Re: Theos-World Liberal Catholic Church can be a powerful force for good
Jun 12, 2005 04:31 AM
by M. Sufilight
Dear Anand and all,
My views are:
First of all The Theosophical Society is not a religion,
or at least it is not its intention to be a religion.
Try this article by Blavatsky:
"IS THEOSOPHY A RELIGION?" - written 1888
I think it is not quite true to say that LCC is based on theosophical
The following should explain why I have that view.
I quote the Liberal Catholic Church International
"I have heard that the early Bishops of the Liberal Catholic Church were
Theosophists. What is Theosophy and is a belief in it required in the
Liberal Catholic Church International?
Theosophy is a school of thought founded in the late 1800's. Its purpose was
study comparative religion and mysticism. Some of its basic principles are
belief in the eastern concepts of reincarnation, karma, vegetarianism and
abstention from the use of alcoholic beverages. While many of the Liberal
Catholic Church's early Bishops did, in fact, hold theosophical ideals, a
belief in them is neither required nor forbidden in the Liberal Catholic
Church International. The LCCI respects the freedom of individual conscience
on these issues, as in others. There is a branch of Liberal Catholicism in
America known as the "Liberal Catholic Church, Province of the United States
of America," that does require its clergy to profess a belief in the
teachings of Theosophy. We are not part of that branch. "
The presentation of Theosophy is not quite correct.
This is how I understand the theosophical teachings given to us by
A theosophist is not actually required to believe in Karma, Reincarnation
and so on.
But it is suggested, that one seek to understand what these teaching have of
importance in the
world or universe of life.
And also at Liberal Catholic Church Internationals website we have:
"We teach the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. "
I think Blavatsky many times rejected that statement, when it referred to
the phallic version of the Trinity.
So such a loose statement about the LCC teachings is certainly NOT a
The Theosophical teachings does not require, that one wears a silly hat.
Allright. I know Leadbeater was himself not required to wear one either.
What I am trying to say is, that "the Club of the Silly hats" will never by
driving force of the LCC.
To say that LCC is not a religion is difficult, since it is not quite based
on theosophical teachings.
Just a few of my views upon the matter.
Just to mention it Anand:
I also hold Christ near and dear.
M. Sufilight with peace and love...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anand Gholap" <AnandGholap@AnandGholap.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 9:05 AM
Subject: Theos-World Liberal Catholic Church can be a powerful force for
Principle of unity of life, constitution of man taking into account his
higher bodies, man as fragment of divinity who can know his unity with
God directly, these principles which Theosophy gives were written long
back in Hindu religion, Vedas and Upanishats.
In other religions like Christianity, Islam, Buddhism these principles
may be existing in esoteric part of them. However these three religions
as understood by ordinary followers of those religions and as
understood by scholars don't give the principles written above which
Hindu religion gives.
Liberal Catholic Church is the only other religion which visibly
appreciates those principles. Leadbeater and Besant have given
principles in Vedas through Theosophy. And LCC is the only other
organized religion which openly shows appreciation of these principles
as given by Theosophy.
As Liberal Catholic Church is based on very sound philosophy called
Theosophy it can be a very powerful force for good in the world.
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