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Re: theos-talk The original TS Bye-Laws - are gone bye bye?

Mar 06, 2012 08:47 AM
by M. Sufilight

Dear MKR

I did not find them there....Did I overlook them?

In this link we find a part of the Bye-Laws and the Preamble to the Bye-Laws from 1875.
But all the Bye-Laws from 1875...are they not online ???

I did however find the following...

"When prophets die: the postcharismatic fate of new religious movements" By Timothy Miller - page 219:
"15. Earlier Rules drawn up in 1879, just after the founders had come to India, stated that the president was under the autority of the Masters who constituted the "First Section" of the Society. The Rules were revised in 1885 to drop the reference to the Masters. See "The Theosophical Society, or Universal Brotherhood, Principle, Rules, and Bye-Laws, as revised in General Counsil, at the meeting held at the Palace of H. H. maharajah of Vizianagram, Benares, 17th December, 1879)" in the Theosophist, 1 (April 1880): 179-180; Ransom, A Short History, 123, 229."


The THEOSOPHIST April, 1880, p. 179-180:
"[Formed at New York, U. S. of America, October 30th, 1875.]
Principles, Rules, and Bye-Laws, as revised in General Council, at the meeting held at the Palace of H. H. the Maharaja of Vizianagram, Benares, 17th, December, 1879."
[For instance...: ]
"VII. The President-Founder has authority to designate any Fellow of capacity and good repute to perform, pro tempore, the duties of any office vacated by death or resignation, or whose incumbent may be obliged to absent himself for a time. He is also empowered and required to define the duties of all officers, and assign specific responsibilities to Members of the General Council, not in conflict with the general plans of the Society.
VIII. These plans are declared to be as follows: â 

  (a)â To keep alive in man his spiritual intuitions. (b)â To oppose and counteract â after due investigation and proof of its irrational nature â bigotry in every form, whether as an intolerant religious sectarianism or belief in miracles or anything supernatural. 
  (c)â To promote a feeling of brotherhood among nations; and assist in the international exchange of useful arts and products, by advice, information, and co-operation with all worthy individuals and associations; provided, however, that no benefit or percentage shall be taken by the Society for its corporate services.
  (d)â To seek to obtain knowledge of all the laws of Nature, and aid in diffusing it; and especially to encourage the study of those laws least understood by modern people, and so termed the Occult Sciences. Popular superstition and folk-lore, however fantastical, when sifted, may lead to the discovery of long-lost but important secrets of Nature. The Society, therefore, aims to pursue this line of inquiry in the hope to widen the field of scientific and philosophical observation. 
  (e)â To gather for the Society's library and put into written forms correct information upon the various ancient philosophies, traditions, and legends, and, as the Council shall decide it permissible, disseminate the same in such practicable ways as the translation and publication of original works of value, and extracts from and commentaries upon the same, or the oral instructions of persons learned in their respective departments. (f)â To promote in every practicable way, in countries where needed, the spread of non-sectarian education. (g)â Finally, and chiefly, to encourage and assist individual Fellows in self-improvement, intellectual, moral, and spiritual. But no Fellow shall put to his selfish use any knowledge communicated to him by any member of the First Section; violation of this rule being punished by expulsion. And before any such knowledge can be imparted, the person shall bind himself by a solemn oath not to use, it to selfish purposes, nor to reveal it, except with the permission of the teacher."
  "XI. The Society consists of three sections. The highest or First Section is composed exclusively of proficients or initiates in Esoteric Science and Philosophy, who take a deep interest in the Society's affairs and instruct the President-Founder how best to regulate them, but whom none but such as they voluntarily communicate with have the right to know.

  The Second Section embraces such Theosophists as have proved by their fidelity, zeal, and courage, and their devotion to the Society, that they have become able to regard all men as equally their brothers, irrespective of caste, colour, race, or creed; and who are ready to defend the life or honour of a brother Theosophist even at the risk of their own lives.

  The administration of the superior Sections need not be dealt with at present in a code of rules laid before the public. No responsibilities, connected with these superior grades, are incurred by persons who merely desire ordinary membership of the third class.

  The Third is the Section of Probationers. All new Fellows are on probation, until their purpose to remain in the Society has become fixed, their usefulness shown, and their ability to conquer evil habits and unwarranted prejudices demonstrated.

