Re: Jerry Schueler gives some responses to BAG
Jan 26, 2003 10:38 AM
by Steve Stubbs " <email@example.com>
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "D. H. Caldwell <info@b...>"
> blinds are NOT deceptions or lies.
That is probably true, but Blavatsky represented them as deceptions.
So to her that is what they were, which means deceiving was her
intent. The question is, why anyone would have thought this
necessary or desirable.
> I doubt that Blavatsky was even aware of Pure Land Buddhism.
She constantly made use of the term "devachan". which literally
means "Pure Land." As someone who claims expertise in Sanskrrit, it
surprises me that you would have missed that. She also read Beal's
CATENA OF BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES FROM THE CHINESE and copied stuff from
that book into the mahatma letters she wrote. I don't see how she
could have studied uddhism without having heard of the Pure Land,
whether she belonged to that sect or not.
> <<<Everything depends on TRUTH, and begins with SELF-TRUTH, which
> another term for HUMILITY.>>>
In fairness, Blavatsky quoted what she claimed was an old Buddhist
proverb: "There is only one truth, and that truth is unchanging,
namely that there is no truth." That is a rather sophisticated
epistemological statement, but it does not explain the use of studied
> Many teachings from the Esoteric Tradition are dangerous and need
> be hidden from those unprepared to receive them. For
> example: "Justice exists only in the human mind, and karma has
> nothing to do with justice" is a dangerous teaching
And one which I think should be more widely disseminated than it is.
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