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Mar 11, 2006 08:58 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline

Dear Cass,

A few more lines on the pleasure I allow myself of defending HPB against her "theosophical"

One day, during the late 1870s, Henry Olcott met in New York an acquaintance with whom he stopped for a few moments to chat. Olcott wrote in his “Old Diary Leaves”:

“The man was very prejudiced against HPB, and he spoke very harshly against her, keeping to his opinion despite all I could say. At last he used such objectionable language that, in sheer disgust, I hastily left him and went on my way.”

A few hours later, when Olcott was at home, a paper was materialized – or precipitated – before him. It was a copy of some aphorisms from the buddhist Dhammapada and Sutras. It came with the signature from one of the Adept-Teachers and a two-words message which simply said –“Translation correct”.

Olcott wrote: “The verses were reproaches to my address for having allowed HPB to be reviled without defending her; unmistakably referring to my encounter down town with a person I had met, although no names were mentioned.” (1)

The importance of this event is that the message from the “Dhammapada” is not just in the past.
Obviously, we can still consider HPB our sister, and one of the paragraphs say:

* “He who hears his brother reviled, and keeping a smooth face leaves the abuse unnoticed, tacitly agrees with the enemy, as if he admitted the same to be proper and just. He who does it is mouse-hearted, or selfishness is at the bottom of his heart. He is not fit to become a ‘companion’.” (2)

Best regards, Carlos.


(1) Old Diary Leaves, H. S. Olcott, First Series, TPH, Adyar, 1974, 490 pp., see pp. 414-415.

(2) Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series, transcribed by C. Jinarajadasa, Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras, India, 1973. See Letter 23, pp. 47-49.

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From: Cass Silva <>
Subject: Re: Theos-World Spring Time for HPB's Teachings
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 17:47:26 -0800 (PST)

With respect, and knowing that your motives are sincere and honourable, but HPB would not require anyone to come to her defence, time itself will do that.

carlosaveline cardoso aveline <> wrote:

Dear Chuck,


HPB's books are more and more read, in more countries and different

Her "Collected Writings" have recently been completed (1980s).

Her Letters (other than those to A. P. Sinnett) have yet to be published.

"The Mahatmas Letters" were first published in Portuguese language in 2001,

C.W. Leadbeater's and Annie Besant's books are abandoned by TPHs
themselves ...

While pseudo-theosophical authors disappear, HPB's teachings are getting

to spring-time.

Her libelers as Paul Johnson, Bill Merdith and others are here but to makes
us awake.

It is interesting to note that P. Johnson and Bill have nothing to criticize
about pseudo-

theosophists like James Wedgwood and others.

Best regards, Carlos.

>Subject: Re: Theos-World P. Johnson, Greenpeace & Freud
>Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 19:08:53 EST
>In a message dated 3/9/2006 3:37:26 PM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
>As to HPB's corpse, a careful reading might reveal that her corpse was
>used as a metaphor for her body of writings. She did not burn her books.
>Or anyone else's.
>Chuck the Heretic
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