DUGPAS & SHAMMARS - HOW TO AVOID BEING ENTRAPPED
Nov 17, 2008 09:33 AM
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Attached below is a writeup on the subject. It may be of interest to some in
the context of the current serious crisis TS is facing. It is a lay member's
attempt to present the Dugpa issue. Hope this helps.
M K Ramadoss
*DUGPAS & SHAMMARS - HOW TO AVOID BEING ENTRAPPED*
Thirty years ago, when more than 900 men, women and children died in
Jonestown, Guyana, it shocked United States. The world too was shocked and
"Cults" was the topic of the day. People were concerned that men and women
might unwittingly get entangled and entrapped by cults. At that time, I gave
a talk about the red flags one should look for to identify dangerous cults.
Looking at the events surrounding TS, starting with the International
President election, I came across in one of the Mahatma letters to APS, the
mention of the role of "dark powers" in causing trouble to TS and
theosophical movement in the Coulomb crisis. I think that TS is currently in
the midst of a serious crisis, like of which we have not seen in the last
half a century and I think the "dark powers" are the ones behind it.
In the circumstances, I am sharing my thoughts on this issue, so that just
like avoiding getting entangled with Cults, we all should be alert to avoid
being unwittingly ensnared by the "dark powers".
Theosophical Movement was launched for the salvation of the Humanity. Early
history of TS shows, many Adepts were actively involved on a day to day
basis to help TS. It shows the high level of importance given to the TS
movement. Launching TS by Occult Hierarchy was such a monumental step to
help Humanity, the full ramifications of which we do not know and cannot
know. It is the law of Nature that any good move to help the Humanity will
be opposed by the "dark powers" whose job is to impede and destroy.
One of the first mention of the Dugpas and Shammars, is in Mahatma Letters
to A P Sinnett. The term "Dugpas and Shammars" refer to the "dark powers"
opposing all things contributing to the salvation of Humanity.
4. HISTORICAL INSTANCES
The Coulomb affair, was a very serious crisis that shook the TS to its core.
While Coulombs were the main players, it was the Madras Christian
Missionaries who encouraged them. Most thought that was the full story. But
the real instigators behind the scenes were the "dark powers" ? Dugpas and
C Jinarajadasa, the 4th International President wrote:
"We know from the letters of the two Masters, M. and K. H., that their
action in initiating the Theosophical Movement was challenged by those "dark
powers", called Dugpas in Tibet, who are ever on the watch to hinder the
progress of Humanity. The true originators of the Madras attack on the
Society were not the Coulombs or the Madras missionaries, but these dark
powers who used them (of course unknown to themselves) as cat's-paws and
Laura Holloway, was a highly regarded member who had psychic capabilities
and was in contact with Master K.H. Her credibility in theosophical circles
was very high and Judge and Sinnett were both convinced of her abilities and
thought she was in contact with KH. However, the real truth was different.
In a letter to Sinnett, the Master wrote:
"You have opened a joint of your armour for the Dugpas -- do not complain if
they have found it out and wounded you there. Mrs. H. did not really want to
go to your house, for, as she said to you very truthfully, I had told her
not to do so for reasons that you must know yourself by this time."
Sinnett was very active in the early days of TS, had extensive
correspondence with the Adepts and his publication "Esoteric Buddhism" was a
landmark in introducing Theosophy to the West.
It may be recalled that the control of the multi-million dollar Trust which
was set up to help Krishnamurti to travel and teach, was seized by D.
Rajagopal, who was his Secretary and later became the President of the Trust
and controlled it. Rajagopal, as a young man was selected as a future pupil
and sent to England and became a lawyer and was for a long time Secretary to
Krishnamurti. Some theosophists believe that he is an Initiate.
He, as President of the Trust, refused to provide to Krishnamurti an
accounting of the moneys in the trust. Krishnamurti and the Attorney General
of California had to sue him and the Trust and the lawsuit was finally
settled only after Krishnamurti died. The litigation lasted 15 years. A lot
of money of the trust was wasted in the litigation. And this was money
donated to enable Krishnamurti to travel and teach. When you see money
provided for good work to help Humanity being wasted in litigation, you see
the hands of the "dark powers" behind the scenes.
5. HOW DUGPAS OPERATE
In one of the Mahatma Letters, it was explained that while the Adepts are
very powerful in the higher planes, in the physical plane you need cunning
and cleverness to deal with the dark powers and Adepts do not choose do so.
How Coulombs were used as cat's paws and agents (unknown to themselves)
gives some idea of how they operate. Since they operate on principles
opposed to Truth, Honesty, moral courage etc. you can see their using
deception, misinformation, secrecy, "end justifies the means" principle, and
above all cunningness and cleverness. They stay behind in the background and
use their unsuspecting agents to do their dirty job. They also use multiple
levels of agents just as they did in Coulomb Crisis.
6. RECRUITMENT OF AGENTS
>From one of the Master's letters, we get some idea how they ensnare their
"Friend, beware of Pride and Egoism, two of the worst snares for the feet of
him who aspires to climb the high paths of Knowledge and Spirituality. You
have opened a joint of your armour for the Dugpas - do not complain if they
have found it and wounded you there."
7. ALL OF US ARE VULNERABLE
C Jinarajadasa, also wrote:
"In this struggle between the Adepts and their enemies, these dark powers
are ever trying to tempt, entrap and lead astray every one known to be a
The members of TS are a very small group in the world, attracted by the
sacred vision of Universal Brotherhood and what this can do for the welfare
of Humanity. We are a handful compared to the world population. Hence, while
Chelas are more vulnerable, we may not realize that every one of us is a
target of the dark powers and we should be aware of it. More one is
intensely committed and involved with TS and theosophy, more likely a target
and we should be vigilant and alert.
8. ITEMS WE HAVE TO WATCH TO REDUCE VULNERABILITY
Per Mahatma's statement, "Pride and Egoism" are the most serious ones that
we should be aware of. It appears that moral cowardice, ambition, envy,
jealousy, love of trickery also can play a part in making us vulnerable.
How the above can manifest in us are described below.
It is opposite of humility. Display of this can be a predisposition to:
Show off our sense of superiority in the presence of others.
Show off our past accomplishments. Eg. Winning a gold medal in swimming.
Show off our intellectual accomplishments such as education.
Show off our past achievements, such as heading a large international
Show off our past positions such as President of the richest country club.
Get our photo published or distributed at every opportunity for the world to
Dress up in a manner you get noticed in any group situation.
It is opposite of philanthropy. The First of Object of TS means
Philanthropy. So any action in which one's self-interest (however subtle) is
at the root, is a manifestation of egoism.
9. THINGS ONE CAN DO TO AVOID GETTING ENTRAPPED
The long term consequences of even unwittingly becoming the "cat's paws" of
the dark powers, are so serious and far reaching, none of us should ever
even unwittingly become their agents. A few simple factors that can go a
long way to protect us are:
1. Be a philanthropist in all our actions.
2. Keep Honesty as a watch word at all times.
3. Be transparent in all actions.
4. Never be ungrateful.
5. Each and every action should contribute to increased trustworthiness.
6. Have moral courage to stand up to what one believes and face the
7. Never try to exploit another as your agent. Do it yourself.
8. In all matters keep yourself and your family in the background and low
I have provided a lay man's view of the Dugpas and their agents and some red
flags that may help us from unwittingly become their agents to the
misfortune for ourselves and Humanity for a long time to come. I hope the
above helps our Brothers and Sisters.
M K Ramadoss, TS Member
THERE IS NO RELIGION HIGHER THAN TRUTH
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