Re: Theos-World Fanaticism and Dogmatism
Jun 30, 2009 01:59 PM
by Erica L. Georgiades
There was no major incidents during the Conference.We had police protection 24 hours per day. I couldnât avoid feeling deeply
frustrated to be on a theosophical meeting under such circumstances. I am posting here an e-mail (originally written in Greek) which I sent to some friends theosophists in Greece.
Brothers and Sisters,
One of the major works of the Theosophical Society is
to promote the ideals of freedom from religious fanaticism and dogmatism, which are one of the major sources of evil in humanity. On the name of God people kill and promote hatred, and a God which in the heart of every religion is a God of love is transformed, in a God of hate and barbarism, by those who blinded by dogmatism, condemn, criticize, promote religious hatred and many times even murder those who think in a differentway.
The Theosophical Society through its objects, try to show the world that there is no reason for such fanaticism. The Truth is one andit doesnât matter if itâs named Allah, Brahman, Christ etc.
As wisely said the philosopher Epictetus:âAll religions must be accepted... because... every man must go to heaven on its ownwayâ
I must also mention the great privilege we had, to meet on that holy Island which is Samothrace. We must feel privileged to have hadthe opportunity to be there and during two days to discuss and study about the Kabeirian Mysteries.
The circular of the bishop of Alexandropolis, condemning our conference and the Theosophical Society, did not stop us to exercise our rights. On the contrary the circular taught us that dogmatism is still strong and even worst, dogmatism lives and rules on the land whichtaught the world Democracy, on the land of the great Philosophers, on the land of
light which is great Hellas.
We see these events with deep sadness, but always holding a theosophical position, which is to promote the theosophical ideals within the limits of respect andconsideration to others.
Still we cannot forget that one of the major crimes against humanity was the destruction of the ancient Hellenic religion. We know the truth never dies, never is forgotten. The truth speaks louder than any circular, thanany crowd, always survives even if centuries and millenniums passes by, the
truth never is lost.
Many times we may be taken by sadness, when we visit ancient temples, but we know that we never support the truth in the same way of the barbarians. Our way is the way of goodwill, of balance and harmony. Itâs the way of peace. But this does not mean we must remain silent in front of injustices, fanaticism and psychological violence, on the contrary itâs ourduty to raise our voice against such barbarism.
One of the major works of the Theosophical Society in Greece is the renascence of the ancient Hellenic wisdom, and no circular of any clergy
can intimidate real theosophists, or make them to stop supporting the promotion ofthe timeless principles of Theosophy. We keep on with our work letting the words on our emblem to speak louder:
THERE IS NO RELIGION HIGHER THAN TRUTH
Erica L. Georgiades
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