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Re: copyright

Jan 08, 2001 05:51 AM
by ramadoss

Here is an interesting msg I found on alt-theosophy newsgroup.

I have always felt that Internet can do a lot of good to a lot of people
around the world in providing access to written material even though the
copyright (and the money) and many other issues clash with the what
Internet is providing as a tool. It is also creating new issues to
"spiritual" organizations to deal with since it takes away the control of
the medium of communication they are used to and with the increased
exposure and use by the present younger generation, we will see far
reaching changes that no one can predict and even supplanting "spiritual"
organizations which in some cases "assume" the role of "sole" gatekeeper of
access to the "Adepts" thus also enforcing control on those who believe is
such a system. 

We are fortunate that all the classic material that came out during the
early days of modern Theosophy (when the Theosophical Adepts were very
actively involved in the propogation of Theosophy) is in public domain and
some organizations have made them available for download on the internet.
The website mentioned below has links to various downloadable texts
including theosophical material.

Much good and exciting times are ahead for the common man and woman and
child who want to access info that would help their spiritual growth and
thus help welfare of the Humanity.


On Fri, 05 Jan 2001 04:31:03 GMT, in alt.theosophy wrote:

>In article <bMv36.27566$>,
"Stephen" <> wrote:

Does anyone know anything about the dispute between the Lucis
trust and netnews (where Alice Bailey works are being offered for

It's my understanding that the some of the more conservative leadership
at Lucis Publishing/Trust are worried (fearful) about potential money
shortages with text from the books being freely available on the
internet, while the servers who have made the books available at are not. It's also my understanding that the Lucis
leadership has wisely made no plans to take any legal action against
netnews. Maybe if they did, they'd have heart attacks or something! ;-)

Some people, including myself think that the time has come for the AAB
teachings to be made available to anyone with access to the internet. I
don't know for sure, but imagine that Lucis has sold more books per
year thanks to, than before. My guess is that the Masters
would say that the greatest value of the internet is that it enables
people to obtain information that will help them expand their
consciousness without necessarily having to spend money towards that
end. As the externalization of the Hierarchy proceeds, more and more
people from all parts of the world are being drawn to these teachings
and what netnews has done can only help.

In the Extract from a Statement by the Tibetan (Djwhal Khul) which you probably know is on
the first two pages of all the books, He said: "My work is to teach
and spread the knowledge of the Ageless Wisdom wherever I can find a
response..." Surely he would want this opportunity for larger outreach
to be seized to the maximum.

It's very helpful for some people who don't live near a bookstore (that
stocks such books) to be able to preview the books before deciding
which ones to buy (if any). I live near a nice bookstore that stocks
the books, but it's much more convenient for me to preview them on the
(never closing) net than to drive to the store (where they may or may
not have all the books on hand), and I'm sure there are others in the
same boat who prefer the same method.

We are fast approaching a time when commercialization of nearly
everything will become nothing more than a part of our sorry past.
Sharing, brotherhood, and love will become the universal currencies -
regardless of whether or not some good old fashioned people like it.

Oops - you were probably just looking for facts. Sorry - guess I got
carried away.

Om Tat Sat Hari Om

Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul's books on Esoteric Philosophy-
English online edition:
German online edition:

Lucis Trust


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