Re: Basic questions
Feb 26, 2006 03:37 AM
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "T. H. Hauw" <hauwquek@...> wrote:
> After reading all the lively discussions here and stories about
> failed one way or another, I have a few question.
> To start off, my understanding so far is that apart from the 3
> objects, TS also has an 'inner circle' of members who have been
> Chelas by adepts or Masters, and they learn esoteric knowledge.
What I don't
> know is, what is the ultimate aim of learning this esoteric
knowledge. Is it
> also to become an adept? Is it to cut short the path to nirvana?
Is it to
> save the world, how? Or all of these? Where can I find writings on
You can find Madame Blavatsky's "Preliminary Memorandum of the
Esoteric Section of the TS" here:
Please note that according to the following document of the very
origins of the ESTS, it did not have "official or corporate
connection with the Exoteric Society" (TS). The source is H. P.
Blavatsky Collected Writings, vol. X, p. 154:
"THE ESOTERIC SECTION OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
[Lucifer, Vol. III, No. 14, October, 1888, p. 176]
Owing to the fact that a large number of Fellows of the Society have
felt the necessity for the formation of a body of Esoteric students,
to be organized on the ORIGINAL LINES devised by the real founders
of the T. S., the following order has been issued by the President-
I. To promote the esoteric interests of the Theosophical Society by
the deeper study of esoteric philosophy, there is hereby organised a
body, to be known as the "Esoteric Section of the Theosophical
II. The constitution and sole direction of the same is vested in
Madame H. P. Blavatsky, as its Head; she is solely responsible to
the Members for results; and the section has no official or
corporate connection with the Exoteric Society save in the person of
III. Persons wishing to join the Section, and willing to abide by
its rules, should communicate directly with:--Mme. H. P. Blavatsky,
17 Lansdowne Road, Holland Park, London, W.
(Signed) H. S. OLCOTT,
President in Council.
Attest:—H. P. BLAVATSKY."
> Secondly, the "K H Letters to Leadbeater" tells that CWL's Master
> impressed by CWL and agreed to take him as Chela in less than 48
> instead of putting him on probation for 7 years. It would
> logical to say that the Master didn't detect any hidden agenda on
> of CWL. From thereon, one would assume that things that CWL said
or did must
> have come from the Master directly or indirectly. What I don't
> is, if he had gone astray later (as some members here have been
> granted that the Master couldn't foresee the future accurately and
> interfere with karmic cycle (as some here would put it), where was
> Master when he was needed most, and did he at least warn the other
> and Chelas about CWL so as to leave us with some clues?
Please consider the following passage from "The Mahatma Letters"
(letter # 92, chronological sequence). It may suggest a possible
answer to your question:
"The fact is, that to the last and supreme initiation every chela —
(and even some adepts) — is left to his own device and counsel. We
have to fight our own battles, and the familiar adage — "the adept
becomes, he is not made" is true to the letter. Since every one of
us is the creator and producer of the causes that lead to such or
some other results, we have to reap but what we have sown. Our
chelas are helped but when they are innocent of the causes that lead
them into trouble; when such causes are generated by foreign,
outside influences. Life and the struggle for adeptship would be too
easy, had we all scavengers behind us to sweep away the effects we
have generated through our own rashness and presumption."
> The same question goes to the rest--the Masters have selected the
> say 72) people, where were they (the Masters) when these Chelas
> either because they were 'kidnapped' by dark force or when they
> revealing their real colours or simply going mad? Even earthly
> duty bound to help their students if they know that the students
> truant, mix up with bad company and so on, shouldn't the astral
> more enlightened? I have a feeling that many Christians would
> whole thing as the work of anti-Christ; how would theosophists
> explain this?
Here is a possible explanation:
"Sigh not for chelaship; pursue not that, the dangers and hardships
of which are unknown to you.
Verily many are the chelas offering themselves to us, and as many
have failed this year as were accepted on probation. Chelaship
unveils the inner man and draws forth the dormant vices as well as
the dormant virtue. Latent vice begets active sins and is often
followed by insanity. Out of 5 lay chelas chosen by the Society and
accepted under protest by us, 3 have become criminals and 2 are
insane. Throw a glance around, make an enquiry at Bareilly and
Cawnpore, and judge for yourself.
("Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series, ed. by C.
Jinarajadasa, letter #9)
This is a very complex subject and difficult to understand. But
there is, in my opinion, a common thread in all the above mentioned
passages: whoever becomes interested in the study of Theosophy will
find himself or herself, sooner or later, "tested", not necessarily
by a "Master", but by the web of human relationships. It may amount
to a self-educational process.
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