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Re: Theos-World Truth & Brotherhood, Lies and Deceit

Apr 20, 2006 02:28 PM
by Bill Meredith

robert_b_macd wrote:
What Path do you follow?

Scholars: Want truth above all! Are willing to wade through lies,
destroying people's reputations in the mistaken beief that this will
lead to some kind of truth.

Hagiographers: Put their religious brotherhood above all! Are willing
to attack and vilify those individuals and groups who do not follow
their creed.

Thesophists: Must balance Truth with Universal Brotherhood. The only
thing a person owns is his reputation, ideas belong to all. Protect
the truth of the only thing with value to the individual, each other's
reputations. Only environment in which a true pursuit of truth can be


Your version of what a theosophists is not my definition. Though you say "Universal Brotherhood," You seem to be talking about a fraternity: A group that excludes others based on a commonly held set of beliefs. Perhaps you and Carlos and Jerome see yourselves as members of such a fraternity, but I am a student of theosophy (at-large) and I do not accept your narrow understandings of the 3 objects and what they mean. I have in mind a brotherhood that is Universal where no one is excluded. No one.

Does one protect the truth of HPB's reputation by refusing to acknowledge that her life was such that she created enemies who would themselves lie to discredit her? That she had such an impact upon those around her is a true part of her life and her reputation. These letters are the evidence of that truth. Would she object to the publication of these letters today? I think not. Perhaps she would say, "Let people see both sides and decide for themselves who Madame Blavatsky really was. In the centuries to come, Theosophy will not rise or fall because of my reputation, but rather it rests upon the ability of each student of theosophy to discern the truth for themselves and to grant each of their brothers that same opportunity." Something like that is what I think she would say.

It seems that protecting her reputation has become a bit of a religious experience in itself. Hiding the evidence of scandals, determining that others are better off for never having seen them, in effect misrepresenting the truth about HPB's life is no great service to her. She herself published /The Talking Image of Urur /. She later wrote, "if Mme. Blavatsky -- presumably the 'Talking Image' -- does not object to finding herself represented as a kind of mediumistic poll parrot, why should other 'theosophists' object?," adding, "If the first object of our Society be not to study one's own self, but to find fault with all except that self, then, indeed, the T.S. is doomed to become -- and it already has in certain centres-- a Society for mutual admiration; a fit subject for the satire of so acute an observer as we know the author of 'The Talking Image of Urur' to be."

peace within,


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