Re: Theos-World HPB on slander etc...
Feb 11, 2002 08:27 AM
Thank you so much for posting these words of HPB. They put every
thing into perspective, and have the effect on me of directing my
thought toward what can be done in a positive manner to doing what I
am able to carry on the work she devoted her life to. All the
squabbles and mud flinging simply do not matter, in the face of the
tremendous opportunity she brought to humanity to consciously begin
to make a difference in our lives and in the life of our whole
On 10 Feb 2002 at 13:54, Morten Sufilight wrote:
> Hi all of you...
> I thought that the following from Blavatsky's writings could do
> something good in all the blossoming hearts on this list...(The
> bolds/italics/underscores are few and should be visible.) PLEASE do
> not ignore WISDOM.
> The aim of this work may be thus stated: to show that Nature is not "a
> fortuitous concurrence of atoms," and to assign to man his rightful
> place in the scheme of the Universe; to rescue from degradation the
> archaic truths which are the basis of all religions; and to uncover,
> to some extent, the fundamental unity from which they all spring;
> finally, to show that the occult side of Nature has never been
> approached by the Science of modern civilization.
> If this is in any degree accomplished, the writer is content. It is
> written in the service of humanity, and by humanity and the future
> generations it must be judged. Its author recognises no inferior court
> of appeal. Abuse she is accustomed to; calumny she is daily acquainted
> with; at slander she smiles in silent contempt." (The Secret Doctrine,
> vol.1, p.viii)
> "To my judges, past and future, therefore -- whether they are serious
> literary critics, or those howling dervishes in literature who judge a
> book according to the popularity or unpopularity of the author's name,
> who, hardly glancing at its contents, fasten like lethal bacilli on
> the weakest points of the body -- I have nothing to say. Nor shall I
> condescend to notice those crack-brained slanderers -- fortunately
> very few in number -- who, hoping to attract public attention by
> throwing discredit on every writer whose name is better known than
> their own, foam and bark at their very shadows. These, having first
> maintained for years that the doctrines taught in the Theosophist, and
> which culminated in "Esoteric Buddhism," had been all invented by the
> present writer, have finally turned round, and denounced "Isis
> Unveiled" and the rest as a plagiarism from Eliphas Levi (!),
> Paracelsus (!!), and, mirabile
> [[Vol. 1, Page]] xlvi INTRODUCTORY.
> dictu, Buddhism and Brahmanism (!!!) As well charge Renan with having
> stolen his Vie de Jesus from the Gospels, and Max Muller his "Sacred
> Books of the East" or his "Chips" from the philosophies of the
> Brahmins and Gautama, the Buddha. But to the public in general and the
> readers of the "Secret Doctrine" I may repeat what I have stated all
> along, and which I now clothe in the words of Montaigne: Gentlemen, "I
> HAVE HERE MADE ONLY A NOSEGAY OF CULLED FLOWERS, AND HAVE BROUGHT
> NOTHING OF MY OWN BUT THE STRING THAT TIES THEM."
> Pull the "string" to pieces and cut it up in shreds, if you will. As
> for the nosegay of FACTS -- you will never be able to make away with
> these. You can only ignore them, and no more."
> (The Secret Doctrine, vol.1, p.xlv-xlvi)
> Sufilight with some Baby-talk...á la the Middle East
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