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Re: Theos-World The "Canonical" Esoterists and Theosophists...and scholars

Mar 12, 2006 01:35 PM
by Bill Meredith

Thanks Morten and thanks for the watermelon follow-up. I do hope that many e-mailers here will go to the reference and read the post in its entirety.



M. Sufilight wrote:
Hallo all,

My views are:

In the recent postings of various kind, I find that some of the e-mailers
here at Theos-talk have overlooked the issue I emailed about on the november 8th, 2006.
You can read all of it here:

Here is an excerpt from the email.

"There is a vast accumulation of Theosophical teachings, much of it in
writings, which would-be students plough through, looking for
Theosophy, and wondering why it seems, so often, self-contradictory.
The simple answer is that this material is largely time-and-culture-
based. Most of it was prescribed for specific audiences at
certain times and under particular conditions. Choosing the
relevant materials for any time is a specialised task. To try to
make sense of all of it would be like taking a bundle of medical
prescriptions, issued over the years to a variety of people, and
working out one's own therapy from such largely irrelevant
papers - and without a certain specialised knowledge. Theosophical
Teaching is PRESCRIBED.

Such parts of the Theosophical and Esoterical Classics, stories,
and letters and lectures and so on which apply to the individual
and the group today - have to be selected and applied consciously
and appropriately, by someone who is attuned to certain realities.

This concept is especially irksome to the academic worker, who
always has a bias towards utillising every scrap of information
he can find, not towards assessing contemporary applicability.
He is, in fact, in a different field from the Theosophist. His attitude
influences even general readers.

If the scholar is unwilling to accept this concept, the conventional
spiritual thinker is equally hampered. He, or she, does not wish
to face the fact that Theosophical activity is often carried out in
a way, which does not, for the conventionalist, resemble spiritual
matters at all. The fact that the Theosophist has to script and
project his teaching in a manner which will work - not in a
manner which will remind others of spirituality - arouses, if ever
perceived, feelings of great discomfort in the conditional
'devout' man or woman.

Yet the Theosophist insists that the adherence to traditional forms is
not a spiritual activity at all."

- - - - - - -

It is important, that we remember, that a lot of the past theosophical teachings,
letters, books, phamplets, and articles is of a nature, which because of language
īs adapted to time and place etc. And what was important back then, are
sometimes not useful today.

I can only encourage the Seekers to Avoid being only an Orthodox Theosophist or an ordinary Scholar.

Please, let us be compassionate.

M. Sufilight with peace and love...

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