Re: Theos-World Credibility of writers and writings in search for truth
Sep 22, 2004 08:18 PM
--- In email@example.com, "Bill Meredith"
>My comments were not meant in this manner. Your judgement of me
>based on a couple of lines in an e-mail is misguided.
Clarification understood. Also, please note well, no "judgement" of
yourself has occurred.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "nhcareyta" <nhcareyta@y...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 11:41 PM
> Subject: Theos-World Credibility of writers and writings in search
> > Certain issues, important to some contributors, are beginning to
> > 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
> > the truths of life through Theosophical writings.
> > 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
> > critical to the genuine student. Determining credibility involves
> > multi-faceted approach. Social, cultural and historical
> > need to be considered as does an investigation where possible into
> > the perceived nature and motivation of the minds of those
> > 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
> > number of decades, deliberate and devious manipulation of students
> > and demonstrably unconscionable behaviour towards children, this
> > call into question the veracity of those writers' works.
> > Those students claiming to be on the jnana path of study who do
> > concern themselves with these matters may perhaps be considered
> > unconcerned with the truthfulness, honesty and respectability of
> > 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
> > relief of suffering. Whilst this is undisputed, some of their
> > writings must be.
> > Nigel
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