Re: Theos-World Please - STOP this....
Feb 10, 2006 03:23 AM
Where is fraternity in theos-talk??
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From: "Shel Steijl" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 6:34 AM
Subject: Theos-World Please - STOP this....
What are we doing?
We ARE NOT : political organisations vying for electoral votes, nor are we
kindergarten children defending our claim to the biggest swing in the
We ARE : all students of theosophy.
Please, spend a little time looking at what each person / organisation /
lodge is trying to achieve in his / her / its own way. Are we not simply
trying to promote knowledge and understanding of the "truth" of theosophy
while at the same time seeking further knowledge and understanding
Such knowledge has been recorded and accumulated over many lifetimes in
many formats / media by many Masters, teachers and initiates from many
countries / realms. We are all (aspirant) disciples of these forebears,
be it one, some or all of them; we are all walking the same path albeit
at varying stages on that path.
In all our readings we search, sift, and apply/discard that which we have
read. Yes, language and translations continue to muddy interpretations;
and our personal interpretation of any given teaching will most likely
differ further as we are at different stages along our respective karmic
However, I doubt that any of our teachers (HPB, WQJ, AB, AAB to mention
but a few) would endorse the nature of the recent (and not so recent)
tirade between their students and fellow-travellers. This rivalry and
one-upmanship is weakening the foundation of our own teachings and quest
for knowledge; it is in direct conflict with many of the teachings of all
our mentors (pl) - consider the Ego, the Self, the Personality for
Is this what we want, i.e., to invalidate much of that which we are trying
to achieve/promote? What message are we sending out to those students new
to theosophy: preach but do not practice? I hope not.
Criticism - be it scathing or gentle - has no positive gain; and with
this letter I acknowledge that I am also "voicing my opinion" and
therefore guilty of the same, but to NOT say anything seems to be worse.
If you have something to teach, TEACH it. If you have something to learn,
ASK it. If an offering by another student / teacher offends you , then...
.press the Delete Key, and read the next Message!
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