Re: Theos-World withdrawal of messages
May 08, 2009 06:56 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen
To all members and readers
My views are:
I am one of those who hate being a member of a tribe which creates scapegoats.
And I have searched within myself asking if Anand was properly treated by the offended parties involved.
Therefore I would like to adress the following quote to all the members of this forum. Moderator(s) included.
H. P. Blavatsky wrote:
"We feel sorry for having unintentionally given offence to our reverend friend and contributor; but we would have been still more sorry to publish in our magazine an unjust fling at another contributor's ideas and to have facts denied-without entering a protest. Our magazine is essentially controversial, and was founded for the purpose of throwing light upon "the hidden things of darkness"-of religious superstition pre-eminently. And what superstition can be compared to that which accepts a "personal" God, or a "personal" devil? He who objects to having his views controverted and criticized must not write for Lucifer."
*** I will have to ask ***
I wonder if this forum operates in another manner?
Is it not fair to say - that - He or she who objects to having his or her views controverted and criticized must not write on Theos-talk?
"And if the editor will never shrink from what she considers her duty to her readers, and that she is prepared to throw every possible light upon mooted questions in order that truth should shine bright and hideous lies and superstitions be shown under their true colours-why should our contributors prove themselves so thin-skinned?" (H. P. Blavatsky)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2009 2:21 PM
Subject: Theos-World withdrawal of messages
The Freedom of Thought policy of the Theosophical Society, Adyar is stated in these words
"there is no doctrine, no opinion, by whomsoever taught or held, that is in any way binding on any member of the Society, none which any member is not free to accept or reject. Approval of its three objects is the sole condition of membership. No teacher, or writer, from H.P. Blavatsky onwards, has any authority to impose his or her teachings or opinions on members."
It means all members are free to accept or reject any ideas and are free to express them, keeping in mind brotherhood, courtesy, consideration and such qualities of language.
Some members of Theosophical Society have communicated to me that some of my messages are not appropriate. They described some of my messages as baseless, derogatory, malafied and unbrotherly comments passed against brother Theosophists such as Radhaji, P. Krishna, HPB, Krishnamurti and other discriminative remarks against members of some Sections and the Theosophical Society. Their communication shows to me that some of my messages have caused pain to some members of TS. I don't have any intention to cause such pain or to defame anybody. So I withdraw all messages which might fall in the category mentioned above.
Question might be asked which of my messages are philosophical disagreements and which are derogatory comments. So which messages should be withdrawn? Instead of involving in such debate, I withdraw all messages, fully and unconditionally, whether they fall in above category or not. I request the owner of the group to delete all my messages from this theos-talk group. I apologize for the pain caused to some members because of my messages.
As messages in online forums are informal, they should not be taken too seriously by anybody. These messages are not policy statements published officially on which a person would act. I observed messages in many online forums. Members write them carelessly, hastily, without editing and careful consideration of language.
Even then, as some of my messages had been painful to some members, and as I don't see any need for past messages to remain on the group, I withdraw all messages and I request the moderator to delete all of my messages from the forum.
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