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Re: Theos-World Study of H.P. Blavatsky's Writings: Statement from Blavatsky Study Center

Sep 02, 2004 04:00 PM
by adelasie

Hi Daniel,

May I ask, is it an official policy of Theosophical organizations 
that no communication was received from the Masters after the death 
of HPB?


On 2 Sep 2004 at 18:54, Daniel H. Caldwell wrote:

> Our modern knowledge of Theosophy sprang 
> from two sources: The Mahatma Letters & 
> the writings of H.P. Blavatsky.
> From the Masters' letters, A.P. Sinnett 
> wrote 2 books "The Occult World" & "Esoteric 
> Buddhism." From the knowledge gained directly 
> from these Masters, Madame Blavatsky penned 
> more than 10,000 pages of writing including 
> her major works "Isis Unveiled," "The Secret 
> Doctrine," "The Key to Theosophy" & "The Voice 
> of the Silence."
> Since HPB's death in 1891, NUMEROUS individuals 
> have claimed contact with her Masters, stating 
> that they were new "messengers" conveying further 
> esoteric teachings. See a partial list of 
> claimants at:
> The end result has been a CONFUSING MORASS of claims, 
> counterclaims & various contradictory teachings.
> Even during her lifetime, Mme. Blavatsky told the Theosophists:
> "Great are the desecrations to which the names of two of the Masters
> have been subjected. There is hardly a medium who has not claimed to
> have seen them."
> HPB & the Mahatmas also warned about "imitations of Occultism and
> Theosophy" and "disfigured" expositions of Theosophy. They wrote about
> "wild and fanciful speculation" and "erroneous notions" about
> Theosophy that were distorting the original teachings.
> Concerning certain "false ideas" grafted onto Theosophy, Blavatsky
> penned the following:
> "Nothing is more dangerous to Esoteric Truth than the garbled and
> distorted versions disfigured to suit the prejudices and tastes of men
> in general."
> For more background on the above, see:
> H.P.B.'s Occult Status & the Claims of Latter-Day Messengers of the
> Masters
> In light of the above confusion and conflicting claims, the Blavatsky
> Study Center recommends inquirers & new students to go directly to the
> fountain source of Modern Theosophy: the original writings of
> Blavatsky & the Mahatmas. 
> These source writings contain a wealth of valuable material on 
> metaphysics, esoteric lore and knowledge, occult laws and processes in
> nature, ethical, spiritual and devotional material, and much more.
> Whether the student is inclined to believe Blavatsky's claims or not,
> whether one ultimately comes to accept or reject what she wrote, we
> have available HPB's major books, more than 1000 of her articles,
> hundreds of her personal letters to correspondents, more than a
> hundred Mahatma letters received during HPB's lifetime, and voluminous
> historical accounts of people who met and knew HPB and her Teachers.
> Some of these latter accounts have been compiled in the book ESOTERIC
> The Blavatsky and Mahatma source material is now available on CD-Rom.
> See
> Also see much of this material online at
> Interested inquirers and students are encouraged to read and study
> this original material. No one is asked to believe or disbelieve what
> is written but simply encouraged to try to gain an UNDERSTANDING of
> what is being conveyed in material from the pens of HPB and the
> Mahatmas. 
> Far too many readers don't take the time and effort to try
> to understand what HPB is attempting to convey in her many writings.
> Far too often students interject their own thoughts & understanding on
> to the subject. Nothing is inherently wrong with that approach but
> the Center recommends that a student should try to ascertain FIRST OF
> ALL what HPB's and the Mahatmas' views actually are on various
> subjects. This can be a challenge in itself but it can be done. 
> A reader would do well to ask: "Do I really understand what HPB and
> the Mahatmas are trying to convey in their writings?"
> One student's advice has been: Give HPB and the Mahatmas the lectern
> and allow them to speak. The initial goal should be to try to "listen"
> to them, to try to understand their view, their take on the subject. 
> This is not to say that one should assume that they are always right
> or anything like that. HPB and the Mahatmas never claimed they were
> infallible. But many students have reasonably concluded that HPB and
> her Teachers were very knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects.
> Furthermore, keep in mind the following words of HPB:
> "Every reader will inevitably judge the statements made from the
> stand-point of his own knowledge, experience, and consciousness, based
> on what he has already learnt."
> We also might do well to keep uppermost in mind how limited our OWN
> knowledge, experience and consciousness MAY be.
> Daniel H. Caldwell
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