wasting time & questioning others motives ?
Jul 17, 2006 08:24 PM
To Daniel and Carlos ,
The Mahatma letters a couple of times mention the importance of
Motives are those things that drive us to do what we do, often they
are mixed sometimes they are relatively clear and some maybe even
unconscious, peoples motives can only ever really at best be very
tentatively theorised upon.
Open historical criticism is essential for any organisation that is
committed to seeking truth rather than fantasy, denial and
Of course any critique is limited and also needs to be critiqued by
others, this process is not in order to come to an absolute
conclusion but is rather ongoing and one of looking openly and
honestly and various points of view and interpretation of what facts
Any genuine truth seeker and any organisation concerned with the
pursuit of truth should be ready to face information that may
overturn long held beliefs or contradict the established
Demonising or expelling those who fail to conform to the `party line'
is something that should never be condoned in the theosophical
society in any form, not only does it go diametrically go against the
spirit of why the society was founded in the first place but it also
creates an environment that makes it impossible for it to move
forward with credibility.
The TS seems to have an institutional mindset that anything of a
negative or of a critical nature is retrograde and bad and therefore
This organisational mindset it seems from my point of view to be
extreme and unbalanced, while being a critic just for the sake of
causing trouble and discord for its own sake would not be
theosophical, certainly valid and properly motivated criticism is
absolutely essential for genuine freedom of thought to be maintained
In a theosophical society people are free to continue to believe what
they choose even if those things may have been proven to be suspect
or even blatantly false, they can freely believe what they choose,
but to then on the other hand suppress someone's right to freely
express valid critique of those beliefs is not only hypocritical but
creates an environment of suppression and allows falsehood to
continue to be perpetuated as truth under the guise of `brotherhood'.
Both loving concern and respect for the beliefs of others needs to be
tempered with a willingness to use sound reasoning and valid
criticism, freedom needs both of these principles to be functioning
in order to promote genuine brotherhood and pursuit of truth.
Interestingly the Australian Section of the Theosophical society has
allowed criticisms of the Madame Blavatsky's work the `Secret
Doctrine' on 2 occasions in recent years in its national
magazine "Theosophy in Australia" a policy I fully support.
However would the same types of critiques of Leadbeater's writings or
Mrs Besant's be allowed ?
>From all the attempts I have made to find an affirmative to this
question I have only received vague denials that there is even a
The question remains open until evidence to the contrary is forth
There does seem to be a double standard in treatment of Blavatsky on
the one hand and Leadbeater and Besant on the other.
Denying these freedoms by not allowing both sides of an argument to
voice their perspectives is denial and denial of this kind can only
lead to the type of `truth' that Orwell spoke about in 1984 with
the "Ministry of truth" & "Ministry of Love" ie. propaganda,
suppression and conformity.
It seems with what has transpired with the publication of the letters
of HPB including some allegedly forged by Solovyov we are presented
with an opportunity.
I would suggest that instead of wasting time questioning motives of
people we should instead present and examine the evidence for or
against these letters being either fully or in part forgeries.
As a student I would much rather hear the arguments from those who
have studied these letters as to why they do or don't feel them to be
forgeries than hearing accusations of insincere motives on those who
have published them.
I am personally glad the letters are available for my perusal as a
student, even though I personally feel more additional information
should have been made in the volume regarding their suspect nature.
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