Re: Theos-World Re: Taking offense, seeking revenge
Jan 10, 2009 01:34 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen
I agree almost entirely with your views.
----- Original Message -----
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
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 email@example.com, "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,
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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
> > H. P. Blavatsky said in the Key to Theosophy:
> > "IS IT NECESSARY TO PRAY?
> > ENQUIRER. Do you believe in prayer, and do you ever pray?
> > THEOSOPHIST. We do not. We ACT, instead of talking."
> > http://www.phx-ult-lodge.org/aKEY.htm#p66
> > The word is emphasized by me and HPB.
> > M. Sufilight
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: kpauljohnson
> > To: email@example.com
> > 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:
> > http://www.slate.com/id/2202303/
> > Not just the regular dustups here at theos-talk, but also the
> > organizational brouhaha in Adyar and Wheston, reminds me that
> > Theosophists are extraordinarily disrespectful to one another.
> > just those in one organization attacking those in another, but
> > the Adyar TS even more so. I wonder if people realize just what
> > of impression of the entire movement is created when people
> > another in a public forum like this. Bad enough when mere
> > so; far worse when an elected national leader makes a big
> > arrogance and aggression.
> > Yet at the local level over two decades I never noticed any
> > difficulty whatsoever for Theosophists agreeing to disagree.
> > was always a great diversity of views in any group I ever
> > in several states. And no one to my recollection got all
> > that someone else had a different estimation of various
> > at the national and international levels there seems to be far
> > 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
> > offending someone else, even if there was no such intention.
> > person thus unintentionally offended will often deliberately
> > retaliate with a personal attack, as if the other person's
> > somehow invades their personal space.
> > Like any body of literature, the Theosophical writings contain
> > messages. You can use HPB the same way Christians use the
> > justify both sides of every dispute. Pedro's quote indicates
> > is untheosophical to take offense at differing views and seek
> > on those who express them. Morten's quote indicates that it is
> > theosophical duty to do so. HPB said both; you choose which HPB
> > emulate.
> > PJ
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