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Re: Theos-World Illusions and the Mirror

Mar 07, 2006 12:25 PM
by Jerry Hejka-Ekins


Dear Carlos,

I would add, though, that people have different temperaments and for some students devotion is easy and a critical examination is more difficult. We should accept that.

I accept the sad reality that devotion is easy and critical examination more difficult, but am not content with it. Non critical devotion to an organization makes it all the easier for that organization to become corrupt, or continue to be so. One of my favorite lines from HPB is: "Theosophy is for those who can think, or who can drive themselves to think." I try to encourage Theosophists to strive for the "more difficult."
We should not think that by not belonging to any theosophical group we are free from illusions.
Perhaps thus we are free but from the NASTY MIRROR that reflects our own personal illusions!

Yes, we manufacture and become imprisoned in our own illusions. There are also those who find it to their advantage to mislead us--to keep us in our prisons.
Best,
Jerry





carlosaveline cardoso aveline wrote:

Jerry, Friends,

I agree with your views.

I would add, though, that people have different temperaments and for some students devotion is easy and a critical examination is more difficult. We should accept that.

On the other hand, an organization can provide a stimulating atmosphere, and some positive challenges for one to go ahead along the path, even if there is some degree of illusion in that
organization.

To drop out of all groups may provide a short-term relief, but it takes us away from the probationary conditions given by theosophical organizations, with their tough tests, their frustrations and illusions...

We should not think that by not belonging to any theosophical group we are free from illusions.
Perhaps thus we are free but from the NASTY MIRROR that reflects our own personal illusions!

I say this, but I agree with you well-balanced views below.


Regards, Carlos.



From: Jerry Hejka-Ekins <jjhe@charter.net>
Reply-To: theos-talk@yahoogroups.com
To: theos-talk@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: Theos-World Re: Did Pasadena TS tell lies under the name of Esoteric Instructions ?
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2006 10:42:34 -0800

Dear Anand,


You said you found honest students in all
organization.


Indeed I have. I have found dishonest ones too.


You wrote implying members belong to, are and should be loyal to
their organization.


Actually, I wrote implying that members should pay attention to the
organization which they belong and oppose any dishonesty they find there.


Fact is there is no one organization to which
serious students belong. Their goal should be to find the truth from
all sources and organizations.


And this is partly why I am associated with and support all of the
Theosophical Organizations as well as other organizations that do
related work.


Their goal should be to find the truth from
all sources and organizations.


In my experience, organizations are good for getting information.
Ultimately, I find my truths from within. For me, that is the most
reliable source.


Loyalty should be to truth and it
should not be blind supporting of organizations of which a person is
member.


Yes, exactly.


My question is still not answered. So it is being written again.



OK


No such leader or Outer Head of ES emerged, which meant Pasadena TS
failed, there was no ES after Purucker's death and so there was no
Outer Head of ES in Pasadena TS. Despite these specific directions,
in 1945, Conger claimed to be the Outer Head of the Esoteric School
which had ceased to exist. He appointed William Hartley as
successor, cabinet rejected him and appointed James Long as leader
in 1951. James Long closed ES and told that Purucker had already
stopped ES instructions in 1939. Does that mean Pasadena TS told
lies during 1939 to 1951 under the name of Esoteric Instructions ?


I think that lies are told in *all* Theosophical Organizations, and are
still being told today. Regarding the Purucker-Conger-Hartley-Long
situation, I have in my archives thousands of unpublished documents
including letters, minutes of meetings, diary entries etc. concerning
this sequence of events. I have also, over the years, personally
interviewed many of the people involved concerning it, including Emmett
Small, Kirby van Mater, and Judith Tyberg. If you ever come to the
United States, you are welcome to visit us, examine the documents, and
come to your own conclusions.

In the mean time, there is in the back issues of Theosophical History an
article on Conger by Alan Donant and a reply by Kenneth Small which
addresses many of the issues and should give you a feel for the opposing
views on this issue.

Best wishes,
Jerry





Anand Gholap wrote:


Dear Jerry,
Thanks for info. You said you found honest students in all
organization. That is true but point I wrote is different.
You wrote implying members belong to, are and should be loyal to
their organization. Fact is there is no one organization to which
serious students belong. Their goal should be to find the truth from
all sources and organizations. Loyalty should be to truth and it
should not be blind supporting of organizations of which a person is
member.
My question is still not answered. So it is being written again.


