Re: Theos-World Re: Should students be concerned about Pseudo-Theosophy?
Mar 08, 2007 07:37 AM
One of the most attractive aspects of theosophy is the fact that the
student is continually urged to study and learn to think for himself,
not to take anyone else's word for anything, to allow experience to
illuminate the consciousness according to the basic principles, the
laws of nature, which prevail always and eveywhere.
> Your above statement addresses one of my stated concerns with Bishop
> Leadbeater and Dr Besant's teachings. The mindset they brought to
> Theosophy was one of authority, required compliance and obedience to
> their teachings, precisely what you argue against.
Personally, when I encounter someone who demands obedience to their
authority in matters spiritual, I stop listening to them. Theosophy
supports this act. Organized religion, famous for inserting
priestcraft between the student and his own inner Knower, does not
allow for self-responsibility, one of the most important ideas
offered for consideration by theosophy.
> Doesn't your defence against judgement of any kind recognise a
> difficulty here?
> How do we approach with a non-judgemental mind a body of teachings
> which requires obedience?
> In the name of freedom, do we permit a body of teachings, claiming
> the theosophical title, which limit and sometimes deny us that
Does who "permit?" I am not in a position to permit or deny anyone
reading or studying anything. Are you? What good would it do anyway?
In the Soviet Union, when the writings of Helena Roerich were
illegal, when possession of them was punishable by draconic means,
people typed them up using carbons, nine per copy, and distributed
them in secret. They survived and it could be stated that they were
all the more prevalent for being forbidden. There is something in the
human spirit that abhors limitation of freedom of thought.
> It is an age old dilemma; Do we support freedom by supporting that
> which denies us that quality?
> Do you have any suggestions?
Have some faith in our students, in each other. Realize that we are
all students, that what one finds value in may seem valueless to
another, but we don't know each other's hearts. Realize that
everything exists for a purpose, that theosophy cannot be damaged by
anyone. Forgive others for their mistakes. Remember that there is
good and bad in everyone, that we owe it to each other and ourselves
to be determined in our efforts to attend to the positive and let the
negative go, remembering that what we amplify by our attention, by
our fear, by our hate, by our censure, only becomes stronger and more
able to prevail in the minds of those less strong and able to choose.
Be an example of what we believe. Make our highest ideals live in our
own daily lives, and trust to the Masters of the Lodge to handle the
rest. We are Their hands and feet. Our obedience rightly belongs to
Them, Who are our own Higher Selves, guiding us all the time, if we
will only listen to the still small voice in our own hearts. Remember
that Their ways are sometimes inscrutable to us, because we are not
omniscient. Remember, above all, the eternal Golden Rule, "Do unto
others as you would have them do unto you." This alone solves a lot
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