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Re: Should an "ideal" Theosophical Society study & "promote" these books?

Jul 20, 2007 05:09 PM
by Pablo Sender

Hi Perry

Well, I'm very busy now, but I can write a couple of things...

In the theosophical history, when there was a conflict between a 
prominent member and the views of the current President of the TS 
(without entering in judgments about who was right), those members 
finally left the TS and, as might seem natural, tried to take with 
them as many members as possible, specially among those who supported 
them. That was the case of Judge, Steiner, Bailey, etc. Afterwards, 
they formed their own movements (again, without judging if it is 
genuine or not).
In the case of Leadbeater, he was quite prominent when he resigned to 
the TS, and had a good number of members who supported him. However, 
his attitude was just the opposite to that of the other cases. To 
begin with, he did not attack Olcott or the members who accused him. 
He humbly left the TS. Then, many members wrote to him telling that 
they also would leave the TS, and he answered saying that all that 
was part of his past karma, that he had to went through that, that 
they should remain working in the TS because it was the work of the 
Masters, etc. He said he was still working with the Masters, although 
not in the TS, so they did not have to be worried. And he lived a 
couple of years silently going on with his clairvoyant investigations 
(which were later published in some books), without trying to be 
notorious, to attack the TS, etc. And when he was asked to come back, 
he had only words of gratitude. Never an attitude of revenge but one 
of forgiveness.
To me, that is much more important that even if his investigations 
were right or wrong.
I saw many of those things in his letters. Always advising not to get 
angry (and many of his "followers" certainly were, because of what 
happened). He also would say "I'd like to help this person but, 
because of what happened to me, (the accusation he received) I cannot 
help him without arising suspiciousness in some members' mind. Could 
you please help him?"
There are also personal letters to A. Besant talking about things 
that happened to them in the astral plane, with the spontaneity that 
only can give the actual experience (and those letters were not meant 
to be published, so they were not pretending anything).
Well, things like that. Simple things, but very revealing. I saw, on 
the contrary, personal letters from other leaders of the Theosophical 
movement that left a very poor image to me: that of someone 
interested in tricks, in gaining surreptitiously members of other 
societies, or with a double discourse: the public and the private 
being very different.
That was my experience, very briefly stated.

--- In, "plcoles1" <plcoles1@...> wrote:
> Dear Pablo,
> Hello and thank-you for your postings, it been very interesting 
> hearing what you have to say.
> You wrote :
> "But then, being in the Archives, I had access to information,
> personal letters written by him, etc., and my previously bad idea
> about him changed completely."
> Can you please share with us what it was you read in the archives 
> that made you change your mind about CWL, myself and I am sure the 
> rest of us here would be interested to know what it was that 
> the shift in your opinion of him.
> Regards
> Perry

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