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Re: Theos-World Theosophical SOURCE Material: Part 1

Mar 02, 2009 05:16 AM
by correctberlin

How foolish is always the twisted mindset of Anand.
For one moment I was thinking, he is just kidding the Blavatsky students here.

As for the sub-title: It is just the other way round.
Existing (or exoteric) science, religion and philosophy are but rays of theosophy.
A synthesis of all this known systems of thought will lead to spiritual sun of the philosophia perennis.

Anand seems not to consider what Subba Row (the German spelling is Rau, but is phonetically the same) and HPB and each teacher teaches: The first requirement on the path on occultism is the development of the power of discrimination.
Without that power you can study 1,000 years - and yet will not find the truth.


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: "Anand" <>
Gesendet: 28.02.09 22:51:02
Betreff: Re: Theos-World Theosophical SOURCE Material:  Part 1

You call Blavatsky's writing as source, original teaching etc. Have
you not read sub-title of The Secrete Doctrine? It is the THE
that she synthesized what was already given in sciences, religions and

Your Uncle Anand Gholap

--- In, "Govert Schuller" <schuller@...> 
> Dear Daniel, 
> I concur to a certain extent with Anand, in resisting, for different
reasons, the tendency to absolutize or sacralize HPB and her 
> First, HPB herself says that she is merely bringing together and
systemizing what had already been given to the world in different
traditions and teachers. She just added the string to hold together a
beautiful bouquet of flowers. (This though might be applicable only to
IU and not to the SD).
> Second, on certain occasions HPB seems to construe Theosophy as an
aid for those in other traditions and religions to attain a deeper,
esoteric understanding of where they already are, and not to make the
TS into something like a separate sect/religion that would compete
with the others. (This would give some latitude to wiggle for the LCC
> Third, I'm not convinced that the source teachings are free from
errors and intentional deceptions as admitted by HPB herself.
> Fourth, HPB might have been deceptive, for whatever reason, about
her admitted deceptions, thereby further complicating matters. (The
Ramsgate issue might be case in point).
> Fifth, I do not belief that HPB's understanding of the Master's
teachings was firmly set by 1873 and did not go through new phases of
understanding and deepening, or did not reflect the places she was
working in. (Liljegren and others might see in IU Bulwerian-Egyptian
occultism and in the Letters Oriental esotericism and in the SD
Germanic obscurantism. They might turn that perception into a
refutation of HPB, but for the same token it can be seen as a
development within her own understanding)
> Fifth, in case where HPB might differ from a later occult source,
it's not an automatic given for me that she'd be right and the other
wrong. And as we're not occultists ourselves it is very hard of course
to determine. In most cases I'd give HPB the benefit of the doubt, but
in other cases, where I personally have experienced my own set of
transformative and enlightening gnostic insights based on other
sources, I'll have to go with the other(s). (One example would be my
experience of reading the Scott material on K, which triggered a
wealth of latent insights, liberating feelings and transcendental
connectedness. I might have fooled myself, but so far, it has survived
different challenges and tests. This would then be part of my basis to
go with Scott's critique rather than with the more pro-HPB reading of
K as done by Pedro and Pablo Sender.)
> Enough
> Govert
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: danielhcaldwell 
> To:
> Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 1:30 PM
> Subject: Theos-World Theosophical SOURCE Material: Part 1
> 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". 
> added
> It was H.P. Blavatsky who showed up on the public scene in late 
> and 1875 in America and started the process of giving out the "
> 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 
> ONE PERSON who knew of her own knowledge, that The Brothers, - as 
> 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 
> 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 
> 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] 
> 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 
> 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 
> 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 
> 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 
> 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, 
> followed or tried to follow or at least said they tried to follow 
> 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 
> 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 
> 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 
> OTHERS may have made valuable contributions to Theosophy BUT 
> 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 
> 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 
> of p. 171, the full page 172 and ending on p. 173 of HPB's 
> Writings, Vol. 13.
> Going back to what Jerry H.E. wrote: "Therefore, this period [
> 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 
> 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. 
> may have all been sincere, truth seeking individuals and all may 
> made to a greater or lesser degree various contributions (literary 
> 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 
> COMMON SOURCE to focus on, regardless of the truth and validity of 
> the secondary "sources" and later claims of some of HPB's students 
> later followers or claimants after HPB died.
> Now, I am not implying or saying that there were no contacts with 
> 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 
> 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
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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