Aug 07, 2006 01:36 PM
I guess Leslie Price is an independent theosophist -- that is , he thinks for himself, but he sincerely contributes to the movement and its aims.
In recent years, since Leslie Price ceased to be its editor, "Theosophical History" has made less important contributions to the movement, I guess.
Perhaps it is the difference in the "zeit geist", the spirit of the times.
After the end of century, everything got more difficult for the movement, and at the macro level we had the Twin Towers terror attack, Afghanistan war, Irak war, Madrid and London bombs, and so on. Also, extreme violence in Nepal, in India, in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Africa... -- you name it.
And yet --there has been and there will be a start-of-the-century effort, an uphill initiative...
Data:Mon, 07 Aug 2006 01:12:57 -0000
Assunto:Theos-World "Theosophical History"
> Interesting statement I found it on the Theosophical history site :
> WHY WE ARE INDEPENDENT
> When "Theosophical History" was conceived, our relationship with the various
> Theosophical societies was carefully considered. We decided to be independent,, even of
> the Adyar Society, in which this editor is active.
> We thought, the task of persuading any existing group to launch such a journal might be
> difficult because of their natural prior commitments to their own journals, their limited
> finances - and the controversial subject matter that is history.
> We feared that ownership by one society might lose us the confidence of other societies.
> We did not want the officers of any Theosophical group to be the targets of pressure to
> stop or censor our publication.
> We were worried too, lest any of the fringe groups on the theosophical scene, some of
> them with limited sympathy for historical enquiry or free discussion, might use their
> influence to try to control our coverage.__
> Fresh in the memory and even influencing the decision to set up the journal was the
> reception of Gregory Tillett's "The Elder Brother" (1982), the first full biography of C. W.
> Although Leadbeater had been active in the Adyar T.S. and numerous fringe bodies, there
> was evidence, especially from America, that some journals were not reviewing the book,
> some theosophical bookshops not selling it and some theosophical libraries not making it
> available to their readers; behaviour likely to decrease sales, discourage authors and
> publishers, and inhibit discussion of historical matters.
> It might be argued that Theosophists should look to tile future rather than the past with
> its doubtful psychic episodes, but of course questions of truth and of authority are not
> totally separate from the history of the various theosophical claims.
> Even Krishnamurti has a historical context.__And although Leadbeater was the main focus
> of the Tillett book, every group has its own investment in particular persons or incidents in
> its own history which (if they controlled a historical journal) they might not want to see
> It is better for everybody that there should be an independent publication, in whose pages
> the different viewpoints can be expressed.__L. P.
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