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spending time attacking paths that one doesn't like

Apr 17, 2002 05:44 PM
by Eldon B Tucker

(I'm sending this again because it did not seem to go
out the first time, about 8 or 9 hours ago.)


At 05:44 AM 4/17/02 +0000, you wrote:

Reg. Blavatsky 3

During the past three years I have made a more or less exhaustive
analysis of the contents of the writings of
Madame H. P. Blavatsky ...
I found the text that you're quoting at Daniel Caldwell's
website, under a page entitled "The Sources of Madame
Blavatsky's Writings" by William Emmette Coleman. It was at:


The webpage mentions that it was first published in:

A MODERN PRIESTESS OF ISIS by Vsevolod Sergyeevich Solovyoff,
London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1895, Appendix C, pages 353-66.
The author is described as:

(1) Member, American Oriental Society, Royal Asiatic Society
of Great Britain and Ireland, Pali Text Society, Egypt
Exploration Fund, Geographical Society of California;
Corresponding Member, Brooklyn Ethical Association; and
Member, Advisory Council, Psychic Science Congress,
Chicago, Illinois.
You might browse other pages on that website to see other
slants on theosophical history. I don't think that the
pages you posted are accurate in describing Theosophy.
Coleman has a quite negative attitude towards Blavatsky
and the philosophy.

This list is to provide a place where people can study and
find out more about the theosophical philosophy. Lengthy
repostings of 107-year-old attacks on Blavatsky may not
be helpful.

Pick any topic. Look on the Internet, and you'll find a
wide range of opinions on it. There will be everything from
the most negative and spiteful denunciation of the topic
to the most unashamed praise. This is true of Theosophy and
Blavatsky's role in partially presenting it to Western
society. A student could spend all of his or her time in
presenting counter arguments to the attacks.

Personally, I'd consider that a waste of time. I'm into
Theosophy because I find benefit in studying its philosophy.
I find that I'm learning things and growing inwardly. Any
system of thought, any philosophy, any sangha or body of
spiritual seekers will have their enemies. We undertake a
path and follow a particular dharma because it appeals to
us and is effective in leading us to realize our spiritual

People that spend their time attacking paths they don't like
are fools. They'd find better use for their time in seeking
out a particular path that works for them and sincerely
following it.

-- Eldon

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