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Attacking and defending HPB

Jul 11, 2006 08:50 AM
by Rodolfo Don

Dear Dallas and friends:

It has always been well beyond my understanding why people who call  
themselves "Theosophists," find it is their own right to spread  
rumors or faults about H.P.B, like she was a fraud.

Things like she used to smoke 100 cigarettes a day is amusing for  
somebody who wrote so many articles and books. Did she write and roll  
cigarettes at the same time? But when they accuse her of being a  
fraud that implies that her writings could also be material of her  
own creation (fiction). It also means that her accusers have been  
misled in thinking that they are "Theosophists."

To find out who H.P.B. was you don't need to read any of the several  
biographies written on her. Some of them are better than others, but  
none of them recounts H.P.B's life in detail. In my opinion the best  
introduction to H.P.B. is her writings and "The Mahatma Letters."

There are several instances in TML where it is stated that H.P.B. was  
the messenger from the "White Lodge," that she was chosen to bring to  
the world 'once again' the Ancient Wisdom.

According to those letters her adept teachers remained behind H.P.B.  
till the end of her physical life. Her Teachings are authentic. They  
speak for themselves--and they work. They do what they are supposed  
to do: human transformation.

H.P.B's connection is to the Teachings, not to the Theosophical  
Society. From the very beginning H.P.B. was entrusted to provide the  
Teachings and Olcott was in charge of the Society.

What follows is a paragraph from H.P.B's article "A Puzzle from Adyar":

"It is pure nonsense to say that "H.P.B.... is loyal to the  
Theosophical Society and to Adyar" (!?).

H.P.B. is loyal to death to the Theosophical CAUSE, and those great  
Teachers whose philosophy can alone bind the whole of Humanity into  
one Brotherhood.

Together with Col. Olcott, she is the chief Founder and Builder of  
the Society which was and is meant to represent that CAUSE; and if  
she is so loyal to H. S. Olcott, it is not at all because of his  
being its "President," but, firstly, because there is no man living  
who has worked harder for that Society, or been more devoted to it  
than the Colonel, and, secondly, because she regards him as a loyal  
friend and co-worker.

Therefore the degree of her sympathies with the "Theosophical Society  
and Adyar" depends upon the degree of the loyalty of that Society to  
the CAUSE. Let it break away from the original lines and show  
disloyalty in its policy to the CAUSE and the original programme of  
the Society, and H.P.B., calling the T. S. disloyal, will shake it  
off like dust from her feet."

My point is that when people attack H.P.B's integrity they also bring  
a dark cloud over the teachings of Theosophy. And that is un- 

Rodolfo Don


DATE \@ "M/d/yyyy h:mm am/pm" 7/10/2006 6:53 AM


             Re:       ATTACKING AND DEFENDING HPB

Dear Friends:

Below you will find some suggestions to consider:

                                     ATTACKING AND DEFENDING HPB

To attack HPB is to attack the GURU to whom reverence is due because  
as our GURU she opened the doors of universal facts and laws to us.

As GURU she stands not as a person but as one of the whole SCHOOL OF  

Her writings show this close MAHATMIC UNITY.  Anyone who takes the  
trouble to carefully peruse her ORIGINAL TEXTS  [Books and Articles ]  
is struck by their logic and authority in so far as history is  

For the past 129 years both her devotees and critics have had the  
opportunity of studying those writings and verifying them.

The life she lived is hers as a person she says and ceased in 1875  
when she assumed the responsibility for the promulgation of the  
THEOSOPHY of antiquity --  which does not vary from first to last of her
promulgation effort.

To fail in this “dharma” indicates a failure to study THEOSOPHY as a  
philosophy and as history.
It is we who fail, not THEOSOPHY, not HPB the “Messenger” of the WISE .

Try and discover the main propositions of THEOSOPHY – see if they can  
be refuted.  May we have a succinct list ?

Review HPB’s public life from 1975 till her death in that personality  
in 1891.  Itemize for us a list of her misdemeanors, falsehoods,  
frauds, errors, please.

Let us do this clearly so we know what we are dealing with.

Separate from these such evidence or arguments as may have emerged,   
Let us do this in two columns:
FOR  and  AGAINST.  ( Let us put the MAYBES in the “against” colum. )

this will give us all something to study, review and consider. IF WE  

  Thus we can all save time and effort.

Years ago many of us have done this, lets produce a definitive list.

Best wishes,



-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Meredith
Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 8:01 AM

One might construe an attack upon HPB as an attack upon the external
organization she championed, however attacking or defending HPB is not
the same as attacking or defending theosophy itself.

HPB is not theosophy.

To attack theosophy, one just as well plan an attack upon the
universe itself. Theosophy is impervious to attack and so it needs no
defense. It is the timeless wisdom inherent within each of us. It can
be discovered within each of us and experienced without intermediary.

HPB is but a single historical example of a human being who experienced
her own inner divinity directly. Her example inspires us as does the
example of many other noble souls from all walks of life.

Sadly, It is our intellect that wishes to treat theosophy as something
external and under attack.

This "attack" requires an aggressive defense which gives the  
intellect a reason to exist and the power to sustain itself as the  
seat of authority of the ego-complex. Once the intellect is firmly  
seated it seeks to expand its control from self to other selfs
as well. This leads to the "who said what, when" bickering we so often
see here on theos-talk.

As a result of this "much ado about nothing," the intellect is  
magnified while the intuition is ignored causing only further delay  
in the inevitable development of the sixth and seventh senses.

The word theosophy and the name HPB could be stricken from the
phenomenological world with little or no impact upon divine wisdom.

Many is the poet, philosopher, artist, visionary, and dreamer who has
directly experienced the wisdom of the ages without the benefit of HPB
or her modern lexicon.

The important *theosophical movement* is internal as we move  
ourselves into harmony with the rhythms of the ineffable wisdom that  
arises spontaneously from the consciousness center of all being.

Attack or defend HPB all you wish. It is an intellectual exercise  
largely unrelated to theosophy.

peace within,


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