Re: To Carlos Aveline
Aug 22, 2006 11:56 AM
Yes, we should avoid personal confrontation..
but I wonder Pedro.. what is the best attitude? maybe to tell lies
about the friends you met in porto alegre on their back?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "pedro oliveira" <prmoliveira@...>
> Dear Carlos,
> This is a personal appeal to you. You may wish to ignore it,
> ridicule it or use it against me. I have no control of how you are
> going to respond to it, nor wish to have. It is entirely up to you.
> If my memory serves me well, we first met in Porto Alegre, in 1980,
> when you joined Dharma TS Lodge in that city. You contributed many
> talks to the Lodge while at the same time being very active in the
> environmental movement, both in Brazil and in other countries. You
> wrote a number of books, some of which have had excerpts published
> in "Sophia", the national magazine of the TS in Brazil.
> I am also aware of your contacts with Geoffrey Farthing and how much
> you admired him and learned from him. I happened to be present at
> the General Council meeting at Adyar, in December 1995, when the
> (unanimous) decision was made to award the Subba Row Medal to Mr
> Farthing for his distinguished contribution to theosophical
> literature. I had read many of his articles in 'The Theosophist' and
> even reviewed his book 'Deity, Cosmos and Man' in that magazine. One
> of my favourite articles by him - 'HPB on Meditation and Yoga' - was
> published in that same magazine in its December, 1992 issue.
> Interestingly, at that same meeting of the General Council it was
> also decided to also award the Subba Row Medal to Dr Hugh Shearman,
> another well-known author who, like Mr Farthing, has also passed
> away. The nature of their contributions could not be more different,
> and while Mr Farthing was a very energetic exponent of
> the 'original' Theosophy as taught by HPB and the Masters, Dr
> Shearman utilized his theosophical insights to understand the world
> of literature, psychology, sociology and mysticism in his many books
> and numerous articles. I felt the Council's decision was a very
> balanced one.
> Why am I saying all this? Perhaps to suggest to you that in the
> theosophical movement we can have debate and vigorous discussion
> without personal attacks and vilification. I have read quite a
> number of articles by Mr Farthing and did not find even one word of
> attack or harsh criticism against anyone. The same with Dr Shearman.
> And I sure these two men did not see eye to eye in matters relating
> to theosophical teachings.
> I am aware of your accusations against John Algeo and Daniel
> Caldwell. You have repeated them on this list almost every day since
> you joined it earlier this year. Perhaps I can share some
> information here about how Dr Algeo's work is making HPB's teachings
> more widely known in Australia, for example. Last year, the
> Australian Section distributed, among its Lodges, Branches and
> Groups, copies of the DVD 'HPB's Diagram of Meditation' featuring
> John Algeo as a presenter. The Section has an approximate membership
> of 1,250 and we had enthusiastic response from members about the
> DVD. His study course 'Getting Acquainted with The Secret Doctrine'
> is also quite popular here and is regularly used in a number of
> Daniel Caldwell has, arguably, the most comprehensive Blavatsky-
> related web site that I know of. Perhaps one day he could post on
> theos-talk the usage statistics for Blavatsky Archives.:) We have a
> link to the site on the Australian Section's web site and many
> members find it very informative. You may not know this, but in the
> past I had some discussions with Daniel and others on theos-talk,
> and at times I would feel like a LSD (Leadbeaterian Sitting Duck),
> but I was also seen sometimes as an ASD (Adyar Spin Doctor).:) Those
> were difficult times but we all apparently survived.
> Your knowledge of theosophical history and the Teachings is admired
> by many. However, your attitude to those who disagree with you is
> causing distress, unnecessary hurt feelings and a sense that the
> space on this list has been hijacked by your interests. Therefore I
> would like to respectfully ask you:
> Can we bring to this list, which consists of almost 300 people world
> wide, a sense of healing?
> Can we engage in discussions in a spirit of courtesy, consideration
> and mutual respect, abandoning all personal attacks?
> Can we share our love for Theosophy by treating each other in a
> brotherly manner, particularly when we disagree?
> Can you help to restore harmony in this collective space which we
> call theos-talk?
> If you decide that all the above is just a load of codswallop from
> an inveterate LSD/ASD, I will understand. But, believe me, I had to
> try and reach out to you in order to remind myself that we were
> once 'as the fingers of one hand'.
> With warm and fraternal regards to you and Angela,
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