The Importance of a Book
Apr 13, 2006 11:27 AM
As time passes, the decisive importance of the book "The Judge Case", by Ernest Pelletier (ETS, 2004) will become clearer.
In fact, that volume has many books in it.
It is a tool to change the movement's history in the near future. To change it gradually, yet effectively.
Best regards, Carlos.
Data:Wed, 12 Apr 2006 10:14:31 -0600
Assunto:Theos-World Further notes on TJC
> Dear Daniel,
> The “Supplement” to The Judge Case is an argument. Your criticisms have
> nothing to do with
> that argument. You quibble over the irrelevant. Ernest Pelletier sets up
> the letter to
> Khandalavala in chapter 5 of the “Supplement”. In it he introduces
> Khandalavala and Ezekiel,
> and their connection to the letter and Judge’s reason for writing it, and
> how it was used by the
> Indian members at that time. We read in TJC the first mention of the
> September 21st date and its
> connection to Judge:
> “No further documentation has been found to date regarding Judge’s stay at
> Adyar after
> September 21st, 1884, the day after Babula, Blavatsky’s servant, arrived
> from England. Most
> historians have assumed that Judge left India sometime in October but no
> attention has been
> paid to what he did in the interim. There appear to be approximately
> twenty-eight days which
> cannot be accounted for while he was there.” [TJC pt. 1, 334]
> At the first mention of the Sept. 21st date, Pelletier states that “No
> further documentation has
> been found to date ...” TJC was written over many years and I don’t think
> anyone is going to
> blame an author for not finding “every” document that relates to the case.
> The document you
> point to adds to the picture but does not hurt Pelletier’s argument as he is
> concerned with the 28
> missing days beginning on September 29th. Pelletier then picks up on the 28
> day theme again in
> Chapter 17. As we seem to both agree that nothing hinges on September 21st
> as far as the Case
> goes, we can drop this matter.
> The Judge Case and Judge’s diaries are two different issues. Judge defended
> himself by using
> the bylaws of the Society. The issue of the Masters and phenomena were
> ruled out of order and
> beyond the powers of any committee to investigate. Consequently, this was
> why the charges
> were originally dropped. The only reason, that I can see, for the use of
> the ES circular
> suspending Besant, was to provide motive for Besant’s renewed attacks. How
> Judge came by the
> understanding that the Masters wanted him to suspend Besant is beyond the
> scope of the book as
> I understand it. I agree with you that these documents will have to be
> investigated at some point,
> however, TJC was not the correct venue for that. These documents have more
> to do with both
> the ES and the inner workings of the New York Group. The Judge Case had to
> do with the TS and its administration. It seems many people want to confuse
> the two. It is in Pelletier’s favor that he made the distinction and
> remained focused. A separate book can and should be done on the documents
> in question.
> TJC provides readers many new insights into this period of theosophical
> history. There is still
> much more work to be done. As a point of interest concerning Besant,
> readers could look at the
> following letter:
> In this letter, Leadbeater describes Besant’s first use of clairvoyance in
> August 1895. If we look
> at this in a political context, we can see Besant unable to talk of such
> things because of her
> pledge to the ES. Leadbeater, however, was not a member of the ES. He can
> write a letter
> demonstrating Besant’s powers and, as the letter points out, her favored
> status in the eyes of the
> Masters. Again, such an observation has no place in the legal arguments of
> TJC, but it is
> certainly interesting in the wider context. At this point Besant had been
> suspended from the ES,
> a suspension that she disputed, and here we see her bending the rules of the
> ES in order to gain
> further credibility. There is still much to be written.
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