Re: Theos-World Annie Besant on Theosophy & H.P. Blavatsky
Sep 25, 2004 09:59 AM
by Morten N. Olesen
Hallo Daniel and all,
My views are:
It is a somewhat open question whether she in the below with the words
"the Secret Doctrine" meant the book written by Blavatsky
- OR - the Wisdom teachings / Widom Religion.
Even Blavatsky used the words "the Secret Doctrine"
both about her book and about what we call the Wisdom teachings of all ages.
Would it be fair to ask whether you Daniel or any of you readers
think that Annie Besant later on - deviated to a great extend - from these
If not, I ask why not ?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel H. Caldwell" <danielhcaldwell@y...>
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2004 6:16 PM
Subject: Theos-World Annie Besant on Theosophy & H.P. Blavatsky
> In LUCIFER for October, 1891, Mrs. Besant
> "... Theosophy is a body of knowledge, clearly
> and distinctly formulated in part and proclaimed
> to the world. Members of the Society may or may
> not be students of this knowledge, but none
> the less is it the sure foundation on which
> the Masters have built the Society, and on
> which its central teaching of the Brotherhood
> of Man is based. Without Theosophy Universal
> Brotherhood may be proclaimed as an Ideal,
> but it cannot be demonstrated as a Fact....
> "Now by Theosophy I mean the 'Wisdom Religion,'
> or the 'Secret Doctrine,' and our only knowledge
> of the Wisdom Religion at the present time
> comes to us from the Messenger of its
> Custodians, H.P. Blavatsky. Knowing what
> she taught, we can recognise fragments of
> the same teachings in other writings, but
> her message remains for us the test of
> Theosophy everywhere.... Only, none of us
> has any right to put forward his own
> views as 'Theosophy' in conflict with hers,
> for all that we know of Theosophy comes from
> her. When she says 'The Secret Doctrine teaches,'
> none can say her nay; we may disagree with the
> teaching, but it remains 'the Secret Doctrine,'
> or Theosophy; she always encouraged independent thought and
> criticism, and never resented differences of opinion, but she never
> wavered in the distinct proclamation 'The Secret Doctrine is' so-and-
> "Theosophists have it in charge not to whittle away the Secret
> Doctrine.... Steadily, calmly, without anger but also without fear,
> they must stand by the Secret Doctrine as she gave it, who carried
> unflinchingly through the storms of well-nigh seventeen years the
> torch of the Eastern Wisdom. The condition of success is perfect
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