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Re: Theos-World Re: 7-years test for discipleship

Dec 30, 2007 05:30 PM
by MKR

Does anyone "really" know the criteria used to be accepted as a chela? I
doubt. Don't apply our worldly standards. Col Olcott, a smoker and a meat
eater, was visited by several Adepts. Thousands of others who led a clean
life -- vegetarian, nonsmoker etc. have never even heard of the Adepts,
leave alone being visited by Adepts.

On 12/2
8/07, Richard Semock <> wrote:
> Its well known that HPB was a chain smoker and addicted to nicotine and
> possibly hash. Its hard to see why she was chosen to be the messenger
> of theosophy even after a 7yr stint as a strictly disciplined chela.
> --- In <>,
> "Konstantin Zaitzev" <kay_ziatz@...>
> wrote:
> >
> > --- In <>, Marko
> Manninen wrote:
> >
> > > what were the tests and objectives of seven year long
> apprenticeship
> > > in early Theosophy? I'd like to find references to books handling
> >
> > I don't know which exactly they were but I understood that a
> candidate
> > was tested during the process of theosophical work. Most of those who
> > proved to be failures finally openly condemned H.P. Blavatsky, so
> > their failure became obvious to all.
> > Funny enough that one of them is that author whom I would recommend.
> > It was M. Chatterjee who more than others wrote about qualifications
> > for discipleship in early years of the Theosophical Society.
> >

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