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Re: C.W. Leadbeater, the greatest occultist-saint of all times

Feb 28, 2009 12:48 PM
by Anand

I think you need to correct your views. 
First of all you are assuming that so called Mahatma Letters were
written by Mahatmas. I wrote on this subject earlier and explained why
these letters are not as authentic as believed. 
We know most Mahatma Letters were materialized by Blavatsky, according
to her own admission. And we also know that contents of the letter
depended on chela's own development. 
That means you can not take statements from Mahatma Letters to support
Blavatsky or her teaching, as letters were materialized by herself.
If you do, it will be like saying "Blavatsky was right because she
said she was right"
You consider Blavatsky's writing as the source of Theosophy. This is
another delusion. Theosophical principles existed for thousands of
years in the East and the West and Blavatsky draws from them. You can
note her frequent references of ancient writings. 
You wrote
"But my point here is that they (later messengers) built on her
(Blavatsky's) original foundation, they followed or tried to follow or
at least said they tried to follow in her footsteps."
Although in humility later messengers might given more credit to
Blavatsky, the fact is Besant and Leadbeater wrote what they
themselves experienced and investigated with their own clairvoyance.
And Leadbeater himself disagrees with Blavatsky on some important
points. Besant and Leadbeater were not disciples of Blavatsky, they
were disciples of Mahatmas.
 I don't think writings of later messengers depended on Blavatsky's
writing. Later writing should be considered as product of independent
investigations by later occultists.