Let us analyse facts given in message 30270.
Purucker wrote in ES circular



if within three months after
de Purucker's death or disappearance no-one could give "the proper



proofs of



spiritual leadership", "then you will know that you have failed".



No such leader or Outer Head of ES emerged, which meant Pasadena TS
failed, there was no ES after Purucker's death and so there was no
Outer Head of ES in Pasadena TS. Despite these specific directions,
in 1945, Conger claimed to be the Outer Head of the Esoteric School
which had ceased to exist. He appointed William Hartley as
successor, cabinet rejected him and appointed James Long as leader
in 1951. James Long closed ES and told that Purucker had already
stopped ES instructions in 1939. Does that mean Pasadena TS told
lies during 1939 to 1951 under the name of Esoteric Instructions ?

AG

--- In theos-talk@yahoogroups.com, Jerry Hejka-Ekins <jjhe@...>
wrote:



Dear Anand, Friends,

Let's put it this way: in 1895, those who felt lied to, sided with
either Besant or Judge, depending upon who they believed was



telling the



truth. Accordingly, those who felt lied in in 1945-46, sided with
either Conger, or with the dissenting Board members, depending



upon who



they believed was telling the truth. In 1951, those who felt lied



to



sided with either Long or with Hartley, depending upon...well, you



know....



By 1931 there were dozens of "Theosophical" organizations



populated by



Theosophists who believed that they have been lied to. Who is



going to



cut through the Gordian knot and tell us who are the liars and who



are



the truth tellers?

I have met the leaders of all these factions and others too. They



all



strike me as sincere and dedicated people trying to promulgate



Theosophy



to the best of their ability. Isn't that good enough?

Perhaps the Theosophical Movement is better off with its multitude



of



expressions coming from many organizations. Now, students of



Theosophy



have different schools to compare. They can choose the one (on



ones)



which best meet their temperament.

I submit that the most constructive thing a member of a



Theosophical



organization can do is to keep an eye on their own organization



and make



sure that those in charge are being honest. Let the members of



other



organizations keep watch on their own leaders.

Best
Jerry



Anand Gholap wrote:




Let us analyse facts given in message 30270.
Purucker wrote in ES circular





if within three months after
de Purucker's death or disappearance no-one could give "the



proper






proofs of





spiritual leadership", "then you will know that you have



failed".






No such leader or Outer Head of ES emerged, which meant Pasadena



TS



failed, there was no ES after Purucker's death and so there was



no



Outer Head of ES in Pasadena TS. Despite these specific



directions,



in 1945, Conger claimed to be the Outer Head of the Esoteric



School



which had ceased to exist. He appointed William Hartley as
successor, cabinate rejected him and appointed James Long as



leader



in 1951. James Long closed ES and told that Purucker had already
stopped ES instructions in 1939. Does that mean Pasadena TS told
lies during 1939 to 1951 under the name of Esoteric Instructions ?

AG

--- In theos-talk@yahoogroups.com, 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





Thosophical history





conference in California many years ago. It comes from a study



of






secret





societies and esoteric groups within the Theosophical movement.



I






hope to





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





to "emerge"





within three years after de Purucker's death, and would be





recognized by "the





proper proofs of spiritual leadership". During those three



years,






the Society





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






ES continued





without an OH. De Purucker had made no provision for a successor





to be





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






months after





de Purucker's death or disappearance no-one could give "the



proper






proofs of





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






ES on





December 21, 1945, Conger claimed to be the OH of the ES. The





Cabinet divided





between those who accepted this claim (including John van Mater





and Grace





Knoche) and those who rejected it (including Henry Edge and



Emmett






Small).





On December 25, ten leading members of the ES (including Small,





Harrison and





Edge) presented Conger with a statement of protest against his





claim. They





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





the dissidents.





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





now "forbidden





by the Master". However, in October, 1946, a circular was sent





out announcing





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






instructions.





Conger died on February 22, 1951, and left a witnessed document





appointing





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





ES. Long





finally closed the ES, saying, enigmatically, "the esoteric has





now become





exoteric, and the exoteric esoteric".

Following Long's death on July 19, 1971, he was succeeded by



Grace






Knoche.









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