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Re: Theos-World Pasadena laughs about Point Loma?

Mar 04, 1999 08:03 PM
by Frank Reitemeyer

Jerry wrote:

>Pasadena officials tend to smile at the phrase "Point Loma tradition and
>insist that this phrase itself shows why the break was necessary...

Let's deal rather with facts than emotions. What has G. de Purucker

"It would already be something accomplished of genuine worth if the
Theosophical Society were to become merely an organization of decent and
law-abiding men and women, who love their fellow-men  and the grand
Philosophy of the gods given to us by the Masters, and who disseminate this
Philosophy among their fellow human beings... But it is not by any means
enough. Were it only that, I foresee that the T.S. would in time become a
mere religio-philosophic association, a sort of excellent church doing a
good work in the world, and living along in a more or loess crystallized
beneficent activity, until innate seeds od decay wrought their work of
disintegration in the body corporte of the T.S. ... We must not allow this
to happen. The T.S. must at all cost be kept a *living* body, a body
constantly growing from within from innate and inherent seeds of life and
inspiration. ... Do you *realize*... and not merely understand it with the
brain-mind, that even yet our connection with this mighty flow of spiritual
and intellectual energy has not been lost.... We of our own T.S. hold true
as steel to our own traditional Theosophical philosophy which it teaches;
but perhaps just because we do so, and try to *live it* instead of merely
talking about it, we are always ready to be brotherly towards others, to
recognize the rights of individual opinions when sincerely held by others,
and also we realize with clarity that organizational differences, while
having certain ugly features, at least tend to keep the Theosophical
Movement from falling into the old and fatal pit of disaster that has always
been the fate of every relegious organization up to the present day -
churchism, dogmatism, spiritual and intellectual crystallization, even
perhaps poperies and ritualisms, in which the spirit is lost and is replaced
by things of the body - matter."
--  G. de Purucker, Letter No. XV, July 11, 1934. Reprinted in: The Eclectic
Theosophist Fall 1992, p. 4ff.

Since the split of 1946 and 195, many Theosophists, among them Iverson and
Helen Harris, Elsie Benjamin, Helen Todd, Boris de Zirkoff, Geoffrey
Barborka, Gordon Plummer, W. Emmett Small continued to carry on the original
programme of the old New York/Point Loma T.S. and the works of HPB, Judge,
KT and GdeP. The "Middle Way" of Point Loma (John Cooper) was not rubbed
out, as it was hoped by James Long. Although without official headquarters,
the Point Loma Lodges, Sections or groups continue up to the present their
peaceful work in many countries.
Jerry and others may smile and laugh, but they will never destroy the
Blavatsky/Point Loma Tradition. People tend to laugh about all things they
do not understand. But perhaps, when they give karma the opportunity, one
day they will understand better. Historians of the future will recognize two
main persons in the T.S. which were the tools to disrupt and destroy the
work of HPB and the Masters, the one is Leadbeater, the other is Long. The
Adyar T.S. has worked up to a large extent the Leadbeater period, has
healing the wounds and returns to the original program. But the Pasadena
T.S. has not worked up until present ist own dark period. Perhaps it will be
done by Historians if they fear to do it for themselves. As long as they
have Long in their catalogues the wound is not healed.


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