Re: ORIGINAL TEACHINGS
Sep 02, 2004 07:12 PM
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Vera Santos <saffiebr@y...> wrote:
> Hi Pedro
> This is Vera, from Brazil. I think I am missing your point in this
> discussion. Have you found any diasgreement between HPB's writings
> the teachings contained in the old scriptures? I mean, are there
> disagreement between HPB's teachings and the Vedanta, the Vedas,
> Upanishads, BG, and so on? If you have found disagreements, ok,
> which they are. If not, don't you agree that HPB's writings are a
> reproduction of the old teachings, I mean, the *original* ones?
> they are reproductions, are not them *original* also? What
> them as being *original*?
Can I reply in Portuguese? (lol)
The point I was trying to make, and judging by your post I probably
failed to do so, was that a number of participants on this list use
the expression "Original Teachings" as applicable to the writings of
Madame Blavatsky, William Q. Judge and "The Mahatma Letters".
Although I agree that Madame Blavatsky's writings, for example, are
the source (or original teachings) of modern Theosophy, Theosophy as
a timeless tradition, antedates in many centuries its modern
formulation by HPB. The quote from the SD in my post referred to by
you clearly says that: theosophical teachings are the result of the
enquiry and experience of countless generations of initiated Seers,
which, if true, makes impossible to invest one particular individual
as the sole authority of Theosophy.
Sometimes, on studying "The Secret Doctrine", one can come across
references by HPB to three, four or even five different ancient
traditions in ONE PARAGRAPH! So, Vera, I was not referring to
disagreements between HPB and the ancient traditions. I was just
trying to point out that her teachings are not really "original",
belonging as they do to the ancient Wisdom-Religion, "the spiritual
heritage of humanity."
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