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Re: Theos-World The theosophical deviations and political involvements

Mar 11, 2010 08:25 AM
by MKR

Usually the common denominator is lodge assets. No assets, no one cares. It
is the mix of money and theosophy that is causing problems. During early
days, HPB & HSO were on a tight budget and they did not face issues purely
based on lodge assets.


On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 10:22 AM, Morten Nymann Olesen <> wrote:

> Dear friends
> My views are:
> The following might explain all about Orlando, Boston and some other groups
> being expelled from The Theosophical Society and why it happened.....
> "In the Supplement to The Theosophist for July 1883 can be found a very
> important pronouncement by Col. H. S. Olcott, the co-founder and President
> of the Theosophical Society, against mixing Theosophy and politics. This
> statement, which H.P.B. endorsed, reads:
> The tenacious observance by the Founders of our Society of the principle of
> absolute neutrality, on its behalf, in all questions which lie outside the
> limits of its declared "objects," ought to have obviated the necessity to
> say that there is a natural and perpetual divorce between Theosophy and
> Politics."......."I take this occasion to say that our Rules, and
> traditional policy alike, prohibit every officer and fellow of the Society,
> AS SUCH, to meddle with political questions in the slightest degree, and to
> compromise the Society by saying that it has, AS SUCH, any opinion upon
> those or any other questions. The Presidents of Branches, in all countries,
> will be good enough to read this protest to their members, and in every
> instance when initiating a candidate to give him to understand-as I
> invariably do-the fact of our corporate neutrality. So convinced am I that
> the perpetuity of our Society depends upon our keeping closely to our
> legitimate province, and leaving Politics "severely alone," I shall use the
> full power permitted to me as President-Founder to suspend or expel every
> member, or even discipline or discharter any Branch which shall, by
> offending in this respect, imperil the work now so prosperously going on in
> various parts of the world.
> The greatest of the tragedies of the Theosophical Movement occurred when,
> after the passing of H.P.B., there was a departure from the original lines
> and the original programme of the Masters and Their Messenger. What was
> originally intended to be a cosmopolitan, spiritual movement became degraded
> into a nationalistic, religious one, for in the Theosophical Society of
> later years there was the mixing of Theosophy with orthodoxy on the one hand
> and with politics on the other. As a result many were led astray, and the
> serious business of the spiritual life was given a secondary importance when
> not quite forgotten."
> I ask in the name of compassion:
> --- So the huge question to the various TS Adyar groups and sections and
> Alice A. Bailey groups and sections will be how can they defend their
> present day stance on how they relate to political matters?
> --- And how can they explain the necessity, which have driven them to
> become involved with political issues like they have and still do?
> - - - - - - -
> H. P. Blavatsky said in The Key to Theosophy:
> "Will you revile and scoff at the "Sermon on the Mount" because your
> social, political and even religious laws have, so far, not only failed to
> carry out its precepts in their spirit, but even in their dead letter?
> Abolish the oath in Courts, Parliament, Army and everywhere, and do as the
> Quakers do, if you will call yourselves Christians. Abolish the Courts
> themselves, for if you would follow the Commandments of Christ, you have to
> give away your coat to him who deprives you of your cloak, and turn your
> left cheek to the bully who smites you on the right. "Resist not evil, love
> your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you," for
> "whosoever shall break one of the least of these Commandments and shall
> teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven," and
> "whosoever shall say 'Thou fool' shall be in danger of hell fire." And why
> should you judge, if you would not be judged in your turn? "
> Was H. P. blavatsky wrong and Annie Besant, Alice A. Bailey and their
> followers right?
> M. Sufilight
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