Keeping the Link Unbroken
Dec 01, 2008 01:41 AM
by Erica Letzerich
KEEPING THE LINK
Erica L. Georgiades
delivered at the Theosophical Society in Greece - Lodge Hypatia.]
on pages of the past bring us images able to touch us so deep that many times
our eyes are filled with tears. This is what happened to me when I read an
issue of The Theosophist, containing
articles describing the passing away of H.P.B., and the honor paid to her by
some theosophists. H.P.B. is undoubtedly the mother of the Theosophical
movement and was a remarkable woman.
passed away a great interrogation point was left. Where are the Mahatmas, who
really were them? Why they did not contacted any theosophist after she passed
away. Was the 1900?s letter original or not? Such questions remain without
answers until today and probably will remain for centuries to come. The option
left to many theosophists was so to embrace through faith, through study,
through fidelity to H.P.B., the existence of the Mahatmas. And so was done. But
there is something more important than to prove the existence of the Mahatmas
and know who they really were or are, more important than any phenomena
that impressed early theosophists, and this is the Theosophical cause for which H.P.B. and many other theosophists
lived and died for. It is on this cause we must focus.
Looking back at
the 19th century we see early theosophical writings, presenting a
large base for study and reflection. Syncretism, ecumenism, and a great effort to
comprehend the occult the unexplained is extensively found in the theosophical
writings. We also see the great neo-platonic spirit revived with the foundation
of the Theosophical Society. In the very writings of H.P.B., we see how
gradually she changes her approach and style, from the publication of Isis Unveiled to the publication of the Secret Doctrine we see a great turn into
theosophical teachings, which with the latter is presented in the form of a
We also see comparative studies as a basic
theosophical approach. To try to gather the pearls of wisdom from different
philosophical, religious traditions and to present it to the public, showing
them there is no reason for religious fanaticism. Showing that Truth is but one though dressed with
different garments, throughout different ancient world cultures religious and
philosophical traditions. Not minimizing
the importance and relevance of every religion, but pointing out the importance
of their preservation and deeper understanding by their followers. The T.S.
raised its voice against religion oppression and fanaticism, against blind
superstition and fears resulted from the misinterpretation of scriptures and promoted
by the clergy of different religions.
The T.S. entered
the arena in the 19th century; offering equal rights, for men and
women. Accepting members of any religious and philosophical background any culture,
any country. Showing to the Western world; the greatness of the Eastern
religious and philosophical teachings. Early theosophists were on the vanguard
of their society and in fact many centuries ahead the 19th century.
Now in the 21st century are we theosophists ahead? Are we theosophists managing to go on with
their great work started in the 19th century? My reply to that is
no. One of the reasons for that is the theosophical conservatism, which
appeared sometime after one of the last greatest leaders of the T.S. passed
away, Annie Besant.
In the booklet written by Michael Gomes The Dawning of the Theosophical
see there was nothing as conservatism between the pioneers of the Theosophical
Movement. They would do things; that still today one most probably would feel reluctant
of even thinking to do. We are in the 21st century, the bravery the
courage, the challenges the pioneers of the Theosophical Movement presented for
the society of the 19th century, remains so long as memories for us.
It seems we did not learn the great lessons the pioneers of the Theosophical
Movement left for us. We are comfortable closed on our lodges and Sections,
having discussions within our own group of people who presents no challenges.
Many others are just embracing the so called ?New Age? practices and adding it
in their activities, from the ?Awakening of the Inner Child?, to courses on
?Hatha Yoga?. Today in some Sections of the T.S. one can find everything
provided by any third category new age center. And in these Sections somehow our
great objects seem to be resting for while at Hypnos Cave.
more than ever needs the healing influence of the Theosophical Spirit. The
promotion of our three objects is a must in the 21st century. Since
the dawn of the new millennium we see materialism growing as weed on wild
fields. Violence and poverty increases every day followed by religious
fanaticism. Even mediumism which H.P.B. fought so much against is a much
stronger phenomenon nowadays than it was in the 19th century.
you hear the silent cry of humanity springing out of this chaos? If you stop
for while, in silence and center your attention in your heart, I am sure you
will be able to perceive that. You will see we theosophists have a great work
to do, and time has no mercy upon us. Let not arrive a day when future
generations will look behind and seeing what we have done, will say: why,
why they did not try harder. Let?s try to offer the best we can now. Let?s not fear the judgment of
the weak, and the criticism of the full. Let not conventionalities be a barrier
for the work and care not of what people has to say about you or what you do.
