Re: Theos-World Re: Defending Paul Johnson from attacks of Blavatsyans
Mar 10, 2006 04:37 AM
by Bill Meredith
Paul, as your "bodyguard", I must advise you be careful. It appears
that some Theosophists has gotten together and decided that the phrase
"universal brotherhood" does not include you.
peace and laughter,
As I have just learned, when I leave the list because of the recent
degradation of atmosphere I won't be the first to do so. You wrote:
To stay and fight would also be a kind of surrender; surrender to an
untheosophical atmosphere on an alleged theosophical list. To stay and
not fight would be surrendering to abuse. I don't see a good
It appears that some people don't like your work 'Masters Revealed'
They are trying to make you go out of talk-lists. Unfortunately you
seem to be surrendering by leaving this theos-talk.
And even if you
leave the list, they will try to demean you and your book. So I would
suggest you to stay.
Suppose you don't accept Blavatsky, why do you fear to say so
I admire HPB and her books very much, and for close to 20 years freely
shared my views of her and researches on her with fellow Theosophists
with no problems. No one ever suggested to me that I was not a
Theosophist. In his introduction to The Masters Revealed, Joscelyn
Godwin wrote: "Mr. Johnson's work occupies the middle ground. He
obviously has a great respect and admiration for HPB, but he has no
illusions as to the mischievous and even dark sides of her
personality. He observes the convention without which scholarship
would be impossible, namely that of not imposing one's own religious
beliefs on the matter to be studied. But he evidently believes that
HPB and her Masters achieved something of tremendous importance for the
human race." That is just as true today as when he wrote it in 1994.
It is clearly however not good enough to satisfy Theosophical
inquisitors. How many furiously antagonistic attacks does it take
before one fears to express his views?
It is not necessary that you should accept Blavatsky or anybody else.
TS gives complete freedom to all.
After coming in contact, I soon realized that Blavatsyans have
problematic mental structure which was result of perhaps study of
As Erica has just shown, there are abundant quotes from HPB that put to
shame all the hatefulness her supposed followers have expressed towards
those who don't share their beliefs. I would suggest that rather than
HPB's writings per se, there is something problematic about the
association between esotericism and elitism. "We know spiritual
secrets, and we're superior to those who don't" is bad enough when it's
a sentiment shared within a private club like the ES. When it becomes
a *public* stance of contemptuous dismissal of everything outside a
narrow range of Theosophical orthodoxy, it becomes a total reversal of
everything HPB stood for. As someone just wrote me in private email,
what theos-talk has become represents HPB's worst nightmare.
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