Every Challenge is ...
Feb 07, 2006 09:47 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline
Dear friends in Theos-net,
I hope this message (unlike others), does get through!
EVERY CHALLENGE IS AN OPPORTUNITY
One writer who presents himself as a student of Helena Blavatsky has written
one or two articles in a website suggesting that Robert Crosbie, the main
founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT), broke the vows he had
made as a student of the Esoteric School founded by H.P.B. in the 19th
Such writers tend to appear from time to time in several countries. They
tend to publish long, high-sounding articles about things of which they know
nothing. By doing this, they add extra weight to the well-known verses in
"Those who know, don't talk.
Those who talk, don't know."
At least one of such persons has recently gone beyond discussing occult
facts of which he knows nothing. He has been sending long letters to a
number of students in several countries, anxiously defending his decision to
give as much publicity as he can to the libels originally invented against
H. P. Blavatsky more than one century ago.
These people typically write against those who seek and who stimulate the
search for the inner learning and for the lay discipleship along the lines
established by H.P.B. and her Masters.
Such efforts are now new, and they are not original. We have had persons of
this typeattacking H.P.B.'s work all the time since the mid-1880s. We also
have had people successfully defending Theosophy all along. Yet -- there is
something sad about this.
The very existence of students who try to live up to the inner side of
H.P.B.'s Teachings seems to gravely offend these poor people. This is
unfortunate. No sincere student could ever aim at that.
One can only wish that these aggressive skeptics will understand and accept
the existence of such a thing as an occult life and spiritual path.
I wish they could see that there is an occult level of study and action
which must be kept to those who have freely decided to pledge themselves in
their own hearts to try to improve themselves -- and who have made a
commitment top help each other along that old, steep and narrow way to
The lack of respect that these skeptics seem to show for the inner instances
of the theosophical movement might be connected to a lack of respect they
have for their own inner consciousness and conscience.
It follows that to wish them well, and to send them good thoughts, is part
of our task.
On the other hand, our mission also includes preserving the movement and the
Teaching from these occult successors of the 19th century slanderers
Vsevolod Solovyov, Emma Coulomb and others.
It is not a coincidence that both Solovyov and the Coulombs, as well as
their 21st century successors, first infiltrated the theosophical movement,
and only then started to attack H.P.B. and the Masters' work from inside the
As paradoxes are part of the occult life, there is a bright side to this.
Esoteric philosophy states that great opportunities are generally in direct
proportion to the difficulty of challenges.
Therefore, putting a limit to the slanderous action of "modern" skeptics may
be a golden opportunity now available to earnest students worldwide.
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline, from Brazil.
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