We all carry potentially within us the power the dreams the hopes of our theosophist?s
ancestors. We may not be linked to them by blood line, but we are connected to
them by a much stronger link the theosophical
about the theosophical link which
between other things is also the link of responsibility, duty and strength we
are passing on from our theosophical ancestors it?s suitable to remind a
register made by Isabel C. Oakley describing what Blavatsky cried out few days
before passing away: ??keep the link unbroken; don?t let my last
incarnation become a failure?. Here
we may ask why would Blavatsky utter these words? Her work wasn?t a failure.
Her books, especially the Secret Doctrine will remain for many as a source of inspiration and study for centuries to
come. So what were the link and the failure H.P.B. was talking about? What
is the nature of this link my friends? When we comprehend deeply the nature of
the Theosophical Spirit we will be
able to comprehend what is the nature of this Link and we will be able to see where lays the danger of failure.
It is clear the
Theosophical Society and the work of H.P.B. was not directed to few. Both her
work and the Theosophical Society are dedicated to the spiritual awakening of
Humanity. In order to comprehend what is this Great Theosophical Spirit it?s not possible to ignore the literal
meaning of the word THEOSOPHY. Divine Wisdom or Brahma Vidya is the literal definition of the Hellenic word
Theosophy. Here we may ask my friends, can Divine Wisdom be taught?
Theoretically we can teach that there is such a thing as Theosophy (Divine
Wisdom) but the realization and learning of real Theosophy comes essentially
from within. Only those who are able to penetrate the depths of their soul, to perambulate
in the labyrinths of the self, are those who will be able to learn THEOSOPHY.
to ?keep the Link Unbroken? was not directed to the Theosophical Society itself.
It was a request to every individual who truly aspires to become a theosophos. This is an ancient link which unities beings of all eras. Individuals
able to sacrifice themselves for the well being of others; individuals who have
realized THEOSOPHY from within. While we have theosophists between us who are
able to do so, the link will be always kept unbroken. This Link my friends can be cultivated only from within can be kept
alive only from within; its nature is essentially esoteric. One may adore
H.P.B., may study only her writings, may promote only her teachings. He still
won?t be a theosophos, and will not
be keeping the link unbroken. Instead will be disseminating dogmatism and
won?t be any different from a fanatical religious follower. H.P.B. herself
expressed a great syncretism and ecumenical spirit in all her writings. In fact
this spirit was the very first great lesson she left to her students. This does not mean one should not study her
writings. In fact I think a greater effort into studying the Secret Doctrine should be made. For in this work several keys are given for the
eternal aspirants for the truth.
In an article
entitled ?What Can We Do For Our Fellow-men? H.P.B. stated the following: ?HE WHO DOES NOT PRACTISE ALTRUISM; HE WHO IS NOT
PREPARED TO SHARE HIS LAST MORSEL WITH A WEAKER OR POORER THAN HIMSELF; HE WHO
NEGLECTS TO HELP HIS BROTHER MAN, OF WHATEVER RACE, NATION, OR CREED, WHENEVER
AND WHEREVER HE MEETS SUFFERING, AND WHO TURNS A DEAF EAR TO THE CRY OF HUMAN
MISERY; HE WHO HEARS AN INNOCENT PERSON SLANDERED, WHETHER A BROTHER
THEOSOPHIST OR NOT, AND DOES NOT UNDERTAKE HIS DEFENCE AS HE WOULD UNDERTAKE
HIS OWN ? IS NO THEOSOPHIST.? Altruism is the second great lesson H.P.B. taught
and in the Golden Stairswe find many relevant points that lead us into the
"a clean life, an open
mind, a pure heart, an eager intellect, an unveiled spiritual perception,
a brotherliness for all, a readiness to give and receive advice and
instruction, a courageous endurance of personal injustice, a brave declaration
of principles, a valiant defense of those who are unjustly attacked, and a
constant eye to the ideal of human progression and perfection which the
Sacred Science depicts these are the golden stairs up the
steps of which the learner may climb to the Temple of Divine Wisdom."
