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Re: Theos-World Part I == H P B and the T S and "SPIRITUALISM"

Feb 03, 2002 09:23 AM
by adelasie

Dear Dallas,

Thank you very much for this three-part investigation into the nature 
of real spiritualism. Humanity today, posessing only some of its 
potential powers, has a difficult time encompassing a larger view of 
the phenomena we only partially perceive and very partially 
understand. For many, an entree into theosophical study comes 
when they discover that it contains some reasonable explanations 
for some of those half-perceived things which no other body of 
thought seems to be able to explain, if in fact it accepts them at all. 
When we begin to sense that there is more to reality than that 
which we can see, touch, or otherwise sense, we are in a 
dangerous condition, because if we do not find some way to 
investigate these things which includes the real information, along 
with the appropriate warning of dangers inherent, we can become 
intoxicated with the wonder of it and possibly do damage to 
ourselves and others, as you have described. 

Those of us who do not accept any reality beyond the material may 
find means to try to prove that transcendent experiences are all 
sham, but for any who have had some such experiences, there is a 
need to try to understand what they represent. The clear 
explanation of such phenomena, along with the explanation that the 
evolution of humanity leads toward conscious control of the forces 
of nature which cause them, is helpful to those who wish to know 
more about themselves and life in general. Equally helpful is the 
fact that the path to such knowledge is only safely trodden with 
strict attention to ethical and moral self-responsibility. 

Best wishes,

On 2 Feb 02, at 15:49, wrote:

> Saturday, February 02, 2002
> Dear Friends:
> Re: Early days of the T S and "Spiritualism"
> Much of the history of the relations between H P B, Col. Olcott,
> and the early days of the T S in an attempt to codify and make
> "spiritualism" into a "science," are found illustrated in the
> early writings of H P B contained in the book A MODERN PANARION.
> This has been out of print for many years until recently the
> THEOSOPHY COMPANY, of Los Angeles issued a photographic reprint
> of the original edition of this book. It is available through
> at their "bookstore."
> The student will find therein the attempt made in those early
> years to separate true psychic and mediumistic phenomena from the
> fraudulent.
> However for the sake of students who are interested in what
> Theosophy has to say about the "Spiritualism" movement and
> psychic phenomena we offer in 2 parts some details .
> It is important in all studies for those interested to know as a
> basis the rationale of that considered, as views concerning the
> "history" of events are often the result of superficial gleanings from
> happenings, than from any real knowledge of what is actually being
> dealt with. The true student always furnishes himself with
> information that relates to the causes of events. This gives depth to
> any real scholarship.
> The following may then perhaps be of service.

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