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Re: Theos-World Credibility of writers and writings in search for truth

Sep 21, 2004 04:33 AM
by Bill Meredith

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Subject: Theos-World Credibility of writers and writings in search for truth

Certain issues, important to some contributors, are beginning to be
casually dismissed and even belittled by others. Comments such
as "round and round" and "...good and informative posts like these
from you two keep me ever hopeful" seem to be examples of this. If
meant in this manner, these are unfortunate responses and lack
respect and encouragement for those deeply concerned with discovering
the truths of life through Theosophical writings.
My comments were not meant in this manner. Your judgement of me based on a couple of lines in an e-mail is misguided.

For those on the jnana path of study, a sincere search requires
careful analysis, comparison and sensitive discernment of the
available literature. The credibility of this literature then becomes
critical to the genuine student. Determining credibility involves a
multi-faceted approach. Social, cultural and historical perspectives
need to be considered as does an investigation where possible into
the perceived nature and motivation of the minds of those claiming to
be teachers. A study of reputation and lifestyle can help in
determining whether the said teachers live by the ideals and ideas
they profess.
These areas of research, whilst not necessarily conclusive or
ultimately determinant, nonetheless can lead students towards a
deeper apprehension of the truths they seek. Where any or all of
these perspectives are determined to be seriously compromised,
including the discovery of blatant and persistent falsehoods over a
number of decades, deliberate and devious manipulation of students
and demonstrably unconscionable behaviour towards children, this must
call into question the veracity of those writers' works.
Those students claiming to be on the jnana path of study who do not
concern themselves with these matters may perhaps be considered
unconcerned with the truthfulness, honesty and respectability of the
writer and more interested in simplicity and blind belief.

In saying all this however, these considerations do not invalidate
the value of a person's life of service. Some highly controversial
figures have made generous and significant contributions towards the
relief of suffering. Whilst this is undisputed, some of their
writings must be.

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