The Temple of
?Divine Wisdom? is the ?Temple of Theosophy?. It is there, where we meet the Great Theosophical Spirit. It?s only
those who are truly treading the ?Golden Stairs? which leads to the ?Temple of
Theosophy? who are real Theosophos. It?s on their hands the responsibility to carry on the work which H.P.B. gave continuity (for others came before
her) and so many others after her. It?s
only them who are able to ?Keep the Link Unbroken?. Because their lives are
deeply and truly dedicated to the goodness of all. They are in fact future Bodhisattvas.
Every person known or unknown, who deeply and truly made an inner commitment to
thread this path, becomes the thread in the needle of the ?Teacher? and is keeping the link unbroken. Have no
doubts my friends, the link has been kept
unbroken by known and unknown theosophists. And will be kept for centuries
theosophists who do not belong to Adyar (some
do belong) say our Theosophical Society is a failure. They say the link was
broken using the famous letter written by H.P.B. ?Why I do not return to
Adyar? to support their arguments. Many say the Theosophical Society is for
long dead. If it was so why she would request a link that no long existed at
the time to be kept unbroken? It was my friends because in fact this link was
never broken. Thousand times I have heard from beloved friends such argument.
Thousand times I?ve heard they say ?why
don?t you do something else, why you waste your time and energy with the Theosophical Society Adyar? They failed. During the very time H.P.B. was still
alive they proved to be a failure.? For
thisthousand times I reply and will
reply to them, the Theosophical Society
Adyardid not fail. The
Theosophical Society is keeping on its work and will keep on its work for centuries
to come. The Theosophical Society Adyar is THE major gateway for many to learn there is such a thing as THEOSOPHY.
Some also say
that the Theosophical message is out
there. People no longer need to be a member of the Theosophical Society to
access it. This is of course an obvious fact. The Theosophical message was
always out there. It was never property of any organization and never will be.
The Theosophical message was out there throughout ages and much before the
incarnation of the person we know as H.P.B. took place. The Theosophical message in fact is not a
body of teachings, is not a specific system, cannot be classified, filed,
dissected, and taught. The Theosophical
message is within the heart of every REAL truth seeker. The Theosophical Society was not founded with the pretention to
be the only place where one can find THEOSOPHY. On the contrary the
Theosophical Society was founded to point out there is something like THEOSOPHY
and to promote the Great Theosophical Spirit.
The Theosophical Spirit between other things
brings on its wings an understanding that we are family, and as so we must see
each member of our Society truly as a brothers and sisters. All of us are subject
to commit mistakes, errors. Understanding this we must be able to forgive. We must comprehend that
our Society will face up and downs, periods of conflicts, disharmony and
harmony. From difficult moments, we
learn the greatest lessons. We must not hold for any brother and sister
negative feelings, we must not isolate any member of our family because his/her
actions are not in accordance with what we think to be right or wrong.
We must not allow our dedication to the Theosophical cause to be shaken. Life is made of good and bad
moments. We must keep focused on strengthening the work of our lodges, groups,
sections etc. And most important of all we must cultivate our inner life.
Without a truly active inner life, there is no esotericism, there is no
interiorization, there will be only empty intellect decorated by beautiful
words and fancy talking. Only those who have an active inner life and slowly
come to know the truth of meditation are able to become the thread in the
needle of the ?Teacher?. It?s this thread that keeps the Link Unbroken.
person practices what feels inclined to. But when someone wants deeply
something and applies a great will towards the aspired aim, there is
nothing in this world that can stop one achieving it. Especially when
this will is driven by an altruistic urge to help
humanity. In our case we are united to try to serve humanity through
Let?s not ever forget the major aim of our work, to help humanity the Great
Orphan, and let?s not forget also the great truth which follows it: when
doing so in fact we are helping our own selves.
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