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RE: Theos-World Fw: Pseudo-theosophy of AAB & CWL

Jan 13, 2003 12:24 PM
by Jerry Hejka-Ekins

Indeed she did, and this article may even be where Dr. Stokes picked up
the phrase. I see the article as a stern warning against the growing
fanaticism among the membership and the destructive effects of competing
organizations that were creating confusion even at this early date. Her
prophecy is very telling when she warns that if these forces are allowed
to take over, "then the Society threatens to become very soon a
fanatical body split into three hundred sects--like Protestantism--each
hating the other and all bent on destroying the truth by monstrous
exaggerations and idiotic schemes and shams." Her prediction sounds to
me like an accurate description of the state of the Theosophical
Movement today. 

Yes, it has been clear for some time that John would follow Radha. We
can expect lot of administrative reorganization once he is in. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Reitemeyer [] 
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2003 12:11 PM
Subject: Re: Theos-World Fw: Pseudo-theosophy of AAB & CWL

Jerry HE:
To define 'pseudo theosophy' as anything that is not source material
becomes problematical because it begs a very precise distinction of what
is the source material of HPB's and what is not. As far as I have been
able to determine, the word "Pseudo-theosophy" was first used in 1918 by
H.N. Stokes. At first he applied it to distinguish CWL's teachings from

Not quite so, dear Jerry. It was HPB herself who used the term
pseudo-Theosophy and Pseudo-Theosophists.
For her London magazine Lucifer she wrote in March 1889 an article
"On Pseudo-Theosophy", reprinted in B:CW XI, 45f.
Pseudo-Theosophists are best described as people who - often unknown to
themselves - act and teach different to the oral and written suggestions
orders of the Masters of Compassion.
The term Neo-Theosophy was largely used by HPB's occult successor
Tingley to denounce those, who invented a new system which is in direct
opposition to and destructive to the original aim and pattern of the
original TS.
Nowadays the overall majority of the wide theosophical movement is in
opposition to the original aims, even to the written aims, not to speak
the unwritten ones.


PS: I just received a telephone call informing me that the John Algeo
is "done", i.e. the Council has agreed with majority vote that he should
the next PTS. Seems that the preparations are finished now and that
President Radha Burnier will step down to make the chair free for her
successor. Do you see the shadows on the wall?

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