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Re: Theos-World The Caste Issue in the Theosophist

Feb 15, 2010 01:59 AM
by preethi muthiah


It would be funny were it not for the fact that the President is ruining the TS today with her ideas on what the TS stands for, and how she interprets the World Teachership of K.

Isn't it natural to query why she did have to use the word Brahmin so many times in a paragraph as though being born a Brahmin -- which by the way is the caste she was born in herself -- gives one some kind of privilege over others. And, by the way, I seem to have read somewhere that when K became Realized, he threw off his poonal (the recognizing mark of one born to the Brahmin caste)...that would be in line with the teachings he gave and his speech dissolving the Order of the Star of the East...but why must our President bring it up so poignantly in a magazine that is supposed to give the message of the TS to the world at large?



--- On Sun, 14/2/10, <> wrote:

From: <>
Subject: Re: Theos-World The Caste Issue in the Theosophist
Date: Sunday, 14 February, 2010, 10:11 PM



      The whole idea of genetics determining how people think and act is  

something fraught with danger.  To give a really funny personal example, I  am a 

descendant of Pope Alexander the Sixth, Rodrigo Borgia by his son Cesare  

Borgia.  If you take a picture of my profile and stick it over the profile  of 

Grandpa Alexander, they match, they really do, right down to the shape of the 

 nose.  When I showed that to my wife she was amazed.


Now, I am no Pope.  I am not even Roman Catholic.  And, to the  best of my 

knowledge I have never intentionally poisoned anyone.  (My  cooking skills 

do leave something to be desired.)  I would think that it  really does not 

matter what caste K was from, or his father was from or his  grandfather going 

back to when Vishnu fell off the big bird and landed on his  head was from. 

 The arguments over Krishnamurti' s caste background are  absurd for a very 

simple reason.


Caste is absurd and for poor old Radha to even bring it up should not be so 

 much cause for controversy as it should be for riotous laughter.


Chuck the Heretic


www.charlescosimano .com  

In a message dated 2/14/2010 12:47:57 A.M. Central Standard Time,  

seeker_preethi@ writes:

Dear All,

Please find quoted below the Brahmin Caste issue talked  about so much in 

recent TT discussions. I do, however, have to confess that I  got the month 

wrong. It was not in the August 2009 issue, but the July 2009  issue of the 

Theosophist. The Text given below is excerpted from the  Watch-Tower written 

monthly by the President of the TS, Mrs Radha  Burnier:

"As was said, K was born in a Br&#257;hmana family, far  from rich, but 

having the tradition and way of life of  Br&#257;hmana- #257;hmana- <WBR>s. 

Fo&#257;hmana was expected to  live a life characterized by no indulgence in food 

which was not pure, in the  sense of bringing harmonious influences into 

the body. This is called sattvic  food, because it does not create or add to 

excitability, irritability,  lethargy or dullness. So a real Br&#257;hmana 

did not indulge in alcohol,  drugs, tobacco, and

sexual_ activities which deaden sensitiveÂness and lead  altogether to a 

different bodily type. Br&#257;hmanism also meant devoting  one's life to 

learning and teaching, not merely as a means of communication  but something 

more, and to relinquish occupations which would aggravate  excitement and 

violence. This kind of genetic heritage gave a certain quality  to the body and a 

real Br&#257;hmana realizes this. A teacher-to-be was at  a great 

advantage, having this kind of physical inheritance which allows the  body to respond 

to the vibrations of consciousÂness, when they reach the  physical brain."



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