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Re: Theos-World Re Stemming the Tide of Materialism

May 08, 2001 03:26 AM
by Jerry Hejka-Ekins

Dallas, I think you are preaching to the choir on this point, and I appreciate your idealism.  However, as one who has worked with three different Theosophical Organizations over the last forty years, I have observed that there is a great deal of difference between the idealsthey preach and their practices. 


 To my mind, personal responsibility is the key here, as you suggest.  This is why I'm interested in learning about different Theosophist's views concerning what they believe their responsibilities are.  Im frankly not interested in being told what "theosophy teaches."  I have all of the books, and like you, have read them over and over and discussed them alone and in study groups for years.  I'm primarily interested is in the many different ways that people have come to understand these teachings and how they apply them.  


Ramadoss recently quoted Radha as saying that "we have as a TS such a low level because we have not better members."  In light of your point about personal responsibilities and individual karma, she is right.  On the other hand, there is also group karma, which begs the question whether sixy years of leadership by the same family and a political system that keeps potential leaders who are outside of the click from running, might have something to do with the TS's low level.  But this is not just the Adyar TS, I have made the same general kinds of observations (though the details differ of course) in ULT and Pasadena, which are, I believe, also at a low level.






Theosophy, if anything teaches the individual to be responsible only to the PRINCIPLES and not to any “authorities.”  The sole authority for each is his own HIGHER SELF. 


The T.S. is  a body dedicated originally to study and promulgate the Natural Truths that anyone could discover and prove for themselves.  The value of an organization was that individuals could mutually consult and arrive at some joint ideas, which were then to be used (or not) by the INDIVIDUALS.  Our KARMAis always INDIVIDUAL.  By joining a TS we surrender nothing of our personal responsibilities.



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