Anand Gholap

--- In, "danielhcaldwell"
<danielhcaldwell@...> wrote:
> I would like to quote what Jerry H.E. wrote years ago on theos-l:
> "...we tried to promote a historically based general definition of 
> [Theosophical] source material that focuses upon the period before 
> the splits [in the Theosophical Society], when this material
> was being given out for the first time. Therefore, this period is 
> common history for everybody [i.e., for Theosophical students]".
> Notice Jerry's words:
> "...when this material was being given out for THE FIRST TIME".  caps 
> added
> It was H.P. Blavatsky who showed up on the public scene in late 1874 
> and 1875 in America and started the process of giving out the "source 
> material" which she said emanated from her Lodge, from her Masters. 
> In July, 1875, when she wrote her "first occult shot" Olcott knew 
> virtually nothing about the "source teachings" except what HPB had 
> started to give him. 
> Judge, Mavalankar, Sinnett, Subba Row, Chatterji, Holloway, 
> Leadbeater, Besant and others had not even meet HPB at this time! 
> Each in turn had a fateful day when they heard of and then met HPB. 
> She was the SOURCE, the channel through which each of them obtained 
> their initial knowledge and understanding of Theosophy and the 
> Masters. 
> Sinnett himself readily admits this in one of his books "The Early 
> Days of Theosophy":
> "Madame Blavatsky is the CENTRAL FIGURE to be considered. She was THE 
> ONE PERSON who knew of her own knowledge, that The Brothers, � as she
> called them in those days � were Beings, human in aspect, of flesh
> and blood, for she had been for a time in company with two of them in
> Tibet. She knew they had dazzling powers in dealing with the affairs
> of the world. She herself had faculties of a super-physical order
> that kept her in touch with them wherever she might be. She knew she
> had a mission to fulfil which had for the moment assumed the shape of
> the Theosophical Society. She must have been conscious of possessing
> wonderful powers the exercise of which was under restriction, to
> which she submitted in devotion to the great Brother whom she
> regarded as her own Master, in a pre-eminent degree. �[page 17] caps 
> added.
> Relevant to keep in mind is what HPB herself wrote in 1877 in her 
> very first book ISIS UNVEILED.  She told her readers about these 
> Adepts and her role in giving out the fundamentals of Theosophy as 
> follows: 
> ". . .we came into contact with certain men, endowed with such 
> mysterious powers and such profound knowledge that we may truly 
> designate them as the sages of the Orient. To their instructions we 
> lent a ready ear." p. vi 
> "The work now submitted to public judgment is the fruit of a somewhat 
> intimate acquaintance with Eastern adepts and study of their 
> science." p. v 
> Moving on....
> And during the 16 and 1/2 years of her public work, HPB was 
> constantly giving out these "source teachings" of Theosophy. 
> And if, for example, William Judge or C.W. Leadbeater had never become
> a Theosophist, we would still have Theosophy as given by HPB in the 
> 10,000 plus pages of her writings as well as all the extant letters 
> of the Masters.
> If Sinnett or Besant had never come into contact with HPB or if they 
> had become students of Theosophy but had never written a word on the
> subject, we would still have "the source teachings" as given through
> HPB. 
> Historically speaking therefore, HPB was the SOURCE, i.e. "the point 
> at which something springs into being", for Theosophy as we know it 
> in modern times.
> HPB came FIRST; each of the individuals named above came LATER. 
> Now I am not saying that Olcott, Judge, Mavalankar, Sinnett, 
> Leadbeater Besant and others may not have made contributions to the 
> Theosophical work that HPB had originally started. They may have....
> But my point here is that they built on her original foundation, they 
> followed or tried to follow or at least said they tried to follow in 
> her footsteps.
> But had none of these individuals ever written any thing on 
> Theosophy, the "source teachings" as given by HPB would still be 
> available.
> Notice again that Jerry HE writes: "...we tried to promote a 
> historically based general definition of source material that focuses 
> upon the period BEFORE [caps added] the splits [occurred in the 
> Theosophical Society]....]
> When did the splits occur? One split that Jerry HE is probably 
> referring to is the serious split between Besant and Judge. 
> But there was a "split" as early as 1886 when A.P. Sinnett sought 
> communication with the Masters through a SOURCE other than HPB. 
> Originally Sinnett was put into contact VIA HPB with the Masters 
> through letters beginning in Oct. 1880. 
> But in 1884, he started to "resent" some of what the Masters were 
> telling him in their letters. And he began to have doubts about HPB 
> and sought in 1886 to gain access to the Masters through Maude 
> Trevers whom he hypnotised. 
> Actually Sinnett had tried this very same thing (hypnosis) in the 
> summer of 1884 with Laura Holloway.
> Sinnett's seeking for a source to the Masters OTHER THAN through HPB, 
> lead finally to that famous K.H. letter to Colonel Olcott in August, 
> 1888. (See Letter 19 in "The Letters of the Masters of the 
> Wisdom*First Series".)
> Olcott, Judge, Mavalankar, Sinnett, Subba Row, Leadbeater, Besant AND 
> OTHERS may have made valuable contributions to Theosophy BUT whatever 
> they accomplished (or did not accomplish) was built upon the 
> foundation of "source teachings" FIRST given by H.P. Blavatsky.
> And when the serious split between Judge on one side and 
> Besant/Olcott on the other side started and culminated in 1893-1995, 
> BOTH SIDES claimed contact with the Masters and the deceased HPB. 
> Then the Theosophical Society was splintered. 
> Who was in the right and who was in the wrong is not easy to 
> determine.
> But I have file folders of letters from serious Theosophy students 
> giving their differing views. Some believe Besant and Olcott fell by 
> the wayside and Judge remained faithful to the Masters. Others 
> believe Judge fell by the wayside as well as Olcott and Besant. 
> Others say Judge failed but Besant continued the orginal tradition. 
> etc. etc.
> On Theos-Talk in the last few years we have seen various 
> correspondents take different sides and views.  Frank R., Anand G., 
> Dallas T., Nigel C. and others have voiced their differing views.
> Now Govert has posted some material giving even another view!
> I believe HPB foretold this split that occurred within a few years 
> after her death in her Letter to the Fifth Annual Convention of the 
> American Section of the T.S just before she died. See the very bottom 
> of p. 171, the full page 172 and ending on p. 173 of HPB's Collected 
> Writings, Vol. 13.
> Going back to what Jerry H.E. wrote: "Therefore, this period [before 
> the splits] is common history for everybody."
> I would amend this to read: 
> Therefore, this period BEFORE HPB died SHOULD BE common history for 
> everybody. 
> Again summarising the above:
> HPB was the first to come on the public stage and give the source 
> teachings of Theosophy in 10,000 + pages of writings plus the letters 
> of the Masters given out during HPB's life. 
> The Theosophists I have mentioned above and others such as Tingley, 
> de Purucker, Bailey, etc. came on the scene sometime after HPB. They 
> may have all been sincere, truth seeking individuals and all may have 
> made to a greater or lesser degree various contributions (literary or 
> otherwise) to HPB's work, but especially after HPB's death, claims 
> and counter claims proliferated. 
> For a listing of more of the claims and counterclaims, see:
> But Theosophical students should have in HPB's claims and teachings a 
> COMMON SOURCE to focus on, regardless of the truth and validity of 
> the secondary "sources" and later claims of some of HPB's students or 
> later followers or claimants after HPB died.
> Now, I am not implying or saying that there were no contacts with the 
> Masters after HPB's death.   After her death and even today other 
> agents MAY  have come forth. That is, genuine contacts from HPB's 
> Masters. 
> Unfortunately, you cannot get a room of serious Theosophy/Blavatsky 
> students from diverse Theosophical backgrounds to agree on who that 
> person or agent was or is!
> That is a fact that should make a reflective and thoughtful person 
> pause and ponder.  
> I suggest especially to new students and inquirers that they would be 
> wise to focus [at least initially] on the writings of HPB and the 
> letters of the Masters which from the perspective I have been 
> outlining above are the SOURCE Teachings of modern day Theosophy. 
> Here is a huge body of material that contains more than enough food 
> for thought for serious inquirers, seekers and new Theosophists.
> I will continue this line of thought in subsequent postings.
> Daniel Caldwell

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