Re: Theos-World TS - GC Decisions - Transparency
May 27, 2008 05:07 AM
The 1900 KH Letter --- Complete Transcription
Reprinted from THE ECLECTIC THEOSOPHIST,
No. 101, September-October 1987, p. 1
"SERVICE TO THAT SUPREME SPIRIT ALONE..."
In 1900 a B. W. Mantri of India, wrote a letter to Annie Besant, then
in England, dated August 22. When A.B. opened it she found on its
back some lines in the well-known blue pencilling of the MASTER K.
H. In the volume published in 1919 by the Theosophical Publishing
House of Adyar this letter and the blue penciled lines are
reproduced and are included in all subsequent reprintings. (Letter
46, p.99. Letters from the Masters of Wisdom, first series, 4th,
5th, 6th edition.) In the 1948 printing Mr. C. Jinarajadasa adds
some historical comments and includes also some letters newly found
and never before printed from K.H. to Laura Holloway, H.P.B., and
The penciled lines from K.H. to Mrs. Besant in the 1900 letter,
however, were never published in completeness, as ellipses dots
indicate, the editors omitting certain lines they considered too
private for public reading.
The following now is the complete Letter, earlier omissions being
indicated in bold [ALL CAPS in this online edition at Theos-Talk]
letters. The earnest student will study these omissions which in
context reveal the Master's fuller and clear advise. The time indeed
may be propitious for their disclosure. The first sentence evidently
has reference to Mr. B. K. Mantri. - Ed. [W. Emmett Small, Editor of
THE ECLECTIC THEOSOPHIST]
A psychic and a pranayamist who has got confused by the vagaries of
the members. The T.S. and its members are slowly manufacturing a
creed. Says a Thibetan proverb "credulity breeds credulity and ends
in hypocrisy." How few are they who can know anything about us. Are
we to be propitiated and made idols of. IS THE WORSHIP OF A NEW
TRINITY MADE UP OF THE BLESSED M., UPASIKA AND YOURSELF TO TAKE THE
PLACE OF EXPLODED CREEDS. WE ASK NOT FOR THE WORSHIP OF OURSELVES.
THE DISCIPLE SHOULD IN NO WAY BE FETTERED. BEWARE OF AN ESOTERIC
POPERY. The intense desire to see Upasika reincarnate at once has
raised a misleading Mayavic ideation. Upasika has useful work to
do on higher planes and cannot come again so soon. The T.S. must
safely be ushered into the new century. YOU HAVE FOR SOME TIME BEEN
UNDER DELUDING INFLUENCES. SHUN PRIDE, VANITY AND LOVE OF POWER. BE
NOT GUIDED BY EMOTION BUT LEARN TO STAND ALONE. BE ACCURATE AND
CRITICAL RATHER THAN CREDULOUS. THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST IN THE OLD
RELIGIONS MUST NOT BE GLOSSED OVER WITH IMAGINARY EXPLANATIONS. THE
E.S.T. MUST BE REFORMED SO AS TO BE AS UNSECTARIAN AND CREEDLESS AS
THE T.S. THE RULES MUST BE FEW AND SIMPLE AND ACCEPTABLE TO ALL. No
one has the right to claim authority over a pupil or his conscience.
Ask him not what he believes. ALL WHO ARE SINCERE AND PURE
MINDED MUST HAVE ADMITTANCE. The crest wave of intellectual
advancement must be taken hold of and guided into spirituality. It
cannot be forced into beliefs and emotional worship. The essence of
the higher thoughts of the members in their collectivity must guide
all action in the T.S. and E.S. We never try to subject to ourselves
the will of another. At favourable times we let loose elevating
influences which strike various persons in various ways. It is the
collective aspect of many such thoughts that can give the correct
note of action. We show no favours. The best corrective of error is
an honest and open-minded examination of all facts subjective and
objective. MISLEADING SECRECY HAS GIVEN THE DEATH BLOW TO NUMEROUS
ORGANIZATIONS. The cant about "Masters" must be silently but
firmly put down. Let the devotion and service be to that Supreme
Spirit alone of which each  one is a part. Namelessly and
silently we work and the continual references to ourselves and the
repetition of our names raises up a confused aura that hinders our
work. YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE A GOOD DEAL OF YOUR EMOTIONS AND
CREDULITY BEFORE YOU BECOME A SAFE GUIDE AMONG THE INFLUENCES THAT
WILL COMMENCE TO WORK IN THE NEW CYCLE. The T.S. was meant to be the
corner-stone of the future religions of humanity. To accomplish this
object those who lead must leave aside their weak predilections for
the forms and ceremonies of any particular creed and show themselves
to be true Theosophists both in inner thoughts and outward
observance. The greatest of your trials is yet to come. We watch
over you but you must put forth all your strength.
 In THE ECLECTIC THEOSOPHIST transcription of this letter, the
word "each" is omitted but the original letter has this word.
On 5/26/08, Jokela Petri <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have written emails and talked privately and in phone about this subject.
> During annual meeting our general secretary asked me to write down some
> ideas of more open Society and so on.
> I have also talked that if general secretary is not able to go to GC
> meeting every year
> they could share ideas with other scandinavian countries and authorize
> each other
> for meeting if not able to be present.
> So hopefully something is going to happen. Our general secretary is only
> on her second year in her duty.
> So I am hopefull. Thanx for the quoted words of 1900-letter about
> secrecy. I have tried to offer to pulish
> that letter (in Teosofi or elewhere) uncensorised, but I have not
> succeed this far.
> I belive there is better years to come.
> firstname.lastname@example.org <mkr777%40gmail.com> kirjoitti:
> > On August 26, 2003, in connection with the decisions regarding the
> > Yugoslavia, Denmark and Canada Sections, I posted the following message
> > theos-talk:
> > ********
> > I was glad to see the detailed msg of Mr. Oliveira, thanks to the
> > marvel of
> > Internet. I am copying this msg to him as well.
> > At least now, we have information which is recorded in the Minutes of
> > the GC
> > and the Annual Report of TS. As they go only to the GC members, rank and
> > file members are in the dark and have to go by hear say, which many times
> > end up being incomplete and erroneous and distorted and in this day of
> > Internet, information - both correct and incorrect - spread with
> > speed which can do a lot of good or harm.
> > I recall having read an account of the way info from and to GC was
> > transmitted in the early days of TS when the number of branches were
> > small.
> > Each branch had a designated member who acted as the conduit and hence
> > the members of branches were kept upto date on the proceedings of the GC.
> > All this changed when TS grew.
> > For the several decades I have been around TS, I have not seen any
> > information on the decisions of the GC disseminated to the rank and file
> > membership. May be it would be a good idea to find an method which is
> > effective and efficient and timely to disseminate major decisions of
> > the GC.
> > It looks like with the help of Internet, dissemination of info should be
> > very inexpensive, timely and effective and efficient. This may be a
> > issue that the GC may want to look into which cannot but help the TS and
> > Theosophy in today's world.
> > **********
> > MKR: This was five years ago. What has the GC done? No one knows? It
> > like no one cares about transparency and I think the passivity of the
> > members may have something to do with it. If sufficient number of members
> > around the world demand transparency from their national leaders, only
> > then
> > something is likely to happen.
> > MKR
> > THERE IS NO RELIGION HIGHER THAN TRUTH
> > For quick access to all the important messages on TS International
> > Election,
> > go to:
> > http://teozofija.info/Teozofsko_gibanje/Elections_2008.htm
> > <http://teozofija.info/Teozofsko_gibanje/Elections_2008.htm>
> > [ts0526c]
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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