Re: Dr. Santucci and the neo/pseudo Theosophy
Sep 20, 2003 07:56 PM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
I have a number of comments I would like to make but
will start by quoting a statement by Dr. Alvin Boyd Kuhn.
In his study of Theosophy titled "Theosophy:
A Modern Revival of Ancient Wisdom" (published 1930),
"[Starting in the March 15, 1928 issue]. . . The Canadian
Theosophist, a magazine published under the editorship
of Mr. Albert Smythe at Toronto, published a series of
articles in which parallel passages from the writings of
Madame Blavatsky and the Mahatma Letters on one side, and
from the books of Mrs. Besant, Mr. Leadbeater, Mr. C.
Jinarajadasa, on the other, give specific evidence bearing
on the claims of perversion of the original theories by
those whom they call Neo-Theosophists. The articles indicate
wide deviations, in some cases complete reversal, made by
the later interpreters [Besant, Leadbeater, Jinarajadasa]
from the fundamental statements of the Russian Messenger
[Blavatsky] and her Overlords [the Mahatmas]."
"The differences concern such matters as the
personality of God, the historicity of Jesus, his
identity as an individual or a principle, the
desirability of churches, priestcraft and religious
ceremonial, the genuineness of an apostolic succession,
and a vicarious atonement, the authority of Sacraments,
the nature and nomenclature of the seven planes of man's
constitution, the planetary chains, the monad, the course
of evolution, and many other important phases of Theosophic
doctrine. This exhaustive research has made it apparent
that the later exponents have allowed themselves to depart
in many important points from the teachings of H.P.B."
This summary gives you some idea of the subject matter where
there are "differences" that were, to quote Dr. Santucci again,
"often in total opposition to the Theosophy of
Blavatsky and her Masters."
OBTW, the first two books I ever read on Theosophy back in the
late 1960s were:
A TEXTBOOK OF THEOSOPHY by C.W. Leadbeater
THE ANCIENT WISDOM by Annie Besant
BLAVATSKY STUDY CENTER
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Eddy" <loboguara@e...> wrote:
> Subject: Dr. Santucci and the neo/pseudo Theosophy
> Hi everybody.
> I have been reading many articles and opinions from many of you and
still have not finished meditation on them.
> But, specially, I liked very much Danielīs article written by
Santucci, about the concept of neo or pseudo Theosophy.
> Daniel, what is your opinion, about Santucciīs considering
Leadbeater and Annieīs a kind of false or neo theosophy?
> For me is very dificcult to tell because I was presented to Theos.
thru these authors.
> It means that I went the contrary way, I got to know Theososophy
from the people who learned ( I donīt know at what certain point
though) from HPB. Not from Secret Doctrine, unfortunately.
> And you who have been studying SD for quite more time than me, such
as Dallas, Adelasie or Katinka, what is your opinion?
> Is it a false or a neo-theosophy?
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