Re: Theos-World Recreating TS History
Nov 21, 2007 11:46 AM
by Frank Reitemeyer
mkr, there is some truth in it.
The Adyar TS as it exists today was incorporated only in 1905 by Annie
So, from that point Beant is her mother.
The other question is, whether this TS of 1905 is the same as the Adyar TS
of 1882 during HPB.:'s stay until 1885.
Another open question - of which I have had not heard any level-headed
answer - is whether the Headquarters of the TS are today.
The final question would be whether HPB.: would today return to Adyar.
----- Original Message -----
From: M K Ramadoss
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 4:24 AM
Subject: Re: Theos-World Recreating TS History
When I was in India, there were many in Madras/Chennai who thought Annie
Besant started the TS. Nothing should surprise anyone.
On 11/18/07, Frank Reitemeyer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> At the infantile and idiotic Adyar covent in Berlin in 2002 (100th
> Anniversary of the German section) it was claimed at a poster wall that
> Leadbeater was President of the TS.
> A clairvoyant lecturer - she writes books about her encounters with the
> Masters - revealed that all the Masters (she named: Morya, Koothoomi,
> Blavatsky, Krishnamurti, Hilarion and a few others - I have written a
> but writing now from memory) were present. They nodded from the ceiling.
> Wow, was that a harmonious and brotherly event!
> With only myself present for the dark side of the moon!
> Frank the Galactic Emperor
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: email@example.com <gregory%40zeta.org.au>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org <theos-talk%40yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 9:44 PM
> Subject: Theos-World Recrating TS History
> The website of the TS in Australia recently published material on the
> Amphitheatre constructed on Sydney Habour as part of the preparation for
> the Coming of the World Teacher. Both the preamble to a letter sent to the
> "Sydney Morning Herald", and the letter from the National President of the
> TS in Australia, are excellent examples of attempts at the re-creation of
> Theosophical history. Perhaps Ms Oliveira was assisted in her careful use
> of language by her husband, Pedro Oliveira, a bishop of the Liberal
> Catholic Church, who demonstrates similar verbal gymnastics on his site
> for the re-creation of Leadbeater's biography.
> I have added a few historical corrections in parentheses, and have
> separated out the "Theosophy in Australia" comments and Ms Oliveira's
> claims to facilitate this.
> Dr Gregory Tillett
> "The Star Amphitheatre at Balmoral Beach in Sydney was the vision of Dr.
> Mary Rocke, a prominent theosophical worker in Sydney in the 1920s. She
> purchased land and worked tirelessly to raise the money (through
> donations) for its construction, which commenced in 1923 and was completed
> a year later."
> "The Star Amphitheatre had no connection at all with the Theosophical
> [Apart from the fact that all those associated with it were eminent
> members of the TS, that the foundation stone was laid and "consecrated" by
> Leadbeater with Theosophist-Co-Masons enthusiastically participating, that
> it contained a Shrine Room for the ES of the TS, that TS members were
> urged to contribute to the building of the Amphitheatre in TS
> publications, etc, etc.]
> "It was built by an organization known as The Order of the Star in the
> East (OSE) which had been formed in 1911 in Benares (now Varanasi), India,
> in order to support the work of J. Krishnamurti, especially in his
> prophesized role as the next 'World Teacher'."
> [The OSE, presumably using this logic had nothing to do with the TS either
> - apart from being headed by Besant and Leadbeater, who were the ones who
> "prophesized" Krishnamurti's World Teacher role, apart from having in all
> its senior positions senior members of the TS, apart from being promoted
> in "The Theosophist" and other TS journals, apart from holding its meeting
> in TS premises, apart from books promoting the Coming being published by
> the TPH, etc, etc.]
> "In August 1929 Krishnamurti publicly renounced that role and dissolved
> the OSE."
> [Not quite what Krishnamurti said..but he certainly did dissolve the OSE.]
> "Over the decades since that time sections of the Australian press have
> repeated the story, based on the poetic licence of a journalist for the
> Truth - a newspaper that specialized in 'sensational news', that
> Krishnamurti, in his role as World Teacher, was going to walk on water
> through the Heads of Sydney Harbour before addressing a gathering of
> followers at the amphitheatre!"
> (Source: Theosophy in Australia, March 1989)
> "We reproduce below the letter which the National President of the
> Theosophical Society in Australia, Linda Oliveira, sent to the editor of
> The Sydney Morning Herald about the old myth of Krishnamurti 'walking on
> the water'. Unfortunately the letter was not published."
> "17 October 2007
> "Balmoral Amphitheatre - The Facts
> "The letter of 17 October from Tony Backhouse continues the persistent,
> incorrect and sensationalised myth regarding The Theosophical Society
> (TS), the Order of the Star in the East (OSE), the former Balmoral Beach
> amphitheatre and 'predictions' of a Messiah walking on water. This is
> based on a serious misunderstanding. Here are some facts."
> "The TS and the OSE were very separate organisations."
> [apart from the facts that..see comments above..]
> "The TS, formed in 1875, still exists as a world-wide organisation today.
> Its members are united by a common search and aspiration for truth in
> their lives."
> "The OSE was founded to promote the work of J. Krishnamurti and was
> disbanded in 1929. However, its supporters and organisers included
> individuals from both organisations thus leading to a misunderstanding of
> the role of the TS. J. Krishnamurti was, for a time, a member of the TS."
> [The OSE was founded by leaders of the TS - Besant, Leadbeater, Arundale -
> unless Ms Oliveira can name anyone of significance in the OSE who was not
> also a major player in the TS? The "supporters and organisers" and the OSE
> did not "include" some members of the TS: the vast majority of its members
> were also members of the TS.]
> "The amphitheatre was built with private funds to provide a venue for the
> teachings of J. Krishnamurti, who some saw as a future World Teacher."
> [Perhaps it might be mentioned that the "some" who saw Krishnamurti as a
> "future World Teacher" include the then President of the TS and OH of the
> ES, Annie Besant, along with every leading figure in the TS - like
> Leadbeater, Jinarajadasa, Arundale, Ernest Wood, J.I. Wedgwood - who
> published their claims in "The Theosophist" and almost every other TS
> journal, and gave public lectures promoting them?]
> "There was never any suggestion that he would "walk on water through
> Sydney Heads". As far as is known he gave only one lecture in the
> "It is important to emphasise that The TS, as an organisation, since its
> early days has subscribed to no Messiahs and has no formal affiliation
> with any other organisations. Also, the TS has no ideology which is
> binding on any member."
> [Apart, perhaps, from "The Basic Truths of Religion" agreed upon by the
> General Council of he TS on December 23, 1925 - and presumably
> subsequently repudiated - which included the statement: "The Wold Religion
> will thus help in preparing the way for the Coming of the World-Teacher,
> who shall give to the Basic Truths the form suited to the age He will open
> - the Age of Brotherhood."]
> "Linda Oliveira
> National President, Theosophical Society in Australia"
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