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Re: Theos-World Re: Taking offense, seeking revenge

Jan 10, 2009 01:34 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen

Thanks Nigel.
I agree almost entirely with your views.

M. Sufilight

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: nhcareyta 
  Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:46 AM
  Subject: Theos-World Re: Taking offense, seeking revenge

  Dear Paul, Morten and All

  Morten, your strong views desiring to stop production and sales 
  of the works of Bishop Leadbeater are well stated. 

  Paul, you write, "Taking people's books away from them, even 
  when I think their books are silly fantasies, goes against my grain 
  after thirty years as a public librarian. Leadbeater and Bailey no 
  worse than a lot of other authors, sad to say."

  My position with this highly contentious issue has always been one 
  concerning truth and credibility rather than outright censorship.

  It is well recognised by all but blind devotees that Bishop Leadbeater
  was a pathological liar and sexual deviant. Newcomers need only take 
  these comments and read through previous theostalk postings via 
  yahoo's search engine to verify for themselves the veracity of this 

  Surely the question we must all ask is, in whom do we place our 
  confidence in matters spiritual and occult, where we feel ourselves 
  in need of direction and support?

  If it is well known that a particular author has the credentials of 
  Bishop Leadbeater, a spiritual organization publishing and promoting 
  his works has a bounden duty to inform its visitors and members of 
  the facts surrounding this man. 

  From my perspective, to not so do constitutes a gross violation of 
  truth and trust. 

  To my knowledge, Dr Besant, Alice Bailey, George Arundale and 
  Sri Ram were neither pathological liars nor sexual deviants, although 
  some of these and others were certainly "parasitical and delusional" 
  to quote Paul. 
  Indeed they were perhaps only guilty of blindly following some of 
  Bishop Leadbeater's teachings, with the exception of Sri Ram later in 
  his presidency.

  For those who find constant repetition of these issues tiresome 
  and perhaps non-productive, please note there are numerous 
  new members to theostalk each week, including those belonging 
  to the Adyar Theosophical Society. 

  They, like myself many years ago, might like to hear about the
  deceptions and betrayals which followed Madame Blavatsky's 
  Some in the Adyar Theosophical Society hierarchy might profess 
  freedom of thought and "No Religion Higher Than Truth" but when 
  one attempts to compare and criticise the works of Bishop 
  Leadbeater and his clones strong pressures are often brought to 
  bear on the transgressor.

  Freedom in its purest form permits the liberty to think, speak and 
  write however one chooses within due bounds of legality and 
  It should not be used to suppress debate or to protect a cult's 
  dogma as often occurred, from my experience, by some leading 
  members of the Adyar Theosophical Society.

  The Society performs an important function in today's world where 
  prejudice and hardening of attitudes is becoming increasingly 
  However it can greatly improve its role by simply being more open 
  and honest about some of its teachers and their teachings. 


  --- In, "kpauljohnson" <kpauljohnson@...> 
  > Dear Morten,
  > Thanks for your comments. You know I agree 100% with you about the 
  > value of the writings of Bailey and Leadbeater compared to those of 
  > HPB. One reason I don't want to belong to the TS is because there 
  > are so many competing versions of reality, the ES, LCC, etc., a 
  > chaotic cacaphony of voices. But somehow from outside it I can 
  > accept that it was destined to be what it is, and try to be a 
  > wellwisher to all factions and individuals in it. Taking people's 
  > books away from them, even when I think their books are silly 
  > fantasies, goes against my grain after thirty years as a public 
  > librarian. Leadbeater and Bailey no worse than a lot of other 
  > authors, sad to say.
  > I'd rather put my energy into recommending other authors like 
  > Hardinge-Britten, Bunsen, Burton, Aurobindo, who tie meaningfully 
  > into the work of HPB, than worry about discouraging people from 
  > reading authors whose books are connected with hers in a 
  > and delusional way.
  > You know who I mean :) but let's not denounce them,
  > Paul
  > --- In, "Morten Nymann Olesen" <global-
  > theosophy@> wrote:
  > >
  > > 
  > > Dear Paul and friends
  > > 
  > > My views are:
  > > 
  > > I am happy to read this email.
  > > 
  > > My views are, that I myself aught to be better at formulating 
  > myself, so not to be disrespectuful to those who for some reasons 
  > lacking the open compassionate heart, that makes them immune in 
  > letting themselves being hurt when reading disrespectful words 
  > written in e-mails.
  > > I will work on it.
  > > 
  > > I will how ever also refer to what H. P. Blavatsky said in the 
  > The Key to Theosophy.
  > > Because it is here I find a great difference between theosophists 
  > and a great number of those would-be spiritual groups around the 
  > globe.
  > > 
  > > 
  > > H. P. Blavatsky said in the Key to Theosophy:
  > > 
  > > 
  > > ENQUIRER. Do you believe in prayer, and do you ever pray?
  > > 
  > > 
  > > THEOSOPHIST. We do not. We ACT, instead of talking."
  > > 
  > >
  > > 
  > > The word is emphasized by me and HPB.
  > > 
  > > 
  > > M. Sufilight
  > > 
  > > 
  > > 
  > > ----- Original Message ----- 
  > > From: kpauljohnson 
  > > To: 
  > > Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 10:23 PM
  > > Subject: Theos-World Taking offense, seeking revenge
  > > 
  > > 
  > > Greetings.
  > > 
  > > During the runup to the November election, an article appeared 
  > > Slate that made me think of Theosophists:
  > >
  > > 
  > > Not just the regular dustups here at theos-talk, but also the 
  > latest 
  > > organizational brouhaha in Adyar and Wheston, reminds me that 
  > > Theosophists are extraordinarily disrespectful to one another. 
  > Not 
  > > just those in one organization attacking those in another, but 
  > within 
  > > the Adyar TS even more so. I wonder if people realize just what 
  > kind 
  > > of impression of the entire movement is created when people 
  > one 
  > > another in a public forum like this. Bad enough when mere 
  > do 
  > > so; far worse when an elected national leader makes a big 
  > of 
  > > arrogance and aggression.
  > > 
  > > Yet at the local level over two decades I never noticed any 
  > > difficulty whatsoever for Theosophists agreeing to disagree. 
  > There 
  > > was always a great diversity of views in any group I ever 
  > attended, 
  > > in several states. And no one to my recollection got all 
  > > that someone else had a different estimation of various 
  > But 
  > > at the national and international levels there seems to be far 
  > less 
  > > of that live-and-let-live attitude. I renewed my TSA membership 
  > > after a ten-year lapse in 2008, but was hugely relieved to see 
  > > expire last week. 
  > > 
  > > The conclusion of the linked article is worth considering here. 
  > > The "empty boats" notion would be well applied to most of the 
  > > disputes here. Simply to express one's opinion is to risk 
  > personally 
  > > offending someone else, even if there was no such intention. 
  > the 
  > > person thus unintentionally offended will often deliberately 
  > > retaliate with a personal attack, as if the other person's 
  > opinion 
  > > somehow invades their personal space.
  > > 
  > > Like any body of literature, the Theosophical writings contain 
  > mixed 
  > > messages. You can use HPB the same way Christians use the 
  > to 
  > > justify both sides of every dispute. Pedro's quote indicates 
  > it 
  > > is untheosophical to take offense at differing views and seek 
  > revenge 
  > > on those who express them. Morten's quote indicates that it is 
  > > theosophical duty to do so. HPB said both; you choose which HPB 
  > to 
  > > emulate.
  > > 
  > > PJ
  > > 
  > > 
  > > 
  > > 
  > > 
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  > >


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