Re: Theos-World Creating authority under sweet name of original teaching
Sep 17, 2004 04:32 AM
by Anand Gholap
In TS as you know there is complete freedom of thought. A member
studies writings of various authors and then after using his
intellect, intuition and logic he comes to a conclusion that this
piece of writing sounds true and useful. If he wants to help others
he recommends that writing to others. Upto this point it is fine.
But when some member imposes authority by saying HPB or Masters said
so and if you don't agree with them then you are foolish or if he
attacks the personality which other member respects then that kind of
attacking beliefs of others is wrong. One could simply say "I agree
with this statement and I don't agree with that statement"
So one can recommend others some books but should not impose it or
say what he says is the only thing true. Person is totally free not
to agree with even Mahatama Letters. He can say I don't agree on this
point or I like this point without imposing opinion on others. Some
members create authority of Mahatma letters and SD and Isis calling
it "original writing". In most countries priests used this method by
portraying somebody or some scriptures as authority and exploited
others and restricted free enquiry.
--- In email@example.com, "Morten N. Olesen" <global-
> Hallo Anand and all,
> My views are:
> Maybe you are right.
> I would like to ask:
> What criteria do you use when promoting theosophical teachings?
> Which books are allowed to be promoted?
> Are there any limits?
> And if yes - would you then please describe these limits?
> I think these are important question to ask.
> Blavatsky was herself concerned with these questions.
> She was for instance herself very clearly against promoting orthodox
> religion in any form.
> M. Sufilight
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Anand Gholap" <AnandGholap@A...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 12:59 PM
> Subject: Theos-World Creating authority under sweet name of original
> > Masters and HPB never claimed infallibility or authority.
> > 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 email@example.com, "Daniel H. Caldwell"
> > <danielhcaldwell@y...> wrote:
> > >
> > > =====================================================
> > > 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
> > > http://www.questbooks.net/title.cfm?bookid=265
> > >
> > > Daniel
> > > http://hpb.cc
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
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