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Jul 05, 2006 08:34 AM
by carlosaveline

Dear Friends,

The text below, by Chuck, is most helpful in the limited research I have been able to make so far on this matter.

I have heard before of the facts mentioned by Chuck. But I had no hard evidence; and, while being a critic of Adyar, I avoid any groundless or sourceless accusations. Therefore I was silent about that. 

Hopefully, some member of Theos-talk can clarify on the data Chuck brings here and give us some harder evidence or else show us that Chuck is not quite right when he says Besant, Leadbeater and Arundale had some sympathy for Nazi-Fascism BEFORE second world war. 

I would underline also that the last date of evidence regarding such a sympathy brought here by Chuck is 1936, the year the Spanish civil war began. The Spanish civil war was a "rehearsal" for the WW II. 

I would appreciate any commentaries -- and especially further bibliographical evidences -- about the issue. 

Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline


Data:Wed, 5 Jul 2006 11:15:26 EDT


> The notion of the Theosophical Society being one of the inspirations for the 
> Nazis has a long history and unfortunately, to someone not truly aware of 
> the nature of the Theosophical Society, a notion that can be made believable.
> It is an embarrassing truth that Mrs. Besant was an admirer of fascism, 
> particularly of the Italian variety and praise of Mussolini's Italy drips from 
> the pages of the Adyar Theosophist during the 1920. In addition to that, 
> Mussolini himself wrote an article for The Herald of the Star, the organ of the 
> Order of the Star in the East, which was published in 1922.
> During the 1930's, George Arundale made a number of public utterances 
> praising Hitler, including one rather embarrassing comment in a 1936 issue of the 
> Adyar Theosophist when he spoke of Hitler, Mussolini and Roosevelt as the 
> three greatest leaders of the time. What Mrs. Roosevelt thought of this is not known.
> Now, if you add to that the gobbledygook about root races that was floating around at the time (Jinarajadasa-First Principles of Theosophy, 1934 I > believe) you have one hell of a public relations problem.
> The people who really don't like Theosophy have been using that stuff to 
> beat the drum about Theosophy and the Nazis for decades. The latest book, while annoying, is nothing new.
> Chuck the Heretic

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