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Re: Theos-World Some comments on how Internet is used by theosophists

Sep 22, 2009 09:35 PM
by charles cosimano

 I've long come to the conclusion that the TS would have been much better off if a lot of people in the 1910s-1920s had been dismembered.

Chuck the Heretic



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Subject: Theos-World Some comments on how Internet is used by theosophists


I recently came upon a very interesting letter sent by Annie Besant to every

member of ES in June 1923. In it, she states:

Anyone in the ES who takes part in any movement in the TS which tends to

cause trouble or stir up unfriendly feelings towards any member of the TS,

will be expelled from the School as soon as the fact comes to my notice; I

shall accept no excuse as to good intentions. Anyone who wants to attack

another member, feeling it to be his duty, must resign from the School

before making such attack.

(pp. 53; Krotona Vol IV by Joseph Ross)

In the 21st century, with the advent of Internet, we have seen some

interesting pattern of action from theosophists to hide their hand from

their  actions. With Besant's statement as the backdrop, let us look at


1.    A pattern of keeping silent, while surrogates do the work of making

statements or raising issues with no substantive factual evidence.

2.    Use othe
rs as a front and distribute statements, which they themselves

dare not to make. Those who end up as fronts feel good because they are made

to appear scholarly, important and smart to the public.

3.    A pattern of using pseudonyms to hide their real identity as well as

avoid taking personal responsibility. Once the pseudonym users are

questioned further about their identity, they get cold feet and disappear.

These pseudonym users may be acting on their own and/or acting as catâs paws

of their controllers.

4.    Use Wiki as a shield to protect anonymity. Post a statement or a

comment on Wiki and extract it to distribute it and then go and delete it

from Wiki. Wiki has open access for editing and also allows anonymity of the

editors. To the gullible, this may appear as a legit statement of facts.

Another issue we have seen is that long term leaders, members and elders

keep silent perhaps because of the political and other consequences of

speaking their minds publicly. (Some times, it takes a great courage and

risk to speak the Truth. Many in the past have given their lives to speak

truth.) In today's TS, this may be as serious as losing their comfortable

room and board.

So when there are serious issues and problems, such as those we have seen in

the recent past, it falls on the lap of the ordinary novice members to wake

up and speak up.

Whatever anyone thinks of the above issues, one thing is for sure. But for=0
the Internet and a few dedicated ordinary members, TS today would be far

different from what it is now and perhaps much dismembered.


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