Re: theos-talk WHO SPEAKS FOR THEOSOPHY?
Dec 30, 2010 05:56 PM
by Duane Carpenter
Outlines some important insights around different approaches to Theosophy which
I am in complete agreement with.
Less criticism and more tolerance could help most theosophists.
The left brain right brain dynamic has become an important contribution through
advanced studies in psychology and particularly neuro-science.
Alice Bailey claimed she expanded on many of HPB's important insights.
Her book Esoteric Psychology clearly outlines how all of humanity are grouped or
influenced by a number of the 7 rays. Monadic ray, Soul ray, PersonalityÂRayÂas
well as Mental ray, Astral ray, and Physical-etheric ray. Although this may seem
as information already given out by a number of earlier Theosophists I encourage
the reader to explore for themselves. It was not until this meticulous outline
by AABÂthatÂthe influence of the seven rays clearly show in great detail how
each student will approach their spiritual development somewhat differently.
None are better than any other but they are distinctly different.
ÂKnowledge of the 7 rays and which centers, colors, notes,Âplanets or spiritual
hierarchies they relate or work throughÂand how they should be used in
meditation is part of what she disseminated.
I have outlined and given graphic representation to some of her and HPB's
insights and theories. They can be found here at my website:
Blessings for the New Year
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Subject: theos-talk WHO SPEAKS FOR THEOSOPHY?
WHO SPEAKS FOR THEOSOPHY?
One of the skills highly recommended of Theosophists is the development of a
broad and flexible tolerance for the differences of others. There is not nor has
there ever been any "official" definition of "Theosophy." However when we talk
about "Theosophical Studies" this does not mean that we can study any sundry New
Age or occult topic and call it "Theosophy." Theosophical Studies involve a
definite curriculum of information.
Among Theosophical students it is generally accepted that the focus of our study
and promotion be centered around the teachings and writings of H.P. Blavatsky
and the various interpretations of her many disciples and students.
No two students are exactly alike and we find many differing views and
interpretations as we are all at different levels of mental ability and
comprehension, and this is all OK. This is the way it should be. A diversity of
viewpoints makes for healthy discussion.
Modern psychological studies and brain research are confirming what the Ancient
Wisdom has always taught that there are two distinct hemispheres of the brain
which interpret data differently. The left brain gives a logical
explanation, the right brain gives an aesthetic interpretation. When the two are
working in sync, a wholistic picture developes. Few people are born with both
hemispheres operating naturally in sync, and we call them the geniuses. However
anyone can be trained to synchronize both hemispheres and awaken their latent
Much of the current discussion and antagonism directed toward previous prominent
leaders of the Theosophical Movement can be addressed by understanding that some
were predominantly "Right Brain" thinkers and some where "Left Brain" thinkers
and this is evidenced by the way they presented Theosophy to the public. Were
they wrong in their presentations? NO, just different.
There is a great value in amicable discussion, more than most realize, as it is
through amicable discussion that new insights and vistas of understanding open
up before our mental vision. There is an emergent value which cannot be
pre-planned or predicted but is always of a salugenic and wholesome quality.
Theosophy is a serious inquiry, and Madame Blavatsky gives us helpful guidelines
and hints to enable our inquiry to produce fruitful effects. No where does she
ever claim to be "the final word" as with this Grand Inquiry, there can never be
a "final word."
Paradoxically as it may seem, longtime serious students of Theosophy will attest
to the fact that when one reaches a certain level of inquiry there seems to
occur a convergence and agreement of understanding, a congruence at which point
differences, dis-agreements and previous mis-understandings all become moot and
fade into the background.
So, Who Speaks For Theosophy?
We All Do, and No One Does.
Theosophy (TRUTH) Speaks for itself, it is Self-evident, and requires no
Hopefully those who do speak on Theosophy will be learned and or sincere
students. We can judge for ourselves the merits of their statements We can
decide for ourselves whether they are credible and worth our consideration.
Colonial Olcott structured the Society in order to preserve this freedom of
inquiry by giving the Branches, autonomy to operate without being subject to
"official versions" or dictates of "higher bodies."
When a National Society or any other "Special Interest Group" or political
faction resorts to "favorite versions," deceit or trickery, to further their own
agenda, then our basic freedom of inquiry and discussion is greatly endangered.
And more importantly TRUTH is subverted.
The motivation for promoting these private agendas can only be based on
spiritual ambition and unrecognized egotism. We are cautioned many times by
Madame Blavatsky against the deadly effects of spiritual ambition, it is ironic
that this is not readily seen.
TRUTH operates as the Spirit does, it does as it will, and will not be
controlled by anyone or group.
Let constant vigilance be our watchword.
Mr.Delahunt has been a member of the Society since 1969, A Past President of
Orlando Lodge and is currently the Secretary of Orlando Lodge, and Director of
The School of Theosophy, Orlando.
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