Creating authority under sweet name of original teaching
Sep 17, 2004 03:59 AM
by Anand Gholap
Masters and HPB never claimed infallibility or authority. According
to them in TS everybody is free to accept or reject any writing
including SD and Isis. So Daniel's efforts of creating authority
under sweet name of 'original teaching' are ridiculous.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Daniel H. Caldwell"
> Question: Should we take H.P.B. as an
> infallible authority?
> Answer: Absolutely not....
> But there is another side to the question.
> We have to remember that the modern
> Theosophical movement owes its very existence
> to H.P.B. and the Masters, whose faithful
> agent she claimed to be. It would be
> extremely unwise to reject the teachings given
> through her without understanding what those
> teachings really were in the first place. And how
> can we acquire this understanding if we do not
> study her writings? We don't have to blindly
> accept what she says or take her views as the last
> word, but at least we should become familiar with
> those views firsthand. Then we can reject or
> accept intelligently. When the works of other
> and later writers who claim to be continuing
> the work begun by H.P.B. present viewpoints and
> "revelations" which are at direct variance with
> the original lines of teaching, we may feel
> justified in questioning the source of the newer
> pronouncements. A familiarity with the
> original writings, therefore, provides a criterion
> for intelligent judgment.
> Quoted from:
> AN INTRODUCTION TO ESOTERIC PRINCIPLES: A STUDY COURSE, p. 37
> by William Doss McDavid
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