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Re: Theos-World Rudy & the Teachings

Sep 14, 2006 06:16 AM
by Scribe

Dear Gary,

Thank you for your critique on "The Attitude of the Enquirer," by C.W.Leadbeater, The Theosophist Office, Adyar, 1912. If that work is anti-HPB, I assure you that's news to me and for my and others' edification would you please list the incidence(s) where he is wrong?

The last thing I want to do is post--or even think--anything contrary to HPB's teaching. If that tract is as bad as you say it is I will take it down immediately. It just seemed like a good universal answer to people's queries as to how they should pursue this new line of thought/study [to them], like it was a good starting point for them. Personally, Leadbeater's books never particularly "clicked" with me but I thought that was his personality or his style and perhaps the fault was mine.

So, if that was indeed a huge error, then I am even more indebted to members of this Group for guidance. I may have quite a few books on Theosophy and have perused them over many years but it has all been a solitary study, a mental study, and I'm trying to start to live it--it has already changed my life for much the better. I suspect I am confused on more than one issue and that's why I am here.

I have already picked up many very very valuable thoughts here. I am a little dismayed to see the divisions, people put down so strongly who I've read a lot--like Annie Besant--and liked. For instance, I ask myself: OK, I guess I see where she went off the reservation at the end but she was a prolific writer and I learned much from her, her style of writing really was understandable to me--I ask: At what date [in her writings] should one disregard her? 1900? 1912? Please let me keep some of it--her introduction in "Esoteric Christianity," for instance, I thought was excellent and I've often recommended it to people to read when asked about religions.

Best Regards,
Your Humble Servant,
Don R.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gary Barnhart 
  Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2006 2:46 AM
  Subject: Re: Theos-World Rudy & the Teachings

  Dear Don R.,
  Welcome to this site. I've only been on for a few months myself.
  I took a quick look at you web site and after looking at your first thing available under esoteric teachings you use Ledbetter's writings that put down HPB. What a shame. What I looked at was the section on the attitude of the student.

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