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

Sep 23, 2009 04:19 PM
by Cass Silva

yeah well, by imposing her theosophical ideas she in effect was attacking HPB - it seemed she ruled with an iron rod when the iron rod was put into her hands?


>From: MKR <>
>To: theos-talk <>
>Sent: Wednesday, 23 September, 2009 1:42:24 PM
>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 others 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
>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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