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Tony's Question about HPB's Letter

Apr 16, 2001 07:18 AM
by Blavatsky Archives

Dear Tony,

I think this letter [at least the part about "Of the two unpardonable sins...",
etc.] is a letter to Mr. Judge. The year could be 1886.
This is off the top of my head.

I tried to find the letter in my files a few minutes ago but of course I
can't find it!

I believe a more complete version was published in THE THEOSOPHICAL FORUM
(Point Loma, CA) somewhere between 1931 and 1936. But I also think this
published version in TF deletes the names of some of the people mentioned
in HPB's orginal letter.

I believe I also have a complete transcription of the original.

Of course, the original would be in the archives of the Theosophial Society,
Pasadena, CA.

I will try again later today to see if I can find the complete version.

I hope I have not seriously misstated anything above.

The part that reads:

"Those who fall off from our living human Mahatmas to fall into the Saptarishi--the
Star Rishis, are no Theosophists." 

also rings a bell. Probably another letter to Judge but may also be from
the first letter I spoke about above.


-- Original Message --

>Dear Dallas
>You write:
><<<SHE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKETH -- Path July 1892 -- ULT H.P.B.
>Articles, Vol. 1, p. 115,
>	(Not included in BCW )>>>
>To quote from this article:
>>>"Of the two unpardonable sins, the first is Hypocrisy--Pecksniffianism.
>Better one hundred mistakes through unwise, injudicious sincerity and
>indiscretion than Tartuffe-like saintship as the whitened sepulchre, and
>rottenness and decay within. . . . This is not unpardonable, but very
>dangerous, . . . doubt, eternal wavering--it leads one to wreck. . . .
>little period passed without doubt, murmuring, and despair; what a gain
>would be; a period a mere tithe of what every one of us has had to pass
>through. But every one forges his own destiny.
>Those who fall off from our living human Mahatmas to fall into the
>Saptarishi--the Star Rishis, are no Theosophists." <<
>Do you know where the original letters that the above article is taken
>are, or if they have been published in their completeness. There are some
>"dots" in the first paragraph quoted above, particularly "dangerous, .
>doubt, eternal wavering--it leads one to wreck. . . . One" Are these
>"dots" in the original, or is something purposely excluded? Do you know?
>What does doubt lead one to wreck in this case? Further on in the article
>"He may be moved to doubt--and that is the beginning of wisdom."
>(In the first case it is "doubt, eternal wavering.")
>In the 2nd paragraph, why "fall into the Saptarishi--the Star Rishis, are
>Theosophists." Do you know why Star Rishis are no Theosophists? Looking
>up SAPTARSHI (sic) in the Glossary has not really helped, but you may see
>differently. The fact that they make up the constellation of the Great
>Bear, as Stars, could be seen as a fall into the lower passions or
>something? Any suggestions?

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