Adelasie's Question about Official Policy .....
Sep 02, 2004 06:25 PM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
This is an interesting question.
Probably should be researched.
Off the top of my head, I would say that the major three
Theosophical organizations have no "official policy" on this one way
or the other.
But some of the leaders and officials of the various organizations
have stated that they were in communication with the Mahatmas after
HPB's death or even in communication with the dead HPB or the dead
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "adelasie" <adelasie@s...> wrote:
> 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:
> > http://blavatskyarchives.com/latermessengers.htm#six
> > 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
> > have been subjected. There is hardly a medium who has not claimed
> > have seen them."
> > HPB & the Mahatmas also warned about "imitations of Occultism and
> > Theosophy" and "disfigured" expositions of Theosophy. They wrote
> > "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
> > in general."
> > For more background on the above, see:
> > H.P.B.'s Occult Status & the Claims of Latter-Day Messengers of
> > Masters http://blavatskyarchives.com/latermessengers.htm
> > In light of the above confusion and conflicting claims, the
> > Study Center recommends inquirers & new students to go directly
> > 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
> > nature, ethical, spiritual and devotional material, and much more.
> > Whether the student is inclined to believe Blavatsky's claims or
> > whether one ultimately comes to accept or reject what she wrote,
> > 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
> > historical accounts of people who met and knew HPB and her
> > Some of these latter accounts have been compiled in the book
> > WORLD OF MADAME BLAVATSKY. http://esotericworld.net
> > The Blavatsky and Mahatma source material is now available on CD-
> > See http://blavatskyarchives.com/tsclassics2.htm
> > Also see much of this material online at
> > http://blavatskyarchives.com/hpbwritingsalphalist.htm
> > Interested inquirers and students are encouraged to read and study
> > this original material. No one is asked to believe or disbelieve
> > is written but simply encouraged to try to gain an UNDERSTANDING
> > 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
> > Far too often students interject their own thoughts &
> > to the subject. Nothing is inherently wrong with that approach
> > the Center recommends that a student should try to ascertain
> > 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
> > the Mahatmas are trying to convey in their writings?"
> > One student's advice has been: Give HPB and the Mahatmas the
> > and allow them to speak. The initial goal should be to try
> > to them, to try to understand their view, their take on the
> > This is not to say that one should assume that they are always
> > or anything like that. HPB and the Mahatmas never claimed they
> > infallible. But many students have reasonably concluded that HPB
> > 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,
> > on what he has already learnt."
> > We also might do well to keep uppermost in mind how limited our
> > knowledge, experience and consciousness MAY be.
> > Daniel H. Caldwell
> > BLAVATSKY STUDY CENTER
> > http://hpb.cc
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
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