CORRECTION: Can theos-talk look at the world?
Sep 28, 2004 01:11 AM
by Koshek Swaminathan
I would think it would be a grave mistake if Theosophy becomes
imbroiled in politics.
The second objective should not be subverted to this end.
To understand the Theosophical viewpoint it may help to know
something of the the time of Socrates. At the time, democracy brought
on the rise of the Sophists who believed that every thing in life was
only worth debating in terms of politics. They were not interested in
any kind of absolute truth, but developed the capacity for arguement
to convince the populus for political ends. Science and religion were
only means, not an end in itself.
Socrates, on the other hand, believed that there was an absolute
truth that one must make an effort to approach. His method showed an
indifference to the result. This was threatening to the status quo of
As soon as someone has a political angle or agenda, the natural
movement of his thoughts is towards Sophistry. He starts with the end
results and finds arguements that will fulfill them. He ignores all
contradictory information and becomes more interested in his
influence than if he is stating the truth.
This is why in all ancient esoteric orders they refrain from all
discussion of politics. As every Freemason would know, talking
politics is strictly forbidden in a lodge room.
So I would say that political discussion is not in harmony with the
objectives of Theosophy.
--- In email@example.com, Erica Letzerich <eletzerich@y...>
> The second object of the T.S. is the comparative studies of
religion, philosophy and science, politics are also a science, so any
discussion related to politic systems are in perfect accordance with
the objects of the T.S. Also the first object of the T.S. Universal
Brotherhood is also close related to the society, so to discuss about
social problems and politics under the light of the perennial
philosophy it seems to me to be in perfect harmony with the objects
of the T.S.
> prmoliveira <prmoliveira@y...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Morten N. Olesen"
> > First things first.
> > We are perhaps entitled to know, What suggestion are you talking
> > You deleted my email in your reply.
> > And:
> > It is as far as I see it MHL 78 in A.P. Sinnetts at
> > http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/mahatma/ml-con.htm
> I was trying to show that the Mahatmas were not averted from
> and did act politically when necessary.
> Letter #78 becomes Letter #99 in the 1993 edition of "The Mahatma
> Letters to A. P. Sinnett" in chronological sequence (Theosophical
> Publishing House, Manila, The Philippines).
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