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Mar 19, 1999 11:16 AM
by W. Dallas TenBroeck
In a dozen places in her articles and letters HPB states that psychism is to be eschewed by members of the TS- The reason is plain. The elemental and astral world is full of unknown and undetectable (so far by us) pitfalls. Even if we were to assume that Bulwer-Lytton.s A STRANGE STORY and ZANONI are only partly true, there is enough there to be discouraging to those who are cautious.
And what is the person's motive to DARE and to TRY? I don't have to stick my head through the hole at the base of a guillotine to see if the knife will fall or not. If it is knowledge of those invisible planes, then there is plenty of explanation and illustration of the literature of Theosophy, starting with that wonderful encyclopedia: ISIS UNVEILED. But with no chart, or special viewing apparatus, why should I try to see if the "waters" are either frigid or boiling ?
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Jerry Schueler
Sent: Friday, March 19, 1999 8:27 AM
To: Theos World
Subject: Theos-World Are TRY and DARE in Today's TSs?
>> Theosophists seem to ignore
>> the TRY and DARE commands of occultism on this one.
>This is a sweeping generalization based on assumption.
No, its based on reading the materials disseminated
by the TSs today. From Judge down through today there
is a strong caution (to put it mildly) against even TRYing
anything at all that smacks of psychism. There is NO
mention of the possibility of liberation in a single lifetime
in any TS literature that I am aware of even though it is
a central tenent in Tibetan Buddhism and is part of the
teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. Am I
wrong? I hope so, but I don't think so. I view the entire
TS milieu today as one of extreme conservativism, which
is why I am certain that HPB would never be accepted
by the TSs today if her reincarnation were here. The
whole concept of TRY and DARE is downplayed and
warned against in today's TSs unless you believe that
TRY-to-be-moral and DARE-to-be-nice are what
these occult terms mean.