Re: Grace Frances Knoche
Feb 27, 2006 09:11 PM
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Eldon B Tucker" <eldon@...>
> A notice arrived in the mail dated February 18. It says, "Grace F.
> Leader of The Theosophical Society for the last 35 years, died
> morning, following a brief illness."
> Grace was the international head of the Theosophical Society that
> origin back to the American Section of the original Society. In
> 1890's, the American Section, under the leadership of W.Q. Judge,
> its autonomy within the parent society. In response, H.S. Olcott
> the entire section, with the exception of a few branches that
choose to stay
> with Olcott and the Adyar leadership. From that point forward,
> two Theosophical Societies, one with international headquarters at
> India, and the other with current headquarters at Pasadena,
> The lineage of leadership of the Pasadena Theosophical Society is
> going from H.P. Blavatsky to W.Q. Judge, Katherine Tingley, G. de
> A.L. Conger, James A. Long, and then Grace F. Knoche. I have heard
> yet as to whom may now be in charge.
> There was a memorial held for Grace yesterday at which many members
> expressed appreciation for having known her. Although we may have
> different paths to take in doing theosophical work in the world,
> encouraging to see the example of someone who has spent her entire
> working to better things in the world.
In her book "To Light a Thousand Lamps", p. 156, Grace Knoche wrote:
"The theosophic purpose, then, is manifold, and no one was more
aware than H. P. Blavatsky of the magnitude of the task before her.
She lived and worked in the tradition of those who labour
ceaselessly to awaken humanity to its innate grandeur. (...) To many
her greatest gift was her pointing once again to the "path", the
sacred way of inner mastery - not for oneself, but for the uplifting
of all beings everywhere. Her lasting appeal to men and women of
compassion is to work actively for the realization of universal
brotherhood so that eventually every people, nation, and race will
be free to pursue its individual destiny in harmony and at peace
with all others."
I never met her but followed her writings in the "Sunrise" magazine
with great interest. I take this opportunity to pay my sincere
respects to this distinguished Theosophist and servant of humanity.
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