Theos-World Re: Should an "ideal" Theosophical Society study & "promote" these books?
Jul 23, 2007 07:50 AM
Thank you for your comments.
Can I ask, have you seen the wording of the actual cipher letter in
question concerning Bishop Leadbeater's instruction on masturbation
to one of his pupils?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Pablo Sender" <pasender@...>
> Hello Nigel
> I really don't know much about the circumstances of his third
> accusation in Australia (in The Manor). Having read about the
> previous two I thought it was enough for me to have an idea...
> What I can say is that he did deny having written that cipher
> on those terms. The idea I have (although I don't remember now
> on which evidence because I wasn't studying the case with any
> than a personal knowledge) is that there was an actual cipher
> from him, telling about certain astral things, but it had his
> signature. Apparently someone got the letter and altered the
> I also read that he declare (in his legal trial on the Krishnamurti
> case) he gave that advise, to half dozen of boys (If I remember
> well), without their parents knowing it, but only in the cases it
> necessary and not as a general teaching.
> What I also saw in the trial is that it was very difficult for him
> explain the "occult" reasons of his behavior to a judge, who don't
> believe in nothing of those things. It was the same with the
> If within the Theosophical movement those reasons are not accepted
> many, imagine the police!!!!
> Of course his action was erroneous because "abhorrent to the
> Victorian mindset of the period". Even the report of Olcott
> the Masters' opinion about this case mention Leadbeater was guilt
> having advised something unacceptable to the majority of the
> of that time. And Leadbeater accepted his fault. I know the
> was delicate. Imagine Leadbeater trying to teach a child about
> masturbation, in a period with no sexual education in any sense. He
> probably had to show a bit the child how to do it. It's very
> disgusting, I know, and I think his action was an error. But it'd
> been worst if he had showed it on himself!!!
> If you see the action from a normal perspective he had to enjoy
> it. If you see it from the perspective of someone who is beyond all
> that kind of prejudices and even desires, it can be understood. But
> we have to choose one of those perspectives.
> Annie Besant thought the advice and the way of teaching it was a
> mistake, but didn't think there was bad intention. And I mostly
> with that.
> That is all I can say. I don't know much more about the case. I
> think someone who appreciates Leadbeater teachings and think he is
> innocent should do a research presenting facts as seen from the
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