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

Sep 23, 2009 06:49 PM
by MKR

She was a very charismatic person and one with a very high personal
integrity. She was very highly respected both inside and outside the TS.

The rules she was mentioning apply only to those who are members of ES. TS
members were/are quite free to vent their views without fear of retaliation.

Even when action is to be taken against an individual member, usually it
seems to be done by smooth marginalization.

Have we not seen it in the case of the member who ran against Dorothy
Abbenhouse for the top job in the US who happened to be not a native born

May be other participants who know more details want to share the details
about the sad episode in the history of TSA.


There is no religion higher than truth

On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 6:19 PM, Cass Silva <> wrote:

> 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?
> Cass
> >
> >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
> >them.
> >
> >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.
> >
> >MKR
> >
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> >
> >
> >
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