A question for Katinka
Oct 02, 2008 05:21 PM
Firstly, may I thank you publicly for your committed
efforts to our Theosophical cause. Your website alone
is a highly valuable resource.
In your recent posting:
you quote Madame Blavatsky, "Theosophists have
no dogmas, exact no blind faith. Theosophists are
ever ready to abandon every idea that is proved
erroneous upon strictly logical deductions.
Then you write, "She repeated that point during her
whole life. Of course she also continued to teach her own
position during her whole life. However she never claimed
the TS was made merely to spread her own ideas. In fact
she constantly warned against 'dogmatism'."
And further you reinforce this by adding, "If you
look at old issues of the Theosophist, made when
Blavatsky was editor, you will see much that isn't
'theosophy' by any of our current definitions (except
the widest). In fact you will see that her contemporaries
told her: make the magazine more theosophical. Print only
that which you agree with. She never caved."
And, "And one of Blavatsky's fears for the TS
was that it would become too dogmatic: too much
attached to the dead letter of her teachings."
These to me are such enormously significant points
Moreover, they can be largely misunderstood by those
who perceive all students of Madame Blavatsky's
teachings to be dogmatic "Blavatskyites" and those
who challenge later commentators' writings as somehow
denying a person's freedom of speech or belief.
For some of us, nothing could be further from the
Quite apart from some of Madame Blavatsky's
extraordinary teachings, many validated by later
scientific discoveries, your abovementioned quote
demonstrates that her, to me, all important mindset
encouraged the fundamental right and necessity for
each to think for themselves and to discard any
teachings, including her own, where found to be
inaccurate or no longer relevant according to
This is in stark contrast to the dogma and mindset
inflicted upon Theosophy by certain later commentators.
You then write, "This is hard. I've tried following
that procedure for my own website, but I'm not sure
I succeeded. It is however one of the reasons why I
have Buddhist material as well as Sufi material. It's
also the reason why I haven't deleted the material on
Jiddu Krishnamurti after I became somewhat
disillusioned with his teachings."
If I may ask, what is the nature/cause of your
disillusionment with Jiddu Krishnamurti's teachings?
Thank you again.
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