  Advancement from Section to Section depends upon merit only. Until a Fellow reaches the first degree of the Second Section, his Fellowship gives him but the following rights â (1) to attend the Society's meetings, (2) access only to printed matter, such as books and pamphlets of the Society's Library, (3) protection and support by the President and Council in case of need and according to personal merit, (4) instruction and enlightenment, upon what he reads and studies, by Fellows of the Second Section; and this whether he remains at home or goes abroad and wherever he finds a Branch of the Theosophical Society: every Fellow being obliged to help the others as much as the circumstances, in which he is placed, will allow."
  "The Society repudiates all interference on its behalf with the Governmental relations of any nation or community, confining its attention exclusively to the matters set forth in the present document, and hoping thus to enjoy the confidence and aid of all good men."
  "Revised and ratified by the Society, at Bombay, February the 26th, and 28th, 1880.
  Joint Recording Secretary."
  [Followed by a note...:]
  "THE ADDRESS BY"....... (Scanned copy)

  (The non-existent Society at Ghazipore.......Could be compared to present day attempts of various "copy"-versions...)

  "The Seven Principles of the Movement" by Carlos Cardoso Aveline
  (With some views on the Bye-laws given in 1879-1880...)


The we find an interesting article here on the Theosophical Society and the organic development of its structure ......
Something like this is not being talked about the modern day theosophical magazines...We can only wonder why....?

The Theosophist October 1888 to April 1889
By  H. P. Blavatsky - Page 301-307 --- especially page 304 on how the three or more main Obejcts first came to light.
"(a) To keep alive in man his belief that he has a soul, and the universe a Gud.
(b) To oppose and counteract bigotry in every form, whether as an intolerant religious sectarianisme, or belief in miracles, or anything supernatural."
"(f) To promote in every practicable wat, in countries where needed, the spread of non-sectarian western education."

That is clearly to say...: Non-sectarian education.
And I add: And therefore also in Adyar today, I hope...


So one more time we have...

H. P. Blavatsky wrote very interestingly about the Theosophical Society:
"The chief aim of the Founder of the Eclectic Theosophical School was one of the three objects of its modern successor, the Theosophical Society, namely, to reconcile all religions, sects and nations under a common system of ethics, based on eternal verities." (p. 3-4, 2nd ed., 1890)
(That is - reconcile - ALL SECTS - and therefore TODAY also ALL THEOSOPHICAL GROUPS, ORGANISATIONS AND OFFSHOOTS THEREOF. - Do you not agree my dear readers??? --- And to all readers: And what have you my dear altruistic friends done on this lately - while promotiong altruism? --- - I can hear the answer: Silence...silence and almost a contempt for the truth and compassion in these very logical words and questions.)

So I ask in the name of ALTRUISM and from all of my Heart:
So why do we have the various theosophical groups and organisations like the ULT's, Pasadena TS, Adyar TS, and all the rest?
What are they good for if they cannot join hands in the name of altruism??? Why not at least be affilliated to each other if you claim the same original program and Bye-Laws - ie. centrally speaking and in essence?

M. Sufilight
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: MKR 
  Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 3:16 PM
  Subject: Re: theos-talk The original TS Bye-Laws - are gone bye bye?

  I think they are at in the members section. Have you looked
  at the site?

  On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM, M. Sufilight

  > Dear friends
  > Sometimes I wonder...
  > Preamble of the T.S.
  > Dated October 30, 1875; reprinted in The Theosophical Forum, September
  > 1947, pp. 515-18
  > But it is also known that there were som so/called Bye-Laws. Where are
  > those Bye-Laws today???
  > I have never seen them online.
  > H. P. Blavatsky wrote:
  > [A copy of the Preamble and By-Laws of The Theosophical Society is pasted
  > in H.P.B.âs Scrapbook, Vol. I, pp. 77-79. On top of the first column, above
  > the title, H.P.B. wrote in blue pencil :]
  > The Child is
  > born!
  > Hosannah!
  > Can we have these Bye-Laws online in PDF and HTML?
  > Lack of emphasis on how the Theosophical Society originally operated, when
  > it was founded backed by the Masters, (if we should believe the words by
  > Blavatsky) --- can not be healthy. Well, that seems logical.
  > (See The Original Programe here ---
  > )
  > Anyone?
  > Can we have these Bye-Laws online in PDF and HTML?
  > M. Sufilight
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