Is Pasadena TS legitimate or not ?
Mar 01, 2006 11:07 PM
by Anand Gholap
If the information given below is correct, it raises many important
questions about legitimacy of Pasadena TS.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, gregory@... wrote:
> In response to Damian's request for information on the Pt
Loma/Pasadena ES I am
> sending a summary of a section from a paper I gave at a
> conference in California many years ago. It comes from a study of
> societies and esoteric groups within the Theosophical movement. I
> complete the work for publication one day.
> Dr Gregory Tillett
> De Purucker died suddenly and unexpectedly on September 27, 1942.
He had left
> specific instructions regarding his successor: the successor was
> within three years after de Purucker's death, and would be
recognized by "the
> proper proofs of spiritual leadership". During those three years,
> was to be ruled by a Cabinet. If no Head emerged, then the
Cabinet was to
> elect a leader.
> No successor emerged, and the Cabinet elected Colonel Conger. The
> without an OH. De Purucker had made no provision for a successor
> appointed, but, at ES meetings he had given directions on the
matter, and these
> had been published in a confidential ES circular: if within three
> de Purucker's death or disappearance no-one could give "the proper
> spiritual leadership", "then you will know that you have failed".
The ES was
> meanwhile administered by a Council.
> Conger began to make claims to this position. At a meeting of the
> December 21, 1945, Conger claimed to be the OH of the ES. The
> between those who accepted this claim (including John van Mater
> Knoche) and those who rejected it (including Henry Edge and Emmett
> On December 25, ten leading members of the ES (including Small,
> Edge) presented Conger with a statement of protest against his
> challenged Conger to demonstrate knowledge of an inner degree of
the ES. Conger
> declined to do so.
> A controversy developed between Conger and his supporters, and
those who denied
> his claims. In March, 1946, Conger demanded the resignation of
> It seems probable that the majority of members of the ES within
the Point Loma
> Society rejected Conger's claim.
> At a meeting on Paris 4, 1946, Conger announced the closure of the
ES "by the
> Master's direction", and declared that esoteric activities were
> by the Master". However, in October, 1946, a circular was sent
> that ES activities were to be resumed, and those wishing to take
part must sign
> and return a pledge, whereupon they would receive de Purucker's ES
> Conger died on February 22, 1951, and left a witnessed document
> William Hartley as his successor. However, the Cabinet
unanimously refused to
> recognize Hartley and James Long was appointed as leader.
> Long claimed that de Purucker had stopped giving out teachings
about 1939, and
> that there had been no instruction after that year even in the
> finally closed the ES, saying, enigmatically, "the esoteric has
> exoteric, and the exoteric esoteric".
> Following Long's death on July 19, 1971, he was succeeded by Grace
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