Re: : HPB ==A Protest by Dallas TenBroeck
Jun 01, 1998 07:08 PM
by Dallas TenBroeck
June 1st 1998
I am apparently violating some tacit basis for the handling of
It seems immunity is granted to those who dare or desire to
ventilate their opinions. So I make mine known.
How can you or I "debate" HPB ?" We can not.
She is herself, as you are, or I am--each one an individual Self.
We are not subject to being debated. Someone may say they don't
like something about us, what we wear, what we eat, how we speak,
what we do, etc.
Yes, HPB is a historical figure. If she is to be described, then
let it be an honest description. I do not care to hear (and I
said this it plainly) about her, or anyone else, evil inferred.
I have always thought when I hear or read things of that nature
that somehow the author, or the person repeating something that
cannot be gainsaid by the person concerned is taking advantage of
their absence and of the public's avidity for slander, and ill
speaking -- always the attempt to reduce a person to a lower
level, morally. No thank you. Not for me.
None of us is fit to do that in my esteem, whether it is HPB or
anyone else. When we have written a Secret Doctrine and secured
the backing of the Mahatmas, we may be able to debate WITH her.
But in her absence, no. As I said before, everyone of us who
use, or work with Theosophy, are her pupils and owe her a debt of
gratitude. I do not consider it honorable or respectful to try
to demean her.
I would say about Jesus the same thing.
About C W L -- well there are court judgments. If we are going
to debate his character, we will have to give both sides. He has
done some good, and he had great potential, as one of the
Masters' early letters of encouragement to him reveals. That
would have to be mentioned. Same would be for anyone whose past
is under review or characterization.
To speak ill of the dead is cowardly I would say. If HPB were
here she could handle the matter herself. As she is not, I pick
up the cudgels ! Is that so strange ?
Somewhere I must be missing a clue.
That in my seem is an example of why history is not a science.
It does not deal in facts anymore, but in selected opinions. If
it is a matter of opinions then I voice mine. And I have done
I hope this helps explain my position. Dallas
> Date: Monday, June 01, 1998 6:44 PM
> From: "Dr A M Bain" <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: HPB a forbidden topic?
>K. Paul Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org> quotes Dallas:
>>> Theosophy is a subject for debate, if anyone wishes to try
>>> H.P.Blavatsky is not subject to debate,
>Why not? HPB is a historical figure. You might just as easily
>is not subject to debate, or C.W.Leadbeater is not subject to
>Or Dallas. Or Alan.
>THEOSOPHY INTERNATIONAL: Working for a New Age:
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