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Re: Theos-World The theosophical deviations and political involvements

Mar 11, 2010 08:45 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen

Yet, I find it to be quite important that political aspects might play a role in what has being going on for years.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: MKR 
  Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 5:25 PM
  Subject: Re: Theos-World The theosophical deviations and political involvements

  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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