Wisdom Is Not Just Words
Apr 17, 2006 10:17 AM
Daniel Caldwell writes, in the text he mentions below:
"Since I first published The Esoteric Papers of Madame Blavatsky in early 2005, students of the United Lodge of Theosophists 'tradition' have written to me 'protesting' that I should not have published these private papers which HPB had originally intended only for her esoteric school students. Some of these ULT students even believe that this publication is an 'injustice' to HPB and the Mahatmas and that I have also created 'bad' karma for myself."
"I should also point out that some of these ULT students who have strongly objected to my publishing of HPB's esoteric papers have admitted to me that they also have access to these esoteric papers of H.P.B. and even read and study them. Therefore one might seriously ask: who has given permission to these present-day ULT students to read and study these esoteric papers which were originally published by H.P.B. decades before they were even born? "
I hope Daniel did not have to invent or fabricate those "ULT students" whom he says wrote to him "protesting".
But Daniel entirely misses the point I am raising.
I am not discussing here the publication of HPB's Esoteric Section papers. Boris de Zirkoff published them in the "Collected Writings", volume XII, and I have nothing to say here about such a publication. That is a more complex issue, which would have to be discussed in a proper way.
The point I am making here is that pouring HPB's Esoteric Papers into the Internet is a wild form of mental pollution.
A serious and balanced editor must have some empathy and responsibility with regard to the texts he edits and publishes.
It is obvious that putting information in the Internet is not the same as stimulating people's consciousness and conscience.
Anyone who has respect for the wisdom tradition knows that information must be handled with care -- and not thrown out at people's faces just to show them "how much information you have".
On the other hand, it is also important the way material is presented.
Boris de Zirkoff published the Esoteric School Papers in a respectful way. One might discuss whether he should have published those papers or not -- but putting them in the internet is an entirely different thing, even if they have not been adulterated.
We all know what is the Internet these says. How many "trollers" and liars circulate fake texts in the internet? Worldwide, police departments have to put more and more policemen in action to fight various kinds of internet criminals.
The main point, though, is to perceive the difference between WORDS and CONSCIOUSNESS.
Any irresponsible editor can copy texts and put them -- perhaps without altering them -- into the Internet.
Only living Schools (either Esoteric or not) can preserve the SPIRIT which is beyond the DEAD LETTER.
Human beings are still irreplaceable. Fortunately so.
Theosophy is not WORDS only. Words are but one of its many tools.
Best regards, Carlos.
Data:Mon, 17 Apr 2006 16:02:51 -0000
Assunto:Theos-World The Publication of HPB's Esoteric Papers
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