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Re: Theos-World Two kinds of denial that reinforce each other

Sep 03, 2004 11:50 PM
by Katinka Hesselink

Hi Erica and Paul,

I'm a TS-Adyar member myself. But I am unaware of any reason that
brotherhood means 'don't criticise anybody else'. In fact, I believe
HPB turned Jesus on its head somewhere stating something to the effect

>> don't do to others what you would not have them do unto you>>
And then she said something like >>I criticise others, and I greatly
appreciate it if they criticise me (it got her publicity at least and
set people thinking, also perhaps some criticism is just and one can
learn from it)>>

Personalities DO matter where spiritual teachings are concerned. And
Blavatsky's sins were from before she created the TS and thus she
probably reformed her life. The same can't be said of Leadbeater. 

This skelleton is out of the closet, so we'd better deal with it. 

--- In, "kpauljohnson" <kpauljohnson@y...>
> --- In, Erica Letzerich <eletzerich@y...>
> wrote:
> > 
> > And your hasty generalization it's typical of an inductive 
> > fallacy. 
> > 
> > Erica
> > 
> Dear Erica,
> This just demonstrated that the induction was not fallacious:
> "I would not say dear Perry shame on you for the Theosophical
> Society, I would say shame on you for every fellow that is a member
> of the T.S. and is more concerned in promoting intrigues and endless
> discussions about which are the original teachings or not, or about
> Leadbeater's case."
> the induction in question being:
> > (IMO Erica's deflection of questions about CWL to questions about
> the spiritual qualities of the questioners is typical.) 
> > 
> Since neither Perry, Dr. Tillett, Steve (AFAIK) nor I are members of
> the Adyar TS, the shaming would seem to be limited to our esteemed
> colleague Daniel. (Unless any other TS member has spoken up here
> against CWL.) My point is that it's quite unfair to condemn a mixed
> group of non-Theosophists and several kinds of Theosophists for not
> behaving as you think a group of Adyar TS members ought to. If we
> accepted Adyar norms of "spiritual" behavior (e.g. evade unpleasant
> historical truths at every opportunity) perhaps we'd be members. 
> Being told that their interest in historical truth is a sign of
> spiritual inferiority has driven quite a few members away from the TS
> and silenced others who remain in the fold. (Some of whom are
> probably members of this list unwilling to put up with the personal
> condemnation INEVITABLY directed at them should they weigh in on such
> discussions.)
> Cheers,
> Paul

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