of in her
"absence." It is a matter of fairness. As I have said several
times. All of us owe too much to HPB because of her presentation
of Theosophy. Thus we have no right to stand in judgment over
her. Do we do so over our Professors or our Teachers ?
As I am able to see it, HPB came to sow the seeds of an entirely
new civilization. The mission of HPB was to break the molds of
men's mind-sets, and to destroy old modes of thought.
The freedom to think and discover supplied new ideas and ideals
for our consideration. The collective mind of mankind (thanks to
Theosophical ideas) now stands open to a greater vista than it
previously had. The effect of this can be traced in almost every
department of living and of scientific discovery during the
passage of the last hundred years. Primary to all has been the
matter of ethical responsibility, based on universal concepts
that all free minds can investigate themselves. Secondarily,
some order has been restored in the matter of investigating the
"astral" and the "occult." This is because the Theosophy that
HPB taught advances the rules, details and the regulations of
those things. Those who have written on theosophy after her
death have very largely muddled her teachings. It is, in my
opinion, far safer to go directly to what she had to teach, than
take any second-hand writing to "tell it as it is."
One of her contemporaries wrote of her:
"Mme. Blavatsky has never deceived anyone, though she has often
been obliged to let others deceive themselves." PATH IV p. 104.
In the MAHATMA LETTERS, on. p. 272 we find the statement made on
her behalf by her Teacher:
"She is forbidden to say what she knows. You may cut her to
pieces and she will not tell. Nay--she is ordered in cases of
need to mislead people; and, were she more of a natural born
liar--she might be happier...She is too truthful, too outspoken,
too incapable of dissimulation; and now she is being daily
crucified for it..."
On p. 314 (Idem.) we may read:
"You can never know her as we do, therefore--none of you will
ever be able to judge her impartially or correctly. You see the
surface of things; and what you would term "virtue," holding but
to appearances, we--judge but after having fathomed the object to
its profoundest depth, and generally leave the appearances to
take care of themselves. In your opinion H.P.B. is, at best...as
quaint, strange woman, a psychological riddle; impulsive and
kindhearted, yet not free from the vice of untruth. We, on the
other hand, under the garb of eccentricity and folly--we find a
profounder wisdom in her inner Self that you will ever find
yourselves able to perceive. In the superficial details of her
homely, hard-working, common-place daily life and affairs, you
discern but impracticality, womanly impulses, often absurdity and
folly; we, on the contrary, light daily upon traits of her inner
nature the most delicate and refined, and which would cost an
uninitiated psychologist years of constant and keen observation,
and many an hour of close analysis and efforts to draw out of the
depth of that most subtle of mysteries--human mind--and one of
her most complicated machines,--H.P.B.'s mind--and thus learn to
know her true inner Self."
Is it suddenly wrong to say publicly that I deeply respect and
honor HPB, and that I owe much, if not all of my knowledge to her
On her own behalf she wrote:
"What I do believe in is: " 1.) the unbroken oral teachings
revealed by living divine men to the elect among men; 2.) that
it has reached us unaltered; and 3.) that the MASTERS are
thoroughly versed in the science based on such unaltered
LUCIFER, Vol. V, p. 157
Speaking of the source of her knowledge she wrote:
[ this is also for Jerry Schueler' post of June 4th]
"I got my drop (a draught of the golden water) from my Master
(the living one)...he is a Saviour, he who leads you to finding
the Master within yourself."
HPB Letter to Hartmann. PATH X 369.
Much more could be added, but this is already more than necessary
to make the points that strike me as important in this.
With best wishes to you as always, Dallas
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