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Closing and reopening of Esoteric School in 1927 - New material in Ross' Book

Jul 24, 2011 07:26 AM
by MKR

Ernest Wood in his book - Is This Theosophy? wrote:

âIn 1927 Dr. Besant was in America with Krishnamurti. He had now become very
active and independent. He wrote charming poetry at that time, full of
sympathetic feeling and penetrating thought. Dr. Besant announced that the
World Teacher had definitely come, not as she had expected by the occasional
stepping out of Krishnamurti and stepping in of the Lord, but by a constant
mingling of the consciousness of the Lord and that of his disciple. To this
belief she adhered to the end of her life, and she made it the topic of her
greatest enthusiasm, as can be seen in all her subsequent annual
presidential addresses to the Society. In 1928 she closed the Eastern
School, as the Lord had come, and it was his guidance that the people should
now seek, not hers. But it was soon strongly represented to her by Bishop
Leadbeater and his close adherents that many of its members, released from
the discipline of the School, [302] were becoming slack in their personal
conduct, and in consequence of this pressure she opened it again a year
later for those who felt that they could not discipline themselves and
wanted a routine laid down for them.â

You will not find much discussion about the closing and reopening of the
School in theosophical publications.

In the recent book Krotona, Theosophy and Krishnamurti by Joseph Ross, you
will find for the first time, some of the correspondence that went behind
the scenes on the topic. We all should be thankful for it and an
âorganizational theosophistâ would not have dared to publish them. If you
have access to the book, you will find the material very interesting.

The book is not cheap and quite out of reach for most theosophists and it my
hope that soon it would be available in electronic file for a small
voluntary donation as this is the best way to have widest circulation


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