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Re: Theos-World TPH & Recent Libels Against HPB

Mar 04, 2006 12:01 PM
by leonmaurer

Theosophists and others,

The following letter has one basic failure of understanding that belies every 
statement it makes or conclusion it implies.   And that understanding is 
that; A true "Historian" can only report *everything* that is pertinent to the 
*truth* of *exactly* what happened, including what anyone said or wrote, at any 
particular time in history -- without making any personal judgments or opinions 
about any of it.   

This is something that the author has to Learn -- so that he can understand 
why his own personal opinions, implied, insinuated or otherwise, have no 
validity whatsoever, and are nothing more than unfounded gossip when they pertain to 
the motives or actions of anyone else.   

His taking on the role of prosecutor, judge and jury is far more insidious 
and untheosophical than the purported actions of someone he repeatedly implies, 
besides remaining silent in the face of such unproved accusations (as HPB did 
with her attackers) has committed some kind of fraud by reporting the truth of 
what happened to HPB, and publishing all the so called evidential comments 
and writings of those that attacked as well as defended her -- without his own 
personal comment or opinions... And letting the readers judge for themselves 
what is true or false, and who is right or wrong, innocent or guilty.   

As further advice to students of theosophy, the judgment of HPB's teachings 
are dependent only on the teachings themselves, and not on her personal life or 
actions, regardless of whether one approves of them or not.   

Henceforth, I intend to trash such personalized, propaganda-like letters 
before wasting my time reading them.   What anyone else does about them, is 
strictly their own business.


In a message dated 3/4/06 11:08:53 AM, writes:

> Dear Friends,
> In the year 2000, the Theosophical Publishing House/Quest Books published
> the unfortunate volume "The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky", by Daniel
> Caldwell.
> This 451 pp. book is a collection of testimonies, false and true,  about the
> life of  H. P. Blavatsky.  With this book, Daniel Caldwell inaugurated a new
>   “editorial policy” adopted by the Adyar Theosophical Society in  America 
> ,
> which consists of publishing lies and libels invented by the old enemies of
> H. P. Blavatsky  and of the theosophical movement as if they were authentic
> documents.
> The new editorial “policy” also includes publishing these false accusations
> scattered amidst authentic documents, which makes it harder  for the
> unexperienced student to identify the falsehoods whose effect –  if
> unresisted –  would be killing HPB’s memory and destroying its spiritual
> vibration at the moral, ethical and occult levels, which are inevitably
> interconnected.
> Thus HPB’s image could be apparently put at the same level as some other
> “theosophical” leaders, perhaps. In the disgusting volume "The Esoteric
> World of Madame Blavatsky"  – while believing  the editor has selected
> truthful documents –  the reader will bump into many of the lies written
> against HPB. There he will see two texts by  Emma Coulomb (pp. 35-36 and pp.
> 210-215) with no word from the “editor” Daniel Cadlwell admitting he is
> publishing documents which have no trace of truth in them whatsoever.
> Caldwell’s book also contains two texts by Mr. Solovyov with attacks against
> HPB; one false testimony by Mr. Richard Hodgson, several false accusations
> against HPB made by Moncure D. Conway and many other unjust attacks aimed at
> her who is not here to defend herself.  The disgusting material includes
> utter disrespect for two Sacred Teachers and Their names, in one of the
> libels signed by Emma Coulomb.
> Its  reproduction by  a Publishing House which calls itself “Theosophical”
> is something which surpasses and goes relatively far beyond the limits of
> absurdity. HPB wrote long enough in The Key to Theosophy   about the abuse
> of sacred names, even when the cause of such a desecration is not a
> collection of deliberate lies against the theosophical philosophy.
> As to this kind of action, there are two levels of karma: the karma of
> actively publishing lies against the Masters and HPB, and the karma of
> anyone who knows about this and does nothing.  This will not be the  karma
> of earnest students. In the Preliminary Memorandum of the Esoteric Section
> of  Theosophical Society, issued in 1888, Mrs. Blavatsky made an inspiring
> quotation from the Book of Discipline in the schools of Dzyan and from a
> letter  of a Master: “He who wipeth not away the filth with which the
> parent’s body have been defiled by an enemy, neither loves the parent nor
> honours himself. He who defendeth not  the persecuted and the helpless (...)
> has been born too soon in human shape.”   I can only humbly aggree with
> these wise words.
> It is true that the editor of "The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky" 
> wrote at the preface of the book:
> “These reminiscenses by her relatives, acquaintances,  friends,  co-workers,
> and enemies  give a vivid portrayal of Madame Blavatsky’s personality and
> allow the reader to enter into the historical milieu of her time.”
> But he forgot the profound difference between an enemy and a liar.
> An enemy, says the dictionary, is an adversary or an opponent – often an
> honest person.  A liar is a person who tells lies – or who knowingly helps
> propagating them. Enemies may say unpleasant truths and we should be able to
> learn from them. The problem is not with enemies, then, but with false
> testimonies. The editor of  "The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky" 
> wrongly called “reminiscenses” the old, well-known falsehoods and proved
> lies.  He and TPH-Wheaton considered them  beautiful enough to go to the
> public.
> O o o O o o O o o O
> Best regards,  Carlos.
> O o o O o o O o o O
> The paragraphs above are part of my text "The Embellishment of Truth",
> published in "FOHAT", the magazine of the Edmonton Theosophical Society,
> Canada, in the Summer 2005 issue.
> O o o O o o O o o O

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