Re: Creating authority under sweet name of original teaching
Sep 17, 2004 07:14 PM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
"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."
I like that phrase of yours:
"sweet name of 'original teaching'"
Let's look at this word ORIGINAL.
Here are a few dictionary definitions:
"1 : of, relating to, or constituting an origin or beginning :
INITIAL <the original part of the house>
2 a : not secondary, derivative, or imitative b : being the first
instance or source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is
or can be made"
Anand, consider the following questions:
Would you agree with the statement that HPB gave the INITIAL claim
that the Masters M. and KH. existed, that she was in communication
with them and that she was their agent to the "outside world"?
In other words, who was the first person in modern times to make
In 1877 , HPB wrote:
". . .we came into contact with certain men, endowed with such
mysterious powers and such profound knowledge that we may truly
designate them as the sages of the Orient. To their instructions we
lent a ready ear."
"The work now submitted to public judgment is the fruit of a somewhat
intimate acquaintance with Eastern adepts and study of their
In 1891, HPB wrote:
". . . every word of [esoteric] information found in this work [Isis
Unveiled] or in my later writings, comes from the teachings of our
Eastern Masters [Master KH, Master M and others]; and . . . many a
passage in these works has been written by me under their dictation."
Who BEFORE HPB made this claim??
Therefore, Anand, would you not agree that HPB made the ORIGINAL
Master KH wrote to Sinnett:
". . . Our [esoteric or theosophical ] doctrine . . . is now being
partially taught to Europeans for the first time."
This was written in 1882.
Anand, who was teaching the Masters' "doctrine" at this time to
Were Leadbeater and Besant teachers of Theosophy in 1882?
In 1882 HPB and the Masters themselves were teaching several students.
In the first volume of HPB's SECRET DOCTRINE, she writes:
". . . the SECRET DOCTRINE is not a treatise, or a series of vague
theories, but contains all [the teachings] that can be given out to
the world in this century." The Secret Doctrine, 1888, Vol I, p.
xxxviii (original edition)
And a few lines above, one reads:
". . . But it will take centuries before much more is given from it
[the Secret Archaic Doctrine]. . . . "
So did not HPB give out the teachings of the Masters?
If so, her presentation is the original one in modern times.
All later presentations are in that sense secondary (immediately
derived from something original, primary, or basic).
Would it be correct or true to say that:
Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater were the first persons in modern
times to write about Theosophy?
Madame Blavatsky derived her teachings from Mrs. Besant and Mr.
If after HPB died in 1891, no other book had ever been written by
anyone about Theosophy, we would still have the original writings and
teachings given by HPB. Don't you agree?
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