Re: Theos-World Re: On CWL
Feb 21, 2006 04:08 PM
by Cass Silva
Skepticism, can be a valuable tool, when addressing all spiritual matters. CWL theologised theosophy due to his own particular bent. Yes, he added some valuable insight into some subjects, but unlike the co-founders, he merely interpreted what he believed was the truth. I take from all theosophical writers what resonates with me.
prmoliveira <email@example.com> wrote: --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "T. H. Hauw" wrote:
> Please allow me to say a few words from the angle of a new student
> I've been doing some reading in the past 2 months since I join the
> Those on CWL posted by some members here are not the only thing
> intrigue me; there are also stories of betrayal, resignation,
> went mad etc. I don't know what really happened, I have no way of
> which is true and what is false. All I can do at this stage
(until I decide
> if Theosophy is for me) is to remind myself that theosophists are
> same as Theosophy; no matter how old their souls are they are
> beings and they make mistakes.
> On CWL, I have read his "How Theosophy Came To Me" and almost
> K H Letters to C W Leadbeater" with a commentary by C Jinarajadasa
> by TPH; I also looked him up on the Internet. My reading is as
> had dedicated to his Master whole-heartedly and had always held a
> respect for HPB and her works; he had made great sacrifices for
> giving up a secured and comfortable job in England, then worked
> adverse condition for many years in Ceylon and India; he
contributed a great
> deal to Theosophy such that he is respected by many theosophists
> by many from the Church; of course I also read his writing
on 'life on Mars'
> and the charges against him; last but not least I don't think he
> materially at any time.
> But for weeks I have been reading negative postings in theos-talk
> and his writings. The unkind words that were used on this man in
the last 2
> days include 'stupid', 'stick to insult him', 'wild fantasy' and
so on and
> this really astounds me, a new student. I can't understand why he
> accorded better respect? I'm reminded of 3 books I read--"The
> Experiments", "Past Lives Regression" and "Out On A Limb". In each
> the author states that if 'reincarnation', 'karma' and the 'living
> hypothesis' are true, everyone should be living more purposefully
> everyone will become a better person, be more forgiving and loving
> not only each alone is responsible for whatever he does and says,
> he does and says are being watched by thousands of other souls!
> not the exact wordings but it's to that effect.) Shouldn't
> believe more in this than non-theosophists? Why do we keep bashing
> who had made mistakes but who had contributed a lot to Theosophy
and who is
> not around to defend himself? Why do we have to push so hard to
> last say?
> When I joined theos-talk I looked forward to reading words of
> those who have studied Theosophy a longer time. I want to make
sure I'm in
> the right place.
Greetings from Australia. Allow me to present a few comments on your
posting. If you search in the message archives, you will notice that
criticism of CWL's teachings and person are a common feature of
theos-talk. Criticism about him is not new; it is a hundred years
old! Sometimes rational criticism gives way to explicit personal
attacks, which is also not uncommon.
By presenting the results of his own investigations, in a language
that did not necessarily conform to the original presentation of
Theosophy in Madame Blavatsky's writings and in the letters from the
Mahatmas, he courted opposition from students who adhere to the
original teachings. But, to my knowledge, he never claimed
In an article entitled "The Attitude of the Enquirer" (Adyar
Pamphlets No. 2, 1912), therefore before the publication of books
like "Man: Whence, How and Whither" and "The Masters and the Path",
and just after "The Inner Life" was published, CWL has this to say:
"In Theosophy we strongly deprecate the attitude of blind belief,
for we say that it has been the cause of a vast amount of evil in
the world. ... It would be quite useless for a man to exchange blind
faith in orthodox Christianity for a similar blind faith in those
who happened to be writing or speaking on Theosophy. To say: "Thus
saith Madame Blavatsky or Mrs. Besant," is after all only a small
advance on saying: "Thus saith S. Paul or S. John."
We who live in western countries have a bad heredity behind us in
these matters, for the point of view of our forefathers has usually
been either the blind faith of the unintelligent and biassed person,
or the blank and rather militant incredulity of the materialist. We
have been too much in the habit of thinking that what does not
happen in Europe or America is not worth taking account of, and that
nobody outside of ourselves knows anything at all. Many of us have
grown up in the midst of the ridiculous theory that there was only
one religion in the world, and that the vast majority of its
inhabitants were 'heathens', whom we had to 'save'. ...
On taking up the study of Theosophy it is necessary that we should
adopt an entirely new attitude - that we should open the doors of
the mind, and learn to treat religion as a matter of common-sense,
exactly as we do science. ... The proof of any proposition must be
congruous with the nature of the proposition, and consequently the
final proof of some of the deepest Theosophical doctrines must lie
in the experience of the evolved soul. ...
Theosophy has a considerable literature, but it has no inspired
Scriptures. We who write books on the various branches of the
subject, put before our friends the results of our investigations,
and we take every care that what we state shall be scrupulously
accurate as far as our knowledge goes. ...
Our attitude to Theosophy should, I think, be thus characterised:
(1) We must not exchange the blind belief in the authority of the
Church for an equally blind faith in personal Theosophical teachers.
(2) We must preserve an open mind and an intelligently receptive
(3) We should accept as working hypotheses the truths which are
given to us, and should set to work to prove them for ourselves. ...
Criticism (and attacks) of him will probably continue, some
reasonable some unreasonable. Life, as we know, takes its own
course. But I think there will always be those who, from time to
time, will be able to remind ourselves that his overall contribution
was a positive one, for through his books many, in many parts of the
world, had their first glimpses of Theosophy and its life-